Joining online groups and forums is a great way to see the work of others, learn new things about the hobby and network with others who are as passionate about photography as we are.
Facebook is just one platform that has several highly visited groups all about various aspects of all things photographic.
Here are five of my favourites.
UK Amateur Photography Group At the time of writing, this group has over 11,000 members and, as the name suggests, it caters for amateur photograhers in the UK, giving them a place to share their photos from any genre.
Fstoppers This group is run by the same people as the FStoppers website and provides a busy portal through which to network with others and gain feedback on images posted to the page. It currently boasts close to 27,000 members.
British Birdwatching for Beginners Okay, not technically a photography group – but it does feature plenty of photos of our feathered, flying friends. At other 28,000 members, it’s a really active community and a great place to share your bird shots.
Photoshop and Lightroom With an enormous 170,000 members, this group is the go to place to learn and discuss anything to do with Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software. It’s a fantastic place to improve your post-processing knowledge.
Shoot & Share This group describes itself as “a place for photographers of all levels to learn and grow together”. At close to 50,000 members at the time of writing, it certainly seems popular!
All of these groups are private, meaning that you have to apply to the group admins in order to become a member. As long as you apply through the correct procedures though, and stick to the group rules, it’s really easy to get involved and can really help to improve your photography and inspire you to get out and create.