I recently hosted my first full weekend workshop at a local gallery in my hometown. Since the gallery put the workshop on, I did not have to worry about getting participants. My job was simple; show up and teach.
My workshop was called; Making Photos, and it was a class designed for photographers of any skill level with any camera looking to improve their lighting and composition in their photography. Here is what I learned:
Teaching is a great way of Learning
In preparation for the class I bought a new photography book “Understanding Exposure”, by Bryan Peterson (if you like photography, I strongly suggest you pick up a copy). The book helped me think of photography in simple terms. This helped with my explanations, but also sparked questions that I’ve never really thought of before. I believe that if you truly want to learn something, try explaining it to someone. It’s surprising with how teaching can solidify your knowledge.
Allow the class to progress naturally
Before the class I made my self a timeline. However once I started teaching some things I thought would take a long time where completed quickly, while others needed extra care. The students had their own agenda of what they wanted out of the class, and unless I was able to take the time to focus on their specific needs, their take away wouldn’t of been as great. Taking the time to listen to the students specific needs, and to go with it was key.
Passion is contagious
I received an email from one of the students after the class telling me that my passion and love for photography has inspired them to work hard on their photos. I’ve noticed when I meet people who are passionate about what they do, their passion has an effect on me. It motivates me to keep going, and always dream for the stars.
If you love what you do, share the passion. Start your workshop. I can assure you that you will get far more out of it then you ever expected.
– Television Broadcasting, 2013
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