Friday, June 18, 2010

Looking for Inspiration?

Earlier in the week I gave away the secret to better photography - take and review more photos.  In today's post I'm going to share a few of my favorite web resources for reviewing the work of others.
  • - A friend of mine turned me on to this online gallery of "juried" images and I think it's probably my single favorite source to view some incredible photography.  This is THE good stuff and can teach you a lot just by looking at it.
  • - This is more than just a gallery, but there are also some excellent photographers that hang out here.  You can also read equipment reviews and participate in forums at
  • flickr - More than just reinstating the obvious, flickr is a great source if you're trying to find work around particular subjects.  Join a group related to your favorite subject matter and see what others are doing.  flickr is also my first stop if I happen to be looking for locations to shoot where I haven't been before.  As with any online community, be careful of the advice you might get here because everyone is a "self-proclaimed" expert.  The fact that the word "pro" appears behind their name only means they paid for a subscription. It doesn't mean they know what they're doing :).
Beyond the community sites (and I'm sure there are millions more than the few I've listed), there are always the professionals to look up to.  My subjects of choice center on landscapes and wildlife so I've spent some time reviewing the works of the Ansel Adams ,Galen Rowell and Art Wolfe's of the world too.
Have a list of other photographers you'd like to share? Please leave a comment and share who you find to be inspiring.


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