I have been compelled to write about photography workshops, classes and photo tours. Lately I had some conversations with others whose opinion I value and we ended up discussing how important investing in yourself is and likely more important than investing in a new lens or body. We came to the conclusion that we all love new gear but till we felt comfortable using it just wasn’t as much fun. How come my pictures look the same after I bought that new camera body or my images still seem out focus after that new lens. Questions I have heard from time to time. When you find yourself saying these things it’s time to do a bit of self-investment. It’s no different than my golf game or someone’s private piano lessons. When you can focus on your passion, you start to improve. When you can actually set the time aside for nothing but photography, things just get better and your inner fire starts to burn hotter. I have found that workshops have a way of doing that to me. I love gear as much as the next guy. Well, OK I actually love it more. Heck, I even cohost a show called Mirrorless Minutes where we talk about gear every other week so I know I love gear. If I didn’t attend workshops though, I know photography would become stale for me. I belong to the Arcanum school involved with a Master photographer, James Maher, where we have feedback with not only James but the others in our cohort. This feedback always helps to see the world in a different way and I love that. Training is essential to growth in my mind and that is why I continue to invest in my own as well as share that information in workshops or classes that I provide.
So, the next time you are considering taking that workshop or photo tour know you will be doing yourself a favor by investing in your passion, photography. Check out all the great opportunities out there for training and select something to invest in. Even if you might have a new body or lens when you show up for the workshop the experience and interaction working with the instructor and other participants will be priceless. Ignite your fires and look for a workshop today.