Few of us (especially if an amateur) know everything about every genre of photography, so it's nice to learn new skills from time to time. Well it would be if those running training workshops and courses didn't charge so flipping much. I've seen £250 for a day quoted in a popular tourist area for a one-to-one session. Nearer to home I've seen £120 as the price per head for a day training in a group at a local tourist attraction. If six people attend then that is £720 per day to the organization arranging the training. Most of us carry a lot of expensive gear around our necks when we go out to take photos, but it doesn't mean that we have a bottomless pit to spend on add-ons such as training. Of course I have freedom not to attend a course and, I have no doubt, somebody will tell me that if people weren't prepared to pay the prices quoted then the price may drop (market economics and all that). However I fail to see how exorbitant fees - for even a basic, beginners', course - can be justified.