Five websites to improve your photography skills

Upgrade your photography skills from the comfort of your home.

Sitoh Shanice

Dances in her free time and can also lick her elbow.

Published: 23 July 2021, 12:37 PM

With almost everyone having access to cameras, taking pictures and documenting our lives to share with family and friends has become a daily affair.

If you’re looking to make your photos look more dynamic than they currently are, the good news is that you don’t even have to leave your home to hone your skills!

Here are five websites to learn more and improve your photography.

1. Linkedin Learning

Apart from being a networking service for job opportunities, LinkedIn has expanded with LinkedIn Learning, offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills.

Courses on the website are self-paced so you can learn at your own time. You can even download the courses on their mobile app so you can view it offline or when you’re on the go.

Courses are also made available in different languages so it can also cater to those not as fluent in English and might want to learn photography in their preferred language.


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When I was first learning how to operate a DSLR camera, I used LinkedIn Learning to learn more about the functions and how to set them correctly. PHOTO CREDIT: JESHOOTS.COM VIA UNSPLASH


All LinkedIn Learning courses completed will present you with a certificate of completion.

LinkedIn Learning offers an annual subscription at $24.99/month and monthly subscription of $39.99/month with a month’s free trial. However, if you are only interested in one course, LinkedIn Learning also allows you to purchase that individual course.

2. CreativeLive

CreativeLive focuses on improving creative skills and knowledge on over 1,500 curated classes. They even offer free online classes that you can RSVP for.

One of CreativeLive’s most popular categories is photography, covering many different genres of it. In recent years, film photography has made a comeback and CreativeLive offers courses for beginners on it.

The instructor walks you through the course step-by-step using videos, covering topics like the differences between digital and film photography, and how to process the images.


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The course even includes promotional codes on film necessities to kickstart your film photography journey. PHOTO CREDIT: NORDWOOD THEMES VIA UNSPLASH


Bundles are also available for photography courses so you get the most out of your money spent.

A creator pass is made available to take any class available for US$149/year (S$200) or monthly subscription of US$39/month (S$50).

3. Coursera

Coursera is a platform that works with universities and organisations that provide online accredited courses, certificates and degrees. 

Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields from world-class universities and companies. It has over 5,000 courses, specialisations and degrees and about 100 of them are free.

The photography courses cover a broad range of fundamental principles in photography, from camera control to principles of composition and creativity. It caters to everyone, from beginners to experienced photographers.


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Coursera courses do include some quizzes, tasks and graded assignments. Some courses even include final exams and final projects. PHOTO CREDIT: NICK MORRISON VIA UNSPLASH


You can sign up for free or try Coursera Plus for unlimited access to all online courses for an annual subscription at US$399/year (S$540) or monthly subscription of US$59/month (S$80) with a seven day free trial.

4. Skillshare

Skillshare is a digital platform designed to connect students with online courses taught by industry experts and professionals.

Skillshare has a variety of photography courses which zoom into different aspects like composition techniques, lines and the geometry of taking pictures. It is great for people who want to learn applicable, creative skills quickly.

There are also live online courses available, which you can attend and ask questions and get answers in real time.


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For those who don’t have a DSLR camera but still want to dabble into photography, mobile photography courses are also made available. PHOTO CREDIT: AARON BURDEN VIA UNSPLASH


Over 2,000 courses are free while others are made available for premium members.

Skillshare offers a premium membership with an annual subscription at $10.99/month and monthly subscription of $25/month with a seven day free trial.

5. SkillsFuture

Skillsfuture aims to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to learn and improve skills of individuals regardless of age.

From those wanting to get into photography to others with some experience wanting to better themselves, there is a wide variety of photography workshops and courses on the website for everyone to choose from.

You can learn more about different genres of photography like studio photography, digital photography or portrait photography.


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Courses are either held online or in person, and price ranges depending on the course you pick. PHOTO CREDIT: DYLAN GILLIS VIA UNSPLASH


Singapore citizens aged 25 and above will receive a one-time $500 SkillsFuture Credit. In addition to this one-time $500 credit top-up, Singapore citizens aged 40 to 60 will receive an extra SkillsFuture Credit of $500 claimable for SGUnited Skills courses.

Both the $500 SkillsFuture Credit Top-up and $500 Additional SkillsFuture Credit will expire on Dec 31, 2025.


With the plethora of courses available, there will definitely be something catered for you to improve and become a better photographer!

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