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Photography Question 
JENNIFER L. ROBINSON
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/19/2007
  91 .  Just starting out where to begin ?
There are so many courses offered from different instructors. I dont know where to start. What class to start with. Is there a sequence to them? Any suggestions on which courses to take first? I'm not exactly a beginner. I know the basic of the camera but need to know more about the settings and such. Thanks!!

8/19/2007 6:52:42 PM

  Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online photography courses!

Oh, yes, lots of choices ... but I can definitely give you some ideas:

- It's hard to go wrong with an exposure course, and here are two good options: Exposure A to Z: The Ins and Outs to Metering or Digital SLR Exposure Techniques

- Gain Control of Your Digital SLR System - This class follows the title ... i.e., helping you to gain control of your camera so that you feel comfortable with the controls, settings, etc.

Each of these classes runs 4 weeks, with the next session beginning Sept. 5th. The courses are rated at Skill Level 2 - just beyond the beginner stage ... for someone who "knows the value of exposure controls but does not know how to use them, and unable to produce great results consistently."

Jennifer, I hope this is helpful. Be sure to check the course outline, FAQ, etc. (see links on each course page). Let me know if I can be of further assistance!

Thanks again...
Kerry

8/19/2007 9:46:34 PM

  Hello Jennifer,
I double up on my courses - taking a "learn to take better pictures" class along with a "photoshop" class. I do this because I believe I need to learn both aspects of composing a photo and the ability to process in photoshop. If you can dedicate enough time to do both classes at the same time, I recommend it. And what Kerry said about reading the course outline has been very helpful to me to choose what I want to learn.
Welcome & good luck.

8/19/2007 10:34:19 PM

  Hi Carlton,
Excellent idea - thanks for sharing!
Kerry


Hi Jennifer,
Just in case you're interested, here's a fine course:
Photoshop 101: The Photoshop Essentials Primer

This class is also a 4-weeker and is ideal for anyone wanting a great intro to either the full version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements!

Thanks,
Kerry

8/20/2007 8:19:40 AM

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Photography Question 
Sisterlisa B
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/21/2007
  92 .  Age Requirement for Classes?
Is there an age requirement on the online courses here at BetterPhoto?

8/15/2007 1:45:31 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Lisa,
As an Internet company, we are not allowed to collect personal information on children under 13 years of age. If you're older than that, you can sign up for a course, as long as it's okay with your parental units ;)
Enjoy!

8/15/2007 3:17:18 PM

Sisterlisa B
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/21/2007
  LOL ... not me! Thanks, though, Jim. My daughter is studying photography. But, alas, she is just 12, but doing well under my tutoring. I'll let her know this is somethnig she can look forward to in another year or so.

8/15/2007 4:21:54 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Wonderful! And she is welcome to enjoy all the free resources in the meantime, such as my Top Ten Tips, the BetterPhoto for Kids and Teens section, and our numerous Articles.
Have fun taking pictures - both of you :)

8/18/2007 7:49:53 AM

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Photography Question 
Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Kerry
Kerry's Gallery
kerrydrager.com

member since: 2/4/2002
  93 .  New Course Wishlist Feature at BetterPhoto!
Hi Everyone,
Just a note that BetterPhoto has added a wishlist button to each course page. If a class interests you, but you are not yet ready to sign up, simply click on the "Add to Wishlist" button. It will then be added to Your Course Wishlist in the Courses area of your Member Center. This helps you keep track of classes of interest!

Check out BP's online school schedule:
- 4-week classes
- 8-week courses
Thanks!
Kerry

8/14/2007 1:08:02 PM

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Photography Question 
Kelly Phillips

member since: 8/1/2007
  94 .  panasonic DMC FZ50
i have just purchased this model camera and am wanting to know a course that will help use it to the most

8/1/2007 10:05:10 PM

  Hi Kelly,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online courses! Here are some possible couses, each of which covers many features, modes, functions, etc., that are applicable to any digital camera:

Gain Control of your Camera (This 4-week class that's just getting under way - so you can easily sign up now - is designed for beginners with some knowledge of aperture and shutter speed.)

These courses are 8-weekers that begin in October, and are designed specifically for beginners:
Jump Start to Digital Photography
Fundamentals of Photography Made Easy
Bare Bones Digital Photography

In any course, be sure to check out the FAQ, Outline, Requirements, etc.

