Best Free Digital Photography Courses

Find the best online Free Digital 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.

Photography Fundamentals for Beginners

Learn the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) and basic composition rules in this easy photography course.

Created by Phil Ebiner - Top-Rated Instructor, 2 Million+ Students

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Students: 120618, Price: Free

You want to take better photos, right?

If terms like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the exposure triangle aren't familiar - then this photography for beginners course is perfect for you.

Whether you have a DSLR, mirrorless, bridge, point and shoot, or even just a smartphone, you should learn these main settings and rules that all professional photographers use.

With this Photography Fundamentals course, you'll understand how your camera actually works

After taking this beginner photography course, you'll know:

  • Aperture - Adjusting your f-stop, and what this does creatively to your photo

  • Shutter Speed - How to prevent a common beginner mistake with this setting

  • ISO - Preventing photos with digital noise and grain

  • Exposure - How to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lights, and filters to take well-exposed photos

  • Composition - Basic rules to follow... and when to break them

  • White Balance - Make sure your photo's colors look natural

  • Photo Quality & File Types - Best scenarios to use different file types

Who is the photography instructor?

My name is Phil Ebiner, I wanted to create this course for absolute beginners who want to know the basic settings and rules no matter what camera you're using.

I hope you enjoy my little course!

Phil

Green Screen Photography

A complete guide green screen photography, from setup to editing in PhotoKey software from FXHome.

Created by Dave Cross - Photoshop Educator Since 1990

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Students: 64087, Price: Free

This course will show you how you can use a simple green screen set up to increase your creativity - and profits - as a photographer. Yes, green screen is not only for video, and with gear from Westcott and PhotoKey software there's a world of photographic opportunities. This course shows everything from set up to 5 different projects that show just some of the amazing possibilities.

Enhancing Photos for Complete Beginners

Learn the absolute basics about enhancing your photos

Created by Simon Foster - Designer

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Students: 37841, Price: Free

'I want to improve my photos. I've looked at one or two programs like Photoshop but all of them are just a confusing mass of buttons. Where do I even begin to understand what to do?'

If you've asked yourself anything like this question, then right here is where you start. This free course guides you through the basics of how to go about improving your photos. You will be guided by someone with 30+ years experience of using image editing software and I'll show you the steps you need to take to make your photos shine. I'll show you using programs like Photoshop Elements, Affinity Photo and Pixelmator because it's all about the processes involved, not which buttons to press. I've selected techniques that you can apply to just about any image editing program so you have the flexibility to choose which software is right for you.

Ten videos at five minutes apiece, this course is designed to be as short as possible so you can pick up knowledge quickly. It has one simple aim; to get you over that first intimidating hurdle when faced with an image editing program that seems to offer endless possibilities but no way of understanding what to do with it. This course is the first steps course and is designed to follow naturally on to other courses I offer at Udemy for all the software you see here. It's not a scattergun approach to learning - a Youtube tutorial here, a technique there. It's a solid method of where to start, what to do next, and how to make your photos better than you ever thought they could be. See you on the course!

Photo Editing on the Cheap

The Pixelmator Crash Course. Because Photoshop is way too expensive.

Created by Jeremy Shuback - Animation Director

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Students: 35887, Price: Free

If you're looking to learn how to edit photos, but don't want to shell out the money for Photoshop, Pixelmator is a fantastic alternative.

This course covers:

  • Basic Color Correction
  • How to take Objects out of an Image
  • Isolating Parts of an Image
  • Working with Layers
  • Working with Selection

The Ultimate GIMP2.10 Guide ► Please read my Instructor bio!

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Created by Bernard 't Hooft - Gimp& Nik Collection integration, professional photo editing

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Students: 29083, Price: Free

Have you always wanted to do the things the pro's are doing? Now you can!

Welcome to the most in depth Gimp course on Udemy. In this course I will cover all aspects of photo editing, I have learned in the last 15 years working in the field of professional photo editing, and I will leave no stone unturned. I will show you everything in easy to follow steps. 

In this Gimp course 'The Ultimate GIMP2.10 Guide', you will learn: 

How to configure GIMP 2.10 to make it act as Photoshop, how to improve and correct photographs professionally, how to work with layers, how to crop images, how to resize images, how to save images for web, how to save images for print, and how to make PDF's. You will learn professional retouching, like skin retouching with frequency separation, Liquify (for example to make someone thinner), how to let the program remove objects, and how to remove objects with the clone and heal tool.

