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06-13-2005, 10:09 PM
This thread is a collection from all the members here in the photo forum. These links are here to help you understand your camera and take better photos. These links range from "What does that button on my camera do?" all the way to "What does this blend mode in Photoshop do?" and don't forget if you stumble across a link you think others will benefit from PM me the link and it will be added.


List last updated - 7-15-08 - The newest additions will be marked with a *

www.dpreview.com - very extensive photography review and news site
www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/ - lots of member reviews
www.dcviews.com/ - photograhpy reviews, news and tutorials
www.dcresource.com/reviews/cameraList.php - digital camera reviews
www.photographyreview.com/ - more commercial but has some reviews
www.photos-of-the-year.com/review/ - has a few reviews, mainly for Nikon cameras
www.letsgodigital.org/en/index.html - mainly digital reviews and news
DcResource (http://www.dcresource.com/) - Another camera reviewer.

www.photography-on-the.net/forum/ - Canon Photography Forums
www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ - Critique, Gear or general photo chat.
www.dpreview.com/forums/ - One of the largest forums
www.photographycorner.com/ - BuySell, Competitions, Critique. Lots of stuff.


Camera / Photo 101

Master your DSLR(Life Hacker) Part I (http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/master-your-dslr-camera-part-1-program-mode-323605.php) - Part II (http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/master-your-dslr-camera-part-2-manual-mode-and-more-328488.php)
Glossary of Photography Terms (http://www.usa.canon.com/html/eflenses/lens101/glossary/index_a.html)
"You said what?" Find out what we are talking about here.
Awesome little simulator that lets you take photos without even needing a camera!
Can composition be taught?
National Geographic Tips & Tricks for different environments.
Morgue File (http://www.morguefile.com/archive/classroom.php)
Probably as in depth as you can find for free on the internet. It will show you alot of good techniques and methods to take better photos.
Basics of Photography (http://www.webspawner.com/users/pixe0s/pauldoylephotoa5.html)
It is very tiny, but he does a pretty good job of explaining factors that go into a good photo.
Dan Heller's Tutorials (http://www.danheller.com/techfaq.html)
as a bit of an assortment of information, from printing to purchasing, pretty good information on everything though.
25 Tips (http://www.dpcorner.com)
25 tips for better photos.
Dcviews (http://www.dcviews.com/)
Mainly a camera review site, they also have a pretty nice tutorial section.
MTF Chart Description (http://fotogenetic.dearingfilm.com/how_to_choose_a_lens.html)
So that's what those charts mean. A very in-depth article on how to read a MTF chart for lenses.
Potrait Photography (http://www.dilvie.com/2007/11/art-of-portrait-photography.html)
How to get your portraits past "snap shot"
Tips for that next portrait session.
Awesome time lapse tips.
Calculate your hyperfocal distance.

Photoshop / Post Processing

Awesome video tutorials - downloadable.
Photo editing tut.
********** (http://www.**********.com/tutorials/Adobe_Photoshop/Photo_Editing/6/?f=100&ss=&a=1&b=1&c=&d=1)
They have 592 links of photo tutorials, it may take some work to sift through all of it, but you can always find something good.
Filter Tutorial (http://www.nishorga.com/photography/tutorial/)
Want to shoot better Black and Whites? This tutorial will set you off in the right direction.

Gallery Sites:

PhotoBlog Rescorces:
www.photoblogs.org/ - huge database of photoblogs and rescorces
www.photoblogsmagazine.org/ - photoblogger showcase
www.pixelpost.org - photoblog software

www.tanchung.com/canon/canonlensesmain.htm - life size images for canon range lenses

Rent Camera Gear - test it before you buy it:


DIY Camera Gear:

Ring Light (http://eyeonbirmingham.blogspot.com/2007/10/ring.html)
Flash Diffuser (http://lifehacker.com/software/macgyver/macgyver-tip--diffuse-your-cameras-flash-with-a-coffee-filter-238730.php)
Diffuser made out of a milk jug.
Make awesome reflection product type shots.