Welcome to the Learning Center!

This is a continually growing list of online media skills building and other creativity resources. They include websites like LinkedIn Learning.com that offer a wide array of classes and individual how-to videos. Speaking of LinkedIn Learning, it’s available for free to all UCSB student employees, staff, and faculty. There are also sites for individual creators to highlight the vast range of our human visual imaginations. Many of the sites also send out free newsletters. Check them out and see which ones you like best. If you have suggestions send them to: media.center@as.ucsb.edu. Thanks and enjoy!


Adobe Behance (Showcase for Adobe creators’ work)

Adobe Behance Live  (Live session with Adobe creators)

Adobe Color Wheel (Tool for creating color palettes for design)

Adobe Creative Cloud on You Tube

Adobe Create Magazine (Showcase for Adobe creators’ work)

Adobe: Learn and Create for Social Justice (article)

AIGA The Professional Association for Design

AIGA-A Growing List of Resources for the Movement for Black Lives

AIGA-Eye on Design (Showcase for designers)

AIGA-What Does it Mean to Decolonize Design?

Audacity (Free sound editing software)

Audio-Technica Audio Techniques for Video Production: A Comprehensive Guide

B&H YouTube Channel (B&H is a leading seller of media equipment)

Booth Junkie  (Vocal booth audio recording)

Canva (One of the most powerful, and easiest to use, of all layout programs that is web-based)

Intro to Canva (Tutorial on You Tube)

Canva Infographic Tutorial (On You Tube)

Cinecom.net on YouTube (Video tutorials)

Clothes on Film (Costuming for film also applicable to photography)

Collaborative List of Black Designers and Black Owned Studios

Creativeboom.com (UK-based showcase for visual artists and communication) 

Creative Camera (Tutorials and other resources, includes discussions of creative process)

David Borwell’s Website on Cinema (Wide ranging filmmaking resources and writings)

Digital Photography School Posing Guides (guide for men has links to other guides)

Dive Photo Guide (Underwater photography techniques, equipment reviews, expeditions, etc.)

Dope Black Art

Dribbble (Showcase for graphic design. Yes, there are 3 b’s)

DSLR Video Shooter

Elements of Cinema (Wide range of filmmaking resources)

Elephant.Art (Art, design, photography, etc. magazine)

Eye on Design

Film Courage (Wide range of info about filmmaking, screenwriting, directing, and navigating the industry)

Fine Art Armerica (Sales site for photographers)

How to Become a Self-Taught Graphic Designer (Article at Dribbble.com)

How to Record Outside (Article on gear and other considerations)

Kah-Wai Lin (YouTube photography tutorials)

LinkedIn Learning.com (Formerly Lynda.com, wide range of online classes. Free for UCSB student employees) 

Luminous Landscape (Rich photography website, subscription $12/year)

Magnum Photos (One of the premier agencies for photo-journalists and documentary photographers, also magazine, workshops, and other learning resources) 

Morey Spellman: Blog for Aspiring Models and Photographers (UCSB graduate)

Movies in Color (Color mapping films for cinematography, production and set design)

Muench Workshops (Free webinars and other resources)

My Modern Met  (Showcase for range of creators)

North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) (Umbrella organization)

On Landscape (Photographers talk about how they created their images)

Outdoor Photographer Newsletter (Nature and wildlife photographer tips)

Peoplecraft.com (Showcase for designers)

Phlearn.com (Photoshop classes and more)

Phlearn on YouTube (Free photoshop tutorials)

Piktochart (Perhaps the best infographic maker)

Piktochart Video (Collection of Piktochart tutorials)

PiXimperfect on YouTube (Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials)

Pixlr (Online photo editor, Advanced Pixlr E recommended)

Pixlr Blog (Variety of postings for creatives)

Pixlr Playlist (Collection of Pixlr tutorials)

Red Giant on YouTube (Tutorials for filmmaking and motion graphics)

RØDE TV (Hosted by the RØDE microphone company)

School of Photography (Subscription based online photography courses and other resources)

Screencast-O-Matic (Screen casting software)

Screencast-O-Matic Beginners Guide

Sean Tucker on You Tube (Tutorials and insightful rumination on being creative)

SmugMug (Storage and sales site for photographers, owns Flickr)

The Blind Life on YouTube (Includes videos on gear, see below)

Wallpaper.com (Showcase for design from architecture to photography)

Wallpaper “Through the Lens” (Focus on photographers)

Where Are the Black Designers?


