Taking your best photo is not as simple as just pointing and shooting with you digital camera; you have to learn a lot about photography concepts and techniques, especially when you plan to take you photography skills to a professional level. Getting one of those expensive DSLR cameras can give you extended capabilities, but without knowledge, you will find yourself unable to achieve the best shot you could to share on your professional profile.
There are a lot of resources for learning about photography, especially with the increasing number of online resources on the Internet. These resources can be articles, books, video tutorials and more. On the other hand, many people prefer to go to a photography school or attend a college and major in photography. Considering the expensive costs of the school studies is it really required for photographers to go to school or can they just rely on the new learning methods?
Photography is a practical art that relies on your practice and applying rules and concepts in real life. So, whether choose learning in a school or the other learning methods, you will need to practice all the time.
As we have mentioned, photography schools are expensive compared to the other learning methods. If you are already busy with a full time job or so, you will face another problem, because you will find yourself limited in time and may or may not be able to fit in the schedule of the school courses.
The advantage of a school is that it provides an arranged syllabus that allows you to easily organize learning sources. Many people find it hard to keep self-training on track and need support from a real tutor or professor to guide them through the way. If you are one of those amateur photographers, you may need to look for a school or a tutor to follow up with you through your learning track.
The cost and time flexibility are not something to worry about if you are using other training resources, such as books, video tutorials and articles. You can learn any time regardless of your lifestyle and limitations. Even though self-training is fully flexible, it still requires high dedication and the ability to follow your learning track and stick with a tight learning plan.
The disadvantage of self-training is that it lacks the guidance of a tutor or a professional, which is very important while learning photography. A tutor or guide can help you choose the best setting or shooting methods and judge your work.
You can go over this through different tips, such as the following:
If you are learning photography by yourself, you can find a professional photographer that guides you by checking your progress and judges your photographs to give you tips based on your work.
Workshop is another very useful method of learning through practice with the availability of an instructor that can help you during the workshops. Attending workshops or photo tours can help you increase your skills without having to pay much for expensive collage fees.
Any of these methods can be useful and you need to choose the method that suits your time and ability to learn. But you should always remember that practice is the best method to take your photography skills to a higher level of excellence. Share with us your ideas and the best method that you use or have used to learn photography.