Let’s start with Photography. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no pro (though I did win $25 in a contest once!), but I’m definitely an avid enthusiast. I’ve been shooting digital for about 8 years, which means I took some pretty crappy pictures 8 years ago. Between my wife, Jean, and myself, we have 3 digital cameras we actively use (more on that later). There are several sites I use as great references for a number of different purposes. For equipment reviews, the must read digital photography site is DPReview. They have the most comprehensive reviews I’ve seen and their forums have a very high participation rate (you often have your questions answered in minutes). Steve’s Digicams also has good reviews and is where I go to find printer reviews. If you have a digital SLR and are looking for new lenses, check out Fred Miranda’s site. I usually go there for good, user-contributed reviews of an assortment of lenses (especially Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Tamron). They also have some tutorials, but many of them involve purchasing Fred’s Photoshop Plugins (haven’t actually tried any of them yet).

There are several sites that have product information as well as tutorials to improve your photography. My favorite is probably Luminous Landscape. They have very comprehensive reviews (including field tests), though mostly of higher-end equipment (digital SLRs and accessories). They also have really good lessons on how to use your camera more effectively and how to maximize your photography through post-processing in Photoshop. Photo.net has tutorials that cover the basics and reviews from contributing pros. What I find interesting there is that readers can comment on many of the articles and the authors will actually respond. So don’t stop at the end of the article, keep reading the comments. I use Vivid Light Photography mostly for the tutorials, though they do have some reviews (not nearly as good as dpreview). They also have an monthly email newsletter highlighting their latest articles (one of these days all these sites will learn about RSS!).

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