Workshops

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petreluk Senior Member • Posts: 1,645
Re: Workshops

DMillier wrote:

I've never been on a workshop. The closest I have got is a telephone call with Bruce Percy to discuss 1 to 1 training.

I can imagine that a workshop could unlock something. I remember a photographer called Gavin Dunbar talking about the benefits of a workshop with Michael Levin. Looking at his photographic output online, it's obvious his one week workshop transformed him from a competent, but casual, snapshotter to a fine art photographer overnight, which is kind of amazing.

Before: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavindunbar/albums/72157622515701004

After: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavindunbar/

My main objection is the cost. I'd be up for spending a couple of hundred quid say on a day's training, but many workshops are aimed at wealthier people than me. There is no real comparison between workshops and gear in cost terms. If you are careful, and buy wisely, you could get yourself an excellent photographic outfit for, say, £500. A Luminous Landscape style workshop can set you back £25k.

My secondary objection is the presence of other people. I've never found companionship in the field to be conducive to getting into the photographing mood. Never could get into the camera club thing for example. The idea of spending a week 6 feet away from a dozen other photographers being dragged from pillar to post is not appealing. Photography is much about solitude for me. I'd like a photography pal, though, for sharing stuff away from the field. I don't know any photographers in person (apart from occasional meets with Lea Tippett who I met through the Sigma forum) http://www.leatippett.com/.Lea is a great bloke, salt of the earth and all that and we got on well, and he runs workshops as well, but the main thing I learnt from shooting with him was the value of wellington boots to the photographer (and not to let Laurence Matson drive you around Cornwall).

There are plenty of online workshops these days for pretty reasonable fees. Not the same as in person, of course, but can be great for learning and exploring what other, very experienced  folks do. I’ve found them very helpful during the pandemic. Spending £££ to be taken to the same places scores of other people make images of has little appeal to me.

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