Photography Websites and other References
Favorite Web References:
For digital photography gear,
particularly digital cameras, my favorite site is
Digital Photography Review.
In some cases you may find this information overload.
If you have an
interest in older rangefinder cameras, no site can
compare to Steven Gandy's site,
I stumbled on this site while looking for some
information on my old Contax I rangefinder. Most
information on the site centers on Leica cameras and his
business selling the currently produce Voigtlander range
finder cameras. A good way to find out information
about the history and value of any of those old cameras
you might find on a dusty shelf in you or your parent's
Landscape Photography Sites:
My favorite site for reviews and
tutorials centered around landscape photography is Michael Reichmann's
Luminous Landscape site.
While at times this site does move into some pretty obscure corners of
equipment, such as large format scanning backs for 4X5 view cameras, there is
still some very good information. Look particularly at the Photoshop tutorials
and reviews of Canon equipment.
The grand daddy of them all, Ansel Adams
lives on through his work at
http://www.anseladams.com/. Although most of the site is dedicated to
selling calendars, note cards and posters, there is some of the history of his
pioneering effort to preserve the environment, particularly through the creation
of the National Parks system and the Sierra Club. The best deal on the
website are the reprints of Ansel's work made by one of his lab technicians.
These prints are made from the original large format negatives using
photographic wet processing, selenium toning and all the other careful darkroom
technique that Ansel was famous for. I consider them a deal at less than
$200 for an 8 X 10" print.
F-8 and Be There, lists all of Steve's workshops.
I can recommend as a guide without reservation.
Most of Steve's workshops have six to twelve
participants, which allows quite a bit of flexibility
and lets everybody get to know each other very well.
Many will have been on previous workshops as Steve gets
a lot of repeat business, which I think is testimony
to the value people find in the workshops. Steve's
knowledge of the Southwest and easy going manner make
Steve's workshops a creative and personal learning
experience. Highly recommended.
One of my
personal favorite landscape photographers, John Shaw,
has a site
with a lot of useful information and his schedule of
workshop opportunities (usually only one or two a year).
John has written several books, my personal favorite is
the Nature Photography Field Guide. Good
information, especially for Nikon shooters.