10 Blogs That Will Make You Into An Amazing Photographer

photography intro   10 Blogs That Will Make You Into An Amazing PhotographerNow, you really don’t have to struggle in the darkroom to learn the ropes of how to take great photos. That is because the lessons of photography have gone online too. Ten blogs – that’s minuscule compared to the great photography blog sites out there. Just like the art of photography, there is a great variety in the nature of the photography blogs too.

There are the general blogs which try to cover everything related to this visual art; there are specialized photography blogs that dive into the niches like wedding photography; there are blogs which only talk about gear; and then there are the personal blogs by some immensely talented photographers themselves.

That’s a lot to take in and condense in just a list of ten. But let me push you into it and hope each blog helps you become an amazing photographer.

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Digital Photography School

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DPS is one of the best known photography sites and an essential bookmark for both the newbie and the virtuoso. You have a whole section on photography tips and tutorials. Head for the articles under the ‘For Beginners’ section. Simple basics like exposure and aperture are well-explained. If you get that right, you can jump into the section on post-production. You can also opt to get photography tips from the site in your inbox daily. Then there is the well-frequented community behind DPS which itself is a focal point of photography action.

DIY Photography

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I didn’t know that if you buy a lens, the first thing you should do is check it for fungi infection. That’s what I learnt at this DIY Photography pretty early on. The site has a mish-mash of advice, tutorials, and tips on a wide variety of photography topics from how to set up a home studio to quick tips and camera hacks (Using A Door Peephole As A Fisheye Lens). I am pretty sure you are going to stay here awhile.

Photography Concentrate

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Rob Lim and Lauren Lim share their love for photography here. The husband-wife duo love photography and it shows on the site. The About page is an interesting read and it almost inspires you if you are at the beginning yourself. The site has some paid products (tutorials), but there is enough free content to give you the nitty-gritty on all the angles on photography. Free stuff includes – The Camera Buying Guide and The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence eBook, among others.

Inspire Me Baby

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You could fall in love with this photography blog. You could at least fall in love with the art of taking portrait shots. From babies to elder citizens, the tips here could make you a better photographer if your interest lies in capturing people and emotions.

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Beyond Megapixels

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This is a relatively new site…just an year old. This blog is perfect for rank beginners because it is so easy to understand. The language might be dumbed down, but the tips aren’t. There’s an abundance of them arranged in categories as diverse as Bird Photography to Photography and The Law. Start with the Getting Started with Photography section which is a walkthrough of all the basic techniques.

The Photo Argus

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A simple (but beautiful) blog that’s filled to the shutters with tips, resources, inspiration, and photography news. The article that drew me to The Photo Argus was 27 Most Followed Photographers on Google+. Then I stuck on to browse through the other photographic showcases on the site. If you feel that you aren’t getting anywhere with your photography learning, read – Inspirational Blind Photographers and their Portfolios for inspiration. It will open your eyes.

PhotoJojo

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The guys behind Photojojo scour the web and pick the best kick-ass photo tips, projects, and other resources for you. They do the hard work so you can lean back and take some of the coolest pictures around. Their newsletter is a worthwhile subscription that could contribute to your photography skills. They have an interesting feature called the Time Capsule which takes you back to the photos you shot a year ago.

Strobist

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Strobist is a very normal Blogspot blog. But the tips here on how to use light and flash make it worth a bookmark. As any photographer will tell you, light sometimes makes all the difference between a great shot and an okay one. As the Welcome page says – the site is about learning how to use off-camera flash with your DSLR to take your photos to the next level. Or the next ten levels. There’s the Lighting 101 beginner course to put you on the first level.

Canon Blogger

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I am guessing here that the camera you are using is a Canon (especially the EOS series). If you are then this blog could be your one stop for all Canon photography related resources. This is a personal blog by the way and not affiliated to Canon. There are photography tips and tutorials that maximize the potential of your Canon, and if that’s so then you can put up your best shots on the monthly contests on the site.

