I often get questions about my photography gear. I’ve listed what I use most here. I've never taken a class...but hope to in the future.
Note: I don’t make any endorsements, nor claim any expertise.
Since May 2008, I've been shooting with:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D (book)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Digital SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR Cameras
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
When I can’t shoot in natural light, I use these Lowel Ego Lights.
My point and shoot (since December 2010) is the Sony DSC-H55 and I really like it. Easy to use, pretty good in low light, automatic macro setting (when you get close up), and you can easily set the white balance.
I upload my photos to Flickr. I use Picnik to add text to the photos and create collages. I pay for the "pro" accounts on Flickr and Picnik (about $25 per year) but both offer free services as well.