Teaching photography is my life these days but it didn’t start out that way, and it wasn’t an easy road…
It was 2008 when I first decided that a lifelong career in corporate finance didn’t sound too fulfilling for me and I randomly decided to try my hand at photography in the hopes of making some extra money on the side.
Yep – I was “that guy”, can you relate? A “weekend warrior” as we’d be referred to in hostile photo forums.
Luckily for me, I quickly fell in love taking photos and made it my mission to continually hone my skills to continually become a better photographer.
The problem though wasn’t my love for photography, it was how difficult it was to get good, real, trustworthy info to help me learn photography.
From the fear of backlash of posting in angry online photo forums to reaching out repeatedly to local professionals offering a helping hand (only to be ignored or told “no”), I certainly had no shortcuts.
No one wanted to help me out or show me the ropes. I took matters into my own hands and immersed myself with reading books, I scoured the internet for tutorials and set up photo shoots to get as much experience as possible.
About 5 months after buying my first camera I photographed my first wedding…
Today, after over 500,000 images edited in Lightroom and 125 weddings later, I help 265,145 photography enthusiasts just like you master Lightroom.
I started Cole’s Classroom to serve two main objectives.
1. To create and foster a supportive, inspirational and motivation community of aspiring up and coming photographers who can get answers to their questions - without any fear of ridicule or anger from others.
2. To break down confusing photography concepts and techniques into simple and easy to understand lessons that any photographer can understand so you can see real improvements right away to keep you motivated and eager to keep mastering your camera.
I can't wait to see you on the class!