Saturday, June 19, 2010
There were many positives. The instructor Elisha Snow is very knowledgeable and writes very clearly about photography. I think that's harder to do than many people realize. She covered all the basic elements promised in the class. She answered all questions posted in the forum in a thorough, clear and informative way. She added a couple of wonderful tutorials in the class blog. She gave a helpful, detailed critique at the end of class on one photo submitted by each student. Also, BPS was very responsive to student feedback and complaints about how the galleries were initially organized.
So, what didn't I like? First, the weekly downloaded lessons were waaaay too basic. The material contained in these was very thin. I didn't do a word count, but I bet that some were just a few hundred words. Each week, there was a "bonus" hand out, which generally contained useful information. The class could be vastly improved by taking the useful information from the supplemental handouts and putting them into the regular handout. The best way to get information in this class was to post a question in the "Ask the Teacher" forum. As I mentioned, the answers to these were very good. I took to posting a couple general, follow-up questions each week, and the responses were incredibly helpful. This is the type of information that should have been in the weekly lessons, in my opinion.
Second, the instructor had a policy of not commenting on photos which students posted in the weekly gallery. I asked about it, and here is her response: