Photography can be a method of documenting news to share it with the world or capturing moments of your life to enhance your own memories. Or photography can be an art form focused on creation, expression, and experimentation. Whatever the basis of your interest in photography, the Internet is your starting point for finding what you want to know. Whether you're just starting to learn about technique or thinking about offering your own photographs for sale, this guide will show you where to look for the information you need.
Photography magazine Web sites and photo blogs are excellent sources of general information, whether you want to learn about techniques or read the latest reviews of cameras and equipment. The other sections of this guide are divided into more specific subtopics of photography, but looking at a few magazine sites and photo blogs can help you get a broad overview of the field.
- Magazines' Web sites sometimes offer more information than the printed publications, and some have forums where you can trade ideas with other photographers. You can also look at their galleries for inspiration and tips from professionals.
- Don't underestimate the value of Web sites focused on a particular type of photography, even if you're not interested in that type. OutdoorPhotographer.com has a wealth of information that can be helpful no matter your subject.
- Photography blogs produced by individuals or groups often have a more informal, friendly tone than magazines. They usually cover a range of subjects related to photography, so if you're not sure what you're looking for, they can be a good way to get some ideas.
For photography magazines ...
, the Internet companion to Popular Photography & Imaging and American Photo magazines, offers an array of tips for improving your photography skills. If you've ever been disappointed by blurry or less-than-stellar photos of great moments, read the articles about how to photograph different subjects and situations, such as parties
, and sporting events
. Check the tabs at the top of the page for an equipment Buying Guide, Message Forums, Galleries, Contests, and more.
's Web site goes far beyond the magazine, with a "How-To" section full of technique advice, a "Gear" section with equipment reviews and photo technology news, and stunning galleries of professional photographers' work.
is a magazine dedicated to digital photography. The Web site features a Learning Center, software and gear reviews, a How-To section, and a Your Best Shots page, where you can upload your own photos.
, a magazine known for terrific images, features a Photography section on its Web site that showcases images from around the world. Check "Milestones in Photography" to see how far the art of photography has come. You can improve your photo skills with the help of the tips section, and browse through free wallpapers to find a great image for your desktop.
magazine's Web site focuses more on showcasing the work of professionals rather than instructional and interactive features, but it does offer a Buyer's Gallery (useful if you're hunting for new equipment), articles from the magazine, and photography news.
Photo Techniques Magazine
, written primarily for the "serious amateur" and professional photographers looking to improve the quality of their pictures, is a good resource for improving your picture-taking technique and your photo printing.
For photography blogs ...
is written by a former freelance photographer. The right-hand navigation includes lists of posts by category, photo contests, and most popular posts.
The Weblog Awards
bills itself as the world's largest blog competition. To see some finalists and winners in the photography blog category, click on a particular year's results and then look for the "Best Photo Blog" heading.
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