Thursday, January 25, 2007
Back To School
Enrich and expand your photography knowledge through workshops
"These classes give the student a chance to meet the person who has influenced them," says Lyman of Maine Photographic Workshops. "You not only learn some techniques from your favorite shooter, but there's a social aspect to it. When there's a break for lunch or dinner, students sit with the instructor and get to talk with him or her on a personal level, sometimes about things other than photography. Eating and socializing become an important and exciting part of workshops."
If you're interested in a local class or workshop, there are choices to fit any schedule.
Day And Weekend. Weekend classes offer a quick way for you to tackle technical hurdles and give those who work nine to five a chance to enrich their photography. Well-known pros sometimes teach these quickies.
At Rocky Mountain's digital weekend workshop, attendees can sign up for three to four different classes a day so they aren't pinned down to one lesson plan. "Students get to learn a lot of information in just two days," says Dybdal. Think digital boot camp.
Weeklong. Five- to seven-day workshops involve intense training. "Meeting every day for 12 hours a day completely immerses the student in the process, and by the end of the week, they're able to access and utilize what they've learned with ease," says Santa Fe Workshops' Callanan.
Extended. These classes usually are attended by people living in or near the workshop location. Meeting times often are held in the evenings and are geared for the busy person who can't take a week or two off from work, but is still compelled to learn. Many project-based classes that allow you to choose a work theme or style are structured in a six- to 12-week course.
Location Shooting. Most classes couple a lecture with hands-on demonstrations. This can be beneficial to those students who learn by doing. By taking equipment to a different locale, you learn what to bring and gain tips on how to deal with weather and lighting situations.
Shooting digitally has been adopted for travel workshops, and it can be an advantage, as it eliminates lab fees and offers editing convenience. "Travel workshops allow people more time to shoot and be creative in a foreign locale," says Callanan. "It also gives some the courage to go somewhere they wouldn't normally go alone."
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