Photo classes for Christmas

Quite a few of my students have asked for gift certificates for photography classes in 2010. Thanks to everyone and I promise you that after your class, you’ll be taking radically better images. I promise. There are still some certificates left (at 2009 prices) so if you’re interested, please email me at peterwestphoto@gmail.com. But even if you don’t take a course from me don’t be fooled by some of the tactics of a few of the “big” photo schools. A few of them are little better than photographic puppy mills that focus on quantity rather than quality.

So how do you tell the difference? It’s easy. If they won’t tell you who your teacher is going to be, then save your money and run for the door. If you can’t check out your teacher’s credentials (so you can check their website and see if they’re an exception and inspirational instructor and an accomplished photographer) then you’re like to get stuck in some storeroom sitting by a garbage can while the 25 or more of you end up being taught by a teenaged store salesperson who wants to sell you more stuff.

Here’s a tip: If the second slide in the presentation is all about extras you can buy (like more memory cards or camera bags and stuff) don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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