Hope this is helpful, Kelly. Let me know if I can help you further!
Kerry

8/2/2007 8:45:51 AM

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Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2005
  95 .  Start course?
I would like to buy a 4 week course for a start.
What would you recommend me?
I do have a Nikon D70 for about 3 years now and have looked at the D70 course. Is that a good start or should I pick another?

7/25/2007 2:32:06 AM

  Hi Philip,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's courses!

A good question about the D70 course. The best approach would be to check the Course Outline - http://www.betterphoto.com/courseOutline.asp?cspID=137. Do the topics look enticing? Or does the class seem to cover subjects in which you already know a lot?

Our camera-specific courses are designed to get you up and running - comfortably - in four short weeks. But if you already are familiar with many of the camera's technical and creative functions, you might want to venture out into other classes. Your camera will work perfectly in any of these classes, which also review many of the basic concepts and controls. For instance, check these course possibilities:

- Composition and Design courses: For four-week courses, say: Composition - The Essentials; or Photo Design: Composition for the WOW Factor ... or you may want a more advanced course.

- Light and Exposure courses: Some excellent 4-week choices: Exposure A to Z; Digital SLR Exposure Techniques; Techniques of Natural Light Photography; and Taking the Mystery out of Flash Photography.

For any class you consider, be sure to check out the outline, FAQ, etc. Also, if you have a really specific question about a class, feel free to email the instructor.

Thanks again, Philip, for your interest, and feel free to follow-up with any further questions!!
Kerry

7/25/2007 7:50:50 AM

Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2005
  Thanks for your time Kerry.

I think I will go for the D70 course. There is so many things I haven't learnt yet. Specially go manually and not use the built in programs :-)

I hope I will manage to get thru, couse I'm not normally english speaking.
I guess you don't have any courses on danish ? :-)

Thanks again. I will look forward to enter this course and hopefully even more of them later on.

Philip

7/25/2007 11:01:44 AM

  Hi Philip,
Thanks for the followup, and it sounds like the D70 course will be perfect for you.

Oh, don't worry, since we get students from all over the world. For many of them, English is not their first language. But a tip: In case you read something in class - in lessons, critiques, discussions, etc. - that just doesn't make sense, be sure to ask.

Also, by the way, what you've written here sure looks good!

Have fun in class!!
Kerry

7/25/2007 11:08:27 AM

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Photography Question 
Isa Silvano

member since: 4/22/2007
  96 .  Courses in Brasil
Does not have any teacher here by Brasil for course online????

7/23/2007 7:18:42 AM

  Hi Isa,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online courses!

We actually have students from all over the world taking our online courses. We do have several instructors from outside the U.S., though none in that part of the world.

Is there a particular topic that interests you - in either photography or Photoshop?

Thanks again!
Kerry

7/23/2007 10:14:16 AM

Isa Silvano

member since: 4/22/2007
  Hi Kerry... both.... but I still believe that a good photo does not need photoshop but I know that photoshop for a photografer today is really necessary.
So... I want to learn more about both.
if you want, help this amateur photografer!
Hugs
Isa

7/23/2007 2:11:35 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  That's like thinking a good Samba is only from the shiny outfit you wear.

7/23/2007 2:25:35 PM

  Hi Isa,
Thanks for the reply! Here's a quick and easy way to come up with courses that might be best for you:

Otherwise, here are some excellent courses that cover the fundamentals of photography ... and ones that cover the basics of Photoshop and Elements:

Fundamentals courses

If your photography skills are more upper beginner or intermediate, then check out the following:

Composition and Design courses

Lighting and Exposure courses

Hope this helps, Isa!

Thanks,
Kerry

7/23/2007 2:35:55 PM

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Photography Question 
Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member
PictureThisbyChar.com

member since: 1/9/2003
  97 .  Stock Photography
I would like to learn "how to" for stock photography. Which would be the best course????

7/12/2007 9:46:25 AM

  Hi Charlene,
Great question, and do we have the perfect course for you! Stock Photography Boot Camp is a fairly recent addition to BetterPhoto's online school, yet has gotten great reviews from students who have completed this four-week class.

For more specifics, check out the Course Outline

The instructor, Scott Stulberg, has a solid background in stock photography, and is represented by Corbis and Superstock. He has tons of teaching and publishing experience (including recent articles in Shutterbug magazine).

