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Photography Question 
Kathy Zinn

member since: 8/1/2002
 

Do You Offer Anything Other Than Online Courses?


I have struggled with the idea of taking some of the online courses since I first found this site and have yet to do so. I really want to take some of the courses but I am someone who has always gotten more out of the classroom environment, I like the up close and personal relationships of real-time people. What has the feedback been from some who have taken the online courses.
I live in the Seattle are; are there any weekend courses that are offered anywhere? Groups of people that get together and go on shootabouts and learn from each other that way?
Thanks for your input.

9/30/2003 9:38:17 AM

 
Tony Sweet
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Tony's Photo Courses:
2-Week Short Course: A Quick Start to Adding More 'Pop' to Your Images
4-Week Short Course: High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
4-Week Short Course: Mastering the Nikon D3 and D700
4-Week Short Course: Nikon D800/D800E: A Quick Start Course!
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  Hi Kathy,

I understand your feelings completely and had the same reservations when I first started teaching online classes for Betterphoto. But, after doing this for about a year, I have found this to be an educational and invigorating learning environment. Jim has built an incredible situation here and the instructors are all published authors and well established educators. And, after trying an online class for a couple of lessons, if it doesn't work for you, you can get a full refund. You might want to give it a shot... and you can still take other classes. But, you may be a bit surprised as to how the online classes give you the same communal feeling that you seek.

Hope that this helps.

10/1/2003 3:08:00 AM

 
Julie L. Curiel
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/6/2003
  Hi Kathy, I don't know if you've taken the plunge and taken a class yet but if you haven't you should! I've taken three and my photographic skills have improved GREATLY. Now I'm starting my own small photography business. I really had very little experience before taking a class and have learned so much. I agree, there are some things that I learn better hands on. For instance, I'm not sure I would take a class on studio lighting or photoshop just because I think I personally would benefit more from an in person instructor and hands on experience. But many of the other classes worked very well for me online. And you do develop relationships with others in your class. Many I still keep in touch with and email with questions and ask their opinions on my work. I encourage you to take a class if you haven't already. If you find that you don't like it after four weeks, you can cancel and get your money back I believe. Hope this helps!

2/22/2004 8:04:26 PM

 
Kathy Zinn

member since: 8/1/2002
  Thanks Julie and no I haven't taken a class yet, althou I am still contemplating it. Which class(es) did you take? Thanks again.

2/23/2004 9:30:19 AM

 
Julie L. Curiel
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/6/2003
  I took Bryan's Understanding Exposure class first which works well without having to have in person demonstrations. Then I took Learning to See Creatively which I also enjoyed. Lastly I've taken Jim Z.'s Making Money with YOur Photography class. All of these were good and I didn't mind not having the in classroom experience. The instructors are very good about answering your questions and give great critiques of your work.

2/23/2004 10:59:35 AM

 

BetterPhoto Member
  Hi Kathy,
Thanks for inquiring about our courses, you have gotten some great feedback from an instructor and a student. If you have any further questions or need assistance with selecting an appropriate course, please feel free to contact me via email: heather at betterphoto.com or by phone: 1-888-586-7337. Thanks!

3/3/2004 12:57:48 PM

 
Amy 

member since: 7/25/2002
  Is there a time limit with each lesson?

AMY

7/7/2004 3:36:16 PM

 
Tony Sweet
TonySweet.com
Tony's Photo Courses:
2-Week Short Course: A Quick Start to Adding More 'Pop' to Your Images
4-Week Short Course: High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
4-Week Short Course: Mastering the Nikon D3 and D700
4-Week Short Course: Nikon D800/D800E: A Quick Start Course!
Fine Art Flower Photography
Image Design: Revealing Your Personal Vision
  Well, officially 10 days, but we can be pretty loose based on the students schedule. It's flexible, but it's really not good a good idea to get too far behind.

7/7/2004 3:39:08 PM

 
Kathy Zinn

member since: 8/1/2002
 
 
 
Thank you all for your responses, I have decided I will try a course, I am going to list all the courses which I think will best suit my needs, find some spare cash lying around and try one out. I am hoping by Fall this will be possible. Thanks Julie for your feedback and listing the classes you have taken, those are some I would like to try also. I love photographing kids and my grandson is always a target of mine, I am getting better all the time and I think the classes will greatly help me, I've attached a small picture of him I took with my 10D. Thanks again all.

7/15/2004 8:29:47 AM

 
Anamit 

member since: 12/9/2000
  I'm from India and already working as a semi-pro photrographer and journalist.I'm also tempted by online courses but...will it help in terms of getting a job like say a degree or Masters in photography could?

8/3/2004 1:10:45 PM

 

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