When you first purchase your DSLR and walk out of the shop with it. You do not purchase the skills or knowledge to make you a professional photographer. Your camera is just a tool.
These days you can hardly turn around without someone offering you training. You can go and find out about some new aspect of photography or simply brush up on your skills. There is so much choice
How do you decide whether you need training, what the right course might be for you and whether the course comes up to scratch or is a complete waste of money..
You need to be honest with yourself about where you are on a personal level, and what areas of your skills or business may need bolstering. It’s worth pointing out straight away that training is in no way an admission of weakness. The best photographers even those that have been big names for years take on training.
Be honest with yourself and take on the type of training you need. It maybe to further your business skills, or marketing skills
You may have just bought your first DSLR and want to get the most out of it Nikon
Training courses start from the very basic right through to one to one training
Speak to any photographer and almost all have had some aspect of training
So where do you start? That really depends on your skills.
You could start off taking an introduction course to digital photography
You could do an on line course with the Open university T189
You could join in photo answers free digital SLR skills
I highly recommend joining a camera/photographic club as these offer members many free workshops. Also most camera clubs have a few experts in different genres such as portrait, Landscape
If your seriously considering making your hobby a business.
Then a course in business and marketing is a crucial fist step. Many people do not realise that actually photography is about 10% of a pros work.
Marketing skills is one of the most important aspects of running a photography business.
Next would be understanding photo shop and creating a workflow. Understanding how to design albums and source products, How to create slideshows and on line galleries maybe build your own website.
Next would come hands on experience courses mainly done in small groups.
These can involve one day workshops working on lighting, wedding poses,portraits and many many more.
Training isn’t just for the professional you may just want to take better images of your family or have been asked to capture a friends wedding. Maybe you would like to produce better landscapes to hang on your wall or give to friends or abstract arty images to sell locally.
Some training course are run as photographic holidays
I have undertaken a fair amount of training myself in Lifestyle portraits, Wedding photography, business and marketing as well as training in photoshop and other digital media. This helps me give my clients the very best up to date products