Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Improve Your Photography With These 8 Facebook Groups

By   Rob Nightingale  

photography support network is an extremely useful tool for improving your photography skills. But for most of us, it’s not going to be easy to find. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic Facebook groups that let you share your own photography knowledge, find inspiration, and sponge off the experience of others.8 Places to Get Feedback on Your Photos 8 Places to Get Feedback on Your PhotosOne of the best ways to improve your photography skills is to gather genuine feedback from people who know what they’re talking about. These eight sites are where you can do just that.READ MORE
These groups aren’t just great for helping you become a better photographer. They’re also a great place to network with people who share your passion. You can get advice on improving your skills. On going pro. Even on finding new photography clients.
If you’re looking to make connections to improve your photography, these are the places you should check out.

1. Fstoppers

Fstoppers
Fstoppers is aimed at both professionals and amateurs alike. It’s a fantastic place to ask questions and gather feedback on your shots. And if you’re also looking to delve into videography, a good portion of the 19,000-strong community will be happy to help.
The group is managed by the editorial team of the popular photography magazine Fstoppers. This means new content is always on offer. And the mix of experienced and less-experienced members creates an especially friendly dynamic.

2. Photoshop and Lightroom

Photoshop Lightroom
With 165,000 members, the Photoshop and Lightroom group is one of the most popular out there. If you’re looking to improve your skills with these apps, this is the place to be. You’ll regularly see incredible shots from talented photographers and editors. And you’ll have a wealth of knowledge to feed off of.
But keep on topic. The group has some pretty detailed guidelines for the kind of posts that are accepted. These are limited to Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography questions only. Gear talk isn’t permitted. And if you’re too thin-skinned for a ton of constructive criticism, include “No CC” in your posts.A Brief Guide To Critiquing Your Own Photos A Brief Guide To Critiquing Your Own PhotosUnderstanding what works and what doesn’t work in your own photos is the perfect way to improve your photography skills. This guide shows you how and why you should be critiquing your own shots.READ MORE

3. Tribe Archipelago

Tribe Archipelago
The 17,000 members of this group only share and discuss shots that have been edited using Tribe Archipelago. These are a set of massively popular Lightroom presets that can convert a mediocre shot into something special. I’d even go so far as to say they’re a must-have for aspiring photographers using Lightroom. You can see examples of some of these shots on the Tribe Archipelago Instagram account.How to Keep Your Photos Organized Using Adobe Lightroom How to Keep Your Photos Organized Using Adobe LightroomOnce you have a system of organization in place, no matter how large your Lightroom catalog grows, you'll always be able to keep on top of it.READ MORE
The feedback offered will help you learn how to use these presets as effectively as possible. Just remember to mention which preset you used when posting a photo. There is also a smaller section of the group that shares knowledge and methods of far more advanced editing techniques.

4. The Law Tog

The Law Tog
Looking to become a freelance photographer or hoping to start your own photography business? If so, join the Law Tog group straight away. Between the 22,000 members, you’ll find an answer to any business-related questions. This will help you always stay on the right side of the law.12 Most Profitable Places to Sell Your Photos Online 12 Most Profitable Places to Sell Your Photos OnlineIf you have photos that you want to sell, there are a number of websites that can help you. Here are 12 of the best.READ MORE
The group is particularly useful for questions relating to legislation, permissions, and other legal issues. But you’ll receive great answers to questions about marketing, sales, and business development, too.

5. SLR Lounge Photography Community

SLR Lounge Facebook Group
SLR Lounge is a popular site sharing photography tutorials and tips. They also have a 20,000-strong Facebook group. A notably friendly community, this is a great place to share photos for critique. You do need to upload your photos to the critique section of their site first, then post a link to Facebook. That’s a small price to pay for quality feedback.
Also, don’t bother posting tutorials and guides from outside of SLR Lounge. These will be deleted. As will posts aiming to simply promote your photography. This is a community (thankfully) driven by feedback.

6. The Art of the Second Shot

The Art of the Second Shot
At just 5,000 members, this is one of the smaller Facebook groups on this list. That said, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in wedding photography. Make sure you put the word “photographer” in your profile before joining, or you won’t get access.5 Amazing Beach Photography Tips for Weddings 5 Amazing Beach Photography Tips for WeddingsWedding photography is one of the most lucrative photography careers, but it's also one of the most difficult to get right. Here are some tips to help you on the big day.READ MORE
The whole premise of the group is to help you to take unique shots, rather than just sticking to standard formulas. These formulas are fine for “first shots.” But second shots should be something unique. Something that really tells the story of the day. This is the perfect community to push your creativity and find masses of inspiration.

7. Inside the Box

Inside the Box
Inside the Box focuses on mastering the fundamentals of photography through constructive feedback. It is, however, strictly for professional photographers. You’ll need to make sure adminstrators can verify from your profile that you’re a pro. This strict policy has led to Inside the Box being home to some truly talented photographers. Most of them are happy to share plenty of knowledge to the 10,000-strong community.7 Skill-Building Photography Exercises That Really Work 7 Skill-Building Photography Exercises That Really WorkThere are lots of exercises that can help "develop your photographic eye". Here are the most effective ones that we've found.READ MORE
If you’re granted access, be sure to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that’s locked inside this group.

8. The Rising Tide Society

The Rising Tide Society
Although it’s not just for photographers, the Rising Tide Society is a group of almost 60,000 creative entrepreneurs. You’ll be pleased to hear that photography does take up a good chunk of the discussion, though.
This is a community that’s all about helping other creative professionals hone their craft and make a living from their skills. If you’re looking to network, ask questions, or seek support, no matter what stage of the process you’re at, this is a fantastic group.

Which Will You Choose?

Don’t let the prospect of joining and keeping up with all these groups daunt you. That would pretty much be impossible, and this is far from an exhaustive list.
But to help you narrow down your selections:
As is the case with all online communities, you get out what you put in. Try to give as much value as you take. This will help make these communities as valuable as possible to every member, no matter their expertise.
Which other communities (Facebook or otherwise) are fantastic for photographers? Share your favorites in the comments below! Source: www.makeuseof.com

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