The Photographer’s Roadmap

Where are you right now? Where do you want to go? Here’s how to get there!
Instructions: click on any one of the 12 areas of study below and start going through the listed Lenspiration training material chronologically.
Skill level:  E=Easy,  M=Moderate,  A=Advanced
1. Understand Your Camera
The first step to becoming a photographer is to explore all those buttons, dials, and settings on your camera! Use the following list of resources to help you get started:

E The Secret to Shooting Like A Pro! – Free ebook
M How To Unlock Your Camera – Video ($19, or free for those with special coupon)
E Understand Your Camera’s ControlsFoundations of Photography Course, Section 2 (100% off in PRO)
E How Your Camera’s Controls Affect Your PhotosFoundations of Photography Course, Section 3 (100% off in PRO)
E Making The Switch To Manual – Course (PRO exclusive)
M A Precise Explanation Of Exposure Compensation – Video (available in PRO)
A Understanding Megapixels – Forum discussion
M Should I Be Using The “Picture Color Control” Settings In-Camera? – Video (available in PRO)
E What To Look For In A Good Zoom Lens – Video (available in PRO)
E Variable vs Fixed Aperture Lenses – Video (PRO exclusive)
E How To Avoid Corrupting Memory Cards – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Get The Perfect Exposure . . . Quickly – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
A Diagnosing Issues With The Canon 100-400mm Lens – Forum discussion

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

2. Experiment With What You Have
It doesn’t matter what equipment you have, are you learning from your experimentation and practice? Start observing light, shapes, colors and how they all interact together. Practice the tips in each of the following resources, one at a time, as if a coach had assigned them to you:

E Can You Use Any Camera To Take Great Photos? – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E 8 Principles For Taking Better Photos With Any Camera – Video (available in PRO)
E Moving My Pictures from Bad To Good To Better To Best – Blog post
E Maximize On The Beauty Of Every-Day Locations – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
E Tips For Helping Young Photographers Get Started – Blog post
A How A Budding Photographer Learned To Photograph A Prizewinning Shot – Forum discussion (available in PRO)
E Simple Ways For Beginners To Get Back Into Photography – Forum discussion
M How To Photograph Back-Lit Leaves! – Special feature
A How To Photograph Snowflakes – Forum discussion
E The 3 S’s Of Silhouette Photography – Special feature (available in PRO)
E The Difference The Sun Can Make – Blog post
E How To Create The Starburst Effect In-Camera – Video (available in PRO)
E Observe The Critique Of Other’s Photos – Database of PRO Critique videos
E How To Capture The Unique Beauty Of Early Autumn – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E How To Make The Most Of Peak Autumn Color – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E How To Capitalize On The Distinct Advantages Of Late Autumn – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E 10 Amazing Benefits Of Shooting In Winter – Blog post
E 4 Keys To Enjoying Shooting In Cold Weather – Blog post
E 5 Tips For Shooting In Dreary January – Blog post
M Improve Your Photography By Making The Most Of Your Spare Moments – Special feature (available in PRO)
M 5 Steps To Capturing The Silky Water Effect – M&M episode (available in PRO)
M How To Photograph The Silky Water Effect On Bright Sunny Days – Video (available in PRO)
E Christmas Tip: Blurry Background Christmas Lights – Blog post
E How to Photograph the Glowy Effect – Video
E 3 Steps To Photographing Beautiful Background Blur – Video (available in PRO)
M How To Capture Tack Sharp Reflections – Video (available in PRO)
E Tips For Sharp Images Without A Tripod – Forum discussion
E How To Take Action Shots That Are Always Tack Sharp – Video (available in PRO)
E 5 Tips For Focusing In The Dark – Blog post
M Step By Step, Focusing For Night Photography – Video (available in PRO)
M How To Shoot In The Darkness Of A Cave – M&M episode (available in PRO)
M 4 Methods For Nailing The Perfect White Balance – Video (available in PRO)
E Shooting Advice Before Going On Vacation – Forum discussion
A Shooting An Amazing Photo, From Start To Finish – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
A Sequence Analysis: Discover A Habit Of The Professionals – Special feature (available in PRO)
E Shoot For This Week’s Photo Assignment – Lenspiration opportunity (available in PRO)

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

3. Know How To Buy Smart
As you grow, you will eventually want to upgrade. How do you know what to get? How do you get the best deal? Study each of the following resources and start making educated buying choices:

