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Photography Question 
Linda A. Creek

member since: 11/29/2007
  81 .  course
what type of course will perpare you to become a photographer

11/29/2007 6:57:58 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/14/2005
  I'm just guessing here, but I think a photography course will prepare you to become a photographer.

Seriously, Linda, if you were a little more specific, you might get a better answer. Even then, the answer is pretty obvious. If you're interested in portrait photography, take a course on portrait photography. If you're interested in macro photography, take a course on it. If you're just starting out and looking for something general, take a basic photography course.

Click on the Course link above, and you will find lots of choices here at BetterPhoto.com.

11/29/2007 9:35:01 PM

  There is a course calculator that will help you make a course selection. All you do is go to the page and enter some information about your interests and the calculator takes a look through the courses and makes a suggestion based on that.

http://www.betterphoto.com/course-calculator.asp

11/30/2007 4:50:21 AM

  Hi Linda,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online courses. These classes are top by top pros with tons of teaching and publishing experience - i.e., Richard!

Chris and Richard gave excellent advice. But just to add:

You also can phone for advice! Course Advisors are available toll free Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm Pacific Time at 1-888-586-7337.

Thanks!
Kerry

11/30/2007 7:50:04 AM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/17/2005
  And if you're asking about what "course" of study to pursue in a formal education program, that depends on a whole additional series of questions.

Generally, however, you should know that professional photography (if that's what you're considering) isn't just about taking pretty photos. In reality, we get paid for solving all sorts of problems from technical including lighting and optical to interpersonal ones among clients, to business-related problems, contractual issues and negotiations, usage agreements, releases, constant creativity problems, oh and train problems.

So, courses that would equip you to better handle those things, among others, are important or even vital to your success in this field.
Take it light ;>)
Mark

11/30/2007 8:52:26 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member
cammphoto.com

member since: 7/17/2003
  I think Mark hit the nail on the head if you are referring to photography as a profession.

You need to concentrate on taking a business course (...of course).

It's like when someone asks which camera to buy for underwater photography when they've never dived.

First learn to survive...then learn to thrive.

11/30/2007 4:57:08 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/17/2005
  "First learn to survive...then learn to thrive."

Well-said Bob. Extremely well said.
Thanks ;>)
M.

11/30/2007 5:51:00 PM

Jayme S. Hall
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/23/2003
  Linda- Almost every course on BP is aimed at helping you become a better photographer. There's one about starting your own photography business. I took this & was not disappointed. Thanks Vic :) There are so many different specialties in photography. picking one can be very difficult. But, if you do pick a specialty, this does not mean you can't take other images from other specialties. I think the new club area is a great place to start. I personally think this is one of the biggest improvements to the BP site ever. I think it makes the site a lot more personal. I had difficulty maneuvering around the site before, now I just love it! So find a club, or better yet start a club & start communicating by asking questions & even helping others. A big hurrah for the addition of clubs!

12/10/2007 2:42:02 PM

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Photography Question 
Tracy S.
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/9/2007
  82 .  Can you erase your post
Not sure where to post this, sorry I'm new, but is there any way to delete a post after you right something? Or is there anyway to protect your name and set it as private?
thanks.

11/21/2007 5:57:02 AM

  Hi Tracy,
Welcome to BetterPhoto! Well, there's really not a way to delete a post, but feel free to email me directly if there's a problem (just click on my contact link).

As far as privacy goes, when you upload photos, set up a gallery, or ask a question or respond to one, then your name will be automatically attached. Some people use a sign-on that just gives their first name and first initial of their last name. To change yours, sign in to your Member Center > Member Info > Contact Info.

Hope this helps, Tracy!
Kerry

11/21/2007 1:06:47 PM

  Tracy, are talking about erasing a posted comment or photo? If you want to get rid of a posted photo, simply go to your member center, then to "Edit Photos" and check the "delete" box then submit.

