Photography for Beginners Resources

I'm still a beginner myself, but I've learned so much on the internet that I'd like to share my favorite resources that got me started in the first place.  Everyone is welcome to contribute!  I'd love to know what you gals use to learn.


Kodak Learning Center - Really basic, and you don't need a fancy camera!


Koda self-teaching guide to Picture Taking - really basic, and it has exercises for you to follow


Shutter speed, aperture and ISO - enough said


ThePhotoForum - Other beginner ~ intermediate photography knowledge.  Forums are great as you can learn from others' photos and criticism. You can submit your photo for criticism to if you don't take negative comments personally.


photo.net forum - for intermediate ~ advanced photographers.  I love browsing here even though I'm far from advanced or professional level.  I learn so much from them! Every time I see a term that I'm not familiar with, I just google the term.  It's the most effective learning process for me.


Last but not lease - flickr! In addition to understanding photography concepts, and taking lots of photos, it's important that you train your eyes so you can quickly spot a good photo from a bad one.  If you are used to looking at good photos, it becomes a second nature for you to frame your subject without thinking. There are so many photography enthusiasts with their fantastic works.  I also bookmark tons of good photographers' blogs and websites and browse them on a weekly basis.


EDIT: additional links


Fred Miranda Forum -  Another great professional/enthusiasts forum.  I prefer this to photo.net nowadays.


Strobist - everything you need to know about lighting


Adobe TV, Lightroom - Video tutorials from Adobe itself regarding Lightroom.


Lightroom Killer Tips - Tips and free presets for Lightroom

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 5:26 am
yelppuppy
4
05/23/2009
yelppuppy

yelppuppy

  • 4
  • 11
  • 3.17k
63
Followers
66
Following

(13) Comments

SummerBride2009
4
06/26/2009
SummerBride2009

SummerBride2009

  • 4
  • 11
  • 4.67k
178
Followers
181
Following

SummerBride2009

Also forums such a FredMiranda and photography-on-the-net is a wealth of information!

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 6:52 am
crystaljomo
3
08/15/2009
crystaljomo

crystaljomo

  • 3
  • 9
  • 1.51k
34
Followers
38
Following

crystaljomo

oh wow thanks for posting this!

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 7:31 am
brianne2009
5
09/17/2009
brianne2009

brianne2009

  • 5
  • 14
  • 5.39k
131
Followers
134
Following

brianne2009

I LOVE the photo forum!  Before I found PW, that's where I spent all of my time!

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 10:00 am
ChildofHope
3
03/20/2010
ChildofHope

ChildofHope

  • 3
  • 10
  • 1.11k
52
Followers
56
Following

ChildofHope

I LOVE http://digital-photography-school.com/  That site has helped me SO much, I can't even tell you.


I also love http://shuttersisters.com/ not so much for technical help, but definitely for inspiration, and helping me grow as an artist...to see the world in a different light, through my lens. :)

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 11:19 am
FMIL
3
07/10/2010
FMIL

FMIL

  • 3
  • 10
  • 838
81
Followers
85
Following

FMIL

YEA!!!!!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for the links ladies!  Now maybe I can learn how to get the most out of my camera.

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 12:06 am
jackieg
20
04/17/2009
jackieg

jackieg

  • 20
  • 13
  • 23.8k
337
Followers
341
Following

jackieg

i also liked the Scott Kelby books when i first started out...Digital Photography 1 and 2, and i even think there's a 3....


FMIL...i went to those classes at Wolf too, the one at Park and Preston, near Whole Foods...Dale is an excellent teacher....i learned a lot when i got my first camera!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:46 am
FMIL
3
07/10/2010
FMIL

FMIL

  • 3
  • 10
  • 838
81
Followers
85
Following

FMIL

Jackie - Oh good....I am going to check on going to that one...Thanks for your all your help ladies!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm
Kristie.Keys
1
07/03/2010
Kristie.Keys

Kristie.Keys

  • 1
  • 5
  • 81
4
Followers
8
Following

Kristie.Keys

Wow.. thanks for all the recommendations.. now i have more sites to go to to kill some more time!! LOL.. I can't wait to get the full use out of my camera!!

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:47 am
MizBiz
4
07/17/2009
MizBiz

MizBiz

  • 4
  • 12
  • 3.14k
119
Followers
121
Following

MizBiz

thank you so much for posting these!!  I'm dying to really sit down with my DSLR and learn how to use it properly but have been lacking the information I need.  Can't wait to visit those sites! (there goes my work day....LOL)

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:20 am
birthdaybride
4
09/06/2009
birthdaybride

birthdaybride

  • 4
  • 11
  • 2.02k
82
Followers
86
Following

birthdaybride

I just joined the Momtographers forum... photography entusiasts who are also moms, so far they've been really helpful and friendly!

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm
as4968
4
07/24/2010
as4968

as4968

  • 4
  • 13
  • 4.59k
275
Followers
278
Following

as4968

Love all of these resources. There's always so much to learn!

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 1:14 am
stagi
1
11/21/2008
stagi

stagi

  • 1
  • 1
  • 4
2
Followers
6
Following

stagi

I am a little biased (its my website) but check out http://www.digitalphotobuzz.com there are a lot of articles for beginners and more advance photography tips.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 2:28 am
SanFran
10
09/03/2011
SanFran

SanFran

  • 10
  • 18
  • 11.6k
332
Followers
333
Following

SanFran

Bumping for more book rec's for super beginners! I kind of like leafing through a physical book (I read too many things online these days).

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Have a question? Contact Support
Top Contributors this Week
LauraSweet
79 posts
Canooknic
70 posts
lorna247
46 posts
jmbuss9
41 posts
krosa
33 posts
Uhlease
25 posts