Why Photographers Should Love Google+

Why Photographers Should Love Google+

A short while ago, I wrote an article titled “Why Photographers Should Love Twitter” detailing the reasons why I love Twitter for interacting with other photographers and how great the community is there. Twitter is still great but everything has changed with the introduction of Google+. I’ve just started looking into Google+ and I’m already hooked. I see more interaction there than I have ever seen on any other social network. I’ve watched people post an image on their feed and within 5 minutes have over 80 comments. Watching the feeds of ‘Google+ Celebrities’ is even more amazing because the feeds update in real time. People like Trey Ratcliff or Darren Rowse can create a post and you can just sit and watch as hundreds of comments start to just pour in.

I’m not sure how to explain this phenomenon, but Google+ is off to a huge start. Within two weeks of launching (and by invite only I might add) Google+ was up to 10 million users. It took Facebook 852 days to accomplish that same feat and Twitter took 780 days. Now surely Facebook and Twitter paved the way for Google+ to be successful to some extent, but this is certainly a stat that can’t be ignored.

Let’s go over some of the key advantages in Google+ and why photographers should be all over this incredible new social media outlet.

Interaction and Community

This is the strongest reason that I can see. The interaction and general feeling of community at G+ is incredible. People on average are getting 10-100 times the interaction on G+ that they receive on Twitter or Facebook. This means more comments, more feedback, and ultimately more outlets to get your name out there.


The G+ circles change everything. If you want a great explanation of how circles work, be sure to check out this quick video: What is Google+ and Why Do I Need It? Basically, Circles allow you to filter who’s content you see, and who can see your content. You can have a circle for you family, a circle for your close friends, a circle for online friends, a circle for photographers, etc. When you create a post you can choose which of those circles you want that post to appear to. If you want to share something about photography, you can choose to just share that post with your photography circle. Likewise, you can choose different feeds when viewing the posts of others. This has become my biggest issue with Facebook. When I get on Facebook, I have to sift through thousands of irrelevant status updates to find a few interesting ones. If I want to see what a certain group of people are up to, I have to either sift through my status feed or go to each of their individual profile pages. When I share a post of Facebook, everyone sees it. So if I post a link about photography, that post goes out to my family members, my friends who have no interest in photography, my old coworkers, my old bosses and so on.

Your Images Look Better On G+

One of the biggest complaints about Facebook has always been their images. With a maximum width of something like 700 pixels, and color management that can be called lack luster at best, images on Facebook have always left much to be desired. G+ almost seems like it was built with photographers in mind. Maximum width for photos on G+ is 2048 pixels wide! I’m not sure I’ll ever upload an image that large to G+, but it’s nice to not feel like I’m limited. Aside from image size, I’ve noticed that my images look a lot better on G+ too. There was always something off about the color on any images I uploaded to Facebook, and I always had the same complaints from other as well.

Looking at other photographers images is a blast too. The galleries are slick and look great. You can see how many comments are on each image just by looking at the thumbnails. If you want to add your own comment, just click the image to bring up a lightbox for the image with comments.

Google+ Hangouts

So long Skype! Sorry to say it but facts are facts. Google+ hangouts are incredible, they are free and photographers are using them in unique ways. Hangouts are being used to network with other photogs, talk about gear, give tips, provide portfolio reviews, provide community photo critiques and more. The possibilites are endless and it will be very interesting to see what other ideas for hangouts pop up in the near future. Hangouts pop up all the time and you can either join in on an existing one or start your own. You may also receive an invitation to join a private chat at any time. A great reason to always wear clothes when you’re on the computer!

Goodbye Character Limits

A lot of photographers are going to use G+ much in the same way they use Twitter: To network with other photographers. G+ excels in this arena not only because of the above points but also because there is no limit (as far as I know) to how long a post can be. No more 140 character limit! That means that if you want you can post an entire article to your G+ stream for all of your followers to view. I’ve already seen photog colleagues such as Darren Rowse doing stuff like this by posting short articles about blogging and marketing.

No Naked People Allowed

This is a big one for me. One of the things I cannot stand about 500px is the amount of nudity splashed all over the place. Eventually I discovered you can turn a setting on which doesn’t allow nude content but that only filters out the images where the photographer actually takes the time and tags the image as a nude. So even with this setting turned on I still see nude inappropriate images when trying to browse through the otherwise brilliant selection of imagery. In my opinion (and I know there will be plenty who disagree) nude photography is not art, it’s borderline porn and having a girl take her top off seems like nothing more than a crutch for true creativity. You can have a mundane image of some girl but if you have her take something off then it shows up on the front page of 500px. Pretty shallow if you ask me. For this reason, my trips to 500px are very rare and usually only occur when following a link that somebody posts on twitter. My rule of thumb is that if I wouldn’t look at something with my wife sitting next to me, then there is no way to justify looking at it when she’s not. Sorry for the rant…

Anyways…Google+ doesn’t allow nude photos. It’s made very clear in their terms of service and violating Google’s TOS is not a good idea. With this rule and my point about hangouts: Google+ is a sanctuary for photographers with their clothes on. You can quote me on that.

