Resources for Learning More about Digital Photography

One of the reasons we're writers is that we love to learn. Regardless of how much we know, we are driven to know even more. As photographers, we enjoy talking with other photography experts, for the new insights and perspectives we always discover from the dialogue.

Here are a handful of suggestions for learning more about digital photography:

■ Learn insider tips and tricks from top pros like Greg Gorman and Jay Maisel in a series of 12 weekly online videos at the Epson Print Academy Online Experience (www.EpsonPrintAcademy.com, $29.95). Even experts love these well-produced, charming, and informative videos.

■ Training videos that you can play on your on TV and interactive tutorials that run on your computer abound. Unfortunately, they vary widely in quality, usefulness, and value. Try to get a preview to determine how professional, useful, and relevant the video/DVD is.

■ Numerous photography schools offer week-long, weekend, and weekly courses. Check out your local universities or the International Center of Photography (New York City), Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Photographic Workshops, and other similar programs.

■ If you want to learn Adobe Photoshop, we highly recommend any courses taught by

Katrin Eismann. Even after all the years that she has been teaching this one program, she still infuses her classes with excitement and her students with her considerable knowledge (www .PhotoshopDiva.com).

■ The various companies involved in digital photography, from hardware manufacturers such as Nikon, Olympus, and Kodakto software vendors such as Adobe and Macromedia, sponsor numerous, information-packed programs specifically designed for novices, intermediates, and even professionals. As is to be expected, they focus primarily on their own products and those of cosponsors or noncompetitors.

■ We would be remiss if we didn't mention our own digital photography seminars, which will be held in major cities around the country. For dates and locations, check out our Web sites www

.TheWellConnectedWoman.com and www.DigitalBenchmarks.com.

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