These days, just about everything you want to know about photography can be found on the World Wide Web. All the major camera and film manufacturers offer how-to sections on their Web sites. Online chats and forums, in which experts and avid amateurs participate, also are a good source of information especially when it comes to new gear.
Sure, you can learn a lot sitting at home and staring at your computer monitor. But there's an old saying that illustrates the benefits of participating in a live photo workshop: I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
Photo workshops offer a creative environment in which you can learn new techniques, practice what you've learned and have your pictures evaluated by the instructors. Plus, they are lots of fun.
Here are some of the photo workshops that offer year-round programs.
The Maine Photographic Workshops is one of the largest summer centers in photography. The center offers more than 250 one-week workshops and master classes. Located on the Maine coast, the program offers classes in the creative and technical aspects of traditional and digital photography, fine art, photojournalism, architectural and personal expression.
For more information on the Maine Photographic Workshops, call (877) 577-7700 or go to www.TheWorkshops.com.
Presented throughout the year, Palm Beach Photographic Centre workshops include a range of traditional and contemporary applications black-and-white photography, digital imaging, darkroom techniques and alternative processes, studio lighting, nature, wildlife, portraiture, photo-essay and other specialties.
For more information on Palm Beach Photographic Centre, call (561) 276-9797 or go to www.workshop.org.
The Santa Fe Workshops present more than 130 weeklong workshops each year. Winter, summer and fall workshop programs in photography and year-round digital workshops offer craft, vision and inspiration for professionals and amateurs alike. The 2002 season offers new workshops with leading professional photographers.
For more information on the Santa Fe Workshops, call (505) 983-1400 or visit www.santafeworkshops.com.
Photography workshops, conducted in major cities throughout the United States, are also offered by Popular Photography magazine, (212) 767-6021 or www.mentorseries.com, and Shutterbug magazine (321) 268-5010 or www.shutterbug.net.