Photographers: Need inspiration? Try this ...

... photo sources on the Web, from Scott Stuckey

from National Geographic's "Traveler" magazine

Editor's note: This article was originally sent as an email from photo editor Don Norris to the entire Stringer membership -- whereupon Advisor Jack Driscoll suggested we consider publishing in the Mirror.

Stringer photo team -- and all others who enjoy photography:

There is a lengthy article in National Geographic's "Traveler" magazine January/February issue, listing numerous websites of famous and not-so-famous photographers. There must be several million photos available for viewing in this collection. And they're free for viewing.

The point is inspiration. I know the photo team has shot just about everything in Melrose and surroundings -- but, no, just browse some of the following collections to give you new incentives.

"Get Inspired" is the name of Scott Stuckey's article. It starts off listing the collections of Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke White and Gordon Parks, all available at


The Library of Science contains a million digitized photos including those of Dorothea Lange and Mathew Brady:


New York's Center of Photography and George Eastman House joint website:


The article advises to read photo books rather than magazines. For online examples:

Aperture foundation: www.aperture.org

Twin Palms: twinpalmss.org

Phaidon: www.phaidon.com

Nazraeli: www.nazraeli.com

National Geographic Books: Books

The article continues, "Looking at photo books feeds ideas into your subconscious" adding that those ideas surface when you are out photographing.

Sources include "stock houses" or photo agencies, which sell images by the thousands. Search their collections to see how the pros have aleady shot your up-coming travel destination.

"Before I go on a trip I go to Corbis to see what a place looks like in general. Corbis, founded in 1989 by Bill Gates, has 70 million images."

"Other stock houses to see what my colleges are shooting, are:

Getty Images: www.gettyimages.com

Magnum Photos: www.magnumphotos.com

VII: www.viiphoto.com

Aurora Photos: www.auroraphotos.com

"If you run across an interesting photogrpher, say in a magazine article, look for the credit line, then google the name and check out the photographer's website."

"Keep updating on such as

Media Storm:

"For camera reviews:

Steve's Digicams: www.stevesdigicams.com

CNET: www.cnet.com

For software reviews: www.dpreview.com

Also Imaging Resource: imaging-resource.com

And for pros: RobGalbraith: www.robgalbraith.com

"For learning the ropes, once you have a camera you must learn how to use it. A font of basic info is "About": www.photograph.about.com

Also I like "Take Great Pictures": www.takegreatpictures.com

Also Luminous Landscape: www.luminus-landscape.com

Also Fred Miranda: www.fredmiranda.com

For flash, "Strobist": www.stobist.blogspot.com

Or plug into google. "Lighting 101"

"You may want to share your pictures: www.flickr.com, where you'll find some 270 million images -- like 68,000 on the Grand Canyon. You can plug in your subject -- any subject.

Also: www.smugmug.com to display your stuff, but this one costs $40 a year.

Also www.photo.net which is good for discussions.

You can order prints online at Snapfish: www.snapfish.com, or Kodak Easy Share Gallery: www.kodakgallery.com or Shutterfly: www.shutterfly.com

March 2, 2007

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