Charlene, all the best as you pursue stock photography, and thanks again for your interest!
Kerry

7/12/2007 11:44:38 AM

Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member
PictureThisbyChar.com

member since: 1/9/2003
  Are the assignments very time consuming? What is the time allotted for each assignment? Can I print out the lessons, to keep for my use later on?
Thanks

7/13/2007 5:52:38 AM

  Hi Charlene,
Thanks for the followup! Oh, we have lots of busy people taking our courses ... and the assignments are not overly time-consuming.

For four-week classes, assignment submissions are due in one week ... however, instructors ALWAYS accept late assignments. After all, work, school or home pressures sometimes get in the way. :-)

And yes, indeed, the lessons can be printed out for reference later. Also, classes are very interactive - among students, and between students and instructor. Class takes place in its own Web site called "Campus Square", where assignment photos are uploaded and critiqued and commented on by classmates. There's also a Forum area for questions, additional photos, etc. This Campus Square remains open for a year after class - so anyone in that class can go back and re-read any critiques, discussions, etc.

Here's a very quick "tour" of an online class:
How BetterPhoto Courses Work

Thanks again, Charlene, and let me know if you have further questions!
Kerry

7/13/2007 7:15:34 AM

Paul Hakimata
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/29/2005
  There are some good blogs on Dreamstime. There are links here to the different blogs that explain what a good image for stock is: http://www.dreamstime.com/res288114

9/28/2007 8:05:56 AM

Pam Elliott

member since: 9/4/2008
  When is the next Stock Photography Bootcamp class going to be? I see that it says filled with nothing more about it. I'd love to take this class!
Please let me know if/when the class will be available next.
Thank you,
Pam

10/2/2008 12:37:10 PM

  Hi Pam,
Thanks for your interest! While Stock Photography Boot Camp is no longer being offered, we have an excellent Stock Photography course by Jim Zuckerman that is in the works ... and is planned for November. It will be announced in the SnapShot and Photo of the Day newsletters once it's posted. (Note: Click here for info on our free newsletters.)

Thanks again, Pam!
Kerry

10/2/2008 12:44:37 PM

Pam Elliott

member since: 9/4/2008
  Ok great! I have been wanting to take a class taught by Jim and this class sounds good! I'll keep an eye out for it in Nov.
Thanks!
Pam

10/3/2008 3:08:22 PM

  Hi All,
Just a note that Jim Zuckerman's brand-new course - Stock Photography - is now posted! It's a 4-week class and kicks off with the next session (beginning Nov. 5th). Check it out:
http://www.betterphoto.com/courseOverview.asp?cspID=194

Thanks!
Kerry

10/9/2008 8:09:11 AM

Pam Elliott

member since: 9/4/2008
  Thanks! Sounds like a great class!
The only thing is that I have a Nikon D70s and it is a 6 megapixel camera and the class requirements say need at least an 8 megapixel camera. Can someone or maybe Jim let me know if it's worth taking the class yet if I don't have a high resolution enough camera yet? I didn't realize stock photos needed at least 8mg and I don't want to waste my time taking pictures that won't be good enough until I guy a better camera.. What does anyone suggest?
Thanks!
Pam

10/9/2008 10:01:14 AM

  Hi Pam,
Thanks for your interest in this course! I would ask Jim directly about this ... just
click here.

Thanks again, Pam!
Kerry

10/9/2008 10:34:28 AM

Pam Elliott

member since: 9/4/2008
  Thanks I will email Jim - was wondering how to get hold of him.
Thank you!
Pam

10/9/2008 12:28:10 PM

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Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Kerry
Kerry's Gallery
kerrydrager.com

member since: 2/4/2002
  98 .  Payment Plan Now Offered for All Courses!!
Hi Everyone,
Good news! After numerous requests, we have just extended the convenience of a payment plan to cover all online photography courses - including both 8-week AND 4-week classes!

In choosing this very cool option, your payments will be divided as follows:

  • 4 week classes at $188 - 2 payments of less than $100 ea.
  • 8 week classes at $297 - 3 payments of less than $105 ea.
  • 8 week classes at $348 - 3 payments of less than $123 ea.
During the order process, you will have the option to select either payment in full or the payment plan on the checkout page.

Get feedback from a pro in one of our interactive online photography classes!

