Finding and Following

Welcome! I recently spent a lot of time digging through WordPress.com tags and reader system to find new photography blogs and topics to follow, so its likely I’ve just arrived in your follower list.

On Instagram and Flickr I follow a pretty wide variety of photographers and tags, but just seeing the images themselves doesn’t always lend to an engaged conversation about the work. “Great capture” is a lovely sentiment to hear but it doesn’t help anyone learn. Blogs by their nature not only give us a chance to highlight the images but also talk about the intention behind creating them.

Where have you found your photographic community? Where do you go to learn from the experiences of others or to get real critiques of your work? Feel free to comment and suggest great blogs, WordPress or otherwise, that have helped your photography improve.

Published by Steve Banfield

Kentucky born, Seattle based. Entrepreneur. Team Builder. Photographer.

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  1. I do almost all of my photography with an Olympus TG 5, and it’s about as idiot prof as a camera can be. I am a case in point, and it makes me look like a much better photographer than I am. Which is all a long winded way of saying that I don’t go looking for photography tips, although it’s not saying I shouldn’t.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I certainly wasn’t thinking of it as looking for tips on technique or equipment, more about content, context and the emotional impact of an image. We’ve reached a point in our culture where we create so many images while still getting so little real feedback on their impact to the viewer. I create what I create for myself while still wanting to learn to see it through someone else’s eyes.

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  2. Hi Steve – Years ago, I studied photography with more intention – and more attention to the study. Then for a while, a local photography club inspired me. Now, though, I try to follow up on whatever catches my eye. Life (i.e. job, family, pandemic) has its own way of directing my photographic path, so being opportunistic is my mindset. I am really enjoying the WordPress photo community, too, especially reading comments.

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  3. I find WordPress to be about the best place to find quality photographs by skilled photographers. I don’t think you will find a community that will go much beyond general comments.

    As for honest reviews and critiques I have yet to see it. The skilled people will usually steer clear of a public debate … for obvious reasons.

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  4. WordPress has worked better for me than joining a camera club did, much better. I’ve met fellow bloggers in New York City, the Netherlands, Germany, Oregon…it’s a great community. I think the best way to find what suits your style is to visit people’s blogs, then look at the comments and click on anyone that looks interesting. It will build from there.

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  5. I do agree with Ted above – peole generally want to say something nice and don’t have time for truly substantive communication. But you can get to know people outside of the blogs. One very useful critique I received was from Brooks Jensen at Lenswork.

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    1. I think that’s key. Seeing other’s work, getting to know them and through that relationship providing a mutually beneficial communication of support, encouragement and critique. I look forward to buidling those relationships with other photographers around the world.

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