YouTube – Resource for Photography Education

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This article addresses:

  • Part 1 – About You Tube – Characteristics of and “how-to” suggestions for YouTube as a learning tool for all things photographic.  This info is biased toward those unfamiliar. Those familiar with YouTube may just want to skip to Part 2.
  • Part 2 – You Tube Links – Specific links and recommendations for videos, providers, and subjects from the authors experience.  Ideally club members will contribute many more sugggestions.  150 brains are definitely better than one.

Part 1 – About YouTube

YouTube can be an invaluable resource for all aspects of photography education.  Why?

  • YouTube lets you search on any topic and find many relavent videos.
  • YouTube content is basically “unregulated”.  Anybody can post anything about any subject.  There are constraints but those are out of scope for this article.   Learning how to refine your search is a good skill to acquire.
  • YouTube is available on any device with a web browser and anywhere you have an internet connection. (Phone, tablet, laptop, desktop…)  A virtual, portable classroom.
  • Content exists for all skill levels, many languages, and it is free.  Most content does require you to watch some advertising content.  Usually after you watch a 5 second introduction you can skip to your content.
  • Videos range from 60 second “quick tips” to expansive multi-part classes taking several hours to complete.
  • Videos are on demand and can be paused and completed later.  You decide what, when, and how much you want to watch.
  • Many professional photographers and educational organizations provide free content to promote their “for sale” offerings.
  • Adobe and other providers deliver free professional training for their products via YouTube.
  • You can subscribe to a favorite provider and get notifications of new postings.
  • You can flag a video to watch later.   That creates a personal “Watch Later” list.
  • Hardware information including unboxing, deep dive reviews,product comparisons, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Tamron, Sigma, can be found.  The variety is endless.

Part 2 – YouTube Links

General Photography

BPSOP  (Formally PPSOP) Bryan Peterson School of Photography

This is Bryan Peterson’s Educational Resources.  Bryan is a best selling author of educational photography books  and how-to materials.   His teaching style is creative, fun, and casual.  Included in his material are critiques and tutorials provided by BPSOP instructors.  BPSOP offers many tuition based professional training classes but all of the YouTube material is free.  Bryan’s tips are structured to inspire us to try new things.   They are 2 to 5 minutes in length and make you want to get out and shoot.

The link above takes you to the BPSOP You Tube collection.   There are over a hundred videos.

Tim Grey

Tim Grey is a photographer who has written more than a dozen books … Wedding Photography · 1000+ Courses Available · Expert-led classes – NY Times

Tim is not an dynamic speaker but, his offerings are technically excellent and contain a wealth of important details.  He publishes a “daily” free email called “Ask Tim Grey” that is almost always  spot on technically on a wide range of photographic subjects.  He offers Lightroom overviews on the latest offerings and some detailed how-to’s on Photoshop techniques.  He also publishes a Monthly digital magazine “Pixology” providing a deep dive into a variety of photographic subjects.

See what you think about what Tim has to say.

Tim Grey TV

Tim Grey You Tube Channel

Greg Benz

The following article and video by Greg Benz is an excellent summary of techniques for focusing your camera in the dark.    Greg Benz is a highly respected expert on Luminosity Masks and creator of photoshop plugins/actions to speed up editing with Luminosity Masks.  See Photoshop Section below.

Digital Rev TV

Digital Rev is a Hong Kong based production often featuring reviews of new equipment and photo techniques.  Wikipedia describes the style as “funny and irreverant”.  The offerings are varied and the presentations are creative and informative.  Learn from these guys and have a laugh at the same time.  You could think of this site as Saturday Night Live with a  touch of Benny Hill for photographers.  This site has over a million subscribers world wide.  Here is Digital Rev sample video on Landscape Photography to give you an idea of how they approach a subject.  Another recent feature on Digital Rev is their Cheap Camera Challenges, See Lara Jade take the challenge.  Pretty amazing results.

Terry White (Adobe Evangelist)

Terry White is a serious Adobe educator.  His videos address several Adobe products.

The following link addresses a common question among Photographers who wonder,  “What is the difference between Lightroom CC vs Photoshop CC vs Bridge CC?”  This almost 2 hr video shows weaknesses and strengths of each and suggests when each is the appropriate tool.  I will address Terry’s offerings on Lightroom and Photoshop under those topics below.

Anthony Morganti (added 11/6/2016) From Larry Sivertson (member)

Anthony Morganti is another prolific provider of very helpful videos on Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and General Photography.  He also has a series of Photo Critiques.  He also has a series of 5-10 minute quick tips for Photoshop and Lightroom.   (Over 65 at last count)  His teaching style is evenly paced and thourough

Here is the link to Anthony Morganti’s YouTube Home Page.

