In today’s technological world there really is no need to attend a physical photography school since there are plenty of online photography classes available to hone your photography skills and techniques. In fact, tap “online photography classes” in to any search engine and you will have thousands of hits to choose from. The next task is to sift through them in order to find the best (or most suitable) online photography classes for your needs.
It is a sad fact but there are loads of bogus, dodgy and dishonest people selling online photography classes and it is vital to identify these, unless you want to waste your hard earned money of course. It is human nature so seek out the cheapest deals in order to get the biggest bang for the buck, but choosing the super cheap online photography classes is not the way to go. If there is someone providing online photography classes for substantially less money than everyone else there is a real likelihood it is a scam. If something seems “too cheap to be true” it generally is. You should avoid these online photography classes like the plague.
Whilst searching through the hits of online photography classes you will come across several that are cheap but not super cheap. These online photography classes are the one where you need to be the most careful and exercise caution. These online photography classes could be legitimate and be genuine bargains, i.e. priced to sell, or they could be scams. Deciding on whether they are legitimate or not, and also whether to give them your credit card details or not isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly.
Most of the expensive online photography classes are generally legitimate and if you hand over payment you will get some good information that will help to improve your photography skills and technique. I didn’t say all “All of the expensive photography classes” because there are some scammers out there who charge top dollar for their bogus online tutorials. Scammers charging to whack for their bogus online photography classes are easy to identify by looking at online reviews. If you can’t find any reviews about a specific provider the chances are it is a scam. I would never use a provider that has not been reviewed. I mean, there are hundreds of thousands of wannabe photographers out there, many of which have taken online photography classes, and many of which would have written reviews as well. Good providers of online photography classes, and those worth using would have been reviewed.
When I was looking for online photography classes I encountered a few issues. While there was no shortage of online courses to choose from selecting the most appropriate one was a bit of a mission. Some of the photography courses were too basic, some of the courses were too advanced, some of the courses were totally irrelevant…… the list went on and on. Even when I did find an online course covering the areas I was interested in it also included areas I wasn’t, meaning I was going to have to pay for stuff that was of no use and no interest – and I am far too tight for that!!
In my quest for the perfect online photography classes I searched the photography forums, posted specific questions on the photography forums and also searched the websites of the well-known photography publications to see if they had some suggestions. From my research it was obvious I wasn’t going to find a single online course that was suitable. All of the online photography classes covering several topics had areas I was interested in and areas I had no interest in, so there was only one thing for it - choose online photography classes that dealt with a single topic.
Choosing online photography classes covering a single topic is definitely the way forward, however they are more expensive. The additional cost of tutorials covering single topics may not seem like good value for money, but one thing I did notice is that they cover the topic in greater depth. The online photography classes covering several topics barely scratch the surface, whereas single topic tutorials get beneath the skin and goes in to a lot of detail, and it is this additional detail that will improve your photography skills and techniques that will take your skills to the next level.
So, if you are looking for some online photography classes to improve your photography skills I suggest:-
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