How to Choose a Photography Course

Like any other profession, it is important to seek out additional educational opportunities by finding photography courses or seminars taught at schools or by professionals. With digital technology changing at such a rapid pace, it is more important than ever to keep up with current trends, technology innovations and updated photography styles. There are so many different courses offered, it is sometimes difficult to figure out which are worth the time and money. Follow these steps to make the most of your time, and enroll in those courses that count.

Step 1 - Research Your Specialty

As you know, not all photography is the same. Some of us specialize in headshot photography, others specialize in photographing products and services, taking portraits or developing full shoot layouts for a magazine or advertisement. As you begin to look for courses, stay within your domain expertise

Step 2 - Determine Location

While searching for the right course, determine how far you are willing to go. If you are looking to get to a course by car, then it is probably best to look at courses you can get to in a day. If you are willing to take a plane and fly across the country to a photography course, then your search can be much more broad.

Step 3 - Theory and Practice

As you narrow the list of courses, consider opting for a course that teaches both theory (the nuts and bolts, the history and case studies) and provides practical every day experience is a course that should shoot to the top of your list. There is only so much that you can learn from books, text and talk. Having additional practical experience in new techniques is paramount. On the flip side, without being given a foundation of theoretical information and case studies, you will miss the answers to questions about why and how certain new techniques or equipment work best.

Step 4 - Online and Home Study Courses

If you are more of a master at your subject matter or if you are well experienced in your domain, consider using an online or home study course. These types of classes will provide you with online or textbook theoretical information as well as practical exercises to accomplish. The great thing about home study courses is that you can generally work through them at your own pace. On the other side of the coin, you are held much less accountable to your studies and to demonstrating knowledge of the studies through the completion of the practical exercises.

If your budget is tight, if you only have a specific amount of money to spend and if you are looking for some extra practice, a home study or online/internet based course may be your perfect choice.

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