Best Free Photography Tools Courses

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Lightroom 5 Photographer Workflow

Master Lightroom 5. Learn how to bring your photos into Lightroom 5, get them organized, edit them and export your work.

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

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Students: 50816, Price: Free

Learn the latest techniques made possible in Lightroom 5 while learning a fast workflow from import to export. In this course, I teach you my complete process which includes importing photos, organization, editing and exporting images for print.

This course is an in-depth look at my post production workflow with an additional look at basic Lightroom features and new Lightroom 5 features. Learn how to process your images in a fraction of the time it would take you to process them in Photoshop.

The first step is importing and organizing your photos. A good workflow starts with organization. The next step is editing your photos. This is where most of your time gets consumed. In this course you are taught how to manage your photos quickly. If you are like me, you want to get back to shooting or better yet, your life. Lightroom was created to enhance the post production process.

Lightroom 5 is just one more step toward freedom from the lengthly post production process. Join me as I share what I have learned since I started with Photoshop Lightroom when it reased in Beta in 2006.

Using a Photographic Light Meter

How to use your hand-held light meter in digital photography. Specifically created for beginners.

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

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Students: 37053, Price: Free

NOTE: this class is given freely to all photographers who want to know how to use their light meter in digital photography... it is simply produced and is more informational than glossy. It will be continuously updated when new materials become available.

This course is designed for those photographers who have just begun using a hand held light meter or who may not know what to do with their meters. or why they are important and useful tools for making images.

The light meter is a device that measures the intensity of light, whether that light is being reflected from a subject (reflected light) or falling upon the subject (ambient or "incident" light). The light meter is a tool that helps a photographer create more accuracy in exposures.

We take a very close look at all the ways a light meter can help a photographer develop a stronger understanding of the light, as well as learning how the different tonalities are expressed through a light meter.

Real world examples and some simple and fun exercises will help the beginning light meter user develop good habits, and stronger lighting.

From reflected light readings to "placing the exposure" for maximum artistic presentation to using the ambient dome for flash in studio, this course is a simple to follow discussion of meters.

NOTE: We do not discuss the operation of any specific (Brand) kind of meters. You will still be required to read your manual to find out how to set your specific meter up, and the specific ways it works. But all meters DO the basic same things, and that is what we discuss on this course.

We use video and a few PDF's to show how to use a light meter in both reflective and ambient modes. There are three exercises to be done by the student that will help them learn their specific meter.

The course should be done in order, and there is over 2 hours of video content as well as PDF documents for your files.

If you are ready to learn to use a meter, to take control of your exposure this course is for you. Many photographers will tell you that 'chimping' is all you need to do. I disagree... there are far more reasons to use a light meter than merely exposure... and we will discuss them in this class.

The class is free... enjoy and keep shooting.

Thank you,

Don Giannatti

GIMP Crash Course for Beginners!

Learn the basics of GIMP. Setup to look like Photoshop. Learn how to use files and layers.

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

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Students: 30307, Price: Free

Hello and welcome to my GIMP crash course.

In this GIMP course, you'll learn how to install for both a MAC and a PC.  Once installed, I'll show you how to make the GIMP interface look more like Photoshop.  This is huge if you ever plan on upgrading to Photoshop or if you're downgrading instead.

GIMP has it's own type of file format for saving layered files.  You'll learn what it is, how to use it and how to use other file types.

Then, you will learn the basics of layers and how to use them in GIMP.

This GIMP crash course was designed for beginners only.  If you already have GIMP installed and/or know how to change the interface, how to use file types and use layers, then this course is not for you.

A Guide to Accessories for DSLRs

Learn what to use to make your DSLR experience the best it can be.

Created by Michael Andrew - Photography Instructor

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Students: 24283, Price: Free

This course covers DSLR accessories that you may be interested in if you recently purchased a camera. This is a comprehensive course, and you don't need any more information than basic information about DSLRs. If you're feeling lost about what kind of accessories you should buy for your needs, this is the course for you!

Accessories are helpful (and often essential) for many types of shooting scenarios. Additionally, each kind of DSLR accessory is different and is used in different settings. We'll discuss what kinds of accessories there are and how each are used, especially with different kinds of situations and techniques.

This course is chock full of helpful resources within the lesson videos, including links to helpful third-party websites, diagrams, and hands-on examples.

Below is the full course index:

Section 1: Introduction – Learning from the Start

  • Introduction (1:20)
  • The Essentials (5:11)
  • Kit Lenses and Finding the Right Gear (7:26)
  • Memory Cards (6:53)
  • Worthwhile Investments (9:56)
  • Photographer’s Contract Maker (2:48)

Section 2: Gear Maintenance

  • Storage Solutions and Cleaning Your Gear (9:34)
  • Deep Cleaning Lenses (8:24)
  • Cleaning the Sensor (5:55)

Section 3: Support and Stabilization

  • Tripods (7:50)
  • More Types of Stabilization (7:20)
  • Straps (2:00)

Section 4: Lenses and Lens Accessories

  • Lens Crash Course (7:37)
  • Lens Accessories (9:34)
  • Filters (6:17)

Section 5: Light

  • External Flashes, Reflectors, and More (8:18)
  • Studio Lighting Gear (8:52)
  • Four-Way Studio Lighting (3:45)

Section 6: Conclusion

  • Miscellaneous Accessories (8:58)
  • Wrap Up and Conclusion (1:21)

At a comfortable pace, the course should take about half a week to complete, though it can certainly be done in less or greater time, depending on your learning style.

