27 Resources to Open Up a Whole New Photography 2.0 World

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Photography-2.0-New-World.jpgA Guest Post by Josh Brown from InFashionMedia.

Ok, so you own a digital camera and you’ve taken more shots then you can count, and you’ve filled up more space on your hard drive than you have free.

You say you’re going to organize your files but you never quite get around to it, and you sure as hell never print out any images to put in an album or a frame.

The problem: your beautiful, thought-provoking work sits on your computer and never sees the light of day. It never gets admired, wins awards, brings joy or breaks hearts. And this really is a problem!

The solution: take advantage of the amazing sites/resources that the latest version of the web has to offer and enter the world of photography 2.0.

What can you do in photography 2.0?

1. Share your images

The best thing about the web today is that it’s focused on connecting and sharing. And sharing is caring! By putting your work in the public domain, you can get feedback, inspiration and ideas. There are hundreds of image sharing sites out there. Some of the more popular ones are:

2. Create a portfolio

If you want to be taken seriously as a photographer, you need to have a portfolio. Select your best images and showcase them through a portfolio site. A good idea is to share your images on one of the sites above and get some opinions on your work. Then, create your portfolio based on this feedback. Also, check out the portfolios of other photographers to see how they select and arrange their images. There are a plethora of portfolio building sites available, but the main ones are:

3. Make a slideshow

Turn your images into a slideshow with music, transitions, titles and effects. Photomontage videos are an engaging, entertaining way of presenting your images. They help you stand out from the crowd and get your images seen. You can create a slideshow at:

Then share it on:

4. Meet other photographers

Join a photography network and meet like-minded people. Share your experiences and learn from others – you might even make some new friends! Sign up to a photography specific network:

Or connect with photographers on general social networks:

5. Get inspired

The best artists always have a keen awareness of the work of others in their field. After all, you can’t push the boundaries without knowing them first! There is endless inspiration on the web, but some great places to begin are:

6. Start a blog

A blog let’s you bring all of this together. You can share your work (images and videos), your inspiration and your thoughts/ideas all in the one place. You can connect with other photographers by commenting on their blogs and by adding them to your blogroll, and you can join photography blogging communities. Check out these sites to get started:

Welcome to the wonderland of photography 2.0! Explore and enjoy.

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  • Man I love this site. This information is great. Another great post.

  • Matthew Dutile

    Another thought to this list I would add is: consolidate. Share with rhythm. Build your book into a collection of images that flow together instead of a random compilation of styles and subjects.

  • Nice list. May I suggest SmugMug as a sharing/portfolio site as well? I use it, and it’s wonderful, even if you do have to pay a bit per year for all the pro features.

  • Good post, some great ideas, portfolios in particular are a bit an unknown for me, I’ll go check ’em out.

  • Doug Rosbury

    Hi , I had a collection but due to my lack of preparation, i lost them to the realm of fond remembrance. As i
    renew my offerings i will come and see you. —-Fond regards,——Doug Rosbury

  • I would love an invite for ffffound! Does anyone have an invite?
    Thanks,

  • Joe

    I’m a happy SmugMug user (switched from a pro account on Flickr). Well worth the extra cash to get the extra level of control over your images.

  • shuttrr seems interesting, but it’s invite only, which is kind of a downer.

  • Good information. I started a Project 365 in October 2009 in order to push my creativity and technique to the next level. I’ve done #1 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/darango and #6 at http://imagidiem.wordpress.com.

    I get inspiration form a number of photoblogs that I subscribe to on Google Reader. See http://www.google.com/reader/bundle/user%2F03410337456574769956%2Fbundle%2Fphotoblog for the reader bundle.

  • Aminus3 is a great photoblog host that has a very helpful community of photographers.

  • Hey guys, thanks for your comments! SmugMug does indeed look like another good option and I totally agree that a portfolio should have a running theme/style – or at least clearly defined categories.

    If anyone wants a Shuttrr invite, get in touch with me on Twitter or email me at jb@infashionmedia.com

  • hey josh…what a great post…full of photographic nourishment for all!!!

  • My best inspirations are from: http://1x.com/
    and of course flickr.

  • Good article and thanks for the tips. I’ll guess that it all comes about marketing and today we have to NextGen tools.

  • Great list! thanks for sharing this!

  • Another great source is Jalbum (jalbum.net). No only does it have the ability to help you build your own album (with hundreds of different skins) you can also publish your own album either to a site of your choice or free to their own server. Jalbum is completely open source, although some of the user submitted skins do require a small fee.

  • I’ve recently been playing with Microsoft Photo Story, a free download for Windows that creates video slideshows. It’s quite nice.

  • Well laid out and practical and useful advice

  • I agree with Joe, smugmug is well worth the money. It makes it very easy to share your photos with potential and existing clients.

  • In addition to the on-line portfolio, you should think about making it into a book. You can use blurb/shutterfly/etc. to make something that you can actually hand to people to look at instead of just a URL. My wife is scrapbooking pictures from my project on my flickr page.