Thanks,
Kerry

6/5/2007 3:58:26 PM

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Katrina Diaz
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/9/2005
  99 .  BetterPhoto Courses... Where Do I Start?
I've been puttering around with photography for 3 years now, reading lots of books on the subject and practicing all the time. I really want to take all this a step further though, and start making a career out of what I love doing so much.

I've been looking into various options for schooling, mainly concentrating on OIP&T, which would be local for me. But it's so expensive, and I'm wondering if taking courses on here would teach me pretty much the same things, and maybe even more. I know it would be cheaper, anyway.

I guess I just need to know what any implications might arise from me not actually attending a specific school for photography... will that really affect chances of being hired or being able to sell my work? I've heard that most prospective employers are more concerned with the quality of the work I would turn out, rather than where I went to school.

All the same, I just wanted to get some people's thoughts on this, so I can decide where to go from here.

I don't really have a good camera yet, is that something I should have before I take a course here? I'm thinking it would be. Any suggestions? I'm thinking along the lines of a Canon Rebel of some sort... basically any decent digital SLR would suit my purposes. I can't afford the extremely high-end market right now, but I could handle something in the middle price range.

Thanks for any help... you guys are greatest!
:)

6/3/2007 12:13:10 PM

  Hi Katrina,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto courses ... and glad that you are interested in getting getting into a career in photography!

Depending on the particular class here at BP, just about any camera will do ... of course, some courses definitely are geared to Digital SLRs (one being the Rebel).

Although a college or university degree is always a good thing, it's not necessary to become a pro photographer ... although courses help get you on the right track.

Check out the backgrounds of BP's pro instructors and you'll see an amazing array of backgrounds. Not all have photography degrees - actually, most don't. Jim Zuckerman, for instance, had visions of a medical career and switched to photography! He's a top pro - stock photographer, author of photo how-to books, etc. - who teaches a number of classes here.

If you're interested in photojournalism, Jay Dickman is a Pulitzer Prize winner who has shot many National Geographic articles. He teaches The Art of Creating the Photo Story right here at BetterPhoto!

Wedding Photography? Check out Paul Gero - a staff photographer for a major newspaper (Chicago Tribune) who switched to wedding photography. He's since written a book on the subject and teaches Digital Wedding Photography here at BP.

Of course, we have many more professional-oriented classes - on stock photography, portrait photography, studio, lighting, etc. - as well as tons of classes to improve your photography skills. The instructors are pro shooters, many of whom have written photo how-to books and/or write regularly for the major photo magazines. If you haven't tried it already, check out our very cool CourseFinder.

Be sure to check out the testimonials of people who have actually taken our online courses: http://www.betterphoto.com/online-courses-testimonials.asp Note the "What students are saying..." link at the upper right - for reviews on specific classes.

Hope this helps, Katrina!
Kerry

6/3/2007 1:55:55 PM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Katrina and welcome to BP. You probably could not find a better place to ask your questions. People here are, for the most part, friendly, helpful, experienced and opinionated. Before I give my opinions, I’ll tell you a bit about myself. Five years ago I left a 26 year career in social work to pursue my dreams of writing and doing photography. The writing part came pretty easily – I had always written and had been published – but the photography part needed real help. I considered a full or part time traditional school, but at my age this did not seem a reasonable option. I was already getting work in writing and could not afford to put that part on hold while I learned how to photograph the things I write about. I found BP and have not looked back. I have just completed my 7th BP class and have learned a tremendous amount over the past couple of years. About a year ago I began successfully marketing my images both along with my writing and as separate assignments. In July I will participate in my first gallery show of consequence – meaning that this time my images will be hung along side those by some very talented photographers of local acclaim. I believe that my success, such as it is, is due, in part, to what I have learned here. Incidentally, I took Kerry’s composition class and would highly recommend it when you are ready to start learning.

As far as the advantages/disadvantages of learning via the Internet versus in a traditional classroom; I have never known a client to voice a preference for how I learned my craft. In fact, this question hardly ever arises. I think the real question is how motivated you are. Internet learning requires a commitment on your part that is different from being in a brick and mortar classroom. In BP classes you receive weekly lessons and assignments that you complete and upload. If you are willing to put in the effort to carefully read and review the lessons and then complete the assignments by actually going out and trying the new techniques, you will likely gain a great deal from the class. But, you need to put in that effort to get the maximum benefit. In most of my classes there has been great communication between students. Not only do you hear from the instructor, you hear from your classmates. Reading the weekly critiques and participating in the Q&A can be just as helpful as reading the weekly lessons.

