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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 Photography Review—An excellent all-around place to learn about digital cameras.

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


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 (five 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.

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.

STQ home Cameras Lighting Shooting Closeups Wrongs Resources