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Studio Lighting Tutorials | Ultimate List Of Free Resources

Image Credit: Julia Kuzmenko

Good studio lighting tutorials are surprisingly hard to come by. I’m sure loads of you are ready to vehemently disagree with me now but seriously; it’s true. There is an abundance of education out there for learning Lightroom, Photoshop, and basic camera technique, but relatively little when it comes to studio lighting tutorials. In actual fact, there is quite a lot, but much of it is poorly produced, badly taught, and, on the rare occasion, just downright wrong. That’s why we thought compiling an ultimate list of free studio lighting tutorials would be very useful.

Without further ado, here’s our list of the best free studio lighting tutorials / resources (Pt. 1) for both beginners and pros. If we’ve missed anything off that you feel must be mentioned, be sure to let us know in the comments.

1 Light With Portrait & Fashion Photographer Jeff Rojas

Jeff is an great photographer based out of New York, who has made a name for himself photographing men. On his Youtube channel you’ll find tons of free photography tutorials. They cover everything from the business of photography to one light setups, beauty lighting, tethering and so on. You’ll also get a chance to see our very own Miquel Quiles featured in many of the videos. The video I have chosen here covers three different ways to use a parabolic softbox, it’s simple but so useful, and Jeff breaks it down nicely.

You can find Jeff on his website and see more videos on his YouTube channel.

Dewy Skin with Beauty & Celebrity Photographer Julia Kuzmenko Mckim

You may already be familiar with Julia because of her great retouching videos., and she’s a part of the SLR Lounge team, however, not only is Julia a kick-ass retoucher but she’s also an amazing studio photographer, and passionate educator. The following video is an excerpt from Julia’s “Studio Beauty Course” and covers the use of contrast to photograph beautiful skin, and Julia’s ‘skin’ is top 1% in the business. Note* you can check out a detailed review of Julia’s course here, since you’ll likely want to after watching this video.

Find more from Julia on her website and YouTube account.

Profoto Don’t Just Make Excellent Studio Lighting Equipment

They also produce some really great educational content featuring photographers at the top of their game. Oh snap, looks like I found a video from Profoto featuring our very own Pye Jirsa. In this video Pye covers a technique whereby, with the use of Profoto studio lights, we can create golden hour light at any time of day.

For more instructional videos from Profoto, check out their website and YouTube account.

SLR LOunge Studio Lighting Tutorials

The fantastic content which Profoto produce leads me neatly onto some of our own. We have loads of free content to be found here on SLR Lounge and on our YouTube account, as you likely know, and in this video that’s an extract from Lighting 101, Pye covers 5 common key light patterns.

Head over to YouTube to find more of our free studio lighting tutorials. If, once you’ve finished those, you’re left wanting more, check out all of the paid content in the SLR Lounge Store. I’d recommend Lighting 101 and Lighting 201.

Who Knew That B&H Did More Than Studio Lighting Equipment?

B&H, on occasion, brings in some top talent in house to educate in depth in their specialized field, and they’re not just little short videos either. B&H hold lots of full-length seminars in their “Event Space”, where they cover the gamut of topics from copyright legalities and of course studio lighting. In this video Kevin Focht takes us through his approach to fashion and Beauty lighting, giving insight into the background and theory of it all.

Find more videos, and have the opportunity to attend future seminars, by visiting the B&H website, here.

Product Photography Studio Lighting With Photigy

Photigy is one of the few online resources which produce quality education relating to product photography. They have loads of paid courses but also produce a lot of free content on a regular basis. They’ve even got a free course which I have chosen to include here. The video below is just an introduction to the studio course; you can find the full course here.

You can find more free content from Photigy on their website and YouTube account.

Studio Lighting Techniques From The Slanted Lens

Jay P Morgan is a commercial photographer and film director from Los Angeles. Many of you will be familiar with Jay because of the free educational content he produces for The Slanted Lens. This video is an oldie but it’s still extremely useful when it comes to learning studio lighting. Jay takes us through a few common lighting patterns in a methodical approach, and concludes the video with a more complete lighting setup.

If you’d like to see more of Jay’s videos you can visit The Slanted Lens or his YouTube account.

Invaluable Studio Lighting Tutorials From Zack Arias

Zack Arias is a photographer and educator based in Atlanta, notorious FujiFilm shooter, and Editor In Chief of DedPxl. I’ve been watching Zack for years and have always loved his educational style. He’s really easy to watch, keeps you engaged, and imparts just very useful info. This video is the first of a two-part series in which Zack explains how to light a white seamless background.

You can find more about Zack on his website, and watch more videos (including part 2 of this one) on his YouTube account.


Fstoppers is a little website which occasionally writes the odd mediocre article about photography. Only joking! Fstoppers is great. Not only do they regularly write fantastic free content on all types of photography they also produce excellent instructional videos like this one from Patrick Hall, one of the Fstoppers founders.

If you’d like to see more video content from Fstoppers, then check out their YouTube account here.

Last But By No Means Least In Our Studio Lighting Journey

I’m sure you’ve heard of Adorama, but some are unaware of Adorama’s massive YouTube offerings, with hundreds of thousands who follow Adorama TV. Similar to the B&H channel, Adorama cover a range of topics from studio photography tutorials to editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. This video takes us through a technique which will allow you to get three different lighting setups in 1 second.

To find more head over to the Adorama TV website, click here.

I hope you enjoyed this list of studio photography tutorials. Remember, if you have any of your own suggestions, add them in the comments below.

Photography Lighting for Beginners - 3 Essentials

Summary: The word photography actually stems from Greek roots that mean "writing with light. " In order to truly take control over your photography, you have to understand light and how it works. But grasping lighting is a bit more complex than learning the controls of your cameras — it bounces off some objects while passing through others, creates large or small shadows and even influences the colors of the image.

