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6 must-have deals to elevate your digital photography

Engadget Engadget 10/05/2016 StackCommerce
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Contrary to popular belief, the difference between a good and great photo isn't a well-chosen Instagram filter—It's the photographer. That's why we've compiled a list of resources to take your photography to the next level, courtesy of the folks at Adobe, Hollywood Art Institute, and Train Simple. Check out these great e-learning deals, and we guarantee you'll become a master both behind the lens and in the editing room.

Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification

MSRP: $2,595 | Today: $25 | Savings: 99%

The Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course means business. It's not only accredited by the Photography Education Accreditation Council, but also features instruction from the most experienced photographers in the industry. Dive into this course, and you'll work through 22 modules to learn pro-level photography techniques via video tutorials, articles, e-books, flashcards, and quizzes—all for just $25 .

HDR Projects 4 Professional (Mac or PC)

MSRP: $200 | Today: $29 | Savings: 85%

HDR (high-dynamic-range) imaging is an innovative technique for perfecting photos. It displays a greater range of luminance levels that better represents what the human eye actually sees. HDR Projects Professional 4 will let you perfectly capture that soft, indoor shadow, or bring out every color in a sunset. Use it as a standalone platform, or as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. It's available right now for just $29 —85 percent off retail value.

Lytro Illum

MSRP: $1,300 | Today: $369.99 | Savings: 71%

Lytro is famous for creating the first "light-field" camera that captures the direction of light rays, letting you refocus, change perspective, or view in 3D after the image has been taken. The Illum is one of the most advanced cameras on the market, but for a limited time Engadget readers can get one for over 70 percent off —just $369.99 with free shipping.

Adobe Digital Photography Training Bundle

MSRP: $1,580 | Today: $29 | Savings: 98%

Master pro-level tools and techniques with the Adobe Digital Photography Training Bundle. Throughout 4 courses, you'll learn how to touch up your photos in Photoshop and Lightroom, prep for an industry-recognized certification, and master techniques certain to make your photos frame-worthy. This opportunity to learn from industry-leading photographers is currently available for only $29.

Adobe KnowHow All-Inclusive Photography Bundle

MSRP: $933 | Today: $64 | Savings: 93%

Through 14 in-depth courses, you'll learn essential photography and image editing techniques for any kind of shots you'd like to take. Master the art of capturing everything from wedding photos to sweeping shots of the night sky, become an expert at touching up photos in Photoshop and other editing programs, and much more. Best of all, this course is available for only $64 —A steal considering it's jam-packed with resources.

'Train Simple' Adobe Photoshop Bundle

MSRP: $702 | Today: $55 | Savings: 92%

Through 8 immersive Photoshop courses, you'll learn how to use a premier photo editing program to make your photos truly memorable. Start with the basics of working with oft-used features such as layers, masks, and the selection tool—and work your way towards advanced techniques such as coding your images piece by piece. At only $55 (92 percent off), this course is a must-take for aspiring Photoshop mavens .

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