Its been more than a month since I've attended the basic photography seminar from Jo Avila. I must say I've learned a lot from attending the seminar which I should have attended a few years back after getting my DSLR on October of 2008. I've even asked myself a lot of times why take a photography class while you can get all the information you need online for free.
For me that's simple. First, you have actual interaction with your mentor as well as your classmates and know their thought on the spot. That would beat any online interaction that at times were not sure if they would reply or not. Second, we got his latest tricks of the trade that probably we won't get it anywhere. He personally follows these principles so I know he's good at what he does. Third, you get to meet your classmates and your mentor in person rather than just seeing them online. And last but not the least, his Coffee at the studio. Its much better than any coffee shop I've been to and its free-flowing too that's why I enrolled at his class XD. Also here are the lines that he usually says during his class.
“The quality of the light is more important than the quantity of the light.”
“The worst picture you will ever take is a picture of a cow eating grass.”
“Read the camera manual.”
“You should drink more coffee.”
For the next few days weeks, months or even years, I'll be posting the things I've learned from him and sharing a few shots while I'm on my way back to the groove. Just stay tuned and I'll try to dissect the things I've learned in five parts.