In this guide for beginners, you’ll learn:

  • How the position of the light affects a photograph
  • How to create mood lighting and flattering shadows
  • How different lighting conditions and sources change the colors in the image — and how to fix it
  • How to use basic concepts to take more control over both natural and artificial light

Even the most expensive camera is worthless inside a completely dark room.

Photography originated from a chemical reaction that occurred when light hit certain materials, and while the cameras inside our smartphones have come a long way from the first room-sized cameras, the essence of photography has remained the same: light. Whether you are shooting film or digital, you cannot shoot anything without light.

The way a light is captured inside a photograph has a dramatic effect on the final image — it’s why a professional photographer can shoot amazing images with a toy camera. So what do beginners need to know to harness the incredible power of light? Mastering photography lighting beings with understanding three concepts: position, strength and color.

Photoshoot Lighting Setup: How Position Plays A Role

Imagine you’re back in that completely dark room — but now you light a candle. Where that candle is in relation to the object you are shooting plays a dramatic role on the overall look of the final image. In photography, sometimes you can move that light source, and other times you have to move the subject to alter the position of the light.

Front lighting, or placing the subject so that light is directly in front of the person or object, brings out the detail. Why? With the light directly in the front, the shadows fall behind the object, so there aren’t any shadows in the image to conceal any details. Front lighting is the simplest to shoot, however, it sometimes looks rather flat or boring.

Side lighting, or placing the light source or the subject so that the light hits from the side, fights the boring look of front lighting by creating shadows and depth. Side lighting is still fairly simple to shoot — you just have to careful and watch how the shadows fall. Side lighting doesn’t have to be at a 90 degree angle and even minor adjustments can change the way the shadows fall. When shooting with lighting from the side, watch where the shadows fall — small adjustments in the subject’s position can create more interesting or flattering shadows.

Back lighting is the trickiest of the bunch — proceed with caution. Without a light modifier or the understanding of manual mode, you’ll end up with a silhouette. Beginners are often best to avoid backlighting scenarios, like when you place the subject directly in front of a window. Don’t ignore it for too long however — once you’re comfortable in manual mode, backlighting can create spectacular images. When backlight, many things appear to glow — leaves and flowers, for example. Backlighting also gives portraits a nice pop and almost a halo effect.

With the light hitting the subject from behind, all of the light’s shadows are in the front of the subject, which turns the subject into a dark silhouette. Using manual modes, however, you can adjust the exposure so that the subject will be properly exposed. That will leave the background overexposed, but that sometimes creates a neat effect, like this:

— Photo by Hillary K Photography (www.hillarykphoto.com) and used with permission

See how the background is completely overexposed behind the newlyweds? To prevent overexposing the background, a reflector or a flash in front of the subject can provide a more even exposure while still giving the subject that backlit glow, like this:

— Photo by Hillary K Photography (www. hillarykphoto.com) and used with permission

The position that the light is in determines where the shadows fall — and while it’s impossible to move the sun, moving the subject (or using a mobile light source like an off-camera flash) gives photographers the power to choose just where those shadows fall.

Photography Lighting Basics: Soft Light Vs. Hard Light

Changing the position of the light source in relation to the subject changes where the shadows fall, but just how light or dark are those shadows? That’s where the light source, and any light modifiers, come into play.

A hard light source produces shadows with minimal transition between the light and dark areas of the image. While hard light refers to the transition between light and dark and not how deep the shadows are, hard light is often (but not always) associated with creating deeper, darker shadows. Hard light gets a bad rep — used incorrectly, hard light will create dark shadows under the eyes in a portrait, for example. But, hard light tends to create more contrast in an image. Hard light can be combined with the position of the light to avoid shadowy eyes and create drama inside a portrait.

Soft light, on the other hand, has a much more subtle transition between the light and dark areas of the image. Shooting with soft light has less drama, but the smoother shadows prevent details from being lost in the dark areas of the image. When shooting a portrait, hard light tends to emphasize imperfections in the skin while soft light tends to disguise blemishes a bit better. Soft light is like the front lighting of light direction — it’s a great starting point for beginners because it’s easier to work with.

So what makes a light source hard or soft? Large light sources produce soft light, while smaller light sources crate those harsh shadows. Just imagine holding a flashlight underneath your face telling scary stories around the campfire — the creepiness comes from the light and dark areas with no transition between them. Camera flashes, without a modifier, create hard light because they are small light sources.

But, distance also plays a role. Close light sources are softer, while distant light sources create that harsher transition between light and dark. Taking a portrait next to a window, shooting close to the window will create soft light while moving the subject to the opposite side of the room will create harder shadows.

The sun is a large light source — but it’s so far away that it becomes a hard light source. Shooting in the middle of the day with a cloudless sky, you’ll wind up with dark, hard shadows.

On a cloudy day, however, that same sun produces a soft light. Why? The clouds diffuse the light, or spread it out over a larger area, and making a light larger makes it softer. That’s why many photographers love cloudy days — the soft light is easy to work with.

Clouds are not the only diffusers either — lights such as flashes and studio strobes can use diffusers too. A white umbrella placed in between the light and the subject, called a shoot through umbrella, softens the light. Soft boxes are another form of diffusers — and some of them are even small enough to use on an on-camera flash. Bouncing a light source also softens it — bouncing a hot shot flash off the ceiling or a white wall, for example. Using a flash softbox or taking the flash off camera and putting it on a stand with an umbrella allows photographers to take a small, hard light source and create soft lighting.

Used together, the direction and softness of the light can be used to create different effects and moods in a photograph. Hard side lighting creates lots of drama, while a soft front light creates a softer mood.

