Improve your photography in the classroom and in the field
By Ibarionex R. Perello
Photography is always a work in progress. Whether you're a serious hobbyist or a working professional, you're learning new things, from discovering the features of the latest camera to finding another way of looking at light. There's so much to learn that it seems impossible to absorb all the information out there. Luckily, photography is best learned by doing, which also makes it the most fun. While books and magazines play a role, there's no replacement for going out and creating images. That experience can be made all the better when you're shooting with others. A workshop provides the perfect setting to learn and enjoy photography.
Workshops are an investment in time—time dedicated exclusively to creating and learning to make the best images of which you're capable. In a world that makes nearly unmerciful demands on your time, a workshop provides a chance to focus entirely on the outdoors and photography. Day Workshops Experience and technical knowledge are needed to consistently make superior images. Just as musicians spend hours practicing the fundamentals of their instruments, photographers must be knowledgeable of the tools of their craft: camera, lenses and, most importantly, light.
Short-term workshops, such as those offered by the Nikon School and Olympus School of Digital Photography, often run one day. These intensive sessions can focus not only on fundamentals, but also advanced techniques that serve as an introduction or a refresher course. Even photographers who have been shooting for years can benefit from such programs. "A program that focuses on the fundamentals can help the photographer regroup, shoring up the foundation they've built on their own," says Tim Grey, a writer and workshop leader with the Lepp Institute, which offers a series of workshops in both traditional and digital photography. "Often, it can show the participants better ways to approach the problems they deal with in the field, making them better photographers."