Social Media Overload

I know there are a certain number of you thinking, “Oh great, another social media outlet that I have to keep up with.” Trust me, I thought the exact same thing when I got my invite to G+. Just the thought of having one more outlet to keep up with made me cringe. Before I started messing around on G+ I was using Twitter and Facebook as my primary outlets for social media. Since G+ came out I’ve been spending about 60% of my time there, maybe 35% on Twitter and maaaybe 5% on Facebook. I know this won’t be the case for everyone, but I am just about done with Facebook. I will still use it from time to time (and I have no immediate plans of canceling my account) but there are just too many interesting things going on besides Facebook right now. I’m not completely abandoning ship but one could certain say I have a foot out the door!


I hope by now you are at least intrigued and curious about the possibilites of Google Plus. If you want an incredibly in depth tutorial of how to use Google+ (from setting up your account to creating circles and starting hangouts) then I highly suggest taking a look at an article from photographer Colby Brown titled Google+: A Survival Guide For A Photographers Paradise. This article could double as an instruction manual for Google+ and is certainly worth a read.

In closing, here are links to some of the writers here at DPS who are on G+. Most of us do a lot more than writing for DPS so be sure to add us on your stream. You could even group us all into our own little circle. Cheers!

Darren Rowse
James Brandon – That’s me!
Jim Goldstein
Matt Dutile
Peter West Carey
Neil Creek
Simon Pollock
Helen Bradley
Christina Dickson
Anna Gay

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Some Older Comments

  • Shane McDonald February 4, 2013 10:19 am

    Great post - I have a Google+ profile at https://plus.google.com/b/105757083713415037582/105757083713415037582/posts ... trying hard to use all the features of Google+.

    i don't find it too intuitive but I'm getting around nicely

  • Mandy October 1, 2011 08:18 am


    thanks for the survival guide, learning how G+ works put me off - it's all time isn't it?

    another thing on my to do list!

  • James Brandon August 16, 2011 02:40 pm

    For those looking for an invite, here's an invite link again: https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?path=%2F%3Fgpinv%3Dx3QEyu6piyU%3AlnDfkfeNhho

    Just follow that and sign up and you're in! Just be sure to add me to your circles once you get set up :-)

  • Ruslan August 15, 2011 10:51 pm

    Thanks, really good article. I will point my friends to this one in hope to get them on G+.

  • Rafa August 15, 2011 02:31 pm

    I would be grateful if someone could send me an invite to G+!!

  • Ian Alfano August 11, 2011 05:24 am

    I have an invite to G+ but I have yet to check it out - kind of for the "social media overload" reason...i'll get there though. It sounds really awesome, as far as social media goes.

    What is everybody's opinion on photo protection on G+ though? I rarely post any pictures to Facebook anymore because according to their privacy policy they own any pictures posted on their site and they can use them for whatever they want, without asking, and without giving credit or royalties. Now I dont expect FB to use my pictures, but that is also not right, so I stopped.

    I did very little research on this topic for G+ but the little bit I did do seemed to point towards little or no protection of your pictures there either.

  • Robert Greatrix August 9, 2011 05:12 am

    Could you please extend me an invite?

  • Bob Simmons August 8, 2011 10:37 pm

    James. Can you send me an invite?

  • Laurence Sawyer August 8, 2011 03:18 am

    Loved the post. I'm not on google plus but cant wait to get on it because I can see already that I will love it. One thing i'd like to comment on is the sharing of posts on facebook. People always talk of what you share on facebook going to everyone. I guess people don't explore facebook to realize that they already had "circles" you just had to make them as "lists". What I share on fb goes to exactly who I want to see them. That's what the little lock button is for. You can even set a default list. FB has enough privacy settings to manage that

  • Gene August 7, 2011 09:40 am

    OMG! Women sans clothes are not art? Apparently you sit to the right of the Vatican on your views of art. Having traveled the world looking at art of the last 2000 years I am happy to say that with the exception of the Spanish inquisition, puritans in New England, and modern day radical Islamists, the majority of the civilized world not only though the female (and male) nude is an appropriate subject for art, but in fact have lavished such art by displaying it in religious institutions not only in museums.

    Bad photots are bad regardless of nudity, but saying something is not art simply due to the subject being nude?!?

    Thank God some of us in TX are not stuck in the 17th century Puritan mindset!

