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10 Best Skillshare Photography Classes

Don’t Stop Learning.

There are so many ways to push yourself as a photographer and artist. Learning from others is a great one. Here is a roundup of the best Skillshare classes we’ve found for furthering your knowledge and skillset.

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10. Cityscape Photography: Shooting with Symmetry and Perspective

Jamal Burger


Join Toronto-based cityscape photographer Jamal Burger (aka @jayscale) for a 20-minute class as he walks us through his process of shooting three specific compositions: Symmetry, the Lookup, and the Stride-By.

You’ll learn Jamal’s techniques for composing your shot, taking advantage of natural light, capturing interesting characters juxtaposed with beautiful architecture, and overall just having fun pushing your photo skills no matter what level of experience you have.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, a seasoned shooter or an Instagram enthusiast, Jamal’s process will inspire you to take your cityscapes to the next level.

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9. iPhone Food Photography: Capturing Coffee, Dessert, and more

Adam Goldberg

Up your latte art game with this coffee shop photo class! Instagram star and photographer Adam Goldberg (@alifewortheating) is sharing his secrets so you can master iPhone food photography for Instagram and beyond.

In this 30-minute class, travel with Adam as he captures his morning routine at two of his favorite Brooklyn cafes: Parlor Coffee Roastery and Sweetleaf. He reveals how to shoot the perfect latte and croissant, edit in apps like Snapseed and VSCO Cam, and transform a humble iPhone shot into a spectacular image.

Adam is known for shooting everyday food with beauty, symmetry, and a clean aesthetic. This class shows the intention and thoughtfulness behind each of those images so that you can bring that same beauty into your own lifestyle and food photography.

By the end of the class, you’ll have the skills to capture your morning breakfast routine — or any light snack you take throughout the day — in a way that’s real, inspired, and perfect for Instagram.

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8. Portraits and Places: Photographing People in Their Spaces

Benjamin Heath

Photographer Benjamin Heath (benjaminheath) is passionate about portraiture and storytelling. As a result, he often combines the two in his work, creating compelling narratives and visuals of people he comes across in his life. In this class, Benjamin will provide instruction for creating a photographic narrative of someone. Each photo will require different considerations when it comes to composition and lighting, and the variety of class challenges will build your photography skillset from any level—novice, intermediate, and pro alike.

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7. Documentary Photography: Capturing Place and People

Ami Vitale

National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale takes you on an adventure to Venice Beach, California, sharing her documentary photography techniques. Immersion and relentless observation are key in Ami’s practice. She always arrives at a place before the sun comes up and revisits it again at sundown to capture the best photos, understanding the place through patience and persistence. Ami will take you step-by-step through her best practices of finding the beauty in a person or an experience, and telling a story through that. This class is great for aspiring photojournalists, professional photographers seeking inspiration, and everyone who seeks essential tips and zen habits for documenting the world around them.

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6. Lifestyle Photography: Capturing Inspiring Visual Stories

Marte Marie Forsberg

Join photographer Marte Marie Forsberg to learn her inspired approach to lifestyle photography! Whether you’re photographing for a blog or Instagram, or simply want to capture a beautiful meal, you’ll learn how to capture stunning stories in a styled yet natural way.

This 20-minute online class is all about capturing a story, giving you tools and tactics to capture everyday moments with artistry. Taking place at her thatched English cottage, lessons touch on inspiration, styling, shooting, and editing — so that you can successfully capture a setting, its food, and the life surrounding it.

Beautifully shot, full of inspiration, and brimming with insights, this class is perfect for beginning and pro photographers alike. It’s a welcome reminder of small moments that are truly perfect.

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5. Mobile Photography Basics for Instagram Success

Tyson Wheatley

Join celebrated Instagram photographer Tyson Wheatley (@twheat) to learn the ins and outs of smartphone photography so that you can authentically build your photos, followers, and brand on Instagram!

In this 30-minute class, Tyson explores DUMBO, Brooklyn, capturing photos of people, landscapes, and street scenes. He shares tactics for capturing unique photos, tricks for editing in essential apps, and ways to reflect your personality while establishing an Instagram aesthetic.

By the end of the class, you’ll have the necessary tools and skills to create great photographs, perfect for sharing with the vast Instagram community.

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4. Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography

Phil Ebiner

This online photography course will teach you how to take amazing images and sell them, whether you use a smartphone or a DSLR camera.

This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

While there are plenty of photography courses that focus on specific styles or how to use gear, it’s hard to find a comprehensive course like this one, which is for beginner to advanced photographers.

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3. Outdoor Photography: Shooting at Sunset, Sunrise, and Night

Chris Burkard

Go on-location with photographer and adventurer Chris Burkard (chrisburkard) as he explores the wilderness and discovers great photos along the way. Chris shows how the best shots occur when you’re aren’t looking for them, while also providing the know-how and tips to make sure you’re ready to capture the moment when it arises. Lessons include working with lighting at different times of day, shooting long exposures, and incorporating subjects into a landscape shot. Perfect for pros and enthusiasts alike, this class will help you take your shots to the next level.

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2. Street Photography: Capture the Life of Your City


In collaboration with VSCO, join trashhand, one of Skillshare’s most popular photography teachers, as he shares insight on some of his favorite street photography techniques. While weaving through the streets of his native city Chicago trashhand covers four main topics as they relate to street photography: capturing authentic candids, utilizing blur to convey motion, finding compelling angles for “look-up” shots, and finally trying these techniques at night.    

trashhand has been able to translate his love for photography into a promising career, and practicing shots like these on a daily basis has played a pivotal role. Whether you are looking to improve your personal photography or better position yourself for commissioned gigs with brands, this class will set you on the right path to fulfilling your photography goals.

