- The Three Main Challenges of Zoo Photography (and How to Overcome Them)
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- Complete Workflow, Storage & BackUp for Photography
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- 10 Landscape Photography Tutorials to Help You Shoot Like A Pro
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- The Value of Photography Magazines
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- Amazing Bursting Balloons Photographs (Interview and Tutorial)
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- Cross Process Ektachrome for the Blues and Greens!
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- “End Love” by OK Go Blends Stop and Slow Motion in Awesome Ways
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- The Ultimate Beginner’s Introduction to Exposure
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- DIY Digital Holga
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- A Collection of DIY Film “Scanners”
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- 25 High Energy Examples of Concert Photography
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- Attack Of the Killer Crystals
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- Famous Photos Redone with LEGO
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- 32 Great Examples of Long Exposure Photography
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- Free Download: A Photographer’s Guide to Depth of Field
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- 10 Must Have Apps for iPhone Photography
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- Throw away that light meter – Part 2
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- A Helpful Collection of Digital Post Processing Tutorials
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- Super Easy and Cheap DIY Tripod Projects
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- Cameras in the mouth of lions… and other stories
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- Reflector Primer – The Photographer’s Best DIYed Friend
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- Hey LAPD, Photographing the Police is Not a Crime!
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I just realized that it’s been a few weeks since I posted some links! So here are a few that I have in my list… I’ve got more, but I don’t like posting more than 10-15 links at a time.
- Polaroid peel-apart instant film types: Examples galore!
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- Interview with Zoriah Miller
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- How to Use Lines in Photography Compositions
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- The 7 Deadly Sins of Indoor Photography
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- Another Impossible Project Update
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- 33 Exciting Examples of Action Photography
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- 5 Common Mistakes Aspiring Travel Photographers Make
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- The Stunning Faces of India: 25 Incredible Photos
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- What You Need to Know About Using Colour Filters
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- A Poor Man’s Guide to Budget Macro Photography
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- Big City Heat Maps of Local and Tourist Photo Spots
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- Letter to George
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- The Pros and Cons of Each Camera Type
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- Five Best Kept Secrets of Photoshop CS5
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- 19 Beautifully Backlit Portraits
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- Review: SuperHeadz Plamodel DIY 35mm Camera
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- Hubble Picture of the Week
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- Build Your Own Lenses
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- 10 Simple Yet Effective Photography Tips
- 38 Photoshop Photo Manipulation Tutorials: Intermediate to Advanced Level
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- 35 Outstanding GIMP Tutorials
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- 35 Superb Examples of Still Life Photography
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- Long Exposure and Low Light: 16 Great Results
- 21 Cool and Colorful Lomo Photographs
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- Review: 2 Light Kit for Less than $400
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- 32 Free Software Solutions For Photographers
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- 10 Fun DIY Lighting Projects to Save You Money
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Technology advances rapidly, changing many aspects of the way we live and the way we work. Photography is a field where the people working in it feel the touch of evolving science every day. While increasing complexity can often be overwhelming, the benefits far outweigh the obstacles. Perhaps the greatest aid for many shutterbugs is that photography is simpler and less expensive than it has ever been. In order to highlight this point, here are 10 must have online tools for professional photographers, all of them free.
The Prints & Photographs Reading Room at the Library of Congress website is an amazing free resource for photographers. In addition to an extensive catalog of digital images, the resource boasts webcasts, articles, the Flickr project, and a photographer’s toolbox, which contains too many free photographers tools to itemize here.
2. Getty Images
Getty Images, Inc. is one of the largest suppliers of stock images for businesses and consumers. Their archive includes more than 70 million images and illustration and 30,000+ hours of stock film footage. While the archive is not free to use, it is free to use for inspiration, and Getty Images provides a suite of free tools for photographers and other artists.
Sports Shooter is a brilliant website that focuses on one of photography’s most challenging arenas. This website is chock full of articles, guides, and tools, and it boasts an impressive workshop and message board community. Even non-sports photographers can take advantage of the skills that they hone there.
