Although Google+ is a relative newcomer on the block of social media sites, it has rapidly become the pre-eminent place for photographers of all ilks to hang out, share their photos are learn from their peers. In the past sites like Facebook and Flickr were the popular places to share photos. But, without question, the state-of-the-art today is Google+. The presentation of photographs on Google+ is extremely well thought out and is ultimately easier to use and a more compelling environment for the sharing and viewing of photographs.
Albums are presented in a very user friendly manner and when you actually go to look at someone’s images, the images are presented full-screen in an easy-to-navigate manner that makes it extremely easy to enjoy a photographic collection.
And what’s even better for photographers? Unlike some of the other social sites (Twitter and Facebook are you listening?), Google+ does not strip your metadata away. It leaves all of your copyrights, keywords, captions and everything else there for all to see. You of course have the option of stripping away this information with your favourite photo editing tool if that’s what you desire.
Plus, there are a ton of ways to share your photos with others on Google+ and to see what others are doing.
One thing that is increasingly popular is the use of hashtags (hashtags is just the # sign followed by some work like #BirdPoker or #AbstractArtEveryday).
I’ve discovered a few of these groups that I really enjoy participating in. The first is #BirdPoker curated by Phil Armishaw where Phil chooses a daily them (portraits, shorebirds, humour, etc.) and participants try to one-up each other by posting images of theirs that fit the theme.
Other groups I’ve seen and enjoyed include:
But that’s really just scratching the surface.
How do you get involved?
Get yourself to Google+and get signed up.
Invite your friends to join as well and start interacting with folks.
Check out some of those hashtags linked above and start sharing your work with others.
If you are looking for some fantastic photographers to follow and learn from, consider +Trey Ratcliff, +Alex Koloskov and +Scott Kelby. You’re also welcome to add myself to your circles (circles are kind of like groups of friends). I have a couple of pages on Google+; my personal page and the page for the Burwell School of Photography.
You owe it to your photographic self to get your butt over to Google+ and to start sharing in this new service.