  • Ceri Williams August 6, 2011 06:02 pm

    This looks great. Could someone please send me an invite?
    Thanks xx

  • Ceri Williams August 6, 2011 06:00 pm

    Hi! This G+ looks great! Is anyone able to invite me please?
    Thanks x

  • James Brandon August 6, 2011 12:58 pm

    Alright folks, from the look of it I can now send out a link that has 150 invites available. So, 150 people can use this same link to sign up for a G+ account. My only request is that you add me to your photography circle :)


  • Mirys August 6, 2011 03:50 am

    Clap, clap, clap!
    It´s incridible our point of view about pictures with naked people on it and I´s amazed by your sentence ("if I wouldn´t wacth it with my wife besides me it´s not worthing wacth at all"). The world must have more husbands like you!

    You are an amazing photographer and seems to be an amazing person as well!

    (from Brazil)

  • Taylor August 6, 2011 03:00 am

    Thank Lynn, the account has been reported for abuse. Got any others?

  • Savi August 6, 2011 12:28 am

    I've got g+ invites, email me if interested savi.you at gmail

  • tomas de teresa August 6, 2011 12:09 am

    Good reasons to move to Google+, specially the hangouts. I´ll be waiting for my invitation. Regards!

  • Michael Risser August 5, 2011 11:02 pm

    While its interesting to read an article such as this, I have to agree with other commentors, since its still in public beta, this is really premature. Great write up though.

    Personally I'd be interested in checking out Google+, but having been on the "waiting list" for a while now, with absolutely no indication of when and/or if I'll get an account I'm starting to think that its all just a bunch of hype.

  • Gary Miller August 5, 2011 03:44 pm

    Looks like I am in need of an invite as well if anyone has an extra available. They seemed to have hit the limit and closed the door for the moment. Darren, you just got everyone too excited and look at the stampede it caused!

  • Dennis Fahringer August 5, 2011 01:49 pm

    I’d be happy to send anyone an invitation to Google+. Just email me (so I have your email address to put in for the invitation). My address: fotofah at gmail.com

  • Bob Wood August 5, 2011 12:11 pm

    Someone, please invite me to G+! I am signed up, but no invite...yet!

    I agree with too much nudity on 500px. At the same time, I will not argue with someone about what art is. As was said years ago, I know pronography when I see it. We all have our standards. That being said, i really like 500px and will definitely use it, but I really want to get on G+. I have found Facebook to be a real boon for my photography and I assuming G+ will add to that and more.

    Thanks for the informative article and replies.


  • Trevor H. August 5, 2011 11:27 am

    I tried to join Google+ after reading this, but the folk there have written, "Google+ is in limited Field Trial.
    At the moment, we're testing with a small number of people, but it won't be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we'll make sure that you're the first to know when we're ready to invite more people." So I did, but as a long-time subscriber to Google, why would I need another member of equal status to vouch for my joining Google+? Makes no sense. So, right now, it's a closed shop. Incidentally, is 10 million really a 'small number'? Scott's post (above) regarding copyright is also moot - Google should clarify this, regarding usage of submitted imagery.
    Regarding all naked photography online not qualifying as art - well, that is so palpably ludicrous, my jaw is still dropped, except that I hope the general ethos of web photography never falls wholesale into the hands of such overt and perverse Philistinism. Darren Rowse himself calls it, I quote, "...a form of art", (https://digital-photography-school.com/9-nude-photography-tips)
    But I will look again at Google+, as their free offerings are usually well worth the effort - Picasa being a prime example of that beneficence.

  • Lynn Haynes August 5, 2011 11:07 am

    No nudity? https://plus.google.com/106846340899002453404/photos

    I agree totally with your stand; maybe it's not the position of GooglePlus?

  • Milomannn August 5, 2011 10:17 am

    This article got me all hot and bothered...to try G+. I find that on Facebook I will turn off lots of posts by really good people because I just don't want to read about their exploits at the time but would like to stay connected. Having groups would be a better arrangement and stop me from having to do this. I guess my life is compartmentalized rather than one large mass of people.
    I would appreciate someone extending an invite to G+ so I can see if it measures up to all the hoopla.

  • Wedding photographer August 5, 2011 09:42 am

    I also heard about Google +1 button. But till now i know about this is a button only :)

  • Sara Whatling August 5, 2011 09:17 am

    "Maximum width for photos on G+ is 2048 pixels wide! I’m not sure I’ll ever upload an image that large to G+"

    Such a delightful ruse to ensure you are quoted for very many years to come - just like Mr G who is reputed to have pronounced in 1981 that "640 k ought to be enough for anyone" :-)

    A thought to consider though for the future - what will an image be when our resolution matches that of the universe's smallest particle? Have we not then created a parallel universe rather than simply a representation of this one? Answers please on a 'Rich Tea' biscuit ?

  • Mich August 5, 2011 07:47 am

    I commend you for your bold, "un-pc" comments on nude photography. You stepped on a few toes but you definitely gained respect from a lot of us who agree with you.

