This post is photography related so if that’s not for you then rest assured I will be back soon with more cards to share :D Please note this post contains affiliate links. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here.
I love to learn new things and to keep stretching myself. For me learning is not just something for when you are young and at school/college but for all time. When I bought my first DSLR camera I also bought a host of books on photography and photo editing. Most of them showed lots of pretty pictures but it was hard to get a true grip on how to improve my photography. I will say that the exception to that rule, for me, were the books written by Scott Kelby. His no-nonsense writing style really cut to the chase and I certainly found the books of his to be very helpful.
Since then however, I’ve found my preferred method of learning to be online photography courses. I’m far from an expert, but I often get asked about my photographs and how to improve someone’s photography so I thought I’d share the places that I’ve found to have excellent resources. These are not the only places by any means, and in the spirit of sharing, if you have found a good course then please leave a comment below so that myself and others can learn from your experiences.
One of the first places I turned to was Creative Live. They have a range of courses on many subjects and you can view a host of those for free in a live format or equally buy access to watch the course in your own time. I started watching for free and then realised the value of the courses and did end up buying several. The first course I started with was The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners with John Greengo.
Although this class is titled ‘for beginners’ I actually found it to be jam-packed and a really thorough work through of many areas from understanding how a camera works to how to control the settings through to composition and is a really good place to start to learn how to use your camera.
Next, as I’d enjoyed John’s course so much, I took it up a notch with his Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. This course is a much more in-depth look at photography and I learnt so much! I bought this course and downloaded it on an external hard drive and watched it one summer throughout our travels picking up ideas as I went along. In fact, I think I must revisit this course again soon to refresh my memory :D
If you feel Creative Live is a good option for you then check them out as their annual Photo Week is just about to start on Monday – 5 days packed with photography classes so there will be lots for you to dip into and watch live for free.
Although I’ve still got a lot more to learn on the actual process of taking photographs I’ve also become interested in improving the composition of my photographs. I find Pinterest such an inspiring place to visit with all those wonderful photos and want to be able to take better ones myself. So recently I started searching for courses on styling and composition and my search took me to Craftsy. You will perhaps have come across Craftsy for their Papercrafts classes but they also have a range of photography classes too.
I took the Product Photography at Home class with Jessica Marquez which covers how to set up a simple table top system at home, photography basics, how to make light work for you, styling and props and then on to some basic post production all in a professional video format.
This class is aimed at crafters and makers and although I’ve only just started the course I am very much enjoying it. So far the course has been in a written format whereas the others mentioned above were all video format. However, I’ve taken a Photocraft course before (how to create white backgrounds which I don’t see currently available) and that was in a video format so I’m not sure if the course will be all written or a combination of the two. I’ve found one of the key benefits of this class so far is that you have a forum to share coursework and ideas with input from Lyndsey herself as well as others taking the course at the same time.
If you click on the Photocraft links it takes you to a code for £75 off the price of the course. The course is not the cheapest out there but I feel, for me, this is an investment that is worth the money.
The mention of the Photocraft code brings me to the fact that this post uses affiliate links where available. I have not written this post because of the links but have added them having taken the above courses i.e. after the fact and not before. An affiliate link basically means that if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support towards the running costs of this blog.
More than anything if you are interested in taking an online photography course I hope this posts gives you some ideas and options. Also if anyone has any other good courses they have taken, as an eternal learner I would certainly appreciate knowing about them so please do share and leave a comment below.