“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
We could spend 1,000 years searching, but still never find a better opening line to this article than Benjamin Franklin’s.
This quote is at the heart of everything iPhotography stands for – giving everyone the tools to participate and discover.
With that thought in mind, today we wanted to show something that is often overlooked in the pursuit for success.
Going backwards to go forwards may seem counterproductive but statistics show, students who refresh their learning will fast track to their goals quicker than traditional teaching.
iPhotography+ SkillTrack™️ Training
iPhotography+ is our premium membership platform which delivers interactive and innovative training paths for photographers of all levels who want to dramatically enhance their skills.
Using cutting-edge SkillTrack™️ Technology we go back to basics – but you get to choose your own learning path.
Using branching scenarios, you get to choose the lessons topics, scenes and information according to your own personal needs. Your involvement shapes your training – and it couldn’t be easier.
Start off with interesting lessons re-discovering your camera. Find out what all those buttons actually do and when you should use them. Our tutorials get progressively more advanced as your training improves. Your learning is paced to maximise retention.
Refreshing your knowledge will re-enforce your memory and create an appetite for learning more.
Training Tip – After one hour, people retain less than half of the information presented.
It’s easy when the camera is doing all the hard work for you, but a good photographer should know this scale off by heart.
Training Tip – After one day, people forget more than 70% of what was taught in training.
The Benefits of Refresher Training
Improves Long Term Memory
Refresher training is proven to build a stronger, longer-term memory.
The more often you review information the quicker you can access those cerebral data banks.
This saves time out in the field and stops you having to refer to other resources. It also makes you look more professional when you’re asked for advice.
Given that the foundations of photography are based on opportunity, the ability to cut down on errors and improve your success rate is something all photographers desire.
Renewing your knowledge and solidifying your confidence in areas such as the inverse square law and depth of field, for example, can help you capture a well-exposed image first time and everytime.
It will again save you time and make you a more productive photographer.
Never again will you have to sit in front of your computer sorting the good shots from the bad. You’ll be fast-tracking your editing time by getting to the best pictures immediately.
Cutting out mistakes gives you back time to spend with family or friends.
Training Tip – After six days, people forget 75% of the information in their training.
Keeps You Up To Date
Elements such as aperture or ISO are never going to change in terms of its basic function. Therefore, how can refresher training keep you up to date with photography if it’s not changing? Well the basics of photography may not change, but you, on the other hand, are always moving forward.
As life moves on your interests in photography will probably change. You may start off in your younger years loving capturing the energy of street photography. But as time goes by your outlook may shift to photographing still life or macros. Street photography and macros require a completely different set of skills – and you’ll need to learn them.
Retraining your mind to look at light differently is vital in this situation. You wouldn’t use the same type of lighting for gritty streets shots as you would delicate flowers. Keep yourself up to date with the best training for your given interests.
Helps You Turn Professional
Many of our iPhotography students have expressed the desire to one day turn professional, or at least make some money out their skill.
This is another reason why you should join iPhotography+ and get the benefits of these refresher lessons.
As soon as you start charging for your photography services your customers will expect you to be the fountain of knowledge when it comes to your speciality.
But as anyone who’s worked in retail before will know – customers always want more as well!
Being flexible in your photography can help you access new projects, more clients and bigger paydays.
Training Tip – 90% of the information we learn, is visual and is processed 60,000 times faster than reading.
Fills In The Gaps
Ever heard the phrase ‘I’ve forgotten more than I’ve remembered?’ No? Maybe you forgot it?! 😉
Joking aside, there is bound to be holes in your understanding of photography that you once knew, but over time forgot as it just wasn’t relevant then – but it may be now.
Little things such as the reciprocal rule, how to pan motion shots, portrait lighting setups. They may just be small tricks or notions of photography, but they could be handy.
It’s important not to get complacent and believe you know everything there is to know. Even Ansel Adams never claimed to master photography, though many people said he was the most skilled shooter of our time.
Using SkillTrack™️ Technology iPhotography+ goes back to the start of any photography book and visually demonstrates how to operate your camera, what all the buttons do and when to use them. You’ll also discover clearer lessons about focal length, depth of field and so much more.
Training Tip – Sleep affects memory retention. It’s recommended to get a full night’s sleep within the first 30 hours of learning something new.
Are You Ready To Learn?
Now you’re filled with the facts and you know the outcome, what is stopping you becoming a better photographer? Nothing.
Joining iPhotography+ gives you instant access to innovative and interactive training that is built on cutting-edge SkillTrack™️ Technology.
Start from the beginning and learn about your camera, find out what all those buttons and settings do.
When you are ready, move on to the wider world and refresh your knowledge about aperture, shutter speed, composition and so much more.
There is a new training video released every month building into a wealth of photography knowledge that you can tap into.
Find out more about iPhotography+ and discover all the other incredible features and resources you’ll get your hands on as soon as you join this one-of-a-kind platform for aspiring photographers.
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