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Online digital photography resources

If you can't find what you need in your local stores, here are some good online places to shop for specialized items and services.

General

Digital Camera Resource Page—An excellent all-around place to learn about digital cameras, especially in its well-organized message boards. Of special note: the "Where should I buy my camera?" board, where you'll find out which dealers are sleazy and which ones are good! (As with all bulletin board systems, before posting, read the recent messages to see whether your question has already been answered.)

Short Courses—Publisher of excellent books on digital photography and on particular brands and models. Highly recommended! Much of their material is also available on their website, so you can read it online and decide whether to buy the book.

Steve's Digicams—Another general digital photography site. Notable for its "Breaking News" feature, updated daily. But take Steve's reviews with a large grain of salt—he rarely says anything bad about a product.

Reviews

Digital Camera Resource Page Reviews & Info—Well-laid-out feature comparison chart of all popular brands and models, with links to detailed specs, reviews and lowest prices.

Imaging Resource Reviews—Incredibly thorough, detailed reviews—more info than the owner's manual!

Where to buy cameras

Amazon—great selection, fast shipping, and their prices are usually as good as anybody else's, if not better. Both of us usually check Amazon first when buying... well, almost anything!

B&H Photo-Video—One of the oldest and most reputable photo equipment dealers, and a favorite of the pros.

Accessories

1000Bulbs—inexpensive (four bucks each) source for 30 watt 5000K compact fluorescent bulbs.

Andy's Battery Page—Everything you need to know about AA batteries for digital cameras—what kinds to buy, what kinds to avoid, where to get 'em cheaply.

Porter's Camera Store—Every kind of photo accessory imaginable, including tripods, flashes, light stands, backdrops, etc. Just don't buy your camera here—Porter's camera prices are generally too high.

StudioBoom—An alternative to tripods, this lets you "float" your camera in almost any position. Especially useful for photographing small pieces on a tabletop, which is very hard to do with a tripod.

Tabletop Studio—The special high-intensity, daylight-balanced lights that we recommend are found here, along with other lighting gear ... plus several pages of tips that are well worth perusing if you're photographing, for example, jewelry.

Thomas Distributing—Great source for a wide variety of rechargeable batteries and chargers.

Software

Photoshop Elements—the best affordable image-editing software, bar none.

QuickGamma—If your video display is uncalibrated, then you're not seeing what the rest of the world sees when it looks at photos you create. That's a BIG problem! Macs have monitor calibration tools built in (in the Displays system preference pane), but unfortunately, Windows users are left to their own devices. You can buy commercial Windows calibration hardware/software for a few hundred bucks...but QuickGamma and its companion program QuickMonitorProfile are free, and they're definitely better than nothing.

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