If you have a few minutes, I'd like some thoughts or advice from people who may have once been in my shoes ...
I'm currenly enrolled to do the Camera Assistant and Camera Operator workshops at Maine Media in July, and have a chance to do another week in the Film Lighting workshop but that would be about another $3000 out of my savings (to cover tution and accom, which I can afford, but it's really stretching it).
If money weren't as issue, I'd sign up for it in a flash but I feel like there is so many lighting tutorials and resources that perhaps I'd be better off sinking the $3000 into buying/renting lighting kits and mostly teaching myself as I go .... or would the money be better spent doing the workshop and gaining formal training?
I know the obvious answer is "it depends what your goal is?" ....
I'm only just starting out in the wide world of cinematography. I'm not 100% sure what my end goal is, maybe its to be a DP somewhere down the track, but for now I want to build up a good solid technical skill set. I feel like understanding the camera aspect is the core of what I want to do for a while so I'm trying to start as a camera assistant / operator and expand from there.
I'd love to have a broad enough skill set I could take on any role in making short films, and collaborate/fit into multiple roles on larger projects. Thats why I'd love to learn about the technical aspects of lighting whilst learning about camera operation.
Thoughts? Formal training or DIY? I live in Australia and Portland, Oregon so decent training opportunities seems to be getting rarer.
Thanks for you time if you've read this far!