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As I write this entry, I canít help but reflect back on my 20 years as a photography teacher and the students I have inspired, taught, and motivated. When I started teaching back in 1994, we were all using film. Digital imaging has added a new dimension to the teaching of photography. Todayís students are using digital cameras exclusively, and for the most part, are struggling to learn the technology.
Photographers in the year 2014 and beyond need to be both visual artists and computer technicians. Digital cameras are computers with lenses attached to them. They are highly sophisticated tools which confuse many people. Since digital photography can be technical and a bit intimidating, itís important for the instructor to implement strategies which allow for the learning of technical material in a fun, relaxed manner.
It is extremely important for students to seek out an instructor who has professional experience in the areas of photography they are most interested in. In my case, I specialize in travel and outdoor photography which I have a real passion for. My enthusiasm for photographing these subjects is contagious.
A good curriculum will include time spent in the field. A field workshop allows the instructor to provide immediate feedback to students in areas such as camera settings, lighting, exposure, composition and lens selection.
If you are new to digital photography, it would be in your interest to sign up for one of my classes, private sessions or field workshops. You will save a lot of time, frustration and expense from having to learn on your own by trial and error.