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Our 13 Most Popular Photography Tutorials of All Time

Yesterday I was doing a little analysis of the statistics behind dPS as I did a little planning for the coming months on the site and as I looked at them I realised that some of what I was seeing would probably be interesting for you our readership.

I’ll share a few of the stats below – but I thought that of particular interest to newer readers of dPS would be our a list of our most read tutorials and tips. Here are the Top 13

  1. Wedding Photography – 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers
  2. How to Make an Inexpensive Light Tent
  3. 4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures POP!
  4. 21 Great Reader Shots [And How They Were Taken]
  5. The Rule of Thirds
  6. How to Photograph Fireworks
  7. How to Choose a DSLR Camera
  8. Should You Buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera?
  9. Introduction to Shutter Speed
  10. 11 Landscape Photography Tips
  11. Portrait Photography Tips
  12. 5 Black and White Photography Tips
  13. An Introduction to Food Photography

A few other stats that readers might be interested in:

popular-photography-tipsdPS was founded in April 2006. We started tracking visitors using our current stats package in January 2007. Since that time:

  • 37,973,318 people have visited our site
  • those readers have viewed 123,543,058 pages of content
  • in the last week we signed up our 400,000th subscriber (this is a combined total of email and RSS subscribers – it goes up and down a little from day to day) – If you’re not yet subscribed you can do so here.
  • our forum now has 87,837 members, 98,196 threads of conversation and 886,588 posts on it.
  • our facebook page has 9,207 fans
  • our twitter account is followed by 22,857 people
  • on Flickr we have a dPS group with 10,269 members (they’ve shared 76,724 photos)
  • our biggest source of traffic has been Google (33%), followed by our friends at the bookmarking sites StumbleUpon and Digg (thanks to everyone who bookmarks our site) and one of our favourite blogs – Lifehacker.
  • we have published 1569 tips and tutorials on the main blog section of dPS.

While it feels like we’ve been around for a long time we’re a relatively new site in the photography niche. We’re by no means the biggest around but it’s exciting to be a part of something that has experienced real growth and that seems to be helping people.

How You Can Help dPS Grow

subscribe-digital-photography-schoolThe main reason that dPS has grown to the point that it has is that over the last 4 years our community has been incredibly active in contributing to and promoting our site. We’ve seen this in a number of ways including groups of people who have:

  • Volunteered the write tutorials
  • Volunteered to moderate our forums
  • Linked to dPS from their own sites, blogs, photoblogs, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook Accounts
  • Forwarded our newsletters onto friends
  • Left helpful and encouraging comments on our tutorials or in our forums
  • Bought one of our Photography E-Books

We greatly appreciate your help in these (and other) ways. Big or small – your contributions are (and will continue to be) valued.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • baer

    Congratulation from Slovakia! This is awsome goals! Always when i read your web i am really excited. Learned me many things about a photography . Thank you!

  • Glad to be a part of it – I think you’re an excellent resource for beginning photographers, and useful to photographers of any level. I often point folks to your site, and have your feed display on the front page of my own site.

    Thanks for creating a great site that’s bound to grow even more – keep up the good work, and of course I’ll keep coming back!

  • Thanks for the links Darren there’s a few there that I haven’t read yet!

    Congrats on the stats – Wow… there’s bigger photography blogs than this???

  • Congratulations. I am in a few of those stats (twitter, newsletter, RSS feed) so does that make me a contributor? lol I also provide a link to your site from mine.

    I come back because this site provides great content. Keep up the great work and I am sure your stats will continue to grow!

  • You have a great site here. Keep up the good work.

  • JanN

    Love the “How to Photograph ..” tips.

    I have added a link to DPS from by blog… how do I link to dps from my facebook page?

  • Love this most popular photography tips. Keep blogging and thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

  • Darren,

    Congrats on the success and best of luck with future growth of the site. It’s one fantastic resource.

    How about posting a list of topics you’d like to see tutorials on or better yet post a blog entry soliciting what the readers want to learn about. If there’s something I have the knowledge to write about I’d be happy to do it for DPS.

