Required Reading: Número Tres

The last week has been hectic, between bouncing back and forth between Buffalo and NYC and wrapping up a major project, I’ve barely had time to sit down and have a cup of  much needed coffee. Here is a quick weekly fix of some links for you to check out to get your AM started off right.

Keatley

John Keatley is one of the most talented editorial portrait photographers working today, and his work is a personal favorite of mine. Much like his images, a visit to Keatley’s blog is always quirky and engaging. Whether he’s dropping some science on you by breaking down the lighting scheme of one of his shots in minute details, or announcing his arrival on Twitter with a series of humorous self portraits; there always seems to be something different going on. It guess it doesn’t hurt that in addition to to being able to make great images, the man can also write, he is an excellent storyteller, both visually and through the written word.

Fashion Served

Fashion Served, and its various counterparts including Photography Served and Typography Served are a compilation of the best projects in their respective Genres from the Behance Creative Network. Behance is a handy little social networking site for artists and designers where you can post your work in an interesting project based format. Fashion served, and its analogue sites are a great aggregate of these projects from all over the web. Whether you are interested in fashion photography, industrial design, or one of the other genres covered, the served sites are a well edited way to see what people are working on. Its a media rich experience with little to no filler.

Freelance Switch

Regardless of your chosen medium, freelance switch is a universally useful site with a plethora of articles and links for those working as full time freelancers, or those considering the move. Business tips, productivity theory, and product reviews constitute a significant quantity  of the entries, a bonus feature is freelance freedom, a comic strip that any freelances can relate to. In addition to the blog, Freelance Switch also includes a well posted job listing board, an active forum, and number of links to services available to freelancers in a variety of areas.

Nubby Twiglet

There are only a few sites I visit on a regular basis to get my graphic design fix, and Nubby Twiglet’s blog is one of my favorite. Responsible for some of the beautiful design you might have seen in Coilhouse magazine , which you may have seen in a previous required reading post. It was through Coilhouse that I first became aware of the work of this skillful designer. When I stumbled upon her blog, however, was when I considered myself truly impressed. Beautiful examples of typography, intriguing thoughts on personal branding, the philosophy of blogging, fashion, style, and how design can affect all aspects of life. Her site breaks down the wall between professional and personal sites in fresh and compelling way.

Required Reading: Round Two

I’m on my third cup of coffee and have pulled a few links from by bookmarks bar for your ante meridiem perusing pleasure.

Zack Arias

Zack Arias started out his blog as an Atlanta based music photographer and ended up becoming a guru somewhere along the way. Sure, the blog of course contains occasional helpful technique posts and great displays of his new work, more importantly it contains posts like THIS and THIS .

I read Zack’s blog because its a constant call to action and because I can relate to his story. He went to photography school, tried freelancing for a while without finding much success, ended up working at a Kinkos, and then one day had a chance to come back to photography without looking back. The sign shop I worked at wasn’t a Kinkos, but the trajectory is not wholly unfamiliar to me.

Coilhouse

A magazine and accompanying blog that are important for two reasons. First, they clearly shows what can be done by a small magazine with a willingness to experiment very early into its existence. Coilhouse boasts excellent articles, fantastic photography, and stunning design and layout. They have taken the idea of an alternative arts and fashion magazine and raised it up above the bad stereotypes of the genre, through they may not be large, for pure quality I would rank Coilhouse as equal among several other more mainstream boutique magazines.

Secondly, the Coilhouse blog regularly posts extremely interesting and engaging articles about the arts and culture. Though they do have a somewhat alternative flavor to them on the surface, their value indeed runs deeper than that. Especially interesting is the focus paid to Eastern European artists and film, I have definitely been introduced to compelling and numerous bits of art, style, and design that I may have otherwise missed if it were not for the Coilhouse blog.

Photo Business News Forum

Whether you like John Harrington’s blunt style or not is irrelevant. This is one of the single most informative blogs about the business of photography that I have ever come across. Everyone, regardless of experience, age, or skill can find resources in this blog that will prove useful. And, on occasion, some of the rants can set off a rather entertaining string of arguments in the comments.