Why go on a photography workshop?
You could go alone to somewhere you think will have potential and then hope to stumble across a couple of good spots and then hopefully take some pictures that might work.
Or, you could sign up for workshop from a pro photographer who knows how to get the most out of a given situation, can guide you through the process and be on hand to offer feedback and advice as and when you need it. I know what I prefer. And the good thing is, whatever your preferred taste in photography, there is probably a workshop happening nearby that will be appropriate.
Advantages to you - the biggest advantage from attending workshops is that they give you a way to do things. For example, I don’t know much about wildlife photography. Now I could go and try to take some pictures of animals and maybe I would get lucky. More likely though I would come back with mediocre shots. What I would actually do is attend GPC member Tom Langlands workshop (here) and I would learn tried and trusted methods of getting results. Now that is a much better place to begin isn’t it?
Good photographers are always learning - just like successful people in any industry. They jump at the chance to learn new skills, methods and techniques.
If you are interested in street photography, I am running a workshop (click here for details) in January to show how I approach it, what techniques I use, what settings I start with, what I look for and how I work a scene.
I think my favourite thing about attending workshops is that I always leave filled with ideas and hungry to go out and shoot more, and that is always a good thing.