11/21/2007 3:59:14 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/21/2004
  welcome tracy,
why oh why would you not want to have people know who you are and what you think?
now i'm thinking that's write,not right,which to me means the same thing?
to protect your name,can't you just be you,someone with an opinion or an answer?yours?
it's also possible that maybe a confidence issue is something that worries you.
you will never learn if you can't assert yourself and possibly what you term a stupid question.stupid questions don't exist.
if,as I have,you made a comment you want to take back,well no.
we come here as individuals tracy,maybe at first to just learn and listen,with aninimity(sp).but as in any situation all,all,have rights.
to regret,and as we regret,we learn.
please don't think that this site is the all knowing,all whatever.
some say if the foo shi..,no,shoe fits,wear it.
mistakes and contributions can travel the sane,or maybe the same road.
then possibly tracy,you sell some short.
a little more info....

11/22/2007 8:36:42 PM

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Photography Question 
FRANCISCO SIMENTAL

member since: 6/24/2005
  83 .  HOW GOOD IS NYIP
IM LOOKING FOR ONLINE SCHOOL IN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HOW TO TAKE BETTER PICURES ,MY QUESTION , HAS ANY ONE TOOK A COURSE AT NYIP ,HOW EDUCATIONAL WAS IT?

11/7/2007 8:44:50 PM

  Hi Francisco,
Ah, BetterPhoto.com, offers a great lineup of online courses taught by top pros who are well-published and well-experienced. The classes are taught by instructors who have written books on photography and/or write for the top photo magazines. They are well-experienced as pros and in teaching.

Check out our courses by category.

As for NYIP courses, you might check their web site for reviews by their students. But I have to tell you that very few online or correspondence schools publish actual reviews - but BetterPhoto does! Check out our testimonials page, which includes a "what students are saying about specific classes" link..

To see how the classes work, take a quick tour or sign up for a free course preview.

Kerry

11/7/2007 11:29:35 PM

Ronna D. Conseen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/16/2007
  Hi! I enrolled in the complete course at NYIP last June. Quite honestly, I am a little disappointed in the material. I really really wish I had found BP BEFORE I enrolled in NYIP. Not only for the money but the material. While, yes, I am trying to be a full-fledged professional photographer, I think I could have saved myself a LOT of money and tons of time to go BP and forget NYIP. I won't say that NYIP isn't educational, not at all. In fact there's tons of information. My problem was that my point and shoot digital wouldn't allow me the creative control that NYIP is after in the projects. And the information is aimed mostly toward film users not digital. Consider what you are after and then make your decision. I won't say it's good or bad, just depends on what you're after.

1/30/2008 2:19:30 PM

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Photography Question 
Bill Wyatt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2005
  84 .  Why does BP have Categories?
Why does BP have categories? I saw finalist in the catch all that were macro flowers. I saw a 2nd place winner that was a flower with a flood filter, should that not have been in DD category? I see many portraits with “Alien Eyes” not real and not meant to look real just Photo Shop creations, should that not be in the DD category? I know if I had lost out to a flood filter in the Flower category I would have been a little angry with BP. I could go on and on about winners and finalists that were in the wrong category but BP still put them as winners.
Well that is just my 2 cents worth.

11/6/2007 6:40:50 AM

  Hi Bill,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's free monthly contest!

Here's a contest page that applies to your questions:
How to Categorize

Thanks,
Kerry

11/6/2007 7:52:45 AM

Bill Wyatt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2005
  My question was why do they have them if they do not stick to them. Not why do they have them.
Thanks

11/6/2007 8:35:23 AM

  Hi Bill,
Thanks for the followup. As pointed out in the categorizing page, many pics can fit into more than one category. Also, digitally altered pics are allowed in all categories, as long as the subject matter fits.

Kerry

11/6/2007 8:47:16 AM

Bill Wyatt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2005
  From the category page; Note on Digital Manipulation
Although digitally manipulated entries are allowed, we ask that you note the digital techniques used to create the picture in the description of your photo. The judges do not discriminate against digital images but do appreciate when the contestant openly shares that such digital editing has occurred.

WHY ARE DIGITALLY ALTERED EYES ON PEOPLE CATEGORIES ALLOWED IF THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THIS RULE STATED ABOVE? THE SAME WITH USING FLOOD FILTERS IN FLOWER CATERGORIES?

