By Alex Thorne
Every now and then, stepping away from your own work and taking a look at what other photographers are doing can boost the creative juices. I found the following list in an article written by Katy Cowan at Creative Boom. Each site brings a new and interesting perspective to photography. I particularly like the Guardian In Pictures iPad app that has professional tips in the caption of each shot. And then there is the 50mm site, which I was naturally drawn to as my all-time favorite lens is the 50. One of these days I’m going to write an article about why it is the most beautiful lens to shoot with.
1. The Big Picture: Inspiring news stories in pictures, created by the picture editors at The Boston Globe.
2. Guardian In Pictures: The Guardian’s own popular ‘news in pictures’ section. And if you download the iPad app you’ll be able to follow ‘pro tips’, learning how to take similar shots.
3. 50mm: An inspiring blog by photographer Sean Wood… just as you’d hope and expect – great shots that dominate the web page and allow easy browsing.
4. Fish Spa: A photography blog with huge images to browse through. Great for a dose of inspiration first thing in the morning.
5. They Shoot Film: They Shoot Film is a photo collective started by two photographers, Patrice Esser (on sabbatical) and Garrick Fujii. They are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively.
6. David Kleinert Photography: Daily fauna, flora and landscape images from Australia.
7. Joe McNally: The thoughts, notions, and ideas here come from thirty years in the field as a shooter… Follow famous photographer Joe McNally and his blog.
8. I Heart Faces: An inspiring blog with weekly photo challenges, tutorials, tips & lots of fun! They welcome all levels of photographers, bloggers and moms with cameras.
9. Flickr Blog: The companion blog to Flickr, showcasing a huge range of photography from across the globe.
10. Shutter Sisters: This is one of my favourite blogs with a range of beautiful photography shot by a bunch of talented, female photographers. Check it out!