If you’re serious about taking up photography as a hobby or even launching a career of it, then here are some ways to help you find courses and tutorials in digital photography:
Know what it takes. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in digital photography, know that you need to have some basic photography know-how. It could be as simple as having experience taking shots, using photo editing programs (such as Photoshop and Picasa) and being fairly familiar with some photography terms and basic equipment such as a digital camera. You’d also need to be fairly creative and have some innate aesthetic sense, and have enough patience and motivation to develop your craft.
Consider educational options. If you’re currently a high school student, you may have a photography club at your school, which you could join for free—not only will this develop your innate talent, your photography club membership could be a plus to your college application. If you’re a college student, you may opt to enroll in digital photography courses as an elective. Start with the basic classes first. Once you’re in, you not only learn basic techniques but you could start building up a network of mentors who could advice you on advanced photography and expose you to the world of photography.
If you’re a working adult and you’d like to learn more about digital photography, you could inquire at your local community college to see if they offer basic courses, or you may enroll at a local photography school, if there is one. These short courses are usually affordable and would qualify you to set up your own photography business.
You may also consider taking courses online. The major benefits are that you could acquire training at your own pace, at your preferred schedule, and without having to leave your home. Type “photography course” into your preferred search engine on the Internet and browse through the results. Use your common sense and judgment in choosing which course to enroll in. Look at the course curriculum to see if the classes they offer are what you want to learn. Check out the mode of teaching (is it interactive? Does it entail mostly reading articles or does it also have practical hands-on assignments? How long will each course topic take? Does it give you the chance to post your questions and comments easily?). Research ratings and reviews on that particular school: How much will it cost (usually ranges from $50 to $180 for the whole course). Check if this online photography school is accredited. It’s best if the photography course you take is affiliated with a reputable school or university.
Attend photography workshops and seminars. Keep on the lookout for photography workshops and seminars offered in your area. Some of these are offered free as part of industry promotions – take advantage of this. If you have the time and inclination, you could also approach professional photographers and offer to be their assistant during their gigs in exchange for learning photography techniques and pointers from them.
Constantly develop your craft. Remember that being a good photographer means you need to practice and be open to improvement. To start off, make sure that you bring your digital camera with you at all times and take photos whenever the opportunity arises. Research good photography tips online that you could use as a guide for your shots. Go through online photography tutorials that offer more specialized methods and know-how. You could also buy photography books and subscribe to photography magazines to absorb as many techniques, tips and fundamentals as you can. Post your pictures online and have them reviewed and rated by visitors. The key here is to be able to look at your work with a critic’s eye and improve on your work. Be encouraged by the fact that gradually, you would be able to refine your methods until you evolve a style that is uniquely and distinctly your own.