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Paul AI

Posts: 1046

Shawnee, Oklahoma, US

In the long ago, Flickr was a great place to have discussions with other photographers, browse photos, make contacts, etc.  For the past few months, it has become pretty obvious that Flickr is on its last leg. 

I'm just wondering what photographers' favorite site is to have discussions with other photographers, other than MM of course =P

Dec 07 12 06:37 pm Link

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Glenn Hall - Fine Art

Posts: 450

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Dec 07 12 06:59 pm Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 22615

Salem, Oregon, US

i used to hang at dpreview. there's also photocamel. and fred miranda. but for me it's mostly mayhem these days.

Dec 07 12 08:43 pm Link

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Veit Photo

Posts: 667

London, England, United Kingdom

Glenn Hall - Fine Art wrote:
www.photoforum.ru

I just looked at this.
While it's not exactly where I would hang out (and I can't actually see how you access the forum) it's interesting to see a such different visual style. A bit overwrought in places but still full spontaneity and emotion. And not a g-string in sight... unless I missed that.

Dec 08 12 07:37 am Link

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Harold Rose

Posts: 2925

Calhoun, Georgia, US

Paul AI wrote:
In the long ago, Flickr was a great place to have discussions with other photographers, browse photos, make contacts, etc.  For the past few months, it has become pretty obvious that Flickr is on its last leg. 

I'm just wondering what photographers' favorite site is to have discussions with other photographers, other than MM of course =P

There are professional photographic groups,  but they would not mix with the people on here...   (except for maybe 2)

Dec 08 12 07:41 am Link

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Veit Photo

Posts: 667

London, England, United Kingdom

Harold Rose wrote:

There are professional photographic groups,  but they would not mix with the people on here...   (except for maybe 2)

Yeah, we're sooo not worthy of professional photographers wink

Dec 08 12 07:52 am Link

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ACPhotography

Posts: 8622

Plainview, New York, US

I used to be on a nice little local forum, had get-togethers and everyone had a ball... It was a mix of pros, advanced amateurs and some newbies... Then the P&S crowd showed up and the place went down hill quick, if you dared say anything bad about a crappy snapshot you got jumped all over.

I just post here and Fred Miranda these days...

Dec 08 12 08:01 am Link

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Veit Photo

Posts: 667

London, England, United Kingdom

ACPhotography wrote:
I used to be on a nice little local forum, had get-togethers and everyone had a ball... It was a mix of pros, advanced amateurs and some newbies... Then the P&S crowd showed up and the place went down hill quick, if you dared say anything bad about a crappy snapshot you got jumped all over.

I just post here and Fred Miranda these days...

Funny. I thought it was usually the half-competent semi-pro's who did all the jumping. smile

Dec 08 12 08:06 am Link

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BTHPhoto

Posts: 6817

Fairbanks, Alaska, US

Harold Rose wrote:

There are professional photographic groups,  but they would not mix with the people on here...   (except for maybe 2)

If you have such disdain for all except 2 MM members, why do you mix with us?

For the OP, I've never really found a single on-line community that fully satisfies my interests.  I get some interaction here on MM, some through a couple of local facebook groups, some through some large format groups, some through some forums that are really more visual arts oriented and don't necessarily have a dedicated focus on photography.  I also google blogs and participate in discussions through comments fairly regularly, though there aren't many that I follow closely.  I used to interact some on photosig until I had a falling out with some of the folks there.  Deviant art can generate some good discussion, although I found the volume of everything to be overwhelming there. 

And, I have to admit that while I do learn valuable things and try to share back some of my experience, in spirit photography is really a solo sport for me and interacting with other photographers is not really a core part of the experience I'm after.  When you combine that with my general introverted nature and cynical world view, there's probably no such thing as an on-line photography community that I'll find fully satisfying. 

I guess my point is the net is a big universe, so you don't have to find it all in one place.

