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Please let us know about useful online resources for our hobby.

It would be helpful if you provided a brief explanation of why you find it useful, but that's not compulsory.

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Learning Resources

Digital Photography School
I found this one by accident, and it's full of tons of useful stuff. Highly recommended to beginner and up. I subscribe to the RSS feeds to make it easier to keep up with it.

Photofocus
I just discovered this new blog and podcast. Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon are long-time pros with a lot to share. The podcast is based on tweeted and emailed questions, with show support and more on the blog.

Martin Bailey Photography
A hugely inspirational photographer, I follow Martin's regular podcast. He's based in Tokyo, and specialises in nature and landscape work. Martin has also started a blog as a better way to provide show notes to his podcast:
Martin Bailey Photography Blog

Tips From The Top Floor
Another one I found through his podcast. Chris Marquardt is German, sounds like a loon, but knows his stuff. Well worth subscribing to his weekly 'cast, if nothing else, and he's started a daily "tip" podcast as well.

Visual Science Lab
A blog about taking photos by people who take photos. Some of their opinions you might not agree with, but that's part of the fun of learning.

DOFmaster
This page is an online depth of field calculator. A good place to learn all about DoF and stuff.

PopPhoto
The sister site to Popular Photography and American Photo, two US based photo magazines. There's a good mix of things - reviews, features and so forth.

Photographers' Rights
Because some people don't like you taking pictures, this site will help you know what your rights are when photographing in public places.

UK Photographers' Rights and The Law
Everything you ever need to know about your rights under United Kingdom law.

Maintenance

Cleaning Digital Cameras
When the dust gets too much, there's tons of useful info here to help you clean your digital SLR.

Inspirational Stuff

Alexey Titarenko
Mainly for inspiration than anything else.

Steve Bloom
Stunning wildlife photography.

Viewfinder
This is a blog about photos in the news, from the BBC, but there's lots of other photographic interest here as well.

24 hours in pictures
In a similar vein to the Beeb's blog, the Guardian's photo sections is more established. Again, images from around the world to provide inspiration and wonder.

(I subscribe to both the last two as RSS feeds, which is an excellent method of keeping up with them.)

Research and Shopping

Digital Photogography Review
Great for reading up on in-depth reviews of favoured cameras, great comparison function, sample images you can download and compare - all in all an excellent first stop for researching new kit.

EFlens.com
A quick way to find out about lenses in Canon's range - includes technical data as well as links to reviews and the like.

The Digital Picture
Extensive reviews of Canon digital cameras and lenses.

Kurtmunger
A good site for Sony/Minolta lens reviews. (At last we can break out of the Cankon duopoly! - HK)

ephotozine.com
A good source of lens reviews can be found in its archive, as well as other resources and inspiration.

DxOMark Sensor
This site ranks cameras based on real-life photographic scenarios based on RAW sensor image quality measurements. Which is handy if you're trying to make up your mind about which camera would best suit you.

Warehouse Express
Great online store for all of your photography needs. Generally seems to have the best online prices, too.

Camera World
Decent online store, with proper physical stores where you can go and try stuff out. Not always competitive, but useful to compare with the other online offerings when shopping around.

Jacobs Digital
As with CameraWorld, Jacobs have a wider spread of actual shops across the UK. Again, not necessarily competitive, but good to act as price comparisons when shopping around.

Discount Films Direct
For those that still uphold the analogue camera flag, here's a good place to get the films that are becoming scarcer in wild.

7 Day Shop
Oh so cheap for film, and free shipping on everything. Lots of other goodies to be had as well.

Mir.com
Very comprehensive guides, lots of detail, for those in search of older cameras. Practically the user manual online for many, many of the main manufacturers. Not the best designed site in the world, but Google is your friend. So, if you stumble upon a curio that piques your interest, it's well worth a Google across that site for any info.

(It might be worth adding that Amazon.co.uk also can be very competitive when shopping for camera accessories like lens hoods and batteries.)

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The Flickr Group formerly known as Dennis.

One Photo a Week Flickr Group
A group for those people who, for whatever reason, simply can't manage a 365 project. Don't feel any obligation to join, though even if you do join don't feel any obligation to post images, though of course your participation and support would be most welcome.

Nick Miners
What can be said? An accomplished photographer who is happy to share his knowledge.

Snaptophobia
My photography blog.

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Digital Photogography Review
Great for reading up on in-depth reviews of favoured cameras, great comparison function, etc. Only problem is that it is US-based so all the prices are in $.

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http://www.warehouseexpress.com/

Great online store for all of your photography needs.

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Digital Photogography Review
Great for reading up on in-depth reviews of favoured cameras, great comparison function, etc. Only problem is that it is US-based so all the prices are in $.


S'funny, it shows pounds for me. *shrug*

So, any objections to deleting new posts once I've added links to my first post?

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HeatherKay wrote:
S'funny, it shows pounds for me. *shrug*

So, any objections to deleting new posts once I've added links to my first post?


clicky - what do you get when you click on that link? I get :
Buydig.com logo $149.99
Newegg.com logo $195.99
Crutchfield.com logo $199.99
Price (street) $192.28

As for deleting posts - as long as my postcount doesn't go down, it's okay.

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I get:

IT2AT.com £124.15
Camerabox.co.uk £124.99
UK Digital Camera £129.99
Click here for more.

Most odd.

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As for deleting posts - as long as my postcount doesn't go down, it's okay.

Ah, there's the rub. I think you may have to assume a couple of sacrificial posts in the cause of an easy-to-use listing. ;)

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Ah, there's the rub. I think you may have to assume a couple of sacrificial posts in the cause of an easy-to-use listing. ;)


I disagree - there's nothing wrong with having the first post containing a summary/amalgamation of all of the subsequent posts.

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disagree - there's nothing wrong with having the first post containing a summary/amalgamation of all of the subsequent threads.


Okay, that's what we'll do then.

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http://www.alexeytitarenko.com/

Mainly for inspiration than anything else.

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www.eflens.com for quick way to find out about lenses in Canon's range - includes technical data as well as links to reviews and the like.

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Just in case you get stopped:

http://www.photographersrights.org.uk/

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http://www.popphoto.com/
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The last one is obvious, but would you mind adding a brief description of why you like the Pop Photo site?

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PopPhoto is the sister site to Popular Photography and American Photo, two US based photo magazines.
There's a good mix of things - reviews, features and so forth. One of the few photographic sites I'll actually sit and read through, in fact.
I don't always want 'How to get the best DOF from your kit zoom lens' guides, I more often want to feel the enthusiasm that got me started in the first place.
There's a time and a place for the tech-How-To stuff, but the more photos I take, the more I'm realising that stuff doesn't matter. :)

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http://www.stevebloom.com/index.php?pag ... rp=8&rp=64

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