The tools we have available to us to connect with our tribe are phenomenal. Most of the pro-photographers (and many of the keen amateurs too) I know have a website and associated blog, Facebook Fan page and use Twitter.
One of the neat things that the Twitterati do is to highlight other Twitter users that provide useful posts – they call this ‘Follow Fridays’ and use the hash tag #FF. I thought that it would be fun to occasionally highlight some of the interesting blogs that I have come across in recent weeks. Here goes:
This is the home of David duChemin, he of ‘Gear is good, Vision is better’, author of ‘Within the Frame’ and ‘Visionmongers’. He is also a principal author of a series of e-books (www.craftandvision.com) that push his message that to develop as a photographer you don’t need more gear, you should get out and use what you have. Lots of good posts here that generally leave me feeling better for having read them – try this one (http://www.pixelatedimage.com/blog/2010/03/speaking-at-amazon-5-things/) to start.
I believe that I found Sabrina Henry’s blog through some of her comments on Twitter. Sabrina is on a similar path to the one that I’m on and I enjoy reading her experiences, thoughts and opinions. I particularly liked this recent post: http://sabrinahenry.com/2010/03/25/how-we-see-ourselves/
Light in the Frame is the blog of Steve Coleman, an Australian photographer who is also the co-owner of a successful commercial design business. I really enjoy looking at Steve’s images (http://www.lightinframe.com/) and have enjoyed reading his posts regarding his approach. His editing post (http://www.lightinframeblog.com/?p=1765) particularly resonated with me. He seems to be more active on Facebook than he is on his blog.
I found Bruce Percy through some of the comments made by Steve Coleman. Bruce has a couple of e-books that are worth a read and it looks like there are a couple more e-books in the works. Bruce like Steve favors the Mamiya 7II system – I seem to be drawn to the work of photographers who either still use a film based medium format system or were long time users of a medium or large format system and bring that sensibility to their work with a DLSR.
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