Madeleine Sorapure Writing 155a (a wealth of design, photography, and other resources, including free images)

Madeleine Sorapure Writing 155b ( HTML/CSS, WordPress, and free multimedia apps and programs)

Madeleine Sorapure Writing 105M (resources about data visualization, text visualization, and infographics)

STOCK AND COPYRIGHT FRIENDLY IMAGES (These sites are both free and fee based) 

Creative Commons Search

Flickr Free Images 

iStock Photo

Pexels Creative Commons Images




B&H Video on YouTube “How to Start a Podcast 2020: Podcasting for Beginners”

Canon 60D: Essential Training with Ben Long (LinkedIn Learning. Although this is an older camera, this is a great introduction to how cameras work and to all the features that are also present in most newer models)

Creative Cloud Photography – Unleash Creativity mit Renee Robyn / Adobe DE (Renee Robyn talking about how she creates composite images)

DSLR Video Shooter: Desktop YouTube Production Studio Setup (see also The Blind Life video below)

Introduction to Video Editing with Ashley Kennedy (LinkedIn Learning. A comprehensive introduction to video editing)

Learning Premier Pro with Ashley Kennedy (LinkedIn Learning. All of Ashley’s videos are excellent, but this course, released in December 2019, is a welcome addition. In 1hr 34m she teaches all the basics you need to start editing. Although the exercise files are only available if you have the most recent version of PremierePro, you can use your own clips to learn the skills she teaches.)

Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture with Natalie Fobes (Linkedin Learning. An excellent introduction to portrait lighting)

Lightroom Essential Training with Chris Orwig (LinkedIn Learning. Chris is a local photographer and covers everything you need to know to get started in Lightroom)

Student Staff Sound Engineering Training Modules (LinkedIn Learning. This module was developed to train students working at the UCSB Multicultural Center)

The Blind Life: Desktop YouTube Video Production Studio Setup

Video Foundations: Cameras and Shooting with Anthony Artis (LinkedIn Learning. Anthony offers a down to earth introduction to shooting video that covers all the basics)

Video Foundations: Interviews with Anthony Artis (LinkedIn Learning)

Video Production: Promotional Videos (LinkedIn Learning)

Wheelchair Photography Tips & Tricks with Kirk Williams (Tips for photographers and videographers that apply to all creatives)


Sites recommended by John Pozzi who teaches animation at Chico State University

I Want to Be. . . An Animator 

Animation Tutorials Collection

Toniko Pantoja (a collection of tutorials with various prices)
The Animation Show of Shows (a curated selection of animated short films)


Volem (YouTube tutorials)



Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist (LinkedIn Learning)

Jacob Felländer “How to Unlock a Portal” (Interesting approach to composite images)

Natalie Fobes, Photographer (LinkedIn Learning. She has traveled around the world as a photographer for, among others, National Geographic starting back in the film days)

Christina Mittermeier (B&H Women of Influence series, photographer, environmental activist)

Elsa Garrison (B&H Women of Influence series: sports photographer. One of the few!)

Sean Tucker (A series of films about being a photographer and about the challenges and rewards of being a creative. Well worth a visit!)

Kirk Williams (An adventurer, photographer, and videographer on working from a wheelchair)

Renee Robyn (Composite photographer who creates fantasy worlds talking about her work)


Rodrigo Abd (Argentine AP photographer and videographer based in Guatemala. Pulitzer Prize winner for coverage of war in Syria)

Ansel Adams (Iconic landscape photographer)

Lynsey Addario (War and conflict photographer, activist, author This is What I Do)

Richard l’Anson (Travel, world cultures, landscape, wildlife, teacher, author)

Richard Avedon (Iconic fashion photographer)

Klaus Axelsen (Norwegian nature and landscape photographer)

Mikkel Beiter (Landscape, wildlife, and astrophotographer based in Copenhagen)

Frank Bevans (People, landscapes, tech industry)

Alden Blake (UCSB graduate)

Josh Blaylock (Portraits, commercial, food, drink, advertising videos)

Lucila Blumencweig (Latin American photographer specializing in advertising, fashion, children, lifestyle)

Flora Borsi (Surreal composite portraits)

Ernie Brooks II (Black and white underwater photographer and teacher)

Sue Bryce Portrait (there are other photographers on this site)

Olmo Calvo (Spanish documentary photographer based in Argentina) 

Alejandro Cartagena (Mexican documentary and art photographer, portraits, landscapes)

Sebastian Castañeda (Peruvian photojournalist. Has also worked in Middle East and around the world) 

Oscar B. Castillo (Venezuelan documentary photographer based in Caracas and Mulhouse, France)

Alejandro Cegarra (Photojournalist chronicling Latin America)

Yukari Chikura (Japanese art and documentary photographer)

Giulio Cobianchi (Italian living in Lofoten Islands, Norway, landscapes, astrophotography, tours)

Thomas Joshua Cooper (B&W landscapes)

Cory Cullington (UCSB grad)

Henry Diltz (Iconic rock & roll photos)

Peter Dombrovskis (Tasmanian landscape photographer)

Albert Dros (Landscapes)

Jess T. Dugan (Portraits, including book of portraits of transgender non-conforming older adults)

Harold Feinstein (American scene, art, nature, Korean War)

