Has anyone gone to the Digital Days Workshops sponsored by Sony and Hunts before? Are they worth the price? There is one coming up in Boston in April I am considering attending.
Thanks for any information.
I went to a weekend Digital Days. Yes it is worth it. You will learn more about using your camera and the kind of settings to use for different situations. Also they give basic photo instructions on composition, portraits, bad conditions, use of the camera functions, etc. I new nothing about computers and they helped me some. I say "some" because I didn't know how to use a computer and didn't understand what they were talking about but they gave me an idea of what I should be doing. Others in the seminar that, like you, had worked with photos on the computer were praising what they had learned to do and often mentioning that they had been doing it wrong, had learned a new more effecient way or the 'wondering how they do that' technique. I learned more about white balance and exposing to the right with digital.
Later I took a course at BetterPhoto to learn Basic Elements which covers a lot more than basic. If Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) sponsers a course near you
I recommend that you attend that also. It is a more advanced Digital Days type format. They also give you a book about everything they covered in the course. My advice is to take all the seminars that you can. It will teach you the ways that many different photographers work. But I don't recommend jumping from Digital Days straight to a master printers course by George Lepp until you are capable of making a decent print on your own.
Before I attended Digital Days I had been taking photos on and off for over 40 years including being the special event photographer for El Mundo, the Hispanic newspaper in Las Vegas for a year.
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Great! Thanks for the information. I can get a discount to the seminar through Hunts since I have purchased equipment from them before. Boston is only about 1 1/2 to 2 hours away so it's easy to get there and back in a day.
I noticed the scheduled instructors for the Boston, Ma Digital Days workshops are:
Phil Mistry and John Omvik
Has anyone ever been to a seminar or workshop where they were the instructors?
Does anyone know how good they are at relating the material so it is easy to understand?
I went to a general Mentor Series workshop in Detroit with Phil Mistry. He was a pretty decent instructor and leader.
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I went to the Los Angeles Digital Days - different instructors. I was quite pleased, got lots of information and loved the opportunity to work with the professional models under professional lighting set ups. It was well worth the money.
Thank you all for the feedback and information. Now I just have to get confirmation of the dates. The Digital Days website has one set of dates and the camera store that is one of the sponsors has a different set of dates.
Once again, thanks for all the information.
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Digital Days is a series of beginner and advanced beginner digital photography workshops that travel to 18+ cities nationwide each calendar year. These workshops are run by Popular Photography Magazine - the world's largest imaging magazine.