Top 5 Must-Read Photography Blogs
Posted Thursday, 26 July 2007 by Chris Garrett in Design
Two trends you will have noticed over the last couple of years. The first, every other person you meet now has a digital camera. As a consequence, the second trend is at least half of these people want to learn more about their new-found photography passion.
Hundreds of websites and blogs are out there hoping to satisfy this demand but some stand out as shining beacons amongst the seas of recycled claptrap and copy and paste mediocrity.
What makes a photography blog really great in my less-than-humble opinion? Of course good, solid information is a must, but I also like to see personality, originality and fun. Why do so many photography websites have to be so solemn and earnest?
Enough of my waffle, you want to see my links, right? I give you my personal list of the very best photography blogs on the web today. Let me know your list in the comments!1. Strobist
While most photography blogs cover a lot of ground, Strobist focuses on photographic lighting. This might seem to be limiting but instead it has meant David could concentrate on creating an extremely valuable and enjoyable resource. Part of the appeal is he doesn't assume you are carrying $20k of studio lighting equipment, his tips are relevant to anyone with an entry level DSLR and the humblest of off-camera flash. Nobody else does lighting tips like Strobist. 2. Digital Photography School
DPS is all about teaching photography tips. Darren has put an incredible amount of work into this blog and he just keeps on going, with the occasional guest post. This blog caters to everyone from beginners to more advanced old hands. My favorite aspect of the site is the content is in small digestible chunks and while appealing to beginners, never patronizes. Recently the site also sprouted a forum which is building into a true community. 3. Photodoto
John Watson is the guy behind those ever-popular flickr tools
. Photodoto is Johns blog, where as well as the usual tips and articles he has worked hard with his readers to create a valuable database of lens reviews. 4. Photojojo
While it is pitched as a newsletter there is in fact a web archive and RSS feed so it's safe to describe as a blog. Their focus is on DIY projects, things to do with photography after you have taken your pictures. When they launched they were quickly placed at the top of many a subscription list, and since have been a consistent joy. 5. Tips From The Top Floor
OK, to be fair this one is a podcast/video podcast rather than a straight blog. This site is the creation of Chris Marquardt, a professional photographer in Germany. Listen to (or watch) one of the episodes and you can see how he gathered an audience in the thousands, he is a lively, fun and enthusiastic presenter.
You will notice a couple of names from our photography competition judging panel. Hey, we only invite the best to be our judges!
That is my list, what is yours? Who have I missed? Do you have a great photography blog you are just bursting to tell the world about? Here is your opportunity, tell us in the comments!
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