Some recent discussions with people just beginning real estate photography reminded me that many people need help understanding how to get good real estate photography training. Below are some important ideas on this subject.
Workshops are one of the very best ways to learn real estate photography. You just can't beat face to face training. However, since real estate photography is a niche, workshops on real estate photography are few and far between. There is only a handful in the US every year and they are going to be far more expensive that a Scott Kelby Lightroom workshop. Scott Kelby can charge just $99 because he will typically get several hundred attendees per location. Also, you must be prepared to travel to the location where the workshop is. Don't wait for a workshop to come to your town; it ain't going to happen! Plan on spending a couple thousand dollars to take a workshop. But it is well worth it! Spend more on training that you do on equipment. I've done announcement posts for the two workshops in September. One in Orange County, CA and one in Ottawa, Canada.
Coaching is probably the next best way to get good training. If you haven't seen it, here is the list of coaches that I recommend. These people are some of the best in the industry. Expect to pay $100/hr and up for their time. They all have different ways of coaching. Some use the phone, some use Skype, and some of these coaches will come to your location and spend one on one time with you but expect to pay for all their costs. Check them out and see which approach works for you. You can contact them via their website listing on the PFRE coaching page.
Both of these approaches are probably more expensive than learning other subjects but you are not likely to find real estate training in your local area.
What are readers' experiences with using workshops and coaching?