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Feb 5, 2019 22:13:43   #
Jeannie1
 
I am looking to purchase a photography course for my husband as a surprise gift
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I have looked at:
* Fundamentals of Photography by Joel Sardine of National Geographic.
* Annie Libovitz - online course

My husband is an intermediate photographer and I think he would enjoy and benefit from some new course material.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Jeannie

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Feb 5, 2019 23:25:47   #
Silverman
 
I am not sure he needs to pay for a " Photography Course", especially if he is not a "Beginner"as you stated. If he understands the fundamentals such as "Exposure Triangle", Composition, etc. I would suggest he just needs continued Practice, Practice, Practice, if their is a specific thing he is unsure about, ask questions here and other online Photography sites. Their are so many knowledgeable Photographers more than willing to assist him in his Passion for Photography.

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Feb 5, 2019 23:25:48   #
Silverman
 
I am not sure he needs to pay for a " Photography Course", especially if he is not a "Beginner"as you stated. If he understands the fundamentals such as "Exposure Triangle", Composition, etc. I would suggest he just needs continued Practice, Practice, Practice, if their is a specific thing he is unsure about, ask questions here and other online Photography sites. Their are so many knowledgeable Photographers more than willing to assist him in his Passion for Photography.

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Feb 5, 2019 23:31:36   #
Jeannie1
 
Silverman wrote:
I am not sure he needs to pay for a " Photography Course", especially if he is not a "Beginner"as you stated. If he understands the fundamentals such as "Exposure Triangle", Composition, etc. I would suggest he just needs continued Practice, Practice, Practice, if their is a specific thing he is unsure about, ask questions here and other online Photography sites. Their are so many knowledgeable Photographers more than willing to assist him in his Passion for Photography.
I am not sure he needs to pay for a " Photogr... (show quote)


Thanks for your prompt reply. He does practice and I will steer him towards the website for answers.

Thank again,
Jeannie

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Feb 6, 2019 01:06:49   #
the hiker
 
Jeannie1 wrote:
I am looking to purchase a photography course for my husband as a surprise gift
.
I have looked at:
* Fundamentals of Photography by Joel Sardine of National Geographic.
* Annie Libovitz - online course

My husband is an intermediate photographer and I think he would enjoy and benefit from some new course material.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Jeannie


check out Josh Dunlop Expertphotography Great classes online with good prices and very easy to understand.I have taken a few and really like them.

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Feb 6, 2019 06:55:31   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Jeannie, that is a very toughtful idea. However, it may not be the most effective use of your money. There are so many tutorials on youtube that classes for a fee are perhaps not the best way to go.
--Bob
Jeannie1 wrote:
I am looking to purchase a photography course for my husband as a surprise gift
.
I have looked at:
* Fundamentals of Photography by Joel Sardine of National Geographic.
* Annie Libovitz - online course

My husband is an intermediate photographer and I think he would enjoy and benefit from some new course material.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Jeannie

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Feb 6, 2019 06:57:47   #
Largobob (a regular here)
 
Several other thoughts: Local Community Colleges often offer inexpensive courses on special topics, including Photoshop, etc. Also, perhaps he might benefit from joining a photography club in your area. Both the college course and the photo club will get him in touch with REAL PEOPLE, with whom he can learn. Personally, any hands-on experience is better than on-line or book.

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Feb 6, 2019 06:59:24   #
camerapapi (a regular here)
 
Plenty of information in the Internet from basic to advance. Questions asked here will meet a plethora of excellent and knowledgeable photographers also willing to help.
Save your money for a surprise lens or so.

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Feb 6, 2019 07:19:18   #
dalematt
 
Another option would be a book on photos. That would be my preference. I learn from other people's work.

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Feb 6, 2019 07:37:26   #
Photocraig
 
Jeannie,
I'm a hobbyist and I've taken College Level courses at my community college that supplied me with the fundamentals I missed over many years of photographing just about everything. My knowledge, while adequate to take a few great photos was like a slice of Swiss Cheese. Filling in the holes, so to speak, helped me move my photography toward a solid footing. That said, with digital Photography and no need for a full Wet Lab, I agree with the Youtube and Internet as a great source of training, information and tutorials on any subject and especially photography.

Adults learn differently than young adults. We take a more integrative approach fitting new information and concepts into the structure of what we already understand. A few times that structure needs to be dismantled and re-built. That's a learned adult trait of successful people.

What I have enjoyed most and what were my best learning situations have been workshops. My local Art Museum has a few using two of the top professionals in our area--with their studio and the goodies available there like a MILLION watts of light!!!! Models, Props, Light modifiers etc.

