Web Reviews: Bring Digital Photography Into Focus

Shutterbugs: Get digital camera reviews, buying tips, and news updates to guide your next purchase.

January 1, 2005

Nothing fires up interest in your listings like great photos—and lots of them. Lucky for you, digital cameras have made the job of taking, editing, and distributing photos easier than ever. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right camera for your needs? That’s where Digital Photography Review comes in. You can compare models, learn the lingo, brush up on photography techniques, and even join an online discussion group.

The site, produced by a small staff of photography enthusiasts in Great Britain, aims to provide unbiased content in an easy-to-use format. The result is a useful resource to guide your buying decisions and help you stay current on the latest digital photography news and techniques. The main drawback to the site is its reverse white-on-black design, which makes it difficult to read. Get the most out of your visit to this Web site by taking a look at these features:

  • Buying Guide. Plan to make a digital camera purchase? Which camera features are “must-haves” and which can you do without? Use the Features Search tool to narrow down the models that meet all of your needs, and then compare the results. If you already know a few cameras you like, the Digital Cameras Side-by-Side comparison will allow you to view the different models next to each other so you can easily evaluate prices, user ratings, and camera features.
  • Reviews. Read in-depth reviews of the latest cameras to hit the market. Sort reviews alphabetically, by rating, or by date. Each one includes detailed color photographs of the camera and accessories, as well as a general description of the camera, results of photographic tests, comparisons to other cameras, and a conclusion that lists the pros and cons in an easy-to-read format. The longest reviews are 20 pages or more, but it’s easy to bypass the parts you don’t want to read by using a pull-down menu at the top of each page. From there, you can jump to any part of the review, or just skip straight to the conclusion if you’d like.
  • Glossary. Puzzled by some of the words that have come up in your search for a new camera? If you’re a newcomer to photography, the glossary will bring clarity to terms like jaggies, remote capture, and dynamic range. The glossary is divided into four sections: Camera System, Digital Imaging, Exposure, and Optical. Your new vocabulary will be handy as you compare camera options and read about photography techniques.
  • Photography Techniques. Once you buy a digital camera or if you want to learn how to better use the one you have, this part of the site will help you produce images you can be proud of. A collection of articles provides tips on getting a great shot, including how to choose vantage points or spice up an architectural photo. In the Composition section, you’ll get pointers that apply to general photo-taking. For example, learn to Use a Frame in your photographs, and why it matters to have an Eye for Detail.
Kelly Quigley

Kelly Quigley is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.

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