The 7 Building Blocks of Photography course massively improved my photography. The 7Blocks course was an ideal blend of the technical and creative aspects of photography. The notion that the picture begins with the photographer and not the camera is a powerful one.
The course, like the best educational tools, was particularly valuable because it allowed me to think not only about my pictures before I took them, but more importantly it enabled me to better assess why the photos that didn't work failed. This is how life-long learning works best. I would recommend the course whole heartedly. It's particularly appropriate for the photographer who aspires both to taking pictures that are technically strong, but also have something to say.
I found the 7 Building Blocks course so helpful that I also purchased the 7 Steps To Perfect Pictures. Steps to Perfect Pictures has improved my retouching skills significantly. I learned all of the Lightroom tools, how to use them and just as importantly how not to over use them. I was reminded once again that these are all just tools to help you create the image you want to produce. Still the most important tool remains as you like to say, one's creative brain.
This is a much more demanding course than the Building Blocks course I recently completed because it's akin to learning a new language. Even if one masters the grammar that's useless unless the vocabulary comes easily in conversation when it's needed. So for me, the true value of the course was to provide me with the elements that will enable me to become "fluent" over time.