I just signed up for another photography course through ( BetterPhoto.com "4-Week Short Course: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting" online course). I've taken a few online courses through them already and I love the format. It forces me to get out and take pictures and learn, learn, learn! It's really great to meet new people from all over the world and see the creativity and how people develop their skills even in a short 4 week course. I like the 8 week courses better, only because you get more time to develop more, but this lighting course I wanted to get me motivated to make my light box, and to learn how to light up a subject and whatever else. It's easy to just go out and shoot whatever interests you with the flash you have, but lighting is probably one of the most important aspects of photography. Too much and you create glare, and too much white and make people's faces look washed out. Too little and just everything goes wrong. Just look at how artistic painting evolved. When the artists learned about and brought in light it changed the whole way paintings look. Just look at a "Caravaggio" painting and how he focused on lighting a subject and you'll see what I mean.
I'm looking forward to posting some pics here as I go through the course.