There are many ways to learn photography, but they all too often can feel out of reach. For example, taking a class at the local university can be expensive and time consuming. Even if the class is taught at nights or on the weekends, you will have to be accepted to the college before you can take classes. The whole process is overwhelming. There are other ways to learn photography that do not include high school transcripts or SAT scores, they include hiring a tutor or asking friend, reading instructional books, and taking an online photography school class. The path you chose will depend on the way you learn.
Perhaps you learn best by watching someone else do a task first. When you watched your older brother ride a bike, you took in how his legs moved, the way he sat on the seat, and how he leaned when he went around corners. All of this information was channeled through your mind and into your muscles. You imitated his movements and were soon racing around the block without training wheels.
You can learn photography the same way by using a tutor if observation is your learning technique. Of course, if you can not find a tutor, online classes that include videos can be a wonderful solution.
Your camera will come with an instruction manual, but it is more about mechanics than about the art of photography. Learning how to create beautiful images will take a different type of book entirely. There are hundreds of photography books on the market. Before you purchase one, spend some time in the book store reading through the first couple of pages of several books. Each book will have a voice. When you find the voice that speaks to you, you'll know you found the right book. Online courses that include downloadable class notes can also be a valuable tool.
The beauty of online classes is that they use several different teaching tools to allow you to customize your learning experience. There will be a weekly video to watch. This can help those who learn by watching. There are also assignments that will help every student improve but especially those who learn by doing. The assignments give the student the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.
Before you sign up for an online course, make sure you will get feedback from an instructor. While you may be able to point out what is wrong with your photo, you may not know how to fix it. That's why it's important to have access to professionals who can take your education to the next level.