Photographer or want to be one ?

Maybe you just want to improve and learn.

Then this site is for you and It’s all free.

Over 150 video tutorials from two photographers

Phillip McCordall & Shaun Wilson.

You can upload images to the member’s gallery for professional and amateur critique

Why not  critique  on others work? or just tell them you like it, Politely of course.

Make friends.

Add topics and discuss, on our very new forum.

Send private messages to other members.

Read a blog or two, maybe write one yourself !

Tell us if you have any ideas for the site.

 And particularly help us build the site into a

real photographic community, the site is here for you, so you

can develop your skills, with other members help.

We will soon be adding a shop with selected items

As well as anything else that comes to mind :))

Happy photography and thanks for reading





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    • Thanks , I’m struggling with it as I’ve no knowledge a very little time. In fact I’m thinking about closing it down ,which would be a shame.

      • Please don’t close it down, Phill! I’ve learned so much from this site, from the work and comments posted by the users, especially your hawk-eyed critiques! In fact, I’m planning to reshoot a bunch of still-lives you critiqued a while back to see if I’ve actually made any progress. Plus, there’s still a possibility I might venture out into the fabled realms of constant lighting… 😉
        But seriously, this is a wonderful, eclectic little community—it really would be a shame to lose that!

        • Thanks my friend , one of the biggest problems is not enough people are uploading images, we have over 800 members with about 10 uploading. I’ll send a message to everyone asking for them to be more active. This of course would leave me with another problem and that’s how can I comment on every shot :)) It takes time and I keep getting behind. Up until now I think I’ve commented on every shot, although It’s possible I’ve missed some. A site costs money to run and some advertising is needed and a shop, I’ll try and find time and make an effort to make it pay at least the cost of running it. :))

          • I could totally see that running a site like this could be a massive time sink—how about getting an intern to do it, a local college or high school student looking for work experience perhaps? Of course, if only 10 out of 800 are active participants, that is not a promising result, so I take your point re. motivation to keep it going. I know you had also hoped for more blogging contributions, so to help move things a long a bit, I would like to submit a post in the not too distant future & will mail you directly once it’s ready for you to review—if that’s OK.
            Have you considered moving the site to a different platform? Somebody recently uploaded a photo and made some good comments on the somewhat constrained functionality of the site. Again, it all comes down to how much time you can or want to dedicate to it; I just thought it might be an avenue worth exploring?

            • A student is out of the question as even they charge a lot. The biggest problem is I built this but it’s about the limit of my knowledge. If it made enough money to cover it’s cost would help, so i4ll be adding a shop and a bit of advertising soon . Although without at least 500 visitors a day that’s not likely to work. We’ll see how it goes this summer and I’ll make my mind up then. Thanks for your interest, Phill

      • I wonder how we can drive more traffic to your site—maybe put up a promotional video on you your YouTube channel? It might be worth looking into how to optimize the site for search engines. I’m sure there a plenty of online tutorials available about that. Unfortunately, this is outside the realm of my expertise, so I cannot offer you any direct help, I’m afraid.

        • Yes I know your right with that idea, I know it sounds strange but I’m a little afraid of having so many shots to critique :))

          • That’s a fair point! How about working with other photographers? They wouldn’t even have to be local to your area. Something along the lines of a Critiquing Collective? Then each participating photographer could evangelise the site through their social media—you would get more traffic, and help reviewing the photos. The extra traffic and exposure would make your site more attractive to advertisers. Perhaps combine that with a rider stating that critiques won’t be posted immediately/only on Thursdays/whatever, to manage expectations & workload? Or the collective just picks a handful of shots each week to critique, which could then be posted in a separate “Editors’ Choice” area?

      • It’s a shame that you feel that way because I like the site: particularly the way that you post a tutorial on YouTube, I can then have a go and post my photos here for critique. I’ve noticed that other people on the site do this too. I think that this is unique and perhaps something that you could develop to increase numbers. However, I have wondered what’s in it for you and who pays for the website? As for getting more of the 800 to contribute it may be worth asking why they are not currently doing so. Personally, I find it intimidating every time I upload and I get worried about negative feedback and people not liking my shots which I will take personally. However, I know that ultimately I will improve my photography. If you need help in administrating the site then you may find that some of the regular contributors could help? I’m planning to retire in the summer or go part-time if my employer allows, at which time I was planning to spend more time on my photography.

        • Thanks Howard, what a super offer. At the moment it’s totally financed by me 🙂 it doesn’t cost that much about £250 a year. It’s difficult to ask for contributions. My plan at the moment is to start an Amazon shop that will probably make it self financing but that’s about all. At the moment I’m trying different nationality shops which is ok with Amazon. Then when I get over 1000 members which isn’t far away I’ll work on a beginners gallery as you suggested. My philosophy of the site is not to allow negative comments just constructive ones and I’ll be hard on anyone who says “that’s a rotten shot or that’s rubbish” without saying why and giving advice on how to improve it. As a matter of interest in the many comments so far there has not been a rude one or totally negative one. The last thing you should worry about is that, everyone here wants to help the beginner and advanced photographer. I will send a letter to every member when that’s done. With a bit of luck we will start to attract advertisers eventually as well.I’ll give it until the end of 2017 and see what I can improve. Thanks again for your offer , I will bear it in mind and contact you when I’ve an idea how you can participate.

  25. juanaduncan1969 Says: February 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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    Cześć wszystkim. Chciałem tylko zgłosić że strona co jakiś czas nie działa…

  27. koby398737 Says: January 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Hej. Strona co jakiś czas nie działa, dlaczego ?

  28. kristirub06404 Says: January 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I do consider all the ideas you have offered on your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for novices. May you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

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  30. Hello everyone,
    and bonjour Phillip, I am very glad that I found you on YouTube Phill, there is a lot to learn from you and your website and videos!

  31. lavondavies1470 Says: January 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

  32. lavondavies1470 Says: January 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  33. Hi Phil,
    Like the tutorials very much. I need some more info on your dvd. Is this still available?

    • Sorry for the late reply, It will be available again on learnshots.com next week , thanks for your enquiry . Please note it’s a very advanced dvd for still life photography .

  34. senaranya Says: January 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Hello Phill. New here. I’ve been following your videos on YouTube for a long time, and those have always been an inspiration to me! I’ve been a hobbyist photographer for about a couple of decades. I always wanted to do and learn still-life photography. It’d be excellent to get critiqued by you and other photographers! Thank you so much for this platform.

  35. Hello, New to the site…. 🙂

    • Hi Paula, nice to have you aboard. This is a small bet developing site, I hope you will upload some shots and get and give some honest and constructive critique. I’m hoping to find more time this year, so I can develop it more. Please feel free to ask questions and participate. I look forward to seeing some shots. Have a great new year.

  36. I’ve seen some of your videos today on YouTube,the way you show your enthusiasm to educate new beginners helps such people to excel in the field of photography.You are an inspiration to me as you at this age trying to make time and help out people through your videos and blogs.Lots of respect Phillip.

  37. Hi Phil just come across your you tube vids, as a complete beginner at 50 years old found them entertaining humorous and not as load as some American vids, u bring your personality and enthusiasm to the video thanks and we’ll done.

  38. helenacochran72 Says: November 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Hello excellent blog! Does running a blog such as this take a lot of work? I’ve very little understanding of programming however I had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future. Anyways, should you have any ideas or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject however I just needed to ask. Kudos!

    • Hi Helena, keeping a blog going is a lot of work, I neglect this one badly !! The first idea was to add blogs from others but no-one submits any to me.As my other obligations take up much of my time and my writing skills are about to the level of a Spanish cow, that’s a French expression by the way 🙂 I would love others to become involved, as it should really be a blog for all members to add articles that they want. Therefore making it a learnshots blog rather than my blog. So any sugestions or articles would be very well received.

  39. Cursedhazel Says: August 29, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Truly a great site for learning. Thank you Phill.

  40. MAVERPOLE Says: August 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi Phillip great site and tutorials the vid on understanding lighting was very good i am interested in the still life dvd but your website says not accepting new members so i cant sign in to buy it do you have a paypal account i can get it from thankyou

    • Hi I’m sorry for the late reply, The DVD will be available again in about two weeks, I’ll try and remember to notify you when the page is back up, it will only be available on this site though.
      Thanks for your enquiry. I hope you will upload some work, then we can give you an honest opinion. Please remember any remarks you get are only personal opinions, there are no rules in photography.

  41. DBryant Says: July 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Phill, found the website through one of your YouTube tutorials. I just wanted to say how helpful your videos have been. It’s refreshing how straightforward and practical your advice is rather than a lot of people out there trying to blind you with science! Thanks, Dan.

  42. bbshahi6755@gmail.com Says: July 1, 2016 at 5:20 am

    this poor guy from remote area of nepal learned many using your free tutorials.god bless you.

    • I’m very pleased to help. What a wonderful place to be, I spent A few weeks in Tibet a few years ago and loved the country, it was a superb experience. I imagine Nepal like that but with a less dominating atmosphere.
      All the best

  43. hi there. I aw your address above in a post, so I sent it there, looking fwd to your critical eye

    • Liz, in the main menu here you will see members gallery could you add it in there please, that way everyone can give advice as well as profit from them.
      Thanks Phill

      • ok, got it. I get a little confused online sometimes. With little direction I found it, finally…….wow there are a lot of very nice pictures in the gallery. I can see that your followers are quite good!
        I hope I get some good critiques so I can get good too.

  44. Phill
    On looking at your website shop mccordall.com and in the filters I see the polarizing filters range from approximately £135 down to lower prices depending on the size and I presume quality.
    Question have you done a video on the filters Polarising and UV yet as to the Pro’s and Cons. I am working my way through your videos and have not seen anything yet. (love the videos BTW)
    What for instance is so special about the B&W filters?

  45. hey Phill,
    Hope you are doing well! I am one of your youtube student. Love your videos and learnt soo much since I baught my camera 11 months ago.

    As you are helping me with photography, in return I want to offer free help and support for updating this website. I am professional web developer from Birmingham, UK.

    It will be my pleasure to help you with website as much as I can.

    Please let me know if you want to have some discussion.

    Many thanks!

    • Hi pinku , Well there’s a good example of the problems , I’ve only just found your message :)) As you have probably realized , I know nothing about building websites ! This has been a real learning curve for someone of my age , who can’t even get his head around a mobile phone. I’m part dyslexic which I think helps with my videos, because if they are complicated I can’t understand them myself. :)) I would be very interested in your ideas for the site, again sorry for the delayed reply. You can email me at phillip@learnshots.com that way I’m sure to get it.

  46. Just what I wanted, Good work guys I love the site and your Videos.

  47. hi mr mcCordall, I found you here, login successful. NOW, to figure out how to send a pic to u, I did mention new to the digital world. Looking forward to some of the tutorials on here. Sure enjoy the ones on yt. I must mention here that your gallery on your website was stunning. I hope I can get CLOSE to that good. Glad I found this site. More to be entertained and educated with. LOVE IT (your work)

    • Hi Liz, just reduce a copy of the image to 1200 pixels along the longest edge then post it in the gallery . At the moment the gallery has about 20 photographers work in it. Don’t hesitate too comment and participate, it’s a pretty new site with only 360 members of all levels. It’s just a shame that so few upload or make comments.

    • Come on then Liz, upload one or two 🙂 if you need help I’ll talk you through how to do it :))

  48. Rhinos67 Says: May 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I’m 48 yrs old and have just started photography as a hobby,love your work on Youtube Phil,it’s helped me no end,you simplify things so much for us newbies so we can understand,keep up the great work.

    • Hi Rhinos, welcome too the site and your kind comments. By the way I have too keep my tutorials simple, if not I can’t understand them myself 🙂 Good to see you’ve uploaded a couple of shot’s. I’ll have a look straight away. :))

  49. i like it too keep up the good work

  50. wallywaller Says: April 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Like the new look Phil

    • Thanks , still a work in progress though, It will tend to change day to day at the moment, before I inform all the other members, around 300 who never visit the site :)) It’s a kill or cure :))

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