Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by ernie90, Jan 5, 2010.
Does anyone have any advice on a good intro course please ?
can you be a bit more vague?
are you looking for classroom, online, dvd, book,...?
I can give you a good intro course, but do you want to travel to Montreal?
Thanks for the reply, I was trying to ask which type of course would best suit a novice,on-line, 1to 1, etc.
Montreal a little far but thanks for the offer ;-)
I would recommend checking your local community college. They are usually very cost reasonable and have several options for schedules and classes.
For a novice, one-on-one is generally the most productive, but that's asking a lot of someone's time. If you can find a mentor willing to do that, go for it. Otherwise, I'd check out a class at a community college as mentioned. One of the benefits of a class environment is hearing C&C from a lot of different points of view, even if they are all beginners (other than the instructor, I hope). Also, I think you'll find that giving C&C really helps to solidify concepts in your head and define YOUR preferences and style.
Online would be a waste of time in my opinion.
check out local photography stores-they often have something or know where they are.
I would LOVE to travel to Montreal to take your course Bigtwinky (can we do St. Catherine's street???) :lmao:
In terms of online you can do a search on youtube and get all kinds of free tips and techniques. There are also websites with podcasts that are excellent. There are also blogs. I am not sure of the rules regarding linking to other sites on this forum so I won't. But you can P.M me if you like.
Everyone has a different way of learning. I actually seem to enjoy typically structured courses, teacher in front, etc.
Others, like my wife, excell when they are in a more mentor/tutor kind of learning system.
Getting private courses from a good photographer who can teach is your best bet, but the most expensive.
Camera stores often offer courses for novices, but I find that these are packed with people who really are just there to get quick info on how to shoot masterpieces with their P&S cameras.
I would lean towards going to a college locally and seeing what they offer. I went to a university here in Montreal who offered a Photography diploma at night. 1 course = 4 hours per week for 10 weeks. And there are 9 courses to be taken. It does cost me a few hundred per course, but I'm not only learning with hands on, I'm also making great contacts with other photographers and such as we are usually the same 10-12 people we see in the courses
Haven't been to one in awhile but I always learned a lot whenever I attended a "Nikon School"
Take a look at Photo Workshops; New York, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco | Digital Photo Academy
They offer 1 day classes (usually a Saturday) in various cities and are taught by local photographers there. It's sponsored by Panasonic Lumix but you can attend no matter what camera brand you own. They're pretty reasonable... I took a 2 hour composition class and a 4 hour intermediate class back-to-back for $100 total. The classes are small-- like 6 people-- which means there's plenty of time for you to ask all the questions you want, no matter how stupid (the most useful part!). I just signed up for the all-day advanced class which takes you on a photo shoot then back to the studio for critique so I'm looking forward to that.
I'm also looking into Nikon school, since that's what I use-
Nikon School - Photography Education
Looks like a huge-class setting but probably still worth it since it'd be so specific to my camera.
Hope this helps... Good luck!!! :smileys:
With all the books available and all the info online, I don't see the need to take a course.
A year ago I knew nothing about photography and I've learned a TON since then by reading some books and using various photography forums. Why not save the $ you'd use on a class by teaching yourself?
Different learning styles? Benefit of quick feedback?
Books let you learn at your own pace. One can get instantaneous feedback on the web.
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