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Ultimate Photography Crash Course -Scott Kelby
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Jul 10, 2019 21:29:52   #
Drip Dry McFleye
 
Has anyone taken this course? If so, what's your opinion? This presentation will be available in a city near me this month. At $99 I'm tempted but wonder if I will actually gain much from it. I'm not an expert photographer by any means but I certainly know about the exposure triangle, WB, etc. If anyone has experienced this presentation I'd sure like to know what you thought of it. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Jul 10, 2019 21:38:32   #
Old Timer
 
Scott has solid reputation and if you pick up one or two worth while points, it would probably be worth it. Some times the little tips that you can pick up on in person can be missed by reading or watching a video, and if you ask questions as the presentation goes along would also be beneficial.

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Jul 10, 2019 21:48:01   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
Drip Dry McFleye wrote:
Has anyone taken this course? If so, what's your opinion? This presentation will be available in a city near me this month. At $99 I'm tempted but wonder if I will actually gain much from it. I'm not an expert photographer by any means but I certainly know about the exposure triangle, WB, etc. If anyone has experienced this presentation I'd sure like to know what you thought of it. Thanks in advance for your input.


For $16 you can stay home and learn from his book. I went when he was in Chicago. Was not worth the trip, parking etc and $99. It is all up to your base knowledge.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/629825-REG/Pearson_Education_0321617657_Book_The_Digital_Photography.html

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Jul 10, 2019 22:16:53   #
bleirer (a regular here)
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
For $16 you can stay home and learn from his book. I went when he was in Chicago. Was not worth the trip, parking etc and $99. It is all up to your base knowledge.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/629825-REG/Pearson_Education_0321617657_Book_The_Digital_Photography.html


That book says published in 2009. Might be an awful lot has changed since then.

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Jul 10, 2019 22:46:46   #
SangerM
 
I can't speak to his in-person course, but I am very much a fan of his books--they're readable and informative. The one that helped me the most was "The Flash Book," Rocky Nook, Inc. 2018. If his in-person presentation is as chock-full of useful info as his books and as well presented, then it's probably worth it if the getting there hassle isn't too great.

Cheers

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Jul 11, 2019 05:38:26   #
Satman
 
They will refund your money, if not happy.

I went to see him,

Like anything, you get out what you put in..

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Jul 11, 2019 05:54:04   #
David Taylor
 
bleirer wrote:
That book says published in 2009. Might be an awful lot has changed since then.


There is a "best of" published in 2015, covers versions 1-5 at a great price. Lots of useful content to provide a step up.
https://scottkelby.com/tag/the-best-of-the-digital-photography-book-series/

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Jul 11, 2019 06:06:48   #
GAS496
 
I would go. We all can learn something from each other. And I am sure he will have his books on sale there too.

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Jul 11, 2019 06:34:08   #
tommy2
 
Satman wrote:


Like anything, you get out what you put in..


...I've been to a couple presentations by different "experts" and have found the above to be very true.

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Jul 11, 2019 06:58:54   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
bleirer wrote:
That book says published in 2009. Might be an awful lot has changed since then.


That would be the first edition of the book. It's been updated since. Also, equipment has changed a bit since 2009 but photography in general has not. Photography isn't about the gear you own, it's about how you use that gear.

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Jul 11, 2019 07:39:51   #
DSmith
 
Drip Dry McFleye wrote:
Has anyone taken this course? If so, what's your opinion? This presentation will be available in a city near me this month. At $99 I'm tempted but wonder if I will actually gain much from it. I'm not an expert photographer by any means but I certainly know about the exposure triangle, WB, etc. If anyone has experienced this presentation I'd sure like to know what you thought of it. Thanks in advance for your input.



I went to the one in Indianapolis and thought it was very worthwhile.
David

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Jul 11, 2019 07:46:44   #
khorinek
 
Drip Dry McFleye wrote:
Has anyone taken this course? If so, what's your opinion? This presentation will be available in a city near me this month. At $99 I'm tempted but wonder if I will actually gain much from it. I'm not an expert photographer by any means but I certainly know about the exposure triangle, WB, etc. If anyone has experienced this presentation I'd sure like to know what you thought of it. Thanks in advance for your input.


I took his course 5 or 6 years ago. Scott Selby is an excellent photographer and a better teacher. Since taking his course I've bought and read all his books and continue to follow him on his website. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about photography until I went to his seminar. It will be money and time well spent.

