20 Best Photography Websites of 2008

50d_front2008 was certainly a banner year for photography enthusiasts when it comes to the number and quality of websites that you have to choose from. We certainly appreciate all the visitors here at cameradojo.com and hope we are doing a good job at bringing you good information and we are always thrilled to see our name on lists like this. Now it’s our turn to pay tribute to some of the best sites out there that we read on a regular basis. So here is our list of the 20 best photography sites from 2008 in no particular order.

  1. DIY Photography
    (http://www.diyphotography.net)
    Udi does a terrific job at bringing alternative ways of lighting, shooting, and creating light modifiers to people without unlimited budgets.
  2. John Nack’s Blog
    (http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/)
    John is the product manager for Photoshop and almost every day has a new blog entry with something interesting or cool to look at.
  3. Photo Business News
    (http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/)
    John Harrington writes several times a week with news and information relevant to the business of photography. This is one of my must-read blogs every week.
  4. Strobist
    (http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/)
    David Hobby has several posts a week that specialize in talking about working with small accessory flash units and getting the most out of them. This is definitely one of the best sites if you are into lighting.
  5. Lightroom Journal
    (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/)
    This is the official blog from Adobe for Photoshop Lightroom. All official Lightroom news is posted here.
  6. Lightroom Killer Tips
    (http://lightroomkillertips.com)
    Matt Kloskowski posts excellent tips and presets several times a week for Lightroom users.
  7. Digital Pro Talk
    (http://digitalprotalk.blogspot.com/)
    This is the home of David Ziser, one of the top wedding photographers in the world. David is one of the most prolific bloggers around and posts awesome shooting and lighting tips virtually every day. He posts so much that its hard to keep up with all of his posts. This is another must-read site.
  8. Flash Flavor
    (http://flashflavor.com/)
    Matt Adcock takes some of the most amazing photos you will see anywhere and is simply an inspiration to go through and see what he is doing and how he does it.
  9. Digital Photography School
    (http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/)
    This site from Darren Rowse is chock full of good tips and tutorials with new content on a regular basis.
  10. Rob Galbraith DPI
    (http://www.robgalbraith.com)
    Rob always has good information and is often the first with breaking news.
  11. TWIP
    (http://twipphoto.com/)
    Although known more for their podcast than their blog, the This Week in Photography blog has a new post every day. Maybe someday CameraDojo will get mentioned on their show (hint hint) – wow, CameraDojo got mentioned on their site today!
  12. Photoshop Insider
    (http://scottkelby.com)
    Another site with several new posts every week from Scott as well as regular guest bloggers.
  13. 1001 Noisy Cameras
    (http://www.1001noisycameras.com)
    With new info more often than you change your underwear, 1001 Noisy Cameras may never win a design excellence award but certainly is at the top of most lists of useful and informative sites.
  14. Pro Photo Life
    (http://www.prophotolife.com)
    This site from Jim Talkington amazes me that I don’t see it on most “top sites” lists like this. Jim does regular video tutorials and the wealth of content on his site is awesome. If you aren’t visiting this site every week, you are missing out on some fantastic stuff.
  15. PhotoJojo
    (http://photojojo.com)
    You don’t even have to remember to go to PhotoJojo, this is a twice a week newsletter that is emailed to you with cool stuff in every email. Sign up and never miss it.
  16. Photo Walk Pro
    (http://www.revellphotography.com/blog/)
    Jeff Revell’s site is another often-0verlooked site since many people think it is just about photo walking. Jeff also does a good amount of tips and tutorials for shooting and for working with Photoshop.
  17. The Pioneer Woman
    (http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/)
    Ree Drummond must be the most amazing woman on the planet, with multiple blogs about her life including photography, cooking, home and garden, and more she is a non-stop blogging phenomenon. While her sites appeal mostly to women, her photography stuff appeals to everyone.
  18. Lighting Essentials
    (http://www.lighting-essentials.com)
    This is another excellent site for tutorials on lighting. Don Giannatti is an awesome photographer and is bringing his knowledge and experience into this website.
  19. DPReview
    (http://dpreview.com)
    If you just have to know everything there is to know about camera bodies and lenses, DPReview is the encyclopedia of all camera knowledge when it comes to specs and unbiased technical reviews.
  20. AllTop
    (http://photography.alltop.com/)
    Alltop.com is the brainchild of Guy Kawasaki and the photography section is filling up with a great list of photography sites. Bookmark this page there and never have a lack of reading material.

While there are dozens of other sites out there that are all worthy of being on any list like this, I decided I was going to stick to the top 20 sites that I personally use. Please add your own favorites into the comments.

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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13 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for including my blog in your top 20 round-up. I am very happy that you think it is worthy of making it into this group and will continue working in the year to come to keep it fresh and viable. Have a great New Year.
    Jeff

  2. Kerry Garrison says:

    You welcome Jeff. Keep up the awesome work!
    -Kerry

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great list. But how could you miss giving at least honorable mention to The History of Photography? I've been listening to Jeff's lectures via podcast and they are great!

    photohistory.jeffcurto.com/

  4. Anonymous says:

    IMHO, there is one significant omission, The Luminous Landscape, that has not only a lot of current information but also hundreds of pages of really valuable and practical information. It can be found at luminous-landscape.com

  5. Anonymous says:

    A favourite of mine is PhotoGeek.TV … a bunch of Aussie guys in the industry having a bit of fun and sharing the news. Get onto it!

  6. Kerry Garrison says:

    Excellent addition, its not one I read every day but it is still a great site.

  7. Kerry Garrison says:

    Excellent addition, its not one I read every day but it is still a great site.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Joyce

    http://www.videophonesguide.com

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey… a big thanks for including my site in this most illustrious group. I will be working pretty hard to keep it up to the bar set here. Hope you and all your visitors have a great year in 2009… make it the best ever.

  10. Carlos says:

    Check out this website, it's pretty cool too even though this was for 2008
    http://www.truephotographyweddings.com

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