As artists, we are always looking to grow. It is a constant struggle to find new sources of inspiration and flashed of creative genius. I’m a big believer that you have to feed your creativity by soaking up as much art as you can – everything from photographs and paintings to a a great movie or interesting book. By training your brain to recognize art, it somehow gets better at creating it. Don’t ask me why – but it works!
Unfortunately, we all have limited time in the day. We can’t always drive down to the museum and spend the afternoon browsing Impressionist paintings. Luckily, there are plenty of online alternatives. Need some suggestions?
I stumbled across Earth Shots recently and was blown away. The photography is amazing. People from across the world submit images of our great planet and the site posts one a day. As a photographer, it is a great way of getting your name out there – if you’ve got the skills to make the cut. The work is pretty top-notch, so getting an image accepted isn’t easy.
I bookmarked this site and make a point to stop by once a week and browse the images. It is truly an incredible collection of landscape images – you won’t be disappointed.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL
If you are looking for online photo knowledge, this site is one you don’t want to miss. Digital Photography School is one of the biggest photography blogs I have ever seen. It is loaded with guest posts, tutorials, product reviews… you name it! Now there are tons of great photography sites out there, but I haven’t seen too many with this broad of a range. You can be an absolute beginner and find some articles that are right at your level. However, there is also something here for the most experienced photog out there. Check it out and see what I mean.
I hope you will add this to your weekly schedule. Pick one day every week and spend an hour browsing the internet for education and inspiration. Everyone can sit in front of the computer for an hour Monday morning while they sip their coffee and down a couple of donuts. It is a small investment that will pay big dividends in your artistic ability.
Any other great photography sites you can recommend? Leave a comment and let me know. I’m always looking for new sites to check out!!