CreativeLive has made a business model of offering free online classes on a periodic basis (maybe monthly), via streaming media, by respected and known experts in various types of photography, Design and Technology. The class is free while it’s live streaming and you can buy class downloads for viewing after the class is over. The course list seems to be growing rapidly and you can see the entire course list here.
As I write this, I am just finishing attending my first CreativeLive class – Zach Arias teaching Foundations of a Working Photographer. Zach specializes in portrait and band photography which are nothing I tend to do but, even with that, I’ve learned quite a few tips already that have made sitting in front of the computer worthwhile. Tips on lenses and depths of field. Tips on lighting and positioning. A new mantra — “head in a clean spot” to live by!
The quality of streaming video was terrific for me, though I did see reports of outages in some places which the staff were racing to try to address (it wasn’t them, it was internet outages, it seems). The audio was well done and the production quality was quite high. There could be some refinements made on things like tethered shooting and maybe a good use of picture in picture for those instances where the camera was watching the instructor but the instructor was watching something we could not see. There was a LOT of content to watch – so much so that I’m buying the recorded version to go through again later. Just too much to process in one sitting and there are HOURS of it.
CreativeLive supports the class with two live chatrooms, including one you can use to ask questions of the instructors (via relay from the moderators). There are some great forums on their site as well. CreativeLive and their staff are active on Twitter and Facebook and you can create an account on the CreativeLive site, register for classes and get reminders of when they will occur.
The list of upcoming live sessions are currently:
- Food Photography with Penny De Los Santos – May 13, 2011
- Street Photography with Lighten Up and Shoot – July 29, 2011
- Rick Sammon Photography Weekend – October 21, 2011
This is a terrific resource and I hope you check it out. There are sponsors who both help keep it free for us to watch live and who offer giveaways during the class. There are terrific hosts, moderators, techs, editors, webmasters putting this resource together. I’d like to see it continue and the more people that know about it, the better.
Check out CreativeLive!