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« on: July 16, 2005, 10:42:27 AM »
Anyone done or any opinion on the Amatuer Photographer diploma in photography home study course. I've got some info. on it, it does seem a little expensive but would give me some experience and an incentive to take more pictures

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2005, 11:23:32 AM »
I've looked at the ad in the mag a good few times, never sent for the info though.

I would like to know if you could do the entire course with a digital camera?  And do you have to print things out?  

It would also be interesting to see what people thought of the qualification?  I mean, if its hard work or challenging and changes the way you shoot then it should have a good reputation.

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2005, 09:15:38 PM »
I asked about doing the course with the 7D and they said it was fine. I imagine images will need to be printed as the modules cannot be submitted electronically.

There is no dark room modules.

The 'starter' pack you get does include 15 rolls of film I asked about a digital equivalent and was told they would swap the film for Inkjet paper

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2005, 11:13:24 AM »
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I asked about doing the course with the 7D and they said it was fine. I imagine images will need to be printed as the modules cannot be submitted electronically.

There is no dark room modules.

The 'starter' pack you get does include 15 rolls of film I asked about a digital equivalent and was told they would swap the film for Inkjet paper


So I would need to get an injet printer then?  Or a bigger dyesub (I have a 6x4" postcard printer!)

Do you know if the course has a starting date, or is it just 'as you enrol' .... perhaps I should send for the free info too huh

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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2005, 08:51:25 PM »
I think they have a monthly or bi-monthly intake it sounds like there is a limit to the number of new students each month. Once enrolled you have 3 years to complete the course which means completing 8 out of a possible 12 modules and producing a 'personal project'.

I can email you the 1.14MB word document they send me if you like ?

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2005, 11:46:51 PM »
Amateur Photographer have a forum area just for their diploma course. If you haven't already checked there, you should be able to find the answers you need.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2005, 07:44:51 PM »
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Amateur Photographer have a forum area just for their diploma course. If you haven't already checked there, you should be able to find the answers you need.


Ta - I'll have a browse, and e-mail with info has just arrived from Alane, ta again

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2005, 08:04:27 PM »
Anymore thoughts on the course dcap I'm begining to be put off, having read the forum I'm not sure I can find the time it will need to complete and £300 is a lot of money to waste.

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2005, 11:36:47 PM »
i'll just add another of my 2 cents worth. I studied the city and guilds level 2 photography for almost a year. I found that a lot of the theory I already knew (although not all, and I did learn something) from just reading books and websites. The darkroom stuff didn't interest me at all, so I did the minimum I needed to... but there was a lot of darkroom stuff... so I got a bit put off by that. The other thing that put me off was that the module titles and the work involved wasn't particularly inspiring. I wanted to learn photography, not write essays on early photographers, again that didn't interest me at all.

The course was also very badly organised, both from the education centre and city and guilds themselves. I'm not saying all courses are like this, but this particular one was.

I ended up giving up the course and going out to take the pictures I wanted to to take instead.

I don't know whether the amateur photographer course is similar, but I've learnt just as much just by taking lots of pictures and learning from my mistakes. Now I'm digital, my mistakes aren't costing me anything apart from missed opportunities to get a good image.

Courses aren't for me. I like to try things, that I want to try, see what works and hopefully remember it. All that is free, and I don't have to meet silly deadlines and write essays either!!!

Just my point of view.

disclaimer: other courses may be much better than the one I took part in so my views do not cover all photography courses...
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2005, 09:03:14 AM »
I agree with a lot of what you have said, part of my incentive for trying a course is to 'force' me to take pictures. This sounds a bit daft since I enjoy photography but holding down a full time job and having a young family doesn't leave much time for photography so doing a course could make me find the time.

I think I'll put the course idea on hold and see how things go I have started taking more photos since I got the 7D anyway and seeing the photos and reading the articles on this forum is also an inspiration to take more pictures.

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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2005, 08:51:07 AM »
Okay, so if its not a course.  

How about:
- getting in print in ALL of these: AP/PP/PM
- entering EVERY competition in each of those three mag, regardless of topic, that way you will shoot stuff you would not normally cover?
- get a cover shot (doesn't need to be a photo mag)

There is also British Journal of Photography (BJP) - a weekly for 'pros' and 'students' ... they have End Frame (this is the last time I was in print in one of the May 2000 issues!)

I want to get a shot in each of these in 2006:  AP/PP/PM/BJP

And I want a cover shot!  Aim high

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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2005, 06:52:23 PM »
i have to agree with you gazraa, i also did the city and guilds course and mine was also badly run, we didn't get the outline of the course for the first 6 months, the discussions were all about studio based work or the darkroom which is fine unless you want to learn about other areas, plus they lost my certificate and now want me to pay for it