If you’re like most people, deciding to pursue your passion for photography is the first step. Easy enough. Then, you’ll likely need to decide where to enroll, maybe entertaining a course catalog or two . . . and that’s when things can get hairy. Choices – and more choices – abound. How to choose wisely?
While there’s no rule of thumb, we wanted to offer some practical tips to help you eliminate the guesswork.
First, consider the format.
These days, variety is abundant. Weekend and accelerated courses cater to jam-packed calendars and are well suited for the overly scheduled. Condensed courses are generally high energy, so if getting-it-all-in-now resembles your personal motto or if you enjoy laser-like focus, this may be the format for you.
For those who prefer a more relaxed approach, courses that run for several weeks offer many benefits. Opportunities to ruminate on the course material and apply your new skills are just some of the ways. At Basho, access to our studio is available for the length of your course (no additional cost!), so ultimately you’ll have more time to practice what you’ve learned. And, if meeting – and gelling – with classmates tops your priority list, a longer format is ideal.
Next, art vs. technical.
Often, our first-time students grabble with where – and what – to begin. Some are strictly interested in learning how to manipulate their cameras for optimal use. Others want to develop their “eye” to frame and shoot stellar images.
For technical people and newbies still gingerly cradling their cameras, we recommend one of our tutorials, which are personalized, three-hour sessions. Afterward, many students choose similar technically themed courses, such as Photography in Practice and Digital Photography: Shooting and Editing.
For the art folks and for students whose interests involve the happy marriage of art and technique, courses like Foundations of Digital Photography and Digital Photography: Intensive offer aspects of both. Most photographers prefer one camp to another, but if you’re unsure, we’re always willing to walk you through it.
Of course, the most important factor is you. And if you’re planning to invest in yourself, a little homework goes a long way toward finding your best fit.