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Photography Resources

This page is a list of resources that can help you in your photography journey. Education is a big part of photography but sometimes you need other things too, but don't know where to begin. All products or services shown here are ones which I either use personally, or have tested and recommend. I hope you find it useful. If there is something you're looking for that's not on the list, use the contact form to shoot me an email and perhaps I can add it to the page.

Luminar image editing software

Image Editing Software for Mac and PC


Overall I am really impressed with that you can do with this new image editing software from Macphun.

It's flexible, it works non-destructively so you never have to worry about ruining your original images, it's fairly intuitive and easy to use (I think so anyway), and best of all – no subscription model and it's under $100!

There's a trial version available for download so go ahead and give it a try. What have you got to lose?

Tack Sharp Nailing Focus by James BrandonTack Sharp – a step by step guide to nailing focus by photographer James Brandon.

Within the pages of this eBook, you’ll discover the tips and tricks used by the pros to take full control over the advanced systems of focus within today’s digital camera systems. Learn the art of consistently nailing focus on your images, discover custom functions that have been hiding right within your cameras menu settings and say goodbye to the frustrations of blurry, unusable images

mastering lenses ebook coverMastering Lenses by Andrew S Gibson

Mastering Lenses: A Photographer’s Guide to Creating Beautiful Photos With Any Lens is written for everybody who wants to learn how to use their lenses to create better photos.

Lens choice is one of the most important aesthetic decisions that we make as photographers. We all need to learn to how to get the best out of the lenses that we already own.

Mastering-Lightroom Book one the Library ModuleMastering Lightroom Book 1: The Library Module by Andrew S Gibson

Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module shows you how to use the Library Module to import, organize and search your images. This important task lays the foundation for the work you do in Lightroom. Mastering the Library module ultimately saves you time, which you can spend either in the Develop module or with your camera. Either way, you end up with more hours to be creative.

Essentials of Street Photography - James MaherEssentials of Street Photography by James Maher

Few people know all of the tips, tricks and techniques to be able to consistently take meaningful, beautiful, and technically stunning street shots. No matter your skill level, there will be something important for you to learn in this book.

Essentials of Street Photography is not only about teaching you how to technically approach the street photography, how to edit your work, how to overcome your fears, or how to get sharp, close-up candid shots without getting punched, although it will teach you these things, it's about teaching you how to conceptually approach your work so that it has something to say.

Banner: 4 weeks to better photography a

Beginner Photography Course

4 Weeks to Better Photography – If you're a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to take better photos but doesn't want to get hung up on the technical details, then this is likely the right course for you.


Lighting Patterns

Watch a free video lesson from our Portrait Fundamentals course and learn about using natural light and flash to create flattering lighting patterns for your subject.

One Hour Photography FAQ lesson

Settle in while Darlene and Bruce discuss frequently asked questions about portrait photography in another complimentary lesson from our portrait lighting course.

incredibly important composition skills for photographers

Composition Skills

Learn how to create captivating photos by unlocking the secrets of composition. This multi-media tutorial is filled with photos, illustrations, videos and exercises, in a practical no-nonsense way for you to gain real skills.

I highly recommend it.

photo toursPhotography Tours
with Darlene Hildebrandt

Spend a few weeks in an exotic part of the world with a group of your peers, improving your photography and discovering the best locations during the best light.

Upcoming travel tours include Nicaragua, Morocco and India.

Check out the full tour lineup for dates and details.

Resources based on skill level

Would you consider yourself a beginner photographer or more intermediate?

Video Courses / Tutorials

Online Course: Lightroom Made Easy

lightroom made easy online video course

Master the Lightroom skills and secret pro tricks that will transform your photos today!

This course is for All versions of Lightroom

This course covers Lightroom versions 3, 4, 5, and 6/CC. The core features of Lightroom are virtually identical in all versions. This course began with Lightroom 3, and each time Adobe has updated the software, I have added new videos?for free?covering the new features, to bring it up to date..

So no matter which version you have, this course has you covered!

Over 5 hours of video instruction in this online Lightroom course, Lightroom Made Easy, by Phil Steele.

Ultimate Landscape Photography Course

Jay and Varina Patel are well known landscape photographers extraordinaire. In a past interview with them we talked about some of their thoughts and tips on landscape photography. Check out their Ultimate Landscape Course (videos you watch at home) and their ebooks in their learning center. If nature and landscape photography is your thing – this is the couple you want to learn it from! They are fun, personable, and offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

Read more about the Ultimate Landscape Photography Course.

Watch the video trailer above to see the quality of their landscape video tutorial.

Behind the Lens


In this online photography course by Jay and Varina Patel, you'll learn how to approach a scene and how to navigate the range of options available to you in order to produce a finished image that matches your artistic vision.

Read more about the course: Behind the Lens.

Backup Your Photos


Backblaze online back up solution

You NEED to have an off site backup solution in place. Backblaze offers an affordable way to do it in a simple and easy way. For $5/month (or $50 annually) you can set it to backup your computer, and even external hard drives and all your working files.

It has saved my butt a few times when my laptop bit the dust and I needed to make a presentation. Five minutes later I have downloaded the needed files from Backblaze to a borrowed computer and was back in business.

Note: this is not an archiving solution it only keeps currently active files on connected hard drives. You need another system for long term storage.

For the price, it's a no brainer – just get it and set it up.

Create a Book


Turn photo memories into a beautiful book

In today's highly digitized world we rarely print photographs any more. One great way of getting your images off the computer and into your home is by making a photo book. I use for all my own photo book projects including a book I made of my journey to Peru (which was used to raise funds to send to the kids there), my husband's uncles, my niece's birth, and even a memorial for our cats who have passed on.

There are a lot of photo book makers on the market but I've found Blurb to be of higher quality and their customer service is top notch. Any time I've had any issues they've been quick to respond and resolve them to my satisfaction including redoing a book for me.

If you use Lightroom you can even design your book right inside there and click send it LR sizes and uploads all the images right to for you – it couldn't be easier. Or you can use their book design software or do it online.