The start of a new chapter is exciting and if you’re lucky enough to have signed up for a photography course then you have a real opportunity in front of you. However, as with anything, it’s really what you put in that determines how much you get out at the end – and during the experience. With that in mind here are some suggestions as to how to get the best from your photography course.
Get the best equipment that you can. Although you don’t have to have a top of the range camera to really excel at a photography course, buy yourself the very best that you can afford so that you’re working with a piece of kit that gives you some advantages from the start. For most people this will be a digital camera, possibly an SLR and potentially a professional grade model.
Do your homework. Whilst homework used to have some pretty negative connotations at school, with a photography course this simply means immersing yourself in taking pictures. Whether you get out and snap as many situations as you can in order to be able to understand the light, angles, the way faces react and the different surfaces and textures, or you spend time reading up on professional methods – or both – the more you can get into the subject matter outside of the course, the more you will get from the course itself.
Get involved. If you’re really passionate about photography then a photography course should stir up the desire to get stuck in. Ask lots of questions as they occur to you, share ideas with other people and don’t be afraid to ask for additional help when you need it, as the idea is to walk away from the course with the confidence to go and be a genuine photographer.
These are some of the best ways to get the most out of your photography course. Don’t forget that enthusiasm, commitment and motivation are the building blocks for success in most of these types of situations.