Ways to Self-Educate in Photography

Ways to Self-Educate in Photography

One of the best ways to continually improve your photography business is to keep educating yourself. If you’re looking for opportunities to educate yourself from home, there are plenty of options available online. Learn more about how you can self-educate in photography right from the comfort of your home.

YouTube Education

There are lots of free photography education resources on YouTube. Take a look at YouTube photography educators to learn more about photography. There are YouTube channels that focus specifically on equipment education, while others focus on business and marketing. Photography YouTube channels can also be kept on in the background while you’re working on editing or organizing. It’s a great way to consume educational content if you’re a visual learner.

Photography Podcasts

Podcasts are a solid way to get educated in a ton of areas. There is a wealth of information in photography podcasts and a little something for everyone. Most photography podcasts tend to lean more into the business and marketing, as podcasts don’t usually come with visual components to learn from. Podcasts are great because you can take them around the house with you or listen while you exercise. Podcasts are a versatile way to learn without having to put too much action into it.

Read Photography Blogs

Photography blogs are often packed with actionable advice. If you learn better by reading, seeking out blogs is a good resource for you. Education on photography blogs can vary. It depends on where you go. From larger blogs and forums to individual photographers writing their own content, look for sources that you trust. Start with photographers that you admire and check to see if they have blog content. You can also Google specific topics that you’re curious about learning more about to find photography blog posts.

Online Courses

Online courses are available in all sorts of photography expertise. If you are looking to get educated on a particular set of skills, you can take online courses to keep learning. Whether you are looking for marketing education or technical skills, there is definitely an online course out there for you. Plus, there are tons of them that are run directly by photographers. This is a great way to help support other photographers during this uncertain time, and still, keep growing as a business owner.

If you prefer an immersive experience when learning about new skills, online courses are the way to go. Many online photography courses have a series of modules, downloads, videos, audio components, and really take it to the next level. These can be found via other photographers, as previously mentioned, but also through colleges with digital courses and resources like PPA, Udemy, and Fstoppers.

Keep on Learning

A major part of growing your business is to keep on learning. Education is one of the most valuable resources that you have as a photographer. There is so much photography education available out there. Keep on learning and expanding your photography knowledge with the resources you have out there.

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John Ellingson's picture

I'm 78 years old and have been taking photos for at least 65 of those years. I'm now back to being an amateur, but was a professional for years. I still shoot some assignments, but not many. Ansel Adams had several of my prints in his personal collection (Now archived at the Center for Creative Photography). You never stop learning and improving your craft. I have always found the best way to learn and improve it to look at the work of others whose work you admire. Understand their vision of the image and work on your own vision. You should get to the point that others recognize one of your images because it reflects your vision of the subject. You should get to the point that you can look at any image and not only have an understanding of the focal length, shutter speed and aperture that was used (without having to refer to the EXIF data) and be able ask and answer the question of why did the photographer take the photo and what were they trying to convey. If it is only an I was here and recording what was in front of the lens without much thought -- that is a snapshot. A photograph is a crafted and conceived image in advance of pointing the camera. Ansel taught me that photographs are take between out ears and the camera is simply a way of extracting that image so that we can show it to others.

Frank Newton's picture

I think self-education is very important in everything, and in this matter also

Jack Ray's picture

Although I already have some experience, I still continue to develop in this and improve my skills. There're many educational resources for photography. Also, I always read my favorite blogs in this direction, which show the latest trends and they always have something to show. Now I'm at a new stage in the development of my business and for high-quality content, I need exactly know what I'm doing. Of course, I can ask the help of professionals, for example, for writing and creating content, I can choose one of the services on this resource https://bestwritersonline.com/ But for real success, need to figure it out myself and invest my knowledge. Therefore, it's very important to develop and improve in any business and hobby.