Looking for a Digital Photography Class?

If you have been lucky enough to have been given a digital camera as a gift, or you just bought yourself one as a treat, then you have a big project ahead of you. Although digital cameras are, on the surface, easy to use, they are also incredibly complicated and if you plan on getting the most out of your camera, then you might also want to think about taking a digital photography class.

Before you invest in any kind of digital photography class though, most experts will tell you one thing – read your manual! With your camera came a very useful user manual, or at the very least a link to a website with all of the same information. You need to understand how to properly use your camera before you can hope to get quality photographs out of it.

While you are online, you might also want to check out a digital photography class that is given over the internet. There are several of these that are taught by experts in both photography and digital cameras, and they will be able to answer any possible question you could have. In addition, they will be able to show you how to use your camera, how to get the best shots, and what to do with those after you have them.

Many people find that after taking a lesson in photography that they look at their camera in a whole new way. It is less for taking snapshots than it is for capturing memories and even for making art. You may find that you have a new love for the art of photography and that by learning more about your camera and the medium, that you are motivated to become a better photographer than you ever dreamed of being.

Continuing Education In Photography

One of the hallmarks of professional photographers is that you’ll find them constantly going back to school. They’ll also be involved in a local guild or professional association. In fact, they’ll be involved in just about any activity that gets them involved with other photographers and out shooting pictures for assignments or group projects. Besides that, you’ll find them participating in and leading photo walks on their day off.

The reasons behind that are complex, but the main reason is that photography tends to be kind of a lone wolf profession. Very few shops can support paid help, other than on a contract basis, so it tends to be an isolated profession.

If you stay isolated long enough in photography your work can become stale and routine. Working by yourself there’s no one to challenge you, to inspire you, or show you some new lighting technique, or new way of shooting a particular shot.

Taking a photography class is something you’ll find even pros do once in a while, even though they may sit through a class or online course that lasts for days in order to glean one or two new tricks. Professionals also understand the value of reviewing the basics of framing, like the Rule of Thirds, exposure and other photography fundamentals.

The more you grow in the profession, the more you know, the more time you have to put in to gain knowledge. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? But that’s really true in any profession. The higher you go up the ladder, the more time you have to put into education to move up. Photography is no different in that regard.

Beyond the purely educational aspects, photography is still much like a trade in many ways. Older photographers help those coming along in their careers and most people getting into the business do so by building up their portfolio as an apprentice or second shooter for someone more experienced. In situations where a photographer can’t afford an apprentice or assistant, then classes, photo walks and arranged group shoots are the only way you’ll get to network with other photographers to build your portfolio.

Photography is one of those trades that takes days to learn but a lifetime to master. The only way to really master the craft is to be constantly learning. Studying the technical aspects, learning the rules, then learning to write your own rule book.

The day you stop progressing in photography, pushing forward with learning, is the day you start sliding back into mediocrity. There are very few people who can keep their edge if they’re not constantly out shooting. If you lose interest in going out every weekend for a shoot and getting together with other photographers, then you may want to consider whether photography is really your best option for a career field.