  • Paulo La-Sa August 5, 2011 07:40 am

    I've heard so much about google+, and honestly, I am kinda tired of Facebook. And from the article I could see how good images look like. But unfortunately here in Portugal there aren't that many people in. So, if it's even possible to get an invitation I would definitely appreciate it.


  • Andras Gimesi Gime August 5, 2011 07:40 am

    Well, OK, but... Why is the +1 button missing from here? ;)

  • Andras Gimesi Gime August 5, 2011 07:40 am

    ell, OK, but... Why is the +1 button missing from here? ;)

  • Sue August 5, 2011 07:14 am

    I agree, thanks 4 the great article + the site sounds great but……How can I get an invite to join? Would somone be kind enough to please invite me.

    Cheers Sue

  • Amber August 5, 2011 06:59 am

    I'm very excited to hear about G+. I have just recently gotten into photography and I love posting my pictures and getting feedback from other people. I am currently using flickr and I love looking at other peoples photos and learning more about techniques and different perspectives. If someone could please send me an invite, I would be most appreciative!! I would love to interect more with other photographers and see their work.

  • Ken Kaminesky August 5, 2011 06:46 am

    I've really been a fan of Google+ since i first saw it's inner workings. I'm a bit late to the game, but totally a fan now. If this is just the beta, then I'm eager to see the final product! Google is doing a great job and as opposed to FB, they encourage feedback.

    I'm thinking that my FB page will likely slowly turn into a lead in to my G+ page. While I have a great number of Twitter followers, I've never done much with FB. I've always been concerned with their draconian TOS, so I never post photos there.

    While I'm just getting started on Google+, I expect to be much more active in the upcoming months. Hope to see you all there!

    If you are looking for an invitation, I'm happy to help: http://blog.kenkaminesky.com/google-plus-invitations/

  • Darren August 5, 2011 05:19 am

    Great article and the site sounds great but......How can I get an invite to join? Would somone be kind enough to please invite me.


  • Becca August 5, 2011 05:06 am

    It appears to be an incredible site. I was impressed with the different aspects that you noted. I have made my own lists and privacy situations on FB but feel that I do not get the input and/or too much input from others depending on (fill in the blank). I will be interested in checking it out once I get an invitation.

  • Tammy August 5, 2011 05:00 am

    Great article. Very informative and exactly what I needed to know before I join! Thanks!

  • Tim Wilson August 5, 2011 04:48 am

    yep, called facebook overload...I have been waiting for something to knock facebook off of its perch for a while...will it stay around...who knows, the internet is a fickle thing, look at myspace....once folks find the "new best thing" the older service starts to become irrevalant rather quickly....the problem all of them are going to face is the push to monetize the huge amount of data that is going to be collected...advertises in particular will want a piece of it....

  • Karen August 5, 2011 04:47 am

    Great to read some early feedback on this exciting new platform (can I call it that?). I still find it hard to believe that one site/company "can provide it all" but this is the mighty Google.

    Good comment on the "adult vs youth" community platform, The G+ features seem to have a more professional appeal. My concern is the management of yet another place to store and share my images, what will happen to all those images on Flickr? Eventually we will need to commit to just one cyber-space...is this the one?

    But where will Google put their advertising? As a Beta version we are not exposed to the need for display ads. Perhaps G+ will lose some of its appeal once it splashed with ads....I still can't wait to give it a try!

  • Danielle August 5, 2011 04:23 am

    Can someone hook me up with an invitation to Google + ?? Maybe post one for us all?

  • nathan August 5, 2011 04:06 am

    google+ is definitely superior. glad to see I'm not the only one tired of facebook.

  • Brian Stephens August 5, 2011 03:26 am

    I love the idea of sharing my photographs and getting comments on them. Probably the best way of finding out which ones are really good and which ones are mediocre, lets face it most of us like to think that all our photographs are great when in fact many aren't.

    Great post and I have started a photography circle so I can share with other photographers.

  • Clarence Olson August 5, 2011 02:37 am

    I agree, it looks like it was made for photographers. Great, now I just need an invite. Using Picassa is also great and my whole family uses it.

  • Wayne Bretl August 5, 2011 01:45 am

    FYI, Flickr Pro keeps the exif data with the original photo.

  • Doug Campbell August 5, 2011 01:43 am

    You need to read the fine print first. You give Google ALL right s to give away, sell, manipultae, etc. YOUR images and you will probably not be given credit, you will definitely NOT receive any payment and you have no recourse. STAY AWAY!!!

  • tchudson August 5, 2011 01:36 am

    I've never taken any nudes, either, but I can see where, if the picture involving a model would be better as a nude rather than clothed, then that's what should be done if the model doesn't have an issue. Using anything as a crutch is a problem, whether it's nudity or HDR.

  • Amanda August 5, 2011 01:28 am

    Could not agree with you more about the nudity!

