Free Education For Mobile Creators

Photo by Anete Lūsiņa

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters — one represents danger and one represents opportunity.” — John F. Kennedy

While the accuracy of the above quote is in question, the spirit of it has never been more true. The coronavirus pandemic represents the most pervasively dangerous and disruptive crisis in modern times. And, as many of us are now working from home, often with kids home schooling alongside us, it is easy to focus on the disruption and not the opportunity.

Thankfully, many of the vendors and educational institutions who support and train creatives are stepping up to provide more opportunity, at no cost, as a way of mitigating the disruption. Below, we’ve compiled a list of these educational opportunities. As more opportunities become available, we’ll update this list.

NOTE: Many of these classes are focused on traditional production skills and techniques; not specifically production using mobile devices. They are still valuable to the mobile creator as most of the principles and skills directly transfer to mobile photography and cinematography.

And, stay tuned. We are working on tutorials and workshops which are designed specifically for the mobile first photographer and filmmaker.

Photography, Still & Motion

The Illumination Cinematography Workshop — Shane Hurlburt ASC

I am a long-time fan of Shane Hurlburt. A working cinematographer, Hulburt is committed to developing the next generation of talent behind the lens. I’ve taken this class in person. Shane is a great teacher who opens his entire playbook to his students. This comprehensive workshop covers lighting, lensing and composing scenes. While focused on motion photography, every lesson applies equally to still shooters.

Other Courses


Sundance Collab

Sundance Film Festival is the nexus of the independent film community. They are deeply committed to helping filmmakers master their craft. Collab is their online education hub and during for the next 6-8 weeks, all of the classes are free.

Other Courses

The Future of Photography

The following is a collection of courses which address the bleeding edge of still and motion photography. Whether you are already familiar with these concepts or they are entirely new to you, these courses can help you understand what the future holds for mobile creators.

Self Care

Finally, please take care of yourself. We’ll all have rough days. Best to accept it and find ways to manage it. Here are some resources to help you with that process.

Image Credits: Anete Lūsiņa.

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Doug Daulton

Doug’s career has been invested in leveraging emerging technology to tell stories that interest him and helping others do the same. His work includes ground-breaking, high-profile live streams and independent feature films.

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