Your Own path

When you first pick up a camera, you start down on a creative path. How far you go—or even how far you want to go—is all up to you. There is no right or wrong. There is no saying how far you should go. And there is certainly no need to feel you have to keep developing your photographic skills or your photographic vision.

If all you want is to play with your camera, if you just want to capture moments in your life, to keep as memories, without any photographic ambitions; do it! Have fun—that is the whole point, anyway. Too many “serious” photographers forget the fun part. They lose the playfulness that is such an important part of the creative endeavour, what probably brought them into photography in the first place.

This path you have undertaken—whichever direction it takes you—is all yours. In many ways, all you need is walk the walk, photograph what photographs you capture, and immerse yourself in the process. Gain confidence as you head down the path; learn to create by creating, become skilled as a photographer by photographing. If you trust the process, if you trust yourself and your inherent creativity—which we all have in us—in time you will master what needs to be mastered. The path will open up for you, if you become susceptible to it.

All this is easier said than done, though, and a guiding hand may more often than not be of great help. It is like undertaking a spiritual journey. You can become spiritually enlightened by work of your own mind, but a master by your side may help you not lose track of the path.

So it is with photography. Someone to guide your development can speed up the progress. I see it in all the workshops I teach, how much each participants grow through the week or whatever length of a workshop. And I know it myself from attending many a workshop. As a matter of fact, now in May I will once more enrol in a workshop, this time in Rome. Very exciting.

Maybe a photo workshop would be worth considering for you, too? Maybe it’s time to develop your photography. I would be happy to se you onboard one of my workshop that I teach this year. See further down for workshops I will be teaching.


I have a task for you. Would you be willing to answer some questions for me? I am doing a little survey to tailor new workshops to your needs. It could be beneficial for you and—and of course for me, too. The survey will only take a few minutes.

To the survey   Get my e-book 10 Great Tips for free.


Workshops in 2019:

Next year I am going to teach no less than four workshops. They will vary from weekend long workshops to a tour stretching almost a fortnight. There should be a workshop for most aspiration.
 
“Street Photography in Cuba” is a workshop I do together with my friend and colleague Sven Creutzmann. It’s our most popular photo workshop and offers a great opportunity to experience the colours, the contradictions, the rhythm and the passion of this country unlike any other. “Street Photography in Cuba” takes place from May 4th to 11th 2019.
 
“The Personal Expression” is a weekend workshop in Bergen, Norway. It’s an intimate and personal photo workshop, in which you will get a chance to work on and develop your personal expression as a photographer. “The Personal Expression” takes place from June 7th to 9th, 2019.
 
“The Visual Language” is an extended weekend workshop in Seattle, USA. In this workshop I will focus on the visual language—as the title indicates—and you will get a chance to develop your skills in visually telling stories with your photography. “The Visual Language” takes place from September 6th to 9th 2019.

“On the Tracks of Che Guevara” is maybe the workshop I am most excited about being able to re-launch. It takes place in the eastern mountain area of Bolivia and we will follow the tracks of the last days of Che Guevara before he was killed in these mountains. This is another workshop I do together with Sven Creutzmann and one we haven’t offer since 2013. “On the Tracks of Che Guevara” takes place from September 23th to October 2nd 2019.
 
<font color="#990000"Please follow the links for more info about each of the workshops.
Or shoot me an email (by answering this one) and I will send you more information.

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33 thoughts on “Your Own path

  1. Otto, I answered your survey. I wanted to point out that the question: Would I rather take an online workshop vs. one in person, I put one in person. But I have not taken an online course, and also would be willing to try it. Your workshops sound terrific. The one about Visual Language really entices.

  2. These workshops seem so cool Otto. I admit that online workshop is not for me. Gosh, I wish I could do the travel and take one in person though. Oh well, maybe some day when the kids are older. Good luck with your projects.

  3. Took the survey – did not mean to say I would not be willing to pay for a workshop but I find that since I retired, I am on a pretty tight budget – where do I spend my money to improve my photography the most. It is a hard balance since my camera is getting pretty old and it takes a state of the art computer to keep up with the latest programs (since PS and the plugins are one of my greatest interests). Not to mention the cost of just having a website as you know. Tough decisions here.

  4. Need to get out on those paths and see some birds. I would like to say that I do enjoy workshops but cannot afford them any longer, although have gone to some put on by members of my camera club.

  5. Hi Otto,

    Some really great-sounding workshops! The survey is not working though and I would love to participate. So appreciate all of the inspiration I get from your posts! Keep up the great work. 🙂

    1. Thank you for trying to take the survey. I am not sure why it isn’t working for you as others have had no problems. Can only suggest to try again, if you are interested. Anyway, thank you for the encouragement, Jacqueline.

  6. Your insights are always on target, Otto, and your workshop offerings sound terrific. And your image encapsulates the idea of a journey, in whatever form that takes.

  7. I very much like the photo you use to introduce this post. It combines the path theme with the metaphor of moving from darkness into the light – a development of understanding.

  8. Hi Otto. Thanks so much for the generosity with the E-book. I look forward to reading it. In the survey I answered (at first) similar to ot all 4 or the first commenters. . . I would love to travel to your workshops in each of the locations 🙂 My life with work, family, building and gardening is so filled up and overflowing….. On the other hand, I’m so grateful for your excellent guidance and mentoring on this blog ( and likely in the e-book too!) The neat thing is I consider you both as a mentor and a peer . Not only in the you a bit of photography process (there I consider you masterful) …. also in the creative quest at large.

    By the time it has taken to write this email, the response to the survey question has changed. Ah, the creative process…

    Hmmm … Seattle is only a 12 hour car and ferry journey away. As I’m writing this reply I checked into the cost (reasonable) and my wife Francis and I have never really explored Seattle even though it is so close… I have just spoken with her – if there is still room in the Seattle workshop, we’re in! Carpe Deum…. to the creative and adventurous moment.

    I will head over to over to sign up now…

    The one down side to this is that we both vowed never to travel to the USA when Donald Trump was in the president office. For this one time only ( just a hop- skip and jump across the border) we will break the rule. We look forward to the workshop and meeting you in person too. Please send info on how we can send you the deposit. Thanks Otto

    Bruce

    1. Thank you for your amazing words of encouragement and positive feedback. As you know you are already signed up for the workshop. I do understand the downside of crossing the border in these times, but all the more I am honoured. Just to mention, the inspiration is reciprocal.

  9. I have considered taking a workshop, Otto, but yours are without my reach, on several levels. But I hope and trust that they will be well attended. The more photos I take, the less satisfied I am with many of them, especially when I try to capture fast-moving birds. I will have to invest some time into studying the technical details of the entire process.

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