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Free Online Digital Photography Courses (2020 Recommended)

Do you want to take your photography skills to the next level? It’s a great idea to commit spending some of our free time to go through an online photography course. In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the top free online photography courses. The online course will teach you from basic to advance photography techniques. Keep scrolling to go through our recommended free online digital photography courses for aspiring photographers.

Where can I learn photography online for free?

Landscape Photography Encompassed

Landscape and destination photography is a broad genre with a lot of methods and styles. Over the past year, Phase One has created a collection of great learning materials dedicated to the genre with the help of professional landscape photographers from around the world.

Landscape Photography Encompassed‘ includes:

A Journey in Composition with Tony Hewitt and Christian Fletcher
Long Exposure in Depth with Paul Reiffer
Aerial Photography with Joshua Jensen-Nagle
Frame Averaging with the IQ4
A FREE set of Capture One Styles
Access to the January 14 webinar with Peter Eastway (additional registration required)

Seeing Through Photographs (Coursera)

Seeing Through Photographs will give most aspiring photographers a whole new way of looking at your own and other peoples’ photography work. There are just so many aspects, details and points of view you can learn. The world of photography now seems even more amazing than ever before.

Course details:

Although taking, sharing, and viewing photographs has become second nature for many of us, our regular engagement with images does not necessarily make us visually literate. This course aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making. In this course you will look closely at photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art and hear a variety of perspectives on what a photograph is and the ways that photography has been used throughout its nearly 180 year history: as a means of artistic expression, as a tool for science and exploration; as an instrument of documentation; to tell stories and record histories; and as a mode of communication and critique in our ever increasingly visual culture.

  • 100% online
  • Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
  • Flexible deadlines
  • Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
  • Approx. 15 hours to complete
  • English
  • Subtitles: French, Serbian,
    Chinese (Simplified), Italian,
    Russian, English, Spanish

Canon EOS 101: Photography and Videography Basics

Learn photography and videography basics in our Canon EOS 101 series where we delve into shooting modes, auto focus, file types and more. Whether you’re new to shooting photos or videos or just brushing up on skills, these tutorials for our Canon Live Learning students or entry level imagemakers range from setup to post production and offer tips on how to utilize the features of your EOS camera. Check out other additional resources on our site where we have tutorials on our products, articles with tips on how to use your camera’s features, downloadable QuickGuides and more.

Introductory Photography Course

The fastest way to get off ‘Auto’ mode and unlock the creative potential of your camera.

Learn Photographic Exposure Best Practices

  • How to use the Exposure Triangle to set a correct exposure in your DSLR camera
  • Aperture settings adjustments to create your desired Depth of Field
  • How to adjust shutter speed to introduce “motion blur” or freeze the movement
  • Setting the ISO for optimal image quality
  • Efficient use of the Histogram Tool to improve the exposure

Nikon School

Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our Nikon School Online courses free. Let’s come out of this even better.


A series of complimentary online programs produced by the Leica Akademie, Instagram Live interviews with renowned photographers, virtual meet-ups hosted by our Leica stores, and weekly Instagram photo challenges designed to nurture your passion for photography.

Fujifilm Stay Creative At Home

Explore inspiring photos, connect with other enthusiasts and learn more about photography.