I refer to various links, software, and websites in my post, so for the sake of simplicity, I will gather them here as I post them:
Free HDR Tutorial: By Trey Ratcliff, aka “Stuck in Customs,” one incredible HDR artist.
Post Processing Tutorials: By Diane Varner who has an unbelievable eye for composition.
Astrophotography Video Tutorial: By Ben Canales, one of best astrophotographers I’ve seen.
Strobist: By David Hobby. Everything you need to know about lighting photographs on the cheap with speedlights. A really invaluable tutorial and collection of DIY descriptions on how to make softboxes, ringlights, etc.
NIK Software: I use Sharpner, Color Effects Pro, and Silver effects for those black and whites.
Photomatix: Photomatix Pro – pretty much the standard software for tonemapping HDR images
Topaz: Topaz Adjust and Detail have become standard to my workflow. I am thinking of adding Focus as well.
Star Trails: A free software for astrophotography.
David Masini: A talented artist, web designer, and photographer in his own right. Also the developer of the Nate’s Pics Logo.
Research Triangle Park: The infamous RTP area featured in the ongoing Lunch Break Series.
Conservator’s Center: An incredible place and the source of many of my wildlife photos.
Websites/People I follow:
Mark Kostich – a very, very talented wildlife photographer and friend. He’s taught me more than anyone about photography.
Trey Ratcliff – of the HDR tutorial fame – Mr. HDR himself.
Aggie – A writer and photographer in Australia who will keep you highly amused with tales and photos of her step-daughter, Izzy.
Barbara Youngleson – an incredibly talented photographer from Georgia who provides a wide variety of shots – never know what she is going to post, but they are always amazing.
Diane Varner – of the tutorials mentioned above. Absolutely stunning compositions.
Rob Hanson – a fellow North Carolinian with an incredible collection of photos. Some of the best HDRs I’ve seen.
Scott Frederick – one of the best collection of Urbex HDR photos I’ve seen. Scott always seems to top himself with his next photo.
Life in Mathews - a fun and irreverant blog by Chesapeake Bay Woman about life in Mathews County, Virginia, where I spent much of my summers. She’s an excellent photographer herself and her photos of the area – especially Gywnn’s Island – keep me in touch with home.
Mikka – an amazing collection of travel photos. I’m not sure how she does it, but they seem to have a very nostalgic quality to them. Some of my favorite photos are on this site.