(article written for speedycourse.com by Michael Mariano / M2studio.biz workshop team)
Nowadays, everybody seems to be a ‘photographer’ with a camera strapped to their necks or a camera phone in their hands. The internet has made learning photography more accessible than more traditional learning mediums. After a while, It comes to a point though that the internet seems to be not enough anymore. How do you find out if it’s time for you to take a formal photography class? Here are 5 signs:
1. Camera ‘chimping‘
If you don’t know this term, then most probably you have been unconsciously doing this without knowing. Since the advent of digital cameras, shooting with film has been replaced with the sensor, allowing users to capture images with ease and display it in the LCD monitor at the back of the camera. It is very convenient, but it has introduced a bad habit amongst hobbyist and professionals alike — camera chimping aka reviewing the image right after the shot (pretty similar to a chimp while trying to figure out an object.) Chimping disconnects you from your subject and the moment, which can turn into a bad habit shot after shot. In a formal class, you will be trained to spot, identify and correct the bad habits that are introduced with digital photography. Proper camera workflow and discipline is a must in learning photography.
2. You have read your camera’s manual
Most people just skip this altogether and go to YouTube instead. It might be very technical
for most people, but your camera’s manual can carry a plethora of information that pertain specifically to your camera. Reading the manual helps you get familiarized with your camera and helps you come up with questions once you decide to take a formal photography class. This is also a clear sign that you are ready to learn the principles of photography, which is not taught in detail in your camera’s manual.
3. YouTube and the internet are not enough
These days, YouTube and the internet are convenient ways to check out tutorials on photography basics. Just one search, and magically the pages to your queries appear. Back in the early days of the web, there weren’t a lot of websites that catered to photography. Forums and e-groups were built by photographers and hobbyists in order to connect and communicate with others. Eventually, YouTube came along and catered to avid vloggers and enthusiasts who wanted to share their experiences and ideas as well. The medium has its limits though. For most of our participants in our workshops, they prefer connecting with our instructors and experiencing real-time feedback if they have questions. Also, having a personal experience guarantees that the information learned can stay with the participants longer through the class-practical-critique system.
4. Asking your friends and family for photography advice
It is but natural to ask people around us for advice and critique. Sometimes though it may just feel that you are not getting the right answers to your questions especially if there are conflicting answers. Participating in a formal class with a defined course outline structures the topics in such a way that streamlines the ideas and lays it out in an easy to understand format for its participants. A professional instructor can also give you constructive criticism which can help you improve your craft.
5. You have the urge to connect and talk to other people who loves photography as well
The great thing about having formal photography classes is that you get to meet like minded individuals. Photography as an art form draws people from all walks of life. In our classes, we have had CEOs, lawyers, engineers, architects, all the way to teenagers who professes the love for the craft. Photography needn’t be a solitary hobby. It is a great opportunity to learn from others as well.
M2 Studio events & workshops are training modules geared towards individuals/groups who wants to learn specific multimedia related skills. Since 2013, We have catered to hundreds of participants from different organizations, institutions and companies. Our private and personalized training range from photography, video to graphic design. It has been our mission to provide competitive and enriching programs to aspiring professionals, hobbyists and students. We are staffed by industry practitioners who have been trained both in the academe and professional practice.