Color Temperature: Understanding the Kelvin Scale

A lightbulb may look white to our eyes, but light actually comes in different colors. The sun at sunset creates an orange light. A florescent light bulb will create a different color of light than an incandescent one.

A camera’s white balance corrects the image automatically so white objects are white in the photograph under different light sources. Most cameras have an automatic white balance mode, as well as options named after the different types of light sources, like shade and incandescent. Manual white balance allows you to take a picture of a white object, then the camera will determine the white balance from that image. Manual white balance doesn’t offer as much control as using the Kelvin scale, however.

Adjusting the white balance on the Kelvin scale is the equivalent of manual mode for exposure — it gives photographers complete control over the white balance. Shade is often set at 7500K, while daylight is about 5500K and sunset 2500K.

An accurate white balance means that objects that are white in real life are also white in the image — but "accurate" isn’t always what’s right for the photograph. Using the Kelvin scale to skew the white balance to be more orange creates a warm feeling in an image, creating a look similar to shooting near sunset. On the other side, adjusting the white balance towards the blue end creates a cooler look, often used to create a somber mood in a photograph. Film photographers often used warming and cooling filters to create these effects, but digital photography makes it easy to simply adjust the white balance in camera (or in post).

White balance is also one of the reasons many photographers shoot RAW files instead of JPEG — with a RAW file, adjusting the white balance is as simple as using a Lightroom slider. Getting it right in-camera is easier, but editing in post with a RAW file makes fixing white balance errors easy. RAW files also make it easy to remove a green or purple hue as well.

Outside of using white balance to create a balanced image or one that’s warm or cool, photographers can also get creative with the source of their light using flash gels. These colored pieces fit over the flash and create colored lights — like the lights on a dance floor. Since color helps create mood in a photograph, using gels can be a fun way to experiment with the color of light.

Without light, there is no photography — and without understanding light, you simply cannot become a great photographer. Start simply by learning to recognize soft light and front and side lighting — these types of light are easy to work with and great for beginners. As you advance and learn how to modify light, then move onto experimenting with hard light and backlighting — they may be trickier to get right, but they can create some pretty dramatic images.

Shooting in low light - High School of Photography

How to conquer the magic of twilight and add live fire or light from garlands to the frame?

Probably, many of us have had the idea of ​​taking atmospheric photographs using candles, a torch, New Year's garlands or something similar as the main source of illumination. The idea is excellent and promising, but there are also several difficulties that await us along the way, which we will analyze and overcome together in this article.

To do this, we need to put together almost all the knowledge from the “Basic Photography Course” and first of all understand that our main problem is lighting. In order to get an image, we always need the same amount of light, regardless of the shooting conditions. Though shooting by candlelight, even in the sun.

Let us first analyze the situation when candles or garlands are indeed the main sources of light. They give little light, so we need to use all three main camera tools - aperture, shutter speed and ISO. The maximum aperture lens will be of great help. Even more - without it, it is unlikely to achieve a good result. We set the aperture to the most open. The shutter speed should be as long as possible to get as much light as possible. With people in the frame, however, it is better not to set it longer than 1/15 second, so that the characters in the frame can turn out to be clear. And even in this case, we will need either a tripod or shooting with a stabilizer.

Be prepared to set the light sensitivity to high levels, depending on the achievement of previous conditions and light levels.

ISO 800, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/100 sec, torchlight

Don't be afraid to leave the image underexposed, mostly dark - it will only accentuate the atmosphere of the evening. If you have to set too high and uncomfortable ISO values, increase the number of light sources (candles, torches, flashlights) or move them closer to the subject.

When choosing or adjusting the color temperature, do not try to achieve the correct white balance - this will destroy the atmosphere. The light should remain “warm” in the photo.

In other situations, you can try to cheat by including, for example, a candle in the frame, and at the same time illuminate the model with another light source (lamp, lantern, light panel), leaving it out of the frame. In this case, it is extremely important to choose a source with a “warm” light, visually similar to a candle. This approach will require more effort, but may reward you with a more comfortable shooting mode for options, or allow you to shoot with conventional lenses.

ISO 80, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, face lit by another light source

And the most difficult kind of such shots is in studio lighting. Imagine the situation - you come to the studio and build a frame against the backdrop of a Christmas tree with a beautiful garland. You point the studio light at the subject, take a picture and find that the tree “does not glow”. The fact is that the garlands give off so little light that with typical studio camera settings, it will not be noticeable in the frame. And the bulbs themselves will be barely visible.

ISO 100, 85mm, f/2.0, 1/60 sec, pulsed light

There are two ways out of this situation. The first. We still want to shoot with pulsed light. Then, first of all, we refuse the synchronization shutter speed in favor of the longest shutter speed - so the camera will be able to accumulate more light from the garland, and the flash power will remain the same. In the second stage, we reduce the pulse power on the device to a minimum, while simultaneously opening the lens aperture. If the light source does not have a wide enough range of power adjustments, you can try to illuminate the subjects not by the center of the light spot, but by its edge, so the amount of light can be reduced by a couple of steps. You can also “eat” a couple more steps if you use diffusers, honeycombs, curtains, or illuminate objects with reflected light from flags or walls. We talk in great detail about studio lighting, light metering and light shaping attachments in the Studio Shooting course

The second option, if the first one is not available for some reason, is to refuse pulsed light and use constant light. Even the light of the modeling lamp will be much better suited to the garland in brightness.

ISO 100, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/60 sec. camera. Of course, you can't do without it! But experienced photographers recommend that you first study the theory of photography, the basics of composition, color, perspective and other basic disciplines.

In this article, you will find everything you need to learn photography from scratch: the best online photography courses, video tutorials for beginner photographers, the most popular photography books and photography learning apps.

