The web is an amazing place for anyone seeking to learn something new — especially if you’re just beginning to dabble in photography. We know how daunting it can be to get started. There’s a huge range of cameras, lenses, equipment, programs, and techniques to get acquainted with. So we’ve rounded up 5 great resources to help you on your quest to learn a new art. Good luck!
HELPFUL SITES TO LEARN THE BASICS
One of our favorite (and free!) sites for any level of photography is Digital Photography School. It’s chalk full of tutorials, recommendations on equipment, post-processing howtos, and tons of forums that will connect you to a new community.
CreativeLive is another amazing resource that offers free online seminars and classes on photography, design, and other creative topics.
Jared Polin is the mastermind behind the YouTube channel FroKnowsPhoto. It’s fun, and quirky, and will teach you everything you need to know from what to pack in your camera bag, to how to take photos with a “blurry” background.
Photodoto prides themselves on providing curated resources to help anyone grow into a successful photographer. They offer courses, articles, ebooks, and guides that are incredibly comprehensive. Click here to get started.
CCTV Camera World provides a great article for understanding video capture.
INFOGRAPHICS ARE YOUR FRIEND
If you’re like us and you learn best through visuals, infographics will be a huge asset. We’ve published some awesome photography infographics on our blog and Pinterest account. Here are a few links to begin with:
A TRUSTY PLACE TO PRINT YOUR IMAGES
Once you start taking some beautiful photos, you’ll want to do them justice. Don’t let them sit on your hard drive forever! You can turn any image into a photo to canvas print or framed art print in just a few minutes. Leave the rest to us, and we’ll deliver the finished product right to your front door.
INSPIRATION IS KEY
You’ll learn quickly that a creative block is easy to come by, and it’s completely normal. Fear not, the internet is full of photography inspiration at every turn. While Pinterest is an easy place to find thousands of ideas on what to shoot, there are some other dedicated sites out there to check out too.
Photography Now showcases portfolios from some of photography’s greats, like Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. It’s a gorgeous site where you’re bound to find something to light that fire.
No one does photography quite like National Geographic. Their images are out of this world, and a treat for anyone with an appreciation of art. They normally share an epic story behind every photo which never disappoints.
500px features photos from the cream of the photo world crop. They share some of the most beautiful images, with a unique story to accompany each one. We can never seem to get enough!
Flickr is a great community to get involved with. You can post your own images to share, receive some great feedback from established photographers, and gain new inspiration from every level.
LEARN SOME PHOTOSHOP
Post-processing is an important part of photography, so you’ll want to get as acquainted with Adobe Photoshop as possible. We’re obsessed with Adobe TV which features hundreds of video tutorials on all of Adobe’s products. You’ll be an expert on adjusting lighting and levels in no time!
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