The web is full of endless resources and tutorials on the subject of photography, but sometimes too much choice can be confusing so we’ve picked the 15 top photography websites that will really help you get to grips the medium. If you want to take things to the next level, why not find the best Photoshop tutorials and be inspired by some great examples of still life photography too?
01. DIY Photography
Started in 2006 as a place for gear-lusting photographers, DIY Photography is a great place to pick up expert advice and read about the latest kit. Written by photographers for photographers, it’s heavy on the tutorials with about 1,200 useful how-to articles online, plus a whole load of DIY articles that’ll help you build your own gear rather than splash out on expensive kit.
Just because you don’t have a heavyweight camera, doesn’t mean that you can’t still take beautiful photos. iPhone Photography School has one simple aim: to help you take better photos with your iPhone than most people can with a DSLR, and it does this with plenty of in-depth tutorials covering photography techniques and photo editing, as well as inspiring articles and regular competitions so you can pit your new-found skills against others.
Touted as the number one destination for everything digital photography related, Digital Photography Review is bursting at the virtual seams with all the sector’s latest news and product reviews. Complete with video tutorials, buying guides and forums, there’s plenty on this photography website to keep you hooked and clicking back for more.
Created and maintained by NK Guy, PhotoNotes is a free information resource for the online community, which is still going strong since being set up in 2002. With articles and reviews written by people who genuinely care about and use a range of cameras, PhotoNote is a refreshing change to advertorial-based review photography websites. A fantastic resource if you’re looking to by a new camera and need some honest opinions.
Written by a host of photography experts, About.com: Photography is both an advice centre and repository of extensive further reading. Once on this photography website, you’ll be clicking from one useful video to another before veering off down a rabbit hole of enlightening articles. There’s plenty to enjoy here, just make sure that you don’t get lost.
Full of tutorials, news, reviews and beautiful photos, PopPhoto is a brilliant all-round photography website. With a plethora of interesting and useful articles, advice and inspirational imagery, you’ll find yourself lost in this site for hours.
Digital photography enthusiast Darren Rowse is the man behind Digital Photography School, a site which aims to help photographers get the most out of their cameras. With sections including tips and tutorials, cameras and equipment and post production, there’s barely anything left uncovered. The site also boasts a very active forum, which is definitely worth a look.
08. Photography Week
Tablet-only magazine Photography Week has been a phenomenal success since it launched. It is aimed at enthusiastic photographers from all over the world and showcases the best international photography plus features tips and interviews with professional photographers from every continent – this regularly-updated blog gives you a taster of the full Photography Week experience.
09. Picture Perfect
Say what you like about Vice magazine but their photo documentary channel Picture Perfect is so full of photography inspiration, you’ll happily lose a day or two to it. Following influential photographers around the world, these insightful films will have you grabbing your camera in no time.
Strobist is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your DSLR to take your photos to the next level. Or the next 10 levels. If you’re a complete beginner at lighting, no worries. The free Lighting 101 course starts from the very beginning, and can get you up and running fast.
Camerabag.tv is all about celebrating image-makers and highlighting the beauty and style of the camera. Their mission is to raise the profile of emerging photographers while also providing an intimate glimpse of the workspace and trade tools of the Masters. This is photography inspiration at its best!
Foto8 connects documentary photographers, authors and audiences creating interactive displays, photography exhibitions, books and magazine publications. Based in London, Foto8 hosts face-to-face film screenings, talks, and seminars in its purpose-built premises in Honduras Street.
Digital Camera World provides a definitive guide to digital SLR photography and is full of articles that will show you how to improve any digital photo. The site is organised clearly, which sections including tutorials, reviews, news and beginner for easy navigation. Updated daily, the site is full of inspirational imagery.
If it’s inspirational images you’re after then look no further than 500px. Founded by Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev, this online photography community is a place to gain exposure, find inspiration and connect with other photographers. The site has had a recet redesign, and with a library of over six million photos you’ll never run out of pretty pictures to look at.
15. The Photo Argus
The Photo Argus is a online resource for photographers – from novice users to advanced. The site provides useful information, inspiration, techniques, photographer showcases and more. Find what you’re looking for using the organised ‘Topics’ section or look at the most up to date articles in the helpful ‘Recent Articles’ list.