As part of my weekly News and Notes, I though I would share some of the different photography related websites that I have come across. In many cases, these are sites that I visit regularly, often finding an abundance of information that helps to shape and develop my photography as well as provide inspiration. My hope is that this information will help you as you develop your own photographic path.
Recommended Site – NatureScapes.net
If I could only visit one site related to nature photography, NatureScapes.net would be that site. NatureScapes includes a variety of learning opportunities for visitors. First off, it is a nature photography e-zine, providing articles on a wide variety of different photography related topics. Recent articles include: infrared photography, photographing herps (reptiles and amphibians for the non-biologists out there), and bird photography off the beaten path. In addition to their articles, NatureScapes provides discussion forums where visitors can post questions. I have used the discussion forums on numerous occasions to answer specific question about destinations I intend to travel to, often getting an insider’s perspective in a matter of minutes. The site’s image forums let visitors post their image for the community to share and comment on. The feedback provided by these forums is one of the fastest ways to develop as a photographer, provided you are ready and willing to listen to the feedback. Participation on the site is free, though image hosting and portfolio support are only provided for payed members ($40 per year).
Perhaps the greatest thing about NatureScapes is the sense of community that has developed around the site. The photographers participating in the forums are some of the best in the world and constantly amaze me with their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise. Nature photography can be an isolated hobby, and NatureScapes has done a wonderful job of bringing nature photographers together to share their passion.
I will be teaching a two day course “Introduction to Photography and Photoshop” at the Austin School of Film in Austin, Texas (October 17 & 24).