Workshops aren’t really about me. They’re about what I can share with you, fun that you can have, connections you can make, and thing you can learn. I have fun and learn things along the way, too, don’t worry about me. The important thing isn’t that you’re hanging out with me, it’s that inspiration and learning is happening. I want you to leave with a renewed vigor to try new things and with ideas bouncing around in your head, no matter what level you’re at. So I asked a couple established, experienced photographers who have been to my workshops to give their unvarnished opinion, to show that we can still learn at all levels. I’m still learning every day.
Matt Shumate, Spokane, Wash.
I really loved being there & seeing how Ryan works really helped me solidify the idea in my head that I’m on the right track but need to keep pushing forward at the same pace that I have been.
For me, workshops are an great way to stay ahead of the photography curve. In general workshops are a great way to network with other professionals who have similar challenges & gain insights beyond what one person can offer. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut & workshops are a way to kick yourself in the pants a bit to look at new ways of achieving your goals. Even picking up a few techniques can make a remarkable difference in the product you’re producing.
Ryan is one of only a few photographers from whom I’d take a workshop. Ryan has an insatiable lust for pushing himself creatively and that’s inspiring to see from someone who is so successful. I’m inspired by people who push boundaries, and explore and invent. It makes me want to push myself harder to see what I’m capable of. Ryan is specifically helpful because he shoots so much and that is something that I’m working towards as well. It’s especially important to stay fresh and inspired when shooting so much. That doesn’t happen by accident, it’s a goal you have to actively pursue. Ryan is an expert at teaching where to find inspiration and staying fresh when the natural state would be to coast toward boredom.
With Ryan there are no secrets. If you have a question, he’ll answer it. If there’s a technique you’re curious about, it’s your own fault if you go away not understanding it well enough to put it in to practice.
Sam Hurd, Washington D.C.
Usually, I’m not too interested in photographer workshops. I get enough work to keep busy as a full time photographer in DC and know how to make a photo people will be happy with.
So why would I feel the urge to attend Ryan Brenizer’s workshops when it’s not even held in the city I live in? Perspective. When you shoot wedding after wedding it can be easy to stagnate and lose your creative drive.
Brenizer’s workshops gave me a chance to sit back and explore new ways of shooting… using tools I already owned. He showed me how to maximize my gear in ways that are simple, but not intuitive.
He tilt-shifted my perspective and inspired me to raise the bar not only to keep things interesting for myself, but for my clients.