Smile! 13 free online photography courses to learn from home

Everyone can take a photo; It is a simple matter of focusing with the camera (or mobile) and shooting. But taking a good picture is not so easy; it’s about going a little further, knowing the basic aspects of composition and light, as well as the elementary functions of the camera: aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Luckily, now you do not have to buy heavy photography manuals or sign up for an academy to go to class. It is enough that you have interest to learn, a free time and desire to practice with your camera, and you can sign up without problems to any of these free photography courses to study over the Internet. More comfortable, impossible!

TheWebFoto online course

We started the list with the free online course of TheWebFoto, a page specialized in photography courses. This course reviews the basic concepts to help beginners to enter the world of photography, and also to solve conceptual doubts. The course consists of three sections and reviews all the elements of this artistic expression, from camera types to accessories, through focal distance, sensor, composition or light measurement. It can also be downloaded in PDF format.

Improve your photos with any camera

In teachlr [teach us] (How to remove the background of a photograph) to improve our photos, regardless of the equipment we use. As it is often said, ” the best camera is the one you are wearing “, so this course will teach you the most important thing: develop your creative eye.

Learn how to use a light meter

Light is everything in photography, so it is essential that we know how to use the photometer that is included in our cameras. This udemy course will help us to master this important point, which will be essential if you decide to opt for analog photography.

Remove the background from a photograph

Many times we take a picture of a person and we like how it looks, but then we realize that the background is really horrible. This course teaches us to change it in a simple way, since they assure that we can learn this technique in “few minutes”.

Lectures on Digital Photography

This course is somewhat special, since it is a course taught that Marc Levy , his professor, taught several times at Stanford University and even Google. Now he has also decided to share it online so he can reach students from all over the world. The complete course covers all aspects of photography, from the artistic, scientific and technical perspective, along 18 lessons that you can follow at your own pace.

Learn to take pictures in 31 days

This free online dZoom photography course is designed to be completed in a month . For this, it has 31 deliveries that make a complete tour of all the key themes of photography: cameras, lenses, exhibition, depth of field, ISO, flash … You can follow the course online on its website, or download it in format PDF from the Premium section of your page.

Photography course

In the Photography Course website, three courses are actually offered , for the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. In them you start with the most basic concepts (light, aperture, ISO, exhibition …), and you end up with themes such as portraits, aerial photography or image editing. These are short courses (between 4 and 10 lessons), to be followed completely on the web.

Learn with Canon

More than just a photography course, what you find on the Canon website are photography tutorials , updated frequently, and that can teach you to improve the composition of your photos, make better action photography, use light better or Learn the tricks of macro photography, among other things. The tutorials are logically focused on Canon cameras.

Digital Classroom Nikonists

For those who belong to the Nikon side, the Nikonistas website has a section called Digital Classroom, developed in collaboration with the IDEP School of Photography and Design in Barcelona, ​​where you can follow a photography course divided into four levels : Aesthetics and photography narrative, Techniques of digital photography, Retouching and manipulation of images and digital photography in practice. Each level has several lessons, and when finished you have to pass an exam.

Basic photography course by Toni de Ros

Do you prefer the video format to learn? We also have material for you. To begin, the basic photography course by Toni de Ros, a course that reviews all the essential concepts to begin self-taught in the world of photography. There are a total of 11 videos of short duration (none exceeding 10 minutes).

Academy of Photography

Continuing with the video courses, in the channel of the Academy of Photography you also have a large amount of material, with playlists organized by themes: flash photography, guide for poses, night photography, camera settings, editing and post -production, etc. There is also a collection of videos with basic concepts for beginners.

Photography: Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual

Udemy offers all kinds of courses, and among them photography could not be absent. In this list we have included this free course that has a curious approach: it encourages people to stop using the “Auto” mode of their DSLR cameras(which many do) and get the most out of it by using it in manual mode. The course consists of 37 lessons and a total video content of 4.5 hours.


Speaking of the ways of using the camera, a small online utility that can help you better understand how different ISO settings , aperture and shutter speed affect the final photo. It’s called CameraSim and you can try it (in a limited way) in its web version, or download it in app format for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android.

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