This past weekend I sat in front of my computer.
It would have been a great weekend to hang out at the beach (we had 90 degree weather the whole weekend in Cleveland), but instead I was planted in front of my computer watching the live feed of a photography lighting workshop by Zack Arias. Photo geeks will appreciate this–he produced a three day workshop with Creative Live that covered everything from the cameras and lenses he uses, basic camera operations (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc.) working with models, using speedlights, using studio lights, using a white seamless…the works! I actually missed the first day but caught almost all of Day 2 and a good chunk of Day 3 after I discovered the workshop on his blog. If you didn’t get a chance to geek out and watch it yourself this weekend and are at all interested in photography, I highly recommend you purchase the DVD version of it. Check out Zack’s blog over the next few weeks for more info on that.
Sure, I knew a good deal of the techniques that Zack was going over, but I still loved the workshop. It was a great chance to brush up on things that I haven’t done in a while, and it was great to get the perspective of a great commercial photographer (and teacher) like Zack.
What workshops have you been to lately? Reading any blogs or books? If not–why not? If you’re truly serious about your craft, whether it be photography or acting or filmmaking or anything else, then you need to keep learning. There are now tons of ways to get free information and education about just about any topic on earth. Throughout the course of a week I read over 50 different blogs, on everything from photography to film to business to personal development. It’s like having an ever-changing library of the most current trends in each topic available for me to read whenever I have free time. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to attend a workshop (in person or virtual) but it was a great reminder of how good the experience is. It’s completely worth giving up a day or weekend to be completely inspired and educated by someone who’s actually doing what you want to be doing.
So what’s your gameplan? Find a mentor, read some blogs, and take a class. If you’re serious about your craft then make continuing education a part of your regular learning experience.