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Favorites & Recommendations
Creative Live is a great platform to learn on a wide variety of photography topics. These are some of my absolute favorite classes, mostly because they are taught by some gifted instructors. If I'm not teaching the class myself, these are the photographers I want to hear from.
I also curated the topics I think you will care about most. Enjoy and learn from these options.
By the way, if you take any of these classes, please let me know what you think.
Adobe® Lightroom® CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide
Welcome to CreativeLive’s comprehensive, 4-week Lightroom® workshop! Join one of our best software instructors, Ben Willmore, to learn how to process and organize your images more efficiently - and have more time to spend doing the stuff that matters. In this series of lessons, you’ll learn how to import and organize your images; optimize your photos, using all levels of adjustments; make your images searchable within the program; and optimize your workflow, including exporting, printing, and troubleshooting.
My take: Consider this a full master class on Lightroom. Ben is a great instructor who really simplifies topics well. This is all you need to learn Lightroom from start to finish.
Use Lightroom, but feel like you're not getting the most out of it? Ben Willmore's Lightroom Mastery is for you! Learn how the adjustment sliders affect your images, how best to use the histogram, and how to fix your problem images. Learn to organize your images so you can easily find them later, and see a complete workflow from ingestion to printing or output. Then push your retouching beyond the basics to accomplish complex retouching jobs, and explore your options for adjusting localized areas within your images. Once your images are organized and adjusted, extend Lightroom with third-party software, create books and slideshows, and learn to print and post images on the web. Join Ben and master Lightroom!
My take: Think of this as Lightroom essentials. This is what you need to know to use Lightroom efficiently. (Click image to see this class on CreativeLive.)
Travel Photography: The Complete Guide
It takes the perfect combination of gear, exposure, and creative thinking to produce travel images that stand out from the rest. Learn the how to bring the critical ingredients together in Travel Photography: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore.
Ben will cover everything you want to know about selecting, packing, and protecting gear. You’ll also develop an efficient digital workflow that fits the fast-paced lifestyle of travel shooting.
My take: This is a great option if you want to take better photos on your travel locations. It covers everything from gear & packing, to researching and shooting. Ben goes heavy into Lightroom, and you can even use this as a LR 101 as well.
Becoming a Travel Photographer
Get Paid To Travel By Capturing And Telling Unique Stories
The world is full of unique and beautiful places. By learning the business behind travel photography and mastering how to capture and write those stories, you can get paid while filling up your passport; more importantly, you can brand yourself as a travel photographer.
Laura Grier is a photojournalist who has made a life out of exploring the world, capturing, and writing about her experiences.
My take: This class is helpful if you want to sell full packages of photos and stories in editorial publications. Laura covers a lot of the tools and approaches I used during my career as a public relations practitioner. She gets a lot of flak in the reviews for her chatty style, but her information is solid.
Learn how to break into the world of professional food photography with world-renowned commercial photographer, stylist, and NY Times columnist Andrew Scrivani. During this 3-day mouth-watering workshop, Andrew will introduce students of all levels to the essential food photography tips, lighting, styling techniques, gear, shooting styles, post-production processes, and fundamental business principles needed to turn your hobby into your dream job.
My take: I was blown away by the level of detail and sheer volume of useful information in this workshop. Andrew is clearly a master and shares his knowledge generously.
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If you choose to purchase somewhere else, it won't hurt my feelings. You go where you get the best deal. I'm not getting rich off these links. This just helps me offset the time I spend creating helpful information for you.