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    Junior Member blondievp's Avatar
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    Photography Course - Help Which one

    Hi.

    Im looking to improve my photography by going on a course there are so many out there I'm not sure where to look first.

    I have been practicing photography for about 3 years and have a basic understanding of ISO, Apeature, compostiotion etc. I have little / almost no photoshop experience due to trying to get the picture perfect with the settings on the camera. I an not sure if I should attend a begginer or an intermidate course as I think I fit somewhere in the middle of the two.

    I'm not sure if I should complete and online course, or a course at a college etc. My limit for the cost is 200 including course materials.Ideally a certificated course. Berkshire, south buckinghamshire area

    Please have a look at my smug mug page so you can see the leval of pictures that I have been achiving at the moment. www.victoriapaxton.co.uk


    Any Suggestion Welcome

    Thanks Vickii
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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    Doing it at the college would be much more helpful than online courses. At my school, they still use film for a lot of the fundamentals classes, and I think learning on film helps instill the right discipline, since you can't be lazy and check your work on the fly, so you need to put more careful thought into the exposure you do each time.

    Further - there is no virtue in avoiding processing. Yes, its important to get it how you want straight outta camera, but processing is an important part of even the best photographers work. Ansel Adams used to say that the negative was the score, and the print was the performance. Once the shutters pressed the jobs only half done, editing is not a sin, its a fundamental.

    Point being, I think a course on photoshop may be a more prudent means to improving your photography. Better to do both, but if its one or the other - perhaps editing.

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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    Hi Vickii,

    Normally, I try not to promote one forum from another, as it's just bad form. But in your case, I think it may help.

    Below is a link to the forum of a magazine out of London, called Digital Photographer. Most of the members there are from the UK, and you could probably get a better idea of courses and certificates available in your area.

    http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/forum/

    Hope it helps you out,

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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    double post, not sure why.
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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    I think the shots on your site look great and would agree with Anbesol that a Photoshop course would really take them up a level. - TF
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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    Thanks for the help much appreciated, shall have a look at photoshop
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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    What software do you use? The right software and a couple of good books will help you a lot. Even if it is a older copy of PS, like PS7. I used it for years. That and a RAW developing program.
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    Re: Photography Course - Help Which one

    Blondie, Although I don't recommend any one course over the other, but my wife and I did the NYIP courses. They really helped define some of the basics that I had missed on my own. Although lacking in some areas, I always had great response when I needed assistance and their critiques were honest and helpful. If you have the stick-to-it-iveness to stay with an online course, NYIP is very affordable and in my opinion was well worth what I spent.

    That said, I frequently wished that I would have had on hand experience with a live instructor. There is nothing like live instruction for learning.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide...
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