It’s both fun and useful to master a new skill. However, jumping into a new hobby or project that you have zero experience in can be pretty daunting. As creators, we’re always looking to expand our toolkit. Whether it’s becoming proficient in a new software or editing system, starting a business, or even just picking up a new side hobby, the mind of a creator is always seeking new ways to learn more. There are tons of creative skills online to learn. The only thing you need is the bravery to try something new.
But, despite the anxiety of picking up a new technique, there’s also the financial cost to consider. You don’t want to have to break the bank with expensive courses in order to expand your talents. But trust me, you don’t need to pay a ton of money if you have the Internet at your disposal. Here are five websites and programs that over a variety of cheap (or even free) classes and videos that will help you get a jump on your next creative endeavor!
In the real world, learning how to act from Samuel Jackson or how to write from Margret Atwood sounds like just a fantasy. But, on MasterClass, that fantasy is (sort of) a reality. I mean, the classes are virtually recorded and you’re not actually talking to the celebrity or creator face-to-face. But still, getting to pick a famous author or director’s brain? Totally a dream. For $15 a month on MasterClass, a blank, you get to do just that. This is one of the pricier options on this list. But there’s a massive number of classes to choose from. So, if you put in the time and the work to watch classes regularly, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. These classes are so fun–chances are, one of your favorite authors, directors musicians, or even chefs (Gordon Ramsey masterclass is a must-see) has their very own Master Class on the site.
Colin Smith, the owner of PhotoshopCAFE, is somewhat of a self-taught creator himself. Inspired by his experiences working as a designer in Los Angeles in the ’90s, Smith began to play around with various photo techniques, replicating and improving upon the editing styles that he saw in his day-to-day work life. After essentially becoming proficient in PhotoShop on his own, Smith decided to pay it forward. On his website, which is linked to the site’s official YouTube channel, Smith shares hundreds of free techniques. There are videos detailing a number of PhotoShop and Lightroom tactics, and, chances are, if you head over to the site, you’ll find a tutorial for an exciting new editing skill that you didn’t even know existed. With PhotoshopCAFE, pretty much all you need is PhotoShop itself, and some free time to watch Smith’s videos.
B&H Photo Video
Do you have a professional camera that you impulse-purchased five years ago? Is it currently sitting in a closet somewhere collecting dust? So many creators show an active interest in photography, but the actual logistics of using a camera professionally are more complicated than you’d think. But, get ready to dust off your lens and start shooting, because the B&H YouTube channel is here to show you the ropes. You know this channel is trustworthy, because it’s run by one of the largest digital photography, video camera, and electronics company in the world. The B&H channel posts almost daily, and there are hundreds of videos to chose from, from beginner’s tips to more advanced tactics. If you’re looking to either start your photography journey or improve your skillset, you should definitely take a deep dive into this channel’s content.
True to its name, SkillShare is an online website dedicated to, simply, the sharing of skills. And, there’s plenty to chose from. With a SkillShare subscription, you get access to an unlimited amount of creative content. From editing to painting to cooking, any talent you’re looking to develop, SkillShare likely has a category dedicated to it. SkillShare is especially cool because its videos are by creators, for creators. People who have developed skills in certain areas take their time to share interactive, broken-down videos explaining their tactics and talents. Creators understand how other creators learn and operate, so it’s super useful.
Film Riot is a YouTube space that offers a variety of free resources in the department of film production. Created by the Connolly Brothers, this channel can help see you from the inception of your film project all the way through to the production process. And, if you start watching from the very beginning of the brother’s channel, you kind of get to experience learning alongside them, watching as their content improves visually and thematically. On this channel, you gain a really well-rounded education on editing tactics, production concepts, and film history in general.
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