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Back to School

It’s been close to a decade since I last attended a class at a facility of higher education. In fact, it’s been such a long time that the institution that I went to doesn’t exist in the same fashion – Kwantlen University College is now Kwantlen Polytechnic University (less College I guess).

Well, tonight will mark the first night of my first class at Langara College.


Langara College at Night – courtesy of Cara

Having hummed and hawwed about going back to school for quite some time, and then never really clearly understood what I exactly wanted to take, I’m quite happy that I finally decided to bite the bullet.

On numerous occasions I’ve mentioned how I’d like to become more proficient at web design and development. Although I wish I would have stuck to the process of being self-taught (I used to hand-code my Geocities site back in the day), I gave up after a year or two and simply forgot what I knew. Anywho, having talked to a few people and looked around online I ended up determining that taking the Web Publisher Certificate program was the best route for me.


Code, Lots of Code – courtesy of -ant!

As I’ll be taking the slow and easy route, I figure it will take me about a year and half to a full two years to complete the program, but I’m okay with that – similar to dipping your feet into the water to check the temperature and then slowly getting in. And depending on how it goes, I may take other courses/classes/programs of interest if the opportunity were to present itself.

So what do you think? Something you might be interested in for yourself? What stands in your way if you’re interested?

All I know is that I’ve got “first day of school” jitters. And I’m not unhappy about it.

Chris Can’t Shoot

Before I continue, I’d like to point out for those of you who think I’m talking about firearms, the title is likely still true – but this one’s about cameras. Just sayin’.

Sunset & Fountains

A Kihei Sunset

If there’s one thing I’d like to do this year, it’s to figure out how to take better pictures. I’ve always been interested in photography since I can remember, so it’s a shame that I feel that I’m limited to whatever an AUTO mode on a camera can provide me. Further complicating matters is my need to learn by seeing & doing (a Kinesthetic learner for those keeping score at home), so simply reading the manual or a book doesn’t quite cut it.

I’ve had some thought that going on a photowalk with someone would probably be best, but considering the cost of such events from the pros, not sure it’s all in the cards. So how else does someone become as good as a photographer as Rob Masefield or Allie Henze? Keeping trying? Yep… going to have to do that. But I’m also thinking there are other avenues.

Suggestions anyone?

Update: For those asking, I currently use a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT and a Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS.

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