A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed a course that aimed to get you to take your DSLR camera off “auto” mode and into understanding how it works. Well, when you’re ready to take your photography skills to the next level, Ryan Oakley has a course to help you earn money from your photography skills called “Your First $100 Photography Gig” on Udemy (currently $47).
Ryan’s course focuses on the business aspects of running a full- or part-time photography business, particularly family photography although its also common to do weddings. Ryan addresses how to get your first client, what to do on the day of the shoot (and what not to do), and what to do after (with editing and delivery). There’s some good tips in there.
It does not discuss how to take good photos, assuming you already know that wanting to become a professional at it. It also doesn’t get into advanced topics like taxes, getting repeat business, opening a studio, advertising, etc. Those are things you only think about after you’ve got some momentum of your first few gigs.
The course delivers on it’s promise of the first $100 gig, and walks students through that process in decent detail. There’s a spectrum of course – from not enough information to too much information, and this falls nicely in the middle. Not too much and not too little. Since the goal is to get you to your first $100, that’s a low enough hurdle to not require a 25 hour course.
The audio is great, and the entire course was short enough to do in one sitting. To me this is a positive, although if you’re looking for an more in-depth course, that might not be right for you.
In the end, I’m inspired to dig my DSLR out of the basement, power the batteries and play with it again. I probably won’t become a family photographer any time soon (but who knows). But if you have any interest in earning some money on the side, or switching careers even, check this out.