5 Master photographers work to inspire you + Best websites for photography inspiration
Finding photography inspiration online can be tricky in times when the internet is extra populated with social media platforms and tons of self-proclaimed photographers.
Some of the best old school ways to see some inspirational photography work is either by visiting art galleries or in photography books.
However, not everyone has access to those and hence we come back to the world wide web. To make the process easy, I decided to write this article featuring some of the master photographers of all times from all around the world as well as some of the best websites to look for photography inspiration (and it’s not Instagram).
Looking at some of the good work is probably one of the best ways to get inspired as well as train your eye and learn to see good light and composition. So let’s get started.
1. Steve Mccurry
Steve Mccurry’s work has always been one of my favorites on the list. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he’s the photographer behind the iconic National Geographic cover photo ‘Afghan Girl’.
The deep and strong colors are Steve Mccurry’s signature colors. Through his photographs, you can see the stories and transforming cultures from around the world.
2. Raghu Rai
A protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raghu Rai is known for his photojournalism work. Most of
the body of his work is black and white. Some of his famous photojournalism work is from India.
3. Ansel Adams
Another black and white master photographer. By seeing Ansel Adams work, you have a great opportunity to learn how good light and composition plays a vital role in a photograph and even a black and white photograph with right lighting and composition can look cinematic and timeless.
4. Annie Leibovitz
Known for her iconic portraits of Hollywood celebrities in intimate settings and poses. Her portrait work has a wide range from vogue, to Hollywood stars, politicians and even The Queen. If you get chance, do enroll for her class/workshop or online workshop where she explains her theory and idea of photography and setting the mood of a portrait.
5. Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon is known for his fashion and portrait photography work. It is also said that his work helped define America’s image of style, beauty, and culture for the last half-century.
5 Best websites for photography inspiration
Instead of Instagram and Pinterest. Let’s look at some websites that feature professional photography work.
Besides Flickr, 500px is probably the website where most of the photographers start. For both, browsing good work as well as sharing your own work, 500px is one of the few great photography inspiration and gallery website. The community of 500px is huge, diverse and from around the globe. You can start a free account and start sharing and recieving feedback from fellow photograhers.
1x is a very much similar concept as 500px. Neat and professional featured work. 1x has a lot more fine art photography work than other genres however it is still a great platform to browse through when looking for some photography inspiration.
Behance is alot more famous amongst graphic, web, and product designers. But Behance’s photography section is quite curated and has a neat streamline of work. Again, you can create a free account start sharing and start getting inspired.
4. British Journal of Photography
Fearturing some of the finest photography works from around the world. BJP focuses on a lot of conceptual and contemporary photography projects. If you are planning to go towards conceptual portrait photography projects, BJP might be the right website with tons of inspiration for you.
5. National Geographic Photography section
Goes without saying, here NatGeo features some of the best story coverage, journalism, and winning photographs from around the world. You get to see some of the best photography work from current times to keep you inspired.
That’s all for today, but if you have any other photography websites or master photographers that you follow and would like to get them listed here, do write in the comments below or message me on my Instagram
If you are at a beginning level in photography and looking at how to start, do read my blog ‘Basics of learning photography’ and it should get you going.