The Photography Blog, owned and operated by professional photographer Mark Goldstein, is one of the best free resources available to young photographers. In addition to being a helpful community, they cover everything from techniques to buying guides. Bookmark this one and read it every day.
Photojojo is an easily digested website that caters to photo tips and DIY projects. However, the tips aren’t useless one-liners. These are highly useful, focused techniques such as printing your photo to food items, or a simple way to turn a photo into a mural.
Digital Photography Review is by far the best free review website for photographers. In addition to their well-respected camera reviews, they offer galleries, a glossary, a great blog, and sample challenges. Never buy a critical piece of photography equipment without checking it here first.
About.com has an immense selection of photography articles. There are options here for all interests and enough material to keep you reading for days. More importantly, unlike many free photography websites, there’s no need to worry about the sources.
SmugMug doesn’t share Flickr’s notoriety but it does offer all of the same benefits with a few extras. These extras include online editing, sharing, and a suite of HD tools. They also allow you an unlimited amount of photos without spam or ads all free. This is guaranteed to become one of the top free photography services you rely on.
Photo.net is the largest and most diverse community of photographers on the web. In addition to the forums, Photo.net has tons of tools, articles, reviews and galleries. The community is international so it is active around the clock. It’s also a great opportunity to have one’s work critiqued, and you get amazingly fast responses to legitimate problems.
Digital Photography Magazine is the premier online magazine in addition to being the premier print magazine. Everything they publish online is free, and the quality is on par with everything they publish in the print. All professional photographers should make it a point to stop here every day.
Leverage these tools to capture and create amazing images, and share your newfound knowledge with the world. However, remember that these top choices are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to free online tools for the professional photographer. Keep your eyes peeled. You never know what might come into view.
[from Brian] What are some other useful online tools for professional photographers? I know we have a few pros out there, I’d love to hear from you guys.
[tweetmeme]After reviewing David Ziser’s wedding photography book, Captured by the Light, I decided to dig into my collection of bookmarked articles in search of even more wedding tips. I came up with quite a few, and supplemented the list with a quick search around the web.
I’m sure this isn’t a comprehensive list of all wedding photography tips out there, but it’s not a bad start. In these 13 articles, there are over 115 tips covering many aspects of wedding photography from lighting to composition to planning to the business end, and many more. So if you’re getting into wedding photography, check out these resources and take some notes!
If you know of any other good wedding photography tips, tutorials, and/or resources, feel free to leave the links in the comments below. And if you have any good wedding shots of your own, show them off!
- The 8 Basic Things Every Photographer Should Know How to do in Photoshop
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- The Art of Flower Photography
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- 100 Most influential photographers of all time
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- If you don´t have a film scanner then DiY
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- 4 Lights | A Step By Step Guide
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- Introducing creativeLIVE.com: Worldwide FREE Creative Education
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- 33 Fascinating Examples of High Speed Drop Photography
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- 30 Unforgettable Winter Landscapes
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- 5 (More) Lightroom Panel Tricks
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- Shoot like a Pro with Compact Camera free ebook released
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- Getting the Shot: 3 Critical Steps to Battle Increased Traffic & Limited Space
- The Impossible Backlash
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- Camera Failure Versus Price and Brand
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- Get Your Photographic Life Organized with Velcro ties!
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- How to Photograph Smoke – Step By Step Tutorial
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- 19 Tasty Examples of Food Photography
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- The Ultimate Guide To Cloning In Photoshop
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- 70 Of The Best Photoshop Actions For Enhancing Photos
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I’m trying something new with the link roundups, so bear with me while I get it all figured out. This post is testing the Postalicious plugin — it basically taps into my Delicious stream and generates a link roundup based on a set of parameters. I bookmark a lot of stuff anyway, but since separating out my Twitter accounts, I’ve been much more active (and collecting many more bookmarks).
