Free Online Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginners

Do you know someone who’s just starting out in digital photography? It’s hard to know where to begin, even after 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 start shooting!

Beginner Video Tutorials

9 Photo Composition Tips – A basic rundown of the rules of composition for eye-catching photos.

Rule of ThirdsOne of the basic rules of photography.

Shooting in Natural Light – This channel also has explanations about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

Photography for Noobs – A cute animation about the important balance between shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.

Free Online Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginnerssomeone completing free online digital photography tutorials

Digital Photo Mentor is a great starting point for those just picking up a new camera. Basic image composition, general information about cameras and lenses, and tips round out the tutorial options.

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 experimenting with shooting in manual.

Extra Credit

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Canva is a great asset for creating graphics (even if you’re not a graphic designer), and they also have a wide range of articles related to design, photography, and business.

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.


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.

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. We may put together another list for photo editing tutorials, which is the next step after getting a good handle on your photography.

If you need some inspiration for practicing your photography, 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.

Don’t Forget to Show Off Your Work!

If you want to print your photos, don’t forget to check out ArtisanHD! Print on canvas, acrylic, brushed metal, and more.

2018-04-10T08:32:55+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: ArtisanHD, Cameras and Camera Accessories, Photography|

About the Author:

Glenna Goldman
As a digital media marketing professional, Glenna enjoys using her skills in social media and web marketing, video production, and photography to connect with audiences across the globe. With Artisan, she aspires to bridge the gap between the technical and creative minds involved in printing and photographic artistry. Check out her travel blog at


  1. Shane May 10th, 2018 at 6:11 am

    The only problem with all these free tutorials and guides is that there are so many to choose from, it makes it impossible to even pick one, especially since they’re all so good.

  2. Richard Gaspari September 12th, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Shane, it’s really not that big of a deal. Just pick one and run with it! If all else fails and you hate it or something for some reason, just try another one.

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  4. Julie Estrada
    Julie Estrada September 24th, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Emily, thank you so very much for your kind words. We are so happy to hear that this content has helped you in some way. Please feel free to take a look around at some of our other blogs as well, if you have time! (we have many that offer tips & tricks for photographers!) Take care.

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  6. Julie Estrada
    Julie Estrada October 23rd, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Hi Maria,

    We are so glad to hear the information on our blog has been useful to you. If you’re new to photography and looking for tips, I recommend taking a peek at a few of our other recent articles! Take care.

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