You will learn how to use masks, and how to make selections. In Section 5 (Google plugins) you will learn how to make professional 'single click' selections using the 'U-point technology', that give photorealistic results (this is not possible in Photoshop). You will learn how to use text, how to make e-book covers, how to sharpen an image, how to create professional black and white images, and how to remove noise. You will learn everything about blending modes, selecting hair, gradients, patterns, using a tablet, brushes, dodging and burning, color theory,  and much more! 

And if you have ANY questions, please let me now. I am here for you!

Photography. Learn Photography From Pro & Take Better Photos

Photography. Take better photos and learn from a photography pro. Photography skills for awesome photos.

Created by Chris Parker - Photography | Photoshop | Lightroom | GIMP | Taught by a Pro

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Students: 24421, Price: Free

Photography for beginners!  A complete photography fundamentals course.  Learn the exact camera settings I've been using for the last 30 years for my creative vision.  Check out the video slideshow, to the right, to see my photography work and learn more about this photography course.

In this photography course, you'll learn more than just the fundamentals of photography.  Here is a complete list of everything you'll learn.

  1. Photography DSLR FUNdamentals.  Fundamentals don't have to be boring.  Understanding the fundamentals is key for a solid foundation in building your photography skills.

  2. Get ready to take your photography skills to the next level with Exposure.  In part 1, you'll learn the basics of each component that makes up the exposure.  You'll even learn something that is being mis-taught by other instructors. 

  3. In part 2 of exposure, we'll take a deep dive into the Aperture.  Includes in-depth explanations to help you finally understand Aperture and all those pesky numbers.  You'll finally know which Aperture does what for your creative vision. 

  4. In part 3 of exposure, we'll now take a deep dive into the Shutter Speed.  You'll learn the creative options this camera setting provides, when to use a tripod (to avoid camera shake), how to freeze the action or create silky smooth water.

  5. In part 4 of exposure, we'll explore the ISO.  You'll learn all about the good and bad of this camera setting, how it actually works and when you might need to adjust this camera setting.

  6. The next two tutorials include my secret weapon and an often overlooked camera setting.  You'll learn how to use the secret weapon for perfect exposures.  Which means you'll be able to take back creative control from your camera and manually set your settings for the exact type of photo you want.  Simple and easy with this tool.  Guaranteed.  Next, you'll learn how to see light in a way you've never done before.  This too will help you creatively and save you time while editing in Lightroom or Photoshop (or any other software).

  7. Next, we'll take all that information and bring it together in a live studio demonstration.  We'll go over every camera setting we've learned and trouble shoot how to choose which one.  Then, we'll bring those photos into Lightroom to see how our selections effect the creative outcome.  Plus, I'll share additional photography examples of what you learned.

  8. It's now time to venture outside for another photography demonstration.  I'll share with you my creative decision process for choosing specific camera settings. We'll then bring those images into Lightroom for comparison.

  9. Finally, you'll learn how I edit images in Lightroom.  Plus, we'll take one of the outdoor shots and do a complete Classic Edit.  Plus, I'll provide some additional pro editing tips too.

Photo Editing With The iPhone

Learn how to edit photos like a Pro on your iPhone

Created by Jerad Hill - Photography, Web Designer, Online Marketer, Husband, Father

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Students: 17177, Price: Free

Learn how to make your photos pop by editing them directly on your iPhone.

In this course you will learn how to edit photos in a variety of apps on your iPhone. From the default iPhone Photos app to Photoshop apps, you will learn to take a regular smartphone photo and make it much more vibrant.

Photo editing apps have came a long way and are very powerful tools for editing photos. Gone are the days of transferring photos to your computer to edit, now you can create detailed edits in the palm of your hand.

Learn how to use Lightroom Mobile, Adobe Photoshop Express, Snapseed, Pixelmator for iPhone, Photoshop Fix and Enlight. These apps give you the tools you need to create stunning images without the need of a traditional computer. Capture your photos, edit them, and share them to social media directly from your phone.

You do not need all of these apps. Simply pick and choose the apps you want to use. In this course, I wanted to share the apps I spend most of my time in. These apps are some of the most powerful and have the best layout for getting edits done quickly.

Most of these apps are also available on Android, so if you are an Android user, feel free to take this course and watch the videos related to the apps available to you.

