A lot of you have been asking me questions about photography and how to achieve certain effects. While I’m by no means an expert, I’m an avid photographer and I had to chance to experiment a lot. I’m also always a teacher at heart and yes, I like talking about photography, because I’m sure I can give you some tips and learn from you as well.
Some days, I pick up my camera and I simply don’t know what to take a picture of. Seriously, how many pictures of Parliament Hill can I take before being completely sick of it? Some days, I simply have zero inspiration. Fortunately, I discovered some great websites to develop and build on my photography skills.
Here are my top five favourite website for photography inspiration.
Flickr — Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application. But it’s much more than an image hosting website: it’s a thriving community of photographers of all levels and all interests. For instance, photographers can submit their pictures to one of the thousands of groups, ranging from Whatever the weather to Food, food, food!, from Candid & Street Photography to Progressive Photojournalism. Just browsing the many groups sometimes help me to discover a new focus of a new technique. Flickr users can also use the explore function to browse selected best pictures. Basic membership is free (you simply have to register) and you can upload up to 100MB worth of photos each calendar month. Pro accounts only cost US$24.95 a year and you can upload an unlimited number of pictures, among other benefits. This is one of the few websites for which I’m actually happy to pay for a pro membership and no, Flickr didn’t pay me for that post.
Digital Photography School — Digital Photography School is a website dedicated to giving photography tips and tutorials to photographers of all levels. While it can seem confusing at first, it is actually a mine of information, covering all areas of photography, including cameras, equipment and post-production. Their comprehensive Digital Photography Tips For Beginners section is a must read for all photographers. I’m also a huge fan of the How To Photograph… articles.
The blogosphere — I love reading blogs and I follow quite a few photographers, pro or amateur. Among my favourite are Gail At Large (she taught me more than she probably thinks!), Daily Dose of Imagery, PDN Photo of the Day, Sidney Snoeck’s My Sari Sari Store (with great photo-documentary from the Philippines), Cynthia’s blog and photostream… And these are just a few examples of great photographers on the web!
Deviant Art — Deviant Art (dA) is an online community showcasing various forms of artwork, including photography. While I’m not a member (you can only be a member of so many websites!) I enjoy browsing the photography section, itself divided into subsections such as Still Life, Street, Photojournalism etc. Users are usually inventive and offer a totally different and new angle on photography.
Designer Blogs — While design seems to be an art form pretty different from photography, I actually find a lot of inspiration on various designer blogs. For instance, I enjoy Noupe’s photography category which showcases the best examples on a given topic, such as bridges photography or action photography. Smashing Magazine, which also focuses on design and web-development, also provided an “inspiration” section with many examples of beautiful and interesting photography.