Free Photography Tutorials

10 FUN Lessons for Beginners

Don’t spend hours scrolling through the internet looking for photography tutorials. We’ve got everything you need right here in our list of 10 free photography tutorials totally made for beginners. 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel here to catch more free photography tutorials as we add them so you’ll never be behind in your training.

1. How to Use In-Camera Filters

This is a great free photography tutorial if you’ve got a recent DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Since most digital cameras come loaded with fun effects, pictures styles, creative filters that most of us never use. But how good are they?

We tested out 6 different in-camera filters and effects to see if they were good photography aids or just a bunch of gimmicks. 

Which is your favourite – 1,2,3,4,5 or 6? Get in touch and let us know. Send us your versions too. Tag us @iphotographyco on Instagram.

2. How to Freelense (Safely)

One of our more divisive free photography tutorials, but hey you gotta rock the boat sometimes! Would you be brave enough to try freelensing? 

Watch as we show you the two ways (safe and dangerous) to shoot photos when your lens and camera aren’t even attached.

This one is only for the brave photographer! You need to check out the results that we caught when trying free lensing in this photography tutorial video.

3. Fractal Photography Tips

It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while in our free YouTube photography tutorials, and finally, we got the chance. Recently we opened our eyes to fractal photography and the abstract effects that can be made by just using some cheap props.

We’ve got lots more creative ideas like this tutorial in our Light Tricks photography class.

Follow along with us as we try out 3 different budget-friendly props and let us know which one your favourite was?

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4. How to Do Green Screen Photography

Probably one of our most popular free photography tutorials is all about green screen (or chroma key if you’ve worked in the video world).

By using a simple plain background transform any photo you take to absolutely ANYTHING you want!

Find out how to composite a new background into your shots with these simple steps for beginner photographers.

5. Three Home Photography Projects for Kids

We all get that mad panic of not knowing what to do with the kids and grandkids during their vacation and school holiday times. We thought the same and came up with these fun photography tutorials they can help out with.

These free tutorials are all inspired by our iPhotography Home Projects online photography class which you can find more about here.

Warning about this video – It could get a little messy, but it’s worth it!

6. What is High Key and Low Key?

Never again will you make the mistake of saying high key when you mean low! Too many new photographers get low key lighting mixed up with high key.

We made a simple little video to explain how to get your photography lighting styles in the perfect key. If you want to read more about low key, you can in this fantastic tip guide.

With simple to follow mnemonics which designed this photography tutorial to make it clear how to remember these techniques and what’s so special about them.

7. Astrophotography for Beginners

Do you enjoy looking at the stars and thinking ‘if only I could capture it all in a photo?’.

You’re not alone, astrophotography is a growing part of photography so we put our heads together to bring you this free photography tutorial for beginners. 

Find out everything you need to get started on astrophotography from our experienced photography professional instructor Emily Lowrey.

8. Seven Bird Photography Tips

Bird photography is something that we can all get interested in with the right training and instructor.

Professional wildlife photographer Rachel Sinclair has brought you all her knowledge and experience about bird photography in this fantastic video tutorial. 

If you do love photographing animals and wildlife then check out our online wildlife photography class for more.

9. Light Trails for Beginners

We sat for a while and let the sun go down before filming this photography tutorial as we wanted the lighting to be just right. Photography light trails take a little bit of skill and persistence.

Join us as we took our cameras out for a night walk and tried to capture light trails from the busy streets in central London.

We’ve got lots more creative projects like this tutorial in our Light Tricks photography class.

10. Graduation Photography for Beginners

Our friend Nicola got in touch with iPhotography and asked us to take some Graduation shots. She never got the traditional ceremony she expected due to the pandemic. 

If you find yourself enjoying photographing people for birthdays, graduations and engagements then check out what our online portrait photography class can offer you.

This photography tutorial is only part 1 of our graduation photography tips with a more traditional approach. But make sure you also check out part 2 on our YouTube for a more graduation creative photography tutorial.

FREE Photography Tutorials

If you’ve enjoyed watching these iPhotography tutorials and you want more, we’ve got tonnes. iPhotography has a whole library of tutorials available on our YouTube and exclusive lessons on our website.

To get full access to everything we have then join iPhotography PLUS – our premium subscription photography club. By joining iPhotography PLUS you’ll get access to lots of photography tutorials in our SkillTrack lessons. 

Click here to find out more about iPhotography PLUS.

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Whether you have just bought a camera or have spent years behind the viewfinder, our photography classes are comprehensive, educational, honest and cutting-edge – there are no other courses like it (believe us, we checked a lot!). 

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3 Ways to Use Natural Light

Sunlight can be discussed using a few different photography terms and approaches. There are normally 4 considerations photographers look at when using natural light in their photos - Direction, Colour, Intensity and Quality.

1. Direction

In which direction is the light falling? Is the direction of the light where you need it to be? While it’s very hard to change the direction of natural light unless you’re using reflectors you may have to move your subject into the path of the light to get the right finish.

There are 3 main directions that you can use natural light in a photo;

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How to Be a Nature Photographer

Going from a beginner nature photographer to making money from your camera you need dedication. It requires time and a never-ending passion to get outdoors with your cameras and practise new techniques. Get outdoors early and return when the sun sets.

Get familiar with your local woodlands and read nature books to learn about wildlife, birding and foliage. This will help you understand what you are shooting and when is the best time of year to find these subjects.

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The other challenge when shooting through glass is the tinting. Unfortunately, architects and designers didn’t think about us photographers when creating these skyscrapers.

Their windows are invariably tinted in some way to help with heating.

This means that some of your photos may have a green/grey tint to them.

It’s not the biggest issue as you can rebalance this tint in editing with the ‘tint’ slider for example.