Online photography courses


Sergei Sarakhanov's course

The name of Sergei Sarakhanov has long become synonymous with real professionalism and skill in the world of photography. Sergey regularly conducts author's courses, where he helps beginners to hone their technical skills, which will allow them to completely switch to creativity and think only about the ideological side of the work. After taking a course with Sarakhanov, you will finally master the technique, study the settings and deepen your understanding of the image.

Trailer of the Basics of Photography course with Sergey Sarakhanov on Amlab.me

2. Basics of photography in Profile

A wonderful course on the basics of photography from Anton Martynov. This course is suitable for anyone who wants to master the theory and basics of the profession that any photographer needs. The presentation of the material is interesting and contagious, and the “homework” is not boring and moderately difficult.

Martynov also has courses for those who have been filming for a long time. Any photographer needs expert advice and advice from an experienced mentor. This course is a great opportunity to systematize and expand your knowledge.

3. Food photography. The Basics

4. Professional Photo Editing in Lightroom CC

This course will be useful for photographers of all levels. Even absolute beginners will easily understand Lightroom CC and learn how to work in it efficiently, quickly and professionally.

The course is a practical guide to action. In the course of training, you will learn how to process photographs in a variety of genres: portrait, landscape, city, still life and product photography, food and drink, travel photos and others.

5. Profession Photographer at Skillbox

In the photography course from Skillbox you will learn how to take cool pictures, shoot professionally in different directions and genres, process ready-made images, work with models and attract clients.

Course duration 18 months. At the end of the course, you will have an impressive portfolio and practical experience. You can immediately earn decent money and at the same time do what you love.

6. Photography courses for beginners

7. Online courses at the Kyiv School of Photography

8. Online course on food photography

This course is a series of online classes, including three live webinars. The course consists of rich video lessons on food photography.
Each lesson consists of a theoretical and practical part. For each lesson, you will receive additional materials and a presentation in PDF format.

All completed lessons are stored in your personal account, and you can also review their application. For each lesson, you will receive homework for shooting a particular dish. So already during the course, you will gradually hone your skills as a food photographer. An additional mini video lesson was filmed for each lesson, with an example of doing homework.

9. Green Square Photo School

10. Fotoshkola.net

Fotoshkola.net is the largest photography school in the world with over 200,000 students studying at the same time.

11. Basic photography course

This school will teach you all the technical aspects of photography, such as grip, exposure, composition, white balance and more. At the end of the course, you will permanently switch your camera to manual mode. Here you will learn where to look for light, how to determine the best angle and pose for the model, learn how to work with children of different ages and much more.

12. Siluette photography courses

13. ESHKO – The Art of Photography

14. Seize the moment individual photography course

15. Mobile photography online course

Mobile photography online course will be useful PR- specialists, SMM managers, owners of showrooms, restaurants, online stores, managers and administrators, bloggers. Anyone who wants to create attractive and selling visual content using a mobile phone will find a lot of useful information here. The main values ​​of the course are practice, detailed step-by-step instructions, as well as direct and quick communication with the teacher.

16. Photographer courses

17. Profession Photographer-retoucher from zero to pro

The best sites for photography

18. Photography lessons in PDF

These lessons will be useful for those who are just starting to master the camera and processing in Photoshop . The authors of the project tell in detail how to choose a lens, check the equipment upon purchase, and create a home photo studio. In the "Tips for a Photographer" section, you can try out the camera setup in a virtual DSLR simulator. On the site you will find a lot of useful information, from terminology to life hacks for photographers.

Observant site visitors will be able to download useful books for free if they find a promotional code hidden in the materials. There are books on landscape techniques, portraiture, architecture, albums of inspiring photographs, tips on working with light sources, highlights, and shadows. Some books on photography can be downloaded for free without a code.

19. Articles on photography

A wonderful site on photography with a huge amount of useful information. "Photo School" is a section for novice photographers, where they will help you understand the device of a modern camera, the principle of operation of a photographic lens, as well as master light settings and other basic skills. There are lessons on children's photo shoot, shooting animals and birds. The site also contains instructions for cleaning the camera, setting up the monitor, printing a photo book, and others.

In the Mastering section, you will learn how to work with a full model, tell you what to do if the flash syncs slowly, how to shoot underwater, how the photographer chooses a computer and printer. It also contains legal information such as copyright infringement and prohibited photography.

20. All About Digital Photography

All About Digital Photography has camera reviews, documentary photography tips, food photography tips, street photography hacks, quick exposure techniques and more.

21. Site for photographers

Here, in addition to the latest news from the world of photography, articles about interesting photo projects are published. This portal also has an extensive section for novice photographers with materials on basic topics: choosing a camera, shooting pets, the secrets of a successful composition, and others.

22. Photojournal

Photojournal is the largest portal in RuNet with articles on photography. The topics of the articles are very different: from elementary ones, like adjusting the exposure when shooting landscapes, to the nuances of portrait shooting and adjusting the lighting in the studio.

23. Tips for photography

This site contains the most useful and interesting tips for photography. Here you will learn how to bring magic to creativity, how to quickly improve the quality of photos, how to shoot a model with a non-standard figure, and what a selfie is.

24. Articles about how to take pictures

This site has a lot of useful information about photography techniques and photography. For example, how to choose a subject and angle for a photo on Instagram, how to take high-quality photos in a club, what is pin-up photography, where you can’t shoot, etc.

25. Theory and practice of photography

This portal has an extensive theoretical section with quality articles on photography. Here you can also download useful books on photography and art for free.

26. Master classes in photography

Useful video tutorials for different initial levels of knowledge are regularly posted on this site. There are master classes on photography techniques, processing in the main graphic editors, as well as on correcting errors in photos.

