Our Favorite Online Photography Communities!
When I got my first DSLR in 2010, I made myself a few promises. At the time, I was working at a job I did not like and I had a new baby at home. I bought myself a Nikon D90 and told myself I would do everything in my power to learn how to use it and take better photos of my daughter. Before my camera arrived, in May of 2010, I joined the photography forum Clickin Moms.
Joining the forum was so helpful. Along with tutorials, I could do the thing that I think is the MOST important step for growth: asking for constructive criticism. Clickin Moms had a very supportive community for that. They also have the Click Pro designation to work towards and they have a beautiful magazine where you can apply to be published. You can find them here: Clickin Moms.
Another newer community is the Unraveled Academy. You can catch a class Mandi is teaching there next month and they have some really great online resources and classes for students. Once you join as a student, you have access to the FB group there as well. Unraveled Academy
Most the other communities are ones that we have found through Facebook. The first is the group attached to SMAL presets. There you are able to ask for CC, ask for help with the presets themselves and get general advice. Our very own Mandi Johnson is a moderator there. You can find that group here: SMAL FB Group.
If you are looking for a great group of women and men and a chance to be published in another gorgeous magazine, check out the Dear Photographer FB Group.
Lastly, if you are looking for some in-person events, I have enjoyed the local monthly meet-ups through our Rising Tide Society. I personally find the FB group is too large and diverse in types of businesses to be particularly helpful, but I love meeting people in person!
Finally, if you are looking for local resources, I have found a great local photographers FB group. Of course, these can go either way. They can either be competitive and off-putting or warm and supportive. If you are unsure, as some other photographers in your area if they are members of a good group and join up with them.
Let us know of any other good groups you have found in the comments!