As a teacher and blogger of photography, I like to keep up with (and often contribute to) other sites as often as possible. I wanted to tell you about some of them today. Here are five highly relevant photography sites that every aspiring photographer should have in their bookmarks. I work closely with three of them, and can tell you that the people behind these sites are just as passionate about photography as you and I are. So, if you’ve never seen them before, or haven’t visited their sites lately, be sure to click the links below and take a fresh look around. Some of them have newsletters, too, which will help you keep up with their most recent posts.
Listed in alphabetical order:
DPReview is THE place for the most comprehensive and extensive reviews on camera gear. Thinking about buying a camera or lens? I always tell people to start their research here.
Darren Rowse and his staff and contributing writers are prolific in their content production. Plenty of great articles covering diverse interests, including gear, technique, and post-production. The whole look of the dPS site has been recently updated to a modern, sleek new design. Very user-friendly making it easy to navigate from area to area. You can spend a lot of time there; learning and sharing with the dPS community as you go.
Neil is a rare breed; right- and left-brained genius technician and craftsman. I know few people as firey and passionate about photography (and photography-related things). Nikon, Canon, it doesn’t matter to Neil, he just loves it all and shoots with everything he can get his hands on. He’ll give you the rundown in simple terms and often provide the visual data to make his point. His photos are outstanding and you’ll probably learn something important with each visit to his blog.
I’ve often thought of Photo.net as the “old shooters” site, and I mean that in a good way. If you’re looking for answers, you’ll have plenty of people telling you what they think, and often in a way that only seasoned pros and serious amateurs can. But it’s not only the forums that make this site so special, it’s also the extensive archive of helpful articles-good stuff. The galleries are full of amazing works from members-I mean really inspiring images. This is one of the oldest sites on the web, and one of the best. It may not be the flashiest destination, but that’s part of the appeal. Simple, serious, and useful.
Michael Zelbel has got to be one of the most unique photography teachers out there. His approach and style set him apart from the rest of the bunch, and that’s one of the reasons I like him so much. His excitement is contagious and he makes learning the basics a fun adventure. Michael has a lot of different projects in play, but I suggest starting with SmokingStrobes.com and going from there. You’ll find his videos and blog posts both entertaining and educational.
There are other great sites out there, too. Do you have a favorite photography site? List it in the comments section below…