As to your choice of camera, try posting a question just on that topic and you will get many – sometimes conflicting – answers. Always keep in mind that it is not the camera that makes the image – it’s the photographer! The Canon Rebel is a great camera and would certainly be a good starting place for you. It can probably take you a pretty long way into your learning process.

If you have further questions about possible classes or my experiences at BP, feel free to e-mail me direct. Meanwhile, best of luck figuring your next steps.

Irene

6/4/2007 7:51:53 AM

  Hello Katrina,
Kerry & Irene covered a lot in their replies and I just wanted to add that for myself, I looked at improving my photography in 2 ways - How to take better photos & how to make them better with Photoshop. I started with a Canon 20D and a Tamron 28-75mm and the Canon 70-200mm f/4 L (non IS version) and spent about $2000.00 for all of it. This was more than enough to get me going. You will also want to get a good tripod/head as well.
I cannot recommend these courses highly enough. The instructors are real pro's and the lessons can be very challenging & a lot of fun. I get so much inspiration and objectivity working with the instructors & the other students also provide different perspectives and ideas. I am looking at another 4 week course (Scott's Stock Photography Class) starting next week and will probably take a couple more 8 week courses this fall.
You will also have access to your past lessons/courses as part of your membership and can refer to them anytime. I often have to go back and retrieve some photoshop technique I forgot but I will go back to the course it was covered in, and review the lesson again.
Jump in and have fun.
Good luck Katrina.

Carlton

7/24/2007 12:50:22 AM

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Photography Question 
Susan M. Carter

member since: 5/30/2007
  100 .  Choosing a course
Like some others, I am a bit overwhelmed by the number of choices and need a little help deciding. I've browsed the course categories and gone through the CourseFinder but I'm not really any closer.

Many years ago I had an OM-1 and developed B&W film but I haven't done any photography beyond point and shoot in a very long time. I am new to digital photography but I am a software developer with some Fireworks experience, so I am familiar with basic things like layers, saturation, unsharp mask, etc. I am still finding my way around a dSLR (a lot more settings than an OM-1!) but feel pretty comfortable about spending 'quality' time with the owner's manual.

I am probably weakest when it comes to composition, lighting or artistic flair. Mainly I want to photograph horses, particularly in motion but also posed, as well as other animals, domestic and wild, and nature.

What skill level would I fit in? 2? What would be more appropriate, something from the Digital Track like Digital Workout #1? Or something from Composition like Impact in Your Photos? Or is this the wrong level for me entirely?

As you can probably imagine I don't want to cover topics I understand such as basic depth of field, but nor do I want to be with a group of fledgling Ansel Adams! I already feel intimidated when I see some of the fabulous photos people post here.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

5/30/2007 7:21:04 PM

Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/8/2005
  A mid level course on composition should be fine for you. If you don't understand anything, you can ask, or just do some research online.


Ariel
ScrattyPhotography Blog

5/30/2007 7:49:58 PM

  From the perspective of an instructor, many levels of students come to any particular course. I try to cater to more than just the narrow level I have listed by adding sidebars to the lessons that address varying levels. But the real area of betterphoto courses where your personal needs are addressed is in one-on-one interaction--both with the instructor and with other students in the course. This makes a course essentially customizable in that you can ask questions specific to your needs and interests. Students who are more advanced and familiar with online courses may jump into the discussions to share their experience along with the instructor.

From what you describe it seems to me that you have identified yourself well as far as skill level. You should use that as a general guide. Jim Zuckerman does have a How to Photograph Animals & Wildlife course that specifically says it is open to all levels though it is listed as level 3. It may be close to your interests. As far as photographing horses, I know Greg Georges shoots equestrian events and he teaches Photographing Fast-Action Sports. The course may not be a perfect fit to your description, but the interaction may be valuable and it is a 4 week instead of an 8 week course.

If you haven't yet, you might want to try a sample course first, just to see how it works.

Of course, if you are interested in improving your images after you shoot them, there are always my courses ;-)

Instructors do not mind you using the Contact feature on their galleries, so feel free to use that to contact instructors with questions about the course before you sign up. Most questions should be answered by the descriptions though.

