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Featured Sites

Featured sites are not associated with Photoxels. By featuring a site, our intention is to highlight web sites our editors think worth visiting. Though most are digital photography-related and illustrate what can be done with a digital camera, others are not. Some sites may not be appropriate to viewing by minors. The content and advertising policies of the featured site may also not be in accordance with those of Photoxels -- and we cannot control these. Please exercise care and common sense, and if a site is objectionable to you, let us know.

February 16, 2009

Simon Plant Video Tutorials

Simon Plant Video TutorialsSimon Plant is an award-winning photographer with over two decades of experience shooting for nationally and internationally known clients. He has a photographic training website,, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at professional photo shoots and the retouching that goes into making those award-winning photos. You can also read his blog.

October 09, 2008

visit Travel Photographer site

Travel Photographer

"Andy became a photographer last century (20th). His work has been published around the world. His wife is very cute."

This no-nonsense, straight to the point approach mirrors Andy Piggott's travel photography, whether shooting landscapes, close-ups, people or nature. He adds freshness and the human element to oft-taken world famous sites.

If you like Andy's pictures and wonders how he does it, you're in luck because he also teaches photography. His approach? "...informal, informative and fun!"

[ Visit Travel Photographer | Photography Workshops... ]

September 19, 2008

visit RetouchShoppe site


Post processing is an integral part of digital photography. Yet, when most beginners shop for a digital camera, they spend hours reading reviews and comparing images to find the "best digital camera." And when they get it, they complain about the soft images, the wrong colors, and how their pictures do not look like the ones they see in the magazines or even like those the pros display on their sites as "image samples."

The RetouchShoppe site is refreshingly honest in their photos (and the retouching services they render). Click on the "View Original" and "View Retouched" buttons to swap back and forth between the pictures the pro took with his/her camera -- and the final results after post processing.

If you've got a good camera, are learning how to take good pictures, then the next step for you to become a better photographer may well be to invest in some photo editing software and learning to "develop" your pictures in the "electronic darkroom."

[ Visit RetouchShoppe... ]

April 30, 2008

Featured Site: VideoJug


The tagline reads "Life explained. On film." And indeed it does -- and remarkably well, at that. You can find almost everything explained, from How to make Alfredo sauce to How to photograph a nude woman / man [Ha, got your attention!]. No racy stuff, just plain photography sense. Lots of useful and practical tips. Want to understand Exposure better? How about a short video course on Exposure, Shutter Speeds and Aperture? You can scroll down the page for the actual text read in the video. It's the better YouTube.

[ Visit VideoJug... ]

April 4, 2008

Featured Site: Panoramio


You won't see me often venturing further North past Stouffville in my car, but thanks to Google Earth, I can zip to far away places in the comfort of my armchair. I notice little blue dots pockmarking the landscape and upon double-clicking on one, discover a beautiful landscape picture. More clicking and more wonderful photos, all dotted around the Google Earth 3D map. Give it a try, but let me warn you beforehand that it's absolutely addictive. And why not submit your photos to Panoramio? If selected, they will be added to Google Earth for all the world to visit and see -- with a link back to your home web site.

[ Visit Panoramio... ]

September 11, 2007

9/11 at

"One of the saddest days of my life" is how one reader recalls this day. Of course, 9/11 is not just New York, but the twin towers are the images that will remain seared in most people's mind. Especially if you can just see it happening right out your kitchen window, as Victor Ho did on that fateful day. is also not just about 9/11 but it seems fitting on this day to highlight one aspect from the incredible range of pictures you can find in this gallery. There are photography portfolios, photographers'  pages, photo ratings, and other areas. Visit the site, browse the gallery or register for free and post your own photos!

[ Visit ]

September 5, 2007

Featured Site: Strobist


If you are serious about photography, sooner or later you'll need to learn how to use flash like a professional. This is the mission of Strobist where David Hobby teaches us the ins and outs of professional lighting like you've never read it -- and seen it demonstrated -- before. Wanna build your own $10 macro photo studio for Ebay product shots? Visit Strobist. Wanna know how to light a comet? Visit Strobist. You get the idea.

