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When I was picking my major at school in 2004, I thought Illustration versus Photography was a better bet because the world of Photography was way too competitive and I wouldn’t be able to cut it. I completed my Illustration major’s requirements and graduated, with honors even.
Guess what I do for a living?
Well, I’m a photographer, a product photographer for a regional retail business.
I became a photographer not from classes I took in college, although I certainly could have, but from a combination of binge-watching CreativeLive and taking a few hands-on photography classes at my local art center. I wish I could tell you where I heard about CreativeLive, but all I remember is falling down the rabbit hole of free education with no fear of a failing grade. I’ve completed four classes so far on my own volition and money. They’ve completely revolutionized how I process my photos, how I price myself, taught me the skills that enabled me to build the portfolio that won me my current job, and so much more.
About six months back I received an invitation to join the affiliate program for Creative Live, and given how much CreativeLive has changed my life in such a positive way, I’m proud to partner with them. If you don’t consider yourself a life-long-learner, now is probably when you want to click away. If you DO love learning new things, then huddle closer, and I’ll share where I get my learning-fix.
What is CreativeLive?
CreativeLive is a wonderful escape for learning the creative fields of study such as photography, design, crafting, and more, all from world-renowned experts. You can watch the classes for free while they’re streaming via any internet browser, just like you would a YouTube video. When there’s no live classes going on, they’ll play old classes, which is a great way to sample everything CreativeLive offers. If you want to watch a specific class whenever you want, you can buy on-demand access which comes with exclusive bonus content. For Ben Willmore’s class, Travel Photography: The Complete Guide, the exclusive content when you purchase on demand streaming is a note-taker’s dream of handouts. No writer’s cramp for you, it's all spelled out in the Travel Photography Handbook. I’m anxious to try out the Big Set of Lightroom Presets he’s included as a bonus also.
Travel Photography: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore
Travel Photography: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore is my fifth class that I’m currently working on, and I received the course for free in order to review it as an affiliate. I chose it from hundreds of choices with the single-minded goal of not only improving my own skills in time for our trip to Germany next month, but also because I see this as an excellent gateway class for travelers who are interested in growing their photography skills. I’m a little nervous about capturing everything I need for our blog Tourist is a Dirty Word. When Willmore started off the class with gear, location research, and pre-trip planning, I knew I was in good hands.
Planners: Prepare to Plan!
Willmore provides a wealth of research tools that will make travelers who love to plan ooh and ahh, specifically using sun apps or google earth in order to analyze where the sun will be shining at certain times. I loved his tip of looking to see what has been done already, what hasn’t been done, and where to go to get the good perspectives. That was my big ‘aha!’ moment.
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