If you’re looking to buy a digital camera, or want to get the best results from the one you’ve already got, you’ll find that there are hundreds of Web sites devoted to the subject. This month, we put three of the best in the frame, focusing on quality, depth and range.
After Steve’s Digicams was launched back in 1997, it soon became clear that this was going to be more than just another enthusiast site (the man himself has over 30 years’ experience as a photographer). Although there’s a whole lot of room for improvement as far as layout is concerned, you can’t knock the breadth of information that’s kept here.
Primarily a reviews resource, Steve’s Digicams covers practically every digital camera you’d care to mention, from 1Mp through to digital SLRs, but also covers camcorders, software and accessories. Each review includes detailed specifications for each model, as well in-depth overviews of controls and features.
A much slicker site than Steve’s Digicams, Imaging Resource hosts a huge collection of news, reviews and forums that will prove invaluable to anyone with an interest in this field. Of particular note is the Comparometer, a handy tool that lets you take reference images from different cameras and compare them against each other on screen. You’ll also find a slew of articles from a range of authors here, dealing with every aspect of digital photography from walkthroughs that use specific camera models through to general guides for getting the best shot under difficult circumstances.
The Luminous Landscape
If you’re into landscape photography — either digital or film-based — The Luminous Landscape should be close to the top of your bookmarks list. Crammed with information on landscape, nature and documentary photography, this site leans more towards the expert photographer more than the novice, but practically anyone will benefit from articles like the Understanding Series and tutorials. The Luminous Landscape offers a quarterly subscription-based DVD containing reviews, articles and features.
Even if you’re not interested in photographic best practice, it’s still worth dropping by to admire Michael Reichmann’s portfolio work, some of which is truly stunning.