  • Elly August 5, 2011 01:14 am

    This is very appropriate because I just joined tonight : ) I was like, I'm already addicted to FB so I don't really want something else to become addicted to so I'm just going to take it slow and see how it goes!

  • Hilary wardhaugh August 4, 2011 10:13 pm

    Hey James and everyone else, very interesting read as I gave heard about G+ recently and would love try it. I was really slow getting into social media, especially twitter, which I have only just joined. But, as your description of it was easy to read and comprehend I reckon I'll have a go! I could then be part of the cool club! Would love an invite so I can pop u in my circle of photographer friends who I can G+ hangout with. ?

  • Matt August 4, 2011 09:17 pm

    Just joined Google + and was not quite sure how I was going to use it along with my other social medias, but I think this has persuaded me to at least give it more of a try !

    Would be great if any of you added me to your circles :) https://plus.google.com/105094222892514051448/posts?tab=XX

  • venkatesh August 4, 2011 07:45 pm

    Another thing I love about Google+ is that you can see the EXIF data like exposure, aperture and focal length. :-)

  • Dawn August 4, 2011 07:43 pm

    You must be getting paid by Google since you keep pushing for G+. :)

  • Dewan Demmer August 4, 2011 06:39 pm

    It does not matter whether you have twitter, facebook or the new G+ account if you dont know how to use it for your business then its just wasting valuable time. If you have a Social Media account of one type or another have a plan, having an account does not mean instant marketing just another avenue to use.

  • marcus August 4, 2011 12:40 pm

    Picasa's web policy explicitly forbids nuditiy. http://picasa.google.com/web/policy.html

    If someone is posting nude photos to Google+/PicasaWeb they run the risk of having their account shut down.

  • Patrick Welch August 4, 2011 11:27 am

    Everything sounds pretty good. My concern as a photographer is whether the metadata is retained with the picture on G+. Most other sites strip the data on upload.

  • Gabi August 4, 2011 08:51 am

    No nudes on G+? Not true. The only thing the ToS say is:

    8.3 Google reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to pre-screen, review, flag, filter, modify, refuse or remove any or all Content from any Service. For some of the Services, Google may provide tools to filter out explicit sexual content. These tools include the SafeSearch preference settings (see http://www.google.com/help/customize.html#safe). In addition, there are commercially available services and software to limit access to material that you may find objectionable.

    Is a nude 'explicit sexual content'? Not necessarily. I've seen nudes on G+/ PicasaWeb which were not. So there.

  • Randy August 4, 2011 07:16 am

    Ditto, thank you for the invite! Added you to my "Photographers" Circle! The only only circle with someone in it currently...haha.

  • Steve August 4, 2011 07:06 am

    Hi James, Thanks for the invite much appreciated.

  • Claudia August 4, 2011 06:14 am

    I agree with Scott, better read Google’s Terms of Service. This article may help http://photography.about.com/od/copyrightinformation/a/facebookvsgoogleplusphotolicensing.htm

  • dok August 4, 2011 05:22 am

    Have to say I'm a bit shocked by the title : "should love" ? Wow that is strong. Isn't there any single bad thing about G+ ? One could swear you have interests in GOOG (nasdaq) ;-)
    Oh, BTW photographers should love nude art :-)

  • James Brandon August 4, 2011 05:04 am

    Ok I went through the comments and sent some invites to people who seemed like they needed one. I can't guarantee I will do this with everyone but I will do my best. If you receive an invite from me, please let me know here so that I can confirm invites are still being received at this time. If nobody receives one that just means invites are closed for the time being. Thanks all!

  • Robert August 4, 2011 04:19 am

    Great, get me all excited and then I find out it's beta and I cant join yet :(

  • BFeldman August 4, 2011 04:08 am

    G+ will likely be 'all the rage' but until it is actually available to the public - i think this article is a bit premature...

  • kevin August 4, 2011 03:15 am

    I'm actually less likely to close up a website with some nudes if my wife is with me. We both enjoy photography, but if I stumble into a page full of nudes when she's not around, I'll feel like I'm keeping secrets. If she's with me, we'll keep looking if the pictures are good. Or if they're so bad they need mocking.

  • Larry Eiss August 4, 2011 03:10 am

    You wrote, "My rule of thumb is that if I wouldn’t look at something with my wife sitting next to me, then there is no way to justify looking at it when she’s not." THANK YOU! I was beginning to wonder if I was all alone in the photographic universe in thinking this. Great article. I learned a lot.

  • Randy August 4, 2011 03:10 am

    Can someone invite me to G+?


  • Larry Eiss August 4, 2011 03:09 am

    You wrote, "My rule of thumb is that if I wouldn’t look at something with my wife sitting next to me, then there is no way to justify looking at it when she’s not." THANK YOU! I was beginning to wonder if I was all alone in the photographic universe in thinking this. Great article. I learned a lot.

  • James Brandon August 4, 2011 01:34 am

    HA! momo I couldn't have said it better myself!!

