I want to take a photography course in London that will show me how to use my DSLR properly. Where should I go?
I have - some have said - a very good eye when it comes to my pictures, but I'm starting to bump up against the limit of my technical knowledge. I've recently graduated from a PowerShot to a Canon 550D, and not knowing how to set it quickly and properly is really frustrating. I want to get better rather than panicking and going back to my compact with its lovely 1cm macro.
I have bought a few kinda entry-level lenses - a macro, a telephoto, a nifty fifty and I have the kit lens - because I have an idea of what I want to do, and I want to know what I can be doing to get the best out of these. I'm not a complete beginner, I did venture beyond the auto settings on my compact, but working out my apertures and getting a proper white balance (so fricking fiddly on a DSLR) is making me horribly frustrated.
My interests are street/scenic photography
, macro work (I particularly enjoy shooting sweets, trinkets etc.) and capturing slightly unusual things
rather than portraiture and fashion, although the latter is mainly from lack of willing models, and it would be nice to improve so I can try new things.
I don't have a good idea of how to post-process my photos, and I find it difficult to curate them - as you can see, those are pretty old ones shot with my first, 4MP Kodak point and shoot - I have a lot of current ones on my hard-drive because I don't know where to start editing them down. So I would also like a course to help me sharpen my critical eye when it comes to putting together a sort of portfolio, and on how to edit (I can do basic colour correction but any touching up I try looks like I've smeared the screen with Tipp-Ex.)
I'm aware there are a ton of resources online but I'm someone who learns through doing rather than watching, and I think the discipline of a weekly course would be very helpful for me. Any recommendations? I have looked at CityLit - and fancy doing their Documentary Photography series at some point - but I need to be comfortable with basic skills first. (There's something along these lines at Central Saint Martins, but it's £600 and I'm not 100% sure it's exactly what I want.) Also, it needs to be evening as I work full-time. I work in the Holborn area so most places central are easy enough for me to get to. Any tips?