Photography workshops are wonderful ways to help improve your photography, to become inspired, and to help refine your style and focus your vision. But not all workshops, and not all leaders, are the same.
When shopping for a photography workshop, do you choose a leader whose recent, post-retirement, part-time hobby is photography, or one whose life has revolved around it for years? Do you choose the leader whose primary interest is scheduling workshops, or the teacher whose primary interest is being a photographer?
Photography workshops can be expensive, and you want to get the most from your experience. Choose a workshop leader who is both an experienced, talented photographer and caring, skilled teacher. One with a proven track record who is genuinely concerned about your artistic growth, who has the insight to inspire you, and who can help get you past the nagging FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) which afflicts us all.
“I recently attended my first workshop with Chuck Kimmerle. He is a very inspirational teacher and master Black and White photographer. His passion for his photography is contagious! Chuck worked with the participants pointing out better compositions and details to make the images come alive. He mentored and encouraged the participants in developing their vision and skills. Prior to this workshop I didn’t feel comfortable with sharing my work because I didn’t think they were “good enough;” once I looked at my new images in post production, I was truly amazed at the results. The images were extraordinary! I am looking forward to attending another Black and White workshop with Chuck!" Carla F.
Our growth as photographers is filled with vignettes of learning, some more powerful than others. While we gain experience by doing, we often need a little guidance. I attended a Chuck Kimmerle workshop a couple of years ago and he taught me a lesson that took my photography to a whole new level. He observed me working a subject that I was struggling with and after a while he stopped me and suggested that rather than chase the subject I should sit back, observe and wait for the subject to come to me. This lesson is now a significant part of my photography workflow. Arthur R.