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Whether you are pro or beginner - Atkins has a class for you
Photos surround us everyday. With growing technology and accessibility, photography is ever more present in our lives; from smartphone selfies to professional DSLR photoshoots there is always something new to learn about capturing, storing and presenting photos. Atkins now has a Photography Summer School to kick start the new year and brush up on your photographic skills from beginners to the pros. Whether you need help editing your favourites for Facebook, collating photos for album presentation or how to grow your business as a photographer - Atkins has the classes for you at an affordable price.
Atkins Summer School is here and taking enrolments now.
We were lucky enough to speak with Paul Atkins who runs some of the classes, to gain insight on what to expect with each class and how to get the most out of your money. Starting back in 2009, Atkins Photography Summer School has grown each year with more classes and more people involved than ever before. Pricing starts from as little as $25 up to $75 which includes morning tea. Usually, each class runs for around 3 hours.
Currently,the most popular class is Managing Your Image Library. With so many files created every day, they are only gaining in momentum (and space on your computer). This is why Paul came up with the idea for this class to take back some control over your images and teach simple ways to file and store them properly. You will also delve into the ways to be able to access and retrieve your images so you no longer misplace or lose those special memories. Paul currently looks after a library of over a million images, so you can be rest assured you are learning from the expert. We would definitely find this class useful, and recommend to any avid photographers - pro or otherwise. With the popularity of this class, Atkins are looking at the possibility of more throughout the year so make sure to subscribe to their newsletter to keep up to date with all their upcoming classes and competitions. To get in touch, click here.
So what should you expect from a class? With the short time frames, these classes are more informative than they are hands on. So in order to ensure you get the most out of the lesson, take a notebook and come armed with questions. Opening up discussions with fellow audience members and the instructor will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the aspects of the class that mean the most to you. Don't be afraid to speak up and get involved as it can open up new ideas and methods you may not have thought of. Attending these sorts of classes can also improve your confidence with a camera in hand, resulting in memorable moments captured in the best light - just from a few tips and tricks.
Put forth your best ideas to get the most out of the class.
One class that we recommend is The Film Challenge 2015. For only $25, you get the chance to take a 120 transparency film, load it into your medium format camera and set out on a morning photo adventure of your choice. At noon, you drop the completed film at Atkins for developing and possibly stop by for a coffee somewhere on the Parade? (Well that's what we would do). Next, it's time to head back to Atkins at 4pm to select your best shot and discuss what everyone shot during their morning outing. The best images will then be exhibited for the following month. This would be a great class for taking the kids out, or for the professional wanting to do something a little fun and old school. Where would you go to shoot the best images on a mid-summer morning? The world, well Adelaide, is your oyster!
Classes are popular, so make sure to book a spot in advance.
For the professionals out there wanting to grow their business, Atkins has placed some special classes on the menu aimed around your customers. Learn about them, who they are and what they want as well as how to improve client retention and grow your database. For those lucky enough to have a steady client base, Atkins has teamed up with Mantra to put on a class to assist with managing the finances of your business to ensure that you have the best practices in place to keep your financial growth at the best level it can be.
Other classes are also available for those wanting to put a professional album together themselves to document precious memories. This would be a great lesson for those who have just returned from an amazing overseas trip or perhaps want to show the story of a child growing up through the years in a photographic booklet.
No matter what your skill level, Atkins Photography Summer Classes have a little bit of something for everyone. What we like about their classes is the variety and usefulness of each. You are guaranteed to learn something new, improve your photography and meet some great new people along the way. Make sure you book now to avoid disappointment. For full details of each class, and for all bookings - click here.