Ephotozine was one of the first online photography magazines and remains a cut above the many websites that have followed.
This is partly because it has had longer to mature, grow and refine itself, but also because it was created by a respected photo magazine editor whose print journalism experience has translated well to the web.
What we liked:
A veritable Swiss Army knife of a site, Ephotozine has everything a photographer could wish for. You can (deep breath) compare prices, get prints made, have your photos critiqued, buy cameras and equipment (new and second-hand), learn how to shoot a wedding, check out the best new books, get the latest camera news and find out if that new dig cam you've got your eye on is any good.
The site is a breeze to navigate with category headings for News, Equipment, Photos and Learn. In the Equipment area you'll find product reviews written by both the staff and the public, an online shop and a price-comparison section. Registered members can buy and sell their own gear here too, and there's a comprehensive set of links offering useful buying advice.
Ephotozine contains plenty of advice on photography technique too. Some of it may be a bit techy for the casual snapper, but it does offer lots of sound advice on topics such as taking photos on safari, shooting piers, colour balancing your monitor, and removing the ever-annoying red-eye glitch.
If you want to check out the work of other snappers, head to the Photos section. Should you feel brave enough you can submit your own pictures and let other people vote on which ones, if any, they like. Visitors can also submit comments, most of which were complimentary when we had a look. The most popular pictures get to occupy a spot in the prestigious Reader's Choice and Editor's Choice sections. These tend to be by serious camera club types and most have a arty bent.
All the portfolios are searchable via alphabetical tabs. There's lots of other stuff here, such as book reviews, links to other products and services, and it's all free. You don't even have to register, but if you do you get extra benefits, and if you're really into showing off your work you can pay £20 to join the members section E2.
What we didn't like:
It isn't purely digital, so there's film-related content here too (how quaint). As the site is aimed primarily at enthusiasts there's an assumption of basic knowledge that casual snappers may find intimidating. Not every camera is covered and they're listed in no particular order, while the techniques and advice links are pretty arbitrary and follow no structure. They should start with the basics and be divided into beginners, intermediate and advanced tutorials.