11/6/2007 8:51:51 AM

Bill Wyatt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2005
  I am just wanting to fully understand the diffrence between what should go into the Digital Darkroom category and what is acceptable in other categories.
Thanks so much for your feedback Kerry,
Bill

11/6/2007 8:57:23 AM

  Here's the section at the bottom of the page (just above the section you quoted), which might clarify things:


What We Do Not Take Into Account
As long as the subject matter fits, the following kinds of images can be categorized in any of the above categories - we do not separate the contest entries based on the following criteria:

  • Digitally manipulated images
  • Black and white images
    Humorous photos vs. "serious" photos
  • Photos by professionals
  • Photos by amateurs
  • Photos taken with a digital camera
  • Photos taken with a 35mm SLR

11/6/2007 8:58:54 AM

Allen O. Howard
BetterPhoto Member
gypsyparentsphotography.com

member since: 1/1/2006
  I am with Bill on this subject. How can one possibly compete while adhering to the suggested rules if the judges are not adhering to thier criteria. When does a portrait become a digital darkroom image? I would like to understand this as well. There seems to be a lack of clarity here.

11/6/2007 9:05:45 AM

  Hi Allen,
Thanks for your interest in the free contest too! Please check out the entire "how to categorize" page - it points out that many pics can qualify for more than one category. Also, as the above section shows, digitally altered images aren't limited to the Digital Darkroom category.

Hope this helps!
Kerry

11/6/2007 9:13:37 AM

Allen O. Howard
BetterPhoto Member
gypsyparentsphotography.com

member since: 1/1/2006
  Hi Kerry, Thanks for responding. This seems to be very generic. I realize this is overkill but it is now theortically possible to enter all flowers in, let's say, "Nature & Landscapes, Animals, Elements of Design, Digital Dakroom, Travel and Place, Flowers and Details & Macro" and win the Grand Prize, anda all the first place winners. I know this is a little out there but it has validty.

Thanks again for responding, Allen

11/6/2007 9:43:35 AM

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Photography Question 
Smita V. Vanpal

member since: 5/29/2003
  85 .  Any Food Photography Courses?
Hi
Anyone know where I could find an online course which teaches food photography?

10/27/2007 9:38:12 PM

  Hi Smita,
Thanks for your question! I have done several food jobs, you can see some of them on my website: www.siskinphoto.com. My experience is that there are fewer problems with photographing food than many people expect; the problem is in food preparation. I have had the good fortune to work with good food stylists and some excellent chefs. You might want to look at my class on Assignment Photography. While it doesn’t apply specifically to what you do, it is good general information on doing photography for business. I have always shot food with strobes, because they have good color control and don’t generate heat. If you don’t have experience with strobes, you might want to take my class: Building Better Photographs with Strobes.
Thanks,
John Siskin

10/27/2007 10:11:49 PM

Smita V. Vanpal

member since: 5/29/2003
  Hi John thanks for ur reply . I will chk out ur courses.

10/28/2007 9:42:22 AM

John Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/8/2001
  ALthough I don't disagree with John, be aware that this is a very specialized field.

My son is in advertising and represents a number of restaurants. He's indicated that there are very few photographers that can do the job.

In fact, and to go beyond food photography, check out images for the major Department Stores in circulars and newspapers. I was amazed to learn that these are done and controlled almost exclusively "in-house."

It's a worthy goal; do check out John's course. But, I expect there may be many, many stumbling bl;ocks beyond simply food preparation.

10/29/2007 9:18:35 AM

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Photography Question 
Debbie Crowe

member since: 10/4/2007
  86 .  Which class to take?
I am pretty good with my digital camera, just took a class at a local campus, learning a lot on here as well. I am not a beginner but certainly not a professional and have much to learn.
I just purchased Photoshop Elements 6 and wondered if there was a beginner class for this. I saw this in another post as a recommendation. I am completely new to Photoshop.

