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A big part of making successful images is knowing how to process them for print or display. I am deeply indebted to the many individuals and software producers that post free and paid tutorials on the web to share their knowledge and skill. Making good images requires a certain level of mastery of tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and the Nik collection of photo tools.
Listed below are some of my favorite learning sites. I enjoy exploring them and trying out the ideas they demonstrate. It's not always easy to apply what they demonstrate, but every time I watch one of them, I learn something new, and bit by bit, my skills improve. I especially enjoy watching other people work on images to see their workflow.
|PictureCorrectPhotography||Lots of quick and useful videos and tips for improving your photos. Subscribe to their newsletter and get a daily email with five or six interesting tips and links|
|Phlearn||Aaron Nace does a fantastic job of demonstrating how to use Photoshop to bring out the best in your pictures. Tons of free tutorials|
|ShutterEvolve||A series of very interesting Photoshop tutorials by Jimmy McEntyre. They'll inspire you to try new things.|
|B&H Videos||B&H puts on a series of hour-long lectures by sometimes famous photographers, and they make many of them available for the viewing. There are lots of "how-to" videos here, but also many that get at the heart and art of photography|
|AdoramaTV||Similar to B&H, Adorama has a whole series of short videos on a number of useful topics|
|AdobeTV||Lots of detailed "how-to" videos on Adobe products.|
|LightStalking||Many useful short videos and printed tutorials|
|StuckInCustoms||Interesting and offbeat videos from Trey Ratcliff|
|NikCollection||Learn how to use the Nik tools|
|DigitalPhotographySchool||25 tips for shooting landscapes|
|Photsy||A blog from the Palo Alto Photo Club. Always interesting to see how someone approaches a subject and what they do to make it come alive.|
|PostProcessingMastery||Series of reasonably-priced tutorials on how to do luminosity masking in Photoshop. Steve Arnold walks you through the steps at a reasonable pace and shows how to make dramatic changes to images using layer masking. Well worth the price.|
|Lynda.com||This is the mother ship of all video tutorials related to photography, design, programming, marketing, technology. It's subscription-based, but you can do it month-to-month. Well worth it!|