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New Written Road Column: Shoot Everything – Even That Double Espresso Currently In Your Hand

This weeks Written Road Column:

Shoot Everything – Even That Double Espresso Currently In Your Hand

My friends think I’m nuts, but I usually just laugh them off. Don’t get me wrong; I pay for my arrogance by lugging around 15 lbs. of camera gear just about every time I go outside. The reason? Photography no longer requires a sugar mama or second mortgage, and as a writer also creating web-based content, I never know when a picture I take will come in handy.

Nearly two months ago, Flickr, one of the world’s most popular photo sharing sites, partnered with Getty Images to license photographs through their stock agency. The news sent professional photographers into a frenzy, while amateurs rejoiced. Sure, the chance of getting a photo bought is slim, but the move made one thing very clear: If you’re not shooting photos, the person next to you most likely is, and his shot could eventually wind up well beyond the refrigerator door.

As writers, the added stress of photography sometimes isn’t practical, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the medium altogether. Canon, Sony, Nikon and Pentax (just to name a few) have cameras to fit every application and personality, and unlike the old film behemoth you most likely learned on, they are crisp, quick, and cost effective once the initial purchase has been made.

Need more information? Check out the following websites for camera reviews, industry news, photo essays, forums, tutorials and photo contests. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, the sites are valuable resources worth keeping tabs on. Because you never know when that shot of an one-eyed monkey scampering across a burned-out forest could be the difference between landing the clip and eating ramen for yet another night.

Luminous Landscapes: High-level technical prowess, deep discussion forums and a low-key pre-web 2.0 layout make the site standout. Think the gold standard of photo sites.

Steves Digicam: In-depth camera reviews, breaking news, great reading recommendations and a killer photo contest.

DP Review: One of the best camera forums on the web, where participants can answer just about any question. Forums are broken down by make, and then model, so the site doesn’t force users to sift through thousands of Nikon queries if they own a Canon. The reviews are solid, and the photo contest is also strong, but it’s the forums that keep folks coming back.

Radiant Vista: Worth a look for the daily critique, in which a professional photographer critiques a selected photo and produces a short video explaining the conclusion. The best part? Videos are made for iPods, which mean anywhere, anytime.

Have one to add? Throw it in the comments section and help make us all better photographers.

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  1. sambissell
    August 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the great links……… and the concept of shooting everything, which I do and it drives many of my friends bonkers. Hell, in the processing, you throw out the ones you can’t use and discover what a great thumbprint detail there is on the cup where the coffee used to be.
    Here are a few websites you may want to consider:

    http://www.kimweston.com/newsletter/newsletter.htm Kim Weston is Edward’s grandson; still lives in the family house and continues the family heritage of great photography but is also a painter…..and puts out a terrific newsletter with his wife, too. Free to subscribe, of course.

    http://www.finearttv.tv/ is a video site that pinpoints photographers, their art, galleries that show them, as well as other artists of specific genres. Another free subscription but you DO need to subscribe so you can view the videos. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT HOW ARTISTS VIEW THEIR OWN WORK AND OTHERS! One of the best finds I’ve made in a long time!

    Thanks again.
    Sam
    http://www.sambissellphotography.com

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  1. August 24, 2008 at 6:23 am

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