How many of you have taken some kind of photography class?

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  1. Di&Z

    Di&Z TPF Noob!

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    I'm reading things on here I've never heard before, like third's for example. I'm just wondering how many of you took some kind of class(es) and what were they, and how many learned what they know without taking a class?
     
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  2. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    One can learn a lot through the internet and through photography forums. Advice and comments/crits on photos posted can help you learn a lot and just reading through posts and asking questions can reveal a lot of information.
    I am almost totally web-taught - with a few books for good measure.

    However internet schooling has limits - its all post the event of actually shooting which means that it can take longer to pick up on different lighting situations and how to adapt for them. Here is where some in the field schooling can be a great benefit as you can have someone there with you to correct you before you press the shutter button.
    After that a more comprehensive school system can force you to broaden your horizons and try out new types of shooting that, alone, you might avoid - this gives you more and different shooting experiences.

    In the end both have their place - myself I hope to be able to attend some specific workshops and tutoring events which specialise in my areas of interest to get some in the field experiences.

    However there is a second way to get in the field advice - joining a photography club or attending photography forum meets - though it should be noted that such events are informal in general so not specifically catering for tuition
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Much of what I know about photography, had come from reading and experimentation, not to mention forums :).

    I have taken some classes and while the material is often stuff that I already know, the real benefit is meeting and talking to other photographers.
     
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    I'm new to photography, and there is a night collage near me. Do you think it would be best to attend it or learn from books & the web?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It really depends on how you learn best. Some people learn better by reading...some need hands on...some need human interaction etc.

    If you can sign up for one or two classes, I'd suggest that. Then you will have a good idea of how useful they are. If you like them, then take more.
     
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    I've never had a class but have been looking into them since moving to South Carolina. There are a lot of things I still need to know and have been picking up a lot of basics on the internet. I am a little afraid of a classroom setting though and have been putting it off for a while. I was enrolled in some classes a few years ago but got really sick and had to drop them before I could ever attend.
     
  7. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Mostly readings and experimentation with filler from several college photography classes. I still consider my classroom experience to be valuable. If you can afford it, sometimes you can convince colleges to allow you to attend classes without fulfilling all the pre-requirements (fine arts classes) with no credit. It was fun and I was shocked at how little some of the fine art majors knew anything about photography and composition.

    The classes was also my introduction to darkroom since I never had access to a darkroom in the past. Lab fees were surprisingly low for full darkroom access with all the fixins.
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I did some dabbling online and with books and such before taking a class.

    I'm going through a busy patch in life and its something I really wanted to make time for. So having class and projects makes me make the time. Not sure if that makes sense...
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It really does.... homework is motivating. ;)
     
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    I am mostly self-taught from practise and reading (magazines/books/forum). Now with my job, I've learned a lot more about the equipment, which does slightly help my photography.
     
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    I'm in school for photography now.
     
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    I took a photo1 class back in high school, not gonna say how long ago that was.
    Hell I blacked out my bathroom when I was in high school so I could develop my own film at home giving me more time in the dark room at school, mom wasn't too happy about her BLACKED OUT bathroom. :)

    I've been out of it for a long time now and trying to get back into it with digital photography so its a whole new ball game.
     

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