Where to learn photography?

There are many places/options where you can learn photography.

With digital camera and internet, photography knowledge has become much more affordable to learn and much more accessible to everyone.

Learn from photography books.

There are tons of photography books out there. Try to start with your local library, the books there may be old but you will still learn a lot from those books as the fundamental of photography does not changed much. The basic of getting proper exposure is critical regardless whether it is film or digital. You can also go visit your local book store to browse through the more up-to-date books and magazines. Subscribe to monthly magazine is also a good idea as most magazines will cover different basic fundamentals and new techniques in each issue. Online book store is another option to search for good photography books and you can read the review before buying.

Learn from the internet and YouTube

Nowadays you can learn almost anything from the internet. Just do a search in Google or YouTube and you can find many tutorials and tips and many of them are free of charge.  However, the free information available sometime is less organized and less comprehensive compared to paid version of online courses, videos and DVDs. There are also many free eBooks available online thanks to many generous contributors who are willing to share their knowledge.

Learn from local photography society and social media group

In most towns or cities, there are local photography societies that offer basic photography classes that are either free or at a low price for their members.  Try to find out what photography societies are available in your area. It will be also beneficial just to join the outing or photograph sharing session.

With the popularity of social media like Facebook, it is easier than before to find groups of people having same interests and passion as you. Create a Facebook account if you have not, you can search within Facebook to find photography groups that are active in your area. It will be fun just to learn from each other.

Attend photography workshop

Another option for you is to attend photography workshops. This might cost more but a good workshop from the pro will be worth the price. Depends on topic, the workshop could be 1 day workshop, 2 day workshop to maybe a whole week. Do your research for the workshops available in your area and pay attention to the feedback or review, especially feedback from your society members or group members.

There are also many online workshops, some are free and some charge quite a bit but typically online workshop will be less expensive.

One of the well-known names of online photography course is CreativeLive. Most of their online courses are scheduled on weekend. All you need to do is register in advance and spare a couple days of your time. Creativelive features top professional photographers from various fields including world class professional wedding photographers, commercial photographers, fashion photographers, portrait and family photographers. Other topics like photoshop editing, retouching and many other courses related to photography knowledge, post-production, photography business are also available. Check out their website for coming courses and you can watch it live free. Yes, all the courses are free to watch when they broadcast it live. If you like the course, you can opt to purchase the DVDs at a reasonable price.

Where to learn photography? There are certainly many other places and options you can start learning photography including going to college if you are serious about making photography as your career.

Where to sell photos online?

Sell photos online is probably easier than you think! There are many online sites you can sell your photos and most of them cost you nothing to get started. If you are thinking to make some extra bulks from your hobby to contribute to your next photography trip or new gear, it is worth to check out the sites listed below. However, if you are thinking to make a living from selling photo online, it will require a lot of hard works as well as ability to produce good quality photos. It is achievable but very challenging as it is a very competitive market now in terms of number of contributors selling photos and number of photos already available online.

Stock photo agency sites

These stock photo sites are the agents that host the photos for their contributors, i.e. the photographers or visual artists. They fulfill the needs of their customers such as advertisement companies, designers, publishers and any companies or individual who needs the photos for their creative assignments. Instead of hiring photographer and models to shoot a specific photo, these customers can choose from millions of stock photos that already available and usually at a lower cost. Stock photo sites can be categorized into right-managed stock (traditional stock photo) and royalty-free stock (micro stock)

Differences between Right-Managed and Royalty-Free

Rights-managed offers photo contents to be rented out through discussion of the specific fee for a particular use. It grants clients specific rights and the right to prevent others from using it.

The royalty-free model permits customers unlimited use, in which they only have to pay royalties for the first purchase. This significantly cuts down on the prices and allows much more freedom in using the content licensed.

Royalty free micro stock sites:

  • Shutterstock:
    • US site based in NY city
    • The leading micro stock sites hosting over 100 million stock photos and illustrations. Photographers need to get accepted as contributors through initial review.
    • Offer subscription as well as per image download
  • Istockphoto:
    • Canada stock photo site based in Calgary. Acquired by Getty Image in 2006
    • The first and well established micro stock photo site. It offers exclusive program for photographers to contribute exclusively to them, the return is higher royalty rate.
    • Offer subscription as well as per image download
  • Dreamtime
    • US microstock photo site based in Tennessee
    • Sell photo and get 25%-60% of every sale.
    • No subscription, only offer per image download now.
  • Fotolia
    • A microstock photo agency that is based inNew York
    • Offer both subscription and per image download
  • 123rf
    • A microstock photo site with HQ in Hong Kong
    • Offer both subscription and per image download

Right-managed macro stock sites:

  • Alamy
    • A right-managed stock site based in United Kingdom
      • Also offer royalty free model now
    • Royalty rate for photographer is very attractive at 50%
    • Photo quality requirement is generally higher than royalty free micro stock sites and the royalty per image use is usually much higher. However, sales/downloads are less frequent.
  • Getty Image
    • A right-managed stock site based in Seattle, USA.
    • Acquired Istockphoto in 2006, offer royalty free stock photos as well.

Print On Demand (POD) sites:

These sites allow photographers to sell prints through their printing and finishing. Photographers get paid the mark-up price for their photos whenever customers purchased the photo print, canvas print, and metal print or with other finishing like framing, etc.

  • Fine Art America
    • A leading site on fine art photo printing.
    • Photographer can start with free account which allows them to have 25 photos available for sale. Premium account cost US$30 a year and it allows unlimited number of photos submission plus many other cool features, including a personalized website.
  • Redbubble and Zazzle