27. Photographer's Library

Video tutorials on photography for free

28. Commercial photography. Intensive

Channel: Skillbox Design

Founded: 2015

Views: 3,090,117

Subscribers: 76,000

On the Skillbox Design channel you will find a master class on professional photography. The author of the course - Vlada Krasilnikova, a professional photographer, a member of the Union of Photographers in Russia - tells about everything that can be useful for a novice photographer. This photography workshop is one of the few free ones from Skillbox.

The course material is voluminous, but easy to understand, some videos have attached workflows, composition examples, tips and life hacks, for example, how to make money from photography. The main theme of the master class is commercial photography. The author talks about the modern photography market, about the necessary skills, the image of a photographer, about finding clients and publishing in magazines.

Commercial photography. Intensive

29. Video lessons from Alexander Steblovsky

Channel: Alexander Steblovsky

Founded in: 2012

Views: 7 480 853

Subscribers: 109 000

Professional photographer Alexander Steblovsky publishes his lessons on this channel. Here you will find everything you need to learn photography step by step. The channel already has many interesting and useful video tutorials and new videos are regularly released for beginners and professional photographers.

Photography for beginners. Lesson 1: Exposure Photography for beginners. Lesson 1: exposure

30. Photography lessons for beginners

Channel: Alexander Ippolitov's Photo School

Founded: 2013

Views: 3 971 521

Subscribers: 96 400

Subscribers: 96 400

. The channel also has a course for advanced photographers.

Depth of field (DOF) | Lesson 3

31. Video tutorials on photography and video shooting

Channel: PhotoWebExpo

Founded: 2013

Views: 26 920 570

Subscribers: 174 000

PhotoWebExpo is perhaps the largest resource about photography, photo and video equipment in the Russian-speaking segment of the Internet. The YouTube channel, as well as the site today, has the largest daily audience in this topic. It publishes the latest news of the photo market, free video tutorials and master classes, reviews and tests on the newest cameras from the most successful photographers and videographers.

On the channel you can learn about the nuances in the work and device of new photographic equipment of all well-known companies. The number of master classes is not large, but they are voluminous and very informative. From them you will learn everything about children's, staged and studio photography, fashion photography. In addition to master classes by famous photographers, promotions and competitions are sometimes held. There are also bonuses, useful video life hacks, for example, how to replace a teleprompter at home. For convenience, there are playlists by topic.

How to shoot macro and portrait? | One lens | Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM

video with master classes from professional photographers. Average video length is 15 minutes. Among the topics of master classes presented are: sports photography, reportage photography, fashion photo shoots, newborn photography, outdoor photo shoots. Videos are published here in which you will be introduced to the Nikon technique, and will give advice on choosing a camera for beginners.

There are also short useful video tutorials from the NiconSchool cycle, where in 1 minute you will be taught how to adjust white balance, exposure, depth of field and much more.

shooting Macro Fud-Photo as part of the 20th theme #CreateyourLight

33. Life hacks according to photography

Channel: Metkin Product

Founded in: 2016

Views: 8 510 848

Signatures: 255,000

Founder founder founder founder channel, a professional photographer in his videos tells how to equip a practical photo studio at home, spending a minimum of money, take a selfie that will get hundreds of thousands of likes, or how to shoot a Starboy-style cover. So far, there are not many videos on the channel, but they are all useful, informative and unusual.

9 ERRORS of beginner photographers

34. Lessons in photography

Channel: Kaddr

Founded in: 2012

Views: 24 828 646

Subscribers: 156 000

Subscribers: 156 000

who wants to shoot beautifully with a camera and wants to become a popular blogger on Instagram. Here you will find Adobe School lessons that will help you master professional photo processing. And also a lot of videos with reviews of various photographic equipment.

Sometimes there are live broadcasts on the channel, during which professional photographers analyze photos of subscribers and give advice. Hearing competent and constructive comments on your work, you can work through the mistakes and quickly improve your level.

Photo processing in Adobe Lightroom with LoupeDeck. Overview of the panel for color correction

35. How to shoot newborns

Channel: Alena baby-art-foto

Founded in: 2012

Views: 617 995

Subscribers: 7 060

Alena Gorokhovskaya, a professional photographer with great experience, generously shares her invaluable experience with subscribers on her channel - how to photograph newborns. This is a very popular niche in the photography market today and a rather difficult direction.

The author analyzes in detail the nuances of shooting newborns both in the studio and at home. You will learn what to take with you to such a photo shoot, how to work with children, how to calm the baby. For convenience, all videos are divided into playlists: webinars, videos from shooting babies, tips for novice photographers, and others.

Newborn photography at home. Collections

36. Short photography tutorials

Channel: Cool Easy Diy – Filmmaker

Founded: 2018

Views: 1,744,851

Subscribers: 73,900

and video topics and contain a lot of useful information.

PHOTO training in 20 minutes in manual mode / budget camera / Camera setup #HomeTogether

37. Fundamentals of photography

Channel: Back2School

Founded in: 2014

Views: 2 221 336

Subscribers: 53 100

This is a channel of the Back2School network of photography in Kharkov, Kyiv and Odessa. The school, in addition to full-time, conducts online training. Here you will find free video tutorials on photography, photo marathons, streams.

On the channel "Tips for photographers" of the photo school "Friends" fresh exclusive lessons on creating beautiful photos are regularly published. Lesson topics: practice, shooting technique, creativity, composition, photo processing, behind-the-scenes videos from photo shoots and much more.

How to learn to photograph? Easily!

38. Tips for photographers

Channel: Friends Fotoshkola

Founded in: 2011

Views: 8 961 482

Subscribers: 130 000

Fresh tutorials on photo school are regularly published on the "Advice to photographers" channel creating beautiful photos. Lesson topics: practice, shooting technique, creativity, composition, photo processing, behind-the-scenes videos from photo shoots and much more.

