Here is a page that has 100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals. This is a great resource and I think you could even use it as a course of study for a high school credit. Bookmark it now.
Desire, motivation and self study are essential to learning anything.
Instruction and practice can make someone good at a skill, but instruction, practice and natural gifting makes someone GREAT at it.
Some people can learn to read music and play piano, and they can be good at it. But then there are people who can learn to play by ear and the music flows naturally and beautifully through them, they have a special gift.
Some people can learn about lighting and composition and take good pictures, while others have a good eye and can take pictures from angles that are incredible.
What ever the skill is, you can learn the mechanics of it. But to learn the mechanics of something that is deep within you is to polish your gift… to make you better at what you love to do.
God gave all of us something to be good at. It can be music, photography, cooking, drawing, counseling, hospitality, teaching, etc… He gave us these special gifts as a creative outlet, because He is the Creator and we are made in His image. He uses us to proclaim truth and beauty. He uses us to bring Him glory!
If you or someone in your family loves to take pictures, I hope they will use the link above and polish their skill. And then I hope they will enter our photography contest! There is nothing to loose.