Dec 08 12 08:08 am Link

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Gabby57

Posts: 424

Coppell, Texas, US

I like photocamel, also largeformatphotography.  For some reason I use a different handle there, don't really know why.

Dec 08 12 08:30 am Link

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Hector Fernandez

Posts: 1152

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

I love flikr, actually that's my fav place but since its group driven you have to find the right group for your interests.

Dec 08 12 08:35 am Link

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Veit Photo

Posts: 667

London, England, United Kingdom

Glenn Hall - Fine Art wrote:
www.photoforum.ru

Actually, the more I look at the work on here the more I think these photographers don't have faith in the power of the photographic image. The level of manipulation and the obvious nods to pictorialism send this stuff into the realm of kitsch. For me. These guys wish they were painters.

Dec 08 12 08:49 am Link

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Mark Salo

Posts: 8383

Olney, Maryland, US

Paul AI wrote:
In the long ago, Flickr was a great place to have discussions with other photographers, browse photos, make contacts, etc.  For the past few months, it has become pretty obvious that Flickr is on its last leg. 

I'm just wondering what photographers' favorite site is to have discussions with other photographers, other than MM of course =P

photo.net

Dec 08 12 08:53 am Link

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ACPhotography

Posts: 8622

Plainview, New York, US

Veit Photo wrote:

Funny. I thought it was usually the half-competent semi-pro's who did all the jumping. smile

That's only on here, lol...

But it became if you said anything less than "stunning" you were marked as rude...

Dec 08 12 08:57 am Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 22615

Salem, Oregon, US

we've been invited to several local fbook photographer groups where we show work and discuss locations. fbook has become a popular place for groups to hang out. but of course fbook tends to get upset about anything racy (especially if someone complains).

Dec 08 12 09:01 am Link

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Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dec 08 12 11:18 am Link

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Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

this one is the best one wink

Dec 08 12 11:54 pm Link

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Neil Peters Fotografie

Posts: 1058

Tucson, Arizona, US

photo.net

Dec 09 12 04:09 am Link

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fullmetalphotographer

Posts: 2789

Fresno, California, US

Photo.net but you need a thick hide. MM forums are pretty mellow compared to photo.net.

Dec 09 12 04:18 am Link

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Creative Concept Studio

Posts: 2564

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Try Pixtus at http://www.pixtus.com/forum/. Used to be the Texas Photo Forum but Abel went national a year or so ago.

http://www.pixtus.com/images/banners/forum300x200.jpg

Other than being a member, I have no affiliation with the site.

Dec 09 12 04:56 am Link

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Art Silva

Posts: 9457

Santa Barbara, California, US

http://500px.com/flow

mine is http://500px.com/artsilvaphoto/
Images posted here look amazing compared to flickr, something about how the servers and algorithms displays photos.


Google+ http://plus.google.com has some great photography and photographers circles and events as well as photographer's hangouts or conferences.

Dec 09 12 05:10 pm Link

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JD Liddil

Posts: 98

North Haven, Connecticut, US

google plus for sure

Dec 09 12 06:25 pm Link

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afplcc

Posts: 6000

Fairfax, Virginia, US

Paul AI wrote:
In the long ago, Flickr was a great place to have discussions with other photographers, browse photos, make contacts, etc.  For the past few months, it has become pretty obvious that Flickr is on its last leg. 

I'm just wondering what photographers' favorite site is to have discussions with other photographers, other than MM of course =P

It's difficult to answer you for a couple of reasons:

1.  Online communities aren't consistent.  They develop energy, lots of activity and then they may slump (and recover...or not). 

I suspect that if you communicate with some of the shooters who've been doing this for a long time and do it full-time, that they have informal social networks they've set up...quasi-peers.  People that they trust and respect.  And they trade info and seek input from each other.

