You’ve always been fascinated by photography, you have developed a certain interest in it, and you have already purchased a decent camera – you’re good to pass as a photographer, right?
Well, maybe not yet.
The thing with photography is that many people perceive it as simply taking pictures. However, just like acting, the skills in photography can be enhanced and elevated. While you could already be gifted in handling a camera, it will still be better if you experience learning through a formal training environment, such as taking photography workshops or classes.
Aside from having a proper platform to hone your skills in photography, attending photography classes can have several other benefits, such as:
Being acquainted with people who have the same passion as you. While your passion is yours alone, being surrounded with people with the same drive as you can contribute greatly in firing up your passion in photography even more.
Learning more than just taking pictures. Photography classes won’t only teach you about proper lighting, correct lens, and anything that has to do with the actual camera; in a photography class, post-processing of photographs are also being taught to even improve the quality of your work.
Receiving an unbiased, honest assessment of your skill. Learning photography by yourself and taking photos simply to show it to your friends for evaluation can only result in biased opinions and amateur assessment. If you have a proper mentor who has an expert eye and knows what to look for, you will get a useful and intelligent feedback on what you really need to work on.
Opportunity to take photographs in picturesque locations. There are many photography courses that include traveling to another location (sometimes even abroad) where you can practice taking photographs.
The chance to monitor your development as a photographer. When you go to a photography class, you can track your progress in learning through tests given by your mentor.