Improve Your Photo Skills and Post Your Pictures Online
You can carry your camera and take snapshots all day, but without a place to post them--or input on how you can improve your photos--you might find it difficult to make your work stand out. We asked Jeff Enlow, an editor with Corbis Images and a freelance photographer based in New York, which sites he visits to post his photos, learn about new projects, and get ideas.
A Photo Editor
A Photo Editor is the most professional and comprehensive site of the bunch. Former editor Rob Haggart has grown the blog, making it arguably the best resource on the Web. It's great for students, professionals, or anyone who loves the art and craft of photography. The site keeps abreast of all photo-related news, and fosters constructive discussion. It also helps aspiring and new professionals by sharing real-life business experiences from seasoned pros. On top of that, A Photo Editor regularly posts interviews with top working photographers such as Dan Winters and Jesse Burke, and covers everything from fashion and art photography to editorial portraiture and documentary.
Tumblr is no secret, but it remains the best way to share photos. It gives you the curated experience of a magazine, without the publishing costs and content restrictions. For photographers who need a place to post their work, Tumblr is great because it lets you assign a theme to your photo blog (unlike, say, Facebook, where you’re limited to one type of layout and feel). The generic layout ends up being better for snapshots of family and friends; if you want something more, you’ll need to present your photos artfully. Tumblr also has built-in social sharing devices that give your blog the potential to go viral--even more so than on Flickr.
If you’d just like to look at photos and get ideas, Tumblr is the best way to lose 5 hours of your life. If you're bored, I suggest those on the humorous side, such as “Chicks With Steve Buscemeyes” or my personal favorite, “Accidental Chinese Hipsters.” On the other end of the spectrum are serious photographers who are using Tumblr as a way to share work that they love; the site can be a great way to discover new work. Photographer Emiliano Granado and the photo collective MJR both have eclectic taste in photography as well as in art, fashion, and music.
Ever wanted to make 3D GIFs, or a time-lapse tilt-shift movie? Do you crave analog aesthetics but love digital photography? If so, Photojojo is your DIY nerd paradise. A blog and newsletter, it teaches photo-related crafts and highlights creative work in the photo community. The site also has a great online shop that sells toy cameras, camera bags, coffee mugs made out of old lenses...basically anything you don’t really need but want to buy anyway. Photojojo offers a terrific selection of iPhone accessories, too, such as telephoto lenses and cases that make your iPhone resemble an old film camera. Photojojo is the best place to shop for yourself when you should be buying Christmas gifts for your friends.
If you’re a news junkie like me, you'll think this blog is a wonderland. PhotojournalismLinks is a labor of love from photographer Mikko Takkunen, who has worked for the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Takkunen scours the Internet and finds every online gallery, every interview, every multimedia piece related to photojournalism on the Web from the past week. The site has so much content, I’ve never looked at more than a fraction of the links. The unpretentiousness of the simple list format lets the work speak for itself.
A recent post has interesting work from Panos photographer Andrew McConnell about surf culture in Gaza, and a beautiful piece about the women of the Egyptian revolution from Rena Effendi on the Newsweek website. The quality of images from contemporary journalism is astounding, and the democratization of photography through digital cameras (and now phones) has only added to the work out there. PhotojournalismLinks gives you all of it.