I am an entirely self taught photographer. And not only that, it wasn’t until about 18 months after I got my DSLR, that I picked up and read a photography book. I’ve relied almost exclusively on the internet and the kindness of the other photographers out there who have generously shared their knowledge for free.
Here is a resource list for your reading pleasure. Keep in mind that this is geared towards those shooting with DSLRs and editing with a Photoshop (both CS and Elements) program. However, if you are truly interested in photography, I think you’ll find some good information here regardless of what you shoot or edit with.
If you find a tutorial, action, preset, etc. useful, please leave a comment and thank the author!
If you have a tutorial that you found useful and/or wrote and think it should be added to the list, please send me an email with the link(s). If you would like to be considered for the “inspiration” section, please send me an email with the link to your portfolio and/or website/blog.
And without further ado, I preset “the list.” Enjoy!
Basics of Shooting
ISO Settings by MckMama
ISO Settings by Rachel Durik
Shutter Speed by Rachel Durik
Aperture by Rachel Durik
Shooting in RAW by Rachel Durik
Basics of Editing (Photoshop and Photoshop Elements)
Intro to Editing (Using Layer Masks)
Using Clipping Masks (Elements)
Adding Texture by Andrea Riley (Elements)
Replacing Color (Elements)
Making Eyes Pop (Elements)
Skin Retouching (Photoshop)
Replacing Color (CS4 Video)
Making Your Own Actions (Photoshop Only)
Dodge and Burn Tool (Elements)
Clipping Masks (Elements)
Shine Be Gone! (CS4 Video)
Smoothing Skin (CS4 Video)
Enhancing Eyelashes (Elements)
Other Editing Resouces
Navy Blue Exclusion Layer (Vintage technique)
Other Photography Resources
Photoshop Shortcuts (PDF)
Free Editing Programs
Pioneer Woman Actions Sets 1 & 2 (Photoshop/Elements)
MCP Free Actions (Photoshop/Elements)
Texas Chicks Actions (Elements)
Mulletgod’s Actions (Photoshop Only)
Smashing Magazine’s Actions (Photoshop Only)