You may want to grab a cup of coffee because this could be a long post, just warning you.
A few years ago I discovered a site called Creativelive.com, they offer free broadcasts of creative courses, like photography, video, music, craft and business/social media. But you can also purchase the courses which include all the video content and bonus content which could also include extra videos, workbooks or practice files.
I love tuning in to different courses, it’s a great way to get a feel for the course before purchasing or just to learn something new. Over the years since discovering the site back in 2015, I’ve purchased several courses from them, mainly in the photography category and I have loved every one. There are still a few on my wishlist that I would love to purchase but today I’m going to share my list of my ‘Top Ten’ classes and Instructors that I recommend on Creative Live.
This list was hard to collate because there are so many great courses and Instructors on Creative Live that it was extremely hard to choose. I’ll be sharing my favourite Instructors and what courses I recommend from each of them.
If you follow me on social media you will probably know that Brooke is one of my favourite Artists and Instructors on Creative Live. She is unlike any other educator I’ve come across, what I love about her other than her positive outlook on things is that she tries to simplify things so that it’s easy to understand. I think this is great for people who are new to, not just photography but compositing and editing.
She introduced me to a whole new world of creating and started off my journey into self-portraiture. Brooke has a few great classes on Creative Live and they all delve into her world of Fine-art Self/Portraiture.
They are all quite similar, her newest one ‘Fine-art Photography: The Complete Guide’ is great it delves into the topics quite deeply but being a boot camp it’s quite long, though you get lots of content for your money, including the course videos which numbers to over 130 videos over 20 segments and comes with lots of bonus material (ie; workbooks and extra videos.)
This class offers a great range of topics including storytelling and Idea exercises, finding your target audience, planning your photoshoots and set design, as well as compositing and editing workflow, location scouting and shooting. But also a bunch of other topics to think about including framing, sizing, editioning and pricing, licencing, commissions and contracts; Information on galleries, artist statements, social media and printing your work.
While all her classes are pretty similar this one goes far more in-depth on some of the topics you might find featured in her other classes.
Extra note – Brooke’s ‘Fine-art Photography: The Complete Guide’ will be rebroadcasting on January 5th for those who are interested.
My second favourite by far would have to be Lindsay Adler. Lindsay is Fashion Photographer and a fantastic educator, I want to recommend a class but seriously she has so many courses available on Creative Live that I can’t because they are all great.
If you want to learn any of these different aspects of Photography like editing, retouching, location or studio lighting as well as things like posing, I recommend you check out her list of courses because there may just be something that you are looking to learn about.
Extra note- Lindsay’s class ‘Portrait Photography Bootcamp’ will be rebroadcasting on the January 6 – 7 for those who are interested.
I’ve followed Bella Kotak for a few years now and I’m constantly in love with her work, she creates beautiful, whimsical pictures that send my imagination flying. I love her use of floral and natural elements in her pictures and the fact that she can see a wonderland in a bush by the side of a busy road.
Her class ‘Fine Art Conceptual Photography from Shoot through Post-Processing‘ with Pratik Naik, has been on my wishlist for a while. I originally tuned in when they first broadcasted it on Creative Live and It’s been on my wishlist ever since.
This class shows you how to take an idea and create it, it will help you understand how to look for locations, pose your model, see colours in new ways and create beautiful props on a budget. As well as delve into colour theory, colour toning, and compositing images to streamline your retouching workflow. This class really offers an in-depth look through the creative production and retouching process.
I wanted my top four to all be different but equally as great. So far we have had Fine-art Portrait Photographers, a Fashion Photographer and coming in at number four is Kathleen Clemons, who is a Fineart Flower Photographer.
I love Kathleen’s work and she has pretty unique tools she works with, her classes share some great aspects of Flower Photography and how you can use the tools you already have at your disposal to create beautiful photographs.
While she has some fun lenses she likes to work with, she also shares how you can use your basic lenses or even your camera phone to take beautiful images. Though I bet you her class will make you want to get your own Lensbaby, I know I do just from watching her class.
I recommend both her courses ‘The Art of Flower Photography‘ as well as ‘Creating Painterly Photographs‘ they are both fantastic courses and will have you wanting to take pictures of flowers in no time.
Pye is the founder and partner of an educational community called SLR Lounge, its geared towards providing photographers with real-world shooting education and has nearly a million monthly readers.
