Janet McQueen first introduced us to this valuable learning resource for photographers in her interview as our most recent Featured Photographer. Janet is back today as a guest contributor to 2 Guys Photo to tell us more…
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It’s ‘back to school time’ and if you’re a photographer looking to upgrade your skills at a great price, I think I can offer a solution!
The Perfect Picture School of Photography (PPSOP) is offering a 15% discount on all classes if you sign up by August 26thto begin classes on September 2nd.
Over the past 4 years, I’ve enjoyed 6 classes at the online PPSOP and considering the excellent discount they are offering, I thought you might be interested in knowing a little more about the School.
Bryan Peterson is the founder and driving force behind PPSOP. You are probably aware of his many excellent books on photography, including my personal favourite, Understanding Exposure. In his school and in his classes, he offers the same passion for both photography and teaching that have made his books consistent international best sellers.
The School currently boasts 26 Instructors, all of them highly skilled, well known professional photographers. The classes offer a wide range of choices for three levels of experience – beginner, intermediate and professional, as well as ‘Digital Darkroom’ courses that include several classes on Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements.
If you are considering signing up, you might be interested in how the classes are structured.
Depending on which class you join, most Courses are 4, 6 or 8 weeks long and there are over 30 Courses to choose from. Each week you receive a lesson and an assignment, which must be completed within 10 days. The assignment usually consists of uploading 3 photographs that will be critiqued by the Instructors within a day or two. Note: although you have 10 days to complete each assignment, the lessons will continue to arrive once a week – therefore, procrastinating students will quickly find themselves falling behind and possibly becoming confused… Voice of Experience speaking here… 🙂
The lessons are always a wealth of valuable information and the assignments are usually very specific and require a significant commitment of time and energy, so I would suggest that you avoid signing up for a Course unless you know that you will have the time to give it your best.
The critiques are consistently very instructive, timely and honest. Each instructor focuses on the positive aspects of your work and at the same time, gets directly to the area that needs improvement.
Each class has a very interactive and busy forum. Students can participate in the forum as much or as little as they choose. I love to join in as much as possible, there is so much to be learned – both from the other students in the class and from the Instructors who are always eager to answer any questions you might have.
One of my favourite classes was Pet Photography with Jill Flynn. In her class, we learned how to turn this:
The online Photography School experience is a perfect fit for my busy life and it maybe exactly what you’ve been looking for as well. If so, I hope that sharing my experience has been helpful and maybe I’ll see you in class at PPSOP on September 2… !!
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Thanks Janet, this sounds like a great way to improve our skills, learning from experts, at our own pace. If anyone is interested in taking a course at PPSOP, book it before 8/26 for a 15% discount. Select a course and add it to your cart, and the discount will be taken at check-out.
Share your experiences with PPSOP or other online training – we’d love to know what worked for you and what didn’t. And thanks for visiting 2 Guys Photo!