I’ve been enjoying Google+ as a forum for connecting with other photographers and seeing a huge quantity of beautiful work. A number of lists are circulating suggesting photographers to follow; this can be a good place to start, but I’ve been finding more people by seeing who comments and has interesting things to say about other photographers’ work. My favourite thing about the site is that there are relatively few barriers between amateurs and professionals. Many people seem genuinely interesting in sharing information, learning, encouraging and growing as photographers. It’s exciting and inspiring to see.
Click the link to find me on Google+.
A number of photographers on Google+ have mentioned another site called 500px which is a great place to see a wide range of photography, much of it excellent. (Users are encouraged to upload only their best photos.) The site’s layout displays photos in a very appealing way — far superior to Flickr, for example — and the large thumbnail sizes make it easy to browse and find interesting new photographers to follow. And for me, personally, the square thumbnail or preview shape is ideal, since the majority of my photos are square or close to it in proportions.
While a paid membership gives access to more features, a free account (allowing 20 photos to be posted each week, I’m told) certainly satisfies someone like me who already has a website and doesn’t need a vast upload or display capacity. I’ve only just signed up, but I’m already looking forward to seeing other photographers’ work there.
Click the link to find me on 500px.