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Resources


1. What is Photography

2. Camera review websites

3. Camera stores (in alphabetical order)

4. Camera Guides

5. Online digital photography editing tutorials

6. Photo-sharing sites

7. Photo printing and/or photobook making sites

8. Photography Clubs/Groups in Austin

9. My personal photography documents

10. Drone Photography


1. What is Photography?


If you currently own a camera or planning to buy one (any one for that matter), it is always beneficial to learn some basic photography first. No, I will not teach you photography on this page, as there are many websites, books, schools and organizations that teach photography. So I will give you some pointers to those sites, books, training schools and organizations. This will not only help beginners, aspiring photographers, but also experts alike. These are some sites and books that teach photography in general without regards to camera details:

Stanford professor puts his entire digital photography course online for free:
http://photo.net/learn/basic-photo-tips/aperture-shutterspeed-iso/
A site for photographers by photographers: http://photo.net/learn/basic-photo-tips/aperture-shutterspeed-iso/
Exposure Guide: http://www.exposureguide.com/exposure.htm

Books:

  • Understanding Exposure (by Bryan Peterson)
  • John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide
  • The Digital Photography Book: Part 1 - 4 (by Scott Kelby)
  • Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography (Ferrell McCollough)

Popular Photography Magazines:

Tip: If you consider subscribing to any of the photography magazines, please check Discount Magazines. This site offers subscriptions at great discounted rates.


At this point I assume you have covered the above section, learned about photography, learned some new photographic terms and ready to start shooting if you already own a camera in which case you can skip the next two sections and start shooting. If you don't have a camera yet, but want to buy one and haven't decided which one to get, then you should read the next two sections that will help you decide, based on your budget and need, which camera to buy and where. Also, while buying a lens, especially while reading lens reviews you might come across jargons, such as distortion, vignetting, light fall off etc. You need to know as a photographer what they are and how they can be corrected. This article is very good in explaining all of that: http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/10/12/lens-distortion-everything-every-photographer-must-know/


2. Camera review websites


Digital Photography Review:
www.dpreview.com. This is the number one place for everything related to digital photography. You'll find the following information in this website:
  • Latest digital camera reviews
  • Digital imaging news
  • Lively discussion forums
  • Vast samples galleries
  • Largest database of digital camera specifications
CNET Reviews: http://reviews.cnet.com/


3. Camera stores (in alphabetical order)


Adorama:
www.adorama.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com
B&H Photo and Video: www.bhphotovideo.com
Newegg: www.newegg.com
Precision Camera (online and local store): http://www.precision-camera.com/
Wolf Camera (online and local store): http://www.wolfcamera.com/


If you find your camera manual difficult to understand or if you want a more in-depth understanding of all the features you camera provides and how to exploit them in practical situations, you may consider buying the Magic Lantern Guide for your specific camera model. These guides are also available for certain camera accessories, such as flashes.


4. Camera Guides


Camera Buying Guide:
Best Buy Guide

Magic Lanter Guide books (going beyond the camera manual): http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=magic+lantern+guides&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=32978930305&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=668712036336466541&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_172jyud74w_b


Now you have some pictures in your camera that you clicked, but you are new to digital photography and don’t know how to upload onto your computer, edit them and then share with the world or print. If you know all this but want to further your photo editing/enhancing skills or even want to obtain adobe certification, there are various sites that offer such training and courses.


5. Online digital photography editing tutorials


Digital Photography School:
http://www.digital-photography-school.com
Kelby Training: http://www.kelbytraining.com
Official Adobe tutorials (for Photoshop, Lightroom, etc): http://tv.adobe.com/channels/
Other Photoshop training: http://www.zuberphotographics.com/
OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8 Video Tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbj4MBPcVWiXylnnY96tN1dsgK3KMP8tr


Now you have edited pictures and ready to share and print or make photobooks/albums. These sites and several others open the door for you to share your pictures with the world. Some provide end-to-end solution to not only share, but print, create albums and photobooks and have them delivered to your home/office. Keep in mind, the size and quality of the print also depends on your picture resolution which in turn depends on your camera resolution. If you want to print enlargements or posters and want to know how large you can print without affecting quality, this article will answer your question: http://www.urban75.org/photos/print.html


6. Photo-sharing sites


Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/#
Pbase: http://www.pbase.com/#
Picasa: http://picasa.google.com/
Shutterfly: http://www.shutterfly.com/
Smugmug: http://www.smugmug.com/
Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com/


7. Photo printing and/or photobook making sites


Bayphoto:
http://www.bayphoto.com
Nations Photo Lab: http://www.nationsphotolab.com/
Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/
Holland Photo Imaging (online and local store): http://www.hollandphoto.com/
Poster Print Factory: http://www.posterprintfactory.com/


Every city, every place in this world is teeming with photographers. Like any other field, photography is a constant learning experience. As you learn, you will realize it’s important to exchange ideas and explore photographic opportunities with other photographers. As part of a group or a club, you get the opportunity to have other photographers review and critic your work while you review and critic theirs. It’s always invigorating to be part of a group sharing common interest/hobby/passion. It reinforces the zeal to learn and grow as a photographer.


8. Photography Clubs/Groups in Austin


Austin Shutterbug Photography and Camera Club:
www.austinshutterbug.com
Meetup: http://photo.meetup.com/cities/us/tx/austin/


9. My personal photography documents


Exposure Value:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wdn9mxx7jveqp65/Exposure%20Value.doc
What is HDR by Trey Ratcliff: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oja68e7341k4j1z/What%20is%20HDR%20by%20Trey%20Ratcliff.docx
Photoshop CC Keyboard Shortcuts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qhtu8ptctpa02jn/PSCC%20Keyboard%20Shortcuts%20Win%5B1%5D.pdf


10. Drone Photography


My drone photography album:
https://www.kushalbose-pix.com/Galleries/Drone-Photography
FAA rules and regulations: https://www.faa.gov/uas/
Videos about drone laws: https://pilotinstitute.com/us-drone-laws
Texas laws about drones: https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-texas
Drone app (B4UFLY): https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/b4ufly/
Drone app (UAV Forecast - Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uavforecast&hl=en_US&gl=US
Drone app (UAV Forecast - IOS): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/uav-forecast/id1050023752
Drone app (LAANC): https://kittyhawk.io/feature/laanc/

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