  • Momo August 4, 2011 01:23 am

    Interesting information and I am looking forward to joining the G+ community when it is opened to all! I love perusing 500px as there are many fantastic shots on the site but I do find the gratuitous nudity somewhat annoying. Put clothes on that woman, take out the scintillating factor and would it get the number of views/likes and would it still be considered a stunner image? And BTW-I don't see any nudes other than that of the female gender and other than women of modelesque proportions/looks so really, it appears that it's only a very specific nudity shot that is considered art. :) Many of those shots have comments like "sexy" and "Oh, my"...sorry, but that's not about the expertise of the shot. Just MY thoughts though!

  • kevin August 4, 2011 01:17 am

    My wife isn't afraid to see a few nude photos, but she'll be the first to point out when the photographer is using it as a crutch. After careful examination of the photo in question, I'll usually agree with her! :)

  • Sara August 4, 2011 01:08 am

    I am so with you on the nude photos! I didn't know that about Google+ so that makes me love it more. I haven't had time to really develop my Google+ yet but hopefully will get to it this weekend. Thanks for the article.

  • Patricia Paton August 4, 2011 12:52 am

    Hmmmm I'm getting even more curious about google+. I just love photography but I am not a professional (Who knows soon?). Let us see when I will finally receive an invite to use this new network service!

  • Kevin August 4, 2011 12:33 am

    "My rule of thumb is that if I wouldn’t look at something with my wife sitting next to me, then there is no way to justify looking at it when she’s not. Sorry for the rant…"

    Perfectly stated!

  • kevin August 4, 2011 12:10 am

    For the commenters who are worried about maintaining another social network, I've been using the StartGooglePlus extension for Chrome. its been ported to Firefox but I haven't used that version yet.

    You can post directly to your Twitter and Facebook accounts from Google+, they appear as sharing options where you choose what circles you're sharing to.

    You can see your FB and Twitter feed in your G+ stream and reply directly to FB statuses and Tweets right in G+ (Although I have Twitter turned off, too many posts)

    And the best part for people who have been sharing a lot of photos on Facebook, it has a feature to port all your FB albums into G+ and then keep them in sync. (it's one-way sync, upload stuff to FB and then run the sync again)

  • James Brandon August 4, 2011 12:00 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone, always appreciate them and read each one :-). My opinions/comments on the nude photography are simply my own opinions and people are welcome to take them or leave them. I certainly don't demand that everyone agrees with me. I don't retract my statement at all but perhaps I could have said "most" or "the vast majority of" nude photography is not art. However, if 90% of the batch of apples are bad, I actually probably would throw them all out :-).

    I didn't have a lot going on yesterday around the office and spent about 8 hours on G+ talking to photographers, doing G+ hangouts, commenting on photos and meeting new people. It was a total blast and it just further cemented my feeling towards G+.

    One person pointed out that Facebook seems like where all the kids are hanging out and G+ is where you should go if you want to hang out with adults. I thought that was a pretty good description. G+ is a great place for photographers, and if there is something you don't like about it just wait, it's still in BETA and will only get better.

  • kevin August 3, 2011 11:52 pm

    I put a post on Google+ about using it as a photo-sharing options (from my perspective as an amateur hobbyist)

    A major selling point for me is that, If you upload via PicasaWeb, it preserves the integrity of the original jpg. It doesn't do RAW, but it will take the best quality jpeg you've got and back it up unaltered, for you to retrieve easily if you ever lose a hard drive. So far I've only tested with a few family snaps, but I'll be

    It's $20/yr for 80gb, so for less than the cost of a flickr pro account, you get both a social sharing site AND a photo backup site.

    A caveat: If you upload via G+, it will reduce the file size to the max dimension mentioned above. So you have to upload via Picasa if you want this benefit, but your albums are shared to Google+ according to your spec.

    So with a nice clean album view that won't confuse my family when I send links, a social front-end, and uncompressed photo backup, it's a pretty sweet deal

  • Cheryl Terranova August 3, 2011 11:39 pm

    Haha, I am already using Google+ and think it is great but I decided to watch the video you posted about it anyway. It is hilarious. There was a question towards the top about flickr. My opinion is why bother? Google+ has an excellent photo album that is easy to share for all to see...or may for just some circles to see and some not to see. This is a very useful tool because I can still post a silly image of me hanging out with my friends but I can make sure my friends can see it but no professional photographer or work contact can see it. And it sure is a hassle to have to post my pictures in several places (flickr, facebook, google+). Maybe someday Flickr will set up a system to automatically post your uploads to Google+ similar to what it does with Facebook...only better. That day can't be too far away.

  • Nicolas Boivin August 3, 2011 10:41 pm

    You forgot the greatest thing about G+ for sharing pictures as far as I'm concerned : metadata. For every picture shared, people can have a look at the picture metadata and histogram. This can be a fantastic tool for people learning photography because they can instantly see the camera settings that were used to produce the image.