E Choosing A Camera That’s Right For YouFoundations of Photography Course, Section 1 (100% off in PRO)
E Answering The Most Common Photography Question, Once And For All! – Blog post
M Photography Buying Guide – Ebook (50% off in PRO)
E Use The Forums To Help You Buy – Forum discussion
E What’s The Difference Between Smartphone Cameras And DSLRs? – Forum discussion
M How This Photographer Bought His Very First DSLR Camera – Forum discussion
E Some Camera Buying Advice – Blog post
E Purchasing Recommendations – Blog post
E What Camera Should I Upgrade to From A Nikon D40X? – Video (available in PRO)
E Tips For Upgrading Lenses – Forum discussion
E Is It Worth The Extra Cost To Get f/2.8 On A 70-200mm Lens? – Forum discussion
E Deciding Between The f/1.4 or f/1.8 50mm Lens – Forum discussion
E Thoughts On Upgrading A Nikon Camera – Forum discussion
E What About Buying Refurbished? – Blog post
M What Every Photographer Should Know About Tripod Heads – Video (available in PRO)
E What You Need To Know When Buying A Polarizer Filter – Video (available in PRO)
E Rechargeable Battery Recommendations – Forum discussion
M Budget Nikon Speedlights – Forum discussion
M Sell Your Old Equipment On The Forums! – Forum discussion

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

4. Organize Your Photos
Is your computer clogged with pictures? Finding it difficult find the shot you’re looking for? Eliminate the confusion by getting organized using the following resources:

E Secrets to Organizing PhotosFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.5 (100% off in PRO)
E 10 Reasons Why I Use Lightroom – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.2 (100% off in PRO)
E Can I Use Photoshop & Bridge Instead of Lightroom? – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.3 (100% off in PRO)
E Getting Started in Lightroom – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.4 (100% off in PRO)
M How To Merge Multiple Lightroom Catalogs – Forum discussion
E How to Safely Move a Lightroom Catalog to an External Hard Drive – Video (available in PRO)
E Recommended Viewer For Sorting Through Pictures Quickly – Forum discussion
E Tips For Organizing Files – Forum discussion
M Resolving An Organizational Disaster – Forum discussion (available in PRO)
E How I Back Up My Photos – Video (available in PRO)
E Tips For Backing Up Photos – Forum discussion
E Recovering Lost Data With Recuva – Video (available in PRO)

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

5. Edit Your Photos
Are your pictures lacking that “pop” that you see in the professionals’ shots? It’s time to master post-processing technique. Use these resources to do it:

E If You Want To Start With Free Software . . . – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.1 (100% off in PRO)
E Tutorial On How To Use RAWTherapee – Forum discussion
E How To Get Started In Photoshop Elements – Video (available in PRO)
M 3 Apps For Detailed Editing On A Mobile Device – Blog post
E The Reason We Edit – Forum discussion
E Redeeming A Photo Using Lightroom – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
M Importing And Sorting Photos in Lightroom – Video (available in PRO)
E How to Use Virtual Copies in Your Normal Post-Processing Workflow – Video (available in PRO)
E How Long Should It Take To Edit My Pictures? – Blog post
E What To Do When Saturation Or Vibrance Doesn’t Work – Photo critique (available in PRO)
M How To Edit Photos Like A Professional – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
E Using LR Tools To Remove Distractions – Photo critique (available in PRO)
E What Happens To My Photos When I End My Lightroom Subscription? – Video (available in PRO)
M Is It Worth Upgrading To Lightroom CC? – Video (available in PRO)
E How to Edit Photos Epicly – Video (available in PRO)
E Extend A Photo With GIMP – Video
E Thoughts On HDR Editing – Forum discussion
E How This Prize-Winning Shot Was Edited – Forum discussion
A Using Photoshop to Remove Lens Flare – Special feature (available in PRO)
E A Practical Use For Photoshop’s Color Blending Mode – Video (available in PRO)
M How The “Lighten” Blend Mode Works And The Amazing Things It Can Do For You – Video (available in PRO)
E Focus Stacking: When It Worked And When It Didn’t – Blog post
M How To Use Photoshop To Make A Picture Look More Cozy – Video (available in PRO)
M How To Use Photoshop To Quickly Merge Two Photos Together – Video (available in PRO)
A Professionally Photoshopping Extra People Into A Photo – Video (available in PRO)
M 15 Principles Of Photo Compositing – Video (available in PRO)
A How I Use Photoshop to Create the Cutouts In The Lenspiration Calendars – Video (available in PRO)
E Using The Forums To Improve Your Photo Editing – Forum discussion

