Posting shortly … top 10 training packages and tutorial websites for photographers wanting to step it up to the next level.
Rob and Lauren at Photography Concentrate know how to pack a lot of learning into a short time. Several times now I've seen people we initially rejected complete this course over a weekend, then without shooting any new images, go back through their collection and apply the theory they'd learned to put together a successful professional submission. If you've got a lot of experience but you're never really confident that your results are good enough to sell, then this course is a great place to start. You'll cover the Essentials fast, and then you can look for specialised tutorials on any areas that need additional attention after that.
This is another comprehensive course designed to get you up to speed on the essentials fast. What I particularly like about this one is that includes editing and post-processing as an integral part of the photographic process. A lot of other courses prefer to treat it as separate, or even an optional extra, so it's important ot understand that this is an essential part of the process... The good news is, Evan is a great teacher and he excels at digital processing, so if that's an area you need to work on, this could be an excellent starting package for you.
This Udemy course is very comprehensive 'tips' package and includes 54 video lectures totally 5 1/2 hours. It covers the fundamentals quite quickly in the first two sections, then moves on to a number of more advanced techniques, including portrait/people photography, natural lighting and using flash. This isn't as structured as the other two courses listed here but you can see exactly what's going to be covered, so if that works for you, be sure to check it out.
Lynda.com is another training portal with a lot of great courses to choose from. Do remember this is crowd-sourced training, so the quality, value and pricing will vary from course to course, but if you make good use of the ratings and reviews, you can find some very good packages to help you master a range of highly specialised techniques. This link goes to the 'advanced' offerings but there's plenty of interesting offerings listed under intermediate as well. Again, if you're new to 'formal training', I do recommend you complete a comprehensive course before you start the 'smorgasboard' approach.
This is a great site where you can watch the best online photography classes from world-class instructors. While there are always some free classes scheduled, the best content is available on-demand, but comes with a price tag. It is very high quality and most of the tutorials I've looked at are quite comprehensive, so well worth checking out if you're in the market for some intensive training on a specific area. In particular, check out the Photography Business section for an extensive line up of specialised training for the new professional!
Who These Courses Are For…
Labeling levels of proficiency can be tricky, but basically I’ve tried to list resources here that will help a reasonably experienced photographer take things to the next level. So these are geared towards ‘intermediate’ photographers though there’s plenty of specialised offerings that many advanced shooters will find extremely useful.
Beginners however, will usually do better to start with a comprehensive package that covers ALL the basics.
While a lot of photographers do go a long way as ‘self taught’, it takes a great amount of discipline to ensure you are getting a complete photographic education.
The big risk is, if you don’t know how important something is, you might not devote enough time on it. Or if it’s a bit difficult to get your head around, you might be tempted to skip it altogether.
So if you’re just getting started on the theory of photography, I’d really recommend you check out one of these comprehensive beginners packages as a starting point.
They all cover a lot of ground in easy bite-sized chunks and they will get you to an advanced-intermediate level very quickly. (It will certainly be much faster and more efficient than trying to do it on your own!)
Regardless of your experience level now, it’s important to remember, acquiring the knowledge is only the first step… mastery only ever comes from applying it… repeatedly… over an extended period of time.
I see this a lot.
A lot of photographers applying to GlobalEye sound absolutely fantastic on paper… it seems they’ve done courses and workshops on every conceivable aspect of photography… but then you see their work and realise they’ve been so busy learning the next amazing technique that they’ve never actually mastered those that came before.
So if you’re using ANY of the resources listed on this page, my final advice is to take it slow. As you progress through each step or tutorial, take a time out to grab the camera and go out and shoot some images using what you’ve just learned.
Don’t stop there though…
Get the photos up on your monitor and honestly critique your efforts
Rate your technique out of 10.
Anything less than an 8, go back and redo the tutorial.
Then rate your results as well.
Are they every bit as good as those that the tutorial offered as examples?
Are you applying the technique correctly? To the right photo ops?
Can you see a few ways you could improve them?
Again, anything less than an 8 for execution, grab your camera and go try again.
Anything less than a 6, go do the tutorial again, because you’ve probably missed something!
There is absolutely nothing to be gained ‘knowing’ dozens of pro techniques if you can’t confidently apply them on demand. So take your time and always set aside at least 2-3 hours practical time for every hour of study time.