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With over 1.8 billion digital photographs uploaded to the internet daily, you'd be forgiven for thinking that just about anyone can take a photo and become a photographer without any kind of teaching, tuition, or training. However, photography is much harder than just pointing the lens at something that looks great and hitting the shutter button.
For those with a genuine interest in photography, let's see what which courses teach it at school, how learning about photography can be beneficial, the challenges regularly faced by photographers of all levels, and how private photography tuition can help you to take better photographs.
Sadly, children in primary and secondary schools in Bristol (or the rest of England) won't get too many opportunities to focus their attention on the wonders of photography. If they have shown an interest, their best chance to start learning about photography is during GCSE, where they can study Art and Design, one of the courses which include a bit of photography.
As the Art and Design GCSE covers art in the broader sense, students have to study photography alongside drawing, painting, printing, and ceramics, which means they don't get to study that much about photography itself.
When they do get a few lessons on photography, however, they will get to learn about both traditional and digital photography, settings on cameras and photographic equipment, and photography techniques. Hopefully, this will be enough to give them a taste for photography and pursue it further at sixth form, college, or even university, where there are more choices in terms of courses and classes.
Even if you can't study photography on a course or in workshops, it's important that every photographer better understands photography as it's essential for taking better photos. Even self-taught photographers will have studied taking photos, the techniques used, how the equipment works, and the fundamentals of photography such as texture, line, colour, shape, form, and tone.
You can see the difference between the work of a professional photographer and someone with a new and expensive camera who doesn't have any experience or skills. Even if you don't quite understand why their photos are better, they do because they've studied photography and what it takes to make a great photo.
Similarly, studying photography is an opportunity to learn more about the equipment photographers use and with technology advancing all the time, you must know how the tools of your trade work. Having all the best photographic gear won't make you a fantastic photographer, but knowing how to use it will as photography can be incredibly technical.
Being a photographer isn't easy, though. Since everyone now has the tools to take photos, a lot of people underestimate how difficult photography can be. Just look at the difference between your friends' Instagram from a wedding and the professional photos taken.
Unless you're sticking to traditional photography, you'll need to learn a lot about the latest technology and how to use the different settings on your new camera. Even then, traditional photography requires you to have a technical understanding of how the camera, light, and film all behave.
Then there's the cost. The latest photographic equipment doesn't tend to be cheap and getting started with photography is quite the investment. While you can (and should) start with cheaper equipment, the longer you study photography, the more you'll probably invest in terms of both time and money. You want your equipment to match your level, skills, and experience.
If you're a professional photographer, this cost shouldn't be too much of a problem as you'll be investing in your own business and better equipment will allow for better photographs and, therefore, more business. However, if you're just learning about photography as a hobby, you won't want to spend too much on equipment, especially if you're also paying for lessons, workshops, training, or private tuition.
One of the best ways to learn about photography is through a private tutor as they can tailor their course and every single lesson to you and how you like to learn. Unlike in group classes and workshops where you have to go along with whatever the teacher has planned for the class, in private tutorials, you're essentially the boss.
Of course, a home tutor won't have you trying techniques that are beyond your level but if there's something you want to learn how to do, most teachers and tutors will be happy to let their students study something specific rather than wasting their time with topics that they aren't interested in.
It's never been easier to find private photography tutors in Bristol. Just search for photography on Superprof's website and you'll find plenty of qualified tutors and some with years of experience. You can view their profiles, see how much their tutorials cost, compare reviews left by their other clients, and see whether or not they offer the first hour of tutoring for free.
This free session is hugely important as you can try out several different tutors before opting for the one that works best for you. Use this time wisely to discuss your reasons behind learning about photography, your experience (if any), and the finer details of your classes such as the cost and how, when, and where you'll want your lessons, for example.
If none of the tutors in Bristol are to your liking, you can always broaden your search to the surrounding area or even look for online photography tutors to help you. Thanks to the internet, anyone with a decent connection and a webcam can study almost anything from tutors all over the world. Online tutorials also tend to be cheaper than face-to-face tutorials as the tutors can schedule more lesson each week and don't have to worry about travel costs.
For those on a budget, consider organising group private tutorials. Get some friends or family members who are interested in photography to join you during tutorials and split the cost of the tutor's time. While you won't get fully tailored sessions, you will pay less per student per hour.
In Bristol, the average cost of photography courses is £16.
Lesson rates will vary depending on:
97% of Superprof tutors give their first session free. This is a good opportunity to talk about your objectives for your photography lessons and outline what you hope to get from your sessions.
Unsurprisingly, taking pictures is a favourite pastime for many people but not many people take the time to learn the art of photography. Learning how to take pictures allows you to capture special moments in your life with beautiful photographs that you can keep with you forever.
Photography is also a means of artistic expression. Whether you prefer taking photos of scenery, friends, events, or animals, you are sure to find a subject medium that takes your fancy.
Take a photography course and learn how to take photographs with the help of a competent private teacher.
You simply just have to pick your private tutor and reserve your classes from the comfort of your home or at an outside location
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There are currently 14 teachers available to teach photography classes in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
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From a sample of 2 scores, pupils scored their photography tutors an average of 5.0 out of five.
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