Karl Ferguson Jr. (Portraits)

Jeremy Flint (International photography)

Natalie Fobes (Nature, people, weddings, activist and LinkedIn Learning teacher)

Mattias Fredriksson (Adventure, landscapes, people)

Juan Galan (Spanish photographer based in Italy, people, series, product design, and videography)

Pablo Ruiz Garcia (Based in Spain, landscapes, astrophotography, and blogger in Spanish)

Elsa Garrison (Sports and athlete portraits)

Joanna Goodman (Abstract photo collage people)

Todd Glaser (Surfing, action, and videography)

Joel Grimes (People, celebrities, and teacher)

Ernst Haas (Internationally renowned 20th century photographer, wide range)

Zachary Hall (Storm and weather)

Head & Heart (Wedding photography agency)

Anthony Hernandez (LA street scenes)

Frank Hurley (Official photographer for Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 expedition to Antarctica)

Nicolas Janowski (Based in Argentina, documentary art photography covering social issues) 

Andy Katz (Travel, culture, portraits, wine regions, California, video, teacher, author, blogger)

Robert Glenn Ketchum (Landscape, nature, author, environmental activist) 

Justin Kelly (Based in Las Vegas, western landscapes)

Alexander Khimushin (“The World in Faces” portraits)

Frans Lanting (Nature, wildlife, and videography)

Annie Leibowitz (Iconic celebrity portraits)

Darren Lewey (Nature and people, founder of the Creative Camera site, see above)

Victor Lima (Brazilian astrophotography, landscapes, teacher, blogger in Portuguese)

Kah-Wai Lin (Landscapes, wildlife, workshop teacher, and how to blog)

Gerson Lopez (Portraits, great website for photography and licensed music)

Jody MacDonald (Adventure, travel, National Geographic and other magazines, blogger)

Jennifer McClure (Intimate people series, teacher)

Joe McNally (Fashion, portraits, athletes, dance, healthcare, industrial. One of the best in the business)

Marc Meunch (Landscapes, teacher, lives in Santa Barbara)

Anthony Million (Astrophotography, landscapes, cityscapes, based in France)

Tyler Mitchell (Magazines photography, and videographer)

Christina Mittermeier (Nature, underwater, and indigenous people, and activist)

Ben Moon (Surfing, adventure, travel, people)

Aaron Nace (Founder of Phlearn Photoshop learning site, composite tableaus, Adobe speaker)

Michael “Nick” Nichols (National Geographic wildlife photographer, blogger) 

Paul Nicklin (Nature, underwater, and activist)

Omahi (Latino, people, and videographer on TikTok and IGTV)

Chris Orwig (People, surfing, LinkedIn Learning teacher, lives in Santa Barbara)

Thrasivoulos Panou (Greek multimedia artist, landscape and cityscape photographer, and blogger)

Gordon Parks (Black America and history)

Alice Prenat (Portraits)

Alex Ramat (Astrophotography, landscapes, Dubai cityscapes)

Eli Reed (Photographer and photo-journalist, first Black photographer employed by the Magnum Agency) 

Mara Sanchez Renero (Latin American art photographer)

Renee Robyn (Fantasy worlds composites)

James Rodriquez (Mexican documentary photographer based in Guatemala)

Embry Rucker (Lifestyle, sports, travel, adventure)

Richard Salas (Local underwater photographer)

Sara Shakeel (On Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/sarashakeel/?igshid=4gqguot42iz6 )

Nakul Sharma (Travel, people, landscapes, wildlife, astrophotography, blogger. From New Dehli)

Stephen Shore (Photos of the everyday)

Art Strieber (Portraits, projects, ensembles, social commentary)

Tim Tadder (Sports, athletes, art, advertising campaigns, portraits, cinemagraphs, videography, action) 

Sebastian Tontsch (German landscape and astro photographer, architectural interiors, Dubai cityscapes)

Sean Tucker (Also excellent videos about creativity)

Albert Watson (Iconic celebrity and musician photographer)

Carrie Mae Weems (Iconic art photographer, Black experience)

Jan Erik Weider (Landscapes, abandoned structures)

Ernest Withers (Black America and history)

Art Wolfe (World renowned wildlife and cultural photographer, writer, teacher, videographer, Travels to the Edge and Pathways to Creativity host) 

Alison Wright (Photo-journalist, National Geographic photographer, documenting cultures worldwide (Human Tribe: Global Portraits), author, activist, teacher)

Derek Yamashita (UCSB graduate. Site: The Hidden Japan)


Jade Purple Brown

Angie Quintanilla Coates

Temi Coker

Ricardo Gonzalez

Goodtype  (Links to other designers)

Jessica Hische

Melissa Koby

Lauren Horn

Ladies Who Design (Links to other designers)

Kelly Malka


Matthew Tapia


Film Movement Plus (Subscription service, movies from around the world)