Lessons, Photography, Teaching, Tips

“Learning isn’t a means to an end; it is an end in itself.” ~ Robert Heinlein

In the last 10 or so years I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn how to be better at manipulating images.  I purchased a book by Scott Kelby on Photoshop about 3 or 4 years ago and I haven’t looked back.  I really pushed myself to keep learning more, and I have, but there are always new things to learn.

I initially looked into courses on Photoshop, but they were so expensive, hundreds of dollars for one day, and you couldn’t take it away with you.  Then someone I knew introduced me to online learning, and I haven’t looked back.  I have spoken often about one particular place, but after sending emails to them about some ideas, I received nothing back.  I am sure most of you know this is a pet hate with me, how hard is it to send an email back to say “thanks for your interest, but it isn’t something we are interested in right now”.  There you go, took me 10 seconds to type that.  So I decided that if they were going to be silent with me, I would be the same, which meant that I had to find something else, and I did.

I know that many of my followers are new to photography, or know that their skill level needs work, I don’t mean that in a horrible way, but I realise that many of you do want to learn, so I have been doing some research.

Screenshot at 2014-02-19 09:37:32When I was doing some research on Joel Grimes he mentioned somewhere that he had done some courses for KelbyOne.  I had never heard of it, of course, I knew who Scott Kelby was, but not this website.  I decided I had to do more research.  So from what I can work out it seems fantastic.  It is another one of those pay by the month sort of deals, but at only $25 per month, and you get a discount if you pay for the whole year, it is really reasonable, especially when you consider what you are getting.

Screenshot at 2014-02-19 09:21:48

It is a site for photographers.  It is where photographers share what they do to other photographers.  There are so many courses available.  There are courses on Photography, courses on Photoshop, Lightroom, then there are courses for running a photography business.

Screenshot at 2014-02-19 09:19:50Business for photography is not something I have wanted to watch much. How you run a business in the US can be very different to how you run a business in Australia.  I have often found that much of the information is not relevant, but then there is always something you can pick up, so I have been watching this one about Social Media, which isn’t country specific, and I have picked up some great information from it.

Once you pay your monthly membership you can view the courses online anytime, where and when it is convenient for you.  At least that is the impression I get.  If you want to download the courses and have them on your computer, then you can pay for specific ones as well.

One of the things I enjoy about the courses is that they aren’t too long, a couple of hours or a few hours, but not for days.  If you are like me, and find it hard to concentrate and just stare at the computer, then this is good, it doesn’t require hours of attention.  Actually, it is perfect for me.

Screenshot at 2014-02-19 09:22:56There is a long list of instructors and I have found some of my favourites here as well.  It has been great going through what courses there are and working out which ones I would like to watch.  Ben Willmore is there, Joel Grimes, Dave Cross and Lindsay Adler, and I am sure some others that will become favourites too.

Screenshot at 2014-02-19 09:23:32It seems to be more than just a site to learn and there seems to be a real community there and you are encouraged to participate in that as well.  I haven’t gone into it yet, but it will be interesting to see what is there.

They release new courses every week, at least one or two, and you receive emails from them to let you know what is available.

Screenshot at 2014-02-19 09:20:21They are doing a Creative Cloud Month and a new course is being released every day for the whole month.  I imagine you would learn everything you needed to know about CC here.  Creative Cloud is the new thing that Adobe are doing, my version of Photoshop is Photoshop Creative Cloud, and I pay a monthly subscription fee to be able to use it.  However Creative Cloud is a lot more than just Photoshop, there are more programs that come under that “cloud”.

I think this is the best online service I’ve seen for photographers.  At $25 a month, it is reasonably priced, and what you get for that money is amazing.  It is something I would definitely do.  If you want a discount, then paying the yearly amount is good, you get 12 months for the price of 10, so you basically get 2 months free.  I think I am going to save the $249 and do that.  I love a bargain.

The courses are designed for all levels of knowledge and experience.  There are courses for the beginners, and there are courses for those who have more experience, but want to know more, or try something different.  I am sure as the community grows, the number of courses being offered will grow as well.