Another kind of workshops are those run by top professionals with about 10-15 students over a week or weekend at a special destination like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Manhattan, Myrtle Beach, etc. These can be costly, but they may also provide an opportunity for you to join in on the location, not the classes and activities, and share the excitement of your favorite person learning new things.

The third kind is fro established "Schools" like the Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe New Mexico. I've been to two and want to go back for more. There are several more like Rocky Mountain School, New England (in Maine?). Have a look on a search. National Geographic has some travel oriented Photo events, too.
Some Major Photo Retailers have classes and workshops featuring vendor reps and pros on specific subjects. I went to an NBA "G" League game and got to shoot BIG BOY Pro basketball from right under the hoop, just like a Press Pro. VERY COOL.The event was sponsored by my local Camera Store.

Nikon and Canon also have a set of educational offerings, available regionally, from evening classes to weekend and week-long events. I'm not sure about the other manufacturers, but I'd bet Sony, at least, does, too.

Since learning experiences are so personal, I'd suggest setting your budget and gifting him a "Certificate" to pick from a set of classes that fit your situation. You never know what his secret desire to learn, or who he'd like to take a class from. Or perhaps he's really interested in building his studio skills, or nature photography, or Macro (small things), or travel. There are many genres of photography. It is best to let him pick. Or choose together and combine a vacation with the workshop. Warning!! If you go to a serious workshop as a non participant--roommate, give him the space to participate, to get out at sunrise and sunset for the magic hours. However you will be welcomed by the participants and treated very well. And the picture reviews and shows are quite good, if maybe a little wonky nerdy. If you do this, pick a location where there's plenty to see and do. Santa Fe is fabulous. Maybe the extra expense of your own rental car for a day or two in some circumstances is worthwhile.

You're on the right track, but let him pick something that fits his learning objectives today. These are the best kinds of gifts we can give each other. Tell him Craig says he's a lucky guy!
C

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Feb 6, 2019 07:59:07   #
capdavep
 
You might look into Lynda.com for all kinds of courses. I find it well worth the money.

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Feb 6, 2019 08:22:03   #
ronz
 
After 28 years shooting professionally, I suggest looking into a quality workshop. I no longer hold them but some excellent photographers do. They have you in a hands on location so they can assist one to one basis. The best classes are limited to a max of 10 people (often a max of 5) and may be for 1-3 days. Depending on the shoot, it can be a little expensive but I guarantee if you choose the right leader, you will come out with a world of knowledge (and understand it) to apply when you get home and you will have repeated it a number of times in the workshop. Do a little research for the leader you feel comfortable with and check out where they are holding their workshops. Try to narrow down what specifically you are most interested in such as landscape, portraits, sports, animals or whatever you would most like to do and now you have a means to find the best leader.

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Feb 6, 2019 08:32:05   #
mizzee (a regular here)
 
Hunt’s Photo, based in New England, offers photowalks and workshops with two instructors every weekend as well as photo excursions that go to places such as Cuba, Amalfi coast, Florida, Grand Tetons. Lighting, macro, black and white, night, sports, motocross, street, capture to print, Lightroom are a few of the topics covered. If you’re not from around here, check with your local shop to see what they might offer. Better yet, come see New England and take in a Photowalk. Also here in Boston is the New England Photography School that also does walks and workshops.

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Feb 6, 2019 08:37:36   #
Heather Iles
 
camerapapi wrote:
Plenty of information in the Internet from basic to advance. Questions asked here will meet a plethora of excellent and knowledgeable photographers also willing to help.
Save your money for a surprise lens or so.


The lens is a much better idea, together with lots of YouTube videos and of course here on UHH.

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Feb 6, 2019 08:56:13   #
GrandmaG (a regular here)
 
camerapapi wrote:
Plenty of information in the Internet from basic to advance. Questions asked here will meet a plethora of excellent and knowledgeable photographers also willing to help.
Save your money for a surprise lens or so.


There are so many classes to choose from! I have greatly benefited from online courses. Julianne Kost and Ben Wilmore come to mind. It would be hard to pick just one. Sure, YouTube has helpful and free videos; but you have to wade through some bad ones. Also, I agree that this site is very helpful; but only for specific questions. It’s not quite the same as a class. There are some VERY smart members on this site who have helped me.

A one-year subscription to Lynda.com might be a nice gift, then your husband can pick from a plethora of “classes”. It’s a little pricey (around $200) but not as much as a surprise lens, although I like that idea.

My husband wouldn’t have a clue as to what to get me to support my hobby. I think it’s sweet that you want to do this for your husband.

Good luck.

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