FREE Photography Resources to grow your vision

Updated: Feb 27

For the past month I’ve been busy teaching my first photography course at a local university, here in South Korea. It has been a lot of fun, especially going on photo walks with my students, seeing their results and even a very small progress in just the last three weeks. This class also helped me grow as an educator and a photographer, needing to put into words skills and aspects I’ve learned about six years ago. One of the biggest lessons that I hope my students take away from the class is the necessity to constantly educate themselves in the art of photography (there is a lot more to learn than what I can instill in them in mere four weeks) and of course, the need to always practice and refine their skills.

Here I’ve accumulated a list of sources that have helped me grow and prosper as a photographer, an artist and an overall a more creative individual. I believe that especially for beginner photography enthusiasts, these sources are daily must!

First of all, viewing images from the greater photographic community of the Internet should not come as a surprise but a regular homework to hone other people’s vision and in turn build your own.

  1. Viewbug (lot’s of contests to participate in to see how you stack against the others)

  2. Instagram

  3. 500px

  4. Flickr

To connect with photographers in your communities, at this day and age, Facebook should be the go to. In South Korea, these are the most common sites used by fellow photogs:

  1. Photography in Korea (PIK)

  2. Seoulighters

  3. Busan lightstalkers

  4. FIS (Flickr in Seoul)

If you’re more into just listening/reading and learning, then try the following pages, most of which provide a plethora of FREE photography content:

  1. Digital Photography School

  2. Fstoppers

  3. Creative Live (Helped me discover the likes of Sue Bryce, Lara Jade, Robert Lim, Lindsay Adler and others)

  4. Ted Talks on Photography (also check out Ted Talks on Art, Creativity, Visualizations and more)

  5. Youtube: That Nikon Guy

  6. Youtube: B and H

  7. Youtube: DigitalRev TV (Cheap Camera Challenge is great!)

  8. Youtube:Adorama

  1. For those who’d like to speed up their time in PS or LR, here is a free list of shortcuts, courtesy of Make a Websitehub.

Of course, some of my education came from not just sitting and staring at my computer, though I’m a big fan of that. There have also been books, paid courses, workshops, photo walks, personal lessons and tips from the person who got me into this journey – my mom.

Basically, by creating a helpful list of FREE sources, there are no more excuses to not pursue your art and your passion. Go on, get to learning, practicing and don’t hold back!!!

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