  • Great Article. Thanks for the wonderful resources. I was the one who just filled hard drive space and was soon asking myself what is the point of taking pictures? I have started following some of the advice from this article…joining Twitter, flickr and starting a website/blog. I know have a reason for doing what I love and gives me reason and inspiration to try new things.

    I haven’t tried these other suggestions since I didn’t know of them.

    Again,
    Thanks for this article.
    Chris

  • Hi there,
    You forgot ipernity.com, which is a growing community of talented photographers, offering free storage and blog, to share pictures and more…
    Best regards from French Riviera !

  • PBurd

    Thanks Josh, just the push I need to get organized.

  • Conrad Weiler

    Hi Josh,

    Very useful and well thought out article. Thank you.

    I also use the NAPP site (http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/) and the 24-limit portfolio.

    My portfolio is at: http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/portfolios/members/manage

    Thanks again for your list of resources and the comments section suggesting additional contact sites.

    Conrad
    Camp Sherman, Oregon

  • Sailendra

    Thanks for the article. Very useful.

    Microsoft provides 25GB of space with their skydrive account.. If you have a hotmail / windows live id, you can use it to login and upload your photos.

    skydrive.live.com

  • Great article. It inspires me a lot to organize and put up my photos somewhere. Just started a blog too.
    Thanks!

  • ladymary

    My understanding is that anything on facebook belongs to facebook…check their copyrights statement before you put your stuff there…

  • Jim News

    I could use the help of a good support group. My laptop now has approximately 14,000 high resolution jpegs. Virtually every photo I’ve taken in the past ten months. Obviously, only a small number of those are good, the rest will never make it off the hard drive. I read that David Greenfield Sanders has every frame he has ever shot on film and for some reason it got into my head that I should keep all of mine. I have crates of prints from the film days too. I keep promising myself I’ll go through them and delete or at least burn DVD’s, but for some reason I can’t seem to do it. At this point I’d need ten people and a warehouse full of DVD’s just to reclaim my hard drive. My filing system is crap, just folders with dates. It’s been my dirty little secret but the reality is I have a hell of a time finding anything. Anyone have any suggestions? Do we all keep every shot we take?

  • My problem is this – if I put my images on my blog, in my gallery on my flickr account, etc. Isn’t that kind of redundant? Will people roll their eyes and think – “yeah, that’s a good image but I saw it on her blog”? Is it okay to put your work in multiple places?

  • Justin A. Martin

    Another great site is http://photo.net

    I get a lot of inspiration from the community of photographers on this site.

  • Jason Bent

    You have no idea how many times i have used this list! Its basically on my bookmark bar.

    another great photo slideshow software to add to your list is muvee Reveal X. They have a free trial version as well as a totally free “cloud” application which almost works the same ( as i have used both )
    Anyways check it out : http://www.muvee.com or the cloud version : http://cloud.muvee.com

    Hope that helps build the next list! Just thought i would share!

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  • Jason Bent March 29, 2012 06:10 am

    You have no idea how many times i have used this list! Its basically on my bookmark bar.

    another great photo slideshow software to add to your list is muvee Reveal X. They have a free trial version as well as a totally free "cloud" application which almost works the same ( as i have used both )
    Anyways check it out : http://www.muvee.com or the cloud version : http://cloud.muvee.com

    Hope that helps build the next list! Just thought i would share!

  • Justin A. Martin March 25, 2010 12:08 am

    Another great site is http://photo.net

    I get a lot of inspiration from the community of photographers on this site.

  • Jade Noel March 19, 2010 12:22 pm

    My problem is this - if I put my images on my blog, in my gallery on my flickr account, etc. Isn't that kind of redundant? Will people roll their eyes and think - "yeah, that's a good image but I saw it on her blog"? Is it okay to put your work in multiple places?

  • Jim News February 11, 2010 02:28 pm

    I could use the help of a good support group. My laptop now has approximately 14,000 high resolution jpegs. Virtually every photo I've taken in the past ten months. Obviously, only a small number of those are good, the rest will never make it off the hard drive. I read that David Greenfield Sanders has every frame he has ever shot on film and for some reason it got into my head that I should keep all of mine. I have crates of prints from the film days too. I keep promising myself I'll go through them and delete or at least burn DVD's, but for some reason I can't seem to do it. At this point I'd need ten people and a warehouse full of DVD's just to reclaim my hard drive. My filing system is crap, just folders with dates. It's been my dirty little secret but the reality is I have a hell of a time finding anything. Anyone have any suggestions? Do we all keep every shot we take?

  • ladymary February 10, 2010 03:03 am

    My understanding is that anything on facebook belongs to facebook...check their copyrights statement before you put your stuff there...

  • PhotoBlogGeek February 6, 2010 04:49 am

    Great article. It inspires me a lot to organize and put up my photos somewhere. Just started a blog too.
    Thanks!

  • Sailendra January 30, 2010 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the article. Very useful.