[ Visit Strobist... ]

August 2, 2007

Featured Site: Bird Cinema

Bird Cinema has launched a new Picture section where bird lovers can post their greatest bird pictures! is a place for people to post many different types of bird videos and photos. It provides a community of people who love birds, domestic and wild. Both amateurs and professionals post on the site and share their best videos and pictures. Anecdotes about the bird, how a video was shot, and other relevant info round out a submission. The site purports to be both inspirational and educational.

The slow-motion [next feature to arrive in digital cameras?] footage of birds alighting on -- and taking off -- from a perch is a beauty.

[ Visit ]

August 27, 2006

Featured Site: Sand Fantasy

Sometimes you encounter something so beautiful it takes your breath away.

View some clips of the works of Ilana Yahav and see for yourself. Her works of art are unlike anything I have ever seen -- just beautiful!

Clip1, Clip2

[ Visit ]

July 06, 2006

Featured Site:

I like this photoblog because the author is not just out snapping photos to post. Each shot is a little self-contained experiment in different photography techniques with relevant EXIF info posted. The pictures look great and the accompanying anecdotes add a personal touch.

Jonathan Goldberg currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He shoots with a Canon EOS 30D. Favourite lenses are the Canon EF-S 18-55mm USM and EF 70-300mm IS USM.

Concerning the title of the photoblog, Jonathan writes: "I wanted something original yet easy to remember for the title. To take the lid off something means to reveal or to show for the first time. I feel like my images show ordinary daily scenes or subjects in a new light, in a way that you may just be seeing them for the first time."

[ Visit ]

June 13, 2006

Featured Site: Virtual Traveller

Virtual Traveller

Philip Harle's ambitions are to be "internationally recognised for his photography and to own a car which was built this Millennium." So we thought we'd chimed in our votes and invite our readers to visit and enjoy his excellent photos taken during his travels to many parts of the world. [ Visit Virtual Traveller... ]

April 19, 2006

Featured Site: Andrej Belic Scuba Photography

Andrej Belic Scuba Photography

If you like underwater photography, don't miss Andrej Belic's Scuba Photography web site. From St Johns, Canada, to Sudan, Africa, Andrej takes you on a beautiful tour of the marine landscape. Flash Player required. [ Visit Andrej Belic... ]

Featured Site: PanosFX


Panos Efstathiadis invites you to experience Photoshop with free actions that bring your pictures alive. You will need either Photoshop 6 and above, or Photoshop Elements 3 and above for those actions to work. [ Visit PanosFX... ]

April 14, 2006

Featured Site: World in Motion VR

World In Motion VR

The new Motion VR of the Month showcase features some of the most astonishing moving 360° panoramas ever created. Each month, viewers can experience unusual locations like a sunset over the bizarre Salar de Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia, the awesome power of Iguazu Falls in Argentina, a hang gliding flight in New Zealand and a Brazilian Capoeira demonstration, all in full motion 360°. [ Visit World in Motion VR... ]

November 4, 2005

Photos ma ville

Photos ma ville

Si vous êtes de ceux qui aiment les sites <<Photos du jour>> eh bien, ne ratez pas le site de Jacques qui maintien aussi deux galleries: celle des Villes de Normandie et celle du Havre. Les photos sont magnifiques [plaisir un tout petit peu gâché pas le copyright] et vous offrent une ballade virtuelle dans la belle Ville du Havre. [ Visité Photos ma ville... ]

If you enjoy "Photo of the Day" sites, don't miss the one maintained by Jacques. There are also two photo galleries: "Villes de Normandie" and "Ville du Havre." The pictures are compelling [copyright mars the pleasure a tiny bit] and take you on a virtual stroll in the beautiful city of Havre. [ Visit Photos ma ville... ]

November 2, 2005

Gautam Narang - Flipeye


Gautam Narang writes compelling essays using the visual medium. His digital camera captures poignant images of people, places and events that tell a story better than the written words could. He has exhibited his art in a number of galleries, won awards, been published in numerous magazines and news media.

[ Visit Flipeye... ]

October 10, 2005

Mount Everest 360° Panorama

Here is a "cool" link that gives you a panoramic view at the top of Mount Everest. Photo by Roderick Mackenzie [Why did I climb Everest?].

July 1, 2005


Independence Day For Slaves

27 million men, women and children still live in slavery today. If you want to have a part in helping raise awareness about this scourge, visit the "Make The Difference Network" (MTDN) and help end slavery around the world.

