The ways we share and exchange information in the digital age has changed drastically. We date virtually, shop virtually, and even go to school virtually. Really, the attraction to doing these things online is obvious: you can save time and energy from the comfort of your own home while efficiently multi-tasking a number of projects or endeavors. As a result, real world institutions such as shopping malls and college campuses are losing money and shutting down across the country.

I grew up at the forefront of this shift, becoming accustomed to flirting with crushes on dating apps while simultaneously shopping for shoes without missing a beat. I’m able to have a date every night of the week and a different pair of shoes to wear for them. But the only thing I haven’t adapted to quite well is online education.

Though I spent majority of my schooling in a real classroom, I once took an online psychology course in college. For me it was so un-engaging that I forgot to take my midterm exam; without an IRL commitment to keep me accountable it was difficult to take it seriously. I’m typically the person raising my hand to ask questions and encourages others to interact as well. Basically, I’m a teacher’s pet.

So when I heard about Digital Product Studio’s (DPS) initiative to revolutionize the online education world, I wondered if in-person workshops would, definitely, begin to become obsolete.

 

Since its launch in 2016, DPS has specialized in creating digital educational products through online communities and membership sites. What is unique about their platform is the advanced live-streaming and interactive technologies utilized in its courses. It also boasts a lineup of renowned photography industry educators, including Sue Bryce EducationThe Wedding SchoolMeg Bitton Live and more. For now, DPS is only offering photography-related classes. 

In the press release sent out by DPS on Feb. 1 2017, it was revealed that three aforementioned educational platforms will be producing new content with the addition of two platforms for Photoshop and Lightroom. Ben Willmore will teach “Learn to Love Photoshop” and Kelly Brown will examine “Newborn Posing.”

Whether you’re new to photography or not, the videos are an easy way to broaden your knowledge or simply refine your skills. Unlike reading a textbook, one member explains the much needed realism that watching a video provides,

“What made me want to continue watching Sue, was the fact that her posing is real, I always had a problem with posing videos/training and she made sense, real sense, her posing methods are convincing and real, not artificial and fake, you get the soul of the person with her posing techniques, not some shop mannequin.”

However, all quality education it comes with a price. You can visit the DPS website for more information on the cost of each course by clicking each individual platform.