I hope you will all go and take a look at KelbyOne, it really is a great place for learning.  Going back to the top bit, of course the best thing about them is that I sent an email and I got a response, you have to love companies that realise customer service is important.  The idea that if you don’t hear from them then they aren’t interested, says to me, we aren’t interested in providing good customer service, we don’t care about our customers.

So KelbyOne, go check them out.

Just going to add a gallery so you can see the screenshots better.


  1. Thanks for this post! I so need to learn Photoshop but what I’ve tried so far has not worked. I’ve tried physical classes and lynda.com and neither one helped me in the slightest, so I need to check this one out!

  2. Thanks for the site – We have a corporate learning account with Lynda.com – another good site that has photography lessons and just about any other Mac/PC program you can name that is currently out there. Costs about the same per month too (nothing like price fixing). Thanks!

  3. Thank you for the information! I really appreciate you taking the time to share this with us. I have been studying photography online as well but trough Lynda.com, which I find fantastic. Do you have any experience with them? If so, how does it compare to KelbyOne? Anyway thanks a lot and I’ll def check it out :)

  4. LC, Your 10 years of hard work paid-off. You’re a Photographers, Photographer!!! Cheers, Ron

    • Thank you Ron, I don’t think anyone has ever called me that before. It has paid off, I feel so much more confident now.

      • As a Realtor, I see quite a few enlarged photos & paintings featured in homes. Your work is so much better.

  5. Maggie Beck says

    This is very helpful, Leanne. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  6. Hi Leanne, since you’ve begun this thread and thank you for starting a discussion on learning on line, I received an email offer from PopPhoto http://videostore.popphoto.com for premier training videos for $9.99 per year. Are you or anyone in this thread aware of these videos. Thanks

  7. Leanne, I haven’t commented for a while. I don’t know if it is the very cold and long winter that is hitting me, but I have just been so fatigued. I honestly am taking the time though tonight to tell you, that I think you are one terrific woman for all you do for us here online.

    I wish sometimes I had more time that I could allot for photography. I am presently studying some books now on technique, and also have begun to teach myself photoshop. It’s daunting. I’ve been using another program and have had photoshop for years, but just so intimated on using it. I wish I had the time to take online courses. I am so torn right now, but the care and welfare of the special needs cats I love and of course my husband, take first priority.

    There is SO much I want to learn and I know I have so much in me that I can pull out. I know that I really have only begun for I myself am viewing my work with a “new” eye. There is so much to improve upon, yet again, my time is taken on caring for others. I do what I can, and I am bookmarking this site, so that one day WHEN I do have the time, I can devote myself to taking classes.

    Thank you again so much for all you do. Just by listening to what you say, and looking at your work, I have learned SO much. Know this, Leanne, that in you, I really am grateful to have in my life. Bless you!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

    • I think weather can be like that, it is certainly like that here with the summer, we all talk about how exhausting it is.
      I always think you will do things when you are ready, you aren’t ready yet, so when you are, you will know lots of things that you can do and places to go.
      Take care Amy, rest. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your life.

      • Leanne, I truly believe that I will learn what I want to learn. It will just happen. That is not saying I won’t put any effort forth. No. But I have seen this before. Because so much of my time is spent taking care of others, I am blessed in ways it is hard to describe. My days run as long as 16 hours some days without a day off.

        But, this is what happens to me. I seem to learn super fast. So what I am studying and applying, seems to “Oh wow, I GOT IT!” type of thing. Then I work with that, and go on from there.

        I am getting my F-2 Constant 17-55mm IS lens today. I am so excited it’s not even funny. I want Spring to get here so that I can start photograping my flowers in my new and improved techniques. I’ve learned a lot just this Winter, yet the more I learn, the more I realize, the more I want to learn. Photography has limitless potentials. Don’t you agree??? Love, Amy

      • I learn very quickly too, and always have, it is great when you can do that.
        New things are always so exciting, good luck with it, you area going to have so much fun.
        I do agree Amy, there are always things to learn. Take care, I hope the weather is improving for you.

