Photography websites are the place to go for all kinds of help. Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned photographer running a business, you will need help, advice and tips from time to time.
To make your life easier, we’ve put together this list of top 20 photography websites. Some will offer you news across all photographic fields, others will give you tutorials on how to create an image with a specific style.
Whatever you are interested in, or feel like you need more help with, these photography websites are the place to go.
The British Journal of Photography has been an establishment in the UK for all photographers to follow. Their monthly magazine was the go-to place for me when I was studying photography, and it still is today.
Founded in 1854, it still manages to stay ahead of the times. The website provides inspiration through series and bodies of work from all types of photographers.
They have student and professional awards. They are perfect for finding new and inspiring photographers. You can even apply and be the name that others look at.
Petapixel is the news forecasting service of all things photographic. They let you know about reviews and what cameras are good for specific fields. The part I like the most, are the articles on what happens to photographers in the field.
We all like to know about the next court battle between a photographer with principles, and a corporation who used unlicensed images. It helps us know where to turn to if we were in that position.
These articles are well written, from a slew of writers and disciplines. They look at all areas that you may find interesting. It is a great source to dip into, for tutorial videos and continually edited situational stories.
500px is the semi-professional social media platform for photographers. It falls somewhere between the high brow Behance and above the unmonitored Flickr.
Founded by Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev as an online photography community, it is a place to gain exposure, find inspiration and connect with other photographers. You can search, heart and critique others’ work.
With over 6 million photographs, you will be hard pressed to run out of inspiration. The recent redesign has brought 500px to the top of its market, and now the interface is so much nicer to work with. Good job, 500px!
iPhone photography school is the website for the niche photographer, capturing on their iPhone. Their mindset is great, as many people can’t afford (or don’t want) a heavy set camera, like a DSLR.
There are plenty of in-depth tutorials connected to three simple areas; Getting Started, Take Better Photos and Learn Photo Editing.
Techniques found here not only apply to iPhone users, so there is something for everyone. The design of the site is sleek and easily manageable. It even looks great on your…ahem…iPhone.
Fstoppers is another great website that I used all the time throughout university. It’s eye-catching, simple, clean and efficient. This is the kind of website where I find myself starting with one article and then emerging a few hours later, not knowing exactly where I was in that time.
Fstoppers might steal my attention but it gives me back an ever increasing knowledge base on all things photographic.
It offers news, kit and gear reviews, and tackles all areas of photography. There are many writers, so the text-style is rarely the same. It truly shows you that anyone can achieve great things with the right mindset.
Digital Photography Review used to be at the top of every photographer’s list of where to look for information. It is predominantly a camera and gear review website, which can be a little too much at times.
Their content is well written, but it lost a few points on website design. Content is king though, so it’s still up there in the top ten.
The best part about this photography website are the forums. Not many websites have this great addition, meaning you have to scramble through useless comments from others.
The forums let you ask and answer questions based on real people facing real situations.
DIY Photography has never been so popular. It is a website dedicated to pulling apart and creating anything photographic, only using a macgyver mentality and a little time.
Photography can be an expensive hobby, but not the way this website sees it. For every item of gear out there, there is a cheaper and homemade version waiting to be crafted.
It came about in 2006, and has only grown by leaps and bounds. DIY photography has expert advice, kit reviews, and hundreds of tutorials helping you cut down on some of those costs.
It is for photographers, by photographers, and a great place to dip into for ideas and inspiration.
I love the name Lightstalking. It makes me think of that dedicated photographer, hiding in the shadows, tracking the light for hours until they see the perfect shot. Their one and only chance to take a clean photograph.
Well, it is almost like that out there in the field, so their name gets 10/10 from me.
Photographers are writing articles for photographers here, and some of the topics are very interesting. They go for areas and techniques that similar websites haven’t written about. This is a breath of fresh air.
They have forums that allow the connection between photographers. They even have their own Lightroom presets, even if they are a little pricey.
Digital Photography School (or DPS) is a platform for all tips and techniques for everything photographic. They will give you six articles on what you need from a landscape camera, and six more on the best landscape cameras out there. They’ll never be a shortage of content.
They house writers from all disciplines, from all over the world, so there is something for everyone. When it comes to information, DPS has it all. You can lose yourself in this website, and when you come out of it, you’ll be eager to get to your camera and start shooting.
Before Behance, Flickr or even 500px, there was Photo.net. It is the internets’ original online community for photographers, boasting over 25 years of photography inspiration. With over 5 Million images, it is a little behind 500px. Photo.net focuses more on the image rather than the photographer.
It is a little outdated and doesn’t look like it is moderated much, which is great. Real photographers should help out real photographers with realistic critiques.
What I also like about this site is that it has a forum. This is a great place to get in touch with all kinds of photographers to ask questions about tips, tricks, techniques and recommended camera gear. Well worth it.
