In this digital age, photography has made huge advances. When I began taking SLR photographs some 20 plus years ago, film was my only option. This had advantages – primarily that I needed to make every picture count. There was nothing worse than picking up my photos from the developers, only to find that many were disappointing. I had to learn – and quickly – to improve the ratio. This I did, and the skills I picked up keep me in good stead to this day. However, if I were in the same position now, I would consider learning from a decent online digital photography course.
Whilst I took time to learn how to compose pictures properly, develop a “photographer’s eye” and which settings to use in any particular situation, there were aspects of film photography that were of little interest to me. Mainly this was the darkroom. I got my kicks from creating the image – the processing and development were somebody else’s area of expertise. However, the “digital darkroom” equivalent, of editing images in Photoshop and equivalent, does excite me, and opened up a whole new world of creativity that had previously not existed to me.
So digital has now made photography much more accessible from end to end. Those who want to concentrate on just taking photos and printing them can do so. Those who prefer to manipulate and improve images to create works of art can do this. And others, like myself, can combine the two. A credible online digital photography course can teach you how to do all of this.
So how do you choose a course suitable for you? How do you know if it is pitched at your level? Well, increasingly, online courses cater for all photographers, whatever their level of expertise. A good course will have a “one size fits all” element to it, and the pupil can jump in where they want. The course will go right from the basics (e.g. composition, automatic aperture and shutter speed settings) through to training and assignments for advanced users (covering such areas as light and dynamic range, and studio portrait set-ups).
Such an online digital photography course will also supply video tutorials, as well as access to monthly ezines that give you a chance to submit photos for critical assessment, and enter competitions. Ideally, there will be a level of interaction that you could not achieve just by following a book on the subject. This would include access to the tutor, who will provide objective feedback and be there to answer any questions. Finally, but importantly, online courses provide excellent value for money. As all content is downloadable, the tutor has very low overheads, which they can pass on directly to the consumer.