Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I'm blessed. That's all I can say. This semester I was given the opportunity to teach visual design/digital photography at the Media University here in Stuttgart. Word had gotten out that I was pretty fanatical about digital photography, lighting, Adobe Lightroom, photowalks, studio sessions, models, kids, photo challenges and competitions, etc. Now I am passing on my knowledge to nearly 60 students for the next three months.
One way I've learned a lot is through informative websites. Here are a list of some of the sites I visit most often:
This professionally run site has up-to-date information on new developments in the area of photography. It also has a great database and thorough reviews for any equipment you might consider purchasing. I also enjoy participating in the challenges, which pit my imagination and photographic abilities against those of the thousands of other members.
Since I use Sony Alpha cameras, I look for information about the camera here in this forum. I've joined a "SUF" (Sony User Forum) Stammtisch and have been able to learn quite a lot and share my knowledge here. It also is a good place to buy, sell and trade Sony (and other) equipment. Unfortunately, the tone of many of the "know-it-alls" gets on my nerves, so I've stopped reading this forum as closely over the past few months.
For a collection of "the top photography sites on the web", you can start here. So many websites are listed (even this blog!) that it will take you a month to click through them all. However, once you have found some you like, this is a good place to go to catch up with your favorites.
If you want to read a well-written, unpretentious photo website, this is the one for you. The two main writers share with the readers their experience and pass on what they've read elsewhere. They also answer your comments!
Created and maintained by one of the world's most successful bloggers, Darren Rowse, this blog specializes in passing on tips from photo enthusiasts and professionals. It features a forum and weekly challenges/contests and can be sent to your inbox if you subscribe. I end up clicking on several of the stories in the newsletter every week.
Now, as an assignment aimed to help everyone in the class, I've asked my students to search the web for answers to their individual questions concerning digital photography and to post their findings here in the form of a comment. Good reading!