11. The Spruce
I know, The Spruce doesn’t sound very photographic, but what’s in a name anyway. You don’t judge a book by its photograph. This is a website written entirely by photography experts. These are the writers that you want to read from, as they have done it all and found how to do it successfully.
It is both an extensive library of tips and techniques to use, and also an advice centre, helping you get the best from your work.
It will give you articles that few on this list will give you. Photographer biographies and ‘where to find the copyright symbol on your keyboard’ are just a few. You have no idea how useful that is!
12. Picture Correct
We like Picture Correct over here at Expert Photography, because of its diversity. The website will give you tips on ‘how best to clean your DSLR’ and ‘how to add colour to black and white photography’. This site has it all, and it is all relevant.
Picture Correct has 539 pages of content. These range from tutorial videos to photographer written articles on how to get better at a particular photographic area.
Thankfully, there is a search bar. The website isn’t the best at keeping its articles sub-headed or organised. They are just there, meaning the scroll button on your mouse is going to be your new best friend. Simple, yet very effective.
13. SLR Lounge
SLR Lounge is a website that offers you help and advice in many different areas. They are given to you in the form of workshops, which cover Lighting, Lightroom and Wedding photography.
It keeps track of your progress, picking up where you left off at any time. You can even ask for your images to be critiqued by other photographers. That is super handy.
On top of these, there is an award scheme. They are free to join, and if won, can give you an immense head start in getting your name out there.
Popular Photography has been around for a while. It is by no means an inferior website, as it offers you 341 pages of camera gear news to soak up. There are other areas, such as ‘how to…’ and ‘a day in the life’ which makes this website special and unique.
By looking at the ‘photo of the day’, you can see other photographers’ submissions. This allows you to find their social media pages and comment on their work.
I really like their extensive buying guides, looking at all the lenses and cameras you can imagine exist. And all the ones you cant.
TutsPlus is one website that always crops up when browsing the net for photographic news or information. They offer tutorials, courses and ebooks. All of these are helpful on your way to becoming a master of the photographic craft.
Their articles are written by photographers and other artists, really letting you see photography in all its forms in a new light. Articles give you help and advice on all photographic subjects. ‘How to read a photograph’ and ‘how to use medium telephoto lenses’ are just two out of many.
There is a huge database of all things photographic. This lets you read about some of the photographers and what they do. They also provide more professional and serious articles on how to photograph better. There is no better place for tutorials.
Udemy is an online course website, offering you over 340 tutorials just on photography. There is something for everyone here, ranging from ‘understanding your camera’ to ‘the art of black and white photography.’
The courses cost as little as $9,99 and can be seen as many times and you need. you can see how long the courses are, and how many lectures make up each course.
This is the perfect place to really hone into your niche area of photography. It boasts so many videos, that there is something for you. I can guarantee that you will learn about all the things you need to, plus other things you hadn’t even thought of.
17. Geoff Lawrence
Geoff Lawrence is our go-to guy for all the information you could possibly need. The website looks outdated, but you aren’t going here for the style, no no no.
The content here is not only helpful, it is also split into 15+ headings, allowing you to navigate easily. These topics range from ‘choosing a camera’ to what to do ‘after work’, which is his version of post-editing.
Every heading is further broken down into clear and concise headings, so you know exactly where you need to go for the information. It isn’t overly complicated, and it works well in helping you get the job done.
18. Creative Live
Creative Live is another platform offering photography classes and tutorials. Similar to Udemy, Creative Live has 27 pages of videos, which is almost 1000 videos at your disposal. They range from free, to others costing over $300.
You can see how beneficial they are from the number of ratings they have, through the serious ‘thumb’s up’ button.
These videos don’t just focus on workflows and guides. They can also offer philosophical insights into specific areas of photography.
19. The Photo Argus
The Photo Argus is a great place for photographic resources. As soon as you hit the website’s homepage, you are off running. This website presents you with inspiring images to help get you out there.
It is for amateurs and pros alike, and provides you with all sorts of useful information, techniques and product showcases.
It is all organised in the top bar and makes this website very easy to navigate. You can search by photographer and project, by inspirational series and interestingly enough, by location.
This is perfect for a keen traveller looking for specific tips on a defined area. Keep up the good work, Argus.
Similar to numbero uno on this list is Practical Photography. This is a magazine turned website, first founded in 1959. The magazine includes articles on photographic gear, tips and techniques.
It includes advice and allows you to comment on readers’ photographs.
The website is very stylised, as you can see from the well-dressed image links to the online articles. They have great reviews, a great head about necessary gear items and how to use them in helping you capture stunning images.
They have a dedicated learning zone, focusing on Landscapes, Portraits, Wildlife and Travel. There is everything you might need, presented in a clear and concise manner.
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