There’s rarely a need to reinvent the photographic wheel when the internet is at your fingertips. It’s easy to get solid advice about equipment and how best to use it . . . if you just know where to look.
When it comes to sports photography, Sportsshooter.com features a plethora of mostly pros dishing out tips. You don’t need to be a member to read, only to post. Check out the message board tab on the left side of its home page. What I’ve liked best about this site is the honesty of the member photographers who frequent it—it’s made me realize that everyone who shoots sports can have a low keeper rate and snap a few too many backsides during key plays.
A great website for general photography advice and equipment reviews is dpreview.com. There are message board forums for many specific kinds of cameras and lenses, as well as in-depth reviews of photographic equipment. In the forums, I really like reading what lenses posters use for different situations.
The final photo advice website I frequent is Fredmiranda.com. My favorite forums are Macro World and, of course, Sports Corner. It’s great looking at talented photographers’ photos and learning how they achieve their wonderful results.
It’s tempting to spend all day cruising these website’s forums for advice and inspiration. So don’t forget to push away from your keyboard and get out and shoot!