Thursday, February 14, 2013

REVIEW: Udemy–Interactive Learning for Photographers, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and more!

Thanks to readers like you, this blog has become very successful so I’m constantly flooded by people who want me to review their products or services. Fortunately for you, I screen out most of the garbage that isn’t worth your time and try to only focus on the best of the best before I consider doing a review.

I had first heard about Udemy from Eddie Tapp last year when we had lunch in New York City and he was telling me about his cool online class that he offers on this hot training web site. I was intrigued because I plan to do some video training of my own this year, so I decided to check it out.

What I quickly discovered was that Udemy is much like Lynda.com where you have video lessons, but in some courses (like Eddie’s) it adds the extra dimension of doing Q&A’s with the instructor. This is like Bryan Peterson’s Picture Perfect School of Photography (PPSOP), but not exactly as interactive. It also doesn’t require a membership so you can pay as you go and get a refund if you aren’t completely satisfied. What’s more, many classes offer coupons or discounts from time to time, so the classes can be very economical if you have a specific topic in mind.

Classes can be viewed on your computer or your iPad, but I didn’t notice any support for Android or Windows RT apps.

Here’s a few courses I ran across that I thought would be interesting my readers (along with prices as of Feb 14, 2013):

and of course, Eddie Tapp’s Smart Object Workflows - Adobe Photoshop.

Conclusion

I’ve only had a chance to take to take Eddie’s class so far, but I thought it was really cool and the interface was very robust and easy to use. Just like with Kelby Training you can also see course outlines and preview some of the class before you commit to signing up. There’s also student reviews and ratings to help you know in advance if a class sucks or not!

Nobody asked me to write this review, but after checking this site out I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it with my readers. It’s not only a place where you can go to learn, it’s also a place where you can go to publish your own classes! If you are a subject matter expert in something, this might be the place where you can go and cash in on sharing your knowledge with the world!

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