Best Free Commercial Photography Courses

Find the best online Free Commercial Photography Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

Create a Gorgeous Photography Site with SmugMug in 90 mins

Easy to Follow Screencasts with Step-By-Step Instructions for creating your own custom photography website.

Created by Ryan Oakley - Photography Nerd, Entrepreneur and Teacher (On The Side)

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Students: 39422, Price: Free

Your photos deserve the best.

But if your photos are stuck on your camera or hidden away in your computer where no one can enjoy them, then that is very sad indeed.

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Hey, here's an idea! Let's build you a website through smugmug customization where you can share your photos and videos in all their glory!

Oh - Does creating your own photography website seem a little daunting?

I hear ya - it can be.

But no worries. I'm here to help! I can teach you how to build your very own, gorgeous photography website with this smugmug customization course - in less than 90 minutes!

With your new photography website you'll have:

  • A site that makes your photos look amazing
  • A site that will protect your images with right-click-protection, and password security
  • A site that you can sell your photos - and make a little cash!
  • A site that will allow you to upload and share hi-res photos and HD videos
  • Learn smugmug customization and make your own
  • A site built on a platform trusted by thousands of photographers

In this course I'm going to show you how to create a really great looking, user friendly photography website.

What are you waiting for? Let's get started!

What Others Are Saying About This Smugmug Customization Course

“I would be so lost without these videos! I really like the simplicity of the site. Nice and clean! Thanks!” - Shaylynn Grant, Shaylynn Grant Photography

“This is the most comprehensive set of vids I’ve seen on SmugMug from start to finish.” - Will Randolph, Helios Digital Imaging & Graphic Design

“I just spent the last couple of hours on your tutorial. Thank you so much for spending the time and effort to create this. It is providing just the kind of direction that I needed. I am up to step six and will work the rest of the way through tomorrow night. You rock!” – Sam

“Ryan, What an awesome tutorial! I used your tutorial to learn how to set up my smugmug site. My site is not a wedding site, so it is helpful for any site. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!” - Jo

“I have had a SM account for 2 years, taken a web design class, and I still could not filter through the potpourri of data to customize my site by myself.  I paid $ for similiar information that does not even work, and you shared it for free and it works. Thank you so much for this invaluable easy to understand information.” – Lifetimecompositions

Natural Light Fashion / Beauty Photography

Natural light is a popular way for fashion or beauty photography. We explore modern methods of natural light photography

Created by Don Giannatti - Photographer, Designer, Author and Educator

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Students: 32924, Price: Free

There is something inherently beautiful about natural light. It can be soft and warm, or hard and unforgiving, or even have a sort of melancholy to it. These are the areas we will be looking at in this course.

Fashion and Beauty photography make use of natural light in many ways. A recent viewing of Vogue (October, 2012) reveals many natural light photography shots by up and coming and well established photographers. The techniques are not hard to understand, but still require the finesse and deliberate approach that is required when using artificial lighting.

We will look at natural light from all angles; full sun, modified sun, shade and moody, emotional light.

We will build some inexpensive modifiers for natural light, and also show how to correctly use white reflectors, silver and gold reflectors, scrims, mirrors, and more. These tools are not expensive, but the results they give can be astounding.

The natural light fashion/beauty photography course is divided into 12 lectures, each running approximately 30 minutes. There is a workbook, plans for building a scrim and large reflector, and lots of videos.

Most lectures include a shoot with the gear we are using, a Photoshop tutorial, the PSD file for viewing and a look at how the final images were selected. Looking at the images as they are shot, and then edited, is very powerful as a learning tool.

If you are interested in portraiture, fashion, beauty or glamour, this natural light photography course will open your eyes to the very cool ways you can use natural light to make your images.

The beauty photography course is suited to any level of photographer. I recommend a light meter, although we will also show you ways to use your camera meter as we go. A couple of stands would also be a good addition to your natural light arsenal.

This class also has over two hours of bonus content, with new content being added in May 2013 and June 2013.

Photoshop Sport Image Retouching – Skater Guy

Photoshop Action Retouching - With no experience or prior knowledge. Anyone can do it, all secrets and tricks revealed.

