The train ride home from university after I handed my last exam paper for Bachelors seemed a lot longer than usual. “Now What?!?!?” I thought to myself. As far as I could remember, I was always a student. High school, college, and then university…….my life has always been scheduled by the Admission’s Office of one school or another.
I sat there in an almost-empty train trying to figure out if I want to work or go for Masters or just Chill for a While!
The last option seemed the best. After all, I had worked hard for a year an a half, without any breaks, taking 5-6 courses per semester even during the summer. I packed my bags and moved to Dubai. If you know me and are thinking that I must’ve got bored of Chilling & Doing Nothing within a month then I must say Good Job because you are Right. Being super busy and going to classrooms have always been a major part of my life and I miss it. As weird as it might sound I somewhat miss doing the homework as well (except for Finance & Accounting).
Since I started doing wedding photography last year (I will write more about how I got into photography some other time), I wanted to know more and more and more about how to use the camera options, how to pose the couples, how to make big brides look thinner, short grooms appear taller, how to shoot shoes, bouquets, wedding details, perfect lighting, and how not to lose the details of a white bridal gown. I wanted to learn pretty much everything that my business school did not teach me. So what I did in order to learn these tips & tricks was what almost 99.9% people who grew up in USA after 2000 would do – i.e. I GOOGLED it! 😀
Being an experienced web-hopper and jumping around from one photographer’s website to another, I landed on CreativeLive. My jaw dropped when I got to know that first class photographers are teaching courses that I have desperately been wanting to learn online – LIVE – and for FREE. Did I mention for FREE????
Try telling a girl (who went through the entire college and then university on scholarships yet still somehow ended up with student loans because scholarships do not cover summer sessions) that she can get all the education she wants about photography, poses, how to run a photography business, etc; online and that too for Free? Watch her dance like Gangnam Style as I did.
Untraditional classes after classes, I spent hours watching award winning photographers sharing their knowledge and experiences with the world, answering questions, providing hands on experiences, doing live photo-shoots. Online, Live, & for FREE!
From CreativeLive’s workshops, I got to know about The Shutter Magazine. Boy, I must admit – I have had never seen a more amazing, innovative, and informative digital online magazine than Shutter Mag. It is an online-monthly-magazine with visuals, articles, links, videos, business tips, and countless offers from photography industry leaders. I read it on my own pace and whenever I have time. Did I mention it is 100% Free?!?
Sinking in tremendous amount of knowledge from these not-only-wonderful-photographer-but-amazing-People, I always keep one lesson on top of my list. Give Back to the Community! These photographers take time out of their busy schedule, fly from their states to Seattle to be on CreativeLive’s set when they could have been photographing and making money for all this time and effort but they choose to give back to the photography community and provide education to people like myself who are sitting on the other side of the world.
I want to say a sincere THANK YOU from the bottom of my <3 to all the masterminds behind CreativeLive, Behind the Shutter magazine, and all the photographers who have been so generous with their time. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
Keeping the message & tradition of giving back to the community, I want to share the links with aspiring photographers and encourage all of you to visit Behind The Shutter magazine CreativeLive‘s website if you wish to learn more about the cool stuff and want to keep getting educated. For Free!
Never stop learning and never stop sharing what you’ve learned. As Russell Simmons once tweeted “If you learn late, pass it on to people so they can learn early. It is a step process.”
Cheers to Free Education
Happy Learning & Sharing!!! 🙂