I did that course too! We probably have the same photos There was only four people there when I did it. I've done a couple of other courses since that one, one was pretty basic but I still learnt a few things, and did another portrait one with a model and we walked around back alley ways and did arty farty model pics, that was awesome. With a course you get some great photos that you normally would never get the opertunity to get.Seriously though, my best tip for all beginners is to go do a short course and learn hands-on.
I did a 1 day course in Brisbane when I first bought my DSLR and went from a 100% only use 'Auto' mode to now only using the 'Manual' mode or one of its close brothers (aperture or shutter priority). I think this was the mob I did my course with and would highly recommend them.
You probably know they do a flash course aswell? I thought about their advanced course, but they say they wonder around the city taking photos, i felt a bit wierd on their standard course when we wondered around South Bank taking photos of people.I wouldn't mind doing a portrait course or one that teaches photography with a flash.
I've also thought about doing the 'Learnphotography' advanced course just to keep the learning going.
Nice tip - gonna try this myself!Tip: Calibrate your computer monitor
Just a general thing you should do if you're in to checking and editing photos!
1. Go to your Control Panel (in bizzaro Windows 8 I just do a search for "Control Panel")
2. In the search of the Control Panel - type in "Calibrate" and the option should appear
3. click the option and go through the process.
It gives you tasks to complete, checking colours, gamma, brightness, text clarity and checks your resolution etc.
I just did this and it fixed a few things on my new monitor, very happy with the results now.