As a landscape photography workshop instructor, I’ve always been open to feedback and criticism on the workshop experience. I’ve also been on the listening end to numerous complaints about other workshops from my attendees. This information has not only been beneficial in improving my workshops, but can be a great resource for photographers who need help choosing a landscape photography workshop that is right for them.
Avoid Commercial Workshops
Big companies are usually synonymous with big groups and big busses. Imagine trying to capture each landscape while being shoulder to shoulder with a crowd of other photographers. Even National Geographic photography expeditions will host workshops in oversized groups like these. Be aware.
Group Size Matters
The maximum number of attendees I have in a photography workshop is 10. Any more than that and there will not be enough time for one-one-one instruction. Small groups help create a positive experience where you can naturally converse, ask questions and share ideas. By keeping my groups small, we are able to react quickly to changing conditions and seek out the best locations.
Double Check Instructor Experience
Look for an instructor who is going to spend a significant amount of time working with you one-on-one. I’ve heard stories about instructors who focus more on their own shots versus helping their students. That being said, don’t choose a landscape photography workshop just because the instructor has a huge following online. Double check their experience to make sure the work backs the profile.
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