15 Best Free Photography Education Resources | Wedding Photography Educator


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I want to empower you to pursue your passion and education with confidence as you utilize these free resources, 15 to be exact! I know that you deeply care about growing your business and your skills as a photographer, or you wouldn't be here. But sometimes finances can be a barrier to that growth! Have you ever felt like you were stuck? Like you couldn’t maximize your potential because you didn’t have enough money to invest in the best workshop or the newest course! I get it. Especially when you are starting out in photography, it’s challenging to invest in yourself, but you can do it, for free! You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to become a successful photographer, but you do need to continue to learn, grow, and challenge yourself. And I’ll tell you how!


Alright, so let’s jump into my favorite free resources that I use to gain knowledge!



PODCASTS


I absolutely love listening to podcasts to gain knowledge! It’s an easy and fun way to learn more and you can do it while you're doing other tasks. I listen to podcasts while I’m editing, cleaning the house, even taking a bath! Here are my favorites!


1. The Heart & Hustle Podcast


You can find it here! Hosted by The Heart University, Lindsey and Evie are sassy and sweet and full of inspiration and business education for photographers and entrepreneurs.


2. Goal Digger Podcast


You can find it here! Hosted by the down to earth Jenna Kutcher, this podcast focuses on budgeting, branding, marketing, you name it, Jenna covers it in an approachable way!


3. Creative Rising Podcast


You can find it here! This informative podcast, hosted by The Youngrens, is behind the scenes look at the nitty-gritty of business! This is the stuff you don't want to miss.



BLOGS


When you have time to sit down and read, even while you’re waiting for an appointment, blogs are a wealth of information. They are jammed packed with endless knowledge. Check out my top two favorite blogs below!


4. Jenna Kutcher Blog


Read it on the blog here! Yes, Jenna Kutcher again! I love her blog and her podcasts. For all things marketing and inspiration, you have to read this blog!


5. Unscripted Posing Blog


Read it on the blog here! If you want to read about all things authentic posing and more business inspiration, read this blog! Unscripted Posing also has an app you can use. I use it for every session! If you’re interested in checking out the app, you can download it here! If you download the app and love it, you can use my code NICOLEPHOTO for $20 off!



GUIDES


Guides are a great way to gain knowledge for free! When you sign up for a free guide, you often get the bonus of additional emails with even more educational content. Take a look at my favorite guides!


6. Rising Tide Society


Check out their guides here! The Rising Tide is “on a mission to empower the creative economy to rise together doing what they love.” They offer lots of free education, including guides! The Rising Tide Society also partners with Honeybook. Honeybook is an amazing customer relationship management service and I use it daily in my business! You can learn more about Honeybook here!


Alright, back to the guides! Here are my favorite guides from Rising Tide!


Business Planning for Resiliency


Brand Voice & Copywriting


Mental Wellness

7. Nicole Leanne Photography


Yup, that’s me! I also offer free guides to educate photographers that cover a variety of topics from utilizing social media to grow your business to how to become confident in yourself and your business! You can grab them below!


Instagram Audit Guide


My Secret to Confidence


5 Programs for Photography Business


Goal Setting Guide


Wedding Day Gear Checklist


Nicole Leanne Photography, Metro Detroit Wedding Photographer

COURSES


Yes, there are free photography courses! Oftentimes photography educators will offer free courses with a basic level of what they offer in their paid courses, but it’s still great education! Here are my favorite free courses!


8. List to Launch Course


The List to Launch Course is an email building challenge by Jenna Kutcher that helps you launch and grow your business through email marketing! It’s fantastic.


9. Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Course


Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images a World in Motion is a course that focuses on growing your photographic skills and eye for documentary photography. It doesn’t look trendy, but it’s filled with valuable information.



YOUTUBE


Yup, you bet YouTube is a great resource for free educational videos. Got a question? Look on YouTube! Want to know more about a specific technique or a function of your camera, search YouTube. It’s a wealth of information, especially for beginners and camera-specific questions. I just watched a 30-minute video the other day about how to clean my camera’s sensor. Here are my favorite channels for technical aspects as well as artistic inspiration!


10. The School of Photography


The School of Photography is a YouTube channel that focuses on equipment and lightroom tutorials. It’s high-quality video content that will definitely teach you something new every time you watch!


11. Sue Bryce Education


If you’re looking for tips and inspiration on portrait photography, check out Sue Bryce Education. Posing, lighting, marketing, all the things you need to know for portrait photography, Sue Bryce is filled with knowledge.


12. B&H Photo Video


B&H is actually an online retailer for photography and videography gear but they also have a YouTube challenge that is filled with tips, tutorials, gear topics, and more! You can find it here! P.S. I get all of my gear from B&H because they're a professional company that has phenomenal customer service!



WEBINARS


Similar to podcasts and courses, webinars are filled with educational tidbits! Again, educators often offer free webinars before launching a course. They give away knowledge for free in hopes that you’ll want to invest in learning more. I often attend webinars and take notes because the value they give in those 30 minutes or so is amazing. The thing about webinars is they are at specific times. You can always sign up and watch the replay though.


13. Rising Tide Society