REVIEW; DIANE VILLADSEN’S WARDROBE & COLOUR COURSE
by james from Who shot the photographer
NOTE: This is an unpaid review; I am receiving no goods or money for this.
First off I apologise to Diane and anyone from the United States who is reading this; I will be using the word ‘colour’ and ‘apologise’! If only our two great languages would meld into one! Your move America.
I’m coming to you today with a review of Diane Villadsen’s Colour and Wardrobe Course.
Let me get straight to the end result. It is incredible. Like, really incredible.
I’m not going to be showing any screen shots of the course, as that would be firstly what I assume to be a breach of copyright, but also secondly because I want you to experience this course yourself.
WHY I CHOSE DIANE’S COURSE
I came across Diane one day whilst browsing YouTube for how to get a better understanding of how to process photos using the VSCO packs that are now a standard in the online photographic community. The long and short of it is that I struggled in trying to define what my style was, and how I could use these packs to help finely tune and obtain a clear direction for my photography.
Diane created a video in which she went through, clearly and honestly, about how she processed her photos using VSCO Pack 6. It was extremely refreshing to have someone be so candid about their processing style, and Diane’s charming voice and personality soon grabbed me in.
Diane’s portfolio also speaks for itself in simple elegance, and extremely high quality. She clearly knows what she is speaking about.
Anyway, why did I choose this course?
The description of this course is:
“Why is planning your subject’s wardrobe is so crucial to achieving consistency? Being able to envision a scene and predict how light and color will interact is essential to developing a cohesive portfolio. Explore 5 modules at your own pace and become a master of wardrobe and color.”
This says it all. One common problem I’d always experienced with my photography is finding my own style, and what distinctive look I could get with my photographs. Diane incidentally has also created an incredible free guide on her website which helps go through this. I think it was the quality of this guide which actually attracted me to purchase and use this course.
I’d seen Diane’s photos, and they really did stand out for so many reasons. I couldn’t put my finger on it, until I took this course and discovered Diane’s unique brand of having a set colour palette, along with her honest and candid story of her own journey and frustrations.
As a photographer, I’ve always searched for anything that has helped me get a better idea as to what I want to achieve in my work, consistency being the biggest one.
I took Diane’s course because I realised that my knowledge about colour, and styling a shoot, was sorely lacking.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE?
Yet again, I’m not going to be going into the specifics of this, as Diane has worked very hard to get this set up, and poured a lot of her own specialist ideas into curating this course.
However, I can say that Diane does go through 5 different modules, each of which is created to break down the problem at the core root, and help you get a better understand of how an enticing photo is constructed, and the logic behind it. Two of the most memorable modules Diane goes into is firstly her own personal journey, and secondly her take on colour theory.
A photographer’s personal journey is something I always find enticing and interesting in a course. We all end up seeing these incredible photos on Instagram, but rarely see behind the photo, and more importantly, behind the photographer who has taken it. Too often we are lead to believe that a photographer has gotten the top image because they are raking in $100,000 a year and can afford 3 studio lights to get a result. This leads amateurs and others to get obsessed with the idea of saving up $8,000 just to get a portable lighting setup that rivals the greats. When the truth is, in my opinion, that this is far from necessary.
In the majority of cases I’ve seen, photographers who are getting these ‘top images’, have a great and very personal story of development. Diane is no different but her tale really helps you, as a learner, understand that this is a journey and that the results from taking her course, are evident in her own style.
The second module which I have to speak high praise of is Diane’s take on colour theory. I say ‘take on colour theory’, because Diane has clearly outlined a key principle with colour photography and how the choice of clothing can really affect the whole photograph. All I’ll say is that when Diane explains this, it is like the light just switched on in your head. At least for me.
COURSE LEARNING AND EASE OF MATERIAL
As with many self paced courses, the freedom lies in being able to login and logout whenever you’d like to study and learn the material. Perfect for people on the move, and with myself having to organise my time efficiently, it worked in my favour exactly how I’d like.
Diane condenses and distils the information needed in a concise fashion, accompanied by clear photos illustrating her point. This is especially useful when comparing before and after shots of applying the principles outlined in the course.
Modules have been broken down logically and each section provides a thorough yet bite sized collection of valuable information.
Diane has even said that there will be future updates to the module; at the time of writing this, I don’t believe there have been any since the iteration I purchased and studied from merely a month ago in December 2016 (yes, results that fast), but I don’t believe this would be fair to hold Diane to a one month update of the material when it is so solid to begin with.
As with all online photography products and courses, there is a price tag attached to receiving such knowledge. Diane’s course is priced at $79USD, which converts over here in Australia to around $105AUD.
It is always hard to justify the cost of knowledge and the skills learnt from such courses. However, I will say that due to Diane’s course I have had a complete turn around of how I operate as a photographer, and now a stylist. I have paid $105AUD to have the clarity of my style going forward, and a much, much better understand of how colour works. I can also now act as a stylist on my shoots, and call myself a stylist.
WHAT I LEARNT AND MY TAKEAWAYS
Since completing Diane’s Wardrobe & Colour course, I have been able to achieve the following:
Directing which colours to use on a shoot, and seeing instant results straight out of the camera.
Acting as a stylist on my shoots, working to my own style and design.
Achieving a much more consistent and aesthetically pleasing style of photography.
Having the confidence to assertively make design choices which have improved the overall quality of my photoshoots.
If you have found yourself, like I did, struggling to get your style nailed down, or you just aren’t seeing the results you envision, you owe it to yourself as a photographer to get on board with this course as soon as possible.
It will teach you how to expand your skill set, help your understanding of what makes a great photo, and inspire you to be better.
Thank you Diane. Highly recommended.
Have you used Diane’s Course before, or want to? Comment down below to let me know your thoughts!