A Curated Collection of The Best Photography Courses on Creative Live
It is estimated that the e-learning industry is now worth an astounding $100 billion dollars, and much of this value comes from platforms like Lynda, Coursera, and Udemy that offer users the ability to learn from experts and thought leaders in a variety of fields directly from the comfort of their computer. Inspired by a past post from the Phottix blog archives, we decided to take a look at the photography courses offered on one such platform, Creative Live, and break down the best ones in across a few of Creative Live’s many categories.
The online content available for purchase on Creative Live’s website is a recording of a workshop that has been filmed at Creative Live’s studio in Seattle, Washington. Most workshops are three days long, with each day containing about 4 hours of material, though this varies from course to course. This is worth noting, as most e-learning platforms measure content amounts in hours, not days.
The Best Creative Live Course on Lighting
Understanding Light by Mark Wallace is a great starting point for those new to Creative Live. Wallace’s course has 17 reviews- all of them positive- and contains 3 days of video content related to lighting.
Understanding Light costs $129 for and aims to give viewers a strong understanding of the fundamentals of light, with an explanation of hard, soft, directional, and diffused light and how best to make use of different light types in photography. The course covers using light in a studio environment but it doesn’t focus exclusively on it. If gaining a better understanding of studio photography is your main objective, you’ll want to check out this next class on our list.
Studio Lighting 101 by Lindsey Adler focuses exclusively on studio light concepts, and is intended for the beginner or intermediate photographer who is “looking to add studio lighting into their repertoire without investing in a ton of expensive gear.” It is a three day course and costs $139.
The Best Creative Live Course on the Fundamentals of Photography
The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners by John Greengo is as inexpensive as it is beloved, with 105 user reviews raving about this $39 course. One user calls it “hands down the best [money] I’ve ever spent on any kind of photography education.” Greengo’s course provides an overview of the essential functions of the camera and teaches new users lighting and composition techniques. It’s best for complete beginners, whereas more intermediate photographers might want to consider the next course on our list, the Fundamentals of Photography.
Fundamentals of Photography 2015 is well-worth checking out for beginner and intermediate photographers alike. At $179 it comes at a higher price point than The Photography Starter Kit, but nearly 180 users vouch for its quality in the review section of the course.
The Best Creative Live Class on Photoshop
As the name would imply, Ben Willmore’s Photoshop 101 is designed to teach you the basics of Photoshop. For those who are new to this piece of software, studying the material in a course like Willmore’s has the potential to save you dozens of hours of time. Even if you don’t buy the course, just spending a few hours learning Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts will have a massive impact on your working speed. The course costs $99 and, if you have already shelled out the dough for a subscription to Photoshop, it’s worth mastering the basics as quickly as possible.
During your self-study marathon, you might also want to check out Creative Live’s courses on food photography, landscape photography, and portrait photography. If you want to check out some of the free courses that Creative Live has on offer, just click here.
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