I am a self-taught photographer. As far as I can remember I have always been taking photos since my young age. It was something common in my family and a way to capture memories along the years. It is only since 2015 that I started taking photography more seriously and that I bought my first camera: the Sony a5000.
It was a mirrorless camera, very user friendly that helped me to capture beautiful photos and get familiar with all the manual settings.
At that time, I was against editing my photos as I believed it was cheating...(don't judge me…!) Nevertheless, it was a great exercise and challenge not to edit my photos as it meant that I needed to nail the perfect exposure for my photos.
It took me 2 years to start getting familiar with my camera, the photography techniques and be able to replicate what I saw in real life the way I wanted it with my camera.
How did I do it? By learning and practicing, a LOT!
So if you are a beginner or intermediate photographer looking for a way to improve your photography. Here are 8 of my favourite websites I recommend to everyone who want to step up their photography game.
YouTube is an incredible source of inspiration from content creators. We all have different style of photography and it is always interesting to see what are other photographers creative process. I spent and still spend a lot of time on YouTube learning from my favorite content creators. And the good news is that it is FREE.
This is one of the best resources to the photography community. They provide lots of great articles, and also have a useful forums with very engaged community. They also sell books if you are interested in purchasing one. But their articles are a great source of inspiration.
This is my go-to platform since a year now after YouTube to learn photography and also network with a community of creators. This website is not only an online learning platform for creators but is also an online community that encourages to learn by doing and sharing best practices. I love it. I actually started to teach on Skillshare also.
You can get access to my FREE training about The Art Of Mobile Photography by clicking on my affiliate link here. By using my link you will also be able to enjoy 2 FREE months of unlimited classes.
If you would like to learn more about Skillshare, check out this post How To Learn A New Skill Every Day With Skillshare that I wrote.
CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training. You will need to pay for most of the classes, but remember that you will be learning from the best and that it will be cheaper than going to a photography school.
They also offer free live classes on weekly basis that covers different styles of photography.
Have a look at the Photography starter kit from John Greengo. It really covers everything you need to know about photography. Here is the link below:
If tutorials is what you are looking for, you are being served. Tutsplus is one of the largest tutorial sites around. They cover web design, photography, video, and so much more. Just dive in the category of your choice and start learning.
With more than 1 million visitors every month, Fstoppers is one of the biggest photography websites in the world. You will be able to find a huge collection of articles related to photography, gear reviews, industry news and so much more. They also have a YouTube channel.
Udemy is also an online learning platform but contrary to Skillshare it is not focused only for creators. By connecting students all over the world to the best instructors, Udemy is helping individuals reach their goals and pursue their dreams. You can find paid courses but also FREE ones.
They offer discounted courses very often also as part of their promotional programs, so stay on the lookout for courses of your interest.
Those are my main 8 resources to learn photography either for free or at a very cheap price online. Also I did not mention it, but the best way to get better at a specific photography style is to join workshops of one of your favourite photographers.
I am a big advocate of learning by doing. Watching tutorials is one thing but having someone to tell you exactly what to do and what not to do in order to get the best results and answer all your questions is for me ideal. The main benefits being that you learn faster and have the opportunity to exchange directly with your mentor and other students.
If you live in Dublin or travel to Dublin soon and want to step up your photography game, I will be delighted to share with you my photography expertise.
You can find more details of the workshops that I offer right here. All levels are welcome. So far the feedback from my students have been great!
I do not believe that we ever can stop learning photography. It is always a learning curve and there will always be new things to experiment to push our creativity to the next level. Especially nowadays with the new cameras on the market. They keep on getting better and better.
What about you? Where did you learn photography and where would you recommend beginners to learn online?
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