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Picture: Photography workshop participants shooting the sunset at the Point Reyes Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California – (All of the pictures in this post were taken of participants working in the field during my most recent “Point Reyes On-Assignment” Photography workshop.)
Should instructors also take pictures when leading photography workshops?
Let’s start with the question, “Do I take pictures when I’m leading photography workshops?
The short answer is, “Yes.”
This is something I definitely have an opinion about. With the boom of digital photography and the subsequent explosion in offerings for photography workshops, I’ve seen and heard stories of photographers leading photography workshops who seem more focused on using the workshops as an excuse to pursue or fund their own photography goals. From the stories I’ve heard, this always seems to come at the expense of a diminished quality teaching experience for their students. I’ve seen a well-known ‘Name’ photographer who promotes workshops with an emphasis on small groups and personal attention, yet over a 30 minute period, never left his tripod while students milled about or had to go to the instructor in order to ask a question. To me, this is the antithesis of what a quality workshop experience should be. Simply put, if an instructor isn’t ‘Making the Rounds’ to speak to individual participants while they’re shooting in the field, then said workshop leader isn’t doing their job very well.
I also know people who take the extreme opposite approach, and refuse to photograph anything while teaching so they can devote an absolute 100% of their attention to the students. And while strongly I agree with the ethics and principle of their approach, I don’t wholeheartedly agree in practice or practicality.
At the start of every class I teach, I explain that Read the rest of this post »