Camera Review Sites and Other Helpful Links

Photography is ever-changing, due to technology and innovation. And as technology continues to advance, so do the gadgets and gizmos that we use. It’s exciting, but overwhelming at times, too. A walk down the camera aisle, whether it be Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy or specialty store can be rather intimidating, especially for new photogs.

But don’t let technology get in the way your training. Once you’re enrolled in a photography degree program, you’ll learn all about camera lenses, filters, tripods, film, flashes, and other equipment that are often required on the job. In the meantime, however, we’ve compiled a short list of websites that offer unbiased reviews of camera and camera equipment as well as other links with worthy content.

  • Pop Photo: This site comes offers more than just product reviews. With pages and pages on how-tos, forums, contests, and a buying guide, you’ll surely find helpful information about cameras and software and everything else that today’s photographer needs, wants, and likes.
  • Calumet Photo: If you don’t live near a Calumet Photo, finish their website to find all the equipment you need, new and used, to take gorgeous pictures. If you do live near a Calumet Photo, stop in for useful tutorials, product reviews, and tips and secrets from the pros themselves.
  • Adorama: Another leader in online sales and excellent customer service, Adorama offers a “Learning Center” that features articles, how-to tips, and product reviews for the novice and advanced photographer.
  • DP Review: For digital camera reviews and equipment, DP review has it all and then some. The forums are especially useful when it comes to purchasing equipment.
  • Camera Labs: Woah, this site has almost too much information, but in a good way. If you’re researching a specific camera or lens, navigating this site won’t be too difficult. However, at first glance, you’ll get a taste of just how many cameras and lenses are on the market!
  • CNET: The tech-obsessed love this site and for good reason. CNET is a leader in product reviews, helping thousands of people decide what to buy and how to make the most out of their equipment. For camera lovers, this site is pure gold.

Sites for Inspiration and Ideas

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: You’d be surprised what this site has to offer for those interested in nature photography. Photography contests, tips for kids, and other fun, inspirational material can be found by visiting the NWRS.
  • The Library of Congress: Again, another unusual “spot” to find helpful tips and tricks of the trip, but the LOC offers a “how to document” on capturing maritime folklife.
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Here you’ll find links to historical photographers in addition to articles about photojournalism and its impact on the world.
  • Archives Library Information Center: With links to truly inspiring photography collections, the ALIC is a great spot to research historical pictures, learn about the history of photography, and much much more.
  • Kids.gov: For photography teachers or even photography students who are interested in learning more about fun ways to explore behind the camera, Kids.gov offers links and videos to useful resources and engaging interactive content.