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

6. Share Your Photos
What benefit are your pictures if they lay stagnant on a hard drive forever? Whether it’s online or in print, it’s time to start sharing your pictures! The resources below will show you how to do it:

E What You Need To Know To Start Sharing Your PhotosFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.6 (100% off in PRO)
M How To Add A Professional Watermark To Your Photos – Video (available in PRO)
M How To Set Up A Photography Portfolio On Facebook – Video (available in PRO)
M Add Attractive Text To Your Photos – Photo critique (available in PRO)
E Winning Photography Awards Takes More Than Coincidence – Blog post
M How To Prepare Your Photos For a Photo Contest – Video (available in PRO)
E 5 Reasons Why The Printed Calendar Isn’t Extinct Yet – Blog post
A Use Your Photos In A Printed Wall Calendar – Lenspiration opportunity

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

7. Master Composition
The subject of composition is as deep as the ocean . . . and as essential to the life and impact of an image as the air we breath! Start applying the concepts outlined in the resources below . . . sequentially, systematically:

E Pillars of Composition – Foundations of Photography Course, Section 4 (100% off in PRO)
E 7 Fundamental Tools of CompositionFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 4.2 (100% off in PRO)
M A Two-Word Idea That Will Transform Your Composition – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
E How Do I Make This Composition Work? – Blog post
E 3 Components Behind Every Great PictureFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 4.3 (100% off in PRO)
M What’s The Subject Of Your Photo? – Forum discussion
E How Slight Rearranging Can Make All The Difference In The World – Blog post
M Positioning Yourself For Better Compositions – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E Tips for Photographing Forest Paths – Video (available in PRO)
E Why I Composed This Cityscape The Way I Did – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
E How I Work A Scene In Landscape Photography – Blog post
E How To Scout A Location – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E Tweaking A Composition To Perfection – Behind the shot (available in PRO)

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

8. Explore New Genres

Step out of your comfort zone and explore new horizons! There are worlds of new skills to be discovered. Pick a genre below and start practicing:

People

EMA PRO Posing – Database of posing ideas, portraiture ebooks, and recommended educational resources (available in PRO)
E The Secret To Amazing Golden Hour Portraiture – Blog post
E A Few Portraiture Tips From My Interview With A Pro – Blog post
M The Process of Taking a Family Portrait – Special feature (available in PRO)
E Learn To Set Up Better Family Poses In A Studio Setting – Video (available in PRO)
E How Do I Conduct An Engagement Photoshoot? – Blog post
E 5 Things To Consider When Shooting A Wedding As A 2nd Photographer – Video (available in PRO)
E A Few Ways To Improve A Wedding Photoshoot – Blog post
M How To Get The Best Photos Of A Couple On Their Wedding Day – Video
E An Honorable Approach to Maternity Portraiture – Video (available in PRO)
M Safety Precautions For Newborn Photography – Photo critique (available in PRO)
E What’s The Best Lens For Portraits? – Forum discussion

Events

E How To Prepare For Your First Event Photography Gig – Video
E The Secret To Capturing The Moment – Blog post
E How To Add A Professional Touch To Your Photojournalism Photos – Blog post
E What Camera Should I Use For Event Photogaphy? – Blog post
E Tips For Shooting A Large Event, Part I and Part II – Blog posts
E What We Learned On The Green Lake Event Photography Team – Blog post
E 5 Tips For Shooting At The Fair – Blog post
E Challenges Of Shooting A Family Conference – Blog post

Still Life

M What You Need To Know To Get Started In Product Photography – Video (available in PRO)
E First Shot At Product Photography – Blog post
M 5 Stages To Conducting A Photoshoot For A CD Cover – Video (available in PRO)
E 12 Puppy Photography Tips – Blog post
E Improving A Product Image – Forum discussion
E A Few Product Photography Tips – Forum discussion