My experience about online communities is that they function best when everyone views them as co-ops.  In other words, as opposed to people saying "I'm going to go to this forum so I can read the wisdom of Ken Marcus or Stephen Thorne" everyone who is part of the organization challenges themself to add value in some way.  B/c ultimately, the healthiest, most vibrant, and active online communities aren't ones with a couple of big names (say...a weekly appearance by a Joe McNally or a really great contest with rewards each month).  Instead, you have minimal free-loaders...everyone seeks to contribute something in their own way.  That doesn't mean everyone gets value from that contribution (for instance, yesterday I nearly started a thread about the new Pirelli calendar...until I did a quick search and discovered at least two other threads that pre-dated mine....so I never posted by initial thread topic).  But when everyone has the mindset of "I need to do more than take, I also need to give" to the community, then it's active and vibrant.

2.  As far as established, "public" sites, it totally depends upon what you want the community for.  Mentorship and experienced sage advisors?  Photojournalism and travel logistics? Running a business as a photographer? Creative ideas?  Critique of work?  Peers who can relate to what you're going through?  Technical discussion pros and cons?  Tips about other resources (websites, books, articles, blogs)?  I'd probably have a different answer for each of those areas.  And then if I started dividing it further by the type of photography (runway, commercial, fine art, photojournalism, etc.) it would get even more diverse.

Ed

Dec 09 12 08:03 pm Link

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AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10557

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

I'd like to see evidence of this 'dying' the OP speaks of.  For technical stuff it's clearly the go-to place today. I only know what goes on in some of the Canon and Sony forums but what more could you ask for? what has changed?

As for images, every flickr group has image pools with gazillions of images, many breathtaking, some lame. but how is that any different today?  I moderate one and some days it pains me to have to delete something that doesn't meet the criteria but is otherwise awesome imagery.

Dec 09 12 09:01 pm Link

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Ronald N. Tan

Posts: 2746

Los Angeles, California, US

If you're looking for the "best" site to galvanize and engage in discussions, photosig or photo.net are great resources.

I like to be frequently inspired and so I visit Behance.net. The quality and the creativity of the professionals on Behance is immensely high. You will know what I mean the moment you land on their home page.


Paul AI wrote:
In the long ago, Flickr was a great place to have discussions with other photographers, browse photos, make contacts, etc.  For the past few months, it has become pretty obvious that Flickr is on its last leg. 

I'm just wondering what photographers' favorite site is to have discussions with other photographers, other than MM of course =P

Dec 10 12 09:04 am Link

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Andrea Acailawen

Posts: 952

Tampa, Florida, US

It really depends on how you qualify "best" and what you mean when you says "sites for photography discussion" as that could have many meanings.

Google+ has an excellent photography community of which I am an active part. I know more photographers over there than pretty much anywhere else. It's not a photography specific site, but it is very well designed for photographers and the photography community there is quite strong. And, now that communities have launched with many focused on photography, that will probably become even more the case.

I am more active on Facebook than any other site and I regularly interact with a number of photographers there through both my personal profile and fan page. Again, it's not a photography specific site, but the majority of my interaction does involve photography in some way.

As for photography specific sites where there's discussion, there are at least a dozen I am on that all have features I like, but I admit I'm not consistently active on them. The ones I use most are probably Behance.net, Photo.net, Fred Miranda and a few photography groups on LinkedIn.

Dec 10 12 03:49 pm Link

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JoshuaDavisPhotography

Posts: 2430

San Francisco, California, US

I'm currently loving 500px. It doesn't have the same community features that made Flickr great back in the day, but it is a place where people who love photography (and not just photo sharing) gather.

Dec 10 12 03:54 pm Link

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Natural Body Photo

Posts: 303

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Lots of action on LinkedIN - There is a group there for any photog film, digi, portrait, nature pro and am.  You can arrange for comments to come to your personal email

Dec 10 12 04:01 pm Link

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C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9304

Los Angeles, California, US

It really depends what you shoot and/or how you print.  If you're shooting with a digital camera, APUG or LargeFormatPhotography isn't for you, but if you shoot film, they're fabulous!

Dec 10 12 04:14 pm Link