Five secrets of beautiful photography!

39. How to shoot interiors

Channel: REA Media

Founded: 2016

Views: 94,721

Subscribers: 1,040,000

Channel: Profileschool

Founded: 2012

Views: 10,112,873

Subscribers: 117,000

The Profileschool channel has a lot of useful photography videos. Profile School has built its own effective online learning model. Its essence is that in online classes, the student and the teacher constantly interact with each other. This approach makes learning faster and more efficient, and knowledge is absorbed better. In their videos on the channel, school teachers share their knowledge using the experience gained in the process of teaching in an online school.Z

Objectively on the lenses Fujifilm 2021. Anton Martynov

41. Free master classes for photographers

Channel: Vigbo

founded in: 2015

Views: 1 910 116 9000 useful information on photography and free workshops for photographers. Here you will find videos on how to market your business, success stories from famous photographers, interviews with professionals, and inspirational stories.

How to photograph families. Family photography live | vigbo.com

42. Video course on photography on YouTube

Channel: Fotoshkola.net online

Founded: 2011

Views: 10 035 264

Subscribers: 108 000

This is the channel of the largest Russian photo school Fotoshkola. net Online photography courses are regularly posted here, as well as free video tutorials. These are great resources for beginner photographers. From them you will receive comprehensive knowledge of photography and quickly master the art of photography. Thanks to detailed video tutorials, you will be able to use the capabilities of any camera to the maximum, as well as beautifully, efficiently and quickly process images.

"Product photography for an Instagram store." New training program (2021). [Module 2 fragment]

43. Teaching Mobile Photography

Channel: FREEMAX

Founded: 2014

Views: 37,404,822

Subscribers: 744,000

Channel author Maxim Rusakov, professional photographer and director. In his videos, he talks about photography in a fun, interesting and exciting way.

COOL Photo editing on your phone in ONE CLICK!

44. Studio shooting for beginner photographers

Channel: Art Magic School

Founded: 2010

Views: 132,767

Subscribers: 2,430

Wonderful channel of photography school Magic Art School, which also has its own online photography school photography courses.

Ballerina, doves and magician! How to shoot with impulse in the studio. And what happened to the paper background?

45. Photoshop full course

Channel: Sergey Rozhnov

Founded in: 2010

Views: 7 403 634

Subscribers: 108 000

Photographer Sergey Rozhnov created a full Photoshop course on his channel. The author also talks in as much detail as possible about all the moments of photography and photo processing.

Photoshop From Scratch #1 - Layers Masks - Complete Course

46. Fundamentals of Studio Portrait Photography

Channel: PhotoWebExpo

Founded: 2013

Views: 26,935,217

Subscribers: 170 02 PhotoExpo02 a cool portal about photography, photo equipment and video equipment in Russian. You can take a free portrait photography course on YouTube here. Portrait photography is one of the most popular genres, courses in portrait photography are in great demand among both amateurs and professionals.

Most good portrait photography courses are only available in major cities and are expensive. Here you have a wonderful opportunity to take a good course in portrait photography absolutely free. In this course, portrait photographer Alexei Korzov explains in detail how he works with studio lighting, what lenses he recommends and what he pays attention to when shooting a portrait.

Portrait photography with Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f1.8 | Studio

Portrait Basics 47. Photography Tutorial

Channel: Get Up and Shoot

Founded: 2007

Views: 7,503,625

Subscribers: 90,700

On the Get Up and Shoot channel, most of the videos are about street photography, travel, and connecting with people. Here you will find photo and video reviews, viral videos about photography, instructions for creating native advertising. There are also many educational videos on photography: about retouching, composition, posing, reportage shooting and communication with clients. Bonus - useful videos on video shooting.

How to take natural outdoor portraits | 5 Tips


Photographer's channel

Channel: Marina Voitik

Founded in: 2013

Views: 968 336

Subscribers: 22 500

The creator of channel 9 has been working as a photographer for the summer. She creates and regularly publishes videos from photography, in which everything is easy, simple and clear. All videos are fun to watch and very helpful.

Studio light. TOP-5 simple schemes [2018]

49. Video retouching tutorials

Channel: Vitaliy Menchukovsky

Founded in: 2013

Views: 4,623,672

Subscribers: 84,200

Vitaliy Menchukovsky — professional graphic designer, UX/UI development studio owner . On his channel, Vitaly generously shares his experience with subscribers. Separately, it is worth canceling the detailed and understandable retouching lessons.


50. Lectures on mobile photography

Channel: re:Store Academy

Founded: 2015

Views: 6,844,830

Subscribers: 109,000

. In partnership with cutting-edge musicians, artists and photographers, re:Store regularly provides creative training. On this YouTube channel you can take a great course on mobile photography.

Travel photo as a way to find yourself. Photo promotion on Instagram. Sergey Sterling (re:Store Academy)

51. DIY light for photographers DYI

Channel: amlab.me

Founded: 2014

Views: 5,470,316

Subscribers: 128,000

One of the smartest online projects for photographers — Amlab has been running his YouTube channel for a long time. Here, the guys, together with their subscribers, have created a real community for all those who are in love with photography and those who are not afraid to try new things, experiment every time and continuously develop.

On this channel, Amlab not only share good mood and infect with the desire to take pictures as often as possible, but also publish cool photography lessons. Among them are video life hacks about shooting at home using the most budget equipment, as well as interviews with professional photographers.

How do we see color? and what is CRI?

