Have you been bitten by the “photo bug” for a while now and been thinking about taking some classes to enhance your skill level – but you really don’t have the time to sit in a classroom several hours a week?
Great news! There are tons of online classes that you can take without ever leaving your own home AND you can learn at your own pace!
Don’t minimize the importance of learning at your own speed. In a classroom setting, the class (rightly) can only move as fast as its slowest student. If you are the type of person who picks up on the various concepts quickly, going over it and over it in a classroom can make your learning experience very frustrating and boring. It’s a waste of a lot of money too. You are often required to pay exorbitant sums for materials and tuition and to be held back that way can get expensive in a hurry.
Just as bad, what if you are the one holding the class back? It can be embarrassing and often results in dropping out. Or, incurring the wrath of all the other students.
But, online you get to move at your own pace. Don’t get a certain concept? No problem, just study the lesson over and over until you get it! No one else is being held back, and by not moving on until you “get it” ensures that you have the proper grounding when you get to the more advanced areas.
On the other hand, if you are a “natural” and all this stuff comes easy, you can zoom ahead and literally cut years off your photo education.
Age doesn’t matter (it’s been well established that old dogs CAN learn new tricks). You don’t have to worry about peer pressure, clothes, taking time off from work – none of it. Your only responsibility is to just learn how to be the best photographer you can be.
While it is clear that I’m a big fan of online photo courses, don’t get me wrong, there ARE a few drawbacks to studying online.
First, without the discipline of being forced to attend class and do your homework, you will have to be self-motivated enough to actually do the work. There is no one there to spur you on… it’s all you! But, this isn’t some boring (yawn) class that you have to force yourself into… It is – at the very least – your hobby and more likely a real passion in your life, so doing the work isn’t a challenge. It is a fun way to spend your time!
Second, by not associating with other students, you may not run across a lot of the creative concepts that would be brought up and discussed in class. You really need to make a concerted effort to go above and beyond the basic homework assignments. Take the time to look at photos in magazines and online – when you run across a technique you aren’t familiar with, take the time to learn it. There are thousands of forums, photo tips sites, and so on just teeming with other photo enthusiasts willing to help you.
Your first challenge will be to learn about your camera. There are tons of buttons, knobs, switches and menus that most amateur photographers never bother to use. They permanently stick their camera on automatic and never experience the thrill of doing something truly amazing. By learning – and getting comfortable with – all of your camera’s capabilities, your photo skills will quickly move head and shoulders above your friends.
Best news? It is FREE! Almost no one actually reads the manual that came with their camera. They take a quick glance, see it is all techno-babble and toss it is a junk drawer, never to be seen again. Here’s what you do… Grab your camera, dig around until you finally find your manual and start at page one and go through the whole thing. It’s not as hard as you may think. Bonus? You will see an immediate improvement in your photos…
Now that you’ve developed a solid base to build on, find yourself a good online photo class and never look back! Before long, people will be coming to you for photo advice.
To learn more about a great online class, check out – Photography Master Class
For a bit of fun check out – Trick Photography
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