Some months ago I realised that I was spending rather a lot of money on magazines. I decided therefore I would look at them first and only buy one that had something that was interesting. So to the August edition of Digital Camera. Good articles - yes I'll buy this one. Got home, had a coffee and read through the magazine. Put the disc into the PC and watched a couple of tutorials. All jolly good. I then take it to put on the pile of read magazines, only to find staring at me from the top of the pile, the very one that I had just purchased. My theory then is this. If I plainly can't remember something that I read three weeks ago, then I don't need to buy any of them. I realise of course this only applies to me. What about the video tutorials you may ask. Well the March edition of Digital Photo had a very seductive CD entitled - Digital Portraits The ultimate how to guide. I have elements and only one of the tutorials was for this programme. It was difficult to ascertain this looking through the magazine. It was also a pretty obscure lesson for something you're not likely to want to do. All the interesting stuff like retouching portraits was for CS. So as the title, are they a waste of time when you can keep pretty much up todate reading forums such as this one.