Whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer there are plenty of resources available to assist you to grow and learn more things about the art of photography. Most of the ones mentioned here have a free component and some have a paid component also.
1 Are you new to the photography genre? Not sure which camera equipment to buy, or want to compare a few models? Then you need to look at this site: camerajabber.com/. They have many experienced writers who have written in-depth reviews on a variety of equipment choices. If you’re not sure that you need that new gadget they cover all the details you need to help make your decisions.
2 Again, if you’re new to the whole art of photography, here is another resource to look into, digital-photography-school.com/. There are lots of tutorial articles on this site and it’s an ideal starting point for your new hobby, or an introduction into a rewarding career. THey have many experienced photographers providing information and resources for you to use.
3 If you have some experience with photography and are looking to take it further, we’d recommend checking out www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorialsfor in-depth studies on how to excel at photography. They have an excellent tutorial series on their site. The depth of knowledge available on this site is amazing!
4 There’s also www.luminous-landscape.com/for additional learning and information about the art of photography. This site is an excellent resource for people wanting to take their skills from beginner level to something higher. There are step by step guides here for learning new techniques.
5 Are you having trouble working out focus and depth of field? Then this is the resource you need to learn and practice – www.dofmaster.com/. This information will improve the composition of your shots, increasing your skills and increasing the marketability of your photographs.
6 Post photograph editing can be the difference between having a great picture, or just an average one. There is a lot of software available to help with this. If you are looking to purchase software, Adobe Photoshop is probably the best known. Adobe also have another program called Lightroom that is specifically for photography editing and organisation. You can begin with a 7-day free trial here: www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/free-trial-download.html
7 If you’re looking to edit your photographs for free, there is a program called GIMP which is an open source image editor, with many flexible features and a lot of online tutorials. It is very powerful and can be used in many similar ways to the Adobe suite. It can be found here: www.gimp.org/downloads/
8 UK photography magazines, Practical Photography and Digital Photo have a combined website that covers a lot of their magazine content, and complements their printed work. Their site is a great resource, and can be found at www.practicalphotography.com.
9 The Online Photographer is an in-depth blogger who posts about photography and has a very engaging and helpful blog style. He covers topics about photography, photographers, archival printing of photographs and many other topics. You’ll find this resource here: theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/
10 Are you looking for recognition of your work? The British Journal of Photography (https://www.bjp-online.com/)has been around since 1854, and it’s maintained its relevance to the genre ever since. The website is full of great, thought provoking images, studies and skills. The Journal offers both student and professional awards to showcase new talent or to recognise existing talents.
11 So, you want to develop your photography skills but you only have an iPhone as a camera? A bulky camera does not fit with your identity? Try this site as a great resource for advice and techniques, https://iphonephotographyschool.com/. This site assures us that you can take better photos with your iPhone than most people can manage with a full size digital camera. Definitely worth a look if this is your scene.
12 Now you have mastered the digital camera and want to work on other techniques. You can’t go past this site, Strobist (https://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/02/welcome-to-strobist.html). Strobist is a one topic site: Learn to use an off-camera flash with your DSLR and watch your skills take off to a whole new level. Beginners are welcome here. There is even a free Lighting 101 course that starts with basics and builds your skills from there.
13 You want to be good at digital photography and photo editing. PhotoWhoa (https://www.photowhoa.com/) is a teaching site that links learners with instructors as well as to other learners. Build a network of colleagues and teachers while you learn. This website is exclusive to photography, and it has tons of awesome courses that will get you running. Learn from the best photographers on the planet.
14 If you’re looking to turn your hobby into a career at this point, we would recommend checking out this resource, https://clickitupanotch.com/. This site has amazing tips, training, information and resources for all levels of professional work. Photography and posing tips how to display your work and promote your new or existing business, and many learning opportunities exist here on this site.
15 Now you’re serious about your photography, you’ll be needing advice on contracts, and copyright law. Then this is the resource for you https://thelawtog.com/. The owner of the site is a lawyer and photographer, and it has some free downloadable contracts to use, and information on copyright.
These are just some starting resources for the new photographer to follow along with. Many of these sites can lead to other resources, and can lead you to establish an entire career in photography. If you are a hobbyist then these tips can deepen your interest in your hobby, help with composition and yield great personal satisfaction with your art.