By now, we’ve all heard of Flickr, Strobist, and the many other popular websites geared towards the photography crowd. While they are fantastic resources, there are surely some other noteworthy websites to visit. From contests to tutorials, we have 7 useful, but lesser-known websites that are definitely worth a visit.
1. Photo Answers
This website combines two popular publications in one: Practical Photography and Digital Photo. It’s a place chock-full of reviews, advice, and wonderful video tutorials. If you have a nagging question about photography, you can probably find your answer here.
2. Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography
Two talented brothers from the UK come together to capture wildlife in unique and inspiring ways. No corner of the globe is left unexplored as they travel to some of the most exotic locations imaginable. Make sure to visit their blog for contests (the current one has a Canon 7D as the top prize) and revealing behind-the-scenes stories to their popular images.
3. Behind Photographs
This is less of a resource and more of a collection, but it’s too powerful to ignore. Photographer Tim Mantoani undertook a beautiful project where he captured the photographers behind some of the world’s most iconic photos using 20 x 24 Polaroid film. There are three galleries to his project, so make sure you browse through them all.
4. The Photo Argus
A wonderful resource for true photographers: tutorials, contests, image galleries and unique tips from the perspective of professionals. If you’re looking for a straightforward website that cuts through the fluff and gives you the facts, make sure to visit The Photo Argus.
5. IGPotY (International Garden Photographer of the Year)
For those who love to photograph gardens (whether edible or botanical), one of the best contests you can enter is the IGPotY. Not only can you win £5000, but your image (or images) will be displayed at Kew Gardens in London.
6. DIY Photography
A valuable resource for the photographer looking for creative photo projects, DIYPhotography.net is a place for a true do-it-yourselfer who wants to replicate expensive photography gear and/or techniques for a fraction of the cost. Well, you my have heard of this one if you follow Light Stalking on Twitter because we do tend to tweet about them a bit.
7. Fred Miranda
Fred Miranda has an incredible website filled with honest gear reviews, photography articles, Photoshop plugins, and a fantastic forum that many photographers use to get valuable photography advice. If you post your photo, the critiques are straightforward and constructive – they won't tell you your image is good if it isn't, but they also tell you why and how to correct your technical or compositional mistakes. Both amateurs and pros alike will benefit from Fred's very active forum.
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