I was cruising through our Amateur Photography forum the other day and saw some recent discussion threads from RAW Dawgs looking for help and advice.
marcviera writes: "I am looking to improve my photography skills by means of online courses. So far have looked briefly at the NY Institute of Photography and betterphoto.com. Does anyone out there know about their reputations, have any experience with them, or would recommend other alternatives?"
wmsmitty posted a very thorough answer in which he said, in part, "NY Institute offers an entire photography course from beginning to end and upon successful completion, you earn a Professional Photographer Certificate. The course is developed in a way to educate both the beginning student and the serious amateur.
Betterphoto.com is an excellent place to learn as well and I like their method of online training...a little more personable, more interactive and your instructors are readily available. But, their courses are more like seminars where you choose the emphasis on a particular area of photography. You are not granted any certificate for completion."
On another thread, DaRaT is looking for suggestions on how to pose groups. The question was in the context of taking photos around the holidays, but it's applicable any time you get people together, whether it's for a reunion, a class play, a St. Patrick's Day dinner, mitzvahs, graduations ... Any suggestions?
And RAW regular Kati Seiffer is looking for suggestions on studio lighting equipment. Anybody have a good lighting kit to recommend to her?
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