  • Valerie jardin August 3, 2011 09:02 pm

    Thanks for the article James! i'm sold! Taveling right now but you'll be able to add me to the list in a few weeks when I have a bit more time to sign up and actually participate in G+.

  • LorreRuy August 3, 2011 05:55 pm

    Nice but still no +1 available :P

  • bycostello August 3, 2011 05:54 pm

    trouble is it is just one more thing that shouts for my time... so i hope is dosn't get traction...

  • Mark August 3, 2011 05:33 pm

    I signed up for G+ 2 months ago but was told it is still in beta testing. Has it been launched yet? Or maybe it is just my part of the globe that is slow in getting it launched?

  • Dave August 3, 2011 01:24 pm

    I find it fascinating that in your discussion about this great new community-building tool you choose to make a statement like "nude photography is not art" - a statement which will clearly alienate many in the photography community.

    I'm not here to defend 500px, but if "a girl [with] her top off" is the only thing that comes to mind when you think about nude photography I'm afraid you've been looking in the wrong places. The human form is beautiful. A blanket dismissal from the world of "art" of any photo that captures a human without clothing seems an odd line to draw. I know many will disagree with me, but I think we are all (at least capably) beautiful in our coloring, shape, and size - each creature is a work of art in and of itself. I think your opinion that humans must cover ourselves in order to participate in photographic art is unfortunate.

  • Sean August 3, 2011 09:49 am

    Thanks for the post! I agree whole-heartedly with you about 500px. I first viewed it because of a link to a landscape picture. But then so many of the pictures were blatantly nude. And I've not been back because of that. I'm glad for google+, and hope it stays that way! There are a lot of people, even photographers, who appreciate keeping things clean. Is this prudish, as someone above mentioned? If so, what's wrong with being prudish?

  • Maureen August 3, 2011 09:37 am

    Now you guys need to add a +1 button.

  • scottc August 3, 2011 09:29 am

    The third article on Google+ in two weeks, it's got my attention. Not sure FB is a god comparison for photos, but the other features are competetive with several. Giving this one a try. Thanks.


  • Andrew August 3, 2011 09:27 am

    Thanks for the write up. Glad to see that Google+ doesn't destroy photo quality like FB does. It sounds nice, but I just don't have the time for a new social network. Circles look nice, but FB can do similar stuff, just not as easily perhaps. There are pros and cons to limiting your posts to circles - when I put up photos on FB, I often get surprised by friends commenting and liking them even though they aren't into photography, and they wouldn't have see the photos if I'd used a photography-only circle.

  • Jon August 3, 2011 09:05 am

    Great article. I need to start adding more of my photos to G+ instead of flickr and facebook, on that note, I need to take more pics. :)

    If you are dreading the hassle of checking multiple social networks check out a Chrome and Firefox plugin called "Start Google Plus". It is the ultimate way to check and interact with all three social networks from just the google plus website.

  • Bastien August 3, 2011 08:10 am

    Nice article, nevertheless I very much disagree with the statement that "nude photography is not art". Of course not all nude photography is art, but there are a lot of very talented nude photography artists on the web (I'm not one of them). Playing with the human body, with shadows, curves and movement requires some serious skills. Not to mention the communication ability required to get the model to relax and feel comfortable. I think stating that nude photography is not art is quite narrow minded and a bit disappointing coming from a photography school website.
    (I watch nude pictures next to my wife, I see nothing wrong to that and neither does she)

  • Andy Mills August 3, 2011 08:02 am

    People have been harping on about G+, but while I have an account, I really don't yet feel the need to use it. Neither do I particularly want yet another account to maintain.

    Facebook doesn't have the 140 character limit either.

    G+ is still new and I'm sure apps like Lightroom will soon have inbuilt functions to upload to it directly like facebook, etc.

    But it really is a shame that the author feels the need to insult a hell of a lot of people. Yes, there are a lot of bad art nude images out there (it is hard to do well), but you don't throw out a whole box of apples just because a few are rotten. I'm sure an argument will ensue over this part of the article...

  • zoe d. August 3, 2011 08:01 am

    Nice article - thanks!

  • Steve August 3, 2011 07:11 am

    Just a pity that Google plus is still in Limited Field Trial mode and there and they have exceeded capacity.

  • gabor,szantai August 3, 2011 07:08 am

    Nowadays fashion contains nudity, some photoessays contain nudity, fine art contains nudity (and the list of creative arts is endless) - it means the Google+ would be the worst place for professional photographers, if Google did not allow it.

  • TrentReznor August 3, 2011 07:06 am

    You're not gonna like the hangout-feature any more when the 16-year-old girl on the subway uses her smartphone to chat with her friends. Since she's going to use the phone's camera to capture herself, the conversation will be via the speaker and you'll have the pleasure to listen to the whole thing. Thanks G+.

