Digital cameras have revolutionized the world of photography. It’s easier than ever for an amateur photographer to get started. Think about it: instead of having to pay to print all of your pictures - just to see the good ones - you can now upload them to your computer and view them on your monitor before deciding which ones to print. And the quality is just as good as traditional cameras that use film. Here are a few sites to get you started:
From Gadget Teaser
May 9, 2012
It may just be a concept for now, but this digital camera is something we could really get behind.
News & Reviews
CNET’s Digital Camera Buying Guide
This is a good place to get started if you’re not sure what type of digital camera you need.
“The consumer’s best source of digital camera information and news.”
Another site with reviews, tutorials, forums
This site has reviews, a price search engine and even a Daily Digital Photo (submitted by photographers around the globe).
This site features more reviews, a buyer’s guide and forums.
Digital Photography Review
A stockpile of digital photography reviews by people who actually take photographs for a living. A novel idea, and great info.
Popular Photography Magazine
This is more geared to the amateur and pro photographer than a new shooter looking to buy a camera. Once you pick up your digi cam, this is the place to go to learn to use it. Spend a little time looking at the reviews here, as they are in depth, and if you read between the lines, you will learn a ton about photography.
Again, geared more towards pros and serious amateurs, this is a good place to learn photo technique.
Gadget Teaser - Cameras
News and info on digital cameras from this gadget blog.
This site is a clearinghouse for user reviews. Bear in mind that these are not all photographers, and some of the reviewers are using a digital point and shoot as their first camera ever. This site is great for spotting design flaws. Buttons illogically placed, parts that break without warning and poor design features cannot escape notice on this site.
Share & Print
Develop, print & share digital photos, all at one site.
This site used to be “Ofoto” and offers the same services as Shutterfly.
This site offers similar services as Shutterfly and Kodak Gallery.
This site has lots of photos to download. You can also upload and buy prints.
Web Photo Forum
A place where photo enthusiasts share their work.
Designed for families that want a place to communicate online. “Some of the unique features include a group calendar, photo sharing, file sharing, a private message board, real time chat and an address book. For only one payment of $12 (per year/ per site) you can invite as many family members and friends as you would like to join your site.”
You can get great images from an average camera
Sometimes people focus too much on the gadget. Check out this post from Lifehacker that explains how the setup of a shot is more important.
If you know of a good photography site, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it to the guide.