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March 05, 2007

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Christina Conroy

Are they any negatives, aside from the cost? This makes me even more interested in taking one. But, I think I'll just work with the new photo equipment I just bought and hope that Pbasers get a bit more unforgiving!

Thanks for sharing!

Chuck

Christina,
The only real negative is that these courses are expensive. An alternative is to try out a 4-week course to see if you like it. These cost less.

I should point out that you get out of the course what you put into it. My experience is that you will get more out of the course if you get to know the other students along the way and use the Q&A board to share ideas and learn from others.

jude

Interesting blog - I like the information and what you got from the courses. Makes me a bit interested in taking one.

I do want to also say I love that photo you won the award for (the gallery).. and I've always meant to ask if you looked up and saw this and shot on a moment's notice? tell me the story.. please? :)

Chuck

Jude,
I was just wandering through Venice when I came across the scene. I had about 10 seconds to compose and shoot before the woman and cat both left.

Rene

I totally agree that the more you put into these classes or any f2f workshop you participate in the more you get out of it.

Another great way to improve is to find 4 - 8 photographers living near you and meet every other week to discuss new work. You bring new images to each session and you talk about what you were trying to achieve, what is working and what is not working. You build up trust over time and each participant feels more comfortable with providing HONEST and fairly tough feedback. You do not have to be at the same level or even like to shoot the same type of images.

I learned about doing this from Paul Butzi. He has an article on starting a group. It is here http://www.butzi.net/articles/monday.htm

I also have worked with Paul individually to get his critique of my images. He is very detailed and would also give assignments and feedback on them. I consider the price to work with him individually to be reasonable.--Rene

Jeff Seltzer

It's funny, Chuck, as I "met" you through a BP.com course. But, overall, I don't think the BP courses provide strong value. Really, they are an expensive way of providing motivation. I've found that for about the same money, you can take a workshop and have real live interaction. I've taken workshops at UCLA and one really good one at the Brooks Photography institute in Santa Barbara.

Chuck

Great article Rene. Thanks for sharing that.

And Jeff, per your comment, it's definitely not for everyone. For me, I find it really helps me out of a funk and gets me excited about shooting again. This last class with Tony Sweet was much better than I could ever have imagined. He really gets into advanced "seeing" concepts if you pay attention.

I've not taken a workshop, so can't really give a comparison opinion. I'd like to try that.

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