Photography is a lot of fun for people of all ages! Most people will be happy with a basic camera that takes decent photos they can share with friends and family. That’s perfectly fine, but for a large number of us there is a constant desire to learn more and improve our skills!
As you probably know, the best way to improve your skills is to GET OUT AND SHOOT. The more you shoot the more your learn. Sometimes it’s easier said then done. You cant always carry your camera gear with you and sometimes you’re just plain stuck in a rut! For times like these it never hurts to have a few great resources that can provide a little inspiration, a few great tricks, loads of articles on photographic techniques and styles and a few product reviews to help when it comes time to upgrade.
A few excellent resources after the jump …
One of my favorite sites possesses all of these qualities, The Digital Photography School (DPS). DPS has been around for a couple of years now and has everything from product reviews to weekly challenges and outstanding articles covering all areas of photography. When I first discovered this gem over two years ago I started reading from the absolute beginning. The information is so good that I have practically read every single article on this site and I just can’t get enough! It gets even better, on top of all this they a great active community of photographers participating in their forums and creating another excellent source of information. This site is outstanding and I’m sure they will have something for you!
Another favorite of mine is the The Digital Photography Connection (TDPC). TDPC has all kinds of excellent video tutorials, my favorite being the Photoshop for Digital Photographers series. I’m a very visual person so I’ve found TDPC to be an outstanding resource for learning many of Photoshop the tools and discovering little tricks along the way. If your not a Photoshop user give the Lightroom and general Photography tutorials a try.
While these are only two of my favorites, Smashing Magazine created a list of “50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Photography Skills“! It’s divided into multiple categories with each entry having a brief description of what is offered on the site. Everything from inspiration, equipment, beginners help, technique, blogs and toys can be found here so I’m sure you’ll find a few to keep you busy, don’t forget to bookmark them for later, Enjoy!