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Are there any good online photography classes?

Asked by Rarebear (25159points) July 17th, 2009

I’m an intermediate photographer with a pretty good grasp of composition, lighting, exposure, etc. I’m looking for a decent online photgraphy class or school where I can get assignments, take the pictures, turn them in, get criticized, etc. I saw one at http://www.betterphoto.com but that was just with a google search. Any other ideas or does anybody have experience with them?

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RachelZ's avatar

Thats cool, I just took a few classes in highschool, what I do is get inspiration from other amazing photographers, and keep messing with my camera until I get it right! Goodluck on your search for photography classes!

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Online classes? Not sure… But you could always go to this website. There’re lots of tips on it.

And actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if youtube had many videos on photography tips. It’s amazing what you can find there.

ryanpowell's avatar

Why not take a photography class at a Community College? They are usually really cheap. Look for the community education section.

asmonet's avatar

I don’t know about you, but if I have a question I’ll just ask TitsMcghee. :P

I second @johnpowell ‘s suggestion, my art classes at my local comm. college were surprisingly challenging, and forced me to create art on a regular basis and be critiqued – which was foreign and challenging for me though ultimately extremely rewarding.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Not nearly as good as if you just put your camera in your hand every day and started shooting like crazy.

Class won’t EVER teach you how to find YOUR eye. Go find your eye… go!... do it!... do it now!... go… go… go…

Don’t let classes ruin your vision! Go… shoot… go… get out there and SHOOT!

fireinthepriory's avatar

Yeah, I’d go for a community college course like @ryanpowell suggested. It’s also great feedback to see the rest of the class’ work. Seeing other people’s work will inspire you and broaden your taste and train your eye better than merely getting feedback on the stuff you’re already shooting.

asmonet's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies: That’s a rather rebellious view of a pretty successful system. And it doesn’t answer the OP’s need for structure and feedback. He isn’t looking to discover his style at this point, but rather to hone it and his skills.

Read closer.

Rarebear's avatar

@Saturated_Brain Thanks. That’s a great site

@ryanpowell Thanks. First place I looked—my local community college didn’t offer classes

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies You’re right, of course, and that’s exactly what I do. Much of the stuff I shoot, though, is not better than snapshot quality

@asmonet Actually, realeyes is correct. It doesn’t help to talk about taking pictures, you just have to do it. But in the absence of community college courses, I bought some books. That website @Saturated_Brain pointed to is great, actually.

asmonet's avatar

@Rarebear: If it works for you, but based on your original post I assumed you were looking for an environment that would motivate you and give you direct feedback. Her advice simply doesn’t cover it. But, I’m glad you found a solution for your problem. :)

Rarebear's avatar

@asmonet Understood. You both are correct. The question was worded such that I wanted a place to get some feedback, but nevertheless realeyes’ advice was sound.

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