How To Pick A Good Online Photography Course
An online photography course, how to pick one. Like everything else on the internet, there’s a great choice available.
Whatever you want, be it online photography classes for beginners or otherwise, there’s a great choice available.
Choice is always a good thing. Having chosen from several options gives confidence that you’ve chosen wisely.
Many of the online photography courses have some similarities. However most have their own individual style of presentation.
Their very nature allows for discreet study, something not guaranteed when engaging in offline learning.
It doesn’t matter what you do there’s always more you can learn about it. Photography is no different, and it’s always worthwhile taking an online photography course.
Bad habits are easily formed. Some ongoing study is the best way to keep them in check. This is true in photography as well as in other things.
It’s good to keep reading books and magazines on a subject. Continuous practice is always good as well.
Taking an occasional online photography course is an excellent way of fighting the adoption of bad habits.
Once formed bad habits of any sort are hard to get rid off. It’s much better to avoid forming them in the first place.
If you’re starting out in photography, you can definitely benefit from some instruction. There are several ways of getting the help you need. Taking an online photography course is one of them.
You can study it when you want and at your own pace, whenever you have free time.
Shopping for an online photography course
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There’s a huge variety of courses to choose from. It’s worth checking some out before deciding on one.
Even if you went into town to buy something in a store, you’d check a few before buying one. Walking around town takes time and energy.
Shopping online is easier than that. Fire up your laptop and you can shop anywhere in the world without leaving your armchair.
You’ll probably visit more shops online than you ever would, walking around town. It only takes an hour or two to check out a host of online photography courses.
As you do so, one is going to look as good as, if not better than most. That is CreativeLive.
Whether you’re looking for photography classes online for beginners or more advanced photographers, they’ll have something suitable.
CreativeLive, an exceptional online photography course
CreativeLive was started in Seattle in 2010 by photographer Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson. Today the company has headquarters in San Francisco as well as Seattle.
The company provides online classes in; Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Maker & Craft, and Business & Money.
CreativeLive is an online education facility mainly focused on creative professionals, writers and entrepreneurs.
There have been over two billion minutes of classes watched by students, since they started making them.
They present individual online photography classes. You can decide which you want to study and build your own unique course.
It’s possible to study one type of photography, watching several classes on the subject. Alternatively study classes right across photography in general.
There’s also classes on using photo editing software. You may take great photographs but need a little help in processing them.
Recording CreativeLive classes
CreativeLive record their classes in front of a studio audience, and broadcast them live when they’re doing so. They can be watched live from anywhere.
The company has four in-house production studios for this purpose. Classes are recorded in those studios.
The studio audience can ask questions and comment during the class. This can help clarify and emphasise points that are perhaps a bit complex.
People watching the live broadcast can also ask questions. This can be done from any part of the planet where someone is watching from.
The tutor will answer these questions, explaining things better that they thought they had explained adequately.
If you do get to watch a class being recorded live, it’s free. That way you get a free class and get to ask a question if you want.
Some of their classes are free
Once the class is recorded it goes into the library of available classes. It can be bought from there and studied whenever.
Some of the classes that are for sale are also broadcast free. There is one shown almost everyday. The list of the next week’s classes are published online in advance.
You can signup to be informed by email about which classes are being broadcast during the following week.
Having chosen one, you can then book a class that you want to see. When it’s due for broadcast CreativeLive will send you an alert that it’s about to start.
It’s worth getting into the habit of checking out what’s going to be shown in the following week. When you see one coming up that interests you, book it.
The one drawback here is that the time wont necessarily suit you. However it’s free, and you’ll have the time to rearrange your schedule if possible.
As I write this I’m based in Ireland and it’s Tuesday 16th July 2019. It’s still July 15th at CreativeLive headquarters and that day’s class is still on air.
The classes to be broadcast from July 16th through to July 28th are listed, and available to book.
There’s classes in Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Craft & Maker and Money & Life listed for each day.
How to attend a recording
There’s also details about some classes that are going to filmed soon. They list what they are, where and when they’ll be filmed, and how you can join the live audience.
Once recorded the class can be paid for and viewed. The class can be watched as often as you like once you’ve paid for it.
That means that you own the class forever. You can watch it over again, or you can watch part of it over.
It can be hard to absorb information in one viewing, so the option to go back over it is vital. You can pause it, and go back a step or two, and then resume.
But before you buy a class, perhaps you would try one of the free ones. That way you’ll know what to expect if and when you do buy.
Even after that if you buy a class and don’t like it, there’s a 30 day money back policy.
What the classes are like
The classes themselves are comprehensive. There are a lot of tutors, who give classes in their own specialised area of photography.
There’s an all star lineup of tutors. They include some of the most renowned photographers of the present generation. You’ve probably heard of some of them.
Firstly they take a few learner photographs and give them live instruction. This masterclass is recorded.
Later they move into a regular class/lecture setting. Here they go through they masterclass with the participating learners, and the live audience.
The instructor explains the video both by showing it, and pausing it, for explanation, analysis and to answer questions.
The learner photographers who participated are present in the audience. They contribute if and when necessary, and if required.
Deciding on an online photography course
As I said already there are a plethora of online photography course available. You should check several out before deciding which one is right for you.
They all their own style of presentation. You may find that one form of presentation is preferable to you. Other people will like a different one better. That’s natural.
I think it’s unlikely that you will find one that’s better than CreativeLive though. At least try one of their free classes. You won’t be disappointed.
This is definitively one of the best online courses available anywhere.
The photographs used in this article
The photographs I’ve used in this article are all my own. They have nothing to do with CreativeLive.
This is a photography blog and I use photographs in every post. I think it’s expected in a blog about photography.
They’re not meant to illustrate, or represent, what you will learn in any photography course. No, they’re just here to brighten up otherwise monotonous text.