Outdoor

E What Exactly Is Golden Hour? – Video (available in PRO)
E Ideas for Better Sunsets -Video (available in PRO)
E Suggestions For Improving Sunset Photos – Forum discussion
E Choosing the Right Lens For Flower Photography – Video (available in PRO)
E What’s A Good Lens To Bring On A Hike In The Mountains? – Forum discussion
E Maximize The Quality Of Your Moon Photos – Video (available in PRO)
M Moon Photography Tips – Forum discussion
E Preparing For The Epic Moment – Blog post
E Beach Photography: 10 Challenges To Prepare For – Video (available in PRO)
M How To Photograph Lightning In 5 Easy Steps – Video (available in PRO)
M 3 Ways To Shoot Landscapes At Night – Blog post
A How To Use Stacking For Better Milky Way Shots – Forum discussion
E Where We Went For Epic Pictures During CAPTURE Virginia – Blog post
E Where We Went For Epic Pictures During CAPTURE Vermont – Blog post
A A Step-By-Step Guide to Photographing The Stars – Behind the Shot (available in PRO)
A When, Where and How to Shoot A Lunar Eclipse – A PhotoPills Guide
A How To Photograph A Solar Eclipse – Special Topic (available in PRO)
A When, Where and How To Shoot A Solar Eclipse – A PhotoPills Guide
A When, Where and How to Shoot Meteor Showers – A PhotoPills Guide
E Find Excellent Shooting Locations With Lenspiration’s Scouting Guide – Lenspiration opportunity

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

9. Earn Money With Your Photography
Learn to identify and meet the needs of those around you and you will never lack for a job. Carry out those jobs with excellence by learning the basic principles of pricing, relationship-building, and running a business.

E Determine Your Photography Goals – Blog post
E How To Start Getting Your Nature Shots Used – Blog post
E Stock Photography Common Questions – Video series (available in PRO)
E How I Shot An Architectural Assignment – Blog post
M How Do I Know If I’m Prepared To Start Shooting Professionally? – Video (available in PRO)
M Legalities Of Posting Pictures Of People On Blogs – Video (available in PRO)

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10. Become An Expert In Your Field
Pursue excellence by figuring out how to do what you’re already doing in a more efficient way. Develop the skills and character that will help you save time, money and relationships.

E How To Be Successful In Photography – Blog post
E How Are You Shooting For Excellence? – Blog post
E Dealing With Fears In Photography – Blog post
M My Number One Recommendation For Shy Photographers – Video (available in PRO)
E 6 Benefits Of Using A Tripod – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E How To Keep From Losing Photography Equipment And Accessories – M&M episode (available in PRO)
M 3 Keys To Staying Warm When It’s Freezing Outside – M&M episode (available in PRO)
E How To Keep From Missing Good Opportunities For Good Pictures – Blog post
M How I Clean My Camera Sensor In 10 Straightforward Steps – Video (available in PRO)
M How to Deal With Intense, On-Stage Lighting – Video (available in PRO)
E Drone And Portraiture Tips From Professional Photographer Donnie Rosie – Interview (available in PRO)
M How Does One Go About Developing A Personal Style In Photography? – Video (available in PRO)
E Helpful Websites For Online Location Scouting – Blog post
E Tips For Online Location Scouting – Forum discussion
E Speed Up Online Location Scouting Using Lenspiration’s Scouting Guide – Lenspiration opportunity
E Experience The Subtle Yet Powerful Results Of Photo Critique – Lenspiration opportunity
E Why These Photo Submissions Were Rejected By This Designer – (Forum Topic)

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11. Explain Photography Effectively To Others
Regardless of our skill levels, we can all learn how to be more effective communicators. Learn skills in writing, story-telling, and public presentation so you can be a more effective in helping others learn photography.

E Getting Started In Public Speaking – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
M Insights On Writing For A Photography Blog – Video (available in PRO)

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12. Be Prepare To Stand Alone
Photography is used for both good and evil. In a world that increasingly blurs the distinction between the two, how do we know for ourselves what is right? Are we standing alone in love, understanding the root issues behind the outward battles of our day?