You should be familiar with some basic terminology regarding accessories, such as "lens," and "tripod," though these terms will be explained in the course.

Ultimately, it's our end goal to prepare you to have a clear idea of what kind of accessories you need, and for you to know what the best kind of equipment is, and how to use, maintain, and enjoy it. If you've been waiting to learn about the kinds of DSLR accessories you'll need in photography, we look forward to seeing you in this course.

GIMP for Beginners: Fast Photo Editing Tricks & Tips

Learn Techniques and Get Results in Minutes

Created by Chris Navarre - Software Tutorial Expert and Author

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Students: 8363, Price: Free

A series of short tutorials on how to achieve many different effects and results editing photos within GIMP. Every tutorial takes you from start to finish for a goal and focuses on the application of techniques and tools. It is assumed that you know your way around the basics of GIMP so we won't waste time explaining what every tool does.

Video Gear for Any Budget

Receive a gear list for your budget

Created by Caleb Wojcik - Filmmaker & Videographer

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Students: 8166, Price: Free

To first make a video you are going to at least need a camera. To make a good video you will most likely need some type of audio and lighting gear as well. But what kind? With so many brands out there and each offering their own version of the same tool it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what you need. So let us help! We break down exactly what to get no matter how small the budget. 

Whether you have $150 or up to $10,000 to spend on video gear, this free 7-part video course covers what cameras, lenses, microphones, & lighting are best at all kinds of budget ranges.

Figure out what gear you need, what gear you don't, and what's worth the money!

Getting Started with Corel Painter and Paint Shop Pro

Jump start your Paint Shop Pro photo editing skills & Learn to use Wacom tablets to create digital art

Created by Stone River eLearning - 500,000+ Happy Udemy Students

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Students: 6417, Price: Free

The course "Getting Started with Corel Painter and Paint Shop Pro"has two distinct sections:

Section 1. Using Corel PaintShop Pro for basic image manipulation

This part dives right in to photo editing techniques with Corel's Paint Shop Pro X8. Here's what will be covered in this section:

  • Turning average looking photos into studio quality head shots
  • Using tonal tools to create great looking outdoor shots
  • Using effects to create Instagram style photos
  • Turning a photo into a painting

Section 2. Using Corel Painter and a Wacom tablet for basic digital art creation

This short series gives students a few projects to work on using the latest Wacom Intuos tablet and Corel Painter 2016. You will learn how to get your tablet set up for creating art, and how to use Corel Painter to draw and paint effectively to create visually stunning digital art in just minutes.

This course includes a drawing project and a painting project for you to hone your art skills using a tablet.

While absolute beginners can follow along with this course and create real art by the end, some experience using a tablet and stylus and Corel software is helpful.

This course is ideal for beginners to Corel software, or beginners to image manipulation and digital art. 

DRONES: THE BEGINNER GUIDE

Learn the drone market, the rules in some countries , maneuvers and be a DRONE PILOT

Created by Helena Bocayuva - Enterpreneur and Social Selling Especialist

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Students: 6131, Price: $24.99

IMPORTANT: THIS COURSE IS A TRANSLATION OF THE UDEMY COURSE IN PORTUGUESE "DRONES: APRENDA A PILOTAR E ABRA SEU NEGÓCIO". CLASSES THAT REFER TO THE PROCESS OF LEGALIZATION OF THE USE OF DRONES IN BRAZIL WERE REPLACED BY CLASSES WITH THE OVERVIEW OF LEGALIZATION PROCESSES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND EUROPE.

The drone market is very promising. And each country develops its own rules regarding the use of drones. To enter in this market the first thing to do is to find out about these rules. Also, understanding who are the drone manufactures and the drone models' applications it will help you to choose and purchase the best drone for your need.

Once you have acquired the drone, its regularization with the competent bodies of your country becomes the prime factor for you to engage in any type of activity.

Understanding how telemetry works, learn piloting maneuvers with exercises and knowing how to perform piloting is essential for you to become a drone pilot and make safe flights.

So this is what you will learn in this course!

And we invite you to start right now.

From Photo to DVD – Preserving those Precious Memories

Improving your digital photography techniques, enhancing photos with Photoshop and creating videos with Premiere

Created by Rick Phillips - PhD with 25+ years computer industry experience

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Students: 6108, Price: Free

“From Photo to DVD – Preserving Those Precious Memories”
covers three primary topics.  First, we’ll
explore some techniques and strategies for taking better digital photos.  We’ll take a moderately deep dive into portrait
and landscape photography and an overview look at sports, low-light and
underwater photography.  Next, we’ll
explore the editing of photos using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements.  We begin simply with things like cropping, light and color adjustments.  By the time
we’re finished we’ll have explored photo merges, panoramas, special effects and
even creating your own images from scratch. 
We conclude the course with a look at creating high quality videos and
DVDs with Adobe’s Premiere Elements. 
Again we start simply with things like single-threaded timelines, music,
narration and transitions.  By the time
we conclude you will be creating photo montages, utilizing multiple,
simultaneous timelines and creating your own menus.  It should all be great fun.

