You can find out a lot about photography right here on MakeUseOf. Stitching panoramas, , adding borders to photographs, getting your images noticed, finding photos, photo blogs, 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
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.
If you use Lightroom 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 first.
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.
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.
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 crowd. They take it all a little more seriously too, and the site features some wonderful photographers.
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 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.
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.
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.