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CreativeLive offers over 2,000 online courses in photography, video, art, design, business, and more.
CreativeLive has over 2,000 online courses taught by experts in photography, art, video, and more.
Classes are 70% off and you can get 20% off any Creator Pass subscription through October 31.
Below are some of the most popular classes, including a Stanford course on designing your life.
The site houses over 2,000 classes taught by industry experts, and reportedly reaches over 10 million students. Each class falls under one of five categories: photo and video; art and design; music and audio; craft and maker; or money and life.
As a CreativeLive student, you can watch on-air broadcasts for free for 24-hours a day, or buy an individual class and own it for life with the option to watch, rewind, and access bonus materials whenever. As part of a sitewide sale, all classes are currently 70% off through October 31 and if you spend $40 or more, you may get $20 off your order.
You can also buy a Creator Pass (currently 20% off through October 31) to get access to as many classes as you want for an annual or monthly fee.
If you’re looking for a way to develop a creative habit, add industry know-how, or expand a creative business, then CreativeLive may be a tool worth considering.
Below are 20 of the most popular courses among CreativeLive students:
Descriptions provided by CreativeLive and edited for length.
As a photographer, you will need to master the technical basics of the camera and form an understanding of the types of equipment you need. The Fundamentals of Photography class will also teach something even more important (and crucial for success) — how to bring your creative vision to fruition.
Taught by seasoned photographer John Greengo, who specializes in outdoor and travel photography, the Fundamentals of Photography places emphasis on quality visuals and experiential learning. In this course, you’ll learn:
How to bring together the elements of manual mode to create an evocative image: shutter speed, aperture, and image composition.How to choose the right gear and develop efficient workflow.How to recognize and take advantage of beautiful natural light.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
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Do you feel stuck and anxious about the future? Do you feel like you should know what you want to do with your life but you aren’t sure which direction to head?
Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are joining us at CreativeLive to teach a class based on their #1 New York Times bestseller, “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.”
How to Break the Habit of Self-Doubt and Build Real Confidence
Mel Robbins is the most booked female speaker in the world, a serial entrepreneur, and a bestselling author. She is one of the most sought-after motivational instructors trusted by global brands to design and deliver life-changing, interactive experiences that inspire change, challenge thinking, and accelerate personal and professional growth.
If you are plagued by imposter syndrome, suffer from anxiety or low self-esteem, or fall into the trap of self-pity that keeps you from seeing positive outcomes, you’re definitely not alone.
Mel will give you concrete, actionable advice and steps to overcome these problems and build the confidence to realize your dreams. After this class, you’ll better understand your patterns, what to do to break unhealthy habits, act with courage, self-compassion, and overcome self-doubt so you can get what you want out of life.
Posing is one of the fundamentals of great photography. It’s also the thing that photographers have the least control over. We can choose our lenses, set up, lighting, and retouch with Adobe Photoshop. But when it comes to photography poses, we need to pay attention and work closely with our subjects to find the perfect pose and best way to capture the most flattering image.
Fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler will break down the fundamentals of perfect posing, giving you the basic rules you should follow to make your subjects and your photos look their best. Through live photo shoots and slides, Lindsay demonstrates the do’s and don’ts for every category of subject, including men, women, older people, couples, brides and grooms, groups, and more.
Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp
Adobe Photoshop 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.
Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.
Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp
Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.
Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.
Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.
28 Days of Portrait Photography
Sue Bryce’s 28 Days is the all-in-one portrait photography class that teaches you posing, shooting, marketing, selling, and everything else you need to know to run a successful contemporary portrait photography business.
This series begins with two sessions of intense instruction on business, pricing, and overcoming your fears. Following the kickoff, Sue delivers short sessions exploring 28 different topics essential to any successful portrait photography studio. Sue covers flow posing, connecting with clients, posing and shooting groups, marketing to your key demographic, sales, and more.
This workshop will give you the confidence to incorporate small portable flash in your photography toolkit. From shooting receptions at weddings or adding drama in senior portraits, this workshop will include lots of live shooting examples that will help everything make sense. Once you start working with a portable flash, you’ll never understand how you lived without it.
Portraits Under Pressure
Victoria Will’s background as a photojournalist and celebrity photographer helped her develop techniques on editorial assignments to quickly connect with a subject. She’ll show you how to use your environment to capture a unique image that reflects the person in the portrait. She’ll also highlight how to quickly evaluate a less than perfect situation and make it work for you and your subject.
Techniques for choosing the light, process, and locations for a successful portrait.How to build a rapport and utilize clear communication with your subjects.How to set up a developed concept, as well as how to light on the fly.Successful strategies for marketing yourself as a photographer and how to get your work in front of editors.
Pricing and Sales for Photographers
In order to make money as a photographer, you have to know how to price, package, and sell your work. In this 3-day course, small business owner and award-winning portrait photographer Julia Kelleher will teach you how to create a strategic sales system — without relying on over-the-top, hard-selling sales techniques.
By the end of this course, you will know how to predict your sales averages, forecast growth, and go from thinking about the next single sale to thinking about the next year of sales.
