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Where do you take photography classes?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  October 8, 2008 01:13 PM

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A RAW reader writes: "Hi, I was wondering if you can suggest any photography classes to take? I do not want a "school", as the course duration is often long and they can be pricey. Thank you."

First, let me tell you about the classes I've taken, then I'll throw it open for everybody to chime in.

> The town where I live has a terrific community education program that offers one-night photography classes. Check your town's website to see if a similar program is offered.

> I belong to a camera club that not only has very instructive programs and demos at its twice-monthly meetings, but also offers all-day workshops a couple of times a year. There are 80 camera clubs that belong to the New England Camera Club Council; check the list here to see if any are near your home.

> Calumet Photo in Cambridge offers what they call "Events" on such topics as "Understanding Your Digital SLR" and "The Power of RAW" (no, it's not about this very excellent website). They usually are held on Saturdays, last two hours, and cost $35.

Calumet also offers free Demo Days for manufacturers to come in and talk about their cameras' features and probably try to sell you upgrades and add-ons ;-). It's a good way to learn more about your existing camera or to explore different camera models before you make a big purchase. Those Demo Days usually are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and as I said before, are free. It looks like they have both Olympus and Sony lined up to come in several times between now and the end of the year.

You can find out more on the Calumet Events page; just make sure you choose Cambridge from the City dropdown menu.

> I own a Nikon, and forked over $278 to attend two Nikon School all-day workshops one weekend -- one on Saturday, the other on Sunday -- at Regis College in Weston. (Thankfully the price included a box lunch each day or else I would have started swallowing SD cards.) The Saturday session was "Introduction to Digital SLR Photography" ($119) and the Sunday session was "Next Steps in Digital Photography: Color, Light, Technology" ($159). You can sign up for just one or both. I learned a tremendous amount at both sessions.

OK, that's what I've done so far; anybody else?

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