Photography (SLR) Courses ?

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  1. Nemos Janitor

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    Any recommendations on photography courses and if they are worth it? And what is a realistic price? Are there different levels or .... How do they work? Who has done one?
     
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    It would depend on what you want to get out of it. I will ask a friend about prices etc but the are Durban based, I also think they specialize in Nikon and Canon but no 100% about that.
     
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    Thank Shaun. I was looking at the 7 week beginners course from these guys. They seem accredited and are a 10 minutes drive from me. I am still haggling over price for the canon 100 macro lens from my LPS (local photographic shop). ORMS have it for R6k they want R6.5k. I also want to get the wide angled adaptor for my 350D. Need to know how to get the best out of them.

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    Looks good.

    But must admit is looks like MASA is full of Canon supporters. I may be getting a Nikon D60 tomorrow, but still very undecided.
     
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    hehe olympus is the best.. my dad has the 100mm macro from orms and its lovely..
     
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    Hmm... will have to shuffle some funds around and think up an excuse for my disappearance on Saturday:whistling:
     
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    that course looks excelent, better structured than others i have looked at in the past. and over 7 weeks you will ahve time to digest and play with the theory before the next class, get used to the theory and cement it in your mind. Id def go for it if you can spare the time
     
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    My experience is join a photographic club in your area,

    I have seen many people join photographic courses and spend thousands and thousands of rands and then they join a club and are kicked right into touch


    I am not saying that the lessons are bad but in my view join a club ( + - R 200 A YEAR ) and you will learn a lot at a fraction of the price !!


    What kit have you got ? where do you live ?

    @ jaquesdp08


    Yes I agree Olympus rules !!! value for money you cant beat them , I got A E3, E 30 , 520 , u-tough 8000 and the pics are fantastic
     
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    Canon 350D manfrotto tripod and will most probably have the 100mm macro on Saturday
     
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    ahhhhhhhhhh are you Matthew ?
     
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    matthew ??

    its the e-510 with zuiko 14-42mm lens
     
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    I personally just read a lot of books and practised. fortunately is cheaper to practice now with digital cameras that when I used 35mm film
     
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    TNX tony. My problem like most, is i do not really concentrate when there are a lot of distractions. I want to do this course as more of a recreational thing to get away from what i do. My fathers brother (he is old guys) is very well known in the camera and video clubs in KZN.
    I think i am just going to do the course and then join a photographic club, a diving club a travel club, and then worry about the rest.
     
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    I would not even bother to haggle - just order it from Orms. I have dealt with them a few times in the past, and can vouch for them - professional and quick... They also use a specialist courier service, and delivered my camera in about 18 hours for ~R100.00

    Koikoi, WELCOME to MASA. I see this is your first post. Why don't you start a new thread in the New Members section, and introduce yourself (and tell us a bit more about your involvement in the marine hobby...)

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    koi i would agree with u to a point, indeed one can get incredible help and advice from a club situatuion and you get many who are very knoweldgebale and helpful.

    However i feel that the structured 'formal' setting of a course where one puts aside time and effort focusses your mind better and helps you learn more and quicker.

    to then join a club where the shared interaction and passion for photography can be discussed with you having a solid grounding in the topic can help people keep their enthusiasm alive and help to better use the equipment they have.


    just my thoughts
     
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    Ditto Tony...
     
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    Went to get the 100mm macro this morning and found out that the LCS had to order one so i told them not to bother. Got onto the ORMS site to place my order and found out that the IS version is available for R11295.00 What do you guys think. Is it worth the extra R5.3k?

    Hmmm.. maybe it might be wise to do the course first and then decide.

    Got the manual for the 350D out and read parts of it. I think i am starting to fluke some reasonable shots. Nowhere near in the class of Sean, Crispin, Mudshark and co but enjoy anyway.

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    You serious???? When I contacted them, as well as SACamera and some other big camera companies, some did not even know it was coming out, andneither ORMS nor SA Camera had any in stock. Only in October will it hit the shelves.

    If this is true, please give me the name of the person you spoke to, as I would really want to get one.

    As a matter of interest, a friend of mines brother lives in the States, and he could not even get one for me:(
     
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    YES - pity that I've already bought the non-L version, because for that price I really would have gone for the "L". The image stabilizing function alone is worth that, IMHO.

    Hennie
     
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