Quite a while back a posted a blog about photography websites that I tended to frequent. Since that time having moved to Ethiopia regular access to the internet, as I have mentioned before, is much more challenging. So as far photography websites that I regularly surf is very limited, although not just because of bandwidth issues, I became tired the two major kinds of photograph websites out there. The first being almost completely focused on photography gear, don’t get me wrong I love camera gear as much as the next guy but there has to be a limit and at some point maybe your time would be better spent taking more photos. The second kind of photography website has the photographer endorsing sponsored products and/or selling their own product. I know that you are providing a product for free but at some point the amount of information provided is completely eclipsed by the self-serving and complete self-engrandment.
The PixelatedImage - David DuChemin
This listing shouldn't shock anyone. I’ve been a fan of David’s for a long time and his mantra: “Gear is good. Vision is better.” David tends to look at things a little differently and I enjoy his inspirational rants and sermons. This is really the only photography website I regularly visit and while he does not post too often they are always thought provoking and enjoyable.
So there is not going to be a huge list of websites for the reasons listed above…however if I am researching some equipment the first place I go is:
Digital Photography Review
The website was purchased by Amazon a few years ago but they still provide excellent in depth reviews on camera equipment. I used to spend a bit of time in the forums but, at least the Nikon related forums, became a troll haven.
So rather than websites now I have changed over to listening to massive amounts of podcasts yes there is self-serving and self-engrandment here also but it seems to be at a lower level so far. Plus the huge advantage for me is that I am able to download episodes in bulk when I am at a location with good internet speeds and listen to them at my leisure.
I tend not to watch too many video podcasts just because they require me to sit and watch a screen and I find myself easily distracted.
The Art of Photography - Ted Forbes
The aim of the show is to provide a 360 degree view of photography including history, contemporary photographers, process, technique and other topics. I really enjoy the episodes focusing on different photographers and their work.
I vastly prefer an audio podcast which allows me to multitask. I am subscribed to a number of podcasts but the following list are the ones I regularly listen to.
TWIP - This Week In Photo
A round table discussion of current events in photography. TWIP is currently undergoing an “evolution” but they have 500 back episodes to listen to, I have listened to most of them and the host Frederick is very entertaining. From their website:
TWiP is going off the air for a short time while we prepare for the next phase of the networks evolution. I am so proud to say that we’ve recorded more than 500 episodes of the TWiP podcast, and produced hundreds of episodes from the other outstanding shows on the network. And what a ride it’s been to number 500 — but now it’s time for some much needed change.
So while I am not sure what the changes will be my fingers are crossed and I am hoping for the best.
On Taking Pictures
Every week, Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field's trends and legacy.
Photography Tips From the Top Floor
The show about all things photography with Chris Marquardt. This is I believe is the first ever podcast about photography.
Photography Marketing Masters
The Photography Podcast Where Photographic Excellence Meets Creative Thinking For Business Success. I just recently started listening to this podcast. I went through a number of different market type podcasts before finding this one and so far it seems to be exactly what I was looking for to help me improve my marketing ability.
There are a ton of podcasts out there but here are a few you might want to check out if you are not already subscribed.
TED Radio Hour - From NPR
Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme.
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! - From NPR
NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.
A weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.
Accidental Tech Podcast
A tech podcast we accidentally created while trying to do a car show. Featuring Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa. Primarily focused on Apple products. It has John Siracusa what more needs to be said.
The Talk Show With John Gruber by Daring Fireball
The following is a review of the podcast that I think sums it up well, don’t get me wrong I like the podcast but this tells you exactly what to expect:
I really want to love this POD. Mr. Gruber is obviously very well connected and thoughtful about tech and Apple in particular. And there is no doubt that I often learn from his interesting perspective and insights. But its also true that that POD is a bit of an unstructured mess. Long, windy conversations that just kind of wander at times. Sometimes for literally hours. In my view the show would benefit from better editing and planning and not to mention some enhanced production values (like a lead in for context). However, in the end, the strength of Mr. Gruber and his insights will often overcome these issues and make The Talk Show a worthwhile listen.
I hope you found this interesting. Please feel free to leave any thoughts, questions or comments that you might have.