Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook have become extremely popular with today’s computer savvy culture. And, while these sites provide great entertainment for people and offer a simple way to stay connected with friends near and far, there are also social networking sites that are targeted to certain professions. On these sites, users can keep in touch with friends in the same field, but they can also market their work, share successes and failures and keep
abreast on new techniques and technologies.
Social Networking, Photography-Style
Some of the best targeted social networking sites are aimed at photographers. Following are seven that seem to have had great success at providing social networking along with useful tools of the trade.
American Photo – This site has a great blog that allows registered users to comment and post their own ideas. It also has plenty of information on topics of interest to photographers, like tips on photographing certain subjects and photo retouching.
My Shutterspace – This is a social networking site for digital photographers. They offer a way to share photos, get tips and share critiques with other digital
photographers, both professional and amateur. There are lots of community groups you can join based on specialty or area of interest.
Stumbleupon – Though Stumbleupon isn’t’ solely for photographers, it does have a great section dedicated to photography. This makes it easy for photographers to find each other and view the work of their peers. There are also helpful articles and tutorials to help you with the tools you use on a daily basis. Stumbleupon itself is designed to help web users find sites that appeal to them.
Deviant Art – Deviant art is a site for artists of all types, including photographers. Deviant art was designed as an online community where artists of all kinds could collaborate, communicate and share their work. Their photography category is extremely large.
Epic Edits – This is a true online community and resource for photography enthusiasts. The site has blogs, galleries, discussion groups and resources to help you display and improve your photography skills.
Technorati – This site is interesting for lots of people, but has a great photography section. In addition, you’ll find news, blogs and you’ll be able to join community groups of photographers in addition to creating your own blog and showing your own work.
MysticLenz – an online community for professional and amateur photographers, MysticLenz offers discussion forums and galleries where you can display your
pictures and have them critiqued. You’ll find lots of inspiration and friendship here. Unfortunately this site doesn’t exist anymore …
Of course, just because you join sites targeted at photographers doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your pictures posted on more general social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. These sites and others like them have great discussion groups for photographers and are a great way to share your pictures with photographers and others. They are also a great place to advertise your services if you’re a professional. Online communities provide important resources for
photographers – be certain you’re getting the most from these great communities.
This is a guest post by Mary Ward, a freelance author that writes about design job topics, like about a webdesign school, artist career tips, and more.
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