Thursday, August 28, 2008

A great big, giant photography post complete with millions of links

Last week, my friend Lara, who has a cool name, awarded me this:
I'm supposed to pass it on to my photography buddies. Unfortunately, I only have a few of them, and Lara is one of them! (If you love interesting pictures of European culture, take a peek at Lara's blog. She lives in Romania, so if you're one of my mission friends, you'll enjoy it even more. She also has lots of photos from Austria and other cool places.)

So, I'm giving the award to Hilary, Melody, Brooke, Rachel, Kim, Sam and Rae. (Okay, so I guess I have more than I thought...pass it along girls (and guy)!)

Speaking of Rae, she and I were IM-ing late the other night, and were sharing links to our favorite photo sites. There is nothing more inspiring than looking at another photographer's work. And then there are all the great websites to help you learn how to be a better photographer. So, prepare yourself for some major linkage here. (And probably only the 8 previously mentioned "photography buddies" will even care, so if you don't care you can stop reading here. Or, if you're interested in learning more about photography, have at it!)

Eye Candy (in no particular order)(update 2015: Some of these blogs and websites are no longer up and running, so I have deleted the clickable links):

Bare Baby
Photography by Detra
Jessica Claire
Chris Macke
Audrey Woulard
Heather Bauers
Jesh de Rox
Captured by Carrie
Photography by Teya
Jordan Krogman
Jessica Bell
Phreckles Photography
Giggles 'n' Grins
Nichole Van
Blue Candy
Christie Carl
Blue Lily
Heather Gibb
Photography by Jess
Stephanie Tueller
Urban Photo
Sara B photography
Amy Howe
Emin Wedding Photography
Simplicity Photography
Blueberry Lane
Bryan Peterson (of Understanding Exposure fame)
Mika Beth Edwards
Jasmine Star
Tara Whitney

The sites that I just posted generally fall into two categories: 1) A photo flash website and 2) a blog. If it's a blog, most likely they have a photo flash website linked there. If it's a photo flash website, there will often be a blog link, too. And they're all chock full of good, inspiring stuff. At least if you're interested in portraiture. Since that's my passion, that's what I look at. Amen.

And take another deep breath, because here comes yet another (not as) big pile of links.

Educational sites (also in no particular order):

Digital Photography School
Morgue Files
The Pioneer Woman's photography section
Wedding Photography 101
Pro Photo Life
Pop Photo's how to section
Better Photo Tips
Studio lighting and posing tutorial
Two Peas in a Bucket photo board
Learn the Exposure Triangle
Mom Shots Tip of the Week
Double Exposure

Some of these are message boards, some are free online photo classes, some are blogs and some are just random. Some teach about composition, others about the more technical aspects of using your camera, others include post processing hints. All are very helpful. I read the Digital Photography School Blog every single day. The others I will go through when I am bored. Two Peas is a nice board of women who are both new to photography and seasoned pros. If I have a question I can often get it answered there. Finally, Flickr is a great site to visit. I find a ton of inspiration there (and a lot of the eye candy websites I found by playing on Flickr).

So, now I have carpal tunnel from posting all those links.

Enjoy! (If you got this far.)
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Thanks for the fun sites.I still want to know where you get your back drops. Do you make them? Love all your pictures!

  2. Lara, you are incredible! Thanks for all this info, in case I buy a new camera that I won't be afraid of because of all the lessons you are now giving me! Glad you have decided to develop this talent so well!

  3. Wow.
    That is a LOT of links. Perhaps in my spare 1/2 hour today I will peruse them. :)

  4. Thanks, Lara! I will have to give some of those sites a look. Already love Pioneer Woman and 2 Peas! I've got a wedding and some Sr. Pictures coming up soon, and am looking to ramp things up. Just ordered a 17-40 L lens for my Canon 20D today - I'm so excited, I could burst! I've been saving all my "scrapbook work" money for 6 months to pay for it. I will enjoy every minute of new ideas!

  5. Oh, and check out - I love her stuff - really a great style.

  6. No worries, Lara! I wasn't offended in the least - I'm still just learning, and so glad to have some guidance.

    I bought my camera body on ebay used at Christmas. It cost around $600 (also paid for with scrapbook money), and til now, my only lens has been my 50mm 1.8, which has been good and cheap, but I really wanted something with zoom. A few months ago, I had enough saved to buy a $600-700 model, not L-series, and a friend convinced me that I should keep saving and go for L-series, so here I am. I hope it was worth it!

    If it's any consolation, it's only been in the last year that I've been able to save up the money I earned, since while Ben was in residency and med school, it all went to household expenses. I've wanted a DSLR for over 5 years - I feel so thankful to finally have one!

    And, I wish you were close, too, so I could give you some squash as well! Definitely going to try the zucchini brownie recipe!