Favorite Photographers

Recommended Photography Books

  • Photographing The World Around You by Freeman patterson. This is one of the most rewarding books I've read on the creative aspects of photography. It covers the elements of design and composition, and is one of the few popular photography books out there in which the discussion of composition goes well beyond the "rule of thirds."
  • Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. An excellent resource for the person who wants to move beyond using the automatic modes on his or her camera. It covers how to meter and control aperture and shutterspeed for creative effects and correct exposure.
  • How to Photograph Your Life by Nick Kelsh. This concise guide is ideal for someone new to photography. Kelsh has a wonderfully clear writing style, and he includes photos that represent common mistakes in photography. Also, all the impressive example photos in the book are taken with a simple point-and-shoot digital camera, making it especially inspiring for those who don't have fancy cameras. This was probably the first photography book I read from cover to cover, and it really heped me learn the fundamentals with my first digital point-and-shoot camera.
  • The Photoshop CS Book for Digital PhotographersThe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. This book offers a very practical guide on how to accomplish feats that most digital photographers will find very valuable.

Photography Forums and Contests

  • BetterPhoto.com: a great site that offers plenty of inspiring eye candy, a montly photo contest with prizes, online photography courses from well-known instructors, and free articles and tips.
  • UseFilm: a photography site where users can upload their photos to receive feedback and ratings. Users can also participate in photography discussion boards. This community is full of amazingly talented photographers.
  • photo.net: a photography site of the same genre as usefilm, where members can receive critiques and participate in photography discussion boards. This is also a great place to hobnob with photographers of amazing talent.
  • PhotographyBLOG: another forum where users can upload their photos and receive feedback and ratings. This site also holds several themed photography contests with prizes.
  • PhotoFriday: a weekly themed photography challenge.
  • i-gizmo: an online photography club featuring a weekly themed photo contest.
  • LensDay: yet another weekly themed photography challenge.

Articles, Tips, and Techniques

  • Photocrati.com: Photocrati is a pro photographers' blog, gear review site, and community. Their mission is to foster discussion between photographers working in diverse fields and to share resources that encourage technical, artistic, and professional growth for pros and enthusiasts alike. They offer photo news, industry commentary, gear reviews, business advice, and tips and techniques on everything from travel to weddings to corporate to nature photography. They also sponsor the Photocrati Fund, a nonprofit that provides grants to photographers working on important environmental and humanitarian projects.
  • Earthbound Light Photo Tip Archives: a nature photographer's advice on many photography and photoshop topics.
  • Jodie Coston's Free Online Photography Course. 10 great lessons on how to improve your photography, including assignments and discussions.
  • BetterPhoto Articles on Photography: an assortment of short articles from BetterPhoto course instructors.
  • DOFMaster: an online Depth of Field calculator.
  • Bokeh Explained: a thorough article on this technical aspect of photography.

Equipment Review Sites

  • Digital Photography Review: excellent and detailed digital camera reviews.
  • The-Digital-Picture.com: a good resource for information about Canon SLR cameras, lenses, and accessories.
  • Photography Review: professional and user reviews of cameras, lenses, and accessories.
  • megapixel.net: an online photography magazine published in French and English. It offers forums, galleries, and articles in addition to equipment reviews.