Learning Photography and Video
There are so many excellent photography and filmmaking resources on the web that there's little point in duplicating them. On my blog I talk about the decision making that went into shooting and developing specific photos, but I'll leave most of the detailed technical discussions to the established educators who have already put out incredible volumes of material, much of it free.
There is a place for someone willing to curate some of the amazing content on Youtube, comparing and contrasting for the benefit of learners overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content. One day I might get around to it!
Phlearn - Aaron Nace gives some of the best online Photoshop tutorials around. This is for intermediate to advanced photographers who already understand the basics of how to shoot and want to bring out the best in their work in post processing.
Joe Edelman - If you like shooting portraits, this Youtube channel is a must see! He breaks down his techniques, shows you his lighting designs and explains how all the creative and technical aspects come together.
Fstoppers - These guys have a great collection of tutorials on their Youtube channel, as well as lots of interesting articles on their website. They are best known for their critiques. Watching those critiques can help anyone raise their game, but take them with a grain of salt, since what makes a good photo is so subjective.
Gary Fong - This is a fantastic Youtube channel in which Gary Fong shares the simple yet incredibly effective methods he uses to craft his amazing photographs. This is a must watch for photographers interest in improving their craft.
Cambridge in Colour - This is one of the best overall knowledge repositories on digital still photography I've seen anywhere. It's highly technical (more so than many readers can tolerate), but if you manage to assimilate everything on the site, no one will be able to say you don't know what you're talking about.
SLR Lounge - These guys have got it going on! Their website is up to date and their youtube channel has so much amazing content that you could sit there for weeks doing nothing but learning photography.
The Slanted Lens - This is a great learning site by photographer Jay Morgan, who provides some of the most informative tutorials tutorials out there. Follow his advice and you'll end up taking some great portraits.
Ken Rockwell - Ken is a true technical expert who doesn't pull his punches. I don't agree with all of his views, but his technical knowledge is first-rate and reading his detailed recommendations of what to buy (and what you don't need) might save you a lot of money on gear.
Matt Granger - Matt Granger is an Australian photographer with a very informative Youtube channel. His videos aren't terribly detailed or technical, but the way he simplifies the material and presents it in digestible bits is quite impressive.
Mike Browne - Mike Browne is a man who knows how to teach photography! What he does best is break down complicated topics into simple, digestible bites. More than a few times I've had a "Now I get it" moment watching his videos.
Jared Polin - Known on Youtube for his site Fro Knows Photo, Jared Polin is a favorite among enthusiasts. I don't care much for his louder-than-life style, but it's hard to watch his videos and no learn something useful.
iPhone Photography School - Emil Pakarklis has done an amazing job putting together a learning resource for iPhone photographers. He takes the principles of photography and applies them specifically to iPhone shooing. Anyone who wants to shoot better with the camera they've almost always got on them can benefit from this website and youtube channel.
Many Ortiz - I've been following this channel for a while and I have to say I've learned a few decent tricks. His shooting and editing style is very different from mine and I can't say I agree with all his advice, but diversity of thought is a good thing when you want to develop your own set of techniques.
Brian Smith is an experienced, award winning photojournalist and portrait photographer who knows his stuff like nobody's business. Even seasoned pros can't help but learn learn a thing or two from this website, which he generally keeps up to date. There's a lot of info on equipment and great discussion of technique. Not so much on post processing, but you can't win at everything.
Serge Ramelli - Serge is a master at Lightroom and Photoshop and a brilliant producer of online tutorials. His tips on processing are more detailed and more plentiful than just about anyone else on the web. There's no way you can watch his tutorials and not learn something.
Learn My Shot - Another great resource for learning photographic skills. Tutorials by Jay P. Morgan run the gamut from basic to advanced and they have a lot of content in blog form rather than just video (for those who learn better by reading).
Tony and Chelsea Northrup - I don't think there's a more comprehensive Youtube channel when it comes to the art and science of still photography. There are hours of videos about all kinds of subjects, but where this channel shines is the way it delves into the technical details of lenses, camera sensors and how components interact. Their ebook is great too.
DigitalRevTV - This is a Youtube channel put together by a bunch of jokers... who happen to have built the most popular digital photo resource on that medium. They review gear, though not terribly in-depth, and provide some interesting tips. If you're not after a highly technical presentation and want to be entertained, give these guys a try. Not as much new content, but still lots of learning material.
Terry White - Terry White's Youtube channel features over 500 videos packed with incredibly useful information about photography, photo post-processing, graphic designs and other important topics. It's a great source of learning for people from beginner to pro.
Wet Pixel - This is one of the most famous underwater photo websites currently published. Lots of discussions of equipment and techniques from intermediate to advanced.
Backscatter - This site is for underwater photographers of all levels of knowledge and experience. Need to understand the basics or learn about underwater camera housings? This is the place.
Film and Video
Phillip Bloom - Phillip is a man who has spent 20 or so years traversing the globe shooting documentary videos and corporate productions. What I like best is his constant reminders that better gear does not make you a better filmmaker.
Faymus Media - Corey Benett makes his living as a wedding and corporate videographer/photographer. His technical knowledge is rivaled by few and his artistry is awe-inspiring. If you're looking to invest in equipment, I'd say his reviews are among the best (particularly his camera battles). Hours watching his Youtube channel are hours well spent.
Rocket Jump Film School - Wow! I've never seen slicker tutorials and I can tell you from experience that the information they give is spot on! There's so much excellent learning content on their Youtube channel it's hard to know where to begin. I plan to watch every video they post!
Film Riot - Ryan Connolly hosts a fantastic Youtube channel about all things related to film. His reviews are detailed and honest and you can glean a lot of technical information from his hilarious yet methodical presentations.
Tom Antos - Here is a guy who knows how to make films on a shoestring budget. I'm not a huge fan of his directorial style, but he's a great cameraman and aspiring independent filmmakers can benefit from just about every tutorial he puts on the web.
DSLR Guide - Simon Cade is a snotty-nosed punk from the UK... and his knowledge, experience and honesty put a lot of other video gurus to shame. Some of his material is basic, but if an overview is what you want, his youtube channel is a good place to start.
Film/Video EDU - If you like longer tutorials and lots of them, this Youtube channel is a great resource. It discusses still photos as well as video, but I've listed it here because the two have so much in common.