A lot of time I found myself replying questions from friends and people I met about the reasons why I decided to join the photography course at The Darkroom school. The answer has always been the same: to be a professional photographer.
When I was looking for an improvement course, I noticed there were a lot of schools that offered the opportunity to be professional. But none of them proposed the multimedia program of The Darkroom. A subject I did never considered in the years as amateur photographer. The program was at the same time interesting and new. After got information and with a feeling of trust, I decided to start the class in November.
In the first three months, we talked on history of photography and people who made it possible to write with light. On the f16 rule applied on both film and digital camera discovering the ability to shot well exposed pictures without technology. On the scope of post-processing which is get over the limits of technology and give freedom to creativity. And not use it as a way to hide the lack of perfectionism. Furthermore, during the web design module, we talked also on how to build website and publish our work.
It is just with this last module that I got the confirm on the good decision I did in joining the course lead by Michele – both teacher and photographer. Indeed, surfing on internet to find out inspiration to design my own website, I crossed web pages of professional photographers like George Steinmetz and Fritz Hoffmann from National Geographic and storytelling like Media Storm and The Photography Channel. Looking at them, it was immediately clear the importance of multimedia as a new way to communicate. A way that photographers nowadays have to know.
Therefore, what at the beginning was trust is now conviction. Conviction that the first three modules with the remaining five really show the skills a photographer must have today. To be competitive and in line with the current needs of the market. To be – what I say who asks me the reason of my decision to follow the course at The Darkroom – a professional photographer.