Thanks so much to the 40 of you that gave me some feedback. Sorry it’s taken a while to give you the feedback but here goes.
I won’t list everything in full detail, just the details you’ll be interested in.
How long have you been taking photos?
The time you’ve been photographing varies from ‘just started’ to 50+ years so this feedback comes from a wide range of users I’m pleased to say.
How satisfied are you with the photos you are taking now?
That’s pretty good. Most of you sound happy on the whole but presumably want some more consistency.
What type of camera are you using?
95% of you have digital SLR cameras which is great as that’s what I’ll be focussing on. Don’t be put off if you don’t have one though, hopefully you’ll still pick up plenty of help on here and not feel left out.
What brand of DSLR camera do you own?
Take a look…
That’s as I hoped and expected to be honest. I’ll try to do as many Nikon tutorials as possible but I need to borrow the cameras in from friends so they’re not as easy. I also know that offering wider than these two brands is too much at this stage but that said the setting are very similar on other brands and certainly the techniques are the same.
Do you have additional Lenses?
I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of you have prime lenses, it’s good to see you listen to me 😉
Do you own a flash and if so do you know how to use it?
Half of you own a flash and half of those know how to use it… so the other half need my training course – Flash Lighting for beginners!
If you’re interested in lighting kit I have a page here dedicated to it.
Which file type do you save your photos as?
Over half of you are saving either just RAW or Jpg & RAW so that’s great. You really do benefit from shooting in RAW.
Some weren’t sure what you were on so I need to do a post on this. Noted.
Which mode do you typically shoot in?
Phew, only 20% of you are using Auto mode so again that helps me know where I’m pitching the training. You’re doing right and will always benefit from shooting in these modes.
Training – What type of content are you interested in?
Now we’re getting to the meat. Training comes up top and I’ve been guilty of ignoring that so this just confirms I need to get back to the main reason for this site! Projects are right up there with the training though so I’ll get some of that planned in too.
Training – How do you prefer to learn?
I’m quite pleased about this and I wonder if that’s why you’re here. Video training takes me longer than writing out a blog post like you’ll find on other sites, but I think it’s far more valuable… and by the looks of it so do you. We’re on the right track 😉
Training – Other
Webinars are of interest with 62% of you but one-to-one Skype calls aren’t of interest, or at least not as a paid service. That said, 7 of you are interested so it still might be worth exploring.
Again 7 of you are interested in one-to-one training days and since the survey I’ve done one of those that went very well. It’s just limiting to being in the UK though.
53% of you are interested in this 28% on the fence. That makes it worth exploring further I reckon
3/4 of you edit sometimes or always and the tools you use are mostly photoshop and lightroom, with a few others thrown in.
I really encourage you to start shooting in RAW and using Lightroom to at least tweak your photos a little.
The vast majority of you are interested in software training too which I wasn’t keen on getting onto just yet but as you’re all asking for it I’ll put it on the list.
Asking what you do with your photos, some of you are printing, some are loading to social media but most I guess stay on a hard drive. I’d like to look at some options here, we recently created a photo book for my Dad for Christmas and he loved it. Photos you can get really cheap too and of course you can be creating some lovely galleries on Facebook or Flickr.
Thanks so much for taking the time to give me some great feedback that as you’ll see below, WILL shape where we go from here.
Many of you are saying you want to know about flash photography though and I have put a starters course together already here – Flash lighting for beginners. Yes there’s a small fee of $20 (£13) but I’m hoping you won’t mind giving a little something back. I’d love to be doing this full time and growing the amount of information I can make available but obviously I need to earn something back in order to do this.
Thanks for the encouragement that my videos are going down well and I am printing all your comments out so I can plan them into the year and tick them off as I go.
So what am I going to do with all this feedback? Prioritise my programme for 2016.
My original plan was to capture the basic training I do on my workshops and make it available online. I’ve been guilty of picking off other, easier projects and so I am now going to be working through chapter by chapter creating these videos so watch this space.
My second priority will be to keep some projects coming and maybe in the form of challenges so you have a push to give it a go yourself.
Landscape photography was your most asked for and sadly that’s probably the one I have least ability in so I’m going to look at others’ training and find you something I can endorse and recommend.
On that note, I realise with my limited spare time in which I do this training I can’t produce content at the rate I’d like so I am going to as a priority find some other great, jargon free training that I can add to a resources page so if you’re chomping at the bit I can at least direct you to them. Don’t see that as a cop out though, my goal is still to create my own courses 😉
Webinars etc will be in the second half of the year as I target myself with monthly goals to keep content flowing this year.
Thanks again so much, I love that I get to help and encourage you all to take photos. It’s a wonderful hobby but most importantly it gives you the ability to capture moment and memories that would otherwise slip away. That’s a powerful gift which I encourage you to prioritise.
I’d love to hear your comments and feedback below.
May God bless you and families in 2016!