Top 5 Free Essential Photography Courses that will make you Shoot like a Genius

So you just bought your new camera. Now what? Yes, you have your camera’s manual, but anyone can tell you that is just not enough. What do you do? A photography course can be expensive, especially when you’ve just started life on your own. That’s exactly why you’re in need for our Top 5 Free Essential Photography Courses that will make you Shoot like a Genius!

We’ve made a terrible mistake. After our first post about a short history of photography, we’ve jumped into food photography tips, without talking about the beginning. Before you can master those tips, it’s really important to get to know your camera and get comfortable working with it.

That’s why we searched and searched for FREE, quality photography courses, that you can take on your own time, when you want, how you want.

When we created this list we thought about going gradually, from the beginning, to post processing in Lightroom ( that’s what we use now).

But first, a short story:

I remember when I got my first DSLR camera. I was so happy and excited, you have no idea. I was all over the place! Then, while working with it, I started to discover it, one shot at a time. All I ever wanted was to shoot and shoot.

But I didn’t get better on my own, I needed to learn. Taking a class is very important, especially if you’re fixed into breaking the amateur circle, and I was set onto going freelance and becoming as best as possible.

Nowadays, photography is everywhere. You even carry a camera in your pocket, everywhere you go. Visuals are important to any business, no matter what it is. It’s what draws people in.

Maybe you’re just starting a crafting business and don’t have the money to pay a photographer to help you sell your stuff. Maybe you’re like me and want to travel the world with a band because you love live events, festivals, and concerts, and want to show the world the beauty in life!

Then you’ll love this list.

We created this especially for you, to help you get as best as you can.

But enough blabbing, let’s get to it!

Top 5 Free Essential Photography Courses that will make you Shoot like a Genius

1. Basics of Photography: The Complete Guide, from Lifehacker

This is exactly what you need when you’ve just got your camera. It’s everything from understanding your camera, how it works, how to shoot. From automatic to manual, a little composition and post-processing. The basics. And yes, it’s free!

Photography Course: Lifehacker

2. Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual, by Jerad Hill’s Courses

Jerad Hill is a wedding photographer with experience that wants to share his findings with you, for free. He goes into depth about everything you need to know regarding your camera and the differences between shooting auto mode and manual mode.

Photography Course: Jerad Hill’s Courses

3. The Art of Photography, with Dr. Shane Hulbert on Open2Study

Dr. Shane Hulbert is an artist and an academic from RMIT University in Australia. In this course, we go artistic, and not only! It’s an incredibly inspiring course for any photographer, regardless of the level.

It’s like we always like to say: “as long as you’re alive, you learn”.

Photography Course: Open2Study

4. Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, on AdobeTV

No matter how awesome your photos look, you will learn they will need some post-processing. I’ve started using Lightroom only about a year ago, and I was so angry with myself for not starting earlier!

So learn from my mistakes and learn how to properly post-process your photos from the beginning of your photography journey.

Course: AdobeTV


And after taking all those photography courses, now you can say you’re a photographer. This course will help you decide where to go next and how to do it, how to get noticed, how to kick those doubts any artist gets and much more.

It’s simple, fun, and oh, FREE.

Photo Source & Course: Whim Magazine


We hope you liked this top 5 of free essential photography courses that will make you shoot like a genius!

Our question for you is: What other free photography courses would you like to take?

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Randall Christopher July 14, 2017 at 11:12 pm

You have peaked my curiosity and i look forward to hearing from you.

Maya Butterfly July 16, 2017 at 8:01 pm

We are glad that we peaked your interest! How can we help?

Alyssa B June 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

Thank you so much. I was actually looking for a free online course for me and one of my friends as we both really into photography. Love Photography! <3

Maya Butterfly June 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Glad we could help! 🙂

Rosi c June 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Great info. I actually need a course. I hope to become better as travel photographer. Love photography. Thanks

Maya Butterfly June 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm

We’re so glad we could help!


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