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2133012158_f6ae37edce_m You can find out a lot about photography right here on MakeUseOf. Stitching panoramas Stitch Panoramic Photos Together with CleVR Stitch Panoramic Photos Together with CleVR Read More , finding new cameras, adding borders to photographs 3 Easy Ways To Add Borders To Your Photos 3 Easy Ways To Add Borders To Your Photos Read More , getting your images noticed 5 Ways To Get Your Images Noticed In Flickr 5 Ways To Get Your Images Noticed In Flickr Read More , finding photos What are you lookin' at? Cool Sites To Feed Your Photo Fetish What are you lookin' at? Cool Sites To Feed Your Photo Fetish Read More , photo blogs The 10 Most Stunning Photo Blogs The 10 Most Stunning Photo Blogs Read More ,  and a whole lot more, but sometimes you need a real fix. You need, in fact, to get amongst it. Here are some places to go. If you run out, check the additional sites at the end of the post.

Digital Photography School

photo-dps Tutorials, cameras, accessories, software. You name it, these guys know more than you think they do.

I’m constantly impressed with both the depth and breadth of knowledge here. I keep track of their RSS feeds on a daily basis, and they are responsible for a substantial proportion of the time I spend in front of my screen instead of out with the camera.

Interesting recent articles include a post on time-lapse photography and a review of the R-Strap camera strap replacement from BlackRapid. These things are cool, and I really want one.

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If you use Lightroom What Image Editing Program Do you Use? [Poll] What Image Editing Program Do you Use? [Poll] Read More or Photoshop, or just spend too much time at the computer after a session with the camera, the Post Production section is just what you need, but check out our own Idiot’s Guide to Photoshop An Idiot's Guide To Photoshop - 1 [PDF Guide] An Idiot's Guide To Photoshop - 1 [PDF Guide] Read More first.

DPreview

photo-dpreview If you’re a camera geek and you really need to know the specifications of your existing or next machine, it’s hard to beat this site.

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dpreview takes reviews to a new level.

All of the specifications on all of the digital cameras I’ve ever owned. Great comparisons, wonderfully reasonable advice.

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It’s the depth of this stuff that’s stunning. I recall waiting impatiently for weeks a couple of cameras back because I was unwilling to slap down a credit card on anything until I’d checked it out on here. And in the end, they changed my mind for me.

The only vaguely upsetting thing about this site is the way they blithely list my poor overworked 30D in the discontinued list. Oh, well.

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Good feeds from dpreview, too, and the Buyer’s Guide is comprehensive, with a great features search capability.

Photo.net

photo-photonet Photo.net and I don’t have a whole lot to do with each other these days, but in the early days before flickr caught on, this was my favourite hangout. Back then, the interface was a little simplistic, and the content was”¦ well eclectic is the best word to use.

These days things are much nicer. The content is well organised, and the members tend to be a little more skilled and experienced than the flickr Flickr - Store, Share, Sort & Search Your Photos Flickr - Store, Share, Sort & Search Your Photos Read More crowd. They take it all a little more seriously too, and the site features some wonderful photographers.

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Aside from sharing your images here you can find like-minded communities, learn more about your equipment and ask tough questions.

Blogs, monthly projects. It’s all there for the taking. Free and paid memberships ala flickr are available and worthwhile.

Photography.com

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Photography.com must have the best URL in the industry, and if you choose to remember a web address this wouldn’t be a bad one for the job.

Articles abound, but that’s not all.

Links to photographer websites, access to stock photos, somewhere to build your professional photography website using ImagePRO. It’s all here. Careful with the links. They’ll take you to numerous other websites.

PopPhoto

photo-popphoto Popular Photography is the reference site I’ve stumbled upon most recently. Their style is different, and their articles are thoroughly interesting, even when they might not be directly useful.

Where else might you find a post on photographing hot springs, for instance?

Great How-To articles are easy to find. Spend some time and pick up some new skills.

Need more?

You can catch up on photo news, find other photograph sites, or check out a seriously large photography blog.

So tell me, where do you spend you valuable time online? Do you have any secret resources the rest of us should know about? Let me know in the comments, when you eventually get back here.

  1. Nick
    June 23, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Great links. I been doing photography for a few years now I look at these sites a ton, and I even know photographers that have been doing these for 20 years tend to look at these to get new ideas or trying to solve a problem.

    Great finds!

  2. Balaji Pooruli
    June 5, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Two other links similar to dpreview are below.

    imaging-resource.com
    steves-digicams.com

    Thanks,
    Balaji.

    • Jim Henderson
      June 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      Yeah, but there's only so much time in the day... :-) Thanks for that.

  3. Jackson Chung
    June 4, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I think this article only scratched the surface of photography. For those really into lighting and equipment, there are a few more sources:

    strobist.com - tutorials about how to light with small flashes (strobes)

    blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/ - Chase is an excellent pro photog. He lists several helpful videos on how to manage your equipment and lighting. Mostly high end stuff

    zarias.com - also a pro photographer. Zack has a screenscast called Photography Critique. If you send him your portfolio, he will take a look and tell you where you've gone wrong or did right

    joemcnally.com/blog - one of the top guns of pro photography. You can't really learn that much other than receive the golden droplets of the McNally insight. Although, he does list his equipment for you to drool at.

    flickr Strobist group - need advice on what camera/flash/trigger/bag/reflector/stand/lens to buy? Here is where you should head to, these guys will answer you in a flash (pun intended)

    diyphotography.net - if you're the kind to build stuff by yourself, this is a great resource with guides to help you build everything, from softboxes, to ringlights and dyeing your own muslins

    Lastly, if you're looking to get some second hand gear, FredMiranda's buysell section of the forum is the ultimate place to go.

    • Jim Henderson
      June 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      Oh, you equipment guys. :-)

      Great list. Thanks, Jackson.

      Jim

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