Photography Workshop Hacks!
How many of us have paid for and attended a workshop we thought was going to be fantastic and just what we needed only to find out that it wasn’t really what we thought it would be? I’ve done this more than once and finally decided to pay more attention to what it was I was signing up for and what my thinking was behind the decision.
Here are a few things to consider before signing off on that Pay Now button.
Do Your Research
Research the subject matter. There are plenty of options out there for learning. Online courses & workshops, YouTube videos, mentoring programs, in-person courses from one-day to full on train-person-day photography symposiums. Depending on what it is you are looking to learn it will help to figure that out and find out how that particular subject is presented. Do you just need a refresher or do you want to learn a new technique from the ground up? Will an online video course work or would it be more beneficial to attend an in-person workshop?
What are your goals for this workshop or course? What do you want to learn, what do you want to take away from this experience? Going into the program with clear results in mind will help you walk away with a much better learning experience. Check out the content of several courses/workshops to see which one best fits with your goals. (You do have goals, don’t you?)
Once you’re actually in that room, out in the field, in that chat or online community – PARTICIPATE! Ask questions. You know – there is no such thing as a dumb question – right? It’s not easy, I get it.
Interact with fellow attendees as well. There is much to be learned from our fellow photographers and you know we (mostly) all love to talk photography!
Be Open Minded
You can always learn something. What if you’re in a workshop and realize it’s not really applicable to what you do. Step back, change your thought process a bit and figure out how you can use what is being taught in your own photography.
Like anything, doing your homework helps. Knowing what you want going in help. With so many options out there we need to be more diligent in our research and choices so that we can get the best information and experience possible for each of us.
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