Learning From An Online Digital Photography Course

Dan Eitreim

February 23, 2015

Whether you are an old pro at photography or the greenest newbie, you will find a lot of benefits to taking an online photography course.

You won’t have to be involved in photography for very long before you come to the realization that there is always some new concept or technique to be learned. Photography is a lifelong pursuit – you can never know it all!

Fortunately, with the internet being what it is, there are massive numbers of courses to choose from. Talk about being spoiled! There are courses ranging all the way from how to turn on your camera all the way through getting stunning images of a fly’s eyeball – and everything in between.

While it is true that it’s possible to learn these things on your own, taking a few courses can literally cut years off the learning curve and help you reach the point where your photos are getting “oohs” and “aahs” from viewers faster than you may think.

The first step in selecting the right course is to – honestly – assess where you are in your photo education. If you pick a course that is too easy, you won’t learn anything, you’ll be bored (and probably not finish) and it will be a total waste of money.

On the other hand, if you go with a course that is too far advanced, you won’t have the requisite skills and knowledge to make the techniques work and you’ll drop out in frustration. Again, it will be a total waste of money.

On the subject of money – There are many (tens of thousands) of photo tips sites that offer tips on specific techniques for free. If all you want is a simple tip, they are usually pretty good. If you see a full course being offered for free, they are usually not worth the time. They’re usually just a bait and switch to an expensive course. The lessons are usually just enough to get you interested, but leave out some vital aspect that you will need the paid course to understand.

I recommend getting a PAID course with a lot of good reviews. It seems counterintuitive, but you’ll eventually save a lot of money over the free courses. But, there is one exception…

When you bought your shiny new camera, the box included a manual. If you are like most of us, you read the first page (just to learn how to install the batteries) and never opened the book again.

The first thing you should do – even if you’ve been into photography for a long time – is to dig around in your junk drawer until you find the manual. Then, with camera in hand, go through it, page by page. It only takes an hour or so, but when you are done you will be amazed at how much you’ve learned. To truly become a truly creative photographer, you will need a thorough understanding of all the knobs, switches, dials and menus on your camera.

Now that you understand, and know how to access, all the functions on your camera, you will be much better able to gauge where you are in the learning curve and much better able to get the course that is right for you.

Once you are comfortable with the basics of shooting on manual (not automatic) settings, then you can start looking into courses on specialty areas that are interesting to you. Such as, wedding photography, sports, landscapes, portraits and so on. Before you know it, you will be winning the local photo contests and you’ll be feeling the thrill that comes from being able to capture your creative visions in the camera.

To learn more about a great online class, check out – Photography Master Class

For a bit of fun check out – Trick Photography

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