canon beginner course


fouredz

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hi all..

i have just purchase my first DSLR.
there is a free course for beginner.
any of u ppl here too purchase new DSLR and a noob like me ?
will be nice if we can go course together....
awaiting for your pm.. should be going to the course next week or so bah,...
wish to know more rookie like me and learn together.
 

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rookies learning from rookies. you'll not improve. but rookies learning from advanced users, you'll improve.

btw, i'm a sony user. but i heard the canon courses are pretty basic and only teach camera navigation. you can take that as a start. but to learn the basics of photography,m ClubSNAP is a pretty good place. there are many outings to join.
 

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The free course is a good one if you are a first time user or don't have time to read the instruction manual.
 

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The free course is a good one if you are a first time user or don't have time to read the instruction manual.
Pretty lame excuse, right? :) If one doesn't take the time for preparation no job will be done properly.
TS: The Canon course is a basic course to help you handling your camera, but it will not teach you anything about taking good pictures. If you wish to learn about photography you should have a look at the subsection Workshops, Tutorials, Classes and also read the numerous Newbie Guides here. Help yourself, learn on your own. Snapping with fellow newbies will only result in snapshots..
 

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rhino123

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The free course is a good one if you are a first time user or don't have time to read the instruction manual.
If you have no time to read the instruction manual, how do you find time to go to the free course? Getting there required sometime, attention lesson (1 or 2 hours) and coming back home to try up the camera. Might as well read the manual... take lesser time this way.
 

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If you have no time to read the instruction manual, how do you find time to go to the free course? Getting there required sometime, attention lesson (1 or 2 hours) and coming back home to try up the camera. Might as well read the manual... take lesser time this way.
I guess quite a lot of people enjoy learning in groups. Whether it is beneficial or not is entirely subjective.
But this mindset probably explains the popularity of gym classes, when one could just as easily achieve the same targets exercising alone.
 

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I think the course is a good one to go. Some people are not used to learning from the manual. With someone showing them and doing it hands-on, they can learn faster.
 

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btw, i'm a sony user. but i heard the canon courses are pretty basic and only teach camera navigation. you can take that as a start. but to learn the basics of photography,m ClubSNAP is a pretty good place. there are many outings to join.
ermm.. personally I think, if it is free, why not. For a first time owner, probably it will be easier to learn to use your equipment than going through the manual like what spree86 and Deathegg said. there are more advance courses from canon but these need to pay money.
 

kei1309

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ermm.. personally I think, if it is free, why not. For a first time owner, probably it will be easier to learn to use your equipment than going through the manual like what spree86 and Deathegg said. there are more advance courses from canon but these need to pay money.
LOL. free or not... i think i'm just lazy
 

Deathegg

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Not sure about you guys but as first time user, it took me more than 2 hours to read and understand the guide. So the free training was like a crash course for busy people.
 

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Not sure about you guys but as first time user, it took me more than 2 hours to read and understand the guide. So the free training was like a crash course for busy people.
All in all I have spend several days to read and digest everything. It's not a novel that one reads from cover to cover and done. Even now I sometimes pick it up to check certain details. While the course may be useful to give a baseline in handling the camera up to questions like "Can I wash my camera?" nothing beats intensive reading of the manual.
 

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For a starter to Dslr, e training course is a good way to learn things even when manual had been read. Visual n hands on is great n it touches a little on photo stitching, raw jpeg files etc focusing more on e exposure triangle.
Preferably read up e manual n info b4 going to e course as this will make it more understandable and it's fun to learn in a Grp ^^
 

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Not sure about you guys but as first time user, it took me more than 2 hours to read and understand the guide. So the free training was like a crash course for busy people.
Respect your opinion bro. But busy people like myself, couldn't even find time to go to take this type of course... so reading the manual is a good way of getting to know my camera because I can split up reading it to many different times... while I cannot stop the course halfway through and rush to do my work, then come back again another day to start where I left off.
 

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I wasted a few hours attending the Nikon D90 beginner's course. It cost me 20 SGD.

In the class, we were asked to follow exactly what the instructor did. In the end we got the usual settings of the instructor's camera onto ours, and I learned virtually nothing.

Each people has a different taste. It's laughable to ask everybody to set their cameras in the same way. Photography is supposed to be a creative art.

The instructor could have spent the few hours explaining the basics. But he didn't.

I don't know about the Canon beginner's class. But I would still suggest you to read the mannual and experiment all the basic and advanced settings by yourself. Then go directly for advanced classes on composition/lighting and more advanced techniques instead.
 

fouredz

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thanks for all replies..

i believe i am the kind which will pick up faster when there is a hands-on guide rather reading manual.
let me get thru the real basix and will improve step by step.
cheers
 

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