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    Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 2:42am
DVD vs College level class.

If I took this subject at my local junior college, this looks like a 4 unit class.

My cost would be $36.00 per unit (36 X 4 (units)= $144.00
Then I have a health fee of $17.00
Student Service fee $12.00
ID card $10.00
Parking fee $70.00
So that adds up to $253.50

Oh I forgot the text book, gas and supplies.
Darn I forgot food, and then there are the times I walk into class and find that the class has been canceled that day.

Then there is the small change that I may not get what the instructor was saying and have to take the class again.

But with the DVD’s in my hand (to watch as often as I what) and help just a few clicks on the keyboard away. All of these DVD’s are well worth the money.

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As a hobbyist, i agree.
Unless you need a certificate in photography to work for a firm.
All DSLRS can produce good pictures
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Well yes, but Karl has quit well for himself, with out a lot of paper.
I have a nice piece of paper on my wall from my CNC program, but it didn't
get me a job.

But formal schooling is best.

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I have actually asked a few photographers including Karl, what they think about formal training or degree level courses in Photography if I ever wanted to get into it as a career path. The general reply is "Photography qualifications don't necessarily make you take better photos"

It is also my opinion that DvD's are a much better way of learning. They cover a much wider range of techniques in a much shorter space of time, and add to that the fact that you can go back and revise and revisit any of that info at any time, as many times as you want. If this was done through tuition you would need to pay for top up courses or for a complete workshop again.

I will say however that it is worth doing a shoot with the guidance of a professional with you in the room or location from time to time. I have done this myself in order to put to practice a portion of what I've learnt through Karl's training. It speeds up the learning process and offers you real time responses.

The main thing to getting recognised is producing a portfolio of good images. A piece of paper saying you have a qualification will not gain you any recognition, nor will it attract clients.

Those are my thoughts. I hope it helps.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Spark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 2012 at 12:01am
As an education professional I'd have to say you are both right - and you are both wrong. There is no one best way to learn, there never has been and never will be as we are all individuals. Some people need to understand what they are doing and why it works, others just need to know how to do it. Some learn best from watching, others from doing, others from reading.

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I know this is a old topic, but most photographers out there that are looking for assistants choose those who are not trained though collages. being self taught is the best way as you learn along the way of what too do and what not to do, plus it makes it more fun.

I've never done a course only purchased some of Karl's DVD's but then I would only use them to get inspiration to try something else.

Also what you learn in these collages doesn't apply across the field as some photographers on a Facebook group found out.
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Yeah, I'm probably never going to do any college course either

Would like to attend some more workshops tho like the one sunday week ago. Being able to talk to pro's with camera in hand and have that guidance was really good

I rely a lot on DVD's and online videos from Karl and other photographers out there. Then trying out the things I have learnt

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricklisle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Aug 2014 at 6:29pm
I bought the DVD course from Karl with the exam and certificate at the end of it. The reason I went for that is because I could never attend an evening course locally because of my working hours, and I'm a lazy git so I needed an incentive for me to study harder on my own.
I'm planning to do the exam later this week , so fingers crossed

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Personally I have been doing photography for 27 years now and I want to take it to the next step getting my own studio but it's a saturated market and everyone that's got a dslr is doing the same.

On the subject of qualifications I personally think that your own creativity and vision is more important than qualifications.

I have seen people with degree level qualifications and they lack vision and creativity making there photography suffer.. what I am trying to say is no amount of qualifications can beat experience and creativity. In the industry I have never been asked for and never heard of anyone asking for photography qualifications and when you sit down to talk with a employer they talk about experience and your portfolio for proof of your skills..


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