Photography Resources

hi. this is a collection of resources to help aid in developing your photography practice and some other cool things to remind you of why you love photography. feel free to contact me (laut@newtrier.k12.il.us) if you have something that might be cool to add.

Skills and techniques

Camera Technique

Darkroom Processes

Digital

Lighting

Print Finishing

 

Mounting and Framing

Practice

Helpful Websites

Camera Bag Checklist (Printable Document)

 
  • Camera Bag
  • Camera batteries
  • Film/memory cards
  • Lens wipes/microfiber cloth
  • Shutter release/remote release cord
  • Sharpie, pen, and pencil
  • Mini Tripod- i personally like the Bogen/Manfrotto Table Top Tripod w/ball head
  • Multitool
  • Gaffer tape- carry a small roll or tape strips around a water bottle or to the outside of your bag
  • Bubble level
  • LED Flashlight- maybe you want to do some long exposure light painting or just find your away around that abandoned building.
  • Polarizer filter or Neutral Density filter
  • resealable plastic bags

Equipment Guides, reviews, and recommendations


Helpful Infographics



Mobile Apps

Image Capturing

 

Camera+ (iPhone $2.99)- Great camera app that offers manual focus, and manual exposure through shutter speed and ISO control, and White Balance control. 

Pocketbooth (iPhone $0.99 or Android $1.99)- fun app that mimics the aesthetics of a photo booth

Pocket Light Meter (iPhone Free or Android Free)- a cheap and easy way to estimate your exposures if your light meter in your camera is on the fritz. 

Slow Shutter Cam (iPhone $1.99)- good app for capturing low light scenes and slowing down shutter speed to capture motion streaks

Image Editing

 

Adobe Photoshop Express (iPhone Free or Android Free)- Powerful image editor with basic editing options. 

Enlight (iPhone $3.99)- Powerful camera app that has many easy to use filter and editing options. 

Mextures (iPhone $1.99)- Easy application of textures and filters to images. 

Prisma (iPhone Free or Android Free)- A powerful filter app that creates beautifully rendered versions of your images. 

Snapseed (iPhone Free or Android Free)- Google's image editor. Very robust and many editing options.


books

Fiction

 

A History of Women Photographers by Naomi Rosenblum, Nancy Grubb

Photography (10th Edition) by Barbara London, John Upton, Jim Stone- all things photography technique. 

Photography Changes Everything by Marvin Heiferman (editor)- a variety of writings that talk about the impact of photography on various aspects of society and culture. 

Photography's Multiple Roles by Eugenia Parry, Naomi Rosenblum, Franz Schule- discussion and essays on photography's roles in the western world through science, art, commercial, and journalism. 

Non-Fiction

 

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance by Richard Powers- pretty much one of my favorite books. the language is beautiful and tells the story of three individuals from different eras of time that are somehow connected. The novel is inspired by a photograph by German photographer August Sander. 

Eight Girls Taking Pictures: A Novel by Whitney Otto 


Videos and Movies

Documentaries

 

Everybody Street (youtube)- a full length film documentary about iconic street photographers in New York City.

Born Into Brothels (youtube)- a full length film documentary about a photographer who teaches the children of the redlight districts in Calcutta, India about the power of photography.

Film - Episode 1: History of Imaging (youtube)- a made for youtube video about the history of film through the perspective of two current photographers working in the industry. 

The dying art of the photographic darkroom (youtube)- a poignant discussion on the darkroom. 

The Genius of Photography (Vimeo)- a BBC series on the influence of photography. The series presents a variety of perspectives of photographers and movements. 

George Eastman Museum Photographic Processes Series (youtube playlist)- a series that shows historical photographic processes ranging from daguerrotype to digital. 

Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark (Vimeo- 00:06:28)- a presentation of how night photography works and some of the presenter's images were made. 

Camp Photographer (1961) (youtube)- a funny photography workshop. 


Inspiration and things to look at

Artists 

 

Websites

 

I Still Shoot Film- A great resource for film related issues from beginner to advanced techniques.

Jamie Livingston: Some Photos of That Day website- a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997

LensCulture- International contemporary photography: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, poetic, abstract, and street photography. Essays, criticism, photo book reviews. If you're a photo nerd, this site is for you.

Lomography- an organization that celebrates and promotes film and other analog photography processes. They have a shop where you can purchase various analog supplies and equipment, and an image sharing venue where others can see your work. 

Mark Levoy Lectures- series of lectures on digital photography. very informative and robust. 

Magnum Photos- Magnum was started by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour. Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, maintaining its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. 

National Geographic- Always a good source of a variety of documentary photography. 

 

Music about Photography (a youtube playlist)