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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.


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.


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, which also has pretty decent forums.


PhotoFocus Personally, I read PhotoFocus at It's run by a photographer called Scott Bourne, and I have found it a very rich source of ideas, information, news, technique and just plain thought-provoking stuff. He also publishes a podcast (same URL), which I also enjoy. The podcast is all Q&A, often with famous photographers as ...


Luminous Landscape ( As the name suggests - strong orientation towards landscape photography and also equipment.


One of my favorites is The Online Photographer: 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.


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.


When I was a brand new photographer, Cambridge In Color was extremely helpful. Great articles, not too long, and not too technical (but they do cover technical concepts.) Another great site, although much more loaded with content and a little harder to find specifics, is Digital Photography School. Beautifully designed site (as an ex graphic designer, I ...


Scott Kelby I also follow Scott Kelby at 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 ...


DIY Photography If you enjoy Strobist then you might also enjoy DIY Photography at I find it's a bit varied, but there are some total gems when it comes to home-made photo gear and accessories.


Strobist is a great resource for all things flash-related. In addition to their excellent 101 series, they have great anecdotes and tips to help with tricky lighting situations.


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


Nick 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.


TWiP 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,, contains show-notes from all of the episodes they've recorded, plus articles written by the hosts on a range of ...


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 ...


There are a couple options offered by the photo hosting/gallery sites that allow for embedding of images within WordPress blog posts. Photoshelter provides high-end (but very functional) photo/gallery hosting. They offer the ability to automatically watermark images. Photoshelter has a WordPress plugin that allows one to search/browse through their ...

4 If you're a Canon shooter interested in small flashes, then Syl Arena's 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 ...


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:


dpchallenge - good contest site strobist - do it yourself lighting flickr - thousands of groups discussing any topic or piece of equipment you want


I am surprised that Petapixel has not been suggested yet


One idea: it should be possible to send images to Blogger with email, now the question remains if Bibble supports email output (ie Picasa does).


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.


I host my images on Flickr, and use the Flickr Photo Album plugin to display them on my site. The plugin can be used to display gallery pages and individual photos, and load Flickr photos in an individual post or page. It's quite configurable, and comes with a load of templates.


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).


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!


Top 3: @Heninger, @TreyRatcliff, @Llywellyn Some others: @strobist, @_davidjay, @vincentlaforet, @jasminestar, @gluwater, @muenchworkshops


Wordpress is probably going to be the standard blogging service that is the most widely recommended. It is very scalable and gives options specific to photos if that is what you are interested in. You have two basic options when you choose Wordpress, one is to have host your website and content, another is two download it from and ...


I recommend Tumblr. It isn't limited to posting only photos, and you can purchase additional themes (there are also free ones). It's also possible to link your own domain to it (like instead of the standard The Tumblr hosting is free, and it's very easy to use, but it doesn't include space for your photos. You'll ...

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