Created by Manfred Werner - Photographer, Retoucher and Photoshop Instructor

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Students: 6916, Price: Free

MASTER SPORT / ACTION IMAGES IN PHOTOSHOP - POWDER ACTION

  • Brand New Retouching Course "Just launched 10th October 2014"
  • Over 9+ Retouching lessons "Become a master at photoshop action"
  • All Lessons include step by step in video instructions!
  • Includes all raw & psd files which you can profit from - Instantly!
  • No Prior Photoshop skills or knowledge needed "Guaranteed"
  • Full & free lifetime access to the complete course
  • All future & additional lectures will always be "for free"

ARE YOU NEW OR STRUGGLING WITH SPORT / ACTION TECHNIQUES?

  • AND MASSIVELY WANT TO IMPROVE IT?
  • AND DO IT EASILY AND INSTANTLY?
  • AND BE ABLE TO APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN IMAGES?

--------------------------- ” Then this course is for you ” -------------------------------

What This Course Entails:

I will teach you how to get into advanced retouching, so don’t worry if you don’t have prior experience with compositing or other skills. Follow my lead and I’ll teach you to be good at it! “I Promise You”

All my retouching instructions form part of a comprehensive guide that can help you to accomplish your goals by applying these techniques. During all the lessons you get to eavesdrop as I work, giving you all insight as to how I work and what I do.


The idea is to teach you how to light and shoot such a project. After that we dive into all retouching methods in order to bring more wow out of an action image. Be it for your own work, or for a client. My aim is to teach you all the tricks, techniques & secrets to overcome this task!


Whether you have previous experience with photoshop or not, it doesn't matter. Apply your knowledge for an hour a day and you could be making huge improvements or even extra cash, as a retoucher just like me.

"And I'm not kidding when I say that you need no previous photoshop experience! "You just need to Practice your eye and the techniques"

All future extra lectures and upgrades are always included for free. Unconditional Udemy 30 day money-back guarantee - that's my personal promise of your success!

You'll learn

  1. How to master sport / action photoshop techniques "Seriously"
  2. How to photograph sport images with flash and daylight mixed
  3. How to setup up a flash light setup for action shoots
  4. How to work with camera raw and raw conversions
  5. How to combine multiple action shoots to final image
  6. How to use the dodge & burn method for enhancing an image even more
  7. How to create color and amazing black and white image grades
  8. How to sharpen and enhance your images more
  9. How to fix small particles and an image overall
  10. How to get more wow out of your images with advanced adjustment layer techniques

... and much, much more!


Intrigued yet? Then keep reading!

As with all my courses: the initial low price will increase shortly. This one is currently $30 and it will next upgrade to $45 so join in now! "You will have unlimited lifetime access at no extra cost" Not just that; all future additional lectures, bonuses, etc in this course are always free.

There's an unconditional, no-questions-asked full 30-day money-back guarantee! I'm known for always offering support on Udemy, so feel free to shout out if you're stuck or need assistance. "I'm here to help"

One final note:

My goal is to teach you how to easy recreate such an action / powder project, so don't stress about not having done photoshop retouching work before. "I do my best to make it simple, informative & fun"

After going through this course you'll be able to apply your new retouching skills to retouch any complex action images and make some extra cash along the way.

All you have to do is click on the "take this course" button on the top right corner. You have nothing to lose. In fact, you've got a lot to gain.

Thank you,

Manni

Adobe Photoshop Portrait Retouching – Skater Guy

This Adobe Photoshop Portrait Retouching Course will teach a Beginner Photoshop user how to Master Portrait Retouching

Created by Manfred Werner - Photographer, Retoucher and Photoshop Instructor

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Students: 6087, Price: Free

MASTER SPORT PORTRAIT IMAGES IN PHOTOSHOP - SPORT / ACTION

  • Brand New Retouching Course "Just launched 10th October 2014"
  • Over 9+ Retouching lessons "Become a master at Sport Portraits"
  • All Lessons include step by step in video instructions!
  • Includes all raw & psd files which you can profit from - Instantly!
  • No Prior Photoshop skills or knowledge needed "Guaranteed"
  • Full & free lifetime access to the complete course
  • All future & additional lectures will always be "for free"

ARE YOU NEW OR STRUGGLING WITH SPORT / ACTION TECHNIQUES?

