Friday, 22 August 2014

Is your Photography Teacher robbing you of Your Creativity

Would you book a flight on a passenger airline flown by an amateur pilot?
Would you choose a heart surgeon who had done a one-day course in triple bypasses?

Probably not.

'It's a matter of life and death' you'd say. However, choose the wrong photography teacher and you will only lose money and waster time. 

Or worse .... your creativity may wither and die on the vine.

Recently I sat in on a 'Beginner's Class' run by a professional photographer with numerous international accolades and a prestigious reputation. (I can vouch for the fact she is a highly skilled and passionate photographer.)

But .....

In the first 15 minutes of session one of her 'Beginner's Course' she had numerous formulae on a screen visual explaining the relationship between focal length, aperture and the diameter of the opening of the diaphragm. Half of the audience of 60 people had compacts and wanted to know how to switch their camera on. The one's with DSLRs were scratching their heads. Three hours later not one member of the audience had taken a single picture. (I was checking sunset and last light times on my iPhone app and calculating if I had enough time to fit in a beer before dinner.)

Perhaps her advertising should have read


Here are some sample snippets from photography teachers, schools and shops:

Perfect portraits - how to get Perfect Portraits every shot
(lead article in well-known magazine)
I'd enrol in this course myself if it delivered that outcome.

Become an expert on your DSLR in just two hours
(sign in camera shop window)

How to use a DSLR like a Pro Photographer
1. Read the camera manual
(Online course in photography)

How to make money from photography
(You pay $295 to find out)

Digital Photography revealed in plain simple English
(online course)

How YOU can start your Photography Business, generate 6 figures in your first year and live your passion for photography everyday!
Do those six figures include cents?

Photograhing Humpback Whales (sic)
(authors haven't yet discovered spellcheck)

Nikon School – Enroll now (sic)
tut tut Nikon

Outback Dessert Odyssey Photography Tour
For photographers with a sweet tooth

How to become a professional photographer
Tip 1: Focus on your photograph  
     That sounds perfectly reasonable

Karl Taylor Photography Masterclass
Our starter photography course inlcudes (sic) our "Introduction to Photography Course", "Travel & Landscape Photography Course" & "Advanced Digital Photogaphy (sic) Course
Sounds a little ambitious for a starter course
I wonder if Lesson 1 is how to spell Photography

Creativity in Photography: Learning how to see
I usually open my eyes
     I'm not sure if this includes a free white stick and seeing-eye dog

We would love to teach you how to take fantastic photos
I like this one!


* Kate assisted me shooting the RSPCA Dog Calendar. She told me I was taking boring photos of dogs. So Kate rubbed a rag on a  cat to make the dogs' tongues loll and we practised a whooping whistle to make their ears stand to attention.

'Ammo' - half dog, half dingo was rescued, almost dead by 17 year old Mark. Geraldton W. Australia 

Here are some thoughts on how to avoid being voted the world's most boring photographer 2014
Click HERE to see the video.

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