April 5, 2005

Image Nepal

Back in university at UT Texas, Austin, I had a roommate from Nepal. Sagun was a great pal and one day he prepared pickled bamboo shoots and stank up the whole apartment for a week :D. Now everytime the subject of Nepal comes up, I am reminded of "Sagun and the Pickled Bamboo Shoots." I am glad to present reader Karan Desar's "Image Nepal - Nepal through the viewfinder" -- an exotic place for many of us here in North America.

March 8, 2005


Site Unseen - A Western Australia Student Photography Collection. Site Unseen is a non profit, donation funded program which releases a book each year with the winning submittants of photos from Australian photography campuses. The recently launched Site Unseen 05 book can be purchased for $60 (Australian?). This beautiful Hard Cover book, containing 123 stunning images, makes the perfect coffee table book or gift. Please call Claire: 0405 127 676 or Jem: 0473 775 349 for orders or go to their order page. All PAST books are also available for purchase.

December 9, 2004

Steve AreenSteve Areen

Musician & photographer extraordinaire...

Our Featured Sites for December is Steve Areen

November 2, 2004

Worth1000 TutorialsWorth1000

It's said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and our Featured Sites proves it with some of the most interesting digital imaging tutorials I've seen to date. If you've ever wondered how they did it, check out this site. Even though you may not ever try one of these digital manipulations yourself, it's fun to see how it's done!

Our Featured Sites for November is Worth1000

October 1, 2004

Sam Javanrouh's Daily Dose of ImageryDaily Dose of Imagery

I've been meaning to feature Sam Javanrouh's photoblog for a long time but simply never got to it. Well, this is now rectified. One photo a day using (currently) the Canon EOS Digital Rebel / 300D. Be sure to try the flash-enabled images, and leave a note on his guestmap.

Our Featured Sites for October is Daily Dose of Imagery.

September 1, 2004

Rune Werner Molnes Photo GalleriesRune Werner Molnes Photo Galleries

"My profound interest in photography sparked when I bought my first digital camera. Photography has allowed me to appreciate more the aesthetics of the world, and I see beauty in things now that previously would have eluded my attention." Nine beautiful galleries mostly shot with an Olympus E-1 (some with Canon 10D and S45).

Our Featured Sites for September is Rune Werner Molnes Photo Galleries.

August 1, 2004

Don Ellis' KleptographyDon Ellis' Kleptography

Don Ellis has revamped his site and added some 200 more wonderful images to enjoy. Worth a revisit....

Our Featured Sites for August is Don Ellis' Kleptography.

July 1, 2004

What better way to welcome Canada Day than to feature, a web site dedicated to exploring Canada (and what it means to be Canadian) through a growing collection of photographs that are distinctly Canadian.

Our Featured Sites for July is

June 1, 2004


Easy to understand guide to digital cameras: buying, taking and working with pictures, techniques, tips, free newsletter.

Our Featured Sites for June is Digicamhelp.

May 2, 2004

Terra Galleria Photography

Terra Galleria

View on-line galleries consisting of more than 8,000 pictures from around the world by photographer Quang-Tuan Luong. Categories include travel, adventure, landscape, and nature photography.

Our Featured Sites for May is Terra Galleria Photography.

April 5, 2004

Adam Gibbs PhotographyAdam Gibbs Photography

Canadian nature photographer Adam Gibbs recalled glancing through a book on nature photography and "wondering why my pictures didn't look as good as the ones in the book. " His formula to becoming a great nature photographer was simply "to get out there, observe, start shooting and keep shooting."

His works have featured in many publications, from Audubon to the Sierra Club, and many books, magazines, and other calendars in between. Not bad for someone who started as a snap shooter!

Our Featured Sites for April is Adam Gibbs Photography.

March , 2004

Don Ellis' KleptographyDon Ellis' Kleptography

One of the criteria I use when selecting a Featured Sites is the amount of time I spend browsing it. Don Ellis' site, Kleptography, is filled with obsessively good pictures, funny anecdotes, and when he gives advice, it's pretty sound. And you feel like you're welcomed to stay and browse for as long as you want....

Our Featured Sites for March is Don Ellis' Kleptography.

