Free Photography Classes Online
A reader asks: 'I want to learn more about photography, but I don't have the time or money to take classes at the local community college. Are there any free photography courses online that I can explore at my own pace?' Well, yes! Read on...
Learn Photography With Online Classes
Many people want to move beyond amateur point and click snapshots, and the reasons are varied. Perhaps you have your eye on a career as a photographer, or you're interested in selling stock photography.
Maybe you just want to take better photographs of birds, your kids, or the sunset.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to sharpen your photography skills, you can take advantage of some excellent websites offering free online photography classes. Here are some places where you can begin your quest to become a better photographer...
• PhotographyCourse.net is one of the most prominent and comprehensive sources of photography education. It includes lessons and tutorials covering the basics of film, optics, cameras, and lighting. Lessons on Web page layout and digital photography are also available. Novices and professionals will find course materials relevant to their needs. The site is ad-supported, so all of the lessons are free.
• ShortCourses.com bills itself as "the online library of digital photography." Its free online lessons are organized in short chapter-like formats covering the choosing of digital photography equipment; the basics of using a digital camera; and ways to display your digital photographs.
• Nobadfoto.com has a beginner's photography course with step-by-step lessons that include sample photos and photo assignments. After an intro to DSLR cameras and how they work, lessons include Understanding Exposure, How to Compose a Photograph, Basic Composition Rules, Understanding Camera Lenses, and How to Read a Histogram.
• TribalCog is a travel-related site that offers free photography tips geared for tourists. There is an introduction to the basics of photography; tips on buying the right camera; advice on caring for cameras, lenses, film, and other accessories; photographing people and landscapes; creating a documentary; and technical subjects like lighting and light meters.
Free College Courses in Photography
M.I.T. offers some photography classes as part of its Open CourseWare initiative. Introduction to Photography and Related Media covers the fundamentals of analog and digital camera operation, film exposure and development, darkroom techniques, digital imaging, and studio lighting. Photography and Truth is more philosophical than instructional; discussing the uses, functions and meanings of still photographs; and how they shape and are shaped by politics, economics, and society.
Stanford offers Digital Photography, which provides an introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. You'll learn how to take good pictures with digital cameras, and how to manipulate them with software. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, and the camera as a computing platform. The course also delves into the history of photography and highlights the work of some famous photographers.
Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology offers a free course in photographing birds entitled "Developing the Artist's Eye." It covers lighting, framing the image, composition, camera angle, and focus effects.
Many free online photography lessons require registration. If you provide an email address, you can probably expect to receive offers from the site operators and third-parties for cameras, film, lenses, tripods, processing services, and other accessories. To avoid getting buried in unwanted emails, consider using a "throwaway" webmail address.
Do you have a favorite online photography resource? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 17 Apr 2015
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