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Enrich and expand your photography knowledge through workshops
So you want to learn more about photography or perhaps hone the skills you've already acquired. This is great news! It demonstrates your passion for the craft and a yearning for knowledge and creativity. With a variety of photography workshop organizations around the country, there are many classes available, all of which are geared to boost your technical expertise and open your creative eye.
No matter where you stand on the ladder of ability, you'll find a workshop tailored to the type of photographic challenge you want to conquer. As someone who began a photo career in this type of learning environment, I've personally experienced the advantages of workshops and highly recommend them.
One of the benefits of attending a workshop is that you don't have to be a slave to grades and prerequisite classes as in a college setting. "You can actually learn what you want to learn," says David Lyman, director and founder of the Maine Photographic Workshops. "We have classes for the extreme beginner who's looking to change career paths or become a serious hobbyist to working photographic professionals who need to reinvigorate their careers with a slap in the face and a kick in the butt."
In addition to beginner and master classes, intermediate courses draw a great number of people interested in digital capture and the digital darkroom. George Lepp, nature photographer and founder of the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging in Los Osos, Calif., combines shooting techniques in the field followed by computer work, for example.