5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams

Jim Henderson 02-06-2009

2133012158_f6ae37edce_m You can find out a lot about photography right here on MakeUseOf. Stitching panoramas Stitch Panoramic Photos Together with CleVR Read More , finding new cameras, adding borders to photographs How to Add Borders to Photos: 10 Easy Methods Need a way to add borders to photos? Here are several apps and methods that make it easy no matter what. Read More , 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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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.


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.


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

photo-photonet 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 How to Download Your Flickr Photos at Their Original Resolutions Whether using native Flickr tools or a third-party app, you can easily download the photos you've uploaded at their original resolutions. Read More 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.

5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams photophotonetforums


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

photo-photographycom 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.

5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams photophotographycategories

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.


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.

5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams photopopphotohowto

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.

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  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.


    • 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: - tutorials about how to light with small flashes (strobes) - Chase is an excellent pro photog. He lists several helpful videos on how to manage your equipment and lighting. Mostly high end stuff - 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 - 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) - 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.