Where Can I Find Tutorials For My New Gear?

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. For those of you who got new camera gear, computers or software you might be wondering where to go to learn as much as possible so you can get moving toward making great photos. This week, I’ll share with you some of the website that I’ve spent my time on browsing through tutorials and learning all I can for free.

It’s easy for someone to tell you to just Google it or look for a video on YouTube, but what exactly do you search for to find the best tutorials? If I were to tell you to just Google the term Photoshop Elements tutorials, you’d get a massive list of random websites that you’d have to spend time going through just to find the one that would give you the best help without having to pay anything. That’s why I’m going to give you the exact things to search for to find the right sites to get you started.

Let’s start with equipment. When I started learning my new DSLR camera a last year I did the Google search found myself wasting hours searching through all the random results. After those many hours, I’ve found a few sites that have given me consistently great information and I return to them regularly to see what’s new and read through articles or watch tutorials. The first site that I’d like you to visit is Digital Photography School (digital-photography-school.com). They have a lot of stuff for sale on the site, but if you click on the “Tips & Tutorials” link at the top of their page you’ll find hundreds of free articles and blog postings from many well-respected photographers teaching you the ins and outs of how to use your cameras and how to get great shots. They teach about cameras of all shapes and sizes, including smart phones, and they walk you through the steps necessary to learn and understand what it is you’re doing throughout the process. Clicking on the link “Cameras & Equipment” will take you to articles and reviews about equipment including all models of cameras, lenses, tripods, accessories and anything else you can think of. The “Post Production” link will teach you about software and techniques used to make your photos look fantastic. I highly recommend this site to anyone who is a beginner or novice looking to continue to learn and grow with their hobby.

Another great way to learn your camera gear and software is to head over to YouTube and subscribe to channels that post regular tutorials and discussions about photography. The nice thing about watching the videos is that you get to see the results of what they are doing as they are doing it so you have an instant understanding of what is going on with the photos when you put their instruction into practice. To find these channels, there’s a step you’ll want to take to make sure you are searching just through channel titles and not through all the random videos that are on the service. When you first go to YouTube.com you’ll want to look for a link on the left side of the page called “Browse Channels.” When you click this, you’ll be directed to a page where you can search specifically for channel names and not video titles. This is going to make your task a lot easier than if you just started searching from the home screen. Now that you’re in the channel search, I want you to search for these channels:

¯ Adorama

¯ SLR Lounge

¯ Fstoppers

¯ Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements)

¯ Lightroom

¯ The Slanted Lens

¯ PhotoVideoEDU Program

If you search for only these channels, you’ll find a plethora of other channels that come up in the search results that are amazing resources for learning. Most of the individual photographers and instructors that have channels associated with these channels will appear in the results and you will have now found an entire university of learning without spending a penny.

Finally, if you own Adobe products such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you’ll want to get familiar with the help and support section of their website where they have hours and hours of free learning resources for using their software. To find it, simply go to Adobe.com and click the “Menu” at the top of the page and then click “Learn & Support” where you will find a page where you select the software you’re trying to learn. Once on the software specific page you’ll find both video and written tutorials that will teach you every tool and feature of the software and how to use it along with guided steps to processing your photos using the software.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope this helps to get you on the right track to learning and expanding your creative potential and boost your confidence with your cameras and software. I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I look forward to all that 2017 brings us as we continue to talk photography and share with each other along the way.

Until next week, happy shooting!

Is there a topic that you’d like to learn more about? Send feedback, share your photos, or offer topic suggestions to talkphotos@ecklof.com. If you’re looking for a place to connect with local photographers in Chautauqua County, search for the group “Shoot ‘n Share Chautauqua” on Facebook.