“A photographer named Phil Ebiner earns $1 million a year teaching online.”
Shocked to hear this? You may think how a photographer can earn this much just by recording lessons and uploading them online.
Well, this is the power of “Online.”
Even after the coronavirus pandemic struck the world, learning didn’t stop. Just the medium did. Teachers started recording their tutorials online, and students consumed them more than ever before.
E-learning has become the new normal in almost every subject of study. Be it theoretical subjects like History, Political Science, Geography, or creative fields like music, dance, photography, the word “Online” is attached everywhere.
In this blog, we will be talking about how one can teach photography through online courses. If you’re someone who wants to change the way people learn photography and make it easier to understand this complicated subject online, then keep reading!
Advantages of giving Online Photography classes:
Considering the massive change in how people perceive their careers, many have started making their passion a profession. Photography is a widespread hobby we find in both teenagers and adults alike. People often resort to acquiring professional training from an experienced mentor during this “passion-to-profession” phase. And thus, the demand for these online courses has grown more than ever before.
Teaching photography online can have multiple advantages like:
Access to a broader community of budding photographers: When you switch online, you are no longer restricted to your geographical location. You can join various online communities, share interests, and get more and more people onboard.
Saves Money: Apart from some digital equipment, props, and internet, you won’t really have any additional costs. Switching your business online always helps in saving costs because of increasing mobile penetration and lowering data rates.
Saves Time: Conducting a photography session online saves time for both the parties- Students and Teachers. Time required to set up equipment, props, and transportation gets drastically reduced as everything is done at the comfort of one’s homes. This also helps make the lesson more informative and removes any sort of distractions that may bother the teaching process.
What are the different genres of photography one can teach?
“Which type of photography should I master?” This becomes a challenging and confusing question when the only thing that makes you happy is cameras!
Once you delve deeper into this domain, you’ll find that the subject of photography is actually very diverse and varied.
One can decide the type of photography to master depending upon the subjects to capture, equipment to be used, and software to be learned.
For example, someone who fears heights might not be interested in aerial photography or one who doesn’t like dogs, cats, etc. might avoid animal photography.
It clearly depends on how comfortable and interested you are in the subject.
Differentiated on the above factors, the types of photography are given below:
- Wedding photography
- Portrait Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Sports Photography
- Product Photography
- Architectural Photography
- Editorial Photography
- Animal Photography
- Aerial Photography
- Stock Photography
These types may have their own sub-types as the distinction depends entirely on external factors.
Before beginning your research, decide which genre/subject matches your interest the most. This will make things easier for you in the long run.
What Digital Equipment do you need to get started?
As specified above, switching online helps reduce costs drastically, but it doesn’t mean there will be no cost.
A short list of materials you would need for your online photography course are:
- A laptop or desktop could be Mac or Windows, depending upon your preference
- A robust internet connection
- A decent webcam, advised if you are planning to take live sessions
- A camera, of course!
- A good photo editing software for post-production
- Good microphone (built-in/external)
- A tripod (not necessary)
- Subjects, Props, Additional pieces of equipment for assignments, tasks, etc
What Pricing Strategy should you follow for your Photography Course?
If you think that online teaching won’t earn you much, then think again. Or maybe, read the first line of this article again.
How much you charge for a course depends on a lot of factors when it comes to photography. Some of which are listed below:
- Your diplomas, qualifications
- Competitor’s price
- The specialty of your class (portrait photography, landscape photography, Photojournalism, Architectural Photography, etc.)
- Your experience as a photographer
- The duration of the course
- What are the objectives of the course (to be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively)
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