Professionals working in areas such as law, medicine, and architecture often spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year to the members of professional organizations and to take CEU credits. Many times, professional organizations will require of their members attendance in a certain number of CEU credit giving courses. However, in some cases, the cost for those courses is borne by their employing organization. Many professional wedding photographers, however, work for themselves or in small ateliers. With full attention, therefore, occupied by not only the photography work but also the business aspects, it can be very difficult to find the time and/or money to continue your education.

Online education

For this reason, we wanted to bring to you a selection of high quality ways to continue your photographic education without incurring high cost. In fact, some of these resources are free. These resources are not meant to substitute for the type of educational experiences and professional advancement that can be gained through a university degree or by participating in one of the fantastic photography workshops offered by expert photographers around the world. However, they are excellent touchups and sources of inspiration that can fit with the tight schedule and an even tighter budget.

1. Lynda.com

This is a resource that does cost money but the fee is very low and it is absolutely worth its weight in gold. Lynda offers video courses in every aspect of photography from world-renowned experts such as Chris Orwig and Ben Long who not only teach you the ins and outs of photography but make it fun as well. In addition, this is a great resource for your post-processing needs as there is an extensive library of videos teaching PhotoShop, LightRoom, Illustrator, and a number of other powerful software programs. Whether you are looking to brush up on black and white conversion or want to hear about artists practicing in the field, you can’t get any better than this.

2. B&H Photo Courses

B&H, the place where photography dreams are made, offers a series of photography workshops every year in which it invites talented photographers and visual artists to give lectures in its event space. What’s really wonderful is that afterwards, the videos of the lectures are streamed for free on their YouTube channel. You can hear from the likes of Jeff Cable and Moose Peterson as they discuss photography beyond the basics.

3. Digital Photography School

If you are looking for the latest and greatest ebooks and other resources to help you keep on your toes, this website has it all. With articles written by photographers across the country, a great blog with news about everything photography and weekly advice from people on the front lines of photography it is well worth your time to check it out.

4. Roundups

t doesn’t take any time at all to find the best photography articles if you look to one of the great roundups available on the web. Our favorite is one called “100 Helpful Photography Tutorials”. If you are looking for in depth advice on issues ranging from the technical to the creative, these articles will lead you in as far as you want to go. If you don’t leave an expert after reading through these pages…it might be time to find something else to do.

The wonderful thing about the web is that so many resources are available and more information is available than ever before. The downside is that it can be difficult to wade through all of the options and decide how to spend your time. Check out these tried and true resources first and get straight to the source you’ve been looking for!

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