There are similar blogs for Nikon fans too in Nikon Rumors and Nikonians too.

Photofocus

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You will almost categories list in the dropdown on the right. Don’t…because each category is a rich vein of photography how-to. The blog’s first entry dates back to 2008 and one of the first tips it offered was – check your batteries. Since then the blog authored by Scott Bourne, a multi-faceted man, has gone on to give tips, reviews, Photoshop how-tos, and contests through the years. There are a few audio and video podcasts and you can subscribe to the podcast feed on iTunes or any other podcast catcher. Check out the contests which could give you a chance to walk away with some really useful gifts.

As I said before, ten blogs don’t even begin to showcase the photography world on the web. As you hop from one photographer blog site to the other, you will discover many more. The best thing would be to stick to one and exploit it till the batteries run dry. You can of course, go in search of photography tutorial sites that go into specialized genres like food photography, wedding photography, or street photography. Which photography blog makes your list? Which blog helped you learn the ABCs of shooting through the lens? Shoot away in the comments.

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Shawn Lewis

Visiting the sites mentioned in this article + winning the T4i giveaway = synergy!

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raymond mcnatt

Awesome

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Saikat Basu

Ha..ha. Well said.

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Gary

True synergy is quiting a boring desk job to pursue photography full time. Having the right tools is just a fraction of the equation.

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Casey Mendoza

As a beginner photographer living with a family who loves their point-and-shoots, I love each blog for their helpful tips. I just wish my relatives could learn a thing or two as well.

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Saikat Basu

Just a do a photoshoot with them -a family day out with cameras. I am sure they will be inspired.

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Alan Mowbray

I have yet to peruse a photo site that doesn’t teach me something new…

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Saikat Basu

Absolutely true. And then there are so many of them. Even if you move away from the camera model you are using, there’s so much to learn.

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ferdinan Sitohang

i like photography, would like to surf to the website you mention..

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Gary

What’s stopping you?

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ferdinan Sitohang

photography is an expensive hobby, so now the time to earn money to buy a new camera device. hehehhe

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Matt Cruz

Thanks for this guys…I’d really like to get beyond snapshots…

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Matt Cruz

Thanks for this guys. Trying to get past just ‘snapshots’ and this will help.

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Saikat Basu

My simple tip: If you planning to shoot something – say a snap of your house – do a search on Google Images. Learn from the composition used in the good ones shown there. That’s what I do, and it is a learning experience,

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Kathy Strom

Thanks for this great tip and article!

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cypherinfo

Another great topic which may represent the next natural step of this article: the photo stock; I mean selling your photos via a photo stock web site. A great web site to learn how to “make” your photos “stockable” is this: http://translate.google.it/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Flebanmax.blogspot.com&sl=it&tl=en&hl=it&ie=UTF-8
The photographer is italian so the blog language.

Thank you.

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Saikat Basu

Great idea. That gives me my next story idea :) Or even in the general sense, what one can do after clicking a photo. For instance: making it available as a Creative Commons file. Lot’s of ideas here.

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cypherinfo

Thank you fror your aknowledgement. A great idea would be to reward all of the users in here who give great ideas with, for example: 1000 points! So many more ideas would be sent!
Bye the way, this same photo blog of mine was posted in another makeuseof article, the one on: “making money online”.

Thank you.

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Saikat Basu

Thanks. Like you bio – “paradigm mover” :)

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Gary

A great overall resource for the photographic entrepreneur is a book called the Phtographers Market (published yearly). You can check out Amazon or Google it. It goes over breaking into the photography business.

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Regi Polk

I LOVE to learn more about photography! Thank you so much for all of the information you give us.

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Saikat Basu

You are welcome.

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Brian

This site is great!

I can feel the Canon T4i in my hands!!

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Brian

What is the real deal about HDR? Can someone explain?

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Saikat Basu

HDR is a deliberately created photo-effect where multiple exposures of the same scene are layered and merged using image editing software to create a more realistic image, or a dramatic effect. The combined exposures can display a wider range of tonal values than what the digital camera is capable of recording in a single image.

