“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.
When 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.
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.
Business 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.
There 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.
It 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.
They 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.