Actually, they usually do not provide much more than a random collection of tips. The one thing they will never offer is any sort of sensible strategy to have your photography stand out from the countless others and be noticed.
When shopping for photography courses, here are four things to always keep in mind…
Is the course affordable?
If your whole budget goes to paying for the photography course, you won’t have anything left to actually practice your new hobby. In no time, you will quickly grow to resent the photography course and the whole hobby. This is the number one reason that the average beginner abandons photography. Even if the full course was paid for in advance, they end up moving on with nothing more then a huge bill to show for it. Photography should be your hobby because you enjoy it and as a creative outlet. If it starts out as just a way to spend all your hard earned money, you can’t help but feel horrible and guilty every time you look at your camera!
How convenient is the photography course?
Does the course require you get locked in to traveling across town to attend class each day for months? Or do you have the option to download the course to study and learn at your own pace in your own home? The photography course you choose should let you learn your new hobby with hands on experience, instead of getting stuck in a classroom. Avoid situations where you will get stuck with other students who are not as experienced as you. Or a course where you quickly become lost because everyone else is going too fast for you to keep up. Remember, most of us have lives outside the classroom which have the tendency to get in the way from time to time!
Can you understand the lessons?
You shouldn’t need a PhD just to drag yourself through your photography courses. Many brilliant photographers simply are not qualified to write – or teach – a photography course.
Are the courses quick?
Or do they last all day long? Again, you want to be out in the real world practicing, not stuck reading an uninteresting lesson. Look for a photography course that has trimmed the fat and pushes right to the point. You will learn os much more by getting out there and actually using your camera.
Always remember these points, there are many good photography courses out there that will take your passion for photography to new levels while teaching you the skills to unleash your creativity.