Posing for Curvy Women
Photographers are hired to capture portraits that accentuate the best features of their subjects. Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler will share techniques on how to photograph your full-figured and curvier clients by accentuating their lines and creating beautiful silhouettes.
This class will cover:
Styling suggestions for full-figured women including a bridal session.Camera angles and posing techniques for the most flattering images.Photoshop techniques to help highlight your curvy subject.
Lighting & Posing Large Groups
If you’ve photographed groups before, you know it can be a challenge. This class will answer your questions and cover the most important considerations to keep in mind for your next group session. You’ll learn depth of field, lens choice, posing, focus considerations, light modifiers, light position, and more.
Retouching for Interior Architectural Photography
Images of architectural interiors present particular challenges for retouchers. In this class, architecture photographer Mike Kelley will show you how to use exposure blending, manual masking, advanced blemish removal, curve adjustments and other techniques to achieve stunning interior shots.
You’ll see how Mike overcomes extreme dynamic range, color casts from various sources, and difficult perspective issues to create a professional interior architectural photograph.
Workflow, Time Management, and Productivity for Creatives
Fine artist, illustrator, and author Lisa Congdon has worked with over 75 clients around the world including MoMA, REI Co-op, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing, among many others.
In this class, she will teach you how to establish effective workflows and time management strategies that will streamline your processes and maximize creative work time.
Among other things, you will learn:
How to organize and implement a workflow system.How to manage to-do lists effectively.How to utilize time-blocking.How to identify and manage the distractions that keep you from being productive.
In this class, Peter Hurley, author of “The Headshot,” reveals his methodology for capturing amazing headshot portraits.
Hurley spent the last two years formulating these unique concepts into his highly anticipated book and will demonstrate how his simple techniques can help bring the best out of every person you photograph. His “squinching” phenomenon has gone viral and continues to have people using his signature lower lid move every time they step foot in front of a camera.
Adobe Photoshop Mastery: Retouch and Restore
Photographs are among our most treasured possessions, but not every photo was shot under optimal conditions or preserved in an ideal way, which makes photo restoration a big business opportunity for skilled photographers and retouchers.
If you want to answer every,”Can you fix it?” with a resounding “Yes,” Adobe Photoshop Mastery with Ben Willmore is the class for you.
You’ll learn how to tackle:
Advanced color correction and enhancement techniques.Retouching and scratch removal strategies.Detail enhancements.Folds, scratch, mildew, ink, and water stain repairs.Reconstruction of missing pieces such as torn corners and rips.How to fix faded images and make skin tones more lifelike.
You’ll also learn what actions to take, the optimal order to perform them, and which tools are right for the job. Ben will share time-saving tips and offer insights on the corrections that create the biggest impact.
The Magic of Watercolor
Join Molly Murrah for a fun, 5-week watercolor class for beginners. Learn about color, papers, brushes, drawing, and composition, as well as many great painting techniques that will get you working and playing with watercolors. The class will cover lessons such as paint properties, understanding color, the color wheel, mixing colors, light and shadow, and more.
Color for Designers: Exploration, Theory, & Application
Our response to color comes from the place in our brain where trust, loyalty, behavior, and decision occur. Every successful project relies on a designer making smart choices about color.
In this class, Richard Mehl will give you a foundational understanding of color theory principles and demonstrate how to apply them. Richard has studied alongside design legends like Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, and Herbert Matter, and will share insights gleaned from 12 years of teaching and writing about color in design.
Richard takes an accessible approach to the serious study of color theory for designers. You’ll be exposed to a relevant series of ideas and skills by exploring a range of analog and digital projects.
Richard will discuss:
Color terminology and meaning.How to view color in context.Contrast grids and color illusion. Tips for creating harmonious color palettes.
Exploring Low-Key Portraiture
Learn how to shoot and retouch with shadows and dark tones in this class led by photographer Chris Knight. Students study how to maximize details in dark imagery through lighting and post-production. Chris will take you from concept through execution covering simple (yet effective) lighting techniques as well as tethering tips with Adobe Lightroom.
He’ll also discuss how to develop the raw image, as well as retouching tactics to make your image appear powerful and purposeful.
Wedding Photography: Capturing the Story
The emotional and physical energy of weddings makes for good photography, but a wedding photographer does more than simple, passive documentation of the revelry. Great wedding photography immortalizes the story of the event by combining a mastery of technical skills in a highly dynamic environment, and the social skills to put people at ease and capture genuine moments.
Join Rocco Ancora and Ryan Schembri for this in-depth class on wedding photography and powerful storytelling. You’ll learn:
The fundamentals of shooting a wedding — lighting, exposure, and composition.How to maximize the use of natural and artificial light to create the mood.What to do once the wedding is over — image culling, album development, and sales.
This class places heavy emphasis on developing strong posing and direction techniques and deploying them in a natural, non-confrontational manner. Rocco and Ryan believe that the job of the wedding photographer is to understand the story of the evening and to document it as a journalist would, with technical confidence and the mind on storytelling. All levels of wedding photographers will benefit from this class.