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The Art of Photography

20 courses

These days anyone with a smartphone can take a decent photo but there is so much more to photography than a snap-happy Instagram pic. If you want to discover how to capture nature’s beauty, how to produce a photograph worthy of being enlarged and framed or how to add effects to elevate an image into something truly special, our free online photography courses will help you. All you need to do is register for your Alison account and enrol on a course - it couldn’t be easier! 

We begin with a focus on the art of taking photographs, from the basic equipment to composition to editing the image you’ve captured. Our digital photography section has fresh perspectives and new skills whether you are starting out or are an experienced professional. You can learn how to master the art of photo editing using software such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom. Whether you are interested in a career in photography or simply want to take better selfies, you’ll find the angle you are looking for in our Photography Hub.

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Photo Composition

Some people have a natural eye for a perfect picture. Thankfully, for the rest of us, there are basic principles to follow that can help us turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. In these photo composition courses, you will discover how to create and capture beautiful images, no matter what sort of camera you are using. You’ll find lots of useful technical tips, such as the rule of thirds in photo composition and a grasp of the impact of light exposure on the image. You can find out about using hyperfocal distance to add depth to a landscape scene or the benefit of a polarizing filter to reduce glare when shooting water. If you are more interested in portraiture than landscapes, we have just the ticket. Master the art of the street style photoshoot or self-portrait (selfie) and learn smart editing tricks as well and your social media posts will look as if they have been created by a professional.

Digital Photography

Photography has never been so accessible, or enjoyable, as it is now. Gone are the days of developing negatives and spending hours printing black and white film in a darkroom. We now have more creative control over our photos than ever before. Rather than sticking to the automatic settings on your camera, why not learn how to use it properly and achieve better results by going manual? If you don’t know your ISO from your aperture, start with one of our free beginner digital photography courses. They are easy to follow and won’t blind you with science. For more experienced photographers, there is always more to learn in terms of exposure and lighting, flash photography, perspective and depth. Many of our digital photography courses include segments on editing too, so you can be sure of the perfect finish.

Photo Editing

Digital photography has put editing into the hands of the creator as never before. With software like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom, any picture can be enhanced or adapted. Photoshop enables you to retouch blemishes, remove background elements and add text to your pictures. Take a course and master using the free transform tool to completely change the perspective of an image or any number of amazing effects. Adobe Lightroom is a must-have for its editing and organisational functions, like ratings and catalogs which are a time-saving way to keep track of your images. With our Lightroom courses you can learn how to use a histogram to decide whether to adjust the contrast and exposure of an image, understand when to toggle highlight and shadow clipping on or off and how to use correction tools like the crop overlay, spot removal, red-eye correction, graduation filter, radial filter, and the adjustment brush. You can also remove noise or distortion, sharpen an image, adjust the clarity and blend multiple images.

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