Back to the books again!

I'm a course junkie - always have been. I've done numerous photography workshops over the last couple of years, which have fueled my photography obsession, but in recent months, I've been left wanting more - a more structured way of learning, and stringing together all of the theory and practice I'm already doing.

I began investigating long Cert IV/Diploma courses some time ago, but the number of "part time" photography courses in Brisbane is severely limited - talk about a market opportunity! I'd always shyed away from online courses because I like the discipline and interactivity of lectures, but it seemed to be the only option available.

In doing my own research and talking to colleagues amd photography buddies, I came across The Photography Institute, which offers a 24-week, 12 module course. It looked pretty extensive, and what I liked most about it was the promise of personal feedback from tutors.

So, knowing that a couple of my mates are doing the course, Michael and I signed up last week.

The course notes are extensive, and the assignments definitely make you think. Module 1's assignment listed a series of scenarios and kit bag full of theoretical equipment, from which you had to say which gear you'd take and why. All the lenses available to choose from were prime lenses....argh! Hard going for someone who mainly uses zoom lenses....

Anyway, submitted my first assignment and got some helpful feedback from my tutor, and 9/10, so I'm on my way. Bring on Module 2! I'm really looking forward to the practical components, setting up some shoots and getting some feedback on the photos - it's the only way to improve! It's also far more interesting when you're studying a subject you love - it doesn't seem like a chore, well, yet - anyway!

In the meantime, here's a couple I took at this morning's photo walk around Roma Street Parklands.

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