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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by OzRay, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Over the years, I've been a regular reader of various photography sites, be they normal sites or blogs; however, of late, I've been deleting more and more from my favourites list as they become increasingly irrelevant or uninteresting.

    • DPR went years ago, as it just seemed to be a site for extolling the virtues of Nikon/Canon in all of their various forms. It may have changed, but I rarely have a look in nowadays.
    • Luminous Landscape has probably been the longest running site that I've been reading, but it's become one of the most boring and self-serving sites ever. Yes LL did start as a site catering for large format users and landscape photographers in particular, but lately it seems to have become one of the most pretentious photography sites on the internet.
    • TOP has been one of my favourites for a long time, but it too has become weird of late.
    • Thom Hogan's sans Mirror has gone downhill as well. Interesting while it lasted.
    • DIY Photography was a breath of fresh air for a while and then it appeared to succumb to the crass 'click bait' syndrome associated with many tech type websites (Gawker Media style crap).
    • PetaPixel is rapidly following in DIY's shoes.
    • Range Finder Magazine used to be really good, but then it seemed to lose its mojo and became almost a wedding photographer's site.

    The only sites that I still find interesting are:

    • The Visual Science Lab
    • Lens Rentals
    • Imaging Resource (but I wonder for how long)

    Are there any other sites there that prove interesting, informative and consistent (notwithstanding the current forum)?
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  2. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    still click on DIY on a daily basis - somedays its good, somedays not so good.... but like it as an inspiration as its not gear for gears sake orientated

    DPR is fun like the new york post in the US or the Daily Mail in the UK... I am sure there is an Australian equivalent... a publication that panders to peoples prejudices and in the process becomes a cartoon like view of the current situation

  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I think I know what you mean. I like diversity and I'm always looking for something different, but the tenor of sites like DIY has changed significantly this year. I guess that's what commercialism does.

    I think the Australian equivalents are the Sydney Morning Herald or the Herald Sun, written by 15 year olds for 15 year olds.
  4. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    I agree with you Ray, I've also deleted many of the same sites from my daily favorites although I still have PetaPixel on there. I check Ming Thein (http://blog.mingthein.com) daily and often find his posts interesting enough to keep coming back. Others that I check now and then are Robin Wong because I like his photography and Pekka Potka who sometimes have interesting stuff but he posts very infrequently.

    I'm also keen to get some suggestions from others

    edit: what is TOP? links?
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
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  6. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    Not sure if these qualify, but...

    Like: Steve Huff
    Dislike: Ken Rockwell

    If you are anything like me, spending 10 minutes on either site will show you why they are listed as I did.
  7. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Noooo! Ken Rockwell is an icon of photography. He's like the Hulk Hogan of wrestling. What's not to like?
  8. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I like TOP but I think TOP is one of those sites that you like if you share a lot of the author's interests and don't like if you don't share those interests. I seem to share a lot of Mike Johnson's interests though I have to say that I do miss the weekly post from Ctein which disappeared some time ago. I usually found Ctein's articles both interesting and fascinating, even the non-photography ones.

    Luminous Landscape is another site which falls into the same sort of bag, great if you have some shared interests and not if you don't.

    Both are on my daily look at list.
  9. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    I have to agree a lot of the sites are getting very click bait centric. I've really starting listening to more podcast's and YouTubers (strange thought, sounds like a strange potato disease). I like F-Stoppers (I prefer the site over the channel), Adorama's YouTube page, and Phlearn for learning stuff, The art of photography, On taking pictures (probably my favorite photography podcast, although it's not for everyone), The Candid Frame.

    Be warned though even podcasts are getting strange, for example TWiP has been on a year long nose dive. The last episode had 12 minutes of ads, self promotion and the new evil of native ads to start the show that was only an hour long, not counting the 2 scheduled ads and a potential native ad depending on the guest at the pick of the week segment which sometimes isn't an ad that will showcase something new and intersting, but increasingly is an ad.

