There is a blog post of mine doing the rounds at the moment expressing my frustration with a few things that get said and some advice to new photographers. In the blog post I mentioned that I would be posting a list of resources.. well this is that post!
Every photographer needs to check out CreativeLIVE, it’s an initiative by Chase Jarvis (one of my inspirations) that provides free (yes FREE), photography workshops. They are free to participate in live over the internet and then you can buy the downloads to watch back at your own pace. I’ve participated in and/or purchased the following courses:
- Zack Arias: Studio Lighting – you’ll learn more about photography from this one course than anything else I swear!
- Zack Arias: Foundations of a working photographer – both business advice and a huge amount of photography information
- Sue Bryce: Glamour Photography – Amazing course on posing and using light.. Sue won Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year 2012
- Doug Landreth: Beyond Photography – You’ll learn something about photoshop *every* time you watch these videos.. my brain still hurts!
- David duChemin: Vision-Driven Photography – learn how to find and express your vision as a photographer
That’s enough from CreativeLIVE to get you started.. and probably addicted!
Also check out Chase Jarvis’ blog, he does LIVE segments every now and then.. they are really worth watching if you intend to become a photographer professionally and want to learn more about the business side of things.
I highly recommend this tutorial video by Zack Schnepf, he runs through tonality control and exposure blending in photoshop.. I’m not a fan of HDR for many reasons.. but I do use exposure blending fairly frequently, you get a high dynamic range, with out all the rubbish that HDR looks like.
Read these websites / blogs, subscribe to them or use google reader to drag them into your RSS feeds:
- *cough* https://paulpichugin.com – haha.. seriously though, I’ll be posting more tutorials and photography education posts in the future
- Light Stalking – brilliant resource of both tutorials and inspiration
- ICE Society – a tutorial and learning community by wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis.. a master of light and posing
- Zack Arias blog – yeah I know.. I’m a bit of a fan of his, he keeps it real and doesn’t gloss over the realities of running your own photography business
- Digital Photography School – produced by ProBlogger – Darren Rowse – great resource for anything photography related!
- Picture Correct – a great resource of tutorials from many different photographers
- Strobist – This blog is an invaluable resource for off camera flash techniques
- PhotoBlazr – More tutorials and resources
Books / eBooks:
I read.. I read a whole heap! I have a kindle and an iPad full of books along with many book shelves also filled with books, here are a couple I recommend you read:
- Learn landscape photography from the old masters of painting! – a very interesting concept.. I’ve always had an interest in art, particularly the Dutch masters’ work, I love their landscapes and their use of light in their portraits.. this book helps you discover some lessons from their work.
- David duChemin – Visionmongers: Making a Life and Living in Photography – an incredible book that will help you develop your craft and vision and some direction for making the transition into the world of vocational photography
- Marcus Bell – Master’s Guide to Wedding Photography: Capturing Unforgettable Moments and Lasting Impressions
- David duChemin – Within The Frame – define your vision and capture it
- Steve Simon – The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter)
- Scott Kelby – Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it
- Scott Kelby – Digital Photography (3 volume box set)
Well that should keep you busy for at least a day or two.. I’ll be posting more links and reviews of what I’m reading and using from now on. Also going to be doing some gear review of the gear I’m using & tutorials on some of the techniques I use as well.
Feel free to pass this around to your photographer friends!
Would love to hear your favourite sites / blogs / resources.. maybe I’ll discover something new too! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side there so that you don’t miss my blog posts!