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The workshop itself was wonderful. Jonathan made sure that every participant understood exactly what he was talking about on a one on one basis. ‘Patience’ - the virtue great photographers are known for was on display live. There were beginners, intermediate and professional level photographers and each of them learned a lot from Jonathan and from each other. The biggest impact was the photography community feeling Jonathan created in us and all of us interacts with each other even after a year and learn together via social media groups.
As part of the conference, there was a street photography session where we interacted with strangers and got their photographs. It was a great experience. Being new to Minneapolis and from a different culture and upbringing, this experience helped me to gain a lot of confidence and finally I was able to come out of my shell.
The best part about Jonathan is, he helps me out so much with my photography even months after the workshop. Also, he provides the opportunity to assist during photo shoots which help me a lot to learn just by observing. It really really helps me improve my photography knowledge and experience.
I would definitely recommend Jonathan to anyone who is looking to get into the photography world. He is such a great teacher who will inspire and be with you throughout your journey!!"
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We've all done it — taken mediocre pictures. A glowing moon bobs, enormous above the horizon, and we see only a drop of light in the photo. The sunset sprays brilliant color across the sky, but the picture looks drab. Your friends shoot dazzling smiles from a dance floor, but their photographed faces are too dark to see or rendered with spooky, red eyes. If you've ever witnessed a breathtaking sunset, a luminous moonrise, or a halo of fuzz around a sleeping kitten, snapped a photo and been disappointed with the results, then photography classes are for you.
In photography lessons, you can learn all the principles and techniques that'll allow your camera to capture what you see with your naked eye. After learning a few principles of photography, your photos won't disappoint you again. With the right training and equipment, you'll be able to enjoy and share the most beautiful, captivating, or heartwarming moments of your life again and again with accurate, well-edited photos.
Why Learn to Take Photos?
Apart from the personal satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from capturing skillfully shot pictures, you'll find plenty of additional reasons why learning to take photos with a photography teacher is worth your time, effort, and investment. For starters, professional photographers and photo editors are in high demand in multiple industries. Photographers find professional opportunities in journalism, marketing, real estate, design, and more.
If you'd prefer to work for yourself, as a professional photographer, you'll have plenty of opportunities to make a living. You can set up your own portrait studio and make a pretty penny by hiring yourself out for weddings, parties, and graduating seniors. You can also take an entire library of photos and make a living by licensing them for use online through websites like Getty Images or Shutterstock.
The Best Way to Study Photography and What You'll Learn in Classes
You can find plenty of free photography classes online, but the best way to learn photography fast is with a private photography tutor. No two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, photography lessons for children differ greatly in terms of course content and teaching methods from adult lessons. Plus, your teacher will customize course content to keep you motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you.
Sample Curriculum for Beginner Photography
If you have little or no previous experience with photography (other than snapping photos with your phone), then beginner photography lessons are for you. In these lessons, your teacher will introduce you to your equipment, software, and the basic principles of photography. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:
- Getting acquainted with your camera
- Metering reflected light and incident light
- Understanding color and white balance
- Learn how depth of field, focal length, and sensor size affect images
- Introduction to your photo editing software
Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Photography
If you're familiar with a few of your camera's settings and the basics of using photo editing software, then intermediate lessons are probably the best choice. In these lessons, you'll delve into unexplored features and settings on your camera and software. You'll also learn new, more complex techniques to improve the quality of the images you take. Plus, you'll learn to manipulate different aspects of photography to produce intentional results. Your intermediate photography teacher might cover the following topics:
- Manipulate aperture, exposure, shutter speed, and work in different lights
- Learn new shutter effects
- Consider composition and balance: rule of thirds, diagonal lines, "S" curves and shapes, and negative space
- Experiment with various subject types: people, animals, plants, landscapes, and inanimate objects
- Dive into professional photo editing
Sample Curriculum for Advanced Photography
Advanced photography lessons are intended for amateur photographers, approaching professional photography status. In advanced lessons, you'll be asked to push yourself to experiment with visual narrative, new techniques, and fresh compositions. You'll have the opportunity to workshop and edit photos with a professional photographer. Topics covered in advanced lessons depend on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might choose to cover the following:
- Learn the art of telling visual photo stories
- Develop a personal style
- Learn the ins and outs of publishing photography
- How to copyright
- Setting up a photography business
How to Find a Photography Tutor Near You
Finding a photography teacher on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct you to a variety of experienced, qualified teachers, offering photography classes for adults, children, and students at all levels. Before selecting a teacher, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other photography students.
The price of photography classes varies, but with so many teachers to choose from, you should be able to find an affordable rate on TakeLessons. Whether you study online or in-person, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast. You'll learn quickly, while focusing on the subjects that interest you most. Your photos will improve after your first lesson!