If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level, who do you turn to and where do you seek some much needed advice? In this modern day and age, you can now learn tips and tricks by seasoned professionals on any number of websites. Today, we’ve chosen six that we believe are some of the best places to not only get inspired to shoot but to really learn the techniques even before you pick up your camera. Beyond lighting and composition, you’ll learn how photography can be more than just a hobby, it can help bring more enriching experiences to your life.
PetaPixel is the brainchild of Michael Zhang, who started the site specifically for the photo enthusiast. With PetaPixel you’ll always feel like you’re up-to-date on all the latest cameras and accessories as well as the hottest trends in the digital photography world. Their most popular posts? Interesting and unique work done by creative photographers.
Phototuts+ is part of the Tuts+ Network and is an all around excellent resource for the modern-day photographer. With regular tutorials on everything from composition and retouching to shooting different types of photography like sports or nature, Phototuts+ will make you feel like a pro in no time. One of their most interesting series involves photo critiques. It’s a weekly community project where they publish a photograph submitted by a reader and where constructive criticism is welcome. It’s a fantastic way to get involved and to see what others are thinking!
3. Digital Photography School
To get the most out of your digital camera, make sure to check out Digital Photography School. As the name suggests, this website is full of useful tips and tutorials on basic photography, cameras, equipment and what to do in post production.
4. Photo Focus
Started back in 1998 by Scott Bourne, Photo Focus is one of the oldest photography based websites around. Called an online magazine and not a blog, Photo Focus has deeper articles then you might expect from a photography website and the writing is such that you feel as though Bourne or his other writer, Joe Farace, are having an actual conversation with you. His articles are filled with interesting stories based on personal experience as well as questions that will make you think more deeply about what kind of photos you’re taking even before you whip out your camera. Bourne has over three decades of experience in photography and is the author of five photography books.
5. DIY Photography
If you’re looking to jazz up your photography but you don’t want to spend a lot of cash, check out DIY photography. The site is great for finding everything from how to execute creative techniques like light painting and timelapse to tips and hacks on how to improvise on equipment. Started by a professional photographer who was once an amateur, DIY Photography stays refreshingly grounded in its roots.