I'm a new Nikon D50 owner and I'm in the Tampa/St. Pete area. I've always used my P&S camera's on AUTO, but now with this new purchase, I'd like to actually learn to use the camera and just about photography in general. Terms like aperature, ISO, F-stop, are all over my head.
First, I'd like to know if anyone in the area has any local shops to recommend. I'd like to find a nice place that deals a lot in used lenses. And, more importantly, I'm really looking to find a shop that might offer some photography classes. I have 2 books on order, but I would really like to take a class or two just to get some hands on in front of an instructor.
I did see Nikon School is over in Orlando, and there's a Canon-sponsored event (saw in Shutterbug) in Tampa in early December, but I'm not too sure those will be basic enough for me.
Aaron, I use Lake Shore Camera Exchange for my purchases. They are very knowledgeable and carry a lot of used items. They are located at: 36637 US Hwy 19 North in Palm Harbor. They might be able to help you in finding a photo class. dick
Hi, I am on the Tampa side of the bay and a new D80 user, also interested in some classes - I like it but am in a little over my head - as usual.
I bought at North Tampa Photo on Busch Blvd near Florida. They offered no classes. Their advice was just wander in and ask questions. I've done that and it works but still want some structure - so pls keep me posted about what you find out.
Yeah, tell me about being in over your head. I just leave my D50 on the Auto setting and most of the pics are ok. Nothing special. There was something on education in the last Shutterbug magazine, I think. I'll have to dig it up again and see what they said. I did send off for some info from NY Inst. of Photography. I also checked St. Pete JC and Hills . Comm College and they both have courses. And Nikon School comes to Orlando in Jan.
I think there are several Nikon newbies in the Tampa/St Pete area. I am one of them, having purchased my D50 and extras within the past 60 days. I believe there is a local camera club, but am not familiar as to their Nikon leanings or whether they offer any training for neophytes. Three suggestions: (1) We come up with a common website to house a forum for Tampa/St Pete Nikon Newbies. (2) Perhaps we might have an occasional face-to-face at a centrally located restaurant or coffee shop. We could bring notebook PC's and comnpare shooting attempts. (3) If things got really serious, we could have some field trips at local venues.
>I think there are several Nikon newbies in the Tampa/St Pete >area. >I am one of them, having purchased my D50 and extras within >the past 60 days. I believe there is a local camera club, >but am not familiar >as to their Nikon leanings or whether they offer any >training for neophytes. Three suggestions: >(1) We come up with a common website to house a forum for >Tampa/St Pete Nikon Newbies. >(2) Perhaps we might have an occasional face-to-face at a >centrally located restaurant or coffee shop. We could bring >notebook PC's and >comnpare shooting attempts. >(3) If things got really serious, we could have some field >trips at local venues. > >C&C welcome!
How has your search for courses in the Tampa/St Pete area gone? I've also been searching and have yet to find anything.
Looks like we are getting a few interesting photographers in the Tampa Bay area. Also sounds like we are all looking for some good qualified instruction. I have been studying a lot from various books, but nothing is better than a good pro-instruction. Using D70s with a few other lenses. Last photo tour was the Smoky Mountains. You can count me in on getting instruction and also on a get together somewhere. dick
I'm in Daytona Beach, and would prefer to stay close enough not to incur the expense of a hotel, but I could be talked into going to the Tampa area. I used to live in Clearwater, so I have some knowledge of the area.
How many of you guys are there, and what are you looking for?
Are you film photographers moving to digital? New to photography? Perhaps a two-day crash course?
I have some experience with film photography and have had 3 point and shoot digital cameras before getting my D80. I really want to learn what my camera will do, and what menu items I really need to use for my day to day photography.
I haven't had any courses, but have put a few pix on this web site for constructional purposes. I have D70s. Previous experience with Coolpix 5700. I Would like to have a 2-3 day course that would provide 1 or 2 days instructional and maybe a third day "on-site" photography session somewhere. First, we also should know what experience the "instructor" has in teaching photography. Secondly, I agree with what was said earlier. Maybe an eye-to-eye gathering for breakfast or lunch of the Tampa Bay group... ?? dick
I'm in Thonotosassa, FL. There are a limited number of good shops in the Tampa area. North Tampa Photography is a pretty good store for photographers on the Tampa side of the bay.
I was at North Tampa Photography last Saturday and purchased a DVD on using the D50. As an amateur "auto shooter", I found the information on the DVD helpful and fairly detailed. It details the camera's controls and covers basic photography things like exposure modes, shutter priority, aperture settings, metering, bracketing, exposure compensation and ISO. It won't turn you into a pro, but it gives you enough information to experiment and start working toward the next level. Anyway, I'd recommend the DVD. They had two left on Saturday (3/17)
I use North Tampa Photography on Busch for lenses in the area.
As far as classes the BEST place hands down is tRg Studio. theROSTICKgroup Studio is a working commercial studio and the photographer, Robert Rostick, makes all the photo language of aperture, f-stop, and shutter speed, along with all those number manipulations idiot-proof. He is so funny and down to earth and patient...and the best part is he schedules classes when they are convenient for you. His number is 813-792-0495. He also has a website with a list of all the classes he offers.
Oh and the Tampa Bay Camera Club meets at Robert's studio twice a month on the third and fourth Fridays. The majority of the folks there are in their late 40's to 60's, but they offer good critiques and lessons on how to use your camera. Come check us out!
Thanks for the post!! By the way, have you heard of MiNeeds.com? It really simplifies finding affordable photographers. I used it to find them for my wedding. Essentially, after I described what I needed on this site, I received several competitive bids from local photographers. I liked the fact that I didn’t have to call around and negotiate with each, and that photographers actually came to me.
Hey Aaron! Glad to meet you! I'm over in Valrico, also pretty new to the DSLR world, with my D-90, though I played with film for a lot of years before finally taking the plunge.
As for shops, I know of only 1 in Tampa, North Tampa Photography, http://www.ntphotodigital.com/ . They are near Busch Gardens. THey have a workshop this coming Saturday, and offer others through the year. There are at least a couple of good shops in Pinellas County as well.
I'd love to see a group outing where some of the 'old hands' can share some expertise with some of us less experienced folks. Fort Desoto anyone?
Looks like the Tampa area is starting to look up again. I am still wanting to get together with other photo enthusiasts in the Tampa Bay area. I am located in Spring Hill and willing to attend a class or classes in the Tampa area. Count me in on any future assignments and classes. Dick, firstname.lastname@example.org