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Bill Coulter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/10/2011

Which class to take next

I have taken 2 classes so far, Both of the classes were with Charlotte Lowrie, A class on the Canon rebel and now that I got a new camera I took Understanding the Canon 60D. I am now ready to take another class or two I would like to take course in Closeups(4 weeks) and the wow factor(8 week ) course I don't know which one to take first and would appreciate ant feedback.
Bill C

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9/15/2012 12:10:59 PM

Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto Member
Kerry's Photo Courses:
4-Week Short Course: Creative Close-ups
  Hi Bill,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online photography school!

As for your next best course, the ones you mentioned - my Creative Close-ups or Impact in Your Photographs: The Wow Factor - are excellent, if I say so myself. :) Actually, neither is dependent on the other as a prerequisite, so you could take either one first - your preference.

Just checking, though: Do you have a good handle on the fundamentals of exposure? i.e., looking at a scene in terms of what is the priority: depth of field (f/stop), or stopping or showing motion (shutter speed)? If you feel a brush-up on the basics would be good, then I would recommend Pro Tips for Great Exposure ... it's an excellent four-week course that's offered each month.

In any case, you can't go wrong with Close-ups and Impact/Wow! :)

Hope this helps, Bill, and thanks again!

Kerry Drager
Course Advisor

P.S. If you would like to contact me directly, feel free to email me at kerry @

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9/17/2012 7:55:35 AM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Hey Bill Ė I float into BP every so often, checking to see what has changed (or not). I saw your question and because I am also considering another BP class, I thought Iíd share my experiences. Itís been a couple of years since I took a class here, but every class I took (and I took quite a few) was excellent and well worth the investment. The biggest challenge is deciding whether your skill/knowledge level is equal to what is being presenting in the class. You donít want to get into a class on advanced lighting methods if you are still trying to master basic lighting! (Trust me, I did that!) I took both Creative Close ups and Creative Light and Composition from Kerry about five years ago. Even now, years later, after my skills have become more advanced, I still refer back to things I learned in these early classes. I never took the WOW class, but I think it would be very helpful and fun also. With one exception every class Iíve taken has benefited me in my career of doing nature and travel writing and photography. The single exception had nothing to do with the instructor, but was a mistake I made because I thought I knew more than I did at that time.

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9/23/2012 3:48:47 PM

Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto Member
Kerry's Photo Courses:
4-Week Short Course: Creative Close-ups
  Hi Irene,
Always great to hear from you, and thanks so much for the nice words ... and also thanks for your valuable input!!

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9/23/2012 8:53:24 PM

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