Here’s a couple of recommended packages for any beginner photographer wanting to move things up to the next level.
I’ve been recommending these for quite a while, mostly to photographers who submitted unsuccessful applications to GlobalEye. In that time I’ve seen a fair number of people go off an complete one of these courses and come back significantly better photographers… quite often in a very short period of time.
Often when a photographer has a fair amount of experience, as soon as they start to learn some of the fundamentals behind it all, everything falls into place quite quickly and easily.
Even when a beginner-intermediate photographer has a reasonable grasp of the basics, they only have to be lacking in one or two fundamentals for it to have a major negative impact on their work. Once they plug that gap though, they usually see a serious improvement in their results, virtually overnight.
So bottom line… don’t under-estimate the value of formal training. Yes, you will hear about a lot of famous photographers who were ‘self taught’, but you can bet your best camera that one way or another, they got themselves a good grasp of the fundamentals.
OK, there’s the online photography courses…
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.