52. Educational videos on photography

Channel: fotoskladTV

Founded in: 2012

Views: 8 437 390

Subscribers: 158 000

Beauty photography. Training video

53. Photo school. Photography Lessons


Founded: 2013

Views: 645,851

Subscribers: 22,300

This channel belongs to Photocollege, the leading school for training professional photographers in Russia and the CIS. Hundreds of students from all over the world are already convinced of the quality of education in this online school. Now you also have the opportunity to get trained with the help of free video tutorials on photography in youtube.

All about the basics of photography

54. 100 lessons photography

Channel: Oleg Zotov

founded in: 2013

Views: 13 760 290

Subscribers: 74 500

This collection contains 100 #NOPHOTOSHOP photo tutorials from a cool professional photographer Oleg Zotov. You are waiting for unique lessons on classic and non-standard shooting, lessons on how to take high-quality pictures without using Photoshop. Lessons are sorted from easiest to hardest.

100 lesson of Oleg Zotov's Photoschool! Eliza Carrillo Cabrera!

55. Lessons of subject shooting

Channel: Alexander Steblovsky

Founded in: 2012

Views: 7 480 853

Subscribers: 109 000

"Lessons of subject photography from Alexander Steblovsky" another. A large number of interesting and useful video tutorials are posted here, both for beginner photographers and for amateurs and professionals.

Product photography. With one source! Budget.

The best books on photography

56. Product photography in advertising. Schemes of Light and Special Effects

"Product photography in advertising" by Ilya and Maxim Plotnikov and Alexandra Leroy is one of the best modern books on photography in Russian. The authors draw our attention to the individuality of each project and each shooting, which means that each of them needs a new approach and a new lighting scheme.

This book will teach you how to think and look at things like a photographer and will give you a fair idea of ​​all the basic ways of shooting a variety of subjects. Here the process of creating a high-quality image is analyzed in detail, concepts about photography techniques are given, the secrets and techniques of professional photographers are revealed.

57. Michael Freeman's photography school. Exposure

This book will help you learn how to always choose a good exposure, regardless of the subject and the complexity of the lighting. You can capture vivid, expressive photos no matter how challenging the shooting conditions. Michael Freeman, the author of the book, explains in a simple and understandable manner the techniques for choosing and adjusting the exposure parameters in the camera.

His system has proven to be the most efficient for selecting the perfect exposure for any digital photograph. Topics in the book include shooting moving subjects and the creative use of exposure. The book contains more than 200 illustrations and photographs, supplemented by an analysis of exposure selection techniques. In one edition, the most necessary theoretical foundations and the development of practical skills are successfully combined.

58. Photography: A Complete Mastery

Photography: A Complete Mastery teaches you how to capture moving subjects in full motion, create great portraits, and capture stunning landscape photographs. Everything you need to fully master the art of artistic photography is collected here.

Here you will learn how to work in different creative directions regardless of the camera class, how to choose a camera and use it to the maximum. In addition, you will learn how to build a composition, take high-quality pictures even on a mobile phone and process your work in photo editors. Here are collected more than 300 tips and tricks for beginners and professionals.

59. Digital photography basic course. Michael Freeman

This course consists of 5 books that are rightfully considered basic for mastering the art of photography. From the first book “Digital Camera. A Practical Guide" you will learn how to get the most out of your digital camera, learn how not to use camera settings, take successful and expressive pictures, gain real freedom of creative expression.

In the second book “Exposure. A practical guide" has all the necessary information for both amateurs and professionals, necessary when choosing an exposure in any conditions, in any lighting and for any subject. Travel photography.

Practical Guide - the third book of the course - contains a lot of useful reference information for traveling photographers: tricks and tricks to save time, nerves and money, legal and cultural peculiarities and restrictions in different countries, and much more. Fourth book “Landscape photography. A Practical Guide" will teach you to convey the beauty and originality of the world around you, to take pictures that will not leave anyone indifferent anywhere.

With the help of the fifth book of the course “Shooting video films with a digital camera. Practical Guide" you can turn any digital SLR camera into a full-fledged tool for professional video shooting.

60. Photography. The art of deception. Irakli Shanidze

The author - Irakli Shanidze - claims that photography is a lie. In his book Photography. The Art of Deception” he tells in a fascinating and detailed way about the secrets of the skill of professional photographers, about how they deceive the viewer’s gaze, catch him, openly or covertly joke. You will also be able to learn how to make good portraits and jokes through photography, get acquainted with the methods of Halsman and Avedon. The book will be useful for both professionals and beginners in the world of photography.

Irakly Shanidze. Photo. The Art of Deception

61. Digital photography. Basic course Bevister Steve

With the continuous development of technology, prices for equipment are constantly decreasing, now the world of digital photography is open to everyone. But there are not so many sensible books on this subject that are not overloaded with an abundance of technical terminology that can only cause confusion and confusion in a beginner.

Book “Digital Photography. The Basic Course by Steve Bevister is a remarkable exception and is an excellent example of a good primer for beginner photographers. It is written in a simple and understandable language, as well as conveniently structured. In the course of reading, you will go through all stages of the development of a photographer from choosing a camera, taking the first shots, to creating expressive and spectacular compositions.

62. Looking for a shot. Idea, color and composition in photography. Brian Peterson

This is a new edition of Brian Peterson's Looking for the Shot, which has been completely revised and includes only new photographs by the author. This book shows how important a thorough approach to creativity is, and that creativity is simply a skill that can be cultivated and developed.

With the help of original photographs from your own portfolio, you will be able to truly look at the world through the lens, learn about the basic elements and techniques, avoid visual and technical pitfalls and boring ones. banal shots. The author set the goal of the book to get rid of the habit of looking at things traditionally and taking boring, dull pictures.

63. Photography as contemporary art. Charlotte Cotton

Photography was invented almost two hundred years ago. Since then, it has evolved from a documentary tool to an artistic medium and now takes its place in art along with painting and sculpture.