    IMO, there is a strange movement brewing right now when anything gets popular enough we have to go through the monetization BS. Now I'm not saying I don't want anyone to make money or gain some benefit, but someone needs to figure it out so it's not as annoying, or strangely abusive to it's audiences. Right now, the click baits (low value) and native ads (deceptive) are beyond my level of tolerance. I tolerate the garbage ads on TWiP because of how long I listened to the show, but man this week I nearly unsubbed 60 minutes of content close to 20 minutes of ads.

    Yeah I feel you. ugh, and Candid Frame may move over to the TWiP network... Hopefully, each show can maintain their own oversight.
  10. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    My issue with most of the sites any more is that it's all gear and technology oriented. There doesn't seem to be anyplace to discuss the aesthetics of photography - The art. I guess that's the result of the monetization of the blogosphere showing up. You can sell a "thingy", but ideas are harder to market!
  11. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Another Vote for the Visual Science Lab. It's the individual bloggers that seem to be doing the most interesting stuff right now.

    EDIT: Another one I just remembered is BestLight Photography Blog at http://bestlightphoto.blogspot.com/

    The "commercial" blogs are all homogenized to the point of bland flavorless fare. Do we REALLY need another article on how to use the color sliders in Lightroom? or "The 5 Secret Photoshop Tips You're a Moron Not to Use!!!!!" (Ever notice that they aren't all that secret?)

    Because I've done a bit of photography writing, a couple of the commercial blogs have approached me. Of course they want me to work for free (The exposure is FANTASTIC!!!), and naturally, they want just more of the S.O.S.

    If I'm going to write "how to" articles and fluff pieces, I'd rather write about software that interests me (I'm not an Adobe sort of guy), and the software that doesn't get the respect I think it deserves. And if I'm going to write for free, I'd rather put it in my own blog.
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  12. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    I never cared for Hulk Hogan either, go figure! ;) 

    Ken has his preferences when it comes to gear, and it clouds most everything he writes unfortunately.
  13. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    True, he has some entertaining articles. Where it gets iffy is when he talks gear. The brands he like, sound like ads, and other brands, are very often unfairly ripped on.
  14. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    You should take a look at Art of Photography, and On Taking Pictures. That's their primary focus. http://5by5.tv/otp http://theartofphotography.tv/
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  15. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I really feel your pain with a lot of these sites. Petapixel especially drives me crazy these days at least as often as I find anything interesting.

    I'll give another vote for the On Taking Pictures podcast. Its very "art" centric and as such gets pretty far from reality a lot, but its very philosophical at times and I can go in for that. I've lately been enjoying the VSCO app for its featured blogs and Grid images, and lens culture has some interesting stuff too (some weird).

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Mu-43 mobile app
  16. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I have a look when I get back from our trip, it seems interesting.

    I had a quick look and it's a pity it's all just a podcast, I prefer to read commentary rather than listen to people talking.
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  17. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    It's a bit difficult for me to take Ken Rockwell too seriously given his dismissive review of the Ricoh GR
  18. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I agree, individual, independent bloggers seem to have a more interesting set of reading at the moment.

    I just recently picked up reading Visual Science Lab. I like Kirk Tuck, although I think he writes too much and sometimes he seems to get lost in his own thoughts.

    I also like
    I also like the contributors over at fotozones.com
  19. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    I like -

    David Alan Harveys Burn Magazine
    Eric Kims Street Photography blog
    Iconic Photos
    Japan Camera Hunter
    Japan Exposures
    Ming Theins blog
    Robin Wongs blog
    David Hughes SoundImagePlus blog
    Kirk Tucks Visual Science blog
    Nat Geo Found tumblr blog
    Steve McCurrys tumblr blog

    Every now and then I'll check out Thom Hogans blog or Ken Rockwells for something Nikon specific (Thoms was an excellent Nikon resource before he re-organised it). I used to like Steve Huffs blog but then he went a little odd with his ghost radio thing and I kind of lost respect.
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  20. Definitely agree with ozray that as far as technical elements lensrentals is on a whole other level to pretty much everything else - how much a difference it makes when your job depends on knowing what you are doing rather than repeating something someone else said. And yeah, most of the news feed sites are simply terrible, it's the same recycling of the same press releases, the same stuff you saw days/weeks earlier on twitter or browsing around yourself. Someone really needs to make a version of clickhole for that stuff, you wouldn't even need a new domain name :D 
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