There is an awesome wealth of information available on the web if you want to learn about photography.  If you know what you’re looking for, you can probably find an answer to any question you might have just by searching for it.  But what if you haven’t got the first clue what to search for, or more importantly, who to trust?

I’d like to help with that.  I learned most of what I know about photography online from browsing forums and review sites to seeking critiques from like-minded photographers online.  I’d like to make it just a bit easier for you, though, so I’ve done my best to share some of my key insights here along the way.  Here are some of the places you can start exploring:

IMG_1180Exposure.  Besides understanding the controls on your camera, perhaps the most important photographic skill is understanding exposure.  Simply put, it’s understanding how light paints its picture on your camera’s sensor (or film).  This most elemental concept is poorly understood by countless photographers, so if you learn this, you’re already ahead of the curve.

Composition.  If you’re taking a picture, it’s helpful to understand what you’re trying to achieve in the photo.  What’s your subject, how are you presenting the subject, what are you doing to make the subject look its best, and so on.  This is a big part of moving beyond simple snapshots.

Links.  This is a collection of external links I’ve found helpful over the years — you’ll find links here on a wide range of topics.

Terms and jargon.  Photography is a unique mix of art and technology, and it comes with its own taxonomy.  Here’s a starting point to help decode some of the terms we throw around.

Blog Topics

In my blog, you’ll find posts that run the gamut from technical to artistic, including topics like these:

Learning.  Miscellaneous quick articles that may help you grow technically and artistically.

Reviews.  As I spend time beating on my equipment, I try to share my experiences so you can shop for bargains and avoid lemons.

Good luck, and happy shooting!