The author of the book "Photography as Contemporary Art" - Charlotte Cotton - talks about the most important features of contemporary art photography, using as an example the work of 250 famous photographers. Among them are photographs of recognized masters - Isa Genzken, Jeff Wall, Sophie Kall, and such rising stars as - Beshti, Jason Evans, Lucas Blalock and others.

64. Digital photography. Kelby Scott

"Digital Photography" is the absolute bestseller in digital photography in the world, a real hit, awarded with many awards. The book has been translated into many languages ​​and has become popular in many countries, as it really tells how, using the techniques of today's leading photographers, to get professional-quality pictures. Author - Scott Kelby created not a reference book on photography theory, overloaded with terms and abstruse reasoning, but a working guide for everyone who wants to master the technique of photography.

In the book you will learn more than 200 professional techniques, learn how to get high-quality, sharp and beautiful photos in various genres. Literally on every page of this book is a simple tip for improving the quality of your photos. Scott Kelby is one of the world's most renowned digital photography book authors and has been the editor and publisher of the popular professional magazine Photoshop User for many years. Kelby-KelbyOne also prepares and distributes online courses for photographers.

65. Portrait photography. Franz Fiedler

This rare, forgotten and little-known book has been considered a true canon of photography since its publication in 1960. Fortunately, you can now find an electronic copy of the book in high resolution.

In this book "Portrait Photography" you will not find many ready-made recipes for getting great portraits. Franz Fiedler had enormous practical experience, which he generously shares in his book. The author analyzes photographic portraits and talks in detail about the process of their creation, trying only to prompt the photographer to a creative and thoughtful attitude towards creating a portrait.

66. Photography lighting. A Practical Guide for Photographers

This book provides detailed answers to technical questions about studio lighting and its counterparts, including the home studio. This is the first book with a new modern and scientifically based classification of photo lighting. All the information presented in the tutorial is of practical importance and will allow you to create masterpieces of artistic photography. The way the knowledge is structured in the book “Lighting in Photography” has been helping students in various photo schools and photo studios quickly and easily master the basics of photography for years.

The manual will be useful and interesting for both beginners and professionals, as well as anyone who is fond of photography. Along with the book, you buy a DVD with an educational film - "Modern Light Painting System". From it you can get even deeper into the organization of lighting in the studio. Also included on the disk in the appendix to the book you will find modern lighting schemes and a large number of inspiring photographs.

67. Light is our everything and composition. Boris Krupnik

Boris Krupnik's book will help beginners learn how to work with lighting, deal with studio lighting, introduce light-modifying nozzles and the principles of building lighting schemes. “Light is our everything and composition” is a complete textbook on the nature of light, how to control lighting and the technical nuances of working with studio equipment.

Particularly noteworthy is the part devoted to the expressive tools of photography and composition. And these are not just abstract rules, but a full-fledged reference book in which each visual technique is considered through a task that the photographer needs to solve. At the same time, Krupnik's book is written simply and clearly, supplemented by many illustrations and examples.

Photography Apps

68. Photography Tips & Tutorials

Photography Tips & Tutorials is a collection of the best photography articles from renowned photographers.

69. GuruShots - Photography Game

This application brings together and inspires photography lovers from all over the world who share their photos here. GuruShots is rightfully considered one of the best photo app for showcasing your work, here you will get instant feedback, comments and votes from millions of photographers. Constructive criticism and support from professionals will help you move to the next level.

GuruShots - Join the World's #1 Photography Game

70. Photographer's companion

The Photographer's companion app helps you permanently disable automatic mode in your camera. It is intended for professional or amateur photographers who want to gain basic knowledge and skills.

With this application, you can correctly calculate the exposure, depth of field, determine the field of view, set the shutter speed, find out the position of the sun, the time of sunrise and sunset in your area, monitor the position of the moon, make optimal settings according to the lighting of the place and much more .

71. Canon Photo Companion

The Canon Photo Companion is your personalized, portable assistant, digital mentor and teacher, your guide to the world of photography. This appendix contains information about all Canon EOS cameras. By downloading the application, you will have access to visual tutorials and video tutorials on working with Canon cameras and photography in general.

The benefits of this app include personalization of exercises, video tutorials and tips according to your camera model, starting skill level and your interests. The application also contains a lot of inspiring materials from eminent professionals.

Photography lessons. How to learn photography with Canon Photo Companion

72. DSLR Photography Training apps — Capture Pal

With this app, the developers promise to make you a true photography expert. In addition to photography lessons, it has functions for sharing tips, because after creating a profile, you will become a member of a kind of community of photographers.
Find DSLR tips, photography tutorials and personal notes here.
The application has a tutorial on the basics of photography with more than 50 ready-made photo scenarios.

73. Easy ways to learn photography

This application contains a complete guide to learning photography, which will help beginners who want to study photography in depth.
Here you will gain an understanding of the art of photography, learn tricks and life hacks for successful shooting, get basic knowledge of photography techniques, get acquainted with the camera device, master such basic concepts as exposure.

This application is distributed free of charge and without any additional fees. The program has a Google Language Translator feature to choose from a variety of languages.

74. Photography Course: Learn Photography : portrait

In this app you can take a complete digital photography course. It will be useful for beginners and experienced professional photographers. It explains in easy to understand terms the concepts needed for basic photography techniques, as well as camera and lens selection.

The purpose of the course is to help everyone who wants to master a digital camera and operate it like a true professional. This is a real find for independent photographers involved in creative photography projects in various fields. After completing the course, you will be able to attract the attention of fans to your work and discover all the possibilities of digital photography in the genre of portrait, landscape, urban sketch, etc.

75. Photo Tips PRO - Learn Photography

Learn how to take amazing photos with this application.

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