For most people, photography is a way to remember events in their lives.  Their child’s first birthday, that tropical holiday, family get togethers and that sort of thing.  For others, their camera becomes a tool for art.  They enjoy taking photos and producing artful shots of anything that catches their eye.  These are the people this post is aimed at, those that look for a little more out of their photography than the regular point and shooters.  This is not to say that joining a photographic community is only for ‘arty’ types though.  Joining a photographic community can have benefits for everyone who enjoys taking photos.

There are two types of photographic communities around at the moment:

  • Real life communities that meet up once a month, or week, to swap hints and tips, show off their latest masterpiece and talk about local things that could effect them like competitions, copyright issues and things like that.
  • Online communities that pretty much do the same thing except over the internet through a website such as PhotoArtGallery.com or Shutterstock.com. These communities don’t necessarily meet up in person but instead, run competitions and post photos through their websites.

Whether you join a real life photographic community or an online photographic community is up to you and really depends on the kind of person you are (or the level of computer skills you have).  Either way, joining a photographic community can give a serious boost to your skills as a photographer.  Most communities will have a professional or two amongst the ranks who is more than willing to give out expert advice and mentoring for those in need.

Real life communities can be found in most cities and towns, and in most suburbs too.  There is more than likely a photographic community that meets within a half hour drive of your house.  All you have to do is search it out.  Look through the local newspapers or classifieds for meeting times and places or do a quick google search for communities within your local area.

On the other side of the coin are the online communities.  These can be found everywhere, there are lots to choose from, you just have to find one or two that you’re happy in.  These communities are not hard to join and usually have no registration fees.  Websites like Photoartgallery.com and Flickr.com are good places to start.  All online communities also have critique galleries within their forums. this is a good place to go to get advice on the technical qualities of a certain photo or to just pick up tips for your future photography.

All in all, joining a photographic community, whether it be online or in real life, is a great way to meet others who share your passion and enthusiasm for photography as well as being a great outlet to show off your artwork for others to enjoy.

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