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Jul 11, 2019 07:53:21   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
Drip Dry McFleye wrote:
Has anyone taken this course? If so, what's your opinion? This presentation will be available in a city near me this month. At $99 I'm tempted but wonder if I will actually gain much from it. I'm not an expert photographer by any means but I certainly know about the exposure triangle, WB, etc. If anyone has experienced this presentation I'd sure like to know what you thought of it. Thanks in advance for your input.


Photography is not something you can learn easily from a crash course. There are so many facets - camera, post processing, composition, subject matter, etc that just cannot be covered in a single day. Besides, just like you can't learn how to drive from reading a driver's manual, photography is no different.

For $99 you can usually get a two year membership in a local photo club, which if the club has a lot of members, you'll be able to participate and learn a lot more than from a short course. Looking at his lesson plan:

1. Landscape - 7 topics -1 hour - camera gear, camera settings, focus stacking, long exposures, night sky and Milky Way, post processing. - less than 9 mins each -

2. 10 Things you wish you had learned sooner - how to self critique, examine your own bad habits, how to sell, how to market - this is a semester-long plan, compressed into 75 mins.

3. Portraiture - natural posing, lighting, rapport with subject, understanding flaws and strengths of a subject and using posing, lighting and rapport to get the best results. That sounds like a weekend workshop at the very least

4. Sharp Images - technique, settings and post processing - this is not going to be learned in an hour. Or a week. Or a month. Maybe a year or two.

5. Photo recipes: sounds like a final hour to reinforce the topics covered above - and I am sure a pitch to buy additional "stuff" - books, online courses, etc.

I'd suggest a local camera club - and never leave the house without a camera - even a cellphone - to capture stuff that looks photo-worthy. You'll get a lot more out of actually using your camera than attending a class. I am sure his seminars present good stuff. It's just that I question the value of a "crash course" where little can be covered in depth - when you really should be working with someone looking over your shoulder and asking you questions about your thought process and offering suggestions for alternate approaches. But that's just me . . .

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Jul 11, 2019 08:18:19   #
khorinek
 
Gene51 wrote:
Photography is not something you can learn easily from a crash course. There are so many facets - camera, post processing, composition, subject matter, etc that just cannot be covered in a single day. Besides, just like you can't learn how to drive from reading a driver's manual, photography is no different.

For $99 you can usually get a two year membership in a local photo club, which if the club has a lot of members, you'll be able to participate and learn a lot more than from a short course. Looking at his lesson plan:

1. Landscape - 7 topics -1 hour - camera gear, camera settings, focus stacking, long exposures, night sky and Milky Way, post processing. - less than 9 mins each -

2. 10 Things you wish you had learned sooner - how to self critique, examine your own bad habits, how to sell, how to market - this is a semester-long plan, compressed into 75 mins.

3. Portraiture - natural posing, lighting, rapport with subject, understanding flaws and strengths of a subject and using posing, lighting and rapport to get the best results. That sounds like a weekend workshop at the very least

4. Sharp Images - technique, settings and post processing - this is not going to be learned in an hour. Or a week. Or a month. Maybe a year or two.

5. Photo recipes: sounds like a final hour to reinforce the topics covered above - and I am sure a pitch to buy additional "stuff" - books, online courses, etc.

I'd suggest a local camera club - and never leave the house without a camera - even a cellphone - to capture stuff that looks photo-worthy. You'll get a lot more out of actually using your camera than attending a class. I am sure his seminars present good stuff. It's just that I question the value of a "crash course" where little can be covered in depth - when you really should be working with someone looking over your shoulder and asking you questions about your thought process and offering suggestions for alternate approaches. But that's just me . . .
Photography is not something you can learn easily ... (show quote)


During the day long seminar I took, Scott never pushed a product. He shoots Canon and I am sure Canon gives him their latest products to use, but he never tried to push Canon products. He puts on an excellent seminar and I would recommend to all to attend at least once. You never know what you might learn.

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Jul 11, 2019 08:23:54   #
Papa j
 
I attended his course on Lightroom in Raleigh last year he is a good presenter. The course covered setting up LR and work flows added perks were links to free presets, creating a book tutorial and limited access to his extensive web site training sessions it was well worth the $99.00

Joe

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