(Free Online Digital Photography Tutorials – Updated April 2019)
Are you or someone you know just starting out in digital photography? With all of the information out there, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out where exactly to begin. Even after finally narrowing down which camera to buy. Luckily, there are hundreds of free online digital photography tutorials to help everyone from beginners to the more advanced. We’ve collected a short list of some of the best free online photography classes, so you can get out there and start shooting!
Free Online Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginners
Photographer Lingo and Terminology for Beginners: This article goes over the basic camera exposure terms, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Use this as a guide and you’ll be able to conquer AND understand how to take any shot, in any location or setting (day or night).
Photography Course is true to its name, offering courses introducing basic concepts such as shutter speed and white balance and then moving up to more advanced manual shooting topics. This site also offers tips on iPhone photography (yes, it’s a real thing) and some video courses.
Like Reddit? There’s a photo class for that!
We love Cambridge in Colour because of the name (our parent company is Artisan Colour), but they also have a great selection of photography tutorials. Ranging from technical information to camera care, this is a great resource for beginning to intermediate photographers, regardless of camera type.
Photoshop Cafe has a great cheat sheet for beginning to intermediate photographers. You can find many others online, especially on Pinterest.
Dave Morrow Photography has a great site covering a wide range of topics. He discusses more advanced topics such as his passion, night sky photography. Morrow also includes free printable guides for things such as the Exposure Triangle, a core piece of technical knowledge that take photographers from beginners in auto mode to experiment with shooting in manual.
Beginner Video Tutorials
More of a visual person? Check out a few of these basic video tutorials. Topics surrounding the rule of thirds, lighting, camera settings and more!
9 Photo Composition Tips – A basic rundown of the rules of composition for eye-catching photos.
Rule of Thirds – One of the basic rules of photography.
Photography for Noobs – A cute animation about the important balance between shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.
Petapixel offers tips and tutorials aimed at every level of photography.
Fstoppers has a very wide range of articles, so there’s a little something for everyone.
500px’s blog offers education, inspiration, design, and news to photographers all over the world.
Digital Camera World has a little bit of everything, from gear reviews to posing people for portraits to shooting winter sports.
Camera equipment companies B&H and Adorama have blogs featuring a variety of topics.
Get Out There!
We hope you find these free online digital photography tutorials useful. Of course, the best way to learn is by doing. So get out there and try some of these tips! The more you shoot, the better you’ll get.
Take everything you’ve learned and just get yourself out there! We recommend the 30 Day Photo Challenge, which has a different photo subject for each day of the month. You can find great lists on Pinterest, such as this one. Or, search for photo contests, some of which offer bragging rights or small prizes.