20 Useful Resources & Blogs for New Assistants & Emerging Photographers

I have assembled some of the top blogs from my Bloglines Feed that I read to stay on top of what everyone else is doing and talking about in the photo industry. The list is in no particular order, and serves only as a representation of some of the content I like and find useful. I hope you do too!

A Photo Editor
A Photo Editor (APE) is Rob Haggart, the former Director of Photography for Men’s Journal and Outside Magazine.

Burns Auto Parts
Internationally-known creative/marketing consultant Leslie Burns (-Dell’Acqua) has been working in the creative industries since 1992. With experience on both sides of the fence, Leslie brings an analytical mind, quick wit, and depth of knowledge to all her work. Specializing in working with commercial photographers, particularly those who shoot for advertising, design, corporate, and editorial clients, she has been offering her expertise for many years. She started Burns Auto Parts in 1999 (where has the time gone?) and since that time has helped photographers with everything from email promo subject lines to portfolio edits to full on marketing plans. For more information, check out the Burns Auto Parts site.

Heather Morton, Art Buyer
Heather Morton is a freelance Art Buyer based in Toronto, Canada

Stobist, David Hobby
Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to more effectively use your small speedlights. There are more than 1,000 articles about lighting. Over two million photographers from around the world have learned small-flash lighting techniques from this site. We’re thinking you can, too.

Chase Jarvis

Seattle-based commercial advertising photographer.

Annual Report Photographer, David Tejada
This Blog is for commercial photographer David Tejada. David shoots assignment photography for fortune 500 companies worldwide. He has specialized in annual reports, corporate brochures, editorial and advertising work for 26 years.

ASMPproAdvice: For Student & Emerging Photographers
Yahoo groups forum where students and emerging photographers can discuss issues and seek answers to questions related to commercial photography from established, experienced working professionals.

Yahoo groups forum: A network of advertising photographers, hosted by Advertising Photographers of America.

Yahoo groups forum: a network of advertising and stock photographers wishing to discuss self-contained digital capture (small and medium format), film scanners (for those scanning both old and new work), digital workflow (including required specialized software for digital capture), delivery standards, and billing issues.

Joe McNally
The thoughts, notions, and ideas here come from thirty years in the field as a shooter. Twenty plus on the road for National Geographic. LIFE staffer. Sports Illustrated contractor. 54 countries. 50 states.

Digital Photography School
Discover how to use your digital camera with our Digital Photography Tips. We are a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.

Pro Photo Resource
ProPhotoResource.com is an online community and resource for professional level photographers and amateurs serious about the business of photography. ProPhotoResource serves as an information hub for anyone who is or aspires to be a professional photographer. At ProPhotoResource.com we are as serious about creating a professional level community as you are about the craft of your photography.

Photo News Today
A smattering of daily news about everything photography.

The online community for the photo industry.

1 Pro Photo
New York based photo community with blog, forum, and industry listings.

LightSource Studio Photography
Helpful lighting tutorials and much more.

Lighting Essentials for Photographers
This site is devoted to photography, and photographic lighting in specific. We want to feature items that photographers of all kinds will be interested in. Tutorials, online workshops, assignments, fun shoots, show-n-tell and more. We will present lighting information and lighting tools from DIY to the top-of-the-line pro gear.

A daily blog covering the Los Angeles photo scene.

Photo Focus, Scott Bourne
Photofocus is not a blog per se. Instead, it is an online magazine about photography. We publish several times each day, with the intent of informing, entertaining and educating people who are interested in photography.

Black Star Rising
This is a group blog featuring articles to educate professional photographers, aspiring pros, and photography buyers alike. Our stories offer advice and viewpoints on the art and business of photography, based on the personal experiences of our contributors. We give our bloggers the freedom to write about issues of interest to them.


  1. says

    Thanks for the list of resources. The biggest things I look for in a photography blog are creative techniques and inspirational perspectives to various subject matter.

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