When it’s done right, photography is undeniably an art. But the process of selecting the right equipment, getting that perfect shot, and making it shine through photo editing? That involves an awful lot of science.
No matter how keen your eye, learning those essentials is a key step in the journey to professional photography. You can master them the slow and expensive way (through photography classes), or take advantage of a rare chance to learn from masters working in the most lucrative corners of the industry. That’s Photo School, a massive bundle of 13 online classes taught by a who’s who of Hollywood photographers.
The lineup includes Patrick Hoelck, Michael Muller, and Brian Bowen Smith, collectively responsible for the ad imagery of companies like Nike and Netflix, not to mention countless magazine covers and critically acclaimed art shows. Their classes not only give budding photographers the nuts and bolts of technical shooting, but provide a glimpse into the creative process in general.
Even if you’ve never picked up a camera before, you can hit the ground running with a one-hour course that gets you familiar with everything your DSLR can do. After that, Bowen Smith lays down the steps every studio photographer should take to set up a successful shoot, from lenses to light settings.
As your skills progress, hone that talent with dedicated courses focused on different environments. Learn what it takes to shoot award-winning portraits and headshots and bring them to the next level with skillful Photoshop editing. Take the action outdoors with classes covering on-location shoots and bare-bones street photography. There’s even a course for Hollywood hopefuls that tells you what elements go into a successful movie poster.
It’s all included in Photo School‘s 20-hour bundle, available to PCMag readers for $199.99—93% off the $2,990 MSRP.
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