If you are starting out in photography, you may wonder about the benefits of attending a workshop, especially a 1-to-1 workshop like the one offered on my website.
After all, we live in an age where a multitude of information is at our fingertips. Curious about a topic? Free articles, tutorials, and videos are ready for you to access in a matter of seconds.
However, as in most cases, too much of a good thing might be a bad thing. You might find the abundance of information out there overwhelming or difficult to translate into real-life situations.
You may find conflicting information out there on the Internet. Or perhaps you understand the theory, but you struggle to implement what you have learned while shooting.
This is where attending a 1-to-1 workshop can benefit you- where an experienced, knowledgeable photographer can dedicate the time to guide you through what you want or need to learn.
1-to-1 vs Group Photography Workshops
What about group workshops?
These workshops do come with several benefits that a 1-to-1 does not have.
First off, the price. The cost per person for group workshops usually works out to be lower than that of what you would pay for a 1-to-1.
Second, a more social experience. Group workshops allow you to meet new people who have the same interests, or to organize a group event to learn a new skill together.
Lastly, unexpected learning opportunities. A fellow participant in the workshop may ask a question regarding a topic that has not occurred to you before. This presents an opportunity for you to learn about a new subject or method that you might not have discovered on your own.
Although I do conduct both small group and individual photography workshops, I believe that a 1-to-1 workshop works best for the serious photography student.
Benefits of 1-to-1 photography workshops
Within a 1-to-1 workshop, the main focus is on you and your learning journey.
Firstly, the syllabus is catered to your personal experience. In a group workshop, participants may come from different levels of experience. While one participant may know about the importance of ISO, another who is new to photography may require a more in-depth explanation. This may also happen in reverse- where the instructor might not be aware that a participant requires more guidance on a certain subject, and ends up skimming over the topic. With a 1-to-1 workshop, there is no need to worry about not being advanced enough, or having to go through information that you already know. The instructor can focus on where you are at in your photography journey, and cater to your needs.
Next, a 1-to-1 workshop gives you more time with your instructor. As a group, the instructor has to ensure that enough of their time is given to each participant. In contrast, all the time in an individual workshop is spent on you. Because there is no need to try to capture your instructor’s attention every 10 minutes, both of you are able to explore topics that you are interested in.
In addition, the location and genre of photography covered are catered to you. Most group workshops have an overarching theme in order to ensure that all the participants are aware of the topics being covered by the instructor. For instance, beginner’s photography, street photography, or portrait photography. These workshops then focus solely on the genre presented.
With a 1-to-1 workshop, however, you are able to request for different genres to be covered, as long as they can be fit within the time frame of the workshop. For example, you could start your session off in-studio for indoor photography, move on to a discussion about taking portraits, then end it off with guidance on post-production editing.
What is covered in 1-to-1 photography workshops?
In short, everything related to photography.
As mentioned above, individual workshops give you the chance to ask any questions or focus on any trouble areas that you might have in your photography.
An individual workshop with me covers both technical and non-technical topics.
Technical skills include what settings work best in different scenarios, how to set up for studio lighting, or post-production editing.
Non-technical skills are less tangible, but equally important. They include learning how to make your subject feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera, creating opportunities to shoot, or learning how and what to pack for different shoots.
With the flexible and adaptable nature of 1-to-1 photography workshops, a variety of topics can be covered according to the needs of individuals. From beginners wanting to learn more, to seasoned photographers looking for a fresh perspective, attending a customized individual workshop is a great way to further your skills and gain new knowledge.
If you are interested in learning more about a 1-to-1 workshop with me, head on to my Workshop page on my website, or contact me at email@example.com.
Other workshops that I offer include:
• Small group workshops
• Street photography workshops
• Travel photography workshops
• Corporate workshops
• School or University workshops
• Photography lectures
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