E How Do We Know What Is Right And Wrong In Photography? – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 4.1 (100% off in PRO)
E Dealing With Expectations In Photography – Blog post
E What Does Contentment In Photography Look Like? – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
E Lessons On Purity From The Perspective Of A Photographer – Embassy Media interview (1 month free trial to Embassy Media available)
E How To Set Up Ad-Free Internet Browsing In Firefox – Video (available in PRO)
E How To Permanently Apply SafeSearch While Browsing Pixabay.com – Video
E What Does It Look Like To Follow Christ’s Example? – Blog post
E Why Have A Higher Standard? – Blog post
E The Whole Point Of Standing Alone – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
M Thoughts On How To Respectfully Decline Taking Pictues of Things You Don’t Want To Take Pictures Of – Special feature (available in PRO)
M What Is The Testimony Of Your Online Presence? – Special feature (available in PRO)
E What Are Your Convictions In Wedding Photography? – Blog post
E This World Desperately Needs Warning Signs – Blog post
E Understand The Analogy Of Noah’s Ark – Behind the shot (available in PRO)
A Join A RiseUp Discipleship Team – Online course (10% off coupon: LenspirationRU10   25% off PRO coupon: click here)

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OLD starting 12/6/2017
Skill level:  E=Easy,  M=Moderate,  A=Advanced
1. Understand Your Camera
The first step to becoming a photographer is to explore all those buttons, dials, and settings on your camera! Use the following list of resources to help you get started:

E The Secret to Shooting Like A Pro! – Ebook (free for both FREE and PRO members)
M How To Unlock Your Camera – Video ($19, or free for those with special coupon)
E Understand Your Camera’s ControlsFoundations of Photography Course, Section 2 (50% off in PRO)
E How Your Camera’s Controls Affect Your PhotosFoundations of Photography Course, Section 3 (50% off in PRO)
E Making The Switch To Manual – Course (PRO exclusive)
M A Precise Explanation Of Exposure Compensation – Video (PRO exclusive)
A Understanding Megapixels – Forum discussion
M Should I Be Using The “Picture Color Control” Settings In-Camera? – Video (PRO exclusive)
E What To Look For In A Good Zoom Lens – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Variable vs Fixed Aperture Lenses – Video (PRO exclusive)
E How To Avoid Corrupting Memory Cards – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Get The Perfect Exposure . . . Quickly – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
A Diagnosing Issues With The Canon 100-400mm Lens – Forum discussion

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

2. Experiment With What You Have
It doesn’t matter what equipment you have, are you learning from your experimentation and practice? Practice the tips in each of the following resources, one at a time, as if a coach had assigned them to you:

E Can You Use Any Camera To Take Great Photos? – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E 8 Principles For Taking Better Photos With Any Camera – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Moving My Pictures from Bad To Good To Better To Best – Blog post
E Maximize On The Beauty Of Every-Day Locations – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
E Tips For Helping Young Photographers Get Started – Blog post
A How A Budding Photographer Learned To Photograph A Prizewinning Shot – Forum discussion (PRO exclusive)
E Simple Ways For Beginners To Get Back Into Photography – Forum discussion
M How To Photograph Back-Lit Leaves! – Special feature
A How To Photograph Snowflakes – Forum discussion
E The 3 S’s Of Silhouette Photography – Special feature (PRO exclusive)
E The Difference The Sun Can Make – Blog post
E How To Create The Starburst Effect In-Camera – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Observe The Critique Of Other’s Photos – Database of PRO Critique videos
E How To Capture The Unique Beauty Of Early Autumn – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E How To Make The Most Of Peak Autumn Color – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E How To Capitalize On The Distinct Advantages Of Late Autumn – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E 10 Amazing Benefits Of Shooting In Winter – Blog post
E 4 Keys To Enjoying Shooting In Cold Weather – Blog post
E 5 Tips For Shooting In Dreary January – Blog post
M Improve Your Photography By Making The Most Of Your Spare Moments – Special feature (PRO exclusive)
M 5 Steps To Capturing The Silky Water Effect – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
M How To Photograph The Silky Water Effect On Bright Sunny Days – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Christmas Tip: Blurry Background Christmas Lights – Blog post
E How to Photograph the Glowy Effect – Video
E 3 Steps To Photographing Beautiful Background Blur – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Capture Tack Sharp Reflections – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Tips For Sharp Images Without A Tripod – Forum discussion
E How To Take Action Shots That Are Always Tack Sharp – Video (PRO exclusive)
E 5 Tips For Focusing In The Dark – Blog post
M Step By Step, Focusing For Night Photography – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Shoot In The Darkness Of A Cave – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
M 4 Methods For Nailing The Perfect White Balance – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Shooting Advice Before Going On Vacation – Forum discussion
A Shooting An Amazing Photo, From Start To Finish – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
A Sequence Analysis: Discover A Habit Of The Professionals – Special feature (PRO exclusive)
E Shoot For This Week’s Photo Assignment – Lenspiration opportunity (PRO exclusive)

