TS, forgot to add on something. Shoot with your kit lens or whatever you have before rushing to buy new lenses or other gears. Make sure it's a need and not a want. This way you will 'save' yourself some money
Nikon D90 | AF-S 18-105mm | AF 50mm f/1.8D | Tokina 12-24mm f4 | Sigma 30mm f1.4
Suggest you familiarise the various features of your camera first... check the manuals and take all kinds of shots.... go and do some research on how to take good pictures via internet and books.... subsequently, you may then consider enrolling into a class to find out more and consult the trainer on the issues which you want to clarify relating to various photos shots...
Hmmm.... I felt u shuld go for a workshop to understand the basics of how the camera works, picture composition and basic equipments for a certain type of photography. In which this would give u a headstart as compared to reading books. +it is a benefit to join a workshop as u are able to consult the workshop organizers on stuffs which ur not clear of and at the same time make new friends. Rest of it, is how u apply it in the field and how familiar yr camera is to you. but mostly is just ISO, shutter, aperture and rest settle in photoshop haha!
If you got frens whom are in to photography for quite sometime, heres the cheaper way, go library get some info. test some shots and juice ur friends.
Maybe you can try to enquire here? My friend told me about this.
The Photographic Society of Singapore
30, Selegie Road, Selegie Arts Centre
Tel : 63343361 Fax : 63344657
Mon - Fri (2.00pm - 10.00pm)
Sat & Sun (12.00pm - 6.00pm)
1) always menu + online research first. Get comfortable with the buttons.
2) group outings, only no time for me
3) Practise and copy the settings from others :P (maybe flickr)
4) Finally, after going through stages infront, I realise I might not need a class (for now) ..or at least I know what-questions to ask during a class .
But some put stage 4) as 1), then end up they might not learn anything beneficial (cannot follow up)