    Microsoft provides 25GB of space with their skydrive account.. If you have a hotmail / windows live id, you can use it to login and upload your photos.

    skydrive.live.com

  • Conrad Weiler January 29, 2010 09:52 am

    Hi Josh,

    Very useful and well thought out article. Thank you.

    I also use the NAPP site (http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/) and the 24-limit portfolio.

    My portfolio is at: http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/portfolios/members/manage

    Thanks again for your list of resources and the comments section suggesting additional contact sites.

    Conrad
    Camp Sherman, Oregon

  • PBurd January 29, 2010 07:08 am

    Thanks Josh, just the push I need to get organized.

  • Sophie January 29, 2010 05:06 am

    Hi there,
    You forgot ipernity.com, which is a growing community of talented photographers, offering free storage and blog, to share pictures and more...
    Best regards from French Riviera !

  • Chris January 29, 2010 03:09 am

    Great Article. Thanks for the wonderful resources. I was the one who just filled hard drive space and was soon asking myself what is the point of taking pictures? I have started following some of the advice from this article...joining Twitter, flickr and starting a website/blog. I know have a reason for doing what I love and gives me reason and inspiration to try new things.

    I haven't tried these other suggestions since I didn't know of them.

    Again,
    Thanks for this article.
    Chris

  • jodyhi January 28, 2010 08:50 am

    In addition to the on-line portfolio, you should think about making it into a book. You can use blurb/shutterfly/etc. to make something that you can actually hand to people to look at instead of just a URL. My wife is scrapbooking pictures from my project on my flickr page.

  • Ashley Lena Photography January 27, 2010 07:54 am

    I agree with Joe, smugmug is well worth the money. It makes it very easy to share your photos with potential and existing clients.

  • Charlene January 27, 2010 06:49 am

    Well laid out and practical and useful advice

  • Caroline January 27, 2010 01:36 am

    I've recently been playing with Microsoft Photo Story, a free download for Windows that creates video slideshows. It's quite nice.

  • RIchard Darby January 27, 2010 12:14 am

    Another great source is Jalbum (jalbum.net). No only does it have the ability to help you build your own album (with hundreds of different skins) you can also publish your own album either to a site of your choice or free to their own server. Jalbum is completely open source, although some of the user submitted skins do require a small fee.

  • creativemagz January 26, 2010 10:11 pm

    Great list! thanks for sharing this!

  • Peter Remnemark January 26, 2010 10:06 pm

    Good article and thanks for the tips. I'll guess that it all comes about marketing and today we have to NextGen tools.

  • AnTalk January 26, 2010 08:55 pm

    My best inspirations are from: http://1x.com/
    and of course flickr.

  • Toula Karayannis (a la Digital Kulcha) January 26, 2010 08:01 pm

    hey josh...what a great post...full of photographic nourishment for all!!!

  • Josh Brown January 26, 2010 07:50 pm

    Hey guys, thanks for your comments! SmugMug does indeed look like another good option and I totally agree that a portfolio should have a running theme/style - or at least clearly defined categories.

    If anyone wants a Shuttrr invite, get in touch with me on Twitter or email me at jb@infashionmedia.com

  • Eric Fry January 26, 2010 11:15 am

    Aminus3 is a great photoblog host that has a very helpful community of photographers.

  • Dan Arango January 26, 2010 11:07 am

    Good information. I started a Project 365 in October 2009 in order to push my creativity and technique to the next level. I've done #1 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/darango and #6 at http://imagidiem.wordpress.com.

    I get inspiration form a number of photoblogs that I subscribe to on Google Reader. See http://www.google.com/reader/bundle/user%2F03410337456574769956%2Fbundle%2Fphotoblog for the reader bundle.

  • the clubhouse kid January 26, 2010 09:47 am

    shuttrr seems interesting, but it's invite only, which is kind of a downer.

  • Joe January 26, 2010 09:21 am

    I'm a happy SmugMug user (switched from a pro account on Flickr). Well worth the extra cash to get the extra level of control over your images.

  • Alex Ragone January 26, 2010 08:51 am

    I would love an invite for ffffound! Does anyone have an invite?
    Thanks,

  • Doug Rosbury January 26, 2010 08:17 am

    Hi , I had a collection but due to my lack of preparation, i lost them to the realm of fond remembrance. As i
    renew my offerings i will come and see you. ----Fond regards,------Doug Rosbury

  • Shotslot January 26, 2010 07:19 am

    Good post, some great ideas, portfolios in particular are a bit an unknown for me, I'll go check 'em out.

  • Kerri January 26, 2010 06:58 am

    Nice list. May I suggest SmugMug as a sharing/portfolio site as well? I use it, and it's wonderful, even if you do have to pay a bit per year for all the pro features.

  • Matthew Dutile January 26, 2010 06:36 am

    Another thought to this list I would add is: consolidate. Share with rhythm. Build your book into a collection of images that flow together instead of a random compilation of styles and subjects.

  • Keir Chapple January 26, 2010 06:34 am

    Man I love this site. This information is great. Another great post.

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