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

3. Know How To Buy Smart
As you grow, you will eventually want to upgrade. How do you know what to get? How do you get the best deal? Study each of the following resources and start making educated buying choices:

E Choosing A Camera That’s Right For YouFoundations of Photography Course, Section 1 (50% off in PRO)
E Answering The Most Common Photography Question, Once And For All! – Blog post
M Photography Buying Guide – Ebook (50% off in PRO)
E Use The Forums To Help You Buy – Forum discussion
E What’s The Difference Between Smartphone Cameras And DSLRs? – Forum discussion
M How This Photographer Bought His Very First DSLR Camera – Forum discussion
E Some Camera Buying Advice – Blog post
E Purchasing Recommendations – Blog post
E What Camera Should I Upgrade to From A Nikon D40X? – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Tips For Upgrading Lenses – Forum discussion
E Is It Worth The Extra Cost To Get f/2.8 On A 70-200mm Lens? – Forum discussion
E Deciding Between The f/1.4 or f/1.8 50mm Lens – Forum discussion
E Thoughts On Upgrading A Nikon Camera – Forum discussion
E What About Buying Refurbished? – Blog post
M What Every Photographer Should Know About Tripod Heads – Video (PRO exclusive)
E What You Need To Know When Buying A Polarizer Filter – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Rechargeable Battery Recommendations – Forum discussion
M Budget Nikon Speedlights – Forum discussion
M Sell Your Old Equipment On The Forums! – Forum discussion

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

4. Organize Your Photos
Is your computer clogged with pictures? Finding it difficult find the shot you’re looking for? Eliminate the confusion by getting organized using the following resources:

E Secrets to Organizing PhotosFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.5 (50% off in PRO)
E 10 Reasons Why I Use Lightroom – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.2 (50% off in PRO)
E Can I Use Photoshop & Bridge Instead of Lightroom? – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.3 (50% off in PRO)
E Getting Started in Lightroom – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.4 (50% off in PRO)
M How To Merge Multiple Lightroom Catalogs – Forum discussion
E Recommended Viewer For Sorting Through Pictures Quickly – Forum discussion
E Tips For Organizing Files – Forum discussion
M Resolving An Organizational Disaster – Forum discussion (PRO exclusive)
E How I Back Up My Photos – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Tips For Backing Up Photos – Forum discussion
E Recovering Lost Data With Recuva – Video (PRO exclusive)

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

5. Edit Your Photos
Are your pictures lacking that “pop” that you see in the professionals’ shots? It’s time to master post-processing technique. Use these resources to do it:

E If You Want To Start With Free Software . . . – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.1 (50% off in PRO)
E Tutorial On How To Use RAWTherapee – Forum discussion
E How To Get Started In Photoshop Elements – Video (PRO exclusive)
M 3 Apps For Detailed Editing On A Mobile Device – Blog post
E The Reason We Edit – Forum discussion
E Redeeming A Photo Using Lightroom – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
M Importing And Sorting Photos in Lightroom – Video (PRO exclusive)
E How to Use Virtual Copies in Your Normal Post-Processing Workflow – Video (PRO exclusive)
E How Long Should It Take To Edit My Pictures? – Blog post
E What To Do When Saturation Or Vibrance Doesn’t Work – Photo critique (PRO exclusive)
E Using LR Tools To Remove Distractions – Photo critique (PRO exclusive)
E What Happens To My Photos When I End My Lightroom Subscription? – Video (PRO exclusive)
M Is It Worth Upgrading To Lightroom CC? – Video (PRO exclusive)
E How to Edit Photos Epicly – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Extend A Photo With GIMP – Video
E Thoughts On HDR Editing – Forum discussion
E How This Prize-Winning Shot Was Edited – Forum discussion
A Using Photoshop to Remove Lens Flare – Special feature (PRO exclusive)
E A Practical Use For Photoshop’s Color Blending Mode – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How The “Lighten” Blend Mode Works And The Amazing Things It Can Do For You – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Focus Stacking: When It Worked And When It Didn’t – Blog post
M How To Use Photoshop To Make A Picture Look More Cozy – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Use Photoshop To Quickly Merge Two Photos Together – Video (PRO exclusive)
M 15 Principles Of Photo Compositing – Video (PRO exclusive)
A How I Use Photoshop to Create the Cutouts In The Lenspiration Calendars – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Using The Forums To Improve Your Photo Editing – Forum discussion

