You may have seen our page listing free photo hosting sites, and free photo hosting may be all you’re looking for, however if you’re looking for an on-line photography community you may want to look at this list. A good on-line photo community will let you leave comments, discuss photography, ask questions, get advice from other photographers, and they may even have forums where you can talk about different photography topics.
So without further ado, lets look at some of the best online photography communities out there:
- ePHOTOzine – on-line photography community, with photo galleries, forums for discussion, free photography critique (you can get help and feedback on your own photography to help you improve), plus techniques, photo competitions, and more. There’s a paid option, that gives you more if you like it, but you can also use it for free. Based in the UK.
- flickr – was owned by Yahoo, and is now owned by Smugmug, but you may still need to sign in with your yahoo account (if you have one). People used to like the community here, but people now say it’s lost it’s way.
- 500px – recently stopped allowing people to upload and share digitally manipulated (composite) images, that would be considered “digital art” which brings us on to the next one. Lots of comments on photos.
- DeviantART – the clues in the name, you can share photography, digital art, and art, with a strong emphasis on digital art. Photography is also welcome.
- fotocommunity – free to use, on-line community, with an emphasis on creativity, sharing and discussing photos. based in Germany.
- Google Photos – It’s not really much of an on-line community, but more of an on-line photo backup (and sharing) system. Letting you backup an almost unlimited amount of photos (16mp max size for free). It’ll automatically back-up photos from your smartphone if you set it up. Good if you lose your phone, however, there’s no community.
- Facebook – Facebook is basically a huge, massive, on-line photo sharing site, however, you’re sharing your photos with all your friends and family, instead of the whole internet. Getting feedback beyond “Nice photo” and thumbs up may be difficult, however, you can search out photo communities and groups on there.
- ViewBug – Photo sharing site, with an emphasis on photo competitions, with a forum.
- Photo.net – Photos, Galleries, Forums, free to sign up.
- DPReview – whilst primarily a technology and camera review site, there’s a wide range of photo challenges, forums, galleries, and discussion, about all kinds of things. based in the US.
Any suggestions, or features I’ve missed, add a comment.