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Who I Follow on Twitter and Why You Should Follow Them Too

April 9, 2010

I’ve been trying to think of a way to make my “FF”, or “follow friday” recommendations carry a little more weight.  The usual way just didn’t sit well with me as it seems to be somewhat worthless to constantly regurgitate the same twitter user names every friday without any context.  To that end, I’ve decided to create a list here on the ol’ blog of my “BFF’s”.  No, not my best friends forever.  These are my burly follow fridays, or best follow fridays or better yet, my bitchin’ follow fridays.  Yep, that’s it – bitchin’ follow fridays.  I’ll just point to this post every Friday so the whole twitterverse can see who I find talented, useful or funny.  I’ll update this list as I find new tweeple to follow.  Without wasting any more of your time with bad prose and silly twitter terminology, here’s the list.

Photographers (in no order whatsoever, not even alphabetical)

Guy Tal (@guytalphoto) – Best nature photographer in Utah (maybe even all of the Southwest), killer blog, conservationist, workshop leader, all-around nice guy.
Michael Gordon (@MichaelEGordon) – Amazing large format photographer in California, print master, conservationist, workshop leader, cool dude to hang with.
Gary Crabbe (@enlightphoto) – Shares lots of inspirational photos and the occasional nugget of hard-won photo biz know-how.
Tim Parkin (@timparkin) – Interesting observations and images from across the pond, super guy, workshop leader.
William Neill (@wgneill) – Outdoor Photographer column, gorgeous photos, entertaining & useful blog.
Quang Tuan-Luong (@terragalleria) – National Park photographer, very helpful blog posts.
Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) – Prolific photo blogger, social media guru & talented photographer.  Posts lots of good links to useful info.
Scott Bourne (@ScottBourne) – Gives away free cameras, shares tons of useful photo and social media stuff.
Ron Niebrugge (@Niebrugge) – Hyper successful stock photographer, prolific blogger, sharer of interesting tidbits and all-around cool cat.
Kari Post (@KariPost) – Great East Coast photographer, posts links to good info, fellow NatureScapes.net member.
Carl Donohue (@CarlDonohue) –  Transplanted Aussie photographer, funny as hell, leads photo treks in Alaska, blogs about interesting stuff & shares my loves of da blues.
Sean Bagshaw (@SeanBagshaw) – Really talented Pacific NW photographer, posts great photos from adventures, workshop leader, good blog posts.
Greg Russell (@alpenglowimages) – Talented California photographer, blogs a lot about stuff that will help you, nice dude.
Younes Bounhar (@younesbounhar) –  World traveling photographer in Canada, great blog content, down to earth guy.
Michael Anderson (@andersonpics) – One of the best photographers in the world, if you ask me. Doesn’t tweet much but be there when he does.
Paul Marcellini (@PaulMarcellini) – Florida photographer with amazing local landscape work & some useful blog posts.
Steve Sieren (@SteveSieren) – California photographer whose desert work is especially stunning, good blog, posts lots of inspirational images.
Jon Cornforth (@CornforthImages) – Seattle based nature photographer who travels extensively and shares useful nuggets of wisdom & sweet photos.
Ann Torrence (@anntorrence) – Author/photographer of book about US 89 who lives in SLC, Utah and posts links to useful stuff.  Oh, and buy the book!

Organizations

Blackstar (@blackstar) – Lots and lots and lots of tremendously helpful information on running a photo business.
Naturescapes.net (@naturescapesnet) – One of my top two favorite photo forums on the net, shares helpful information, makes you a better photographer.
Outdoor Photo Gear (@OPGear) – Great blog, only store dedicated to outdoor photo gear, awesome service.
Artistic Photo Canvas (@APCpro) – Shares useful information, discounts on canvas prints, just generally good people.
West Coast Imaging (@MelanieWCI) – Another great source of helpful information, some of the best printing services in industry, occasional discounts.
Adventure Tykes (@adventuretykes) –  Everything you need to know about enjoying the outdoors with your tykes, all the gear they’ll need too.
Peta Pixel (@petapixel) – Always posting links to uber-informative photo blogs, articles, etc.
Fast Company (@fastcompany) –  Progressive views on running your business.
Photoshelter (@photoshelter) – More great information, specifically how to run your business and stock photo topics.
The Photo Argus (@thephotoargus) – Yep, still more helpful information, interesting links, etc.
NAPP (@NAPP_news) – Latest and greatest Photoshop/Lightroom news, tips, tricks, techniques.
XShot (@xshot) – Posts tons of links to gear reviews, helpful tips, interesting photo news.
Nik Software (@niksoftware) – Love their software, especially Silver Efex Pro, Dfine and Sharpener Pro.  Posts links to good post-processing stuff & more.
My Nature Tracks (@MyNatureTracks) –  Developed really cool iPhone app for identifying animal tracks, RT’s interesting stuff.
Backpacker (@BackpackerMag) – Backpacker magazine on twitter.  Lots of great gear reviews, backpacking tips, hikes, and more.

So, there you have it.  No doubt I’ve left out a few who deserve to be in this list.  If I forgot you – I’m sorry.  It’s getting late and the caffeine is no longer having any effect at all.  I will update this list on regularly as I remember who I forgot and also when I find new and exciting people to follow.  Check back every once in a while to discover the new peeps.  Have a most excellent day!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 9:10 am

    Awesome list. Definitely some of the best people out there.

  2. April 9, 2010 9:41 am

    Hi Bret: THANKS for the nice words and for including me alongside so many other great photographers!

  3. April 16, 2010 10:25 am

    Thanks, Bret. Am Honored and Much Appreciative of your kind recognition.

    :: deep bow of humble respect ::

    Cheers,

    – Gary

  4. April 16, 2010 11:58 am

    Thanks for the inclusion Bret! Your Follow Friday list/post is full of talented folks and it’s an honor to be included..

  5. karipost permalink
    April 23, 2010 7:38 pm

    Great post and thanks for the inclusion in the list! I’m glad I got some new names to follow.

  6. April 26, 2010 10:35 am

    Hey thanks a lot Bret! Great list – it is an honor to be included on it.

  7. May 1, 2010 4:42 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the great list. I added quite a few people.

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