informative photography websites?

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  1. melmoth

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    Hi,

    Apart from this site can anybody recommend some of the better photographic websites dealing in how to become a better photographer that are well laid out and cut straight to the chase? ie. are not choked up with superfluous stuff, in another language, or intent on selling?

    thanks a lot M.
     
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    Take a look at the weblinks and articles here on Apug. Or a search of the threads here.

    Hans
     
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    Duh-I think you just found it monsieur!
    Best, Peter
     
  4. Flotsam

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    This is a good place to ask questions and have them answered with near chatroom speed or tap into threads on topics that specifically interest you. As mentioned, the search features give access to to a huge archive of information
    I have seen sites that lay out the basics of photography and darkroom in article form but I can't name them offhand. I don't know whether you are interested in the creative seeing and capturing side of photography or technical processing an darkroom instruction but if you are looking for broader organized information in a specific level and area of photography and you don't neccessarily require interactivity, there are many good books that are bound to fit your precise needs. Good photography books has been discussed here and a search will find many recommendations on it.
     
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    Only APUG. There are no others.
     
  6. melmoth

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    thanks for that. M
     
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    Take it from a web junkie and Google master, t'aint no place better than APUG. Period.
     
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    How to become a better photographer begins with a solid knowledge and understanding of the materials, equipment and processes. You may find these two online U.S. Navy training manuals a good start (online free or download the pdf ebook for $3 USD each):

    Basic Photography: http://www.tpub.com/content/photography/14209/
    Advanced Photography: http://www.tpub.com/content/photography/14208/

    Knowing the mechanics of photography isn't everything, however. Applying principles of visual design into your photography is equally important to creating interesting images with impact. Following are direct links to two excellent, free online articles that might help you with those principles. You may find other articles at http://photoinf.com/ helpful as well.

    http://photoinf.com/General/Robert_Berdan/Composition_and_the_Elements_of_Visual_Design.htm
    http://photoinf.com/General/Johannes_Vloothuis/landscape_composition_rules.html

    A resource such as APUG is the next best thing to having a mentor by your side - I doubt you'll find a better one anywhere.
     
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    thanks greg. M.
     
  10. melmoth

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    I came across this recently and consider it worth looking at - www.nyclondon.com
    There is a mind at work here.
     
  11. Dan Fromm

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    M., question and answer on bulletin boards is a poor way to learn anything. The medium isn't conducive to good teaching.

    Buy a good book. My favorite book on basic photography is A. A. Blaker's Field Photography. Long out of print, available used through, in alphabetical order, www.abebooks.com, www.addall.com, www.amazon.com, and, sometimes, eBay.

    Al can teach you all you need to know about operating a camera. But there's more to that, and you'll have to do it yourself.

    After you succeed in taking well-exposed in focus pictures, look at your work with a very critical eye. If you've absorbed enough of what Al explains about what the controls do, you'll be able to reason from what doesn't please you in your results to what to change in your procedure to get more pleasing results.

    Determine what doesn't please, determine why, puzzle out a solution to the problem, try it, ... That process will never end. No one can do it for you, no answer on a bulletin board can help you much with it.

    Good luck, have fun,

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    Appreciate that, Dan, and I take your point.

    Bulletin boards are not the way to go for general educational purposes. Too esoteric; threads often meander. They serve up tips best.

    As a over sized, cigar chompin' Englishman once said, I shall 'endeavour to perservere'.

    I will look up the book though. Cheers M.