I’ve been looking into taking some online photography courses (because hey, why not!), when I stumbled upon MatadorU.
At first I was skeptical, as I should be. MatadorU costs $350 for the travel photo course. MatadorU also has a travel writing and filmmaking course at the same prices, although when bundled the courses are cheaper.
I researched into MatadorU and didn’t find anything overwhelmingly negative or overwhelming positive (as in too good to be true). Everyone seemed happy with their experience and some even received jobs from it. So, the worst thing that could happen was I would lose $350 and not learn a thing or the best thing that could happen was I would spend $350 and learn everything I could and then some! So I went for it.
After signing up, I surfed the site. I really loved the social networking aspect of MatadorU. You could follow other students and faculty, and also see their work. MatadorU is very interactive, which is AWESOME.
The assignments/chapters are self paced. Since I work full time and am starting my photography business full time, the self paced nature of MatadorU is great. At work during breaks and downtime I can read the chapters online, and map out my work for the assignment.
Chapter 1’s assignment was at first intimidating because I had to write…a bio… Writing a bio is so scary to me I put it off for several days. I did write it, and I do hate it. That will never change. Haha. Chapter 1’s assignment also called for “why does photography intrigue you” letter, two photo essays of four photos each, and 4 of your best photos so far. I completed the rest with ease and clicked submit. Little did I know that assignment would lead to exciting opportunities for me!
The next day the student newsletter came out and my photo was the featured photo! I had submitted “Queen For A Day” as part of the 4 best photos so far, and it see selected for the newsletter. Very exciting! Also, a faculty asked me to be a part of an article on Matador about why we should revive the “self-portrait” (not selfie, big difference).
So this just goes to show no opputunity is small or big, but all opputunities happen when you take risks.
So far my money has been well spent.
I even learned a thing or two! :)
My photo on the MatadorU newsletter!