Overview – Photography Classes And Photography Courses
Because there are various ways that you can learn photography with Sam, you’ll have plenty of flexibility when it comes to your studies and practice.
On one hand, you can work with him in one of his group photography classes and photography courses.
On the other hand, you can do a single private lesson, or a series of ’em, at a discount. Learn more.
Sam offers a variety of photography classes and photography courses to suit all levels of photographers.
You can study photography face to face with Sam in one of his regularly scheduled group classes or you can do a private lesson. Learn more.
If you’re nowhere near Washington DC, or just don’t feel like leaving wherever you are in Washington, DC, Sam can also work with you via the interwebs with an online meeting platform. He also has online lessons available on his website. Learn more.
While these are not the same as studying photography with Sam as the previous ways, they’re better than nothin’ and will give you a good idea about the way he teaches.
- Get on Sam’s e-mail list —When you get on Sam’s email list, you’ll receive a weekly email that will keep you thinking about your photography practice and keep you up to date on upcoming photography classes. If you’ve already subscribed, thank you.
- Like his page/follow him on Facebook.
- Network with him, and other professionals, on LinkedIn.
While that’s a good question to ask, I don’t know. In addition, it’s a question that we both need to answer. But we can’t answer that question without some preliminary work.
Because we probably don’t even know each other, it’s probably a good idea to get to know a bit about each other before we start workin’ together.
In other words, you wanna know if what I do can help you and I wanna make sure that I can help you.
For this purpose, read on and let’s see if we’re a good fit.
Below you’ll find some of my thoughts about photography instruction and suggestions on ways you can contact me so we can start working together.
During my studies and practice as a photographer, I’ve taken several photography classes and photography courses.
And based on my experience with working with “teachers” who’ve “taught” me photography my mileage, so to speak, has varied.
In other words, I seemed to learn more when working with some teachers when compared to others. I wouldn’t label teachers as “good” or “bad”.
Each teacher has their own way as photographers and their own way as teachers.
To put a finer point on it, I seem to resonate with some teachers and some I don’t.
To put it another way, I either connect with a teacher or I don’t connect with a teacher.
And to clarify, I’m not saying that I didn’t learn ANYTHING from the teachers I didn’t connect with.
Because there was something to be learned in ALL the classes that I took.
But some teachers had a profound influence on my studies and practice and that influence has lasted to this day in terms of who I am when I’m being a photographer.
And who I am when being a photography teacher.
The teachers that I resonate with don’t seem to be teachers. They seem to be acting more as guides during their photography classes and photography courses who get me to think about photography and how I study and practice photography. They don’t tell me what to do or how to do something. The teachers talk, I listen. I make some notes and ask some questions. Then they suggest ways to put into practice what they’ve talked about. They teach in such a way that allows me to find my own way as a photographer and in finding my own way as a photographer I become the best photographer that I can be.
As a result of my experience with photography teachers, I teach like the teachers that I resonate with.
In brief, from my perspective, which is the perspective of a photography teacher, a class is a one meeting event. While a course is a series of classes.
When I began studying photography I went to schools that taught photography as part of their curriculum. I started at a local community college and then, as my studies got more specific and intensive, I went to schools that taught “visual arts”.
What I soon learned that “schools” were just structures. In other words, schools are places to go in order to learn from teachers. While, schools may have reputations, the thing that drives that reputation is the teachers who teach in the school.
To me, the teacher is more important than the school that they teach in. When I signed up for classes, beyond the course description in the catalog, I didn’t have much to go on in terms of who would be teaching the class since there seemed to be no opportunity to speak with the teacher before taking the class. It was a crap-shoot in terms of whether I would connect with the teacher or not. This is why I think it’s important, to talk with a teacher before taking a class. While many teachers may teach the same subject, HOW they teach is what’ll be working for ya or not.
So, back to the question at hand. Should you study and practice photography with me? The answer I gave at the beginning remains the same. Maybe ya should and maybe ya shouldn’t.
But lets find out.
Since I ain’t a “photography school” you can talk with me, “the teacher” directly. I can, of course, talk with you about the photography classes and photography courses I offer. But more importantly, I wanna talk with you about what you’d like to get out of learnin’ about photography.
We’ll have a good talk about what you’re doin’ as a photographer now and why you’d like to take a class. I wanna know what you’re doin’, why you’re doin’ it and what you’re doin’ it with (your camera and other equipment).
In our conversation, we’ll discover whether you should take a class with me or not. Because, If we resonate/connect there’s a good chance that we should be working together. And if ya decide to work with me I’ll do my best to “teach” and all I expect from you is that you’ll do your best to “learn”.
So, if that sounds good to you that’s GREAT!!!
So that we can get goin’ here’s my contact information. Always, a phone call is preferred.
Because, all we gotta do now is is have a conversation to dtermine which of the photography classes and photography courses that I offer will serve you best.
And thanks for takin’ the time to read this and thank you for your consideration.
For the purpose of helping to determine your best course of photography instruction, please fill out this short questionnaire. Although not mandatory, it’s very useful.
I prefer phone calls because I enjoy talkin’ about photography and I enjoy getting to know the photographers I’ll he be workin’ with. But, of course, do whatever you’d prefer.
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