Photoshop 101: The Photoshop Essentials Primer

Questions on taking a class online:

if this is a 4 week class, how is this strutured to learn and do assignments? Like many, I would be limited to certain times etc as to when I could get on the computer to do this class. How does this actually work and if the details to this are posted, I will go there if you can point me in the right direction.
Thanks, Deb

10/19/2007 8:01:08 AM

  Deb, if you click on "courses" at the top of the page, there is a lot of info on how they work and FAQ's and I think you can do a virtual class tour, also.

10/19/2007 9:52:55 AM

  Hi Deb,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online classes! Carolyn provided some excellent tips - thanks Carolyn!!

With BP courses, you needn't be online at any specific time - i.e., classes are totally adaptable to your schedule! As suggested, here's a quick tour on how the classes work.

And we have a perfect beginning Elements course for you: Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is taught by popular author-instructor Robin Nichols and which gets under way on Oct. 31.

Photoshop 101: The Photoshop Essentials Primer is an excellent course, too, and although geared mostly to the full Photoshop, it covers Elements as well (instructor Richard Lynch has written books on both!). Photoshop 101 begins Nov. 7th.

By the way, you might want to check out the testimonials from students who have taken our classes (plus, check for the link to reviews of specific courses):
http://www.betterphoto.com/online-courses-testimonials.asp

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

P.S.: If you have any questions that are really specific to a particular course, feel free to contact that instructor (click on instructor's name and then click on the "contact" link).

10/19/2007 10:59:49 AM

Debbie Crowe

member since: 10/4/2007
  Thank you very much. This sounds like what I am looking for. Will check this out this weekend.

Kind regards to all.
deb

10/19/2007 1:45:54 PM

  Debbie,
I have not yet updated the course for Elements 6, but there are minimal differences between that and Elements 5 for the purposes of the course. Any questions you have about the differences I'll be able to answer (I have Elements 6 installed).

I can certainly answer any questions you have about the course, and you may want to check out the Course Reviews!

10/20/2007 5:19:23 PM

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Photography Question 
Susan Dietrich

member since: 9/21/2007
  87 .  When does campus square open?
Just curious (and a little anxious) When does the Campus Square open for new classes? I'm enrolled in a class that starts on 10/3 and thought the square opened prior to the date of the class starting.

Thanks and I'm really looking forward to the new class.

Susan

9/27/2007 8:29:09 AM

  Hi Susan,
Glad to hear that you're rarin' to go!!! (I'm an instructor, and I am too!)

Actually, Campus Squares have just been set up, so I'm sorry to hear that you weren't notified. I'll check out things for you - i.e., to confirm that we have the correct email - and send you a message.

Thanks!
Kerry

9/27/2007 10:01:22 AM

Susan Dietrich

member since: 9/21/2007
  Thanks Kerry!

9/27/2007 10:10:33 AM

Ian Parsons

member since: 6/20/2007
  Not really a response as in 'answer to a question'. But a new question dealing with the same thing:

In a course slated to begin today (granted, it's only 3pm out here) but I've yet to see an email and/or a listing of it in my 'Campus Square'.

I note that there are still 7 slots open for this class. Perhaps you're delaying the start in the hopes a few more will enroll. While I'd have no problem with this, it would be nice to see a notice or something to that effect.

Tnx!

-Ian

7/2/2008 3:04:36 PM

  Hi Ian,
Thanks for your interest, but sorry that you have not been notified. I will look into it right now, and we'll follow-up with an email!
Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto.com

7/2/2008 5:21:00 PM

Ian Parsons

member since: 6/20/2007
  Tnx, Kerry. Don't know what the 'fix' was, but everything appears to be as it should now:

I've 3 course-specific emails in my box, and the link to the class is now in the Square! :)

-Ian

7/3/2008 2:32:25 PM

  Hi Ian,
Excellent! Thanks for the followup, and enjoy your class!!
Kerry

7/3/2008 2:36:54 PM

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Photography Question 
Vishal Sharma
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/23/2006
  88 .  Classroom courses
Hi,

I am wondering if there are any Classroom courses?

I am not very sure how much online courses are benificial. Never had one.

