Tired of constantly taking poorly lit, grainy photos with your mobile phone? It may be about that time that you finally upgrade your photography game. Whether you want to hone your Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop skills, learn how to use a DSLR camera as well as which lenses to go with it, or how to aesthetically style a shot, look no further than the good ol' Internet. Grab your old camera that's collecting dust in the back of your closet and get ready to start giving it some much-needed attention. Check out all the online courses and their talented creators below!


1. Styling Food for Instagram: Creating Collages

Julie Lee (@julieskitchen), from Julie's Kitchen will show you how to artfully prepare and arrange your ingredients for that perfect shot. She takes you through the process of photographing your food, editing the photo, and successfully sharing the final image to your website and/or social media.


2. Lens Choice: A Beginner's Guide

Indeana Underhill (@indejones), a Toronto photographer, will guide you through the process of choosing the right lenses for your personal photography, with a focus on making comparisons between different focal lengths when used on the same subject. Learn why your favourite type of images are taken by one particular lens over another.


3. 12 Still Life Photography Mistakes (and what you can learn from them)

The best way to learn is to make mistakes, and Mariya Popandopulo (@mariyakey), a photography teacher and illustrator, will guide you through the most common ones people make in order to create better still life images.


4. Photography Essentials: Adobe Lightroom for Absolute Beginners!

Lightroom is an Adobe photo editing program essential to any photographer, and Kasia Zmokla, a fine art photographer, designer and video creator, will teach you how to use the histogram tool, Lightroom Presets, colour adjustment and more in this 2-hour class.


5. Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners

Photoshop is intimidating for any newbie photographer, but Meg Lewis (@darngooood), owner of Ghostly Ferns, a web design, branding, and illustration studio, will walk you through all the basics in order to create your own business cards, collages, digital illustrations, 3D renderings, and more.


6. DSLR Photography for Bloggers

Lindsay Ostrom (@pinchofyum), food blogger and photographer for Brit + Co, will show you how to light and style your shoot if blogging is something you aspire to get into. Learn how to get the perfect flatlay or detail shot of a product using the manual controls available on your camera.


7. Low-Light Photography: Settings & Tips to Capture the Dark

Maria Jose Govea (@thesupermaniak), a Toronto music photographer and former DJ, will show you how to get a sick shot while at your favourite performer's concert, or any other photo opportunity that offers relatively poor lighting. Don't let that perfect photo op go to waste - discover the right camera settings to snap the image, and then how to edit dark photos in RAW.


8. Photograph Your Muse: One Subject, Endless Possibilities

This course encourages you to start your own passion project - specifically, Andrew Knapp (@andrewknapp), photographer and creator of "Find Momo" project, will guide you in choosing a "muse" that's important to you (like a pet, grandparent, or significant other) and creating a collection of images all with an aesthetically consistent feel. Channel your photographic eye and inner creativity with this one!


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