Everywhere I go I see evidence of photographers setting up training workshops and photographic classes. Some of the trainers have been in the industry for years and have a real talent to… pass on to the next generation. They are the ones that have been mentoring and sharing their knowledge for quite some time and are driven by passion and not the need to earn a living. There are some however that have run out of choices with their portrait and wedding client numbers dwindling. They need to supplement their income in any way they can.
My advice is to beware of the untrained eye when choosing photographic workshops. There are many copy cats and frauds out there who set themselves up as industry experts. Before you sign up to any training programme check the company’s image galleries carefully. Are the trainers expert photographers? Is there a passion and vitality in their pictures? Is their wedding work fabulous? Is there evidence of real financial and creative success in the photographic industry that you can learn from? And finally, what books have they published. Some good advice I was given some time ago was to buy the book before buying the training. If you are still not sure, I suggest you Google the tutors individually. Established companies like CPT run by Annabel Wiliams and Catherine Connor tick all the boxes and have a proven track record of delivering success.
In a bid to establish an openness and clarity within our own training academy I decided to publish over 2000 of our photographs online in our members area and our portfolios here. If you like what you see and would like the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to recreate the images then you know you are in safe hands on one of our workshops. If it’s business training you are after then our Evolve programme might just be what you need.