Thanks
Vishal

9/25/2007 1:29:12 PM

  Hi Vishal,
Glad you asked! I've taught in a variety of in-person settings - workshops, seminars, university and college courses, etc. After six years at BetterPhoto.com, I'm still amazed at how much someone can learn in a virtual classroom setting!

But don't take it from me :-) rather, read what actual students have to say: Testimonials ... also on the Testimonials page, check the "What students are saying about specific classes" link.

Here is more info on BetterPhoto's online photography school:

- Take a quick tour of the virtual classroom concept.

- As mentioned in the tour, these classes involve not only lessons and assignments, but also critiques by a pro. And the courses are totally interactive too - with discussions, etc., among instructor and classmates.

- Our instructors have solid professional and teaching backgrounds. Our instructors have writing experience too - important for teaching online :-) In fact, most instructors have written books on photography, and many of them also write regularly for major photo magazines. That's why BetterPhoto course lessons and instruction are up to date, and relevant to photography today.

- We have quite an awesome variety of classes ... check out the courses by category. You can also review classes by skill level (beginner, serious hobbyist, intermediate and advanced), and try our cool CourseFinder.

Hope this is helpful, Vishal!
Kerry

9/25/2007 3:28:07 PM

Vishal Sharma
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/23/2006
  Thanks for the reply Kerry. For sure, I will go through the testimonials and would really like to learn more about online classes.

I always like to have a face to face discussion so just thought if there are any classroom courses.

I really do not have much experience in photgraphy and I am not sure which category I fall in. I started photography as a my serious hobby but I would like to be a professional in Portraits and weddings. Do any section in Betterphoto helps me in identifying which courses I should go for which will eventually helpful in achieving my goal?

Thanks,
Vishal

9/25/2007 7:57:09 PM

  Hi Vishal,
Thanks for checking back in! We have some excellent courses in portrait and wedding photography. A nice gallery you have, by the way!

Some possible courses (in no particular order):

Portrait Lighting on Location and in the Studio

Taking the Mystery Out of Flash Photography

Available Light Portraiture

Posing and Portraiture Techniques

Digital Wedding Photography

Studio Portrait Lighting

Again, Vishal, those are just some suggestions. For any course that interests you, be sure to check out the Course Outline, FAQ, etc. (you'll see clickable links on the main pages).

Hope this is helpful!

Kerry

9/26/2007 8:30:32 AM

Vishal Sharma
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/23/2006
  Thanks for your kind words about my gallery!

I checked some courses yesterday and will check some more. Incase I need more suggestions will get back to you.

Thanks Kerry!

-Vishal

9/26/2007 12:52:50 PM

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Photography Question 
Linda 

member since: 9/11/2007
  89 .  free class??
OK, so I was looking at the courses, and there was a highlighted box advertising a free basic photocourse to "test drive" the system. Says it starts today. OK, so I bite, hit the enroll button, go through the sign-up process only.

Then I hit the tab for "my courses" and am greeted with "sorry that class is over"A FREE Course Preview: Digital SLR Photography" has ended. Visit our course offerings to select your next course.

Hmmmm... what gives??

9/11/2007 5:55:46 AM

  Hi Linda,

We apologize for any confusion the message may have caused. It takes up to 24 hours to activate enrollment, you should now see the course listed in your Member Center.

Let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Karen Orr, karen@betterphoto.com
Director of Events and Promotions, BetterPhoto.com, Inc. ®

9/12/2007 8:51:41 AM

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Photography Question 
Jared L. Loftus
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/11/2007
  90 .  When does it start?
I enrolled in a 4 week course on the 4th and I was wondering when my class starts or when it will show up in my member center.

Jared

9/5/2007 9:18:17 AM

  Hi Jared,
Glad to have you on board for a BetterPhoto course! I will check on this, and then will email you.

Thanks,
Kerry

9/5/2007 11:33:10 AM

  Hi Jared,
You should have your first lesson now! Just an FYI: To find the course link in your Member Center, just click on the Courses tab and then on the course link ... that will put you into Campus Square.

Enjoy your class!!
Kerry

9/5/2007 11:53:28 AM

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