Digital Photography School
Today's blog recommendation goes to the Digital Photography School. I'm not really sure that this is a blog in the strictest sense. In fact, it's more like three blogs in one, as the site has three main categories with postings regularly updated in all three. Nonetheless, the postings are very blog like, so I'm including it here. One of the nice things about being in charge of your own little universe is that you get to make up the rules. Anyway, the important thing is that it is a great resource, so read on.
Who's Behind It?
Digital Photography School, or DPS as it's known, is the brainchild of Darren Rowse. While not a professional photographer, Darren is a fine photographer in his own right, but even more, an excellent blogger (if one accepts that DPS is a form of a blog) and writer. He has written a number of articles on DPS and I have always found them useful and well written. One of the secrets to his success with DPS is the inclusion of articles from a variety of sources. In my opinion it this shows something about his character too, not having to be the sole source of knowledge for DPS. Having this variety of authors adds richness, additional depth, and of course, more content to the site.
In his site bio, Darren indicates that he previously ran a digital camera review site, but at the end of the day, concluded that the greater need was for information on how to use digital cameras, hence Digital Photography School. You can read more about Darren and DPS here.
What's the Blog About?
This site is divided into three main parts, each having a continuously updated series of postings. The divisions are “Photography Tips & Tutorials”, “Cameras & Equipment”, “Post Production”. There are some other areas for reader photos and a forum. These have a very bloggish look/feel to them. You can sign up for email notifications for new content, which get sent toward the end of each week. This is what I have done. The email notifications give you direct links to the latest content added during the week.
About now one might be wondering what type of postings get posted and to what skill level are they targeted. It would be difficult to characterize because of the variety of sources and viewpoint. I find most of them interesting if not downright useful, but your mileage may vary. A lot of the content is in the range of amateur to advanced amateur, but then, often something will pop up at the entry level, like placing the subject on the rule of thirds. The thing is, nearly everyone will find something they like and the rest of it can simply be skimmed over.
Here is a sampling of titles from the Tutorials section as of this writing.
- 5 Tips for Photographing Houses
- Social Media Photography And Finding Your Style: An Interview With Nordica Photography
- Leica M Digital Photography – Book Review
- 17 Beautiful Images with Shallow Depth of Field
- Travel Photography Subjects: Sports
- 7 Situations When Manual focus is better than Auto
This is the fifth posting for this seven part series on photography blogs worth following. Only two more to go, so come back again tomorrow for the next blog recommendation.