I am considering the online course Nick Carver Photography/How to Shoot in Manual , but feel I may be cutting corners. I am reading "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson as I work through my frustration. I began using a DSLR camera in 2010 and I remain confused on what I am doing. I have managed to surround my self with all the needed gear, but all the best gear does not make you a photographer or even close. My main problem ...the basics, I have not grasped them. For example I cannot look at scene or shot and select the right settings. I seem to do better with concert shooting as I have been doing that since 2010 and use some ingrained/familiar settings, but put me in a landscape or portrait setting and I panic. I get blown out shots or the lack focus, etc. I have tried classes, on-line courses and I still struggle. I have decided that I am not going to give up. I am going to carry my camera with me as mush as possible and shoot anything. I am going read all the material I have collected again until it clicks.