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Last Updated on August 8, 2019

5 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily

5 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily

Exploring photography can be an expensive hobby if you are not familiar with the online learning process. Many websites dealing with photography teach you everything from basic knowledge to expert skills, free of cost. Here are the 5 best free websites that can teach you most of everything you want to learn about photography in the comfort of your own home.

Happy clicking!

1. Digital Photography School

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Digital photography school

    Considered one of the best learning hub for photographers and graphic designers, DPS covers shooting tutorials, camera and equipment and post production, all for free. The website is full with several regular updates from novice to advanced levels together with great explanation and examples. With the in-depth newsletter they provide, DPS also serves several bonus tips and tricks in the email that are not always on the blog.

    2. The Photo Argus

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      A simple and inspiring blog that showcases the most beautiful pictures while introducing techniques and tips and tricks for photography, All the trendy tricks, the news and almost everything about photography can be read here to benefit your knowledge. A great way to awaken the artist inside you, take a stroll through this blog whenever you feel like picking the camera up.

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      3. Photography Concentrate

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        Website run by a couple, Rob Lim and Lauren Lim where they share their love for photography with every detail. Although there are some paid tutorials on the site, you can learn the gist of photography from all the free stuff they provide.

        4. Photofocus

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        Photofocus

          Another blog rich in photography how-to, Photofocus is full of tips, reviews and podcasts that are not just limited to clicking good photos. This blog also teaches you Photoshop skills and other editing skills and all of these are free. Also, it talks about everything from batteries to shades so that you learn a thing or two to polish your skills.

          5. PhotoJojo

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            A laid-back way to get all the information regarding photography without actually having to browse through internet all the time, PhotoJojo is one of the most resourceful websites ever. You can use their tips and tricks to click the best pictures around and don’t need to pay a cent for the skill. Also, a newsletter subscription to PhotoJojo is a great decision.

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            5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

            5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

            Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

            All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

            The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

            “Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

            The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

            “The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

            The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

            “The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

            So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

              Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

              1. Build a Memory Palace

                What is it?

                The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

                How to use it?

                Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

                “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

                Example

                An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

                • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
                • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
                • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
                • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
                • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

                You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

                2. Mnemonic

                  What is it?

                  A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

                  How to use it?

                  Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

                  Example

                  I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

                  I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

                  Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

                  Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

                  Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

                  Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

                  C

                  J

                  H

                  D

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                  P

                  Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

                  Cubs

                  Just

                  Hate

                  Doing

                  Push-ups

                  Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

                  3. Mnemonic Peg System

                    What is it?

                    According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

                    How to use it?

                    The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

                    Example

                    Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

                    0 = hero

                    1 = gun

                    2 = shoe

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                    3 = tree

                    4 = door

                    5 = hive

                    6 = sticks

                    7 = heaven

                    8 = gate

                    9 = line

                    Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

                    4. Chunking

                      What is it?

                      Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

                      How to use it?

                      In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

                      Example

                      Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

                      Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

                      081127882

                      Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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                      081 – 127 – 882

                      Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

                      “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

                      5. Transfer of Learning

                        What is it?

                        Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

                        “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

                        How to use it?

                        There are two specific ways to use it:

                        1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
                        2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

                        Example

                        I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

                        Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

                        The Bottom Line

                        The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

                        We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

                        Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

                        “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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                        Reference

                        [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
                        [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
                        [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
                        [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
                        [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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