I’m all for photography education. In fact, I have been teaching photography in one form or another for longer than I’ve been photographing weddings. Longer than I’ve been an actual photographer.
When I started I was really interested in the software, my understanding and competence led me to teaching. I have taught Photoshop at all levels and have delivered courses on Lightroom and digital workflow. I have delivered courses on camera operation, from basic operation to advanced metering, lens dynamics and digital technology. And, I have lectured on the History of Photography. All of the above has been both academically, and private courses and tuition.
Why do you need to know this? Perspective.
So you love photographing weddings…….. You look up to successful wedding photographers and you want to shoot like they do, you want to be recognised by your peers and the industry and you do everything you need to, to achieve that. You go on loads of workshops, you fall in line with the industry standards, you use the popular presets and design your images to be accepted by wedding blogs, and other wedding photographers. You become part of the cool gang and embark on the virtual circle jerk that is the soulless liking and commenting on popular photographers work with terms like, “Next Level” and “Mind Blown” and “RAD” and you start to become recognised, people are liking your rad comments and are now liking your work. Your relentless submission to wedding blogs, after fine tuning your work on their recommendation to their standards, is starting to pay off. You are getting features, the cool gang are starting to like your work too and all of your dreams are coming true.
Then one day you get the mail you’ve so desperately waited for. Yes, you’ve won an award. The awarding body has finally realised that being connected to you will do them some good, will generate some revenue somehow and they’ve reached out to tell you how amazing you are, how utterly beautiful your work is, and how honoured they are to give you such a pointless accolade. You, in turn, will be honoured, humbled, totally blown away and tell will everyone what a privilege it is to be recognised by the whatever the fuck bullshit blog that awarded you the rad award.
You’ll go away and think about where your career will take you next. You’ll have no idea. Then BAM, like a bolt of lighting you’ll get it! Obviously you are amazing, the industry has already confirmed that, and the amount of likes you received on your recent awards post confirms it again. You need to help others achieve their dream too. WORKSHOPS!
Why do photographers (and I use that term lightly in most cases) think that winning some bullshit industry award qualifies them to teach, to be an educator. Most have nothing to teach, no insight, no understanding of their craft and no understanding of themselves. And why do people attend these workshops………
So you love photographing weddings…….. You look up to successful wedding photographers and you want to shoot like they do, you want to be recognised by your peers and the industry and you do everything you need to, to achieve that. You go on loads of workshops, you fall in line with the industry standards, you use the popular presets……………..
….and the cycle continues!