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

6. Share Your Photos
What benefit are your pictures if they lay stagnant on a hard drive forever? Whether it’s online or in print, it’s time to start sharing your pictures! The resources below will show you how to do it:

E What You Need To Know To Start Sharing Your PhotosFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 5.6 (50% off in PRO)
M How To Add A Professional Watermark To Your Photos – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Set Up A Photography Portfolio On Facebook – Video (PRO exclusive)
M Add Attractive Text To Your Photos – Photo critique (PRO exclusive)
E Winning Photography Awards Takes More Than Coincidence – Blog post
M How To Prepare Your Photos For a Photo Contest – Video (PRO exclusive)
E 5 Reasons Why The Printed Calendar Isn’t Extinct Yet – Blog post
A Use Your Photos In A Printed Wall Calendar – Lenspiration opportunity

Have a question about a topic that’s not covered here? Ask on the Q&A forum

7. Master Composition
The subject of composition is as deep as the ocean . . . and as essential to the life and impact of an image as the air we breath! Start applying the concepts outlined in the resources below . . . sequentially, systematically:

E Pillars of Composition – Foundations of Photography Course, Section 4 (50% off in PRO)
E 7 Fundamental Tools of CompositionFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 4.2 (50% off in PRO)
M A Two-Word Idea That Will Transform Your Composition – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
E How Do I Make This Composition Work? – Blog post
E 3 Components Behind Every Great PictureFoundations of Photography Course, Lesson 4.3 (50% off in PRO)
M What’s The Subject Of Your Photo? – Forum discussion
E How Slight Rearranging Can Make All The Difference In The World – Blog post
M Positioning Yourself For Better Compositions – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E Why I Composed This Cityscape The Way I Did – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
E How I Work A Scene In Landscape Photography – Blog post
E Tweaking A Composition To Perfection – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)

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8. Explore New Genres
Step out of your comfort zone and explore new horizons! There are worlds of new skills to be discovered. Pick a genre below and start practicing: People

EMA PRO Posing – Database of posing ideas, portraiture ebooks, and recommended educational resources (PRO exclusive)
E The Secret To Amazing Golden Hour Portraiture – Blog post
E A Few Portraiture Tips From My Interview With A Pro – Blog post
M The Process of Taking a Family Portrait – Special feature (PRO exclusive)
E Learn To Set Up Better Family Poses In A Studio Setting – Video (PRO exclusive)
E How Do I Conduct An Engagement Photoshoot? – Blog post
E 5 Things To Consider When Shooting A Wedding As A 2nd Photographer – Video (PRO exclusive)
E A Few Ways To Improve A Wedding Photoshoot – Blog post
M How To Get The Best Photos Of A Couple On Their Wedding Day – Video
E An Honorable Approach to Maternity Portraiture – Video (PRO exclusive)
M Safety Precautions For Newborn Photography – Photo critique (PRO exclusive)
E What’s The Best Lens For Portraits? – Forum discussion

Events

E How To Prepare For Your First Event Photography Gig – Video
E The Secret To Capturing The Moment – Blog post
E How To Add A Professional Touch To Your Photojournalism Photos – Blog post
E What Camera Should I Use For Event Photogaphy? – Blog post
E Tips For Shooting A Large Event, Part I and Part II – Blog posts
E What We Learned On The Green Lake Event Photography Team – Blog post
E 5 Tips For Shooting At The Fair – Blog post
E Challenges Of Shooting A Family Conference – Blog post

Still Life

M What You Need To Know To Get Started In Product Photography – Video (PRO exclusive)
E First Shot At Product Photography – Blog post
M 5 Stages To Conducting A Photoshoot For A CD Cover – Video (PRO exclusive)
E 12 Puppy Photography Tips – Blog post
E Improving A Product Image – Forum discussion
E A Few Product Photography Tips – Forum discussion

