Oct 19

Education on the Web!

I’d like to pass along a few of the web sites that I find to be interesting and helpful. These are my favorite sites that provide information and education on photography, Photoshop/Lightroom, or both.

Free!

The first site is D-Town TV. This is a weekly webcast that deals with photography tips, mostly for DSLR shooters. One of their current hosts, Larry Becker, gives you tips on inexpensive camera accessories, such as how to use a pool noodle for camera bag padding or how to create a cheap monopod from some string and a screw. You can find all sorts of great (and cheap!) ideas on his web site Larry’s Cheap Shots.  They also often have segments on using flash or setting up studio lighting. On some shows they have guests to provide photographic tips for both amateurs and professionals.

The next site I really like is The Grid. This is a weekly talk show about photographic topics. It is broadcast live and they read and respond to a live blog and also twitter tweets. The show is then archived the next day, so you don’t have to watch live and can catch-up on past shows. Previous episodes have addressed topics such as copyrights, people who give their photography away for free (e.g., free wedding shoots), and much more.

Another site that I visit periodically is Photoshop User TV.  This is another weekly webcast that deals mostly with Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software. This is a show that has been ongoing for more than five years! It is hosted by the Photoshop Guys – Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, and Dave Cross. These guys are professional Photoshop instructors and Scott Kelby has the largest Photoshop training organization in the world.

Subscription

There are a couple of site that I would also recommend if you don’t mind paying a small fee.

One site is Lynda.com. This site has hundreds of video training on a wide range of technical subjects. There are some on photography (not too many), and many on Photoshop and Lightroom. There are also training courses on programming languages, HTML, making web pages, using iphones, and much more. You can see their courses and sample some of the early chapters for free. It runs $25/month for unlimited access.

The other site I recommend is Kelby Training.com. This has a ton of training videos on Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography in general. This site features some of the best-known names in the industry: Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, David Zizer and many others. This is available for free for 24 hours or $25/month for unlimited access.

Both of these sites also offer yearly subscriptions.

Blogs

There are several blogs that are worthwhile checking on a regular basis. These people are really good at what they do and they post on a regular basis.

The first is, of course, Scott Kelby. This is the guy who runs most of the other recommended sites here. He has amassed a huge photographic training organization and is probably the leader in photographic and photo editing software training, both online and through seminars.

Next, check out the other Photoshop Guys: Dave Cross, a Lightroom Killer Tips site by Matt Kloskowski, and R.C. Concepcion.

You can also find good information from online sites by Moose Peterson for wildlife photography, David Zizer for wedding photography, Joe McNally for lighting and flash photography, and Trey Ratcliff for Travel photography. Each of them are absolutely terrific at what they do and as long as they are willing to share their information you should take advantage of the expertise they are willing to share.

You can also follow many of these people on Twitter or Facebook or Google+ – or all of them!

Summary

There are a ton of online resources to help out people interested in photography. Most, if not all of the people that I’ve mentioned are authors and I may periodically post a review of one of their books.

There is a fairly new site that is worth checking out if you want to see outstanding photos. Check out 500px.com. This site contains some of the best photography from amateurs and professionals all in one place. Think carefully before you post your photos here because you will be up against some rock-hard competition. This is not Flickr and the ratings of the photos can be harsh!

Check out these site on a regular basis and try out some of the things that they are showing you and I guarantee that your photography will improve, regardless of how good your already are!

 

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