By chance I recently came across a free photography* course offered on Udemy that normally costs 76€. Being a bargain hunter and a photography rookie, I couldn’t resist enrolling although I usually struggle with keeping myself motivated.
Online learning is not for everyone, especially not for people who procrastinate because Facebook, Twitter and Buzzfeed are just a click away. But for those who are not easily distracted, online learning platforms are great places to learn and improve skills.
New to the world of online education is Polaroid with its Polaroid University. The platform for people who would like to learn more about smartphone photography offers educational videos through an annual membership fee of $19.95 (plus a free additional year). Besides the moderate price, on location seminars and expeditions sound like a lot of fun.
Less fun but for free are these courses hosted on Coursera. „Seeing Through Photographs“ by The Museum of Moden Art „aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making.“ The course is currently in progress (you can still catch up!) and also offers a certificate for 45€.
Not yet running but a candidate for your watchlist is „The Camera Never Lies“ by the University of London. „This short history course is an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical adoptions as public history.“