A good practice for many photography professionals is to be aware of other professionals in their field so that they can recognize what has been done, and to find inspiration and motivation from other’s work.
I explored many professional blogs and found a lot that I appreciated (Jeremy Cowart’s blog, PDN Online, Pixsylated,) but was truly captivated by photofocus.com. On this site, you’ll find and endless treasure of resources that can resolve any creative block known to mankind. On the home page, you’ll see a video reel, in-place of a dominant photo. Videos can catch your attention and keep you on the site. You’ll be able to navigate through the online interface with ease. Visitors to the site can find photos, including “Photos of the Day.” There are a plethora of resources for learning tutorials, business practices, inspiration, news, software, along with other topics. Kevin Ames and Nick Monroe are just two members of a knowledgable staff. They are great at explaining even the most complex topics, such as technology previews, HDR Photos, Lenses, and more. You can even contact these two directly through multiple social media outlets. This site is also good for basic photography techniques as they will walk you through how your camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed) vary from shot to shot. What aperture should you use for portraits? What is ISO should you use for night shots? What is a good shutter speed to capture live sports? All your questions can be answered on this site.
Wether you’re new at photography and want a good start, a strong foundation of knowledge to build off of, or an experienced photographer looking for new ideas and inspiration, I encourage you to visit photofocus.com and subscribe. I did, and there’s no looking back. With the assistance of this site, I will be able to create strong compositions through photography and I’ll be aware of current or upcoming trends in technology and practices. And so can you.
by: Jeffery King Osborns