New to photography - best place to find courses

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Shem J.Bisluk, Sep 25, 2003.

  1. Hi all,

    As per subject line, I'm relatively new to photography, and I'm looking
    at buying a digital camera within the next few weeks (possibly the
    Canon A70 or Kodak DX6340 - both seem good for beginners)..

    Being a newbie, things like aperture, shutter speed, exposure, f-stops etc
    are foreign to me, so I was wondering if I could have anyone's
    recommendation
    as to somewhere that conducts short courses that would help me broaden my
    somewhat limited knowledge.

    I'm based in Perth, so I realise that I may (hopefully not) be somewhat
    limited..

    Any thoughts/suggestions/advice, is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance
    SjB
     
    Shem J.Bisluk, Sep 25, 2003
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    Rob Wild Guest

    Check with any local camera clubs.

    Alternatively, have a look at http://www.buy-n-shoot.com/edu.asp
    Or the AIPP website.

    Additionally, I think that in the issue of Australian Photography a
    month or so back there was a big article on course providers.

    Also (how many ways can I add sentences!) there are some good
    introductory books around in most of the major bookshops.

    cheers

    Rob
     
    Rob Wild, Sep 25, 2003
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    Graham Guest

    I would say that if you want to get into "serious" photography, your choice
    of camera is probably not great... The 6430 and the A70 are good little
    point and shoots and will produce acceptable 8x10 prints... In terms of
    teaching you about photography you are way better off going for at least an
    SLR. obviously for around $600 you wont be in the range for a digital SLR. I
    think you should go for a film SLR if you're serious about learning
    photography with your current budget.. Maybe a Nikon F65 or a Canon EOS
    300?


    Graham
     
    Graham, Sep 25, 2003
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    Peter Wallis Guest

    go to your local TAFE......they have short certificate courses to diploma
    courses....each ranging from several weeks up to 2 years....i did a 2 year
    diploma and could not speak more highly of it.... you can go in a novice and
    come out with great knolledge of photography...however nothing makes up for
    the learning you will do in a real photo job.....i learnt more in my first
    year of working as a news photographer than in those 2 years.......some of
    that stuff i will never use either......
     
    Peter Wallis, Sep 29, 2003
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    Peter Wallis Guest

    apsolutely....get an SLR......you will never learn about apature and f stops
    if you buy a point and shoot.......get a camera with apature priority and
    manual....you should pick it up pretty quickly.. even if it is a film camera
     
    Peter Wallis, Sep 29, 2003
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