  8. You should try CreativeLIVE, Leanne! They have nice stuff [FREE, of course] and they cover a lot of angles concerning the photography art.
    The link is here
    and check what you need in the
    area, under PHOTO & VIDEO.

    • I know all about them, they are the ones that were rude and wouldn’t respond to the emails I sent. Apparently too good to return my emails. I really liked them, but I just don’t like rudeness like that. Thank you.

  9. Very informative. I’ve been using Photoshop for awhile now, but couldn’t hurt to learn more. Never had heard about Kelby One before. Thanks for the info. :)

  10. Thank you so much for this info, Leanne. I’ve been wanting to take some courses but did not want to spend millions and certainly didn’t want to be tied to the computer all day! I will definitely check out KelbyOne!

  11. This sounds like a great site to learn about photography, thanks for sharing, Leanne. It sounds like a place where all are welcomed to learn and discuss photography, a plus that the people behind the site do take the time to respond to their audience/customers. I will definitely check if out and when I get a job, will definitely consider signing up since the fee is so reasonable.

    Hope you had a good week so far. Been a slow one for me.

    • I have another friend looking for work at the moment, and it seems a very quiet time, I think it is Australia at the moment, not a great place financially, scary really. I really hope you have some luck soon, I will keep my fingers crossed for you. I think if you want to play around with photography, it is a great place to start, though, between you and me, I am always happy to help.
      It has been a bit slow, I keep thinking it is Thursday, it is very slow this week.

      • Thanks, Leanne. You’re too kind :) I hope to get a part time job, having quite a few interviews this year so far which is very encouraging.

        Currently I am looking through all the photos I’ve taken and see how I may improve my shots in the future. Looking at investing in a compact this year too.

        This week really is very slow. I keep thinking it’s Friday. It’s good that it’s raining.

      • Maybe I will become successful and you can be my assistant, haha, how cool would that be.
        There are always ways to improve shots, I find that with mine, I would be worried if I found nothing, that would be scary. There are some great compact cameras out there.
        The rain is fantastic, I am loving it, I am sure my garden is more. :)

      • Haha, that would be cool. I always wanted to make a name for myself as a writer or work as part of a team who works for themselves and their creative passion.

        There is always something to improve on…especially in terms of playing with images :) Love the rain, finally it’s here.

      • I love the idea of working for myself, and being my own boss, but I have to learn to be more pushy I think, just get out there. Let’s hope we both get what we want. My daughter wants to be a writer, she just got into Creative Writing at RMIT.
        Yes, always, for me the biggest thing I need to improve on is laziness, I need to push myself more. Rain one day, gone the next, but at least we got a lot. :)

  12. I found this site when I was looking for inspiration a year or so ago (at that time it was called Kelby training). That’s where I discovered the genius of Jay Maisel and became an addict of street photography. It really is a great place for learning and discovering new things.

    • How wonderful to hear from someone that does use it, that is fantastic. Good to know you still enjoy it. When did they change the name?

      • Yeah, its a great place where to look for ideas. The only negative in the new system is that now you’ve to subscribe at least for a month to watch something while previously it was possible to rent individual courses (which I personally found more appealing).

        Im guessing the name and concept change happened at the beginning of this year.

      • Oh, I didn’t know that, I haven’t subscribed yet, but based on what I have seen I am certainly thinking seriously about it.
        I have no idea when it happened.

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  14. Hi Leanne. Firstly, thanks for your great posts and secondly, thanks for the likes on my Moocingmystery blog and also, on the continuing photography blog Sixpixx. As a newbie, I love the way this post reminds us of how much we can learn online and places we can learn it. I would like to say how much I loved doing the O2S The Art of Photography free MOOC course and how it made me think about looking at photos as well as taking them. Keep up the good work.

    • You are welcome, doing courses online can be great, and there is so much information out there, the biggest problem is working out who is good to learn from and who isn’t. I tend to look for people whose work I like and go from there. Thank you.

