Question of the day
Are photography workshops worth it?
Is photography training really worth investing in?
I am often asked if it’s beneficial to attend photography workshops, so I am sharing my thoughts on why you should attend and what to look for when searching for the perfect photography workshop!
Anyone interested in photography should consider attending a photography workshop, especially one that a well-known expert organises. These workshops offer an excellent chance to see, learn from, and exchange ideas with accomplished photographers. A quality workshop provides insight and expertise that photographers cannot find elsewhere.
Attending a photography workshop can inspire you
Workshops on fashion, family photography or landscapes can be pretty inspiring, especially if they are relevant to your interests.
At these courses, even seasoned photographers can find new inspiration and drive, and it may even encourage photographers from different professions to try something they haven’t done before.
I am predominantly an outdoor family photographer, but I have found inspiration from attending street photography and landscape workshops. I found the challenge of different lenses and using different camera settings inspiring, and I ended up integrating some of these techniques into my family photo shoots.
It’s an opportunity to meet other photographers
Meeting people who share your passion for photography is one of the best things about taking a photography course. These people can share ideas and learn from others who share their love in the ideal setting offered by workshops.
Even for professionals, workshops are a fantastic opportunity to pick up new knowledge or brush up on old ones in the company of like-minded people.
As an example, in my outdoor family workshops, I often have a group of photographers with differing levels of experience who use different camera brands and lenses. Seeing the same image shot through a different lens is a wonderful way to learn and understand your style.
All the organising is done for you!
A well-organised photography workshop means you can turn up and focus on the photography. The workshop owner should organise the location, models, transport if needed and ideally, food and drinks throughout the day.
The better organised the day, the more you can focus on your technical understanding (such as shutter speed, exposure, and aperture) and if you are working with models understanding how to get the best from them in terms of posing and connection.
A great workshop will also show you how to rely less on image editing software (such as photoshop and lightroom) and more on your knowledge and tools.
Workshops are an opportunity to get personalised feedback
The most successful workshops are where you also have an opportunity to interact 1-2-1 with the trainer. Sharing the images, you are taking on the day and asking for feedback is critical to any photographer’s growth. My in-person workshops have a maximum of 6 attendees to ensure all of the photographers attending have an opportunity to ask questions and are their images so they can practice until they create the image they are hoping for.
It’s important to remember that envisioning an image before taking it is crucial to the success of the final image for newer photographers who may still be training their photography eye and benefit from feedback.
You can choose where you would prefer online or in-person photography training.
There are online workshops available, as well as conventional on-site and travelling photography classes. Online training works particularly well when it comes to business or editing workshops, and shooting is often best in person.
When looking for an online course, consider whether you have time to master the techniques being taught and whether you have an opportunity for feedback.
My online editing course runs over three weeks allowing photographers the tome to try the editing techniques we discussed and then ask for feedback on their final images. Having time to practice an editing technique also means you are more likely to be able to absorb and remember the information learnt in the future.
Finally, make sure you do your research before investing in a photography workshop (my top workshops are shown below)
It can be challenging to choose the right photography workshop because not all programmes are created equal. It’s crucial to do your homework on both the instructor and the workshop to choose one that is worthwhile for your money.
If you’re considering attending a workshop, start by researching the photographer teaching it. Although the cost of a higher-end workshop may be more, it’s crucial to take the instructor’s qualifications and expertise into account. An instructor with publications, a track record, and a lots of past clientele is likelier to deliver worthwhile teaching than one with little to no expertise.
Make sure the instructor produces high-quality photographs and that their approach to photography matches what you want to learn by looking through their portfolio. Think about the workshop’s reputation as well. Finally never be afraid to ask the trainer for contact details of people they have trained in the past and chat to them about what they learnt on the day.
Here are my recommendations for Photography training in the UK
I have worked in the photography industry for over ten years and have built relationships with a team of trainers that are the best in the business. I only recommend trainers where I have either attended their training, or have worked with photographers who have invested with them and seen real results.
Outdoor photography training
Nina Mace from Nina Mace Photography
Nina is an award-winning outdoor photographer who offers photography and editing training
IN PERSON OUTDOOR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS & MARKETING TRAINING
Nina Mace from Nina Mace Photography
With 15 years business & marketing experience Nina offers a variety of workshops to help grow your business
SEO FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
FACEBOOK ADVERTISING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
in person sales training
Maggie Robinson from the Tog Academy
Do you want to master in-person sales? Maggie runs a successful photography studio and trains photographers to grow their product sales
PHOTOGRAPERS GUIDES & PLANNERS
studio photography training
Gary Hill – Art of the Portrait
One of the best in the business, with multiple accolades from all of the major photography associations. Gary offers lighting training in the UK & Overseas
IN PERSON 1-2-1 TRAINING
DOWNLOADABLE LIGHTING GUIDES
flash & commercial photography training
Stephanie Belton from Stephanie Belton Photography
Want to learn how to use your flash or how to grow a personal branding and commercial photography business successfully, then Steph is the trainer for you!
Dog Photography training
Jessica McGovern from that Tog Spot
A master at all things dog photography related Jess runs an online membership to help grow your photography and your business