Online photography schools are the way forward, and if you want to improve your photography skills I highly recommend signing up to one of the many online photography schools and taking some photography classes online.
“Why not enrol in one of the physical photography schools?” I hear you say, well the answer is simple:-
There are loads of online photography schools to sign up to so the choice is huge, and way bigger than physical photography schools.
Online photography schools allow you to learn at your own pace. If you are a slower learner and like to take you time to digest the information and churn it over to get your head around it online photography schools allow for this. Similarly, if you are a fast learner and the information goes in and is stored immediately an online photography school allows for this too.
There is no peer competition studying with online photography schools. When I was at school I found there was nothing worse than competition from fellow class mates to be the best, and I found this additional stress hampered my learning. Taking photography classes online means you have no class mates or peers to compete with.
Online photography schools offer the ultimate in flexibility and allow you to study when you want, where you want Studying photography classes online allows you to plan your photography studies around your family life, your social life and your work life. I have a nine to five job and if it weren’t for online photography schools there is no way I could have got my photography diploma.
Online photography schools offer affordable classes and with so many online photography schools to choose from it is getting cheaper and cheaper to gain a photography qualification. Basically, attending physical photography schools is expensive whereas using an online photography school is not.
You don’t need a fast internet connection to study with online photography schools. Okay, some online photography schools require a fast internet connection for online webinars however there are some online photography schools that don’t. My internet connection is slow and will not support real time webinars however I found plenty of online photography schools that didn’t need a fast internet connection and managed to achieve a diploma in photography as a result.
Disadvantages of studying with online photography schools
As with everything in life there are some disadvantages studying with online photography schools, and these include:-
You need an internet connection. You may think that everyone has access to the internet in this day and age however this is not the case as there are still areas around the world where there is no internet. The other disadvantage is that some online photography schools demand a fast internet connection to be able to deal with online webinars. Whilst you may have an internet connection it may not be fast enough for real time webinars so you do need to consider this.
Studying with an online photography school doesn’t allow for instant question/answer sessions that attending a physical school does. You can ask specific questions when studying with online photography schools, and you will get answers to your questions you’ll just have to wait a while that’s all.
Being in total control of how and when you study means you have to be disciplined and dedicated. It is very easy to accept social invitations and go out when you should be studying, and let your studies slip when studying with online photography schools.
Personally, I think the advantages of online photography schools far outweigh the disadvantages and if I had to take more photography training I would head straight to an online photography school. Even if there were suitable photography schools near me, and I could actually attend it I would still use an online photography school.
Are online photography schools suitable for you? Only you can answer that and in doing so you need to look at your own specific circumstances I’m afraid. That said, I highly recommend online photography schools and think they are a great way to improve your photography skills.
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