Hi, I want to further develop my photography skills and become a freelance photographer. I'm not sure where to begin though. I asked two friends who have both taken photography classes and each one gave me different advice. One said I should buy a beginner's SLR, start practicing with it and take some digital classes. The other recommended I should take a beginning photography class that teaches all the basics and fundamentals of a camera, about lighting and composition, and how to develop film in a dark room. I prefer the advice of the first friend because I have no interest in the film aspect of photography but my second friend thinks it would make me a better overall photographer. I need to learn about all the camera lingo, settings (ISO, aperture, etc .) and the composition of a photo, however, I would like to learn all of that without having to work with film. Are there digital photography classes that teach all the same stuff without having to work with film? What do you each recommend?