Beginner asking for some guidance

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Bart Borcherding, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm probably gonna ask a dumb question that has been asked a million
    times. And for that I am sorry.

    Recently purchased a D70. And have been playing around with it trying
    to learn how the darn thing works. But my photos really suck. I am
    truly a bad photographer. If you can even call me that. <grin>

    I think I need to take some classes and was wondering if you all might
    be able to help me.

    Are the local community college photography courses usually any good.
    Would you all recommend them? In general I mean. I know you can't tell
    me about my own specific one.

    What about local workshops? They usually a pretty good thing to go to?

    On-line courses or correspondence courses? What about something like NYIP?

    I don't even know if I am asking the correct question. But what I would
    like when all is said and done is to be a really good "serious amateur".
    I don't have any real aspirations on becoming a pro or anything like
    that. Just want to be able to be proud to hang my stuff on the wall.
    Maybe win a local contest or two. <grin>

    But what classes would you all recommend starting with? I just feel
    like I need someone to show me how to do it. Then I can go off and
    start practicing what I've learned.

    Thank you all for any help you can give me.
    Bart Borcherding, Nov 9, 2004
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  2. Bart Borcherding

    n.t. Guest

    If you are totally green, i would recommend a community college type class
    (saturday mornings/tuesday night type deal) in basic photography, and read
    some beginners books. They will give you a good base for building on. I
    wouldnt recommend correspodence courses as photography is supposed to fun,
    and you will enjoy it more in a class room with other people to socialise,
    and with whom you might also exchange ideas.

    n.t., Nov 9, 2004
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  3. Bob Schroedter, Nov 9, 2004
  4. Bart Borcherding

    Bob S Guest

    #1 Look at the local community colleges for non credit courses on
    digital photography.

    #2 Check with local libraries, local newpapers, and the camera shop
    where you bought your D70 about camera clubs in your area.

    #3 NYIP has a good reputation and may be a good way for you to
    improve your craft.

    Bob S, Nov 9, 2004
  5. Thank you NT! I really like this idea. I think you make a great point
    for being in a class with others vs being at home on my computer by
    myself. <grin>

    Thank you too Bob for your reply. It seems the CC might be the way to
    go. And I never even thought of the camera clubs. Thank you for that
    too. I will be looking into that one.
    Bart Borcherding, Nov 9, 2004
  6. Hmmm, I don't know if we are related or not. Probably are, but who
    knows how far back we'd have to go. <grin> I have done a little
    genealogy in the past and if I remember correctly there may have been
    some of family going to that area of the country. I can't remember off
    the top of my head though. Would be very interesting to find out.
    Volleyball must be in the genes though as I love playing.

    Thank you for the book advise. I remember seeing and looking through
    Bart Borcherding, Nov 9, 2004
  7. Bart Borcherding

    Jan Daly Guest

    Hi there!
    I just purchased the Nikon D70 digital camera too, and wanted to get to be a
    better photographer instead of a snap shooter! So I enrolled in NYIP
    complete photography course and absolutely love it! I see an improvement in
    my photos so far...I'm only 1/2 way thru the on this link to see
    some of my photos online for review! Check out for an
    explanation of their courses. I'm so happy that I've enrolled!! (all I
    want is to be better at taking photos that I can proudly hang on the wall,
    or send in to photo contests...I don't want to be a pro photographer. Hope
    this helps!!

    Jan :)
    Jan Daly, Nov 9, 2004
  8. Hi Jan!

    Thank you very much for the reply. That is so cool. A real live
    testimonial. I've only seen those on brochures. I am really glad you
    said that. I will probably sign up for one of their courses myself.
    First though I think I will go the community college route. For one
    because of the reason NT mentioned. Will get to be with and learn with

    Thank you for sharing your photos as well. I really enjoyed looking at
    them. My favorite one is the pumpkin. That is a really good photo I
    think. I hope that some day I can make some photos that are good enough
    to share.

    Thank you again for replying Jan. It meant a lot to me to hear your
    testimonial about NYIP.
    Bart Borcherding, Nov 10, 2004
  9. Bart Borcherding

    Arch (TX) Guest

    If I may suggest something also, check your local library and book
    stores for books on photography. There are quite a few available that
    take you through various types of photography such as scenic, macros,
    animals, portraits, etc. and show examples that are very educational.
    They are normally written by professionals but are very nice reading and
    will give you some good ideas about what to take and how.
    Arch (TX), Nov 14, 2004
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