Like I said, I’m still figuring out how I want to do all this. If it goes as I hope, I’ll be sharing fewer links more often with less work.
- An Introduction to Smoke Photography
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- A Practical Review: Canon 800mm f/5.6 Lens
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- More Tips For Increasing Light Leaks
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- Shooting Tethered with Lightroom 3 Beta-2
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- 33 twitter accounts to boost your photography skills
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- young me now me photo contest
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- Leica Tour: Inside a Camera Company at a Crossroads
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- NYCPP : New York City Polaroid Project
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- Breathtaking Examples of Long Exposure Photography
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- Impossible Project Releases Special Edition Polaroid 600 One
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- 10 Tips for Working with Models
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- 30 Ethereal Examples of Smoke Photography
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- Putting Together A Fashion Photography Team
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- Lomography Colorsplash Flash
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Lighting… It’s a complicated mixture of knowledge, equipment, and magic. You shouldn’t attempt it unless you’re a trained professional with lots of money and a big studio of your own. In addition, you’ll need to memorize thousands of rules and lighting setups in order for your photos to look decent.
Oh wait… forget what I just said. That’s just how it appears before you take the time to learn it.
[tweetmeme]I have to admit that I’m just starting that learning process, and I wanted to share some great resources recently suggested by the readers of Epic Edits. I’ve split up the links into lighting diagrams, lighting tutorials, lighting websites, and lighting courses/workshops. Start clicking!
LIGHTING DIAGRAMS FROM JAKE GARN PHOTOGRAPHY
4 lighting diagrams and sample shots from a fashion photographer.
EXPLAINED LIGHTING SCHEMES FROM FOTOPUNTO.COM
16 simple lighting setups with simple explanations.
SELF PORTRAITS AND LIGHTING DIAGRAMS FROM KRIS MITCHELL
Documentation of a Project 52, including 11 lighting diagrams (and counting).
PORTRAIT LIGHTING SET-UPS FROM PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY 101
Five of the most basic portrait lighting techniques.
PORTRAIT LIGHTING CHEAT SHEET CARD FROM DIYPHOTOGRAPHY.NET
A great concept that shows a full spectrum of effects by moving a single light.
VISUALIZING STUDIO LIGHTING FROM PHOTOCRITIC
An exploration of simple lighting to achieve different effects on the same subject.
PROPHOTOLIFE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
A collection of 33 video tutorials, mostly having to do with lighting techniques.
SNAPFACTORY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
This playlist titled “Digital Photography 1 on 1″ has great lighting Q&A with examples.
MOMENTOUS BREAKDOWN! FROM YOUR PHOTO TIPS
A good example of the “less is more” motto — check out the photo and diagram!
HOW TO LIGHT ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING – THE DISCERNING PHOTOGRAPHER
An intuitive approach to photographic lighting — start with one!
Learning how to use off-camera flash with your dSLR.
LIGHTING ESSENTIALS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Lighting, Photography, Fashion and Editorial Portraiture on Location and In Studio.
The blog of editorial photographer Zack Arias
Honestly Biased Insights on Photography by Syl Arena.
Articles by Chris Grey dealing with lighting techniques and equipment.
Many example photos and lighting diagrams for portraits.
Ok… so this one isn’t really a lighting resource, but the photos are awesome to study!
WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING COURSES
THE ONELIGHT WORKSHOP BY ZACK ARIAS
A nuts and bolts type of workshop — Off Camera. Manual Mode. Old School.
LIGHTING ESSENTIALS WORKSHOPS
Learn to light without spending a fortune.
Online training for photographers — check out the stuff by McNally and Ziser.
[tweetmeme]Special thanks to Nathan Nontell, William Beem, Kris Mitchell, Steve, Shawn, Tomas Webb, Janne, Kunal Daswani, udi, Don Winkler, Mike Blanchard, Stefan Tell, Damien Franco, Jay, and Andrew Boyd for commenting on my previous post asking for lighting resources. You guys are awesome.