Photography Magazines and Blogs

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Photography

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 Magazines and Blogs

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.

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  • 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.

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Basic Photography Tips

Thirty years ago, the only ways to learn about photography were books, classes, or direct experimentation. Now there are a multitude of Web resources that you can use to teach yourself. Learn how a camera works, discover various techniques and styles, and find tips for taking better photographs with the Web sites below.

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  • For technique, try looking for discussion forums for people who own your particular camera or brand, which offer an opportunity to share experiences and tips. This can be invaluable for learning about your camera's features and improving your technique. Just search for your camera by name using Google or another search engine along with a phrase like "owners forum."
  • Today the majority of photography tutorials are aimed at digital camera users, but they can be useful for film photographers as well, as tips on composition generally apply to both types of users.
  • The manufacturer of your camera may dedicate a section of its Web site to tips for taking better photos. This is often marketing disguised as how-to guides, but it can be informative.
  • Most of the magazines' Web sites included in the "Where can I find general photography information?" section of this guide have areas with tips on how to improve your picture taking.

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Reviews of cameras and photography equipment

Ready to buy? A variety of Web sites exist to help you navigate the potentially overwhelming world of cameras and equipment. They offer professional product evaluations, user reviews, price comparisons, and sometimes even news about the latest technological advances. Here are our favorites.

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  • Unfortunately for those who prefer the traditional film camera, most camera review Web sites are dedicated to digital cameras; you will have to dig a little deeper to find reviews of traditional or 35mm film cameras. A few of the Web sites below offer reviews of this type, but also try Amazon.com for a good selection of reviews written by camera owners.
  • When assessing products, look for both in-depth professional reviews and user reviews. This will enable you to get a more detailed, systematic evaluation as well as hear from people who own and use the product regularly.
  • Keep in mind that the newest or most technologically advanced camera is not always the best. Depending on your needs, a model even a few years old can be as good for your purposes as this year's, and at a lower price.

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Photography Classes

Various Internet directories provide lists of photography schools organized by geographic area. Some sites also offer courses you can take yourself, either in a scheduled timeframe or at your own pace.

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  • Consider your needs, particularly whether you want academic credit for a photography course, in which case you will probably need to attend an accredited university.
  • To get more information about a particular school you find using either of the first two sites below, go straight to the school's Web site and request it instead of filling in forms on the directory Web site. You'll save time and be sure that your information isn't being shared with any other parties.
  • Your local universities or high schools may offer community and continuing education classes in photography. A quick Web search is often enough to find out, but you may need to contact the school directly if its Web site does not include these categories.

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Photo Editing

Numerous online tutorials are available to help you learn how to use photo software to enhance your photos or remove red-eye. There are also free web-based photo editing systems that allow you to upload your photos and edit them within your web browser.

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  • If you already own photo-editing software, check out the manufacturer's Web site to see if they have a user guide beyond the help files it came with. Or search for the name of your software with the word "tips" or something similar.
  • You don't have to rely on expensive software for editing your photos. Software like Photoshop is full-featured and may provide more options than you'll ever need, but there are also good free software programs out there with advanced features. Try paint.net.
  • Camera manufacturers often have editing tips on their Web sites. The same can be said for manufacturers of photo printers; for example, Hewlett Packard has a section of its Web site devoted to digital photography that's so helpful we've included it below.

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Share and print photos

A variety of Web sites exist that allow you to upload and share your photos. Some provide an interface primarily for the purpose of organizing and sharing (emailing snapshots to your family and friends, for instance). Others are more "gallery" oriented, allowing you to upload your best pictures to share with a wider range of people for feedback and critique. These are recommended if you're serious about improving your technique or your primary purpose in taking photos isn't simply documenting your life's moments.

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  • Some photo sharing and storage Web sites offer premium services for a fee, but the free Web sites offer enough services to satisfy most. Others provide a limited amount of free storage and require a monthly or yearly fee for usage above that amount. Test-drive a few different sites to see which appeal to your needs.
  • Most Web sites have a system that allows you to order prints to be delivered by mail. These are comparable to the quality of typical in-store prints, and in some cases you can even pick them up at a store.
  • Some Web sites that use a gallery format for showing off your best photos or those that exist for the purpose of critique may require you to apply for membership and be approved rather than simply register to use them. There is generally little advantage to them compared to the free Web sites.

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Photo Projects

When you want to expand your creations beyond simple prints, you can turn your photos into photo books, calendars, stickers, posters and more.

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  • Most photo storage and sharing Web sites either offer services to make nifty goodies out of your photos or are associated with other Web sites that do. Investigate the one you use to see if it has any special deals or associations.
  • In addition to the Web sites below, general arts and crafts Web sites may also contain ideas for fun things to do with your photos.

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Buy and Sell Photographs and Images

The Internet provides many resources for buying photos for your own use and for selling your own work, as well as tips for how to get started buying or selling. Stock photography Web sites are numerous. Some cater to businesses and have monthly or yearly payment plans, while others operate on a per-image basis. We've chosen some of the best for the general public below.

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  • If you want to sell to a stock photography Web site, make sure you read the guidelines. Most sites clearly specify the format and type of photos they accept. Some have different needs than others.
  • Most of the sites below require free registration to buy or sell photos.

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Find a photographer

You'll probably meet a few photographers before you finally select one, but the sites below can you help narrow your search or give you a jumping-off point. Not only can you explore databases of photographers that include their online portfolios or links to their homepages, but you'll also find tips and advice for choosing a photographer.

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  • Your friends and family are good sources of information as well. If someone you know had strong feelings in either direction about the person she hired, take note. Even if you don't come across that same photographer, you'll get an idea of what to look out for in an interview or on a Web site.
  • Make sure you have all the details in place before a big event, and make your expectations known. Do you want photos of certain people or combinations of people? Should the photographer take pictures of everybody in attendance? If you state what you want clearly beforehand, you're much more likely to get it.

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History of Photography

Photography enthusiasts often have Web sites focusing on famous photographers and their works, and some museums dedicate portions of their Web sites to supplemental material to enhance their photography exhibits.

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  • You'll have more luck searching if you narrow your topic somewhat. Look for photographers from a particular country or time period or those using a particular method or focusing on a specific type of subject.
  • Search for "photography museums" and look at their online exhibits to get an idea of what's out there.

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