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Malcolm Baba , Nov 08, 2008; 01:00 p.m.

Stepping up from my CoolPix S51C to the D300 and after spending some time here I've realized Digital photography and the D300, at this level, is over my head. While I was able to set the camera up using lenses from my F3 and get some decent shots at the beach, the flexibility of this camera is overwhelming yet fascinating.

Is the Nikon class worthwhile? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Looking Glass in Berkeley offers some two hour classes. Any suggestions?

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Shun Cheung , Nov 08, 2008; 01:12 p.m.

Knowing that the first day (Saturday session) would be too basic for me, I took the Sunday advanced one last year, in Fremont, in the San Francisco area. At least for me, even the Sunday session was a bit too basic, but I have been shooting DSLRs since 2002 and most of the materials I have already learned in the last 5 years or so.

If you are new to DSLRs, I would imagine that Nikon School can be very useful to you. They are coming back to Fremont next week. If that is too far away for you, they'll have it at Berkeley in February, 2009:

http://www.nikonschool.com/

Nikon School isn't exactly cheap, though. A less expensive alternative is to get one of their instructional DVD to help you get started: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00MWYs

David Craton , Nov 08, 2008; 01:24 p.m.

We are all students here and congrats on your new cam. Here is a place online that may help you get started as well now: http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d300/index.shtml. Note the menu on the left side of the "movie" window.

You may want to go through the entire series and keep your manual pausing to find terms you man not understand.

After you go through these and other tutorials online, you may decide you do not need the classes. Google "Nikon D300 tutorials" and you will find lots of info.

Good luck!

Shun Cheung , Nov 08, 2008; 01:33 p.m.

For the San Francisco area only, Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto should have some free Nikon classes in conjunction with their semi-annual sale, typically held during the week after Thanksgiving. I would assume that they'll have some D300 classes taught by Nikon USA representatives. I have taken the D200 and D300 versions earlier, and those are free. I would check K&S's web site later on.

As far as I know, the Nikon reps teach those same classes at other major camera stores.

Ken Shipman , Nov 09, 2008; 12:54 p.m.

Camera West recently opened a store in downtown Walnut Creek. You might call them to see what classes they might be offering.

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