The Best Photography Classes You Can Take Online

The Best Photography Classes You Can Take Online

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Introduction to Digital Photography by Alison introduces you to the basic features of your digital camera (aka what all those buttons really do) using simple and easy-to-follow language. And when you’ve mastered the basics, there are four additional lessons to help you hone your skills.


Duration: 3 hours (14 lessons)

Contents include: identifying the key parts of a DSLR and how to understand each of the settings, overviewing different styles and techniques of photography (such as landscape photography, street photography, and wildlife photography), and composition principles such as the Rule of Thirds

Promising review: “If you are looking for the basics, you cannot go wrong here. Quick and to the point.” —Dominique S.

Sign up for the course at Alison for free.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Alison.


Photography for Bloggers by Brit + Co shows you how to take pics that’ll make your content stand out, from getting the perfect detail shot of a DIY to taking the perfect overhead picture of your breakfast spread. It just might motivate you to start your very own blog.

Brit + Co

Duration: 55 minutes (7 lessons)

Contents include: setting up lights to achieve a professional look, composition and styling, and how to use an iPhone (and other types of cameras) to take great photos

Sign up for the course at Brit + Co for $39.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Brit + Co.


Fundamentals of Photography by Nikon School covers how to consistently take great photos, even in challenging situations. You’ll learn how to go beyond auto mode and master all your camera settings. If you’ve ever lamented at how poorly your pictures turn out in the shade, this is the class for you.

Nikon School

Duration: 43 minutes

Contents include: understanding ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, using exposure compensation, and the difference between shooting RAW vs. JPEG

Sign up for the course at Nikon School for $29.95.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Nikon School.


Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography by Masterclass lends a behind-the-scenes look at the famed portrait photographer’s creative process as well as some of her more recent photo shoots. It’s a photography class that feels like a mini documentary.


Duration: 3 hours (15 lessons)

Contents include: Annie discusses the power of telling stories with photography, her process for developing imaginative and creative concepts for her photo shoots, photographing people close to you, and case studies including a Vogue shoot featuring the cast of the Angels in America

Sign up for the course at Masterclass for $90 or get a monthly subscription for $15/month (billed annually).

Check out all the courses offered by Masterclass.


The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners by CreativeLive walks you through the essentials of how to use your DSLR camera and how to take memorable shots without extra gear. It’ll also prepare you for more advanced classes should you decide to take your hobby to the next level.


Duration: 3 hours 50 minutes (16 lessons)

Contents include: explanation of basic photographic terminology including the rule of thirds and the exposure triangle, lighting and composition techniques, and how to position yourself and your subject for optimal results

Promising review: “Brilliant course! As a beginner, I’m impressed by the kind of shots I have been able to take after this class. I learned a lot from the technical side of the class and feel inspired by the artistic side of the course. The latter is where experience and practice makes a world of difference so while I feel really comfortable and learned astronomically with the technical side of the course, the artistic part of the course lets me know there is so much work I need to put in. But altogether it was a fantastic course.” —oluwatosin-johnson

Sign up for the course at CreativeLive for $29 or get a monthly subscription for $39/month.

Check out all the photography courses offered by CreativeLive.


Night Photography: You Can Shoot Stunning Night Photos by Udemy dives into the art of capturing beautiful images after dark and editing your night photos to look even better.


Duration: 2 hours (in addition to 6 articles and 11 downloadable sources)

Contents include: how to shoot light trail photos with your camera, how to use Bulb mode and a shutter release remote to shoot long exposures, and composing creative night photos of the stars

Promising review: This is an awesome class. I tried some of the techniques and got amazing pictures. The instructors are easy to understand and they show so much fun stuff to do.” —Mo Sposato

Sign up for the course at Udemy for $10.99.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Udemy.


Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics by LinkedIn Learning reviews all the fundamentals of digital imaging and photo editing and how to ~enhance~ your work in general. You’ll learn how to use different tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output.

