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March/April 2006 HelpLine

Getting The Most From A Photo Workshop

    * Making A Workshop Work
    * Affecting Depth Of Field
    * USB Effects
    * The EV Answer
    * What’s In A Name?

Making A Workshop Work

Q)  I’ve been doing more and more with my digital photography. I’ve decided that I need some more personal instruction, so I’ve signed up for a workshop. While it’s still a few months away, I’m a little nervous about it. How do I get the most out of it?

B. Turner
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A)  That’s great that you want to learn more, and I can’t think of a better way to increase your skill than by attending a workshop. Rather than give you just my opinion of how to get the most out of the experience, I decided to get opinions from several people who actually put on workshops. The first three who came to mind were my PCPhoto colleagues George Lepp, Rick Sammon and Rob Sheppard. They all lead a variety of workshops and deal with students of all skill levels.

I approached each of them with this question: What are the three most common mistakes that you’d let students know about in order to prepare for a workshop?


George Lepp ( mentioned that students need to confirm they read all of the course information sent to them. Make sure you know what to bring (and what not to bring) and what to expect. In other words: Be prepared. If you still have questions after reading the information, get in touch with the workshop leader.

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