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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have something that might be cool to add.
Skills and techniques
- Canon Explains Exposure- Canon's exposure simulator
- Photography Mapped- an interactive simulator that shows how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO affect exposure
- Camera Exposure Simulator
- Camera Exposure (Cambridge in Colour)
- The Exposure Triangle: Understanding How Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Work Together
- 7 Powerful Photography Tips for Amazing Photos (video)
- 9 Photo Composition Tips, As Seen in Photographs by Steve McCurry
- 10 Composition Tips for Amazing Instagram Square Photos
- A Guide to Producing Beautiful Square Format Images
- How I Work With Compositional Lines in Photos
- Improve your photos with two simple rules (video)
- Reddit Answers Why You Should NOT Use Only The Center Auto Focus Point
- The Ultimate Guide to Composition - Part One: Just Say "No"keh
Film Exposure Guides
- Printing Photographs in the Darkroom
- Using Masks To Burn A Print
- Darkroom dodging and burning part 1/2.mov
- Darkroom dodging and burning part 2/2.mov
- The Dying Art of Darkroom Printing
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
- 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
Photography as Art
- 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
- The Art and Science of Photography
- What Makes a Photograph Art?
- Here’s a Look at How Color Film was Originally Biased Toward White People
- Is The Camera Destroying Our Memory?
- Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography
- Lingering Questions After Nick Ut v. Facebook
- Nikki S. Lee’s “Projects”—And the Ongoing Circulation of Blackface, Brownface in “Art”
- The Death Of Conversation: I Photograph People Obsessed With Their Smartphones
- The War Photo No One Would Publish
Camera+ (iPhone $2.99)- Great camera app that offers manual focus, and manual exposure through shutter speed and ISO control, and White Balance control.
Slow Shutter Cam (iPhone $1.99)- good app for capturing low light scenes and slowing down shutter speed to capture motion streaks
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.
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.
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
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
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.