LinkedIn Learning

Duration: 4 hours 54 minutes 11 seconds (15 lessons)

Contents include: working with layer masks, color and brush essentials, local pixel editing and retouching

Sign up for the course at LinkedIn Learning for $34.99 or get a monthly subscription for $29.99/month.

Check out all the photography courses offered by LinkedIn Learning.


The Ultimate Guide to Product Photography by Phlearn breaks down the theory and fundamentals of lighting objects, how to accurately represent products in an image, and the business side of building and maintaining strong client relationships. It’s great for anyone who runs their own business or is interested in e-commerce.


Duration: 3 hours (23 lessons)

Contents include: describing material with light, choosing backgrounds and set design, and product styling

Promising review: “This was an excellent video. I like the shorter, direct, and to-the-point discussions of each of the individual topics. I also like the flow of the topics from the basic discussion of the equipment to the product and presentation details. As I watched, I found myself with questions that were soon answered as the progression of the explanations continued. It’s always good to hear and see it from the experts.” —Wayne Mitcheltree

Get a subscription to Phlearn for $12.99/month to access the course.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Phlearn. (FYI, the Phlearn YouTube channel has plenty of free content as well!)


Transform Your Home into a Professional Photography Studio by KelbyOne gives you directions on how to take a room in your home, add some basic accessories, and start taking photos that look like they were taken in a professional studio (without breaking the bank!). Unsurprisingly, it’s the most popular course offered on KelbyOne.


Duration: 50 minutes (9 lessons)

Contents include: the necessary gear for creating an at-home photo shoot, how to set up an easy background, and how to use different types of lighting to achieve a professional look

Sign up for the course at KelbyOne for free (certain classes require a Pro membership for $9.99+/month).

Check out all the photography courses offered by KelbyOne.


Basics of Digital Photography by Bluprint offers step-by-step guidance on how to find flattering light, use shutter speed and depth of field to maximize detail, minimize distractions, and create the best photos possible. After this course, your DSLR will become your new best friend.


Duration: 2 hour 9 minutes (9 lessons)

Contents include: getting to know your camera, detailed info on light and exposure, shutter speed, and more

Promising review: “I’m new to the DSLR camera world, but after taking this course, I don’t feel so new at it. I’ve learned so much and never find myself thinking that I don’t understand what he’s talking about! The lessons are basic, practical, easy-to-follow, and informative. I decided to take a photography class at a local community center while doing this course, but I could have saved my money on that because it’s no where near as thorough as this course is. I sit in that class realizing I already know the stuff because of this course! Don’t hesitate to sign-up for this if you’re looking for quick knowledge so you can start taking quality photos.” —cheryltyb10280803

Sign up for the course at Bluprint for $14.99 or get a monthly subscription for $7.99/month.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Bluprint.


iPhone Photography: How to Take Pro Photos On Your iPhone by Skillshare allows you to become a professional digital photographer with nothing more than an iPhone or a similar smartphone. Whether you’re just looking to up your Insta game or build a more impressive portfolio, this beginner-level course will provide helpful info.


Duration: 51 minutes (19 lessons)

Contents include: how to take stunning photos by utilizing shot composition, how to optimize your iPhone camera settings for taking the best photos, and how to professionally edit photos in Lightroom (free) on your iPhone

Promising review: “This class was incredibly helpful for me as a complete amateur. Every lesson was concise and easy to digest. I found the lesson on Lightroom especially helpful and something I’m planning to put into use right away.” —Neycha Diaz

Get a monthly subscription at Skillshare for $16/month to access the course.

Check out all the photography courses offered by Skillshare.


Fundamentals of Photography by The Great Courses provides in-depth and highly interactive tutorials on how to take better photographs in a variety of environments (from the great outdoors to the inside of your car). It’s taught by Joel Sartore, an award-winning National Geographic photographer.

The Great Courses

Duration: 12 hours and 36 minutes (24 lessons)

Contents include: the effects of different lenses and focal lengths, tapping into the power of ambient light, and various techniques for photographing wildlife, people, everyday objects, and special occasions

Get a monthly subscription at The Great Courses for $16/month to access the course.

Check out all the photography courses offered by The Great Courses.

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