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Never too Late to Learn

February 9, 2015

These days you can learn anything over the internet. A new language (which reminds me I have to continue practicing my Spanish!), playing chess, computer programming, landscape design, cooking…

Educational material can be presented in so many formats – text, audio, video – that there can no longer be any excuses that would explain why you’d like to be able to do something, but you still can’t. On some websites you can even get a degree and a proper certificate! So what are we waiting for? As Oscar Wilde has once said – “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”. 

Although I’m not sure if you can learn to take great photographs or to draw well just after reading some instructions or watching how someone else is doing it, I’m certain that you can improve your skills if you keep practicing COSTANTLY. But even if you keep practicing, sometimes you might need advice or fresh ideas, that would let you enhance your knowledge, so I guess it’s worth looking at what the internet has to offer. Below you’ll find a few websites that might come in handy one day.



Photography
Cambridge in Colour – Cambridge in Colour is an online learning environment where photographers can come to improve their skills. After its founding in 2005, it has grown substantially both in content and in the number of visitors it attracts.
Photography on lynda.com – whether you want to be a photographer or just love taking pictures, learn what you need with their in-depth courses in photography: how to shoot photos that tell a story, choose the right gear, create a photo book, and more. Get tips on photo editing, studio photography, and lighting, too. Here you will find nearly 500 different courses and will be able to watch more than 23 thousand video tutorials!
Exposure Guide – here you will find loads of useful photography tips, information on image editing techniques and heaps of inspiration.
Art
Drawspace – is more than just another art website; it’s an international community of over 320,000 drawing enthusiasts, professional artists, art educators, and authors of art books. If you decide to join Drawspace you’ll be able to access their huge (and continuously growing) library of free, downloadable, high-quality lessons authored by world-renowned artists, art educators, and authors (no registration or log-in needed).
ArtGraphica – this website features more than one hundred quality free art lessons to develop your skills in a variety of mediums from graphite, oils, and watercolor through to charcoal, acrylics and ink, and from sketches to finished works. Inside you can find free art tutorials teaching how to draw faces and sketch people, how to paint landscapes and scenes both real and imaginary.
CTRL + Paint –  is a free learning resource dedicated to the basics of digital painting. Each bite-sized video covers a different concept, allowing you to learn complex subjects in manageable increments.
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If you decide to have a look at any of these, please let me know what you thought.




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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2015 7:24 pm

    Very informative and interesting. Thank you !

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