  • Steve August 3, 2011 06:56 am

    Are you against the nude in any of the visual arts or just photography? I take the point that there are a lot of badly done nudes or at least ones that are lacking in imagination but to condemn the whole genre is a little harsh. At the risk of being really controversial I'd say that the treatment of the subject by a 20 year old gearhead would be very different to that by an artist with an understanding of his or her place within both art and photography.

    To paint this particular subject with such a broad brush is just prudish.

    Disclaimer: I have never photographer a person without clothes in my entire life but I have done some life drawing.

  • Sam August 3, 2011 06:48 am

    THank you for posting this and for your "rant" on 500px, I love great photography and enjoying other people's work. I don't need to see a bunch of naughty bits to be creative. Excellent write-up.

  • marcus August 3, 2011 06:47 am

    @Scott, The lawyers over at Getty said they were fine with their contributors posting images to Google+. http://www.petapixel.com/2011/07/15/getty-lawyers-say-google-terms-okay/

  • Greg Goodman August 3, 2011 06:37 am

    Thanks for this awesome article! Random timing too, because I saw it just as I was heading to use my limited 140 characters in Twitter to post my own post hailing this great new social media site. I think it's forever going to change the way photographers do social media and may even replace some of the other photo sharing sites out there. My favorite by far is the way the galleries are arranged!

    My take on the same concept: Google+ Is Like the Wild Wild West for Photographers.

    And of course, I'm Greg Goodman on Google+

  • Greg Goodman August 3, 2011 06:36 am

    Thanks for this awesome article! Random timing too, because I saw it just as I was heading to use my limited 140 characters in Twitter to post my own post hailing this great new social media site. I think it's forever going to change the way photographers do social media and may even replace some of the other photo sharing sites out there. My favorite by far is the way the galleries are arranged!

    My take on the same concept: Google+ Is Like the Wild Wild West for Photographers.

  • LotteHjorth August 3, 2011 06:35 am

    Hmmm... I can 'like' this article on FB, I can share it on twiiter, but the button for G+ seems to be missing ;-)
    Am still failing to see why G+ is so much better. My FB account is set up with groups, news, family etc and works pretty good for me... If I want to share serious photography, I'd choose Flickr or similar, where you'd get a specified feedback, over both FB and G+'s social build-up... Maybe that's just me.

  • Ms. Jen August 3, 2011 06:34 am

    I am also enjoying G+ a great deal but have not started to put any of my photos up as I am looking the Picasa / G+ link.

  • Rob August 3, 2011 06:32 am

    Sounds good - all I need is an invite to G+!

  • Scott August 3, 2011 06:27 am

    Good post and write up. I have a G+ account and have been hesitate to use it based on some early feedback concerning Google's Terms of Service, http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS.

    11. Content license from you

    11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

    11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

    I would imagine that you'll find a similar TOS for other photo sharing services and I would imagine that it's more about Google protecting itself should they reproduce an image. However it still makes me uncomfortable. I have only found one commentary about G+ and sharing photos, I'd like to read more.

    All of my photos are available for sale and I'm concerned about devaluing my work by agreeing to the TOS. There is also something to be said about people seeing my work and trying to find a way to get noticed. So I'm not really sure what to do. Right now I have my website, and when I want to post a new photo I put a link to the photo on FB, Twitter, and G+.

    I know this is a hot button issue, but I'm curious to read what other people have to say and a write-up on here would be greatly appreciated.

  • marcus August 3, 2011 06:23 am

    Ron, Google+ uses picasaweb for photo shoring. There are several export to PicasaWeb plugins available for LightRoom. The most popular is probably Jeffrey Friedl's http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/picasaweb

  • Ron August 3, 2011 06:19 am

    It would help if Google+ had the same type of integration as Facebook on other platforms. For example, a Google+ plugin for Lightroom 3 would be a really awesome integration to my workflow.

  • peter August 3, 2011 06:15 am

    google + lets me have a circle just for photographers... it's what i've been looking for... nice article...

  • Kurt August 3, 2011 06:11 am

    Why Google+ over Flickr? You mention Twitter and Facebook, but conspicuously fail to mention Flickr.

  • Brian Matiash August 3, 2011 06:09 am

    Once again, I can't thank James and the DPS team for your continued love in sharing me and my work in your posts. I love the service you guys provide to our community and wish you all continued success!

  • Hollz August 3, 2011 06:03 am

    Fantastic post! Very information, thanks!

  • Leigh August 3, 2011 05:56 am

    You can share just what you want with whom you want on FB. You can set up friends lists and just have them see a particular post or restrict groups from seeing it. I do like google+ so far, but those sharing options are there in FB, you just have to set up friends lists. I can also filter my feed that way to make sure I don't miss anything from my "favorites".