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So, what is it like taking lessons with a private tutor?
A practice that has been around for centuries, tutoring is an age-old approach in which students upon a variety of subject areas hire a mentor to support them in their learning.
It has become increasingly popular for those that are looking to develop their photography skills.
A one-to-one photography tutor offers a wealth of benefits for aspiring students.
Firstly, it is more of a personalized approach compared to more conventional, class-based learning.
Larger classrooms/educational groups often contain a high volume of students, and this often results in the educator being unable to cater to the needs of everyone.
A personal tutor also means there are less space for distractions, thus improving one's ability to learn at increased speeds.
Being aside someone who is hired to help you develop means they also have a responsibility in seeing the student progress.
Therefore, distractions from the external are reduced significantly.
The art of photography has seen an incredible rise in popularity thanks to the continuing development of technology.
Thanks to platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, the world has become infatuated with visual content, and amateurs are hoping to develop their photography skillset to improve the quality of their posts.
So, if you're looking at swapping your standard iPhone pictures with a digital camera, the transition is one that may require help from a more experienced hand.
A photography tutor will be able to support you in several ways.
Firstly, getting to grips with the various functionalities of a modern-day digital camera is no easy feat.
Canon's G1 X mark III is a fine example of a mid-range digital camera.
Boasting over 24 megapixels in picture quality, as well as a three-time optical zoom (with the basic focus lens), this model has a large number of different functionalities that could take a while for a newbie to get their head around.
It also boasts full HD recording so you can switch up your photographs with the occasional video if that's what you're interested in!
So, a little more complex than your latest iPhone camera system.
An experienced photographer could help you understand the different functionalities on your new digital camera whilst helping to identify what situations and environments these functions are most effectively used.
This could certainly take time, so regular sessions with your tutor are imperative to ensure you are developing your skills consistently.
A photography tutor can also advise you on what is the best equipment around, and help you in purchasing a new camera that won't burn a hole in your wallet.
If you are looking to develop your skills to work in a specific area of photography, take weddings and ceremonies as an example; finding a tutor relevant to your ambitions is imperative.
They can give you a real insight into that specific experience, discussing effective photography techniques in alignment with a particular style.
You may also get the opportunity to shadow your tutor during hired events, especially if they are working full time in their profession.
A quick search on Google will introduce you to a plethora of specialized photography companies and freelancers that are available for hire.
This ensures that the demand for experienced and respected photographers is wanted in the city.
The city is also home to the PPAC - The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.cStudents from across the country head over to the PPAC for various events.
Working alongside fellow students, there are opportunities to sign up for one-off lectures that take place from respected and experienced professionals to online classes and exhibitions.
It is a great place for an aspiring photographer to gain connections and support within the industry itself.
There are plenty of tutors with varying experiences in the world of photography that can be conducted via the Superprof website.
Take this profile as an example.
A Philadelphia-based photographer is offering their services right now and can be contacted directly through the website.
Her specialties include encaustic painting, mixed media, collage, and general photography tuition. With over seven years of experience in teaching both art and photography, her vast level of experience and interest are highlighted in her online profile.
From traditional black and white photography techniques, commercial digital photography as well as portrait and event/wedding photography, there are an abundance of experiences which can help students that are looking to develop their skillset.
Again, this relies solely on the student's aspirations and experience level.
If you are an amateur that feels rather intimidated over the vast range of functions on your digital camera, a tutor can support you with understanding your device.
If you have already worked as a hired photographer but you are looking to get into a niche area, then the approach to your tutoring sessions could be very different.
Firstly, if you are comfortable with the workings of your device, then your tutor may well take you out to perform photography sessions in alignment with your interests i.e. fashion photography to landscapes.
After this 1/2 hour session, you may look at developing your work in preparation for the next session.
Both yourself and your tutor may spend the following tutoring session discussing and analyzing your work.
How was the exposure? Was the aperture adjusted effectively to prevent the amount of light from entering the lens?
An effective learning process is an act of learning from one's mistakes, in order to grow and develop.
This is an age-old method that is implemented within all aspects of one's learning.
Therefore, if you don't find time to analyze and look back on what you have created, then you are in jeopardy of not progressing.
Your photography tutor will likely encourage you to always reflect back to your work. Thinking analytically is a great way of ensuring that the quality of your shots are always at a high level.
In Philadelphia, the average price of photography courses is $24.
Tutoring rates will vary depending on:
97% of Superprof instructors offer the 1st hour of the lesson free. This is a good opportunity to discuss your objectives for your photography lessons and outline what you hope to get from your sessions.
Unsurprisingly, taking pictures is a favorite hobby for many people but not many people take the time to learn the art of photography. Learning how to take pictures allows you to document wonderful moments in your life with beautiful photographs that you can keep with you forever.
Photography is also a great artistic expression. Whether you prefer taking photos of landscapes, people, events, or pets, you are bound to find a subject medium that takes your fancy.
Take photography lessons and learn how to take photographs with the help of a competent private tutor.
You simply just have to pick your teacher and book your photography classes from the comfort of your home or at an outside location
A messaging service is in place for you to get in touch with your tutor to schedule your photography lessons whether you want to learn from the comfort of your home or take online classes.
Use the search engine to find your photography teacher from among 4 tutors in Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia and the suburban areas, there are 4 photography tutors available to teach lessons
To find a private tutor, read their tutoring cv to find out more information about their courses.
From a sample of ratings, students gave their photography teachers an average of out of five.
In case of any problems with your lesson, a customer service representative from the Superprof team will be available to find a solution (by phone or mail during weekdays).