- Photopreneur - This website takes a practical look at photo sales opportunities for anyone with a camera, from hobbyist to pro. I like the way the team of writers, who are usually professional photographers and/or marketers, focus in on specific individuals or outlets to offer helpful advice. Sample post: What It Takes to Give Up the Day Job and Become a Successful Photographer.
- Chookooloonks or Wildly Convinced Your Uncommonly Beautiful - Words fail in trying to heap praise on photographer and author Karen Walrond and the portraiture and other photographs she posts on her quirky and always inspiring photo blog. This is how a talented photographer presents her images to the public; minimal type, beautiful images, and a personal point of view. Sample post: Random Thoughts on Fashion, Frida and Identity.
- Beyond Megapixels - If you want basic and creative how-to assignments to help you better master your digital camera, and you're not a pro, this is a great blog. The posts are detailed and self-explanatory, the photo examples are wonderful, and the screenshots of digital image editing help explain the process. There are sections that will help you learn the basics and explore good equipment and resources. Termed a blog that guides "the rest of us" in photography, this is a great site for anyone who wants to learn photography and do better work. Sample post: Focus Stacking in Landscape Photography.
- Stuck in Customs - Travel photographer Trey Ratcliff's entertaining and beautifully photographed blog gives you a taste in both still images and video of what it's like to be a top travel photographer. Sample post: The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle.
- A Photo Editor - Wow. Rob Haggart, a former magazine director of photography, and other contributors from various photo domains (e.g., art photography, fashion photography, travel photography) have put together a blog that covers the inside track on end-users for professional images. This is a great way to see inside a professional photo shoot - and sometimes learn how much it costs - and see great work and compelling reports from photo seminars aimed at pros. Sample post: Pricing & Negotiating: Hotel Lifestyle Shoot.
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In the aftermath of creating this post, I realized how important it is for all photographers to have their own blog, whether they're a hobbyist snapshooter or hanging out their shingle. Today's blogging platforms offer everything from e-commerce and photo sales opportunities to beautiful ways to display your online photo portfolio (or several genre portfolios if you're diversified and would like to show deeper levels of work in separate disciplines). Our sister school offers a course that covers all the blogging fundamentals and more, and I can highly recommend it for photographers who have a blog and want to improve their online (and offline) presence and for anyone without their own blog. The course materials are shown in the photo above; click on the product shot or click on this link to learn more about The Complete Course in Professional Blogging.