  • I am following DPS on Twitter and every day, I check out the newest tips. I find most of them very helpful and written so that anyone can understand them. I’m glad to have found you. For the life of me, I don’t remember how I did though. 🙂

  • Bill

    Great summary, great links, and congratulations! I’ve researched other photography forums and haven’t been interested in joining any beyond dPS because they simply do not “measure up” to dPS standards.

  • Mahesh

    Thanks for the great articles about photography. I am at beginner level in SLR photography and learning lots and lots of ideas, tips and tricks about handling camera and making pictures. This site has been a big resource to learn something extra about camera stuff. Thanks to DPS authors, who shares tips about photography.

  • I love this site! I use it so much, it has been a staple in my unanswered questions on photography.
    And a great tool to view others photographs,and that gives me inspiration.
    I really look forward to seeing each weeks new post!
    Thanks Darren!

  • There are some useful tutorials here, especially the Photoshop one(for making the subject stand out). Thanks a lot. I love making postcards with photos from http://www.psprint.com/postcards and sending them to people I know.

  • Dang Ninh Phuong

    Dear Darren,
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I have learn so much from the day I join to DPS and I love your site. I stay in Vietnam and I hope one day I can visit you in Australia.

  • Krasimira Georgieva

    Dear Darren,
    Thank you for this Great site!
    Find highly professional answers to all questions related to my hobby photography.This site has given me new contacts and friends from around the world. Good work of professional team who works for the site is responsible for a steady rise in his popularity.
    Good luck!

  • A superb source of information for both beginners and professionals

  • Alamin

    DPS has been my most important resource on photography, I have learned so much and am still learning from this great site.Thanks to the guys @ DPS for such dedication on keeping this site running .More grease to your elbows.

  • I have read every one of those. They have been a big help in getting me to the point I am at now.
    Thanks for the venue to learn.

    Flickr:

    http://bit.ly/oufr4c

  • Rob

    Cool post, and thanks for sharing, going to try out a few shortly!

  • Brianna

    Hello, could someone please tell me how you change your settings to a 2 frame setting, I have a Sony a290, thanks!

  • Dana

    I’m a hockey mom, looking for tips on taking photos in arenas. I have a Nikkon D80. My pics are always so dark, arena don’t have good lighting.

  • Kari

    I have learned so much from this site. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. My husband recently bought me a new camera and I use it all the time! Looking forward to reading more on your site 🙂

  • this actually works . your the best keep up the work. by the way my name is breanne and you should give great tips how to work a camrea. i have one and yes i know how to work it. but i want to know if you know how to do background for the camrea

  • Don

    Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from
    an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?

    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but
    I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Appreciate it

  • I think the admin of this web page is actually working hard for his site,
    as here every data is quality based data.

  • Tommy Latina

    Dear Mr. Darren, it the collection of pictures that you used in this article, especially the moon picture. It seems that it is one on my shot a year or two ago. I posted that pic of the moon in my Facebook account. But I notice that the water mark that is stamp on the pic in your article is different then the one I used. Based on the picture of the moon in your article the angle the editing of the pic is the same as mine. I am just wondering.

  • Folafayo

    I thought the same too funny enough, I put mine up on fb and Instagram just some weeks aga..,,now that’s weird (@folafayo)

Some Older Comments

  • Phillip May 25, 2013 11:14 am

    I think the admin of this web page is actually working hard for his site,
    as here every data is quality based data.

  • Don May 23, 2013 11:52 pm

    Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from
    an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?

    I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about creating my own but
    I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Appreciate it

  • breanne February 8, 2013 10:49 am

    this actually works . your the best keep up the work. by the way my name is breanne and you should give great tips how to work a camrea. i have one and yes i know how to work it. but i want to know if you know how to do background for the camrea

  • Kari May 3, 2012 08:55 am

    I have learned so much from this site. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. My husband recently bought me a new camera and I use it all the time! Looking forward to reading more on your site :)

  • Dana March 12, 2012 02:28 am

    I'm a hockey mom, looking for tips on taking photos in arenas. I have a Nikkon D80. My pics are always so dark, arena don't have good lighting.

  • Brianna March 5, 2012 02:54 pm

    Hello, could someone please tell me how you change your settings to a 2 frame setting, I have a Sony a290, thanks!

