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One thing I will always cherish about photography is the way it de-stresses me. It can be used to stabilize emotional and mental health, just like every other art. Photography is also one of the few hobbies that can bring you money.
Photography is a hobby that can be self-taught, the passion and creativity for it is first. Stay with me.
Being behind the camera teaches one leadership, patience and perseverance.
Are you interested in photography?
Do you take great pictures with your phone?
Do you love the idea of capturing moments and making people smile?
If your answer is yes,
I think you have what it takes to be a good photographer, just keep reading and I’ll show you 6 easy steps on how you can learn photography free online.
1. Enroll Yourself in a Photography Workshop
I facilitated a photography workshop sometime last year (2020), and we talked about the basics of photography, did exams and there were a lot of practicals. The workshop was interactive and there were testimonies from people – sharing the things they’ve learnt and how the workshop had helped them.
Check around, there are photography workshops around. Check online, you’ll find them there. Register and join.
Sometimes, google gets it done for you, just type “photography workshops near you”.
You will always find something, either online or offline.
2. Take Free Online Courses
When I mentioned passion, I meant a strong and energetic will that makes one be in a “doing” state. You are passionate about photography, what then do you do to learn or even advance your skills?
Surf the net and take online courses.
There are many resources online as there are sites that are willing to help you learn photography free online. You should check out free photography courses on Udemy. Shawacademy also offers this free course. You can also join skillshare to perfect your photography skills.
There are other sites like Photo.net, PictureCorrect, Tutplus, Creativelive and lots more that don’t even require you to log in or actively register for a course. They simply provide you with relevant articles and important ‘how-to’s’ for photography and even post-processing.
Search and you will find.
Online courses are flexible and self-paced, just think of it as scrolling through social media with attention and notes.
You are a few steps close to being a badass, I promise.
3. Watch YouTube Videos
I was talking to someone last week and I told them “online is the new world”. You can find anything, I repeat – anything you are seeking online.
Well curated videos draw attention as our brain engages with videos.
As of 2021, Youtube has an estimated 2.3 billion video. The streaming service is particularly popular with younger internet users.
YouTube is a space where you can learn everything you need to know about photography, just make the search and start watching. You can check out this video to learn all about photography basics.
4. Master the Camera Settings
It is most likely that you have seen YouTube videos where the onscreen tutor talks about the parts of the camera and mastering the art of the camera.
Now, you have gotten the knowledge, put it to use.
You have a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex), check for the settings online and how to use it. Master the parts and manipulate the controls.
If you don’t have a DSLR but have a smartphone, maximize the potential of the camera and master the camera settings. This video will help you master mobile photography using your mobile phone.
DSLR is more professional and you can start by watching this video that talks about how the buttons and controls work.
Like a wise person once said, “you should understand the parts before you use it whole”.
5. Take a Picture of Everything and Anything
The practicality you are employing after mastering the camera settings has to do with using what you’ve learnt to create a captivating image.
Be random or intentional, just take pictures – everything and anything. There is no mastering without practicals.
The theory is useless without practicals.
You can check this for photoshoot inspiration.
6. Challenge Yourself
This is fun once you start.
The moment you start beating the standards you set for yourself, the more you want to keep challenging yourself.
Create a list of things you want to photograph and how you want to photograph them. Make time to try new photography hacks out.
Play around with your shutter speed or exposure to bring an image to life.
In my own case, I created a list that included every kind of photoshoot I want to have when the month ends.
That was my spice.
Learn, build and find yours.