Happy Camera Day: The Top 10 Most Useful Blogs For The Aspiring Photographer
If you weren't already aware, June 29th is Camera Day, and we love pictures. While there are a ton of incredible photography blogs, we decided to take a bit of a different spin and look at the top 10 blogs for aspiring photographers. These blogs are a mix of "how-to" guides and equipment reviews to help you figure out where to start.
1. Pop Photo The popular photography magazine site. This well organized site is the digital home of the popular photography magazine. The blog has a deep range of practical guides and instruction, along with an extensive buying guide which covers cameras and film to software and accessories. If you're a budding photographer, you won't want to miss out on this.
2. Ken Rockwell Want no-nonsense camera equipment advice on a site that's not fluffed up by fancy design and navigation? We've found the site for you! Based on his own experience, Ken provides his own personal advice, which he breaks down into categories by camera type and recommended use. If you're worried about staying within a specific budget, there is also a guide based on price range, which can be quite helpful. Well-established and chock full of great information, you'll be taking better pictures in no time after seeing his detailed guides to improving technique.
3. SimplyNess I was originally struck by the clean layout and design of this site, Ness mixes in reviews on gear with striking images on a bright, easy to read canvas. This blog does a great job of highlighting sample photos that can be produced with the various cameras and equipment that are reviewed.
4. Photography Blog The name says it all for numero quattro. If you need to buy gear, this is a great place to start. The blog provides a super helpful buying guide and gear reviews. Additionally, it has a bunch of useful tips and tricks along with contributed guest content.
5. Camera Dojo Looking for alternate ways to school yourself on photography basics than simply reading a book? Camera Dojo will help you "Get your black belt in photography". What makes it stand out from the rest? Podcasts! It's also good for staying up to date on news and reviews in the photo world, and has a lengthy section of Photoshop tips and tutorials.
6. Beyond Megapixels
Oh Beyond Megapixels, your clever name, category listings and simple layout grabbed our attention from the get-go. Providing a comprehensive "Getting started with photography" guide, this is especially helpful to amateur photographers. With a tagline like "A digital photography guide for the rest of us", you know you're in the right place. Check out the archives to brush up on past tips or search for a specific article to find help on whatever you need
7. Elizabeth Halford
We couldn't make a photography list and exclude our British friends! Elizabeth has an impressive blog that grabs the eye with her font and design choices, and features a nice selection of video content. It is also a great resource for those looking to get started in wedding photography. She also digs in to the business side of photography and provides valuable insight to the financial realities of being a professional photographer.
8. Digital Photography School
Classes are in session, amateur photographers. The Digital Photography School is one of the biggest photography websites around and covers equipment, tutorials and post production tips. With a vast amount of information at your finger tips and an assortment of guest articles to choose from, the novice can learn lots, while experienced photographers can share their knowledge.
With a name like that, I expected nothing less than a great site. lf like me, you're wondering what exactly a "Tiffinbox" is, the blog describes it as "a glorified lunch-box used widely in India to
conveniently carry yummy food to work, school or a picnic.", which the main author grew up using. He aims for his site "to be a feast for your eyes and mind" with "small, healthy spoonfuls of information that you'll
find useful." Featuring high quality content,Tiffinbox has some especially useful technical information presented here written by numerous guest bloggers.
10. Photography Concentrate
With a gorgeous, clean interface and bright colors that pop, Photography Concentrate focuses on developing and honing your photography skills to help you "learn photography faster". While the more in-depth tutorials are offered as paid programs, there is still quite a bit of free content available. They also hold regular competitions and giveaways for their readers. Rob and Lauren clearly love working as professional photographers, and their passion for the art is apparent throughout the site.