I am a complete beginner when it comes to photography, but have always felt attracted to it. I am planning on enrolling in some beginner classes at some schools here in NYC and was looking for some advice on which to choose. The International Center of Photgraphy offers a B&W + Darkroom class, a Color + Darkroom class and a B&W + Color class (no darkroom). I just wanted to get some thoughts from anyone on here about the benefits and/or disadvantages to learning darkroom techniques and also whether or not it makes a significant difference in learning just B&W or just Color. Also considering classes at NYU continuing ed., School of Visual Arts and New School. Anyone familiar with these? Also looking for some advice on a manual camera. Have looked into the Nikon FM-10 and the Pentax ZX-M. Any other models that would work well for a complete beginner? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and I'm looking forward to becoming part of the community and eventually helping out another beginner (ahhh, the circle of life).