Photography Index

Learning

  • The Rule of Thirds: One of the most basic rules for composition, but worth remembering, and sometimes worth breaking.
  • Jodie Coston’s Online Photography Course on morgueFile is excellent, right from the very first bit of advice: “Get in close. No, closer. Nope, still closer. There! You’ve got it!”.
  • CameraHobby: A useful ebook, covering a number of areas of photography. Aimed mainly at beginners. The style is more friendly than professional, but I quite like that, and it feels like it’s being done in the spirit of sharing whilst learning, and being improved all the time. (Found via Lifehacker.)

Specific Situations

  • Party Photography: Lots of people do it. Badly, usually. The problem is that a party is actually a very difficult thing to photograph. Also covers photographing fireworks, which are a bit easier than people usually expect.

Lighting and Flash

I’ve never really got into using lighting to any great extent. I don’t usually even bother with a reflector, though I do have one now.

  • Strobist’s Lighting 101: an excellent resource on lighting – enough information to be useful even if you already do know a bit about it, but all taken steadily enough to be useful to those who have very little idea. I’m learning a lot from this site, though there’s a limit to how much of it I can use with my little Ixus 😉

Tools and Toys

  • Canon: I like Canons. I have a Canon, so I’m slightly biased here, but they make some of the best cameras around – they’re not cheap, but they’re worth the money.
  • Panasonic: I have a general rule with cameras: Never buy a digital camera from someone who never made film cameras. I might be willing to make an exception for Panasonic, but they seem to just miss the mark slightly every time. I still have high hopes for them, though, and if the little flaw in one of their cameras doesn’t affect you, they might be ideal.
  • Sony: Only the Cybershot DSC-H2 so far.

  • Digital Camera Batteries: A bit of info about the things that power all these flashy (heh) cameras.

Projects

Gear Projects

Making or modifying your gear…

Photo Projects

Post-photo Projects

Inspiration

  • Creativity Out There: Getting creative out and about, including some photography ideas.
  • Staten Island Boat Graveyard: Some wonderful pics if you’re like me and love shots of rust and decay.
  • Flickr is a great place to get some inspiration. Yes, there’s a whole lot of snapshots and some awful stuff, but there’s also some really great photographers sharing their best there. Pick through, and you’ll find some fantastic work.

Sharing

Going Pro

Related

  • The photography section in People.

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