6 Totally Free Online Photography Classes

Guest post written by Melissa Tamura

This blog space is mostly dedicated to those who have at least intermediate experience in the world of photography. However, if you’re just getting your feet wet, there are some classes that you can take to help you beef up your knowledge. And the best part of these classes is that they’re absolutely free. Not to mention that you can take them from the comfort of your home. Of course, you can’t expect to acquire all the knowledge you need about photography by taking lessons over the Internet. However, these free courses may just help you understand a bit more about the craft.

1. Introduction to Photography – MIT, which originally taught this course, offers complete access to all of the coursework materials, lectures and syllabus for the Introduction to Photography class. While you will not be taught by a live professor, you will be able to follow the schedules and, according to the website, “foster a critical awareness of how imagines in our culture are produced and constructed.” In addition, it offers instruction on black and white techniques, digital imagine, lighting, film, exposure, development, printing and black and white techniques.

2. Photography Basics – Jodie Coston helps you explore both the creative and scientific sides of photography through a four-lesson online course. In the course, you will look at the history of photography, various camera and capture types, camera basics and lighting.

3. Intermediate Photography Video Lessons – If you feel that you’re beyond the beginner’s lessons listed above, you might consider eHow’s online series. This free photography lessons take you through 15 videos that look at everything from basic photography tips and techniques to framing, how to take good pictures, head shots and poses and candid photography.

4. Photoflex Lighting School – This free online school is a resource for those who want to learn how to improve both their photographic and video lighting skills. The site explains that it is a place for intermediate photographers to deepen their knowledge of the craft; however higher-level professionals are also encouraged to visit and learn.

5. Weekly Photography Assignments – About.com offers weekly assignments to help students learn the ins and outs of photography with hands-on lessons. The beginner’s course encourages you to dive in and learn the basics of photography through taking pictures of your home, pets, trees, water, items in motion and shadows.

6. Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry – If you liked the idea of taking an MIT course to learn photography then why not try one more? The elite institute of technology is offering free access to coursework for its “Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry” course. The class “explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, of investigating landscapes and expressing ideas.” It’s a great course if you’re looking to expand your knowledge of photography.

So now that you’ve learned about the courses that are available to you, it’s time to dive in! Being able to take advantage of free coursework is something no aspiring photographer should pass up.

This article was written by Melissa Tamura, who writes on the topic of online engineering degrees for the Zen College Life Blog. She would love to hear from you at melissatamura@gmail.com

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Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. MIT probably does have a photography classes that you can take, they are not at the link provided. 😀

  2. MIT does indeed offer some great photography classes. I should know, I took one of them!

    Thanks for the other links though.

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