There is a wealth of knowledge about every conceivable topic on the internet, including photography. In this post, you will find 10 awesome photography blogs filled with useful photography tips, resources and information for both beginners and more advanced users. From tutorials to gear reviews to helpful techniques and much more, these 10 blogs have all the information you will ever need about photography. The blogs listed below are in no particular order.

Digital Photography School

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Digital Photography School is a website founded by Darren Rowse, an Australian blogger who – along with 75 other authors – aims to teach beginners all about photography. He previously owned and operated a digital camera review site, where he received many emails from readers asking for tips on how to use their digital cameras. Because of this, he decided to create Digital Photography School. It is not a formal school, but rather an online learning environment with tons of free information for the beginner to semi-experienced digital camera users. Continue reading ›

White balance is a setting on your camera which is used to control how colors are captured in different types of light. When you correctly set your white balance, you are taking into account the “color temperature” of the light in your scene. Color temperatures range from cool (blue tint) to warm (orange tint). Using the right white balance setting will eliminate unwanted color casts that can ruin your image and make it appear unnatural. In this post, you will learn about white balance, and why it’s important if you want to reproduce colors accurately in your images.

Camera white balance, a visual guide
As you can see from this visual guide I created, changing the white balance setting on your camera greatly affects the appearance of colors in your photographs. I took this photo of an exterior wall under a cloudy sky, so it makes sense that the Cloudy white balance setting most accurately displays the colors as they appeared in real life. These images were taken with a Nikon D610.
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Camera ISO, ranging from 100 all the way to 25,600 on a Nikon D610 DSLR.
As you can see from the images above, the grain gets progressively worse as the ISO is increased.

Aperture, shutter speed and ISO combine to make up the exposure triangle, which is the foundation of photography. It is crucial that you understand all three of these elements, and how they work together to create an exposure. In basic terms, the ISO setting determines your camera sensor’s level of sensitivity to light. Read on to learn more about ISO, and why it is so important. Continue reading ›

Shutter speed is one of the three elements that make up the exposure triangle, and plays a fundamental role in photography. Through the use of different shutter speeds, you can achieve a number of unique effects. Read on to learn more about shutter speed and why it is important that you pay attention to it while shooting.

Shutter speed displayed on top LCD of a Nikon D610 DSLR
Shutter speed is displayed on the top, in the center of the LCD screen on this Nikon D610 DSLR.

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Apertures on a Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 lens
Aperture stops on my Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 lens.

As a beginner in photography, aperture is one of the first things you will learn. Photography is all about exposing your camera’s digital sensor (or film if you still use it) to the right amount of light. An aperture is simply a hole or opening through which light travels. You can adjust the aperture on your lens, to either let in more light with a large aperture (low f/number) or less light with a small aperture (high f/number). Continue reading ›

All the dials, buttons and displays on digital cameras – point and shoots, mirrorless and DSLRs – can be overwhelming, especially for someone just starting out with photography. In this post, you will learn about the programmed auto (P), shutter-priority (S or TV), aperture-priority (A on Nikon or Av on Canon) and manual (M) camera exposure modes, and when to use each of them. These modes offer varying degrees of control over both shutter speed and aperture, giving you flexibility for different types of photo situations.

Camera exposure mode dial on a Nikon D610.
The camera exposure mode dial on my Nikon D610 DSLR.
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Since the 4th of July is fast approaching, now is the perfect time to share some useful tips, tricks and camera/lens settings that will help you take better pictures of fireworks. Getting the proper exposure at night poses challenges as it is, and when you add moving subjects, it can make it even more complex. Use this article as a guide, and you will be taking stunning shots of fireworks in no time.

Green, blue & gold fireworks explode in the night sky.
Image Details: Camera: Nikon D90; Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro; Tripod: Sunpak Pro 423PX; Remote Shutter Release: Yongnuo MC-36b; ISO: 100; Aperture: f/11; Mode: Manual; Shutter Speed: 3.7 seconds
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If you take pictures for a living or even just regularly as a hobby, chances are that you have been in a photography rut at some point. Are there times when you don’t feel inspired to create new images, and would rather do anything other than take photographs? If so, then you have experienced the dreaded “photography rut.” In this post, you will learn 7 techniques to help you break out of your funk and get back to doing what you love – creating new and exciting imagery.

Boat in the ocean near Atlantic City, New Jersey
Lone boat in the ocean, as seen from the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I took this shot while on a day trip with my Mom last spring. It felt good to get out of town for a day and be exposed to new surroundings. I strolled along the boardwalk and took quite a few pictures.
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