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1. Fundamentals of Portrait Photography: Using natural Light to Create Drama

Justin Bridges

Photograph a subject with irresistible emotion. This 90-minute class from fashion and portrait photographer Justin Bridges goes on-location to reveal how to use light to create a stunning dramatic portrait.

Whether you use a DSLR or iPhone, you’ll learn how to prep your location, subject, and settings so that you can fully develop skills in composition, exposure, and styling. To make your portraits truly incredible, Justin also shares his favorite tricks for editing in Lightroom.

Throughout the class, Justin offers alternatives to every technique, making the class perfect for all levels for experience and equipment. This is a class for pros, enthusiasts, and everyone curious about how an incredible portrait comes to life.

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“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”

- Napoleon Hill

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Best Foods for the Creative Mind

Savvy Eater

Pablo Picasso is one of many successful artists who realized the importance of eating good brain food. His doctor prescribed him a diet of fish and spinach to boost his powers of abstract thinking. Whereas Picasso’s talent almost certainly isn’t solely down to his diet, if you are striving to reach the peak of your creative powers you should start looking after your brain by feeding it properly.

“Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”

― Pablo Picasso

Top Foods for the Creative Mind

1. Unprocessed Food

Simple really. If it’s made in a factory, don’t eat it.

2. Coldwater Fish

High in Omega 3 fatty acids, the best brain food around.

3. Cruciferous Greens

Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, bok choy.

4. Whole Grains

These wholegrain foods will stop the glucose energy that your brain feeds on from being released too quickly, providing you with a steady stream of mental energy as you work on your masterpiece.

5. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

These will provide you with a steady flow of high quality fuel to your brain.

6. Beans & Pulses

Regulate the release of glucose to the brain.

7. Nuts & Seeds

Like beans and pulses, they will help your brain to receive a steady flow of creative juice.

8. Green Tea

Slows down the aging process of the brain.

9. Coffee

Caffeine will help speed up your metabolism and will give your brain a boost in concentration for a short while.

10. Unhealthy Treats…What!?

Even if you follow a strict creative diet to prolong your creativity, life is too short! Indulging in your favorite unhealthy treats every once in a while will not do you any significant harm and will help release endorphins to your brain making you feel positive. However, don’t overdo it, in both frequency and portion size,  or risk putting a limit on your creativity.

So there you have it! Food most definitely effects your creativity and ability to stay focused and be productive… so choose wisely! Let the creativity begin!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

– Virginia Woolf

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Five Great Ways to Continue Your Education

Pursuit of Lifelong Learning

As a creative, many of us work alone. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own work and not make time for community and continued learning. Here are 5 things we’ve found to help us get out of that rut.

1. Find a business/creative mentor who has gone before you.

There are so many people who are willing to share the wisdom and knowledge that they have most likely learned the hard way. Why learn that on your own! Find someone you look up to and trust and simply ask them if they would be willing to meet with you on a regular basis! Buy them lunch or coffee and learn from them. Listen and share. More times than not, they will be learning from you as well! We all need each other!

2. Subscribe to Skillshare to learn from thousands of teachers who have put in hard work to provide you with all kinds of insight!

Take advantage of the FREE 30-day trial on Skillshare if you’re hesitant. We’re sure you’ll love it!

3. Subscribe to Phlearn for some incredible tutorials.

There are hundreds of photography classes ranging from photoshop basics to high end studio lighting set-ups.

4. Find a photo or piece of art and try to mimic it.

This is ONLY for a personal growth exercise. If you want to be like an artist and pick up on their techniques, you have to practice! File those away and take notes on what you learned and then use those techniques in your own original piece!

5. Have other creatives review your work.

There is nothing better than a good constructive criticism session. This is something that we often miss after being out of the college setting. Having others look over your work and tell you what could be improved upon is a great way to learn and grow.

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."

- Pele

5 Top Female Stock Photographers

Top 10 Female Stock Photographers

Stock photography can get stale very quickly. And other times laughable. With that in mind, we set out to find some women that were doing it well.

We have searched numerous portfolios on Stocksy and discovered them through social media outlets as well. Each photographer brings a unique vibe and quality that is hard to find in the world of stock photography.

It’s always helpful to find new inspiration and following (or even checking in from time to time) these women will help push you in the right direction. Below are five of the best women doing it right in the world of stock photography.

Kristen Curette

Lifestyle + Wedding / Elopement Photographer

Kristen Curette is a lifestyle/wedding photographer with an eye for stock. She is a self-proclaimed adventure-seeker and lover of life. Her stock portfolio is honest, colorful and clean.

One of our favorite images from her portfolio can be found here.

Twitter: @kris10ash

Instagram: @poorartist



Lauren Naefe

Street/Lifestyle Photogapher

Lauren Naefe is a street and lifestyle photographer with unique style. Her images are crisp and beautiful. She has a knack for well placed splashes of color and capturing the perfect moment.

Twitter: @laurennaefe

Instagram: @laurennaefe



Gillian Vann

Lifestyle Photographer

Gillian Vann is an Australia photographer and she trained as a professional photographer at the Brisbane College of Photography & Art. She has an eye for making the mundane look absolutely beautiful.

Instagram: @gillianvann



Melanie Defazio

Lifestyle Photogapher

Melanie Defazio is a creator, through and through. Her rawness and ability to made the mundane beautiful, make her quite the asset in the stock world.

Instagram: @meldefazio75



Alexey Kuzma

Lifestyle Photographer

Alexey Kuzma has a brand all her own. Her images are edgy, with a lot of style. She brings a fresh perspective to stock photography and never seems to disappoint.

Instagram: @alexeycosma



Do you have any other female photographers that should be on this list? Leave a comment down below or drop us a line at We’d love to hear from you!