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Old Dec 13, 2003, 4:14 PM   #1
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Hi, I need your opinions, pls. I really want to learn more about photography, esp. digitial photography. I also want to learn how to use photoshop to make these pics the best they can be. I found two classes near me, one is for photography 101 (concentrates on 35mm SLR's) and another is for photoshop 7.0 (i have element 2.0). Do you think I would get anything from either of these courses? Do you have any alternative suggestions? Let me know if I can give you additional info.


What I *really* want is a 1:1 tutor who knows my camera (canon A80) and can teach me how to use it. I also want to learn more about basic photography (i.e., what the heck is ISO really and how do I use it?; lighting, flash etc.). Do any of you live in the Cleveland, OH area? Well, anyway, thanks and I would appreciate any type of info/suggestions you could give me.

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Old Dec 14, 2003, 4:36 AM   #2
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You're welcome to start at my site - many already have and I'll try and answer all posted questions. If this could help...
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Old Dec 14, 2003, 10:32 AM   #3
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Klaus,
Hey, thanks! What a nice site. I did visit it and am going to try to see if I can learn something. Thanks for sharing it!

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Old Dec 15, 2003, 10:24 AM   #4
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My vote.... Take the photo basics course first. The knowledge and practice you'll get there will do more to help you get better as a photographer, giving you better results in the long run. The one I took at a local community arts center gave me basic technical knowledge plus great creative ideas from talking to the instructor and other students (which I now get here!).

Photoshop is a complex program so take an instructor-led class for learning that if you can swing it. However it is possible to learn it on your own.

Here are a couple "basics" type tutorials I've used:

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/...tutorial1.html
http://graphicssoft.about.com/librar.../bllps5out.htm

Good luck!
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Hi Amytude

All the previous suggestions are great!

Once you had done them all, depending on "far" you
want to take this...

You may want to consider a college course or
an nyip.com course.

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Old Dec 15, 2003, 7:05 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I think I am going to go ahead and go for the photography course! Although I know I need to learn all the technical stuff, I am most excited to learn about lighting. I love the way different lighting affects photos. I got a free web site and I'm going to try and post some of my pics there. Thanks again!

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Thanks everyone! I think I am going to go ahead and go for the photography course! Although I know I need to learn all the technical stuff, I am most excited to learn about lighting. I love the way different lighting affects photos. I got a free web site and I'm going to try and post some of my pics there. Thanks again!

Amy
With the concept of lighting comes the required understanding of exposure. I think you'll enjoy learning the dynamics of photography as opposed to just learning how to take pictures. All the "tecnical stuff" makes those photos come out the way your mind sees the image. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress with some beautiful pictures of your own!
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This site has good online classes, good informative articles and lovely pictures. Enjoy, Suzan

http://betterphoto.com/home.asp
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