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Recently, we’ve all found ourselves spending a lot more time at home. While the opportunity to indulge in multiple Netflix binges initially had its allure, many of us are starting to seek out some other ways to occupy ourselves. For some this means revisiting old passion projects or exploring interests they haven’t had the opportunity to dive into before.

If you’re not sure where to start, websites like Coursera have hundreds of classes for you to choose from. However, if you’re reading this, it’s likely you have at least a passing interest in improving your photography skills.

If that sounds about right, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’d like to learn more about shooting, framing, or editing, now is the perfect time to do a deep dive into photography. We’ve compiled a pretty lengthy list of photography courses — free ones, paid ones, ones that are about editing, and specialized ones that dive into topics like the exposure triangle.

But we’re not stopping there.

We’ve invited expert photographer and longtime Fracture friend Twyla Jones to offer a few classes on our Facebook page. Twyla has previously written for our blog, so we know she’ll be sharing a lot of helpful tips and information.

Her three-part photography course, How To Photograph Your Kids With Your iPhone, is completely free and will be streamed on Facebook Live.

How To Photograph Your Kids With Your iPhone

Sessions will take place on April 20, 22, and 24, at 12 pm  EST

  • April 20: Phone Setup/Technical Tips
  • April 22: Composition and Light
  • April 24: Editing

Head over to our Facebook page to attend the courses. You can watch the Facebook Live streams without having a Facebook account.

If you miss Twyla’s sessions, no worries at all. Below are some of the best online photography courses available. Some are completely free, and some are paid courses. We’ve separated them so you know which ones are which.

Free photography courses you can take online: 

General Photography

  1. Photography Basics (Coursera)
  2. Photography Fundamentals (Skillshare)
  3. The Beginner’s Guide to Photography (Udemy)
  4. Frame a Great Shot: Exploring Photo Composition (Skillshare)
  5. Specifically for Smartphone Users: iPhone and Android Photography Pro Tips (Skillshare)

Photo Editing

  1. GIMP Crash Course (Udemy)
  2. Photoshop Basics for Beginners (Udemy)
  3. Photo Editing (Udemy)

For those who want to invest in some heftier training, here are some paid courses by industry leaders and experts.

Premium photography courses you can take online: 

General Photography

  1. Instagram-Worthy Photography with Brandon Woelfel (Skillshare)
  2. Photography Essentials: Understanding the Basics (Skillshare)
  3. Photography Masterclass (Udemy)
  4. Great Photography Tips (Udemy)
  5. The Ultimate Photography Course (Udemy)
  6. Photography Start (Improve Photography)
  7. iPhone Photography: How to Take Pro Photos on Your iPhone (Skillshare)

Shooting with a DSLR

  1. Fundamentals of DSLR Photography (Skillshare)
  2. DSLR Photography II (Skillshare)
  3. The Basics of Photography: Exposure Triangle (Skillshare)
  4. Digital Photography for Beginners: DSLR Cameras (Udemy)

Photo Editing

  1. Adobe Lightroom: Find  Your Unique Editing Style (Skillshare)
  2. Fundamentals of Photo Editing (Skillshare)
  3. Photoshop CC Essentials (Udemy)
  4. Lightroom Classic CC Photo Editing Course (Udemy)

We believe in the power of photos. Tag us in a photo that showcases your new skills — we’d love to see what you’ve learned.

Head on over to our Stay Focused page to see other activities and ways to stay connected and focused on what matters right now. Include the whole family in a photography challenge or keep the kids entertained while you’re learning.


The Author

Drew Allen

Drew Allen

Besides being the managing editor of this blog, I'm also a drummer, a husband, and a father, not necessarily in that order. I love good stories, and great design, and I probably quote the Office more than I should but less than I could.