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One of the best ways I have found to improve my photography is through online research.  I do not mean to suggest that anything can replace the central importance of spending time behind the lens, but instead that times between photographic outings can be ones of cognitive fecundity.  There is no doubt that Wikipedia provides the nature photographer with a wonderful range of information.  However, I have derived major utility and enjoyment from reading a number of other websites dedicated to photography:

1.  The Cambridge in Colour Digital Photography Tutorials provide a wealth of detailed, yet highly accessible, articles on topics ranging from metering and exposure to digital sensor technology and how to read an MTF graph.  The site also features a number of useful calculators (e.g., diffraction limits, hyperfocal distance, effects of crop sensors on focal length).  It is also worth noting that the site offers a growing list of tutorials on photography techniques.

2.  Digital Photography Review provides regular updates on all things photographic.  More importantly, the lens and camera reviews are second to none.

3.  Photozone also provides reviews on a wide range of cameras and lenses.  My experience is that the pages often require a click of the “reload” button to load properly, but aside from this peculiarity the reviews are quite informative.

4.  As a Canon shooter, I make it a point to daily check Canon Rumors.  The site is authored in a surprisingly humble manner.

5.  The LensWork Technology Blog is a relatively new resource.  Written by the editor of the eponymous magazine, the blog provides what might be described as a more mature and artistic perspective on the technologies and toys often relevant to photographers.

As I said above, the ultimate classroom for the photographer is in the field.  However, any worthwhile class requires significant reading.

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