As photographers we are always seeking out new sources of information that can help us with our work – whether it be pixel-crunching sites, creative inspiration sites, or news and trending information sites. As I go through my RSS feeds and Alltop favorites every day, over the past year, some were filtering to the top much more often. Naturally, this happens every year, as has been the case for the past 3 years now. When I started this annual event back in 2007, the number coincided with the year, so to wit, here are my TOP TEN PHOTO BLOGS FOR 2009. This may serve as a good starting point for 2010, so the blog post is titled accordingly, even though this is more of a “Year in Review” type of writing regarding photography blogs. As always, lists are subjective and others will have different thoughts and opinions, but nevertheless, here’s my faves (meaning these blogs are in my Alltop or RSS ):
- Joe McNally’s Blog – The perfect blend of tongue-in-cheek stories, and yet educational and fun to read! This quickly ratcheted up to the top of my preferred favorites, and it should be in your list too! (And his books are of the same ilk: read The Moment it Clicks and The Hotshoe Diaries as soon as possible if you haven’t already…)
- David DuChemin’s Blog – As David said it best – “Ahhh…..Vision!” If you are yearning to touch the intangible and learn about creativity, David DuChemin’s blog is a must read! (I hear he has a few books too!)
- Petapixel – Very similar to this one, in that it is informative, interesting, and almost always tied to photography. He wisely started without a vendor association though, and it’s paid off in spades (he’s been around less than a year, and has double the readership). Of course it could be that his content is pretty kick-butt and mine is just the meandering mind of an individual. Nevertheless, a great read and congrats to them for the content they are putting out!
- Strobist – If you don’t know about David Hobby’s site, then you are in the dark (literally!), because it’s all about light! Anything you want to know about photography lighting, this is the place to go. With workshops, and primers for both the beginners and advanced shooters, this is an absolute must-read!
- Canon Rumors – What can I say? I am a Canon guy, so I am always interested in the news and rumblings of Canon’s next great move in the digital photography realm, and this has become my premiere source of information on the web aside from Canon directly!
- Weekly Photo Tips – Authored by Scott Eccleston, this blog is a mixture of tips, tutorials, and personal thoughts on a variety of subjects to include gear, post processing, and such. Worth the read just for the human aspect of photography.
- Photowalk Pro – Jeff is the de facto master at organizing photo walks, and although I’ve been on walks since before discovering his blog – his insights have helped me to organize better walks, be a better organizer, and his subsequent foray into photography (HDR) tutorials and photo books (a review on his book about the 50D is forthcoming!). Definitely one worth adding to the reader!
- The Online Photographer – Not the usual fare, as TOP can get very professorial. I learn a lot though, and gain insights and get creative inspiration from the photographers and works they discuss here. The entire staff is great, but my favorite writers are Mike himself and Ctein!
- Photojojo – What a great blog, creative ways to use your photos all the time. Not only are the ideas cool, but almost always they are highly economical. Definitely for the DIY-er! They also have great photo montages periodically, so also great for inspiring some creative vision!
- Photoshop Insider – Want to get the latest scoop on Photoshop and photography in general? Scott has taken a a great Photoshop resource and in the last year, merged it into his own foray into photography from the perspective of being behind the camera.
There’s my top ten blogs for 2010. It’s certainly not definitive, definitely biased, and subject to change at a moments notice, but as of today, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! What are your favorite photo-related blogs? Now’s a chance to shamelessly promote your work (or your friends work) in the comments!