Being new to more than point and shoot, I'm wondering if any of you pros or semi pros would recommend taking accredited, online, photography courses? Is it a waste of time? I'm not looking to make a career out of it. Being medically retired, I just want photography to be more than a hobby and less than a job. Thank you for your time and answers.
A lot of this depends on how you learn best. While we are not locked in to a learning modality for life, most of us have a mode in which we learn best. I tend to be kinesthetic and learn by physically doing things. But I can also shift to visual, mathematical and logical mode at times. So, using an online set of lessons along with hands on practice works for me. Going to a class and listening for an hour and later going out and doing assignments based on it, not so much. Too much time between the lesson and the doing. However, if you tend toward aural, verbal or social then classes and photo clubs might be just right for you.
A note for the young. You can choose to train yourself to use different learning modalities if you want.