A photography workshop is the perfect place for aspiring photographers to hone their skills. These workshops help amateurs develop new techniques, explore their style, and improve their knowledge on photography equipment. They also help photographers to create—and expand—their network of personal and professional friends.
If you are looking to attend the best photography workshops and you want to get the most out of your experience, follow these four tips:
1. Stay Close to the Instructor
Most workshops will take students to various locations to shoot objects, animals, or people. Being out on the field is nice and it gives you some freedom to roam, but don't go too far. After all, you want to learn new techniques—and not just spend the day shooting things.
During your class, stay close and follow the instructor. Observe how the teacher looks at things, sets up their composition, or how they handle difficult situations. There will be plenty of time to photograph things yourself later in the day.
2. Be Open to Suggestions and Feedback
Enter the workshop in a positive and enthusiastic mood. Accept—and even encourage—feedback. If the instructor offers you some advice, stay open and test it out before you dismiss it. This applies to all criticism and suggestions, because sometimes there will be better photographers in the workshop.
Remember, the purpose of attending the workshop is to expand your knowledge and techniques. So expose yourself to these suggestions and go with the flow. You never know, you may learn something really cool—and even helpful.
3. Ask Questions
As you might have heard your elementary teacher say, "There are no stupid questions." Although it might seem that there are, there really isn't. During your workshop, speak up and ask any questions that you might have—no matter how silly they may sound.
4. Show Your Work
A lot of people are shy when it comes to their photography. It is perfectly normal to want to hide your work, but during the workshop, it is important that you show your work to others—and especially the instructor. You do not need to show all of your images, but show some—or at least those that you consider to be your best work.
Showing your work to others will offer you two benefits: hearing praise and receiving suggestions. Both are useful and can help you improve your skills and networking.
No matter what your skill level, you can improve your talents by implanting these four tips the next time you attend a photography workshop.