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I am beginner and looking for sites/blogs.


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Maybe make this a community wiki? – Wayne Jul 16 '10 at 0:11
Also one blog per answer would be a good stipulation. – NickAldwin Jul 16 '10 at 0:14
Please make questions that ask for a list of answers (i.e. polls or list-of-X questions) community wiki. While there not exactly the type of questions this system was designed for, at the very least the author should make them community wiki. I converted this question. – Robert Cartaino Jul 17 '10 at 3:47
— it kind of has to be, as there's no single answer. Even answers which try to summarize the whole Internet can't be complete, and could be disagreed with by a reasonable person. – mattdm Apr 4 '11 at 18:48

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I love Digital Photography School. It has a variety of tips and interviews and challenges. Beginners and pros alike should check it out.

DPS is awesome, been reading it since I bought my SLR and it has taught me a lot. Love the little challenges too, although need to think more about entering them! Some nice shots on display as well, great for inspiration – DrDanielSwan Jul 16 '10 at 14:07

Read Ming Thein at http://blog.mingthein.com. He writes frequently and I love the pictures he includes with every blog post. Start by reading the "Technique" section at http://blog.mingthein.com/technique to begin with. Also, he answers questions on his blog quite quickly.


DPReview.com is a daily visit. Also known as Digital Photography Review, this is the standard of all photo gear review sites.

While not a photography learning site, we photographers spend much time, well, obsessing over cameras, lenses and other bits. Knowing your gear is an essential part of having a good shoot.

DPReview.com also has a very active forum where photography is discussed.


Photocritic photography school

In order to learn step by step enroll yourself as a student in the free photography classes conducted by Photocritic at school.photocritic.org


The "Digital Rev TV" Youtube Channel is always worth a visit. Not so much for technical advice, although they are testing gear all the time (admittedly in their own way). This one is rather for remembering what photography should be foremost, beginners in particular: A bucket full of fun!


I have enjoyed Tangents by Neil van Niekirk for its articles on lighting, especially about using on-camera flash for getting good light fast (essential on indoor events).


I am surprised that Petapixel has not been suggested yet


Photo equipment distributor Manfrotto has what they call an "on-line school", the Manfrotto School of Excellence. This has a series of articles from professional photographers and writers, including Michael Freeman, and apparently Scott Kelby is signed up for 2011. There's several sections of the site; some are overtly related to Manfrotto products and promotion, but others are general-interest photography. Particularly interesting sections are:



It's not much of a blog, but National Geographic has some truly inspirational photos worth watching.


http://goingpro2010.com is an awesome resource as well, not so much for photography tips per say, but more for what you'd need to do to make money from photography, and what to do when you've got people asking you to take their pictures for some occasion or another.


For lighting, Strobist is a must-read. Check out Lighting 101 series for introduction into off-camera flash, and then Lighting 102 with detailed overview of properties of various properties and ways you can alter them. There's also an index of all the entries.

Strobist is simply indispensable. Make sure you check out the archives! – Dave Van den Eynde Jul 19 '10 at 11:19

Don't forget to subscribe to the D-Town TV podcast as well.


Count me in as another Thom Hogan fan. I also like Ken Rockwell's blog/site. They are both fairly Nikon focused, though Ken does some Canon reviews.

For camera/lens reviews, I also like http://dpreview.com/, which also has pretty decent forums.

+1 for Thom, -1 for Ken :) – Karel Jul 16 '10 at 19:47
People should be aware that Ken Rockwell is frequently insane. But I enjoy reading his stuff, if only to see what the latest absurdity is. – Reid Jul 19 '10 at 18:23
+1 for Ken... maybe I'm insane too, but I like his perspective. – Nick Jul 28 '10 at 21:30
Ken is a straight up, tell-it-like-he-sees-it person and I like that attitude. If he's reviewing a $1000 lens but he reckons it's not worth it over another $150 one instead, he'll say so. It doesn't matter if he's right or not (you don't have to agree with his sometimes-unusual statements) but you can appreciate his perspective. – thomasrutter Feb 9 '11 at 2:42

Jonathan Cherry "Mull It Over". Every week or so, he interviews an emerging photographer and links to his/her gallery. A great way to discover new talents. At the end of the day, the path to be a better photographer goes through watching A LOT of other people pictures.


Here is a bundle from Google Reader that I follow:


I will try to compile another one with any others that look interesting from answeres.


Chase Jarvis is an excellent resource for pro behind-the-scenes stuff, lots of excellent material available as a podcast.

I would also recommend The Art of Adventure Photography, Bruce Percy is a marvellous photographer with an amazing way of capturing the light.

Martin Bailey is an amazingly dedicated blogger and podcaster who is also worth checking out.


Luminous Landscape (http://luminous-landscape.com/). As the name suggests - strong orientation towards landscape photography and also equipment.



My site has more than 3000 quotations about photography - http://www.PhotoQuotes.com - you can learn a lot by reading those quotes.


I really love Petavoxel. He uses his extensive knowledge of physics and photography to explain in very clear language how different camera manufacturer's choices lead to better or worse photographs. In particular, he specializes in myth-busting. For example, "back side illumination" isn't all that it's cracked up to be. And he's constantly focusing on sensor size and light sensitivity.


Nick Miners.com

Nick is a friend of mine who posts articles on his blog covering a range of photography topics. All posts are photography related, and cover a range of subjects, from beginner's-guide style overviews of the zonal system, to comments on new versions of software.



This Week in Photography is a weekly podcast discussing all things photo-related with a number of regular and guest professional and serious-amateur photographers, mainly from the US. Their new website, http://www.thisweekinphoto.com/, contains show-notes from all of the episodes they've recorded, plus articles written by the hosts on a range of photographical topics.



If you're a Canon shooter interested in small flashes, then Syl Arena's speedliting.com is a good resource. It's fairly new, and still in development, but the "how to" section contains blog-like articles, and the "gear" section contains articles on choosing what gear to use.

There is also Syl's personal blog, pixsylated, although this is not purely photography focussed, but does include photography posts that aren't speedlite related (Topics covered include, for example, colour management).


I have been blogging photography tips for 3 years or so, much of it is aimed at true beginners who are using Auto mode or just beginning to learn about manual controls, but other topics like image editing with Gimp are covered as well: http://blog.muddyboots.org/


One of my favorites is The Online Photographer: http://theonlinephotographer.com/

I'm also a big fan of Thom Hogan, though his site isn't exactly a blog. He does tweet occasionally, though. He has a strong Nikon focus. http://bythom.com/

The Online Photographer is one of the very few places that does not mutter about equipment all the time. Recommended. – Karel Jul 16 '10 at 19:49

Check out photo.net. It's probably among the oldest photography sites on the web. I've learned plenty from visiting it.


Not a blog, but a mailing list: Photography Beginners. They've been around since 2001, and provide a good environment for folks just learning about photography, composition, and the nuts and bolts of their cameras.


Scott Kelby

I also follow Scott Kelby at http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

I find that (apart from promoting his own training and books - which is not a bad thing) Scott gives a good load of news, and has a weekly guest blogger section, where another famous photographer writes an entry. These can be very thought-provoking and inspirational.
I personally found John Wright's entry extremely encouraging.


DIY Photography

If you enjoy Strobist then you might also enjoy DIY Photography at http://www.diyphotography.net/

I find it's a bit varied, but there are some total gems when it comes to home-made photo gear and accessories.


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