  • Rob October 12, 2011 09:16 pm

    Cool post, and thanks for sharing, going to try out a few shortly!

  • Brian Fuller October 6, 2011 11:44 pm

    I have read every one of those. They have been a big help in getting me to the point I am at now.
    Thanks for the venue to learn.

    Flickr:

    http://bit.ly/oufr4c

  • Alamin October 6, 2011 02:32 pm

    DPS has been my most important resource on photography, I have learned so much and am still learning from this great site.Thanks to the guys @ DPS for such dedication on keeping this site running .More grease to your elbows.

  • Peter Virtue July 8, 2011 12:04 pm

    A superb source of information for both beginners and professionals

  • Krasimira Georgieva March 1, 2010 08:00 am

    Dear Darren,
    Thank you for this Great site!
    Find highly professional answers to all questions related to my hobby photography.This site has given me new contacts and friends from around the world. Good work of professional team who works for the site is responsible for a steady rise in his popularity.
    Good luck!

  • Dang Ninh Phuong February 27, 2010 07:19 pm

    Dear Darren,
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I have learn so much from the day I join to DPS and I love your site. I stay in Vietnam and I hope one day I can visit you in Australia.

  • Ashley Adams February 26, 2010 08:48 pm

    There are some useful tutorials here, especially the Photoshop one(for making the subject stand out). Thanks a lot. I love making postcards with photos from http://www.psprint.com/postcards and sending them to people I know.

  • tabletopdrummer February 26, 2010 03:46 am

    I love this site! I use it so much, it has been a staple in my unanswered questions on photography.
    And a great tool to view others photographs,and that gives me inspiration.
    I really look forward to seeing each weeks new post!
    Thanks Darren!

  • Mahesh February 24, 2010 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the great articles about photography. I am at beginner level in SLR photography and learning lots and lots of ideas, tips and tricks about handling camera and making pictures. This site has been a big resource to learn something extra about camera stuff. Thanks to DPS authors, who shares tips about photography.

  • Bill February 24, 2010 04:37 am

    Great summary, great links, and congratulations! I've researched other photography forums and haven't been interested in joining any beyond dPS because they simply do not "measure up" to dPS standards.

  • Karen Stuebing February 23, 2010 10:52 pm

    I am following DPS on Twitter and every day, I check out the newest tips. I find most of them very helpful and written so that anyone can understand them. I'm glad to have found you. For the life of me, I don't remember how I did though. :)

  • Zack Jones February 23, 2010 10:10 pm

    Darren,

    Congrats on the success and best of luck with future growth of the site. It's one fantastic resource.

    How about posting a list of topics you'd like to see tutorials on or better yet post a blog entry soliciting what the readers want to learn about. If there's something I have the knowledge to write about I'd be happy to do it for DPS.

  • panoramic photo stitching February 23, 2010 06:36 pm

    Love this most popular photography tips. Keep blogging and thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

  • JanN February 23, 2010 04:53 pm

    Love the "How to Photograph .." tips.

    I have added a link to DPS from by blog... how do I link to dps from my facebook page?

  • Mei Teng February 23, 2010 11:30 am

    You have a great site here. Keep up the good work.

  • Chris February 23, 2010 11:00 am

    Congratulations. I am in a few of those stats (twitter, newsletter, RSS feed) so does that make me a contributor? lol I also provide a link to your site from mine.

    I come back because this site provides great content. Keep up the great work and I am sure your stats will continue to grow!

  • Mandy February 23, 2010 08:15 am

    Thanks for the links Darren there's a few there that I haven't read yet!

    Congrats on the stats - Wow... there's bigger photography blogs than this???

  • ArkyMark February 23, 2010 05:54 am

    Glad to be a part of it - I think you're an excellent resource for beginning photographers, and useful to photographers of any level. I often point folks to your site, and have your feed display on the front page of my own site.

    Thanks for creating a great site that's bound to grow even more - keep up the good work, and of course I'll keep coming back!

  • baer February 23, 2010 05:49 am

    Congratulation from Slovakia! This is awsome goals! Always when i read your web i am really excited. Learned me many things about a photography . Thank you!

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