Get started now, and learn how to edit photos like a pro on your smartphone.

To see many of my smartphone edited photos, follow me on Instagram: @jeradhillphoto

Enhancing Photos with Photoshop

Use Photoshop to fix colors, straighten horizons, combine multiple exposures, contrast and brightness.

Created by SHAD SLUITER - Professor of Computer Science at Grand Canyon University

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Students: 14029, Price: Free

Do you know what makes a compelling photograph? At the end of this course you will be able to use Photoshop to correct color cast problems, improve composition, straighten the horizon on crooked images, combine multiple images into one correct exposure, use multiple layers in an image and sharpen fuzzy pictures.

This class is designed for the first-time user of Photoshop.  I'll show you the important menus and options without skipping important steps.

Each lesson resource includes the photos used in the videos plus several more similar images that need corrections which you can use to reinforce what you have just learned.

Do so much more with your photos and videos – video montage!

A-Z guide to creating a professional-looking video montage for your personal or business use. No editing skills required

Created by Maya Bielik - In love with online teaching, thrilled to spread knowledge!

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Students: 10865, Price: Free

About the course:

In this course you will learn how to create a video montage out of your photos, videos and music. You will learn how to control almost every aspect of the final movie, how to add captions, how to spot important moments, how to fit the video montage to your needs, how to export your video montage to various video formats – as well as sharing it online.

Why you should take this course?

I bet somewhere in your computer or on CDs around the house, you have tons of photos you took in different occasions: in birthdays, holidays, trips, photos of your dog, your parents, your kids, maybe even a whole album with photos of different flowers.

Imagine you could take all of those old, unused and untouched albums, and re-live everything in a special, entertaining way, share it with your friends and on social media and get numerous reactions, from "wow that was beautiful" to "did you do it by yourself?!" or even "who made this for you? I'd like to create one for my upcoming reunion event".

Wouldn't it be great to just enjoy all those memories in a little different way than the usual? Instead of uploading another photo album to your favorite social network, or send a huge email with heavy images to all your relatives, create a video montage and let everyone enjoy it by just sitting and watching, without the need to click on the mouse, with nice background music and without the need to download a big amount of data to their computer.

Other than the fact that you will bring your old (or new) footage to life again, you will have a blast while creating your montage.

And it's not over just here – you can even use the software for your own business; If you're running an online store, you could be unique and present your products as short video montages – your customers will appreciate the professional way of introducing your products. You can use a video montage in various businesses, and you will learn not just how to put all of the content together in a nice, professional way – but also to include a watermark, so no one will be able to take the credit of it. You can even add a "call for action" text and help your future customers reach you easily.

Who should take this course?

You don't need special technological skills other than knowing how to download and install a software. You don't need any editing skills – I will take you through all the steps you need in order to create a video montage from 0, and as written before – it's easy and fun working with it. I will show you how to get a 15-day trial which is enough for you to explore and decide if you want to pay for the full version, which costs less than 80$.

So basically - anyone who thinks they can use a photo montage for their personal andqor commercial use - should take this course!

I invite you to join me in this short 40-minute course, and open up to a whole new, exciting world of video montages! Be aware – it's addictive!

Make GIMP 2.10 work as Photoshop

Free courses aren't allowed to be updated anymore; please read my Instructor bio for a solution. Thank you.

Created by Bernard 't Hooft - Gimp& Nik Collection integration, professional photo editing

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Students: 10666, Price: Free

In the course you will learn:

  • How to install GIMP 2.10

  • How to configure GIMP 2.10 to make it work as Photoshop

  • How to improve and correct photographs

  • How to professionally make Levels, Curves, Hue-Saturation, and Contrast adjustments

  • How to work with layers

  • Everything about brushes, and using a tablet

  • Color theory, and why this is important for correcting photographs

Do you want to have an image manipulation program that looks and acts like Photohop? And do you want this program to be free?

Do you want step by step, easy to follow instructions, taught by an instructor that has worked for more than 15 years with Photoshop professionally? 

Then this course is for you! 

You will not only have lifetime access to this course, but you can also aks me questions! I will answer your questions within 24 hours. 

The Ultimate GIMP 2.8 Guide►Book included as sold on Amazon

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Created by Bernard 't Hooft - Gimp& Nik Collection integration, professional photo editing

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Students: 10305, Price: Free

Have you always wanted to do the things the pro's are doing? Now you can!

