A nature photography workshop taught
by a qualified teacher can take years off the
learning curve and help you realize your goal
of making pleasing photographs much sooner than
otherwise possible. Here are a few suggestions
to help you pick a workshop and then make it a
great learning experience.
Pick a teacher who has a style you enjoy and
would like to emulate.
When you are considering a workshop, look at the
prospective teacher’s work, are they images
of subjects you would like to photograph in locations
you would enjoy taking pictures? Are the images
well composed, sharp, and exposed properly. Can
you say, I would like to make images like those?
Choose small workshop sizes.
All things being equal you will get better attention
in smaller workshops.
A teacher who knows more than just photography?
Many workshop leaders are exceptional photographers
and qualified teachers. And a few, in addition
to having the above mention qualities may have
special knowledge that you will find useful. Such
as a native to the area that you are shooting,
who can share in the history of the area, or who
just knows the best locations. Or perhaps a naturalist
who can help you understand your subject and how
to use that knowledge to make better images.
Know your equipment.
To get the most bang for your buck, the workshop
is no place to learn the functions of your camera,
lenses or flash. You should know how to override
the DX coding, and at the very least, know how
the exposure modes, metering modes and exposure
compensation functions work on your camera. You
can learn camera function from a manual, and that
Location, Location, Location.
This is very important. Pick a workshop where
it is possible to make the kind of images you
want to make. A location where you can comfortably
make those images. Florida in the winter and spring
is the best place in the world to make images
of beautiful birds, awesome sunrise and sunsets
and many other subjects. But if you love photographing
majestic mountain ranges it is the wrong place
for you. Or if you think August is the month to
come to Florida, you will be far from comfortable.
Ask the workshop leader questions.
Don’t be shy, you are paying for knowledge,
if you don’t understand, did not hear, or
a subject you are interested in was not covered,
Stay close to the instructor.
I have been on nature photography workshops when
the students seem to scatter. I still don’t
understand that. You can learn much just by watching
and imitating your instructor. Also, if you need
personal attention no time is wasted tracking
down the instructor.
Bring images for critique. Many times an instructor
can find problems or areas that may need a little
improvement just by looking at your images.
Have fun and take lots of pictures!
Bring plenty of film, batteries and /or digital
storage. And when you get home, share (show off)
your new found skills and beautiful pictures with
your friends and families.
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