  15. Fantastic. Haven’t come across this before but looks great. Much more my style of learning by the sounds of things!

    If people are interested in a site that does technical explanations but also the *art* of photography, I can highly recommend http://www.luminous-landscape.com/index.shtml – Michael Reichmann is a well-known and amazing Canadian photographer and teacher. Have been reading his site for several years now.

    • That is great to hear, I have been enjoying my time going through what they have and have learned so much.

      I haven’t heard of the other one. I sometimes wonder if I should do more on my blog, but I never know if it is the type of thing people like. Thanks for the link.

  16. You share information so generously, Leanne. Thank you for that, and for being such a gutsy, no-nonsense seeker.


    • Thank you Meredith, I have been trying to work out how best to do this blog if I should talk more about how I work, I don’t know, it is hard to know what people like best. Thank you so much.

  17. We are in the process of moving…it will take another 6-8 weeks but once I’m over this hump, I might sign up. I need to improve but I just don’t have too much time lately. :(

    • Oh moving sucks, doesn’t it, so much upheaval. At least you know about it now Laura and I am sure it will still be there when you are ready to get back into it. Good luck with your moving.

      • Thank you so much Leanne. It’s a bit nuts but it will be really good for both of us. We will have one place to be together doing things together and our own hobbies. It will be all worth it in the end. :)

      • Sounds like it is going to be perfect. We need to move, really, all we need to do is sort through the crap we have accumulated in the last 20 years.

  18. captureyouphotography says

    There are so many free courses available, so many tutorials available there is no reason to ever stop learning. I learn something new everyday with my photography. I use Lightroom and Photoshop for 90% of my editing. I also use Paint Shop Pro for the other 10%. Once you get to learn Lightroom it becomes a great time saver.

    • I keep hearing things about LR, but have to admit I love Bridge and Camera in Photoshop and just use those. I am a creature of habit sometimes, maybe I should give it another look. I agree about learning, we can always learn new things. Thank you.

    • That is great to hear, if you have been a member for years, then it must be good. Thanks for letting us know.

  19. Thanks for liking my All the World a Stage project. I too subscribe to Kelby Training. (KelbyOne) Deke McClelland on Linda.com is beyond belief with photoshop.

    • You are welcome Barry. I haven’t really looked at Lynda.com, but I have heard a lot about it. Thanks for letting me know, I might have to check out Deke.

  20. I checked out Creative Cloud, but my God it’s expensive. I would love to be a member, but for me that is too much money to be spent every months. Why does anything with Abobe be so expensive. For me as a Swede it will cost me 87.00AU$ pr month. Why are the prices so different ??? I’m really upset over this.

    • It only costs that much Viveka if you get all of them. I only do Photoshop. Though I think you were looking at something different to what the post was about, the post was about an online learning place, KelbyOne, it is $25 a month.

      • Could be … there was many offer .. and one more expensive than the other. Have to have a look again. I don’t use Photoshot – because of the cost. Maybe I have to rethink .. and I have to go back and check their website again. I looked at Creative Cloud or what every ti was called. Will check it out again.

      • I would recommend Lightroom for you Viveka, or Photoshop Elements, they are both good places to start. Did you mean Creative Cloud or Creative LIve, the second one is an online place for learning and their courses can be a bit expensive.

      • Thanks a million. Leanne … I will look into Lightroom.
        I’m using Photoscape just now… free and easy to use. I don’t want programs that is too complicated. I tested Photoshop for a week, but it was too much for me to take in … and I didn’t see any bigger differences in my editing. I’m all for keeping things simple.

      • Photoshop is a massive program and there is a lot to learn, but it depends on what you want to do with your images. I love manipulating mine, so PS is a must for me. I don’t recommend it to my friends who just want to simple things, straighten horizons, make lighter or darker, the other programs are fine for that.

      • Leanne, thanks for a great evening .. lovely talking to you – over midnight up here. Time for me to go under the duvet.
        See you tomorrow.
        Lots … Wivi

      • It is very late there Wivi, it is late morning here, I’ve been out taking photos, should get them ready for the blog today. Nice chatting with you too, talk soon, good night. :)

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