Outdoor

E What Exactly Is Golden Hour? – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Ideas for Better Sunsets -Video (PRO exclusive)
E Suggestions For Improving Sunset Photos – Forum discussion
E Choosing the Right Lens For Flower Photography – Video (PRO exclusive)
E What’s A Good Lens To Bring On A Hike In The Mountains? – Forum discussion
E Maximize The Quality Of Your Moon Photos – Video (PRO exclusive)
M Moon Photography Tips – Forum discussion
E Preparing For The Epic Moment – Blog post
E Beach Photography: 10 Challenges To Prepare For – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How To Photograph Lightning In 5 Easy Steps – Video (PRO exclusive)
M 3 Ways To Shoot Landscapes At Night – Blog post
A How To Use Stacking For Better Milky Way Shots – Forum discussion
E Where We Went For Epic Pictures During CAPTURE Virginia – Blog post
E Where We Went For Epic Pictures During CAPTURE Vermont – Blog post
A A Step-By-Step Guide to Photographing The Stars – Behind the Shot (PRO exclusive)
A How To Photograph A Solar Eclipse – Special Topic (PRO exclusive)
E Find Excellent Shooting Locations With Lenspiration’s Scouting Guide – Lenspiration opportunity

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9. Earn Money With Your Photography
Learn to identify and meet the needs of those around you and you will never lack for a job. Carry out those jobs with excellence by learning the basic principles of pricing, relationship-building, and running a business.

E Determine Your Photography Goals – Blog post
E How To Start Getting Your Nature Shots Used – Blog post
E Stock Photography Common Questions – Video series (PRO exclusive)
E How I Shot An Architectural Assignment – Blog post
M How Do I Know If I’m Prepared To Start Shooting Professionally? – Video (PRO exclusive)
M Legalities Of Posting Pictures Of People On Blogs – Video (PRO exclusive)

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10. Become An Expert In Your Field
Pursue excellence by figuring out how to do what you’re already doing in a more efficient way. Develop the skills and character that will help you save time, money and relationships.

E How To Be Successful In Photography – Blog post
E How Are You Shooting For Excellence? – Blog post
E Dealing With Fears In Photography – Blog post
M My Number One Recommendation For Shy Photographers – Video (PRO exclusive)
E 6 Benefits Of Using A Tripod – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E How To Keep From Losing Photography Equipment And Accessories – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
M 3 Keys To Staying Warm When It’s Freezing Outside – M&M episode (PRO exclusive)
E How To Keep From Missing Good Opportunities For Good Pictures – Blog post
M How I Clean My Camera Sensor In 10 Straightforward Steps – Video (PRO exclusive)
M How to Deal With Intense, On-Stage Lighting – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Drone And Portraiture Tips From Professional Photographer Donnie Rosie – Interview (PRO exclusive)
M How Does One Go About Developing A Personal Style In Photography? – Video (PRO exclusive)
E Helpful Websites For Online Location Scouting – Blog post
E Tips For Online Location Scouting – Forum discussion
E Speed Up Online Location Scouting Using Lenspiration’s Scouting Guide – Lenspiration opportunity
E Experience The Subtle Yet Powerful Results Of Photo Critique – Lenspiration opportunity
E Why These Photo Submissions Were Rejected By This Designer – (Forum Topic)

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11. Explain Photography Effectively To Others
Regardless of our skill levels, we can all learn how to be more effective communicators. Learn skills in writing, story-telling, and public presentation so you can be a more effective in helping others learn photography.

E Getting Started In Public Speaking – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
M Insights On Writing For A Photography Blog – Video (PRO exclusive)

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12. Be Prepare To Stand Alone
Photography is used for both good and evil. In a world that increasingly blurs the distinction between the two, how do we know for ourselves what is right? Are we standing alone in love, understanding the root issues behind the outward battles of our day?

E How Do We Know What Is Right And Wrong In Photography? – Foundations of Photography Course, Lesson 4.1 (50% off in PRO)
E Dealing With Expectations In Photography – Blog post
E What Does Contentment In Photography Look Like? – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
E How To Set Up Ad-Free Internet Browsing In Firefox – Video (PRO exclusive)
E What Does It Look Like To Follow Christ’s Example? – Blog post
E Why Have A Higher Standard? – Blog post
E The Whole Point Of Standing Alone – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
M What Is The Testimony Of Your Online Presence? – Special feature (PRO exclusive)
E What Are Your Convictions In Wedding Photography? – Blog post
E This World Desperately Needs Warning Signs – Blog post
E Understand The Analogy Of Noah’s Ark – Behind the shot (PRO exclusive)
A Join A RiseUp Discipleship Team – Online course (10% off coupon: LenspirationRU10   25% off PRO coupon: click here)

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