There are hundreds of photo seminars advertised on the Internet, many of which are offered by very well known photographers. Seminars can be very expensive, some of which can cost well above $10,000. What the PTR Team has learned, however, is that sometimes the best opportunities for learning about photography is to find someone who is filled with enthusiasm for photography, whose photographic skills have been recognized by others, and who charges a modest fee to attend their workshops.
Just because a seminar is expensive, does not mean that one will improve one’s skills. There are other more important factors to consider.
One key criterion is whether the workshop leader has the patience to work with someone who knows little about photography and is eager to learn.
It is this latter criterion that the PTR Team can’t emphasize enough. It is of little good to attend a seminar where one feels intimidated by the workshop leader. Or worse, a seminar where the leader spends his or her time shooting for themselves.
Kristel Schneider has developed a reputation for teaching without intimidating as can be gleaned from the comments of her workshop participants:
“Kristel gives you a lot of space to expose your skills without the feeling you are a dummy.” – Dorothé | France
“Had a fantastic day. I arrived not really knowing how to use my camera properly and I left a manual shooter. I left with lots of new skills and I’m really pleased that I followed through on the impulse to join one of Kristel’s workshops.” – Patty | UK
“I am very pleased because it has been extremely worthwhile doing a one-on-one nature workshop. In that way all my questions were answered. Kristel’s enthusiasm, patience has definitely encouraged me. The workshop is excellent value for money and I would recommend it to anybody who would like to improve his skills.” – Ilse |The Netherlands
PTR Team Member Bill Lockhart first became acquainted with the work of Kristel Schneider while serving as a Moderator at NatureScapes.net — he was impressed with her work as a photographer because of her way of capturing the extraordinary from the ordinary. Several of her photographs have been featured as Photos of the Week at the site.