5 Indoor Photo Projects We Love From Skillshare

5 Indoor Photo Projects We Love From Skillshare

 Enjoy some online courses with a two-month trial of Skillshare Premium.

With most of the world stuck inside for a while, it's a great time to learn something new and practice new photo techniques. The folks over at Skillshare kindly offered a free trial just for Fstoppers readers (two whole months of premium membership!) so I went through their photo classes and picked my favorites, all available to watch and practice from home.

The truth is that great photos can happen anywhere, but it can be tricky to know where to start when we’re used to shooting outdoors. That’s where Skillshare’s online classes can be really helpful for photographers. They’re a great way to stay connected to the photo community and explore new setups, techniques, and projects, all from home. It’s almost like you’re learning over an expert’s shoulder, with thousands of photo teachers to choose from! Plus, the online format is really flexible. You can control the pace, the lessons are bite-sized, and you can replay lessons as many times as you’d like to catch all the little details.

While there are many ways to learn photos skills online, I’ve found that Skillshare’s photography catalog has some of the most well-produced classes, as well as the widest range of unique and singular topics. They were the first place I thought of when I wondered what to do with all this extra time indoors — whether you want to hone your craft in a specific subject area, try new editing techniques, or try something entirely new, there is a wealth of options. Check out my five favorites, and then I’d love to hear yours in the comments! To get started with that free two-month trial, just click here.

'Dark & Moody Food Photography for Instagram Success: Visual Storytelling with Emotional Food Photos' by Sean Dalton

I love Dalton's style in both his food photography and his travel work. He has a great post-processing workflow and uses colors and muted levels to produce beautifully moody and enticing images. In this course, he goes through how he creates his food photographs and tips on how you can improve your own. This class gives you all the tools necessary to create images that feel both contemporary and high-end.

'Digital Poster Design: Combining Images & Type for Powerful Visuals' by Temi Coker

Few photographers are digital artists too, and even fewer still are as talented and as visually confident as Coker. His work is distinct and recognizable — that trait alone few people achieve — and this course will help you create digital art in a similar vein. If you want to take a course that integrates Photoshop into it as more than a bit part role, this is the one for you. Learn to turn your portraits into bona fide artwork worthy of any wall. I also recommend going through Coker's Instagram and portfolio to get a more comprehensive feel of strong artistic identity.

'Portrait Photography: Working with Natural Light' by Benjamin Heath

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I've always had a certain affinity with portraiture, and I know I'm in good company. Portraits engage the viewer more than any other genre according to research on the subject, and that makes a lot of sense to me. Heath, a well-known and successful photographer and director, walks us through how he creates sumptuous natural light portraits that look anything but a snap. Using mostly window light, this course can be practiced in your own house on a lucky family member you manage to wrangle or as a self-portrait if not.

'iPhone Photography: How to Take Pro Photos On Your iPhone' by Dale McManus

Wince all you like, but phone photography is a staple of our industry, and mobile phones are becoming such powerful tools that professionals are leaning on them from time to time too. This course is one of the most popular on Skillshare at the moment, and it's easy to see why. McManus takes you through how he creates great images with just his iPhone, with advice on everything from settings to composition. If you find yourself shooting with your phone, this is well worth your time.

'Photo Editing: Cinematic Styles in Adobe Camera Raw' by Elizabeth Weinberg

Weinberg is a fantastic photographer who takes beautiful portraits that never seem to try very hard. She has become an expert in editing her images in a cinematic style that has proven to be popular but also shooting to suit that post-processing technique too. This course is a great walkthrough of cinematic editing styles in Adobe Camera Raw. Weinberg has taken natural and timeless portraits of some of the world's leading celebrities, so any advice she can give on how she achieved that style is valuable.

Get Your Free Two-Month Membership

To access the above classes and a litany of other brilliant courses, all you need to do is sign up by clicking here for a free two-month trial of Skillshare Premium.

If you think there are any great photography courses on Skillshare that can be practiced indoors, make sure to leave a link to them in the comment section below.

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6 Comments

Johnny Rico's picture

Any site that wants to hide their pricing behind a sales funnel signup is more than likely not worth it.

Matt Donovan's picture

It's $15 per month and its more educational (for creatives especially) than any traditional design/art school I've been to or know of. There's a two month free trial, why not try it before you judge it?

Johnny Rico's picture

Because business practices are a part of the equation.

Matt Donovan's picture

What? Alright, I'm gonna continue furthering my knowledge and skills using Skillshare for just as much as Netflix charges a month.

Johnny Rico's picture

Again, I'm not even saying it's not good content, nor that it inst worth the price. I'm saying hiding your prices behind a sales funnel signup is a hard pass for me.

Ed C's picture

I now almost miss the trend of just lazily posting other people's videos with all these Instagram posts that can't easily be seen in line.