Education and training are ways to improve in any field of interest. Photography is no exception. Perhaps you have seen a flier in town announcing a seminar next weekend. Major photography magazines advertise professional tours to exotic locations. Which learning opportunity is best for you?
For most beginners and general hobbyist, I recommend the least expensive route. Some camera dealers offer free classes to their customers.Local parks and recreation departments offer seminars for a small fee, or free for residents. Photography clubs can be found in a number of cities and towns. More experienced shutterbugs share their knowledge and experience with other members as they lead discussions, demonstrations and (gulp) critiques. While clubs require membership dues, many of them welcome visitors to attend a meeting or two for free.
Those who wish to perhaps make a career or go more in depth with photography may consider formal classes. Community colleges and 4 year institutions offer a variety of certification and degree programs. Correspondence and online education can be good options as well. But,beware of diploma mills and be sure of your commitment to photography before making such an investment.
Professional photographer York River on Saturday, April 16th.Be sure to look for other learning opportunities as well.