Ever since it was acquired by SmugMug, Flickr has made some significant changes and major improvements. The latest among them is introducing a new Events page. It’s a place where you can learn about all sorts of photography-related events, all over the globe. Meet-ups, photo walks, classes, workshops, exhibitions, you name it – and all kinds of offline and online events are there for you to find, attend or even host.
When you think of Best Buy, photography lessons are probably not what first comes to mind. But, the chain now offers photography workshops in 80 of their stores across the US. If you’re into beginner classes, you can attend them for free. The intermediate-level lessons are paid, but they’re pretty affordable and only cost $50.
Earlier this month, we reported Zion National Park’s decisions to ban tripods from all trails for photography workshops. This caused reactions and even some confusion among photographers. But, Zion National Park has now responded to their concerns. Some trails will allow tripods for photography workshops after all.
We need to have a chat. There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop. Taking someone’s money and promising that you can help their business, is no joke, and it needs to be taken seriously!
Every week we hear a story of yet another workshop filled with damaging business advice, dishonest marketing, or physical safety issues, and with each new story we hear, we start to feel a personal responsibility to say something. To use our voice, our platform, and our community to try and help put an end to bad workshops, and to encourage the photography industry to demand higher standards and better workshop experiences.
When taking a photography workshop, it’s important to perform some due diligence to ensure you’re investing your money wisely.
Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned photographer, one things holds true — if you belong to any website, photography Facebook group, or have photographer friends, you are likely to get bombarded on a weekly, maybe even daily, basis with educational opportunities and workshops.
I watched a two hour Periscope yesterday. Okay, I didn’t watch all of it because, well, it was two hours. It wasn’t an instructional video or a behind-the-scenes of a photo shoot. Rather, it was a workshop giver going into great detail about the current drama in her life with her workshop attendees. It sounded kind of like this:
“And then I said…”
“And then they said…”
“And then I saw a screenshot”
“And then they lied…”
“And then they wanted refunds..”
“And then I said you have to prove you’re pregnant if you want a refund”