Photography workshops can be a grand success or they can be an utter dud. There are numerous factors that come into play but the possibility of the workshop being a failure or not living up to the expectations of those partaking is simple. There is plenty of information online and there are numerous such workshops these days. There is no dearth of choice and people want the best. Hence, your photography workshop has to be the sheer best to be a grand success.
Here’s a brief guide to help you organize a success photography workshop.
- First, understand what you are good at and what you can do. You cannot conduct a workshop just because you are an amazing photographer. You may be the best in town, you may be the only one who specializes in a certain kind of photography and yet you may fail to host a successful workshop. The first attribute that is required is the ability to be with people. You have to be a people person to host such workshops. If you are just a photographer and an introvert, don’t manage to blend with a large group and lead from the front, then workshops would become difficult. You need to be willing to give everyone equal space, you should blend in and lead the group with a purpose.
- Second, you have to be a very good communicator. You cannot presume that the attendees would know all the basics or would actually succeed in taking good photos. You have to explain complicated things in a simple manner, often in just a few hours. You may be amazing with the technicalities of photography but unless you can simplify those and coach the people attending the workshop, your event is going to be a failure.
- You need to be a deft organizer. Without this skill, you would struggle to setup a successful workshop. From getting the people onboard to planning every detail of the entire day, you would have to pay great attention to every little facet of the whole event. This is one reason why many photographers don’t plan the events. When event planners work on such workshops and allow the photographers to just offer their technical expertise, the results are often more desirable.
There are many things you cannot control in photography workshops, such as the expertise of the people or the weather for instance. You have to perfect those that you can control.