Last night I was tossing and turning in my bed pondering my past relationship with photography and education and how I have come to be where I am at this very moment right now.
You see, I did everything the "way you should", "the smart way", the "practical" way of learning.
I WENT TO SCHOOL.
Every weekday morning for 2 years straight I rolled out of my bed in the dreaded hours of the morning, got in my car, and made the 30 minute journey to my photography school.Let me just take a small moment to say that I am NOT a morning. IN THE LEAST. So here I am, earning a degree that wasn't necessary, while sacrificing my warm, soft bed each morning and trading that for sterile lights and the smell of musty old classrooms (not the mention the creepy, neglected darkrooms that who knows what kind of business went on in there after class times were over- just let your imagination run wild).
Yes, I got the degree.
Yes, I did learn some things.
But boy, I could have saved myself A LOT of money (and all those mornings curled up in my bed- of course.)
With all the learning resources on the market today, there is honestly no essential reason to be educated in a classroom for photography, at least for portraiture.
The one thing I would advise to is to learn business if you are serious about your photography.Want to know how many business classes I took in school while my instructors were molding us as "photography business owners"?
ONE. MEASLY. CLASS.
I spent THOUSANDS of dollars on education about camera settings, ISO, studio lighting, and Photoshop, when I should have invested that into business education.Everywhere you look in this industry, professional photographers are offering their knowledge and taking students under their wing to teach you the very same things I learned....for the fraction of the cost. I know a $2,000 workshop might seem like a hefty price at first though, but when compared to spending 10x that in a musty classroom, it's really not so bad.
With so many options out there these days, you'd be crazy NOT to take advantage of learning from the best in the industry, the cream of the crop if you will.
Here's a few of my favorites:
Simple Wedding Photography - Again, not a course, but this ebook is jammed packed of everything you need to know about starting and running a successful wedding photography business for such an amazing bargain!
Album skills - In this amazing course you will learn how to create stunning albums for your clients in less time so you can start earning more money! Did I mention how cost effective it is?!
Some of my favorite FREE resources:
Vision statement workbook - Take advantage of this incredible FREE resource to help you map out your photograph vision and pave the way for a successful
Photography Concentrate Mega FREEBIE variety - You have to see it to believe it, this site is jammed packed full of amazing, FREE stuff! Take a look for yourself. You're welcome.