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Even though most point-and-shoot cameras come loaded with a bevy of additional features, many users are satisfied with images taken using the basic features of their digital point-and-shoot camera.

Sadly, I must admit I am also one of those users, however, I aim to change that in the near future.

Imagine how much better the quality of your photos could be if you took the time to learn about one or even two of your devices features that you currently don’t utilise.

Get started by locating the website of your devices brand, no one can provide better tutorial on features than the brand itself. Once on the site, locate the model of your camera and then dive into the features option to identify those that may be of interest to you. If you’d rather start by watching a high-level overview of your cameras features, most sites offer this functionality as well.

Once you are comfortable with the features offered by your camera, why not take the next step and enroll in an online photography course? Enjoy the pleasure of learning from your own home, at your own pace.

After a bit of research I located a site www.proudphotography.com* that looked promising and was impressed by their professionalism and the promptness of response. Within two minutes of being on the site I was greeted by a live chat pop-up window manned by “Sue”.

I explained that I was from Bermuda and asked if their services were available to interested participants within our region. She promptly replied yes, and then went on to inform me that they currently had 10,000 students enrolled from around the world.

I then asked to have some additional details on their methods of delivery and received the following response: “The course is interactive and learning material is delivered as written text, sample images and interactive activities.

“You’ll be asked to do your assignments and series of exercises, checked and marked by your personal tutor who’ll be in contact with you via our messaging system whenever you need us.”

Their site is comprehensive and contained blogs detailing tips and tricks that could be used by both the novice and advanced photographer. The site features a photo critique corner that allows you to upload your images and have them critiqued by fellow photographers, if you wish. Even if you’re not ready to start taking lessons quite yet, I’d encourage you to sift through their site for helpful hints.

Next week we’ll take a peek at online resources that can help you turn your images into unique works.

*Please note that we are in no way associated with the organisations and/or sites mentioned in the above article and it is assumed the content/information provided by them and/or their sites is accurate.

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Published April 25, 2012 at 9:26 am (Updated April 25, 2012 at 9:25 am)

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