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    Good Photography Course

    Hi Guys

    I'm pretty new to Photography have my Canon EOS 550d with Twin lens kit.

    I have started using it in Manual mode looking for someone to recommend a course Im keen on outdoor photography mostly such as - Landscape, rivers, waterfalls, beaches, buildings, sun & Surf etc

    I was looking at this course http://www.chrisbray.net/photography_courses.php

    Anyone have any comments on it or can recommend a course in Melbourne

    Cheers

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    Why not just follow the New To Photography learning plan here on AP? I think you are better of participating on AP and sites like it, to start with, and once you have the basics, then consider an intermediate type course to refine your skills.
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    Thanks Rick,

    I start to do those but get side tracked to easy and go off the rail and do other things.

    Which is why i wanted to do a course i can't get side tracked.

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    I had a look at that course to. It looks very good but too pricey for me just now after buying the camera etc. I get side tracked to but am getting through learning plan slowly on AP. If there is something I still do not understand I ask & have so far got some really great answers. Just yesterday I asked about Night photography & Kym has a fantastic link on here. Some great pics have also been posted.

    http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...ad.php?t=57793

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    G'day AussieBrent

    Google the "Melbourne Camera Club"
    They hang out in South Melb and [as far as I know] run beginner's camera/photo courses several times a year

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    Creative Photo Workshops is also a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBrent View Post
    Thanks Rick,

    I start to do those but get side tracked to easy and go off the rail and do other things.

    Which is why i wanted to do a course i can't get side tracked.
    Since you joined back in March we have seen one thread from you with 2 photos for critique. If I may be so bold, only you can solve your 'getting sidetracked', start joining in, post some photos, read the critiques, learn from them and you will improve a lot more. But in the end it is up to you. YOU have to make the effort to learn photography. A course, the internet etc is not going to improve your photography, you are! You need to put the work in, so stop getting sidetracked and that is the only way you will improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Since you joined back in March we have seen one thread from you with 2 photos for critique. If I may be so bold, only you can solve your 'getting sidetracked', start joining in, post some photos, read the critiques, learn from them and you will improve a lot more. But in the end it is up to you. YOU have to make the effort to learn photography. A course, the internet etc is not going to improve your photography, you are! You need to put the work in, so stop getting sidetracked and that is the only way you will improve.
    Couldn't agree more... as Rick said, if you're not committed to learning, NO course will help you!

    If you attend a course, you will not automatically come out of it a better photographer... you'll simply be presented with the tools you'll need to apply to the copious amounts of practise you'll need to do, in order to improve... the course presenter will not install a chip into you to upgrade you to a good photographer! If you don't dedicate yourself to do loads of practise... you're throwing your money away by going to a course.

    AP is simply another resource to tap into and get your hands on the 'tools' you need... start at the AP learning centre and just apply yourself... you won't regret it! THEN do a course once you're more confident!
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    Hi, I am wanting to do a course, does anyone know any cheap ones that are running? I am thinking about, doing one with "The Photography Institute".

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    tamika17,

    I was going down the same track of thought as you & AussieBrent but since starting the learning course on here it covers everything. Then like Rick and Jasvik said practice & practice. I cannot even get out of the house until weekends and then only for short times. Yesterday I managed to find bees, my dogs & a flower here & there more like weeds :-) I was going to fork out on the course the other guy mentioned but until I know a bit more I am going to wait for a while.

    I love looking though the posts & viewing people pics the pros & the new people & I learn from each one. Sometimes I comment if I think I have anything to add. I try not to ask too many questions but if I am stuck I do & I have so far got some really great & friendly replies.

    I was thinking of seeing if my local council might have a photography club just an idea. I also joined the WA club on here & I missed out on the last meet but hope to go on the next. I think that would be the way to go & fun to. What ever you choose enjoy & please keep us posted. I will have to check your pics out :-)

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    Hi tamika17

    if I had $1099.00 to spend on a course I just know I'ld go and blow it on a canon 17 - 40mm f4.0 lens instead.
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    I just did a google search on Photography clubs in my Shire & was amazed just up the road is a club. I know it is not a course but a good way to learn & meet people with the same interest. I am sure most Shires or nearby ones might have similar. Just for interest sake have a look at what they offer & what they do. Looks good to me. http://www.gemcameraclub.com.au/index.html Cheers & have a lovely evening.

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    A course can be good, but most people learn more from experience. So do a course if you want to, but each one of us has had to put the work into learning our photography skills. A course can give you some of the basics and an understanding of how to improve, but that improvement comes with practice, and getting out and practising, and practising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamika17 View Post
    Hi, I am wanting to do a course, does anyone know any cheap ones that are running? I am thinking about, doing one with "The Photography Institute".
    Well tamika I think you have found a very cheap course right here at AP.
    Get involved and you will learn heaps as I have
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    I learn something new everyday on AP. It is fantastic. Like I said in my previous post I was going to go down that track until I came across this site. I also did not have the money after buying my camera. The one I was going to was $300 for the day. Maybe later when I feel more confident I might.
    The camera club sounds a much better idea they have lots of days out to practice & that is what we need more than anything. Posting on here is also great for CC. I try my best & look at the more experienced photographers work and really admire how well some have done in a short period of time.
    I feel this is something you never stop learning & that to me is what I want. My advice is really look deep within this site I find new places & things to try each visit.

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    Thanks for the reply chinook, im the same as you, with three kids and no car, i hardly leave the house either, so yes my pets, the garden and my children always get their photo taken. Its starting to get a bit boring lol.. can not wait till i get my car, then ill be able to get of the house, and have fun snapping!
    the course i want to do with the Institute is going to cost, me around 900 i think, i have tried to look for brisbane photo groups, there is none really that i want to join, another reason me being too shy :/ lol..
    I cant wait to add pics on here, i like to see what people say about my photos, i love feedback! most of my friends say that i am good at it.. hope to talk again soon

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    I think what some people are forgetting is that people have different learning styles and what works for one person ie reading and doing self directed exercises on the web isn't going to work as well for others. Some people need a group dynamic or a more directed style to learn. A course may also just reinforce what you already know - but in my experience there is nothing like a flesh and blood person to answer your questions - particularly if you don't know many other photo/camera enthusiasts. When doing a course you also get to know some like minded people who share the same enthusiasm. Doing things in isolation is not the best "course" for everybody - however valuable online resources are.
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    hey chris,
    yeah i probly would spend money on my camera too.. i have already spent close to a thousand on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixley View Post
    I think what some people are forgetting is that people have different learning styles and what works for one person ie reading and doing self directed exercises on the web isn't going to work as well for others. Some people need a group dynamic or a more directed style to learn. A course may also just reinforce what you already know - but in my experience there is nothing like a flesh and blood person to answer your questions - particularly if you don't know many other photo/camera enthusiasts. When doing a course you also get to know some like minded people who share the same enthusiasm. Doing things in isolation is not the best "course" for everybody - however valuable online resources are.
    We're not debating that a course will not be of benefit, what I'm saying is that a course will only present you with the tools and information you need to improve.... it still takes dedication on the learners part to absorb that information and put many many hours of practise in before they see a big improvement. And the other point I made is that there were MANY other places to get your hands on those tools for FREE (like here) which should be considered before spending money!

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    thanks for all your comments guys, im going to make the most out of it on here, learning and asking for advice, it wont be for a while till i start my course anyway.

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