The course is best suited for individuals familiar with
digital photography, but seeking to improve their skills.  No prior knowledge of photo or video editing
is required.  Similarly, Adobe’s
Photoshop and Premiere Elements are not required.  The download and installation of the free
trial versions of each of these products is described within the course.

Rick Phillips, Ph.D., the instructor for this course,
describes himself as “someone who doesn’t always color within the lines.”  He is energetic and entertaining, but will
likely challenge you within every section to expand your understanding and explore the
world around you.  As Rick is known to
say, “have some fun out there, but Keep On Learning!”

Amazing Photo Effects in Photoshop

The course is designed for beginners in the field of photo effects.

Created by Enver Gurban - Course is designed for beginners in the field of photo effec

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Students: 5119, Price: Free

The course is designed for beginners in the field of photo effects. I'll be using the version of the program - Photoshop CC 2017. This lessons about learning deeply photo effects, creating photo effects with effective and quick method with ready contents, also in this course you will learn how to make correct the tone and color correction of images, you will easily make a montage of any complexity. 

Learn more about Luminar 3 in only 1 hour

Follow this free course and we will reveal all you need to know about Luminar 3

Created by Mark de Rooij - Photographer and Photography Educator

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Students: 5051, Price: Free

Learn more about Luminar 3 in only 1 hour! Did you just started with Luminar 3 or do you consider to use Luminar 3 as a photo management and editing tool? Watch this free Luminar 3 course and kickstart your knowledge.

In this free course we tell you more about how the Luminar catalog works, how to import your photos, keep them together and manage them in a structured way in the Luminar Library.

We also give you more information how to edit your photos with filters and which Luminar filters are most powerful. Of course we don't forget to cover to work with layers and masks and finally how to export your photos.

Lightroom CC Editing Masterclass

Discover the fundamentals of editing your photos in Lightroom CC (cloud)!

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

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Students: 948, Price: Free

In this Lightroom CC class, I share my secrets, tips & techniques to help you achieve your creative vision.  Includes photos you can use to follow along. 

I'll share my personal insight, techniques, and recommendations for properly using Lightroom CC.  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is designed for photographers.  It provides you the ability to organize, edit and manage your photos like no other software. 

We'll start off with getting your images into Lightroom CC and an overview of the editing interface. Then, I'll share tips for where to start your editing and you'll learn the most used editing tools most of your images will benefit from.

Once you've completed the class you'll have the knowledge required to edit your own images and make them spectacular!  If you're ever stuck, you can post questions in the provided Q&A section and I'll answer your questions as quickly as I can.  Post your photos for feedback too!  Enjoy this free Lightroom CC class for a limited time!  At some point in the future, I'll change this class to a premium (paid) course.  Either way, you'll have lifetime access to this class!

If you're ready to learn how to edit your RAW files, from a pro photographer, now is the time to sign up before I change this class from free to paid.

Learn Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Learn various Photo Editing tools and techniques with real life examples

Created by Harshit Srivastava - SME on Cloud, Bluemix

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Students: 395, Price: Free

Photoshop and Lightroom are among the most popular photo editing software in the world. You can do a lot of thing such as Color grading, Camera calibration, Masking, Changing Hue, Saturation, Color, Contrast, Exposure, Gradient and much more. With Lightroom you can quickly and effectively edit your photos with and without using a preset. In this course you will be learning various tools and techniques in Adobe Lightroom such as-

  • White balance and basic properties

  • more controls

  • Radial and graduated filters

  • applying transformations

  • JET SKI- tone correction

  • SNOW SKI- color grading

  • using built in preset

  • Create masks with autobrush

  • Erase and Paint with autobrush

  • Tone curve- controlling contrast

  • Creating and updating a lightroom preset

  • Creating more presets

  • Understanding Camera Caliberation

  • Applying Camera Caliberation

Moreover, when you require some advanced operations on photo editing that cannot be done with Lightroom, you can use Adobe Photoshop. It provides you various tools and techniques that can be applied to edit photos, create a composition or graphics and much more. In this course, you will be learning the following concepts in Photoshop-

  • Create a new brush

  • spot healing

  • Patch tool

  • Magic Wand

  • Blending modes

  • Clone stamp

  • SELECTIVE COLOR EFFECT- Black and White with Red

  • Create 3D spherical Panorama

  • CHANNEL MIXER Change Season- Monsoon to Autumn

  • Simple Duotone with gradient map

When you are familiar with various tools and techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom, you can combine your image editing skills on these two software to create a variety of decent photos or graphics. This is a practical oriented course where you will learn various concepts with real life examples and you can easily learn by watching lessons and practicing everything taught in this course. If you are already familiar with any concept in this course, feel free to skip that particular lesson and directly move to the topic you are interested in.

Keep Learning!