My only experience is with Better Photo. The say they have a free course to take. When you sign up and try it, they only give you the first two lesssons. That would be okay if they told you that on the front end, but they don't. Next, when you sign up they hammer you with e-mail promotions and come-ons, and I mean 3-6 e-mails per day EVERY DAY. I had to write them to take me off their list. I would not do business with them...
I have used kelbytraining.com there are a few great photography courses from Joe McNally and David Ziser and Moose Peterson, then a lot of the Photoshop and the like classes as well.Benhttp://www.b3nbrooks.com/blog/..
Lynda.com just released a set of movies on digital photography..
If you are interested in teaching yourself, have a look at this series of articles on Illustrated Photography, a digital photography magazine:.
Hope that helps.
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Banks Williams wrote:.
I am sure this has been asked and answered before, but I thought Iwould see what I could find out about online classes, programs,courses that are out there. I have seen New York Institute's andBetter Photo's literature...any thoughts. I have a Canon 40d EOS, anupgrade from a 10d. I am very novice and use strictly the automodes. I would like to start from the ground up and get a reallygood background to learn to be a better photographer, if for nothingmore than to get better pics of my little boy as he continues togrowup. Thanks in advance for your assistance!!! have a greatevening!.
Cambridgeincolour.com has systematic tutorials. this is the link.http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm.
But if you have always used auto mode and wants to learn, I recommend you to read Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure.Rafy Sugirihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rafysugiri/sets/..
I know you're a Canon user, but I'd suggest going to a one day Nikon School session. About half the people who attend and non-Nikon users. It's a great multimedia presentation that will teach you more in one day than most any other training, and it's a lot of fun. I attended my first Nikon school with my father and both of us had Pentaxes on our laps. The instructor would say "brand P" or "brand C" when he was explaining how to use something on another brand..
The instructors are all real pros. The last one I attended was taught by several pros including one of the head photographers for the NFL and a staff photographer for National Geographic along with the Life Photographer of the Year winner..
If you would like to learn by yourself and break away from auto mode. I find the following websites useful. I have learnt a lot from them. Some have also been suggested above:.
To understand the various settings and terms in camera, I suggest you visit the "Learn / Glossary" in http://www.dpreview.com. Try to learn about getting the exposure right with shuttle speed, aperture and ISO in manual mode..
For basic photography tips and composition tips, I find this site useful:http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/.
They also have a how-to section which cover different how-to topics like portrait photography and etc. Some basic composition tips like the rule of thirds may gives you pleasing shots. Of course, great photography is about breaking the rules. However, you should know the rules before breaking them to creat stunning effects. (*partially extracted from the website). Otherwise, you might get "uglier" shots when breaking them..
If you would like to to know the brief technical concept, this website will be good for beginners: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm..