If you’ve never visited the site before, get thee over to KelbyTraining.com now to see what they have to offer photographers. The site is a wonderful resource of video-based training, on everything from street photography to Photoshopping to the legal ins and outs of taking pictures. You could lose a month watching everything the site has to offer, and by then they’d have thrown up four new classes to plow through.
The trick is that it is a commercial enterprise, so you pay a monthly fee to use it. It’s not a bad price for what it has to offer. It’s $200 a year, or $25 a month if you go from month-to-month. While $200 isn’t a whole lot for the volume of content the site has, it is a big virtual check to write all at once. Seriously, if they had an option to pay $17 a month with a commitment to paying for 12 months, I’d likely do that. It’s easier to “hide” that kind of money than to shell out $200 at once. (I also wish they accepted PayPal. Alas, it’s credit card only.)
Instead, I use a different system: I pay for a month at a time every other or every third month. I wait for a couple of new classes that I’m looking forward to, then I resubscribe for a month to watch them and any others I can sneak it. This way, I feel like I get my money’s worth fairly quickly, and get lots of bonus material along with it. You are allowed to suspend your account and reactivate it at any time without paying any price. While your account will automatically renew at the end of each month, you can go in at any time and turn “auto-subscribe” off as soon as you pay for a month. This way, you don’t forget to do it and you don’t have to wait until the last minute.
Better yet, you don’t need to call a number to have someone harass you into resubscribing. There’s no long form to fill out asking you why you’re “leaving.” There is no waiting period. You don’t have to do it within so many days of the expiration day. It’s easy — at any time of the month, you go into your account and flip a switch.
Kelby Training does a very smart thing that way, and earns my business back as often as I care to give it to them. If only other subscription services made it so easy. . .
In the weeks ahead, I’ll be recommending some of my favorite classes there, complete with links to the free portions of the classes the site gives away to hook you. I apologize in advance for spending your money for you, but you’ll want to try some of these.
It goes without saying that they also have a Twitter feed. I’ll say it anyway: Follow @KelbyTraining on Twitter.