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15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills

15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills

Are you tired of taking taking trashy photos? Have you been trying so hard to capture images like a pro just by using your own digital camera? Do you want to learn appropriate photo angles and take the most beautiful shots with your digital camera or your new GoPro? Well, it’s possible!

Taking photos like a professional is one of the most trending hobbies around. Now-a-days, “selfies” and “groufies” are all the rage on social media sites. People want to share their day-to-day experiences with the world. We can share our most memorable events with a simple click of a button. It is so easy to upload your photos online. It’s fun to show off our personal photos, especially beautiful places with the best scenic views.

Because of this ease to share such beauty, photography is one of the most joyful hobbies anyone can do in their lifetime. By sharing photos we also share precious memories. That’s why people want to take the best photos they can. We all want our photos to look professional. Well, now-a-days this is easier than you may think.

Photography is a fun hobby, but it can also be practical. It’s possible to turn art into an exciting career with today’s consumer technology. Though it requires a lot of patience, it can be very personally gratifying.

The following photography sites will be of great help to those who wish to begin their career in photography:

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1. Photosecrets.com

This site provides valuable information about taking good pictures through good cameras. It also introduces beginners to the importance of knowing the copyrights, and laws relating to selling photos.

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    2. Currentphotographer.com

    This site has tips and techniques on how to capture best images with even the simplest cameras. They also discuss the latest camera models with advice from expert photographers. Editing the images to make it look at its best is also discussed here, along with the latest trends about photography.

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      3. Ephotozine.com

      Taking photos to the next level is the main goal of this site. New ideas and techniques in capturing photos for every momentous event are taught here. Prizes and promos are also awarded to the best captured photos. Like the rest of the photography sites, they also advise viewers and readers to what gear they should have to take beautiful photos.

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        4. Photography.ca

        Their main goal is to teach people how to become better photographers and produce their own fine art photography. They are doing this service for free through forums, articles, and also monthly podcasting. Apart from that, they also post photos from the most talented photographers around the globe.

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          5. Photonaturalist.net

          If nature photography is your thing, you must visit this site. They cover all kinds of nature photography including wildlife, flowers, etc. Every week, they post articles detailing steps on how to improve the nature photos you take.

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            6. SCPhoto.com

            Established by a former photography class teacher, Keith Wills, they offer online studies on how to improve photography skills. This site is especially useful for beginners, as they teach through videos posted in their website (e.g. Basic of Digital Photography.)

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              7. Photonhead.com

              This website offers photographic concepts especially useful for those who are still in the beginning phase of photography. The basics are taught – such as the requirements for pursuing photography as a career, and the fundamentals of photography (including camera specifications and what to consider when buying a new one).

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                8. Pixelatedphotographer.com

                Essentials of photography and filming are both provided on this website. Published articles about each technique are on full display. Fun and witty reviews are posted in order to provide several ideas for the beginner, as well as for the more experienced amateur photographers to apply in their photos.

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                  9. Virtualphotographerstudio.com

                  Photography is fun but it will be more enjoyable if the photos taken are sold and you can make a living out of it. This site can introduce possible business methods in photography to all varieties of photographers. They have been running for around two years now, and are still growing. They hope  to help other photographers to do the same and grow alongside their site.

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                    10. Wearephotographers.com

                    “Elevate Talent” is what this site focuses on…. Your Talent.  They help other photographers capture photos that could entail a lot of history or special memories that anyone can relate to and cherish. They don’t just teach you how to make good photos, but also teach you how to capture really “good moments”. They are also have contests open  to all photographers to help them improve their skills.

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                      11. Photocreative365.com

                      WordPress can be a very good tool to invest upon improving your photography skills at the same time as utilizing the site for an online portfolio. Moreover, this site was established by Michael Shilling to make photography a business and  inspire marketing ideas.

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                        12. Photopathway.com

                        This is another site run by WordPress. One can visit this site to get inspired on how to set up photos that are best captured and organized through an online portfolio. Nature photography is most noticeable in the website. There are really good photos posted here.

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                          13. Digitalphotobuzz.com

                          This site provides shooting tips especially useful in using digital cameras. They also give advise on how to take good wedding photos, as well as taking candid photos (used in editorials, magazines, featuring models, etc.) like a pro.

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                            14. Photocritic.org

                            One might be interested in taking photos featuring children, animals, and even nude women. This site provides tips in taking really good and appropriate photos using best cameras (e.g. GoPro).

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                              15. Learnfoodphotography.com

                              Taking appetizing food photos can really be one of the more challenging parts in photography. There is a lot to consider, such as the appearance of the food to the audience, the quality of camera, lighting system, etc. However, the focus of this particular site is giving tips on how to make food look attractive through camera lenses.

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                                Generally, to take a good set of photos, one should have a good quality camera. If you take photos with a camera phone, make sure it has a large number of pixels to capture the best images.

                                Keen observation is another key to self-improvement in any photography career. This can be seen in the manner how the expert photographers compose their shots with the best angles. A good photo can turn into something phenomenal if it effectively capture emotions. By visiting these great photography sites you’ll be well on your way to learning how to better hold on to a precious moment by perfectly framing it. You can take a photo that anyone can appreciate.

                                In the realm of photography, it’s not just the camera that matters, not even the quality of the lighting, but really it’s the moment captured that matters the most. By balancing all these qualities, and keeping an open mind to learning more, you too can become a great photographer.

                                Featured photo credit: Algirdas Chocianas via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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                                Featured photo credit: Standsome Worklifestyle via unsplash.com

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