I hope that helps!

5/31/2007 6:15:26 AM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Susan and welcome to BP! I am finishing up my 7th BP class and can say, from my experience, that the classes here are first rate. Like you, my area of photographic passion is nature and wildlife. I also have horses and enjoy photographing them both in action and while quietly grazing. You already know that you need to study your camera manual and get a good understanding of each control. This you can do with the manual.

My first composition class was Kerry Drager’s Creative Light and Composition class. While the class did not focus on wildlife, the focus is heavy on nature and much of what you will learn can be used in your effort to capture images of horses. I found Kerry to be a terrific and inspiring teacher who provided lots of support and helpful advice to students. The second composition class I took was with Brenda Tharp, Creating Visual Impact. Personally, I would suggest doing Kerry’s class first and going on to Brenda’s. This is because, at least in my experience, what you learn from Kerry will prepare you to learn even more with Brenda. Brenda is an amazing photographer and terrific teacher. I learned a lot in her class and found that all of it, nature or not, applies to most of my images. Last summer I took Jennifer Wu’s Nature and Landscape Composition class. This was another good class that helped me build on skills learned in the other classes. I am currently completing an 8-week class with Tony Sweet on Reveling your Personal Vision. Tony is an inspiring teacher who has really pushed me into new avenues of seeing and shooting. I would not recommend his class until you have developed some of the basics of composition.

I keep looking at Jim Zuckerman’s class on photographing animals and wildlife and would, sometime, like to take this class. He is another amazing photographer and, at least according to some other students, an inspiring and helpful teacher. Personally, I would love to see BP add a class on photographing birds, but …

Good luck picking a class and if you have any specific questions about the classes I have taken, feel free to e-mail me direct.

Irene

5/31/2007 6:53:03 AM

Susan M. Carter

member since: 5/30/2007
  Irene, Richard, Ariel, thanks so much for the input.

I saw the description for How to Photograph Animals & Wildlife and was immediately drawn to it, but thought that I would get more out of it after improving my basics. The fact that Greg Georges shoots equestrian events is a definite plus and his class will go on my short list of courses. I had to smile at part of the first assignment to submit, "a photograph that is not quite right, but one that you would have loved to have gotten right." I've got lots of those. Creative Light and Composition was one of the first I had initially identified along with Impact in Your Photos, it sounds like a great place to start.

Richard, after I get rolling I probably will enroll in one of your Photoshop classes. Of course I have to actually buy PS first. :)

5/31/2007 4:35:54 PM

  "Of course I have to actually buy PS first. :)"

Just to clarify...my beginner course can be completed using Adobe's trial version. It lasts just 30 days and that is perfect for the course and to see if you enjoy it as an editor.

ALSO...I am rewriting all my courses to serve both Photoshop and Elements users. That is, you can use Elements or Photoshop in the course...and considering Elements is 1/10th the price it is often far easier to budget.

When you said "I am familiar with basic things like layers, saturation, unsharp mask, etc." I was assuming you used Photoshop or Elements in addition to Fireworks. I've not used Fireworks for a long time, and I don't remember that it had those (version 1). I found it intreguing...I believe you could adjust vectors with brushes, which was an interesting feature...

I'm sure you'll be satsified with whatever course you take!

6/1/2007 8:59:19 AM

Susan M. Carter

member since: 5/30/2007
  I've got Fireworks MX (version 6), which is itself fairly old, and it has layers, masking, brightness, contrast, curves, hue, saturation, levels (RBG or separate red, blue or green), inversion, grey scale, sepia, blur, Gaussian blur, sharpen, unsharp, burn, dodge and more. It can accept Photoshop plug ins. Plus it has the vector editing. Since Adobe bought Macromedia, I suspect support for Fireworks may be slowly phased out, which is a shame because it was a really nice, reasonably priced, web development tool.

6/1/2007 5:34:21 PM

  Adobe doesn't have a tool quote like Fireworks, unless you count Image Ready (which is really a sub-product packaged with Photoshop), and Fireworks CS3 is available...I don't think they would have included it in the CS3 releases if they were planing to phase it out. They also have it as a component of their web edition suite.

I wouldn't give up on it yet!

6/2/2007 2:44:33 AM

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