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Is Photography Tuition Worthwhile?…
Photography tuition, like tuition or training in any subject matter, is not for everyone.
Some people are naturally just more inclined to gravitate towards some form of tuition than other people. Whilst other people, especially when it comes to hobbies, pastimes or sports etc, will choose never to have any structured training. They will be more in favour of just practise and persistence…and for a few, this works out well.
I know a few people who play Golf (I don’t by the way!), some have regular golf lessons, some have had occasional lessons, and some have never had a lesson and probably never will….but they all love Golf.
I think certain people maybe relate ‘training’ or ‘tuition’ to ‘work’, so subconsciously therefore they become disinclined to ever consciously consider it on a voluntary basis…i.e. “I’m not volunteering for MORE work!” Some people may also consider getting training or tuition as an outward sign to the world that they’re not very good at what it is they’re doing, and need help. This can maybe be an inhibiting factor, particularly if they have been doing it for a long time…“I’ve been doing it this way for years, I don’t need tuition!”
However, going back to the Golf analogy, when a pro goes off his or her game and their form drops away, what do they do?…..They go back to basics and back to school, and get a coach / tutor to bring them back to their best through a course of lessons. More often than not, the pro will be better at Golf than the tutor / coach, but you cannot always analyse were you’re going wrong on your own.
I opted to study photography years ago now, and one of the things that struck me then and stays with me to this day is, my realization right at the very beginning of my studies of how much I did not know about the subject I have loved and practised all my life.
Prior to my studies, I would have rated myself as being very knowledgeable, competent, and very good at taking photographs. With hind-sight now after years of study and practise, I look back and can assess with much more authority that, back then I was not very knowledgeable at all, far less competent than I’d thought, and my ability at taking good photographs back then, was more about luck and the law of averages, than skill.
So, for me, photography tuition was very much worthwhile. And, it is worthwhile for many people.
Group Training or Individual Training?
Given you are reading this, it’s safe for me to assume that you have a reasonable interest in photography. And, if you want to improve your ability, regardless of what level you consider yourself to be at, I would recommend you consider some tuition.
So are you the type of person who prefers the privacy and intimacy of individual one to one training?…Or do you prefer to be part of a larger social group and do it with others? Either way, we offer specific, in-the-field photography training, tailored to your exact needs.
If you are tentatively interested but don’t want to commit, I have an enquiry form you can fill out by clicking the button below, which takes you to my tuition page. You can complete this form with no obligation, which includes a self assessment on your own level of ability and areas of interest, then I will contact you just to offer some options on some training at a time and place to suit you…all without bending your arm up your back to commit!
Going back to the fundamentals I touched upon at the top of the page, the training I offer is practical and informal training, so mostly hands on out on location somewhere. Putting theory in to practice, and improving your technique and ability, without being judgemental. There are no exams, tests or levels of attainment to worry about. If like the Golfing comparison I made, you turn out to be better than me, then we will both enjoy a learning experience!
Many people who fancy trying out our training are really interested in photography, typically, they will have recently acquired a decent new camera, and they just want to learn a bit more about how to use it, get the best out of it, and be able to repeatedly capture decent photographs….does that sound like you?
At the most basic level, it’s about venturing beyond the ‘auto’ point and shoot mode that almost all cameras have, and before you even take a shot, learning how to start thinking about what it is you want to create in your image. When you have some idea of this, then you can start to consider what settings you want to MANUALLY select in your camera and lens in order to give you the desired results.
This may sound a little daunting if you are a beginner / novice (and we were all beginners at first so don’t worry), but with some tuition and practice, you can master this and perform it in a matter of seconds, almost without having to think about it, every time you take a shot. The results will show in your improved photography hit rate. You will ultimately take a far higher proportion of photographs that you are happy with, versus those that you would delete.
If you know someone who would enjoy some photography tuition, you can gift them lessons by using our photography gift vouchers, or by just getting in contact with us and we can arrange it directly with them.
So, if you just want to discuss it, get in touch….we don’t bite!
Coming soon…Photography Lesson 4 and more posts……thanks for reading, let us know your thoughts on this post using the form below. Cheers cheers.
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