Learning Photography and Video
There are so many excellent photography and filmmaking resources on the web that there's little point in duplicating them. On my blog I talk about the decision making that went into shooting and developing specific photos, but I'll leave most of the detailed technical discussions to the established educators who have already put out incredible volumes of material, much of it free.
I plan to curate some of this amazing content on my Youtube channel to help people who want to drill deeply into a particular topic find the resources more easily. From time to time, I'll post totally original videos about my own work as well.
Phlearn - These guys give some of the best online Photoshop tutorials around. This is for intermediate to advanced photographers who already understand the basics of how to shoot and want to bring out the best in their work in post processing.
Gary Fong - This is a fantastic Youtube channel in which Gary Fong shares the simple yet incredibly effective methods he uses to craft his amazing photographs. This is a must watch for photographers interest in improving their craft.
Cambridge in Colour - This is one of the best overall knowledge repositories on digital still photography I've seen anywhere. It's highly technical (more so than many readers can tolerate), but if you manage to assimilate everything on the site, no one will be able to say you don't know what you're talking about.
SLR Lounge - These guys have got it going on! Their website is up to date and their youtube channel has so much amazing content that you could sit there for weeks doing nothing but learning photography.
The Slanted Lens - This is a great learning site by photographer Jay Morgan, who provides some of the most informative tutorials tutorials out there. Follow his advice and you'll end up taking some great portraits.
Ken Rockwell - Ken is a true technical expert who doesn't pull his punches. I don't agree with all of his views, but his technical knowledge is first-rate and reading his detailed recommendations of what to buy (and what you don't need) might save you a lot of money on gear.
Matt Granger - Matt Granger is an Australian photographer with a very informative Youtube channel. His videos aren't terribly detailed or technical, but the way he simplifies the material and presents it in digestible bits is quite impressive.
Mike Browne - Mike Browne is a man who knows how to teach photography! What he does best is break down complicated topics into simple, digestible bites. More than a few times I've had a "Now I get it" moment watching his videos.
Brian Smith is an experienced, award winning photojournalist and portrait photographer who knows his stuff like nobody's business. Even seasoned pros can't help but learn learn a thing or two from this website, which he generally keeps up to date. There's a lot of info on equipment and great discussion of technique. Not so much on post processing, but you can't win at everything.
Serge Ramelli - Serge is a master at Lightroom and Photoshop and a brilliant producer of online tutorials. His tips on processing are more detailed and more plentiful than just about anyone else on the web. There's no way you can watch his tutorials and not learn something.
Learn My Shot - Another great resource for learning photographic skills. Tutorials run the gamut from basic to advanced and what I like is that they have a lot of content in blog form rather than just video.
Tony Northrup - I don't think there's a more comprehensive Youtube channel when it comes to the art and science of still photography. There are hours of videos about all kinds of subjects, but where this channel shines is the way it delves into the technical details of lenses, camera sensors and how components interact.
DigitalRevTV - This is a Youtube channel put together by a bunch of jokers... who happen to have built the most popular digital photo resource on that medium. They review gear, though not terribly in-depth, and provide some interesting tips. If you're not after a highly technical presentation and want to be entertained, give these guys a try.
Terry White - Terry White's Youtube channel features over 500 videos packed with incredibly useful information about photography, photo post-processing, graphic designs and other important topics. It's a great source of learning for people from beginner to pro.
Wet Pixel - This is one of the most famous underwater photo websites currently published. Lots of discussions of equipment and techniques from intermediate to advanced.
Backscatter - This site is for underwater photographers of all levels of knowledge and experience. Need to understand the basics or learn about underwater camera housings? This is the place.
Film and Video
Phillip Bloom - Phillip is a man who has spent 20 or so years traversing the globe shooting documentary videos and corporate productions. What I like best is his constant reminders that better gear does not make you a better filmmaker.
Faymus Media - Corey Benett makes his living as a wedding and corporate videographer/photographer. His technical knowledge is rivaled by few and his artistry is awe-inspiring. If you're looking to invest in equipment, I'd say his reviews are among the best (particularly his camera battles). Hours watching his Youtube channel are hours well spent.
Rocket Jump Film School - Wow! I've never seen slicker tutorials and I can tell you from experience that the information they give is spot on! There's so much excellent learning content on their Youtube channel it's hard to know where to begin. I plan to watch every video they post!
Film Riot - Ryan Connolly hosts a fantastic Youtube channel about all things related to film. His reviews are detailed and honest and you can glean a lot of technical information from his hilarious yet methodical presentations.
Tom Antos - Here is a guy who knows how to make films on a shoestring budget. I'm not a huge fan of his directorial style, but he's a great cameraman and aspiring independent filmmakers can benefit from just about every tutorial he puts on the web.
DSLR Guide - Simon Cade is a snotty-nosed punk from the UK... and his knowledge, experience and honesty put a lot of other video gurus to shame. Some of his material is basic, but if an overview is what you want, his youtube channel is a good place to start.
Film/Video EDU - If you like longer tutorials and lots of them, this Youtube channel is a great resource. It discusses still photos as well as video, but I've listed it here because the two have so much in common.