Are you looking to improve your photography? You don’t need to go to university, educating yourself from home can be a great way to ramp up your skills and there are plenty of offline and online photography education platforms to try.

Photography Books

One of the best places to start improving your photography is by reading books. Best of all, this doesn’t have to cost you any money!

Remember that building you used to visit as a child called a library? 

Well they have hundreds of books available to borrow, covering every aspect of photography which will help you educate yourself from the comfort of your own living room.

If you like owning your books and building out the bookshelf, check out this post for a couple of tips on which books to pick up.

I’ve also compiled some of my favourite books for architecture photography if you want to take a look at what I have been reading.

Youtube for photographers 

Youtube is a fantastic space for free photography education resources.

Whether you’re into landscape photography or macro photography, there will be a wealth of videos out there, covering everything from equipment to techniques and retouching.

One of the best things about this way of learning is you can leave it on in the background or on a separate screen while you are working on something else.

Photographers like Peter McKinnon have pretty much made aliving from teach others how to take better photographs:

Podcasts for photographers

If you do a lot of travelling or listen to radio in the studio then consider picking up on the podcast trend.

There are tonnes of podcasts out there, from all corners of the globe which will help you educate yourself.

I find podcasts great for picking up marketing tips and nearly always have one on in the background when I am driving.

If you want a good list to try Format has put together 20 of the best photography podcasts or here is one of my favourites on architectural photography:

Photography Blogs

The fact you are reading this is a good first step but there are loads of other great blogs out there to help you learn some new techniques.

I love coming across a new photographer whose work I love and finding they have a blog section on their website where they run through their kit and how they work.

Forums and sites such as Reddit are also a gold mine for getting opinions on everything from kit to feedback on images.  You just need to remember that some of the people replying may never have actually taken an image themselves….

Check if there are any blogs out there in your niche and give them a scan. Reach out to the author and let them know you read their content too!

Also, if you’re not blogging at the moment consider doing it, you could help someone out further down the line with something which they hadn’t thought of before.

Online courses for photographers

There are thousands of courses available online to help improve your photography.

It’s worth checking if your favourite photographer has anything.

Many are behind a paywall but it’s worth paying if you believe it will improve your work.  It’s also a good way to say thank you and support other photographers while they may not be working.

It takes a lot of time to put a good course together so if you really want to learn, consider buying an in depth course.

Sites such as Fstoppers have loads of great courses and often run deals where you can get a few courses for a cheaper bundel price.

Hopefully this has given you some great ideas to educate yourself as a photographer so you can continue to grow. 

If you’ve got any tips on how you self-educate, pop them in the comments below.

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