  • AND MASSIVELY WANT TO IMPROVE IT?
  • AND DO IT EASILY AND INSTANTLY?
  • AND BE ABLE TO APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN IMAGES?

--------------------------- ” Then this course is for you ” -------------------------------

What This Course Entails:

I will teach you how to get into advanced retouching, so don’t worry if you don’t have prior experience with compositing or other skills. Follow my lead and I’ll teach you to be good at it! “I Promise You”

All my retouching instructions form part of a comprehensive guide that can help you to accomplish your goals by applying these techniques. During all the lessons you get to eavesdrop as I work, giving you all insight as to how I work and what I do.


The idea is to teach you how to light and shoot sport portraits. After that we dive into all retouching methods in order to bring more wow out of a sport portrait. Be it for your own work, or for a client. My aim is to teach you all the tricks, techniques & secrets to overcome this task!


Whether you have previous experience with photoshop or not, it doesn't matter. Apply your knowledge for an hour a day and you could be making huge improvements or even extra cash, as a retoucher just like me.

"And I'm not kidding when I say that you need no previous photoshop experience! "You just need to Practice your eye and the techniques"

All future extra lectures and upgrades are always included for free. Unconditional Udemy 30 day money-back guarantee - that's my personal promise of your success!

You'll learn

  1. How tocreate epic sport portraits "Guaranteed"
  2. How to photograph sport portraits with flash light
  3. How to setup up a flash light, for sport portrait images
  4. How to work with camera raw and raw conversions
  5. How use the dodge & burn method for enhancing an image even more
  6. How to create amazing color grades and warm filter effects in photoshop
  7. How to create color effects with gradient techniques
  8. How to place and image better in order to achieve a better composition
  9. How to work with photoshop cleanup tools and masks
  10. How to enhance the image more with simple dodge & burn techniques
  11. How to get more wow out of your images with advanced adjustment layer techniques

... and much, much more!


Intrigued yet? Then keep reading!

As with all my courses: the initial low price will increase shortly. This one is currently $30 and it will next upgrade to $45 so join in now! "You will have unlimited lifetime access at no extra cost" Not just that; all future additional lectures, bonuses, etc in this course are always free.

There's an unconditional, no-questions-asked full 30-day money-back guarantee! I'm known for always offering support on Udemy, so feel free to shout out if you're stuck or need assistance. "I'm here to help"

One final note:

My goal is to teach you how to easy recreate such an sport portrait, so don't stress about not having done photoshop retouching work before. "I do my best to make it simple, informative & fun"

After going through this course you'll be able to apply your new retouching skills to retouch any complex action images and make some extra cash along the way.

All you have to do is click on the "take this course" button on the top right corner. You have nothing to lose. In fact, you've got a lot to gain.

Thank you,

Manni

Learn to use Easy Stock and maximize your microstock uploads

Streamline the process of selling your photos to microstock agencies and save more time for the editing process

Created by Fulvio Massini - Multimedia designer and developer

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Students: 5914, Price: Free

If you are selling your photos to microstcok agencies (Shutterstock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, just to name a few) then you already know the story. If you’re planning to enter this market and start selling your photos, then you’ll learn the story very soon.

You need a lot of time and dedication to choose your pictures, prepare them at their best, choose the right keywords; you also need a lot of time to upload your pictures to each agency you work with.

While you can’t save much time on preparation (and better don’t), you can save a lot of time when uploading if you do the right steps.

This course teaches you how to use Easy Stock to upload your images to one or many different agencies with just a few clicks; with the right steps you can dramatically reduced the time dedicated to uploading and focus on image shooting, selection and preparation.

Either you know it or you’re going to learn it: image uploading is a bottleneck and time dedicated to this activity has no added value. You just do it because you have to do it.

Now, by following this course you’ll be able to drastically reduce the time you dedicate to it.

I decided to create this course because I found myself starting to sell photos on microstock agencies and I started to feel that I was dedicating too much time to the upload process on different web sites rather than focusing on image preparation and refinement.