As the year ends and a new one begins, we looked back at what articles & topics attracted the most attention. Listed below are some of 2013’s most popular posts, which range from useful tips to amazing images to tear-inducing stories. As we researched the top articles we were excited to learn that our visitor base grew nearly 20% this year (6 million photographers stopped by) and we are busy planning exciting things for 2014, thanks so much to all of you who continue to visit us! This site would not be possible without you.
1. 10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Creativity — With a new year and new goals ahead of us, these creative assignments will get 2014 off to a great photographic start.
2. Young Elk Decides He Does Not Like This Photographer — This too-close-for-comfort interaction is a reminder to photographers that wildlife is…well…wild.
3. 23 Photos Taken a Split Second Before Disaster — Ah, schadenfreude. A quick click of the shutter can preserve life’s unfortunate–yet entertaining–moments in a still frame forever.
4. Cancer Victim’s Story Spread All Over the World Through Photography — Photographer Sue Bryce helped a woman with cancer spread a beautiful message with this heartfelt video.
5. Massive Walrus Naps on Submarine Hatch — Crew members on a Russian submarine had a fun photo opportunity when a huge sea visitor fell asleep in an inconvenient place.
6. Top 15 Photoshop Tools Every Photographer Should Know — Photoshop is a powerful program that takes time to master. Jump start the learning process by mastering these essential tools.
7. Stunning Timelapse of New York City — It took two photographers, eight cameras, and two weeks to film this energetic timelapse of New York City.
8. Photographer Captures a Perfect Moment — Zak Noyle, a world class surf photographer, demonstrated his talent when he took this stunningly well-timed image.
9. 15 Surreal Photo Manipulations — These amazing works of art demonstrate the creative possibilities of Photoshop.
10. How to Get Stunning Colors in Your Sunset Photography — Get breathtaking sunset photos bursting with color by metering properly and using neutral density filters.
11. Camera Settings for HDR Photography — We’ve all seen over-processed images. Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro show you how to keep your HDR photos looking realistic.
12. A Guide to Understanding ISO in Photography — This article explains and illustrates ISO’s integral role in the exposure triangle.
13. 5 Simple Tips for Better People Pictures — Do your pictures of people leave something to be desired? This informative list of tips will help you improve your portraits.
14. Student Wins Contests With Stolen Photos — The winner of the Smiles for the World photo contest made headlines when it was discovered that he pilfered the winning image from Flickr.
15. How to Determine Exposure With the Histogram — Relying on your camera’s LCD is often a recipe for disaster. Take control of your exposures by understanding the histogram.