I’m often asked where I learned about a particular technique or where I get my photography related information. These are great questions, and I’ll try to answer them in this quick post.
For starters, I’ve been interested in photography as long as I can remember. This is a lifelong passion (or vice)! It all started when I received my 1st camera, a Kodak 110 Instamatic. When I have an interest in something, I dig in and try to learn all I can about it. Most of what I’ve learned is good old fashioned trail and error. I’d read about something in a photography magazine and I’d go out and try it. Lots of film processing and experimenting. Somewhere in the middle of that, I completed the New York Photography Institute’s home study course.
Everything I mentioned above is pre-digital photography and pre-internet. Now, in this digital world, all of the information you need is at your finger-tips! The trick is to find it. That’s where I’m hoping this post can help. Some of these websites have specific information and others are more general in nature. Some provide in-depth equipment reviews, while others are geared more to real hands-on use. One thing for sure is that there’s a lot of knowledge floating around out there, you just have to look for it and apply it. That’s doesn’t mean to copy someone else’s style exactly, but rather to tailor it to your needs and adapt your own style. Here’s the list:
Ken Rockwell – Camera and equipment reviews, general photography information.
Steve’s Digicams – Digital camera reviews, news, photo contests.
Steve Huff Photo – Camera reviews, passion, inspiration.
DP Review – Camera and lens reviews, forums, articles.
Photography Talk – Forums, photo sharing, reviews, tips, articles.
Stuck in Customs – HDR Photography (if you’re interested in HDR, start here).
HDR One – HDR Photography, articles, tutorials, downloadable magazine.
Adorama – Online Camera Superstore, great photography how-to videos!
B&H Photo – The Big Kid on the block! Online camera super-superstore!
Photography Life – Articles, news, reviews.
That’s my shortlist. There are many, many more out there waiting to be discovered (at least by me). With so much information available, it can sometimes be overwhelming. My bookmarked website list is very long, but the sites I listed above are those that I visit the most.
In addition to the websites that have photography information, there’s a lot to be gained by becoming active in forums. Sharing your photos with others and looking at their work (both good and not so good) can be a tremendous learning experience. One of the places I’m really starting to enjoy and use on a daily basis is Google+.
Google+ started out kind of slow. It seemed to be a Facebook wanna-be, and I didn’t pay much attention to it. That is until it introduced “Communities”. The Communities feature is similar to Forums on other websites, where each Community is targeted to a specific subject (not just photography). Where Google+ shines is the quality and layout of uploaded photos. They just look better on Google+ (compared to Facebook). I belong to several photography Communities including 3 for HDR photography and 1 for Black and White. It’s something you’ll need to see for yourself. Seeing the quality work of other photographers from around the world is very inspiring!
If you have any helpful photography websites, please share them! It’s been said that no one of us is smarter than all of us, and I believe that. If you have a website that will help others with their quest to become better photographers, please don’t be bashful!
Until next time – Happy Shooting!