I, like you, have experienced Buyer’s Remorse. I, like you, have been taunted by marketing phrases like “Best Value”, “Must-Have’s for 2014”, “Free Bonus Gift”, or even “Because You’re Worth It”. Gah. My money has gone to products that use those flashy words!
So, in the spirit of candidness, I think that while I think Composition Bootcamp is a fabulous workshop, and while I’ve put blood, sweat and tears into it and my student’s success…
Composition Bootcamp might not be right for you.
While I wish I could gloat that Bootcamp is a must-have-experience for every photographer, but that simply isn’t true. Bummer, because I would love to work with you.
So, here is my confession of Why Bootcamp may not be for you.
Composition Bootcamp is NOT for you IF:
- You regularly have total control over where you shoot. If you are a portrait photographer who has the luxury of choosing every location for your shoots, Bootcamp might be fun, but is most likely not for you. Composition Bootcamp focuses a lot on making lame, boring locations look amazing because of the techniques you learn.
- You feel confident looking at your own work and vocalizing why it is visually appealing (or not!)
Bootcamp reveals the tried and true rules of visual appeal as proven through art, photography, and film. Homework assignments are geared towards increasing the visual appeal of your photographers through these rules of composition. If you already follow those rules and can visually identify them in others work, as well as your own, then Bootcamp is not for you.
- You are comfortable with the variety of looks you produce for per photo sessions.
Magical things happen when you begin to master composition. The 22 photos in a row that look identical from your shoot….yeah, we’ve all done it…start to dwindle. Bootcamp provides a clear path to increasing variety in your photo sessions, testing them out week by week until the world opens up to you. If you already capture a variety of looks (on purpose!) when you shoot, then Bootcamp might not be right for you.
- Your work is good because you made it good, rather than relying on lucky shots.
Doing things “with purpose” is our motto for Composition Bootcamp. Whether it is crop, a black and white edit, or which part of a location we highlight, Bootcamp gives us decision making skills in each of those scenarios (+ more!). If someone came to you and asked “Why did you crop this photo this way? Why did you choose to shoot that so far back? or Why didn’t you edit this in black and White?”, and you have solid responses, then Bootcamp is not for you. Composition Bootcamp floods you with reasons why you make the choices you do at a session.
And the verdict is…? Is Bootcamp a perfect fit for YOU?
If not, we are still friends. Cheers for no Buyer’s Remorse! It’s not you, it’s me, etc. Congratulations on being able to say, “This is NOT for me.”
I hope you will still stick around the blog for more fun like 3 Things the Hunger Games taught me about Staying Alive in the Photo Industry!