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Sunday, July 31, 2005
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Reference sites

To get the most out of discussing digital photography, it helps to know some essential photographic terminology. That’s where online reference guides come in handy.

Exposure’s Beginners Guide to Photography (www.photonhead.com/beginners) is just the type of reference that most beginning digital photographers need. It provides detailed explanation of concepts such as shutter speed, aperture, common camera modes, white balance, half-pressing, ISO, and much more.

This is good place to start your refresher course in the basics of digital photography.

Sometimes though, you need something akin to digital photographer’s dictionary – a place where you can go to look up terms and get quick definitions and details.

PhotoNotes.org (http://photonote.org/dictionary) fits the bill. This site, laid out simply and attractively, features a search box on its main page. Here you can type just about anything relating to digital cameras, such as “megapixel” and get a quick definition as well as more lengthy, technical explanation. This site is invaluable, even for photography pros. For more reference links visit to DMOZ photography reference site (http://dmoz.org/Arts/Photography/Reference) is worthwhile.

Software

Without software, digital photography is just photography. That’s why your work with a digital camera will in inevitably involve a fair amount of time spent working with various software programs at the computer.

DCView rounds up links to the most important digital software tools on its “Cool tools collection” page (www.dcviews.com/tools.htm). Here you’ll find the categories such as image viewers, image editors, printing software, file management software, image enlargement and e-mailing programs, as well as web gallery building tools.

Steve’s Digicam Software page (www.steves-digicams.com/digsoftware_editors.html) also features a list of links to software, both, free and commercial, that digital photographers have voted to be among the best. Short reviews are provided for most of the software application listed.

Everything else.

There are currently over 25,000 sites in the internet that have something to do with digital photography.

That leaves a lot of information to comb through. Luckily, others have done the work for you. FotoPhile.com’s list of photography-related links (www.fotophile.com/links) is among the most extensive and useful.

You can browse links by country or category. Categories include publications, organisations, and types of photography. Leslie O’Shaughnessy, a US-based photography enthusiast, does a good job of competing with FotoPhile with her Photography Resources site. (www.phtography-resources.com).

This huge scrollable list of web resources for digital photographers includes mailing lists and newsgroups that you can join, schools and workshops around the world, sites of individual photographers, and much more

The web is a treasure chest of information for the digital photographer. With so much available, you’ll just have to be careful that you don’t spend too much time in front of your computer screen and not enough time behind the viewfinder.

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