Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a photo boot camp taught by Jared Polin and Adam Lerner. I've been following Jared for almost two years now. Since the creation of his website, froknowsphoto.com, he has become quite a phenomenon in the online photography circles. If you are a beginner in photography I recommend taking a look at his site as he has tons of great photography content in it. If you are an intermediate or advanced photographer it's still worth keeping an eye on it. With all his photographer interviews, gear reviews, photo editing tips and advice on how to make it into the photography business you are bound to find some useful information in there.
Adam is a frequent collaborator in Jared's website, and although they both share some common ground in their photography, their style is quite different. So Adam provides an interesting contrast whenever he appears. I also recommend checking out his site: http://adamlerner.net/. He's an awesome photographer as well and, like Jared, freely shares all kinds of advice and insights on photography.
The boot camp was great. I would say it was mainly geared towards beginner photographers, specially those that don't have a clear understanding of the exposure triangle and that would like to get out of auto modes and start using their camera in manual. It was actually quite amazing to see how people that had never shot in manual were by the end of the day so comfortable with it, and saying that they would be leaving their cameras set to manual from now on.
As for me, even though I was already pretty comfortable shooting in manual mode, the boot camp was still really worth it. I got to brush up on my skills and get some questions answered directly from two real photo pros. I also got to meet some other people interested in photography, and had a lot of fun in the process. Both Adam and Jared were really engaging and they had a very hands-on approach of "teaching by doing" that I really liked. They both were patient and always tried to make sure that everyone was following before moving on to the next concept. And even though at the end of the day we run into some "overtime" at no point did I feel like they were rushing to get us out. Which I would have totally understood considering they had just come in from the US a couple of days before, and in that time they had already done another boot camp (Manchester), and two photo walks (Manchester & London). Not to mention the fact that in about 24 hours they would both have to get on a plane again to go to Photokina in Germany. If at any point in the day they were starting to run low on energy it certainly didn't show.
In short, it was a great day and I'm glad I signed up for the boot camp. If you are into photography I really recommend checking out Adam and Jared's websites and if you ever have the chance to attend one of their boot camps I'd say go for it. You won't be sorry.
PS: If you'd like to see more pictures from the boot camp you can check them out in my flickr page.