In this course I will cover all aspects of photo editing, I have learned in the last 15 years working in the field of professional photo editing, and I will leave no stone unturned. I will show you everything in easy to follow steps. 

In this course you will learn: 

How to configure GIMP 2.8 to make it look and act as Photoshop, how to improve and correct photographs professionally, how to work with layers, how to crop images, how to resize images, how to save images for web, how to save images for print, and how to make PDF's. You will learn professional retouching, like skin retouching with frequency separation, Liquify (for example to make someone thinner), how to let the program remove objects, and how to remove objects with the clone and heal tool.

You will learn how to use masks, and how to make selections. And with the Google Nik Collection, you will learn how to make professional 'single click' selections using the 'U-point technology', that give photorealistic results (this is not possible in Photoshop). You will learn how to use text, how to make e-book covers, how to sharpen an image, how to create professional black and white images, and how to remove noise. You will learn everything about blending modes, selecting hair, gradients, patterns, using a tablet, brushes, dodging and burning, color theory,  and much more! 

And if you have ANY questions, please let me now. I am here for you!

Affinity Photo: Five Steps to Better Photos

Improve your Digital Photos with Five Tried, Tested and True Steps

Created by Simon Foster - Designer

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Students: 9711, Price: Free

If you want to improve your Photos but you have no idea where to start, then this is the course for you! Aimed squarely at the first time user, this course takes you through the five steps you will go through again and again when you improve your images. Using Affinity Photo, I'll explain what those steps are, how to use the right tool for the job, and also why you do things in a certain order. We'll even practice the steps with a series of images that I provide. You don't need to know every tool in an image editing program. But you do need to know just a few steps to take things to a new level. I'll take you through those steps one by one, and I'll help you make your photos shine!

Color Grading Using Look Up Tables in Photoshop

Giving your photos the professional look

Created by Pete Jepson - Game Design Tutor

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Students: 7328, Price: Free

In this course I will show you how to create and save your own professional look up tables to color grade any of your photos.

This can be as simple as adding a bit of contrast to your image or as complex as creating a vintage sepia tone effect.

Enrol on this course today to discover the professional way to color grade your photos using look up tables in Photoshop.

Free music used from bensound

Light Painting In 360 With The Ricoh Theta S

Learn How To Draw Pictures In The Sky With This Incredible 360 Photography Style

Created by Ben Claremont - 360 Videographer & Photographer

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Students: 5766, Price: Free

So you've bought the Ricoh Theta S camera and want to take your 360 photography skills to the next level. With 360 gaining popularity so rapidly, it's essential to broaden your creative skillset if you really want your work stand out from the crowd.

As someone fortunate enough to have one of the top Instagram accounts in the 360 niche, i can tell you that my success has been no coincidence. The reason i got to the top was because i keenly observed what the most popular photo styles were over the years, and took note of what people responded to the best. My most popular Instagram photos ever were mostly light paintings, and the extra attention they brought me, helped me get discovered as a serious name in the photography world.

In this brand new course by LIFE in 360, i'm going to teach you EVERYTHING i know about light painting, as i embark upon a an important assignment for Ricoh, on one of their big social media campaigns. The end result became one of their most popular images ever, and this course will walk you through every step of the journey i took to snap it. You've seen our 360 tutorials on Youtube, and now we take it to the NEXT level for our advanced Theta S users. By the end of this course, you will have a broad knowledge of 360 light painting, accompanied by the technical skills and know-how necessary to execute the same stunning images with your own camera.

Learn Mobile Photography Techniques For Jaw-Dropping Photos

The Secret Techniques To Outstanding Mobile Photography (Samsung S21 Ultra)

Created by Mobile Photography Expert - Smarthphone Photography Expert

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Students: 3614, Price: Free

Finally, World Class Techniques For Taking Better Photos With Your Mobile Phone.

This mobile photography course will show you everything you need to know to take stunning photos with nothing more than an mobile phone. It is designed to show you practical tutorials so that you can easily learn how to apply the killer techniques in this course.

Learn The Secret Techniques Outlined in This Course and Take Your Mobile Photography To The Next Level.

Photography is not about the gear or mobile so much it is more about learning how to compose your photos. You must remember a camera is just a tool and you can either take great photos or terrible ones.

Capture Memorable Photos That Your Friends and Family Will Love...