I actually discovered Pye on Youtube on the SLR Lounge Youtube channel, they do have a bunch of free content on there if you want to check it out but their premium classes are also available on Creative Live as well as the SLR Lounge site.
They have some great courses and resources available including ‘Photography 101′, which is great for beginners to photography and talks about the basics of using natural light, while ‘Lighting 101‘ & ‘Lighting 201‘ delves into the world of flash photography.
SLR Lounge also has some other great resources including articles, videos, stock bundles and presets for Lightroom and Photoshop. I definitely recommend checking them out because they have a huge range of workshops and other content for beginners and more advanced photographer.
Aaron was another Youtube discovery, he runs a site called Phlearn.com an educational platform that shares tutorials on Photography, Lightroom and Photoshop. Aaron has created hundreds of in-depth tutorial videos that have reached a very large community consisting of millions of students worldwide. His high energy personality makes it fun to learn.
Aaron offers a lot of content and has a huge range of tutorials available via his website but he also has classes on offer via Creative Live which range in topics like ‘Photoshop For Beginners‘, ‘Compositing 101‘ as well as topics like Retouching and commercial photography.
I’ve been following Renee for years and I remember being so excited when she did her classes on Creative Live. As you will notice by the end of this post I love seeing people create composites because they all have their own unique ways in which they create.
For example, Brooke likes using natural light or shooting on location while Renee mainly shoots her backgrounds separately and shoots her subject/model in the studio and then edits them in.
I love learning from a lot of different people because I can learn different things from each of them and adapt them to my own work.
Renee has a couple of awesome classes on Creative Live that demonstrate the way she works,’Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography‘ and ‘Essential Compositing Techniques‘ both are great if you want to learn more about compositing.
Sue Bryce is a Master Photographer as well as an Artist and Illustrator. Her style is more inspired by contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture which gives her clients the experience of looking like the models in magazines and gives them that feeling that they are just as beautiful, which they are of course.
Sue has a range of classes available on Creative live including Fashion Portraiture, Glamour Photography, baby photography, Lighting, working with hair and makeup, as well as stuff like how to market your work and knowing what you’re worth.
I think she really has a class for everyone, not just specialized in one area, she talks to artists and creatives about how to market themselves and empowerment (knowing what you’re worth.)
I’m not going to recommend a specific class because I think she has a bunch of great classes that you should look at, you might not be interested in her photography classes but she offers other great classes that are fantastic for all creatives.
I’ve been following Lara Jade since she first started posting her work many years ago, I’ve seen her grow from a young photographer experimenting with self-portraiture to a sought after Fashion Photographer.
Her classes are centred around her work with fashion and experimental photography but they are worth checking out if your interested in this type of photography.
I’ve been following TJ’s work for a while, I love his whimsical style and I have to admit totally envious that he gets to travel the world taking stunning pictures in places like Iceland. So when I saw his class advertised I knew I had to check it out because I wanted to see how he works.
His classes offer some insight into how he edits his pictures in photoshop, using actions and colour. He currently only has a couple of classes on Creative Live but they are both good If you want to learn more about colouring, editing and using actions in Photoshop and they are both relatively inexpensive. You can find ‘Fine Art Photoshop Editing‘ and ‘Creating the Best Photoshop Actions‘ both on Creative Live.
Well, I’d like you to know that I’ve been writing this for hours, It was hard work but well worth it. All links included are for your benefit so you can easily find the things mentioned, the links of each Instructor take you to their page on the Creativelive website where you can find all the classes they offer.
One last thing before I go, while this post isn’t sponsored in any way I wanted to share my Referal Link for Creativelive, How it works is you get $15 off your first class purchase and I get $15 off my next purchase, win-win for both of us. You are by no means obligated to use this but If you want to save some money on your first purchase feel free to use it.
I hope you all enjoyed this post I know it was long but I hope you are inspired to discover new ways to learn. When checking out this site keep an eye on the ‘On Air’ page for new and re-broadcasts. With new broadcast, they usually play each day a couple of time throughout the day of airing so if you miss out on anything It may come around again. Also when they show live broadcast you can interact with the class and other viewers, so if you have any comments or questions you might just get them answered.
You can also add images to the student work gallery in each of the classes that you watch, so if you learnt something from the class and used it you can share it later on in the gallery, These will also feature in your profile to so make sure that you add some information and a profile picture so other students can find you.
If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or check out the Creative Live help section.