I'm a bit the same. I try to do tutorials and just end up fast forwarding through them to get the general gist... then I just use trial and error to work out how to do it... which is usually frustrating and not very efficient.
I should consider doing a proper course too. In Melbourne but sure someone would offer it down here.
WOW! @BIRDBEAK If you managed to do that after a 14 hr course then I think you got your moneys worth there mate.
After Effects is pretty awesome and I'm getting into it right now.
I'm finding the YouTube method works best for me though as I can backtrack and stuff to make it sink in.
Huge respect for actually 'going out'. (Thumps chest and raises fist).
Was it exciting? Is it as bad as they say it is? Did the sunlight hurt your eyes?
It'd be cool if you started another tread to tell us all about your adventures but only after you've recovered of course.
I think we'll have plenty of questions for you.
I hear tales of designers going outside (from the internet) who've ended up being kidnapped, murdered and worst of all, made eye contact with strangers and in some cases been forced to talk to them. O_o
If other people are thinking of doing something similar, maybe we should set up a 'AIF Safety Network'?
We could establish a number of safe houses along the route and maybe some sort of 'Buddy System' or even a 'Walking Bus' if there's a lot of us.
Without creating the images that covers quite a bit of stuff which I can see you've nailed.
I'll have to re-think my YouTube stance mate.
I've been trying to focus on grasping the basics and filter out a lot of what I don't need an I know a lot of these tut's are taking you down a path you'd rarely go down again.
They're good however if you need to do something in 'Particular' (AE pun).
On the flip though, it means you've got to go out again to complete the course. O_o
Don't you think you might be pushing your luck a bit?
Remember "Stranger, Danger"!
Reason I started to learn AE is that I do a lot of the illustration for explainers and stuff.
I had to push learning AE to the side while I did a big job for a 'motor racing organisation' that have just visited Aus.
It was to explain their new qualifying procedure.
It was a REALLY big push to get it done but the new qualifyers were like Wacky Races so it got scrapped along with the explainer. FFS!