Invest in photography skills before investing in more equipment
Photography Skills – Learning and Practice
You can invest in photography equipment yearly as new gear comes out constantly to feed our habits. We are a generation that is always looking for new tech and gear. We want the newest and best! I’m hoping to convince you to step out of that mindset for a moment and really think about investing in yourself and your photography skills.
Learning and expanding into new photography skills will always help you become better as a photographer and as a creative. Many people stop learning once they leave high school or college, but I am here to tell you that you should never stop learning and strive for more education. Here are 3 ways you can invest in yourself to help grow your photography game.
Online learning is an industry that has exploded over the last few years. You can learn anything from fixing cars to 3-point studio lighting, all from the convenience of your home computer. There are some great companies that partner with seasoned photographers to help you get better with at photography. Companies like Creativelive.com and RGGEDU.com.
They work with photographers to create online material that covers many types of photography. Online learning allows you to learn at your own pace, and many courses offer downloadable study materials or videos for watching offline at any time.
Local Photography Classes
Watching videos may not be your thing. If that is the case, you may consider going old school. Literally! Consider finding a local college or trade school that offers courses on photography. This can be a great learning experience for a few reasons. One reason is it will make you physically walk into a classroom and collaborate with other creatives.
We tend to fly solo on learning, so having other people around is a great inspiration. Also, classrooms give you specific assignments that you must complete. We may not always like the assignment, but they are created to help you learn a specific skill and should not be overlooked.
If you’re like me, you follow many prominent photographers online, or on social media. Many of my favorite photographers have hands-on training meetups held all over the US. This gives you the opportunity to learn on-site and see how the photographer interacts with the scene or subjects. I follow many portrait photographers and they offer monthly meetups for all skill levels. You can ask questions and get insight into the gear and equipment used by professionals.
Investing in your photography skills is going to help you gain more confidence in your photography. It can also help you join a community and collaborate with other creatives. You can learn in your spare time, or take weekend classes to help fit your schedule. Either way, learning new photography skills will help you advance in shooting, and keep you dedicated to your craft.