Frustrated that you don't know all the technical terminology and skills to get professional looking shots?
Loved photography all your life and persued it as a keen ameteur?
Want to make the most of that DSLR you have invested considerable amounts of hard-earned cash on?
Disappointed you never had the opportunity at school or beyond, to complete studies in photography?
Travelling to exotic and highly photogenic locations and photo opportunities?
Want to document your family and friends as they progress along the passage of life, beyond the boring family snap?
Want to know what camera settings professional photographers use to get those awe inspiring results?
If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, you are probably ready to enrol in a short, or even longer term photography course!
I am currently enrolled in just such a course, operated by a local and in demand, professional photographer, Michelle Dunn, of MPD Photography and Video.
Michelle is an inspiration and role model, to the deliberately small group of eleven students, currently enrolled in her DSLR Short Course in Ballarat. A skilled and highy knowledgible teacher with extensive professional insight and experience across a range of photo genres, Michelle has encouraged us all to share the best and worst of our weekly endeavours with our cameras and learn from our mistakes, as we develop and refine our own skills and experiment across the various techniques Michelle believes are integral to success as a photographer, ameteur or professional.
Much time and energy goes into thorough familiarisation with our indiviual camera settings as well as examining and discussing the work of some truly iconic professional photographers and internet sites to inspire and enrich our knowledge of techniques we are beginning to understand and use ourselves.
The class itself is a lively and diverse group of individuals, drawn together by their love of photography. All share the goals of improving and informing their own photography, be it to document travels or family, shoot their own fashion line promotional materials, capture sublime landscape, wildlife or flora images, or even seek to enter the world of professional or art photography and photo journalism.
Our meetings, both in studio and on location involve due dilligence, mixed with fun.The shots taken by fellow students prove a weekly inspiration and Michelle's examples and anecdotes relating to her own professional life and experience take it to a level that can only be offered by a "working photographer", rather than simply, a "teacher of photography"!
I highly recommend Michelle Dunn's photography courses, be it one day workshops, or the Short DSLR Course, or seeking out something similar in your local area.
Find out more about Michelle Dunn, photographer, and the outstanding short courses she offers.
Photography Courses as Professional Development
Further, if photography can in any way be linked with your work, Michelle's courses are a rewarding and personally enriching form of professional development, that might either be funded in part or wholly by your employer, or claimed under the provisions of tax deductions for your industry!
If you work in travel or tourism, fashion, document history, policing, welfare, teaching, architecture, or even garden design or the nursery industry, undertaking a short photography course is professionally relevant. If you have and update your own business web page, then undertaking a photography course should be a priority!
Certainly, as a teacher and blogger, a photography course falls within personally and professionally enriching development and given it runs over a full 24 hours, across a number of weeks, it more than meets the demands by the Victorian Institute of Teachers for my annual 20 hours of required professional learning!
Best of all Michelle Dunn's Short DSLR Course is as much fun, as it is informative and practical!
* All images on this post are the outcomes of my own efforts and experiments within the first 4 weeks of the course!