John Free (Street Photography)(added 11/6/2016) from Tom Leach (Member)

John Free is a social documentary/street photographer who lives in Los Angeles. His photographic essays range from railroad tramps in California to automobile abstracts to London and Paris street life.  He shares his philosophy about street philosophy and teaches respect for his subjects.  He shoots black and white film and develops and prints in his own darkroom.  See this sample Walking with John Free in the Streets.

Below is the link to his YouTube home page.

Trey Ratcliff (added 11/6/2016)

Trey Ratcliff defies a simple label.  He is a photographer, artist, writer, philosopher, and adventurer.  He is a strong proponent of  HDR photography and was one of the 1st mainstream pro photographers to embrace mirrorless cameras. He is witty, bright and entertaining.  He has over 8 Million YouTube views with over 75,000 subscribers.  He was instrumental inn the design of MacPhun’s Aurora HDR Pro Software.

In the spirit of this page here are links to some of his educational offerings:

Trey’s Tips and Tricks (98 Videos)

Klaus Herrmann (Added 11/7/2016) From Keith Bradshaw (Member)

Klaus Hermann has a series of very helpful Hands-on Photo Tips for Photoshop

You can see all of his Playlists here

He also has excerpts from his Personal Workflow Course.  It is always informative to see how professional photographers work.  He has some good content on blending two image and masking (Photoshop).

His approach is detailed and practical.   Worth a visit to see what fits your needs.

Julieanne Kost (added 11/8/2016)

Julieannne Kost is an Adobe Evangelist who provides many in-depth tutorials, training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.   She is a valuable resource for demonstrations and explanations of new features found in the latest releases.  All of her videos are practical, concise, clear, and informative.  

Julieanne’s YouTube Playlists

Lightroom tips and tricks  playlist (28 videos)

Working with Catalogs in Lightroom playlist (9 Videos)

Layers, Masking, and Compositing in Photoshop Playlist (17 videos)


Serge Ramelli

Serge Ramelli is  a prolific provider of photographic education.  He has a lively, winning  personality and slips in humor often.   He has a French accent  with very good English skills.  Most of his tutorials are 15-20 minutes and reveal lightroom techniques.   He also has videos on Photoshop and other editing software.  At one point he produced two free tutorials a week.  He is friends with Kelvin of Kelvin Designs and Trey Ratcliff.

Terry White on Lightroom

 If you want detailed info about everything Lightroom CC watch his 8 part series “Introduction to Adobe Lightroom CC”.   Start with Part 1 here.

Below is a link to all of Terry’s Lightroom tutorials.

Anthony Morganti – Lightroom CC Training Videos – added 11/6/2016

Anthony covers a wide range of Lightroom CC subjects in this 28 episode video training series.  Morganti’s style is calm, clear, and confident.

Start the playlist here


Kelvin Designs

The link above takes you to Kelvin Designs YouTube landing page.  Kelvin is a Photoshop Expert.  Kelvin moves pretty quickly through his examples but the beauty off  YouTube is you can replay as many times as needed.  Just a few of the Titles of his YouTube offerings are listed below.  He is a friend of Serge Ramelli, another prolific Lightroom and Photoshop teacher with many free videos.  Serge says Kelvin taught him everything he knows about Photoshop.

How to Change A Sky in Photoshop

How to Add A Revlection in Photoshop

How to Sharpen Images in Photoshop

How to change the color of anything in Photoshop

How to Create Light Rays in Photoshop

Terry White on Photoshop

Below is a link to Terry White’s collection of Photoshop Videos  Lots of basic  over views and specific How-to’s.

Greg Benz on Luminosity Masks

Greg Benz specializes in Luminosity Masks.  Below is a link to an excellent into to the Luminosity Masks. He also has many other tutorials showing ow to use them for specific images.  Note:  Luminosity masks are an advanced photoshop editing technique.

Here is a link to Greg Benz’s complete YouTube Playlists

Anthony Morganti Photoshop for Photographers Training (added 11/6/2016)

A well organized moderately paced class in PhotoShop fundamentals.  Well worth your time. 

23 Episodes – Start Here

Video Shooting 

Shooting Video by Genaro Arroyo

Genaro Arroyo was our featured speaker at our September 2017 Meeting.  Genaro is the Southwest Regional Canon Professional Market Representative.   The following two You Tube Videos are a recording of an expanded 2 hour version of his excellent informative presentation.  It includes much generic technical information about videos and cinematography with example based on Canon products.  If you are looking for practical and technical video knowledge, this is an excellent 2 hour time investment.

Part 1

Part 2


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