Ah, the age-old question – to school or not to school?
The answer kind of depends on your interpretation of “school” and how much you actually glean from it. Let me tell you why I loved my experience in photography courses and why my answer to the question of today is undoubtedly YES.
I took photography courses on a platform called Coursera. Today’s blog is NOT sponsored in any way – although I would love to be sponsored by Coursera (so Coursera mods, if you’re reading this, hit me up!).
I enrolled in the Photography Specialization through Michigan State University. Yes, that’s right – a couple of ACTUAL professors of photography at MSU put together a 5-course specialization that taught me so much of what I know today!
The Coursera specialization changed my photography game for the better. I learned more about exposure basics that helped save some of my best shots from being too far one way or the other. The professors were pretty awesome, and the coursework they assigned helped me actually put into practice what we were learning in our weekly material. My photography would be so much different today if I didn’t take this course! It may be “just the basics” but geez – learning the basics is important!
Now, this isn’t a review of Coursera – you can find photography courses in lots of places! They exist on the Skillshare website, as part of certain webinars/convention events, etc. You could even sign up for a photography magazine and hear about discounted courses happening from other photographers or the magazine itself! (A great option if you were interested in doing that is the FREE Shutter Magazine – again, not sponsored).
My experience with Coursera was just so great that I have to make sure everyone knows about it and that folks are aware that my specialization certificate was entirely free to me through the platform’s financial aid program. Free education is actually not as hard to find these days as a lot of people may think. In any event, I know that my skills as a photographer were honed in that class. I was required to produce photography weekly as part of the assignments, and that just made it so that I was behind my camera more and more, gaining practice and new insights into the inner workings of my specific machine.
If you want to learn more about Coursera, there are short clips on their YouTube channel that would get you started. If you want to know more about my experience in photography courses in general, I would love to chat with you! My contact info is on this site, and I am always willing to talk about photography.
Until next time!