February 1, 2004

Dave Till's Toronto PhotosDave Till's Web Pages

Madge, you'll never believe this wonderful web site I've found! It has all sorts of amazing stuff: Toronto Photos, Ghost Signs, Graffiti, Neighbourhoods, telephone poles, sidewalks, eye candy, ravines, Ads from the 1920's...

Our Featured Sites for February is and his Toronto Pages.

January 1, 2004

CanadaHelps.orgFor our first Featured Featured Sites for 2004, we have chosen to highlight an online portal for charitable giving. is a non-profit organisation started by three university students to capitalize on the rapid progress made in Internet technology. By making available best of breed e-commerce technology free of charge to charitable organisations through its portal, has instantly catapulted every one of Canada's 78,000 charities into the Internet age. Please start the new year right by thinking of those less fortunate. If you have found useful, then one way you can give back is to visit the portal and contribute to your favourite charity. Thank you!

December 1, 2003

Project 37: Night Photography @ Usefilm.comProject 37: Night Photography @

If you are fascinated by night photography, check out Project 37 at, where it is still free to post your portfolio of best images. Here, you'll find more than 900 pictures taken at night under various lighting situations. For many of these shots you will need a camera that allows long shutter speeds, and even Bulb mode.

November 1, 2003

Jacques PontbriandJacques Pontbriand

Sometimes there is no better way than learning from a pro, and Jacques Pontbriand's portfolio is just amazing. Check out his pictures, paying close attention to composition. In English and Français.

October 3, 2003


Home of 26 Things and connect 8, is our Featured Web Site for the month of October.




September 1, 2003

World Is Round Travel PhotographyWorld Is Round Travel Photography

Share your travel photos on this web site. David Hariton founded this site where you can post your travel photos and add anecdotes that bring these photos to life for the readers. Now, that is my type of a photography site. Well done! is our Featured Web Site for the month of September.

August 4, 2003

Skulpt Digital PhotographySkulpt Digital Photography

Photo Gallery of Brian H. who hails from Winnipeg, Canada and works as a freelance photographer. Check out his site for some beautiful pictures taken with the Olympus C-3000Z and C700Z.

July 1, 2003

Stanley Chan Digital Photography

Still in progress, but I have a feeling this site is going places. I like the straightforward design and superb photography. Explore People, Places, Things, and Panoramas.




June 2, 2003

Women in Photography InternationalFounded in 1981, and reorganized in 2000 as an online resource center, Women in Photography International serves the needs of photographers, photo educators, photography students, gallery owners and photographic organizations around the world. With the mission of promoting the visibility of women photographers and their work, it organizes a variety of programs, exhibitions, juried competitions and publications. A quarterly online ezine, f2, features member profiles and portfolios, interviews, book reviews, product information and gallery listings.

April 28, 2003

Russell Preston Brown: Tips & TechniquesEver wondered how to sharpen an image? How to remove an annoying background? Learn Photoshop techniques from a Pro! Through a series of QuickTime movies and Adobe PDF files, Russell Preston Brown leads us in step-by-step tutorials to accomplish some of the most useful actions we'll ever need to retouch our digital images. And, best of all, all of these tutorials from our May Featured Web Site are all free!

April 1, 2003

Pinhole Visions - The Art of Pinhole PhotographyNo, our featured site for this month is not an April Fool's joke. If you think it is, then the joke's on you. Far too many of us spend too much time figuring out which digital camera to buy -- and spend too little time taking great pictures. A pinhole camera is as bare bones a camera as one can get; now, with the technical details cast aside, we can concentrate on just taking pictures. Here's your challenge this month: see if you can take better pictures than the ones featured on Pinhole Visions.

March 13, 2003


There are so many talented photographers and graphics artists out there with web sites just waiting to be discovered. This month, our very first Featured Web Site goes to iNKday! iNKday is a Photo Journal Blog written by an 18 year-old student at the University of Western Ontario (doing her HBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business). She hails from Vancouver, BC (Canada); uses an Olympus C-3030 to record her daily blog; and showcases her web design and graphics talent right on her web site. Photoxels is honored to present the Photoxels Editor's Choice Award to Allie Faith Henze a.k.a CMYK iNK. Congratulations, iNK!






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