Look at these: http://www.flickr.com/groups/hdr/

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Aditya Roy

Someday… i will go through all of them. Page bookmarked! :)
Thanks Saikat

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Chris Lukowski

I just added 4 new sites to my daily visit list. Thanks for helping me waste more time ;)

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Gary

I wish I could surf MakeUseOf at work…
Gotta hate the blocked sites list

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Yiannis Papanastasopoulos

I knew 4 out of 10 these websites. Thanks for this article .

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Saikat Basu

That’s a camera in your hands there :) Which are your other favorite sites, not on this list?

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Saikat Basu

Went through David Muench’s portfolio…the landscapes are simply superb. Thanks for the link.

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Gary

Thanks MakeUseOf..Always a great resource of useful information!

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Bengt Lindblad

Kenrockwell.com is another site wiht lots of good info. Not as fancy, site-wise, but full of good stuff.

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Ben

Great info. Thanks.

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Dan Horne

I have been on the DPS distribution for over a year and they put out some great info for anyone into digital photograpy!

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Philippa Lazare

I love photography and learning about photography. Thanks for hi-lighting all these blogs in one place. I know there will be a lot to learn!!

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Shawn Ashree Baba

I will DEFINITELY be using these websites. THANKS!

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Heidi Smith

Great resource info – Thank You!

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Gian Singh

cool

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Dennis Jeffers

It’s time to learn HDR photography. It’s like going back to school.

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Joe Johaneman

I’m a huge fan of DIY Photography. I’ll have to check out the rest of these. Thanks Saikat!

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Theresa Banks

I enjoy taking photos and with my busy schedule, it’s great to have a list of sites that can help improve my skills. As a previous blogger mentioned, I never visit one of these sites that I don’t learn something.

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Saikat Basu

It’s the same with me…it took me quite a time to write this post because I was getting distracted with the information and tips on the sites I wrote about here :)

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Gary

MakeUseOf is really a great site. Giveaways and promoting photography. This must be heaven. :)

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Jonathan Vicencio

This list is exactly what I’ve been looking for :) thanks for posting.

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WantedManiac

Ouuuhhh . . . . Inspiring . . . . . :D

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ivan1232

Thanks for this..I’m so interested at photography ^^

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Muhammad Ahmad

Great collection for new learners

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Kelly Buchanan

I get a lot of great tips and information from stuckincustoms.com by Trey Ratcliff.

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Vaibhav Bakhshi

Whoa…!!!

Just what I was looking for.

Thanks a tonne.
:)

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Liene Bur??te

I personally am a fan of Photofocus. They have tips that are very simple but really helpful. I haven’t checked the other blogs though.

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rolex

I hope these sites help, because the sites I have so far are more about selling than anything.

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Marsnik1

I wish I had the equipment to practice with..

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Emily Esp

I appreciate all of these great resources!

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David Jason

Fantastic sites. I have been doing photography as a hobby for 30+years now and I can never grow tired of it or learn enough. Every day brings a new sunrise and sunset to capture, every child a smile, every moment a unique opportunity to capture a fleeting moment of life. I love it…………

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Saikat Basu

You must have started out with film and now should be into digital. Yes, it’s a hobby that gently sucks you in…and then you find out that you are spending quite a few bucks on lenses :)

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David Jason

Too true, still have some of the ‘older’ Canons in my collection and remember fondly when I bought the Canon A1, my first “real” camera, never really liked the older Nikons though :-), and have only used Canon since then, no regrets………………just pure joy….. :-)

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pyrextv

dope.i have been looking for sites like these

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Ladali Wijeratne

excellent list of interesting blogs providing tons of incentives and tips to take better pictures. if only there were more hours in my day…!

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Henry Ward

This is why I love MUO. Scouring the web for great content so I don’t have to.

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Santosh Kolhar

good information from these sources..