While I was doing my research to decide on what camera to buy, I found these online resources very helpful. Whether you’re deciding what kind of camera and/or lens you’d like to buy or learn more about digital photography…these resources will hopefully be helpful to you as much as they were and still are to me.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW – www.dpreview.com – I loved this site! Up-to-date reviews of the latest and greatest cameras and their accessories are available. It can definitely be a bit overwhelming for the newbie but they also provide a Digital Photography Glossary that will help the newbie try and dissect out unfamiliar terms. The site also includes a wonderful, very active discussion forum where I could ask a question myself or read answers/discussions to a similar question. For example, there is a “BEGINNERS QUESTIONS” forum where you’ll find many questions/advice such as which SLR to buy, buying advice for a beginner, etc. Also, whatever camera you may have (digital point and shoot to digital slr), there is a forum around that particular camera.
PHOTONET.COM: A community of photographers – http://photo.net – Though primarily geared for a serious photographer or someone interested in becoming a serious photographer, I believe this site is still valuable to the digital photography newbie. It’s another place to definitely learn, connect, share, or discuss photography. One of the benefits to this site is it’s online photo gallery where you can upload& exhibit your photos as well as receive critiques from the online community. Anyone can just peruse the pages/articles or join as a FREE registered user or subscriber with varying benefits to each.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL – http://digital-photography-school.com -Another great site for new to semi-experienced digital camera owners aimed at providing digital photography tips as well as a network of online community of photographers from various levels. A very cool feature as a registered member (note: membership is FREE) is the ability to participate in online assignments, participate in online competitions, ask and answer questions, or simply share your photos.
I also found some great youtube videos that were very helpful to learn some photography terms and how-to’s from Michael the Mentor.
This is an example of a quick and easy lesson on Shutter Speed, what it is, how it works and what it can do for you from Michael. For more info, just visit his youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelTheMentor . Though he does have a focus on Canon’s, he has great tutorials for the beginning photographer who uses any camera (my opinion of course).
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