When striking out to the next step of learning about photography, how to be better at it, there are different programs that emphasize different activities.
Workshops generally provide an opportunity to interact with the instructor. This can be a more hands on approach with individual assistance on areas of specific need. Usually, there is a set program whereby information about the subject is provided followed by opportunities to practice the information in the field.
Seminars are generally lecture type events, often with visuals and question and answer opportunities.
Photo Tours are usually location specific with an instructor to provide field assistance. They are usually less instructional than location features.
Knowing the kind of format will help avoid disappointment. Information about each format is usually available prior to attending. A simple phone call can help in this area.
Buying others experience can save trial and terror.
Sometimes we are not sure what we need. In this case, often anything is better than nothing. Taking some form of advanced instruction can save both time and money in the long run, especially in which equipment to purchase. Having this opportunity at an interesting location can be frosting on the cake. Being in a positive situation can be both fun and profitable.
The images used in this article were taken by a participant in a half-day workshop, provided by Len Luggers Photographic Association.These mini workshops feature field photography with opportunities to discuss ways to approach a subject with the workshop leader.