great photography resources

I love photography, I really do, but it can become a very expensive hobby–fast. I am thankful for the internet so I can easily look-up questions I may have or collect endless amounts of information for the small price of my time, (which is the best price for someone like me on a tight budget). I have a couple of resources that I have found that I have been meaning to share, the links are in The Directory (along with many others) but they are so good that I think they warrant a little more attention and today seemed as good a day as any to do just that.  The first one is Craft & Vision, created by author & photographer David duChemin, it’s a series of downloadable ebooks that are very well put together + very affordable. In their words, ‘Exceptional photography education at irresistible prices’.  Most of the books are $5 and in my humble opinion worth 10 times that amount.  You can download to your computer, but if you have an Ipad or Kindle type device it’s a bit more comfortable to crawl up on the sofa with.  I own the entire series of The Magic of Black & White, which has been an invaluable resource for me. Craft & Vision 11 ways to improve your photography is free and a great way to get familiar with their offerings and get an idea of what to expect in your future purchases. They have added so many titles since they first launched, subjects run the gamut from composition, to digital darkroom and even off camera flash. I think I am going to download a Lightroom one soon as I am still so new to using the program and could use a little help.

The second resource is a little more light-hearted, it’s a great resource for beginners, but for those that are more advanced don’t fret you too can find great information there as well. The company is called Photography Concentrate, their tagline is learn photography-faster (and funner, too). For an nominal investment they load you with video tutorials, in-depth guide books and tons of examples.  They also offer a 60 day 100% guarantee, which is pretty impressive!  They have a ton of freebies and a great blog with free tutorials + advice. It’s just a good site to bookmark if you are feeling like you want to learn more, but are overwhelmed by what is available or wish you had access to affordable photography lessons.

I hope that either of these sites inspires you to learn more or get out and try something new. I know it can be difficult to unearth all the treasures readily available to us today on the interwebs, but these two are definitely gems that are worth adding to your growing collection of photography resources!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future. Will it be the Bay area or Seattle? She’s open to your suggestions!


    1. Miss Rebecca you are so welcome! I do understand the obsession, the Craft & Vision is one of the best kept secrets on the internet for sure:)

  1. Tristan,
    I just purchased a new DSLR and made the jump from point-n-shoots. This post could not have been more timely for me! I am spending the weekend retaking photos of my products. These links are soooo appreciated. THANK YOU!

  2. I just LOVE it when super talented people share their tips. Great info – you can never practice your photography enough can you? And it forces us all to look at how we can do the same to help others. Thank you!

    1. Thank you ZOe! I follow the Girl Scout motto of ‘Sharing is caring’, I haven’t always been this way, which made me a terrible blogger but once I let go it’s SO much more fun to share!!!

  3. This is such a great post, thank you so much! These websites are a brilliant new discovery. I’ve just upgraded cameras and am itching to try out all these new things now!

    1. Thank you Mary! Congrats on the upgrade! When I was starting out in photography none of these resources existed so I am so envious that you will be able to delve right in. On a side note I always recommend the nifty 50 (50mm lens). It’s under $100 and it changed my photographs immediately!

  4. hi tristan, i recently discoverd craft and vision, too, and i love it! I want all their books, very affordable. i just dowloaded the free ebook, and it’s great. now that I have a proper dslr camera , I feel so eager to improve. it’s amazing to live in this time and age, where information is so readily available!


    1. I agree Monica! It is certainly magical, especially for someone like me that is naturally very curious I feel like I can pursue so many interests!

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