Why Short-Term Photography Courses are Better

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People often speak about wanting to sign up for a “real photography course”, meaning a course that goes over weeks and months through evening, weekend or online classes. But time says nothing about the quality of a course. If you wish to learn all about the technical features of photography, cameras, lenses and related software and you have only two hours per week the time to do it will take you months. But if you want to learn how to operate your camera only one lesson might be enough. Now you might think, it depends. Yes, it depends on what the person wants to learn, how quick a person learns, what knowledge is already there and what the goals are. This should be determined before the lessons start. What do you want to learn, for what reason do you want to learn it, where do you want to go in photography. Depending on the answers a number of lessons between one and four can be planned. Except from a basic lesson on the camera or for a specific photographic subject, four lessons are a good number of lessons to sign up for. They give you the time to get somewhere in photography with a beginning and an end. Setting out the personal goals in photography as a hobby or profession and get going in the first lesson. Working on it in the second and third lesson and evaluating the achievements in the fourth lesson gives the course a great dynamic and momentum in the photographic learning process. One might need some time to practice the learned before moving on with lessons or need a break for other reasons. Or one wants to carry on immediately. It is very personal and the personal conditions can change a lot with time. An individual and short-term approach takes this into account and adjusts the photography course to the individual circumstances of the student. That makes the short-term photography courses the better ones for the commited students.

Ute Sonnenberg, www.rohoyachui.com