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5 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily

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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.

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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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          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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            23 Killer Sites for Free Online Education Anyone Can Use

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            23 Killer Sites for Free Online Education Anyone Can Use

            Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless. Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent, free online education awaits on the following 23 sites.

            1. Coursera

            Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

            Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

            Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups. However, the free courses are now quite limited, so you’ll have to

            2. Khan Academy

            Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well-organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

            Among the more well-known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly user-friendly, which may make it easier to keep learning goals. If you’re looking for a free online education, you can’t go wrong with Khan Academy.

            3. Open Culture Online Courses

            If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos, and podcasts from universities around the world.

            The site features a lot of material found only on universities’ private sites, all in easy-to-browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses without having to visit and search each university’s site.

            Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales, and many state universities around the United States. It’s a very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

            4. Udemy 

            Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

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            Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top-quality content. This is another site, however, that mixes free and paid content.

            5. Lifehack Fast Track Class

            Lifehack believes in skills that multiply your time, energy, and overall quality of life.

            In this rapidly changing world, traditional education skills just don’t cut it anymore. You can’t afford to take years learning a skill you’ll never really practice. Besides offering some paid courses that will help you become a better self, it offers a list of free courses which aim to train some of the Core Life Multipliers including:

            These are cross-functional skills that work across many aspects of life.

            6. Academic Earth

            Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

            Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

            7. edX

            Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics from universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Berkeley, meaning a high-quality, free online education is entirely possible here.

            8. Alison

            Unlike the previous sites on this list, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

            It’s a great option if users need a professional certificate for their learning, as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

            9. iTunesU Free Courses

            A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

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            Desktop users can access iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

            Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including by genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos and paid content.

            iTunesU does include courses on a variety of topics, but it does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

            10. Stanford Online

            Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session-based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

            Stanford Online is a great site for high-quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school. If you’re looking for free courses, make sure to mark the “free” option on the left-hand side.

            11. Open Yale Courses

            Open Yale Courses echoes Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses but learn better by watching than by reading.

            12. UC Berkeley Class Central

            Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but it includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts, and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

            13. MIT OpenCourseWare

            Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, and it includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

            14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

            Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list. However, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics, but for the topics that are covered, impressive, in-depth material is available.

            15. Codecademy

            Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

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            The courses at Codecademy are well-written and easy to follow, and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, and it organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

            16. Code

            Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high-quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

            In addition to kid-friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics, and Javascript.

            Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

            17. University of Oxford Podcasts

            The University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

            The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. This is another great site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

            18. BBC Podcasts

            For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

            Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

            19. TED-Ed

            Another great destination for more general learning and free online education is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all-encompassing, motivational web series comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

            Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, but it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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            20. LessonPaths

            LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high-quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

            21. Memrise

            Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

            Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

            22. National Geographic Kids

            The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid-friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keep kids interested on this site.

            National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

            23. Fun Brain

            Fun Brain is another great option for kids looking for free online education, as it focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game-based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

            Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and it is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

            The Bottom Line

            With so many amazing free online education resources, everyone has the ability to boost their skills and knowledge. Whether you’re interested in picking up some interesting trivia for your next party, improve your resume with some coding or business skills, or become a more well-rounded person, these resources are perfect for you.

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