This course is designed for:

-Photography Beginners that have little experience and want to learn how to take better photos with their phone without learning technical photography.

Learn The Techniques in This Course and develop your Photography Skills for life.

You'll learn the key composition techniques the pros use to take professional mobile photos. There are also plenty of tips and tricks that you can apply to make your photos visually appealing. This course gets practical with screen recordings showing exactly the steps you need to take for better photos.

LOCATIONZ : Behind The Scenes

Get a glimpse of the trials & triumphs of a traveling landscape photographer

Created by Ray Salisbury - Pro photographer | Qualified teacher | Photoshop expert

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Students: 3373, Price: Free

This is a complimentary course to the full masterclass, named ‘LOCATIONZ.’

These 14 videos will give you a glimpse Behind The Scenes.
The purpose of these 14 movies is four-fold:

  • To inspire your photography
  • To give you deeper insight into how much effort serious photographers put into capturing great photos
  • To show you some cool tips & techniques you can use in your landscape photographs
  • For students in the full course can get a broader view of each location.
    (The paid course deals mainly with Photoshop, and this adds a bit more fun to the mix.)

Basic Photography Lessons by Piyush Pande

A photography course for anyone of any age!

Created by Piyush Pande - Film maker, Photography Teacher

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Students: 2824, Price: Free

Welcome to he basic Photography Lesson by Piyush Pande Films. This course is for everyone who wants to take the first step into the world of digital photography and pursue Photography as a profession or a passion. With a mix of theory and practical sessions you will be able to learn different settings in the camera and understand different ways to take different types of photography. So come and join us and become a pro in Photography. 

iPhone Camera Tips, Tricks and Settings

Be better with your phone!

Created by Rob Price - Music Teacher

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Students: 2336, Price: Free

In this course, you will learn all about your iPhone camera, how to set it up and the best ways to use it.

Based on iPhones from iPhone 8 up. I use an iPhone XR to demonstrate.

Be better with your phone, learn new things and make your photos and videos better.
All you need is an iPhone and you can start today!

Get over two million Free stock Footage and photos.

Free stock photos.

Created by Efuetbeza Simon Herve - web and mobile developer

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Students: 1043, Price: Free

Get over two million Free stock Footage and photos.In this course, you will get over two million free images for free to be on your own project without copyright on it and many more photo and images.get free stock photos from many top best website around the world and learn how to get and download them for free.

Beginners 360 Degree Photo Virtual Tours With Drones

Creating 360 Degree Virtual Tours from the Air? Most modern drones can help you capture 360 degree panoramic photos

Created by Richard L Charpentier - Website Developer and Professional Photographer

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Students: 599, Price: Free

Just to let you know, this class is geared toward those just starting out with 360 degree virtual tours captured with drones.  The hope is to help aerial photographers come up with innovative ways to present their drone captures, and to start thinking about creating unique 360 virtual tours.  For those who are familiar with this topic this might be a little too basic for you.

This course is a high level overview of creating 360 degree virtual tours with drones.  Students will get to see a finished aerial virtual tour created with a Mavic 2 Pro, and Kuula (for online display). They will also learn about the steps required to create usable 360 degree images for their own tours.

Students should note, they do not need to use the same drone used in this class, but they do need a drone capable of automatic 360 degree photography.  Many of the newest DJI drones offer some type of 360 degree image capture, and for older models 3rd party applications can also help capture images for creating a 360 degree photo.  Students should look into their drone features prior to attempting to create 360 images.

Students will also see a basic flight setup with the Mavic 2 Pro, a flight with the drone, and image capturing for a 360 degree photo.

Image editing and post processing will not be major subjects in this course.  There are many 360 degree photo editing courses out there for students, so we won't spend much time on that part of virtual tour generation.  This class is more about introducing the concept of aerial virtual tours and what you'll need to start building your own.

When students finish this course they should have a basic understanding of the tools they'll need to share 360 degree virtual tours for fun, and for profit as well.

Thee Simple Methods To Improve Sky In Photoshop

To create a better looking sky in photoshop

Created by Denis Lemay - Professional Photographer

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Students: 222, Price: Free

Even our best cameras today are not always able to balance exposure between brights and darks while photographing landscapes, and in many cases you have to sacrifice one or the other, or have a variety of neutral density filters in your arsenal. In this course I will show you how you can dramatically improve your landscape sky in photoshop.