I know there have been a couple of similar threads in the latter part of last year but Christmas seems to have brought a new influx of beginners (myself included) to the site and personally I've got the bug and would like to learn more. I already have a full-time job and am not looking to make a living from photography but just want to gain a more-than-elementary knowledge regarding taking photographs, lens choice and post-production (not much to ask then!). What courses, if any, have people taken and what are your thoughts about their relevance and content? Which courses are aimed towards employment prospects and which towards personal knowledge gain? "GHibbett" - do you feel the C&G has progressed your skills (your photos are certainly impressive)? How are any people that went for the OU course finding it? I liked the course content list for that one. I've found this Amateur Photographer course from an old post and it looks very practical. It's home-study and self-paced and doesn't give a recognised qualification as far as I'm aware but the content seems good.