I live about 12 miles from them, have been a photographer since high school in the sixties and have never taken a course. I hit up the guy who started them for a 'cheap rate for locals' and didn't hear back. I understand they do a pretty good job. They are also a good place for the 'rich kids' to come and take a short vacation while learning and write it off as education. Same with the instructors. Have heard no complaints. I've taken students out on my lobster boat, as has my son, in the past. They were in financial trouble earlier and don't know how things went.