I used to be into photography back in college–specifically in people photography or child photography. But I stopped being so involved since I started getting more busy from work.
Recently I have been scouting for good photography classes and, based on my research, three names rise above the rest: Jo Avila, Ross Capili, and Ken Go.
Jo Avila conducts his humor-filled workshops along Annapolis, GH. His intensive Basic Studio Photography is offered at PhP5,000.00 with only a max of 20 attendees. Jo offers flexibility by having 5-session weekend classes, 5-session weeknight classes, and a special 2-day 8-hr per session classes so you can choose to enroll in the class that works best with your free time.
Aside from photography per se, Jo teaches you to take care and maintain your toys. He’d give tips on basic operation and camera handling. Apart from these practical knowledge, he also offers Advance Photography, Basic Food Styling & Food Photography and Advance Food Photography & Food Styling.
Ross Capili conducts his classes at One Workshop Gallery in Chino Roces, Makati. His classes are up once a month–with each month a different theme–and usually scheduled on a Saturday from 8am-6pm, for PhP3,000.00. His classes are only for a max of 15 participants. Ross’ style is more on taking actual pictures than lecturing. He takes you for an actual photo shoot–both indoor and outdoor–with his hired models, make-up artists and styling team.
Aside from the principles of lighting and angle, Ross would enlighten you on matters of intellectual rights and the principles of ownership with the photos you take. He would also give you ideas on pricing and the whole business side of it. Just one tip though, Ross values punctuality. So you better not be late in his class!
The photos taken during his class are usually posted on his multiply site (click here and here) for you to see. Although his workshop may seem to be more expensive, with 3 grand for just one session, you may find a common feedback from his students–that every centavo is well worth it.
Ken Go shares his mastery in photography through a 3-day session workshop (usually one weekend, plus Monday night) in his own studio at Cityland 10, Makati. This monthly Basic Lighting Seminar is offered at PhP3,000.00, with a max of 10 participants only.
I think Ken’s class offers the most balanced workshop between lecturing and actual photo taking–wherein Day 1 would focus on lecture and the basics, Day 2 would cover the actual photo shoot, while Day 3 would give you time for critique session. Also based from his student’s feedbacks, his 5-star seminar is enough to give you the best crash course in professional studio lighting. 😉
Anyway, if you are still not satisfied with this Photo Workshop Triumvirate, you can click here for more seminars on taking snaps.