Learn Photography Skills
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|
|Creative Cloud Tutorials||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 by DxO||For a short while, Nik tools used to be free, but now they're owned by DxO and you have to pay for them. I highly recommend them as add-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop.|
|DigitalPhotographySchool||25 tips for shooting landscapes|
|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.|
|Best Free Photo Editors||While Photoshop and Lightroom are the standout favorites for photographers, there are a number of free tools offering various levels of complexity and capability. These include GIMP, Paint.net, Photoshop Express, Photoscape X, Pixlr, Photo Pea, and a few others. Check them out in this review.|