Following on from my tip on Fundamentals of Photography - Technical - Light- Composition.
How do you learn these things in the real world? Sure, there's a gazillion books and youtube videos. You could even read your camera manual (heaven forbid!). But you can't ask questions or get help or feedback from those methods. Following are some suggestions and ideas I have. If you have any other ideas, I'd love to hear about them in the comments.
- Look for Camera Clubs in your area. If you don't like the first one, try another one. Some are better than others. Or some just suit some people better than other people. Shop around and try them out.
- Meet up groups for Photography. Join one or start your own.
- Local TAFE colleges usually offer short courses. I teach photography at RMIT (Melbourne)
- The local camera stores often run short courses. Here's a link to Ted's Learning Centre
One day workshops are ok once you know what you're doing, but when you're starting out, I really recommend doing something that goes for several days or weeks. You need the opportunity to practice what you've done. To get feedback. And to build on each skill. Most people who do a one day workshop on "How to understand your camera' really don't understand enough at the end of the day, and they forget most of it anyway.
- Check out the Canon Collective Workshops. They really look like they've done their homework and are offering some great opportunities. Nikon have their own version. Google your camera brand and see what they offer.
- There are a multitude of Travel Tours on offer where you go on a trip and learn along the way. Find one with an interest or area that suits you. The prices can be a bit up there so shop around to find what you want. (And check mine out, of course!)
You never stop learning with Photography. Enjoy the journey.