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20 Facebook Photography Groups Photographers Must Join

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20 Facebook Photography Groups Photographers Must Join

Many amateur photographers are now joining Facebook Photography Groups as a way of gaining needed photography skills from professional photographers. Image: Birth of a New Day by Kazad, 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Aspiring and amateur photographers are turning to Facebook Photography Groups for photography tutorials to enhance their creativity

BY KAZAD

Image: 20 Facebook Photography-Groups That Will Improve Your photography Skills highlights how photography groups on Facebook are helping aspiring and amateur photographers improve their skill by providing photography tutorials and tips With the growing number of cameras,  many aspiring and amateur photographers are searching for ways to improve their creativity. Besides the increasing number of pricey photography education, many aspiring and amateur photographers are turning to different Facebook photography groups as a way of gaining free knowledge about photography.

Photography Tutorials and Photography Tips

Many of these  Facebook photography groups provide photography tutorials and photography tips for members. The tutorials and tips are opportunities for aspiring and amateur members to learn about photography as well as improve the quality of their work.  For the professional photographers, providing tutelage for aspiring photographers is an opportunity to share important knowledge.

In addition to providing needed tutorials, the Facebook Photography Groups also provide members with a sense of camaraderie. Members can discuss their works and ideas in ways that enable profession growth. While some these Facebook photography groups are open, others are closed. You have to be approved by the group’s admin to join a closed group. Approval does not take long if you answer all the questions posed correctly.  As for the open group, you just have to click the “Like” button. The Facebook photography groups presented here are just a few of the groups on Facebook that are providing photography tutorials and photography tips for many aspiring and amateur photographers. Feel free to add more in the comment section.

The Facebook photography groups presented here are just a few of the groups on Facebook that are providing photography tutorials and photography tips for many aspiring and amateur photographers. Feel free to add more in the comment section.

 

1. Fine Art Photography-Public Group

Image: A black and white landscape photograph on the banner of the Fine Art Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The  Fine Art Photography Group is strictly for photographers interested in fine art photography. As the admin clearly states, this Facebook photography group is not a place for photographers interested in street photography, wildlife/animal or insect photography, wedding photography or even model photography. It is strictly a Fine Art Photography Group and this is clear from all the images on the group’s page. Photographers interested in other forms of photography can join other Facebook photography groups.  Images that do not conform to the group’s idea are deleted. Quality is important for this group. If you submit substandard images, they will be deleted.

…this Facebook photography group is not a place for photographers interested in street photography, wildlife/animal or insect photography, wedding photography or even model photography

2. Abstract Photography -Public Group

Image: Photograph of river and a sign on the banner of the Abstract Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The  Abstract Photography Group is not a group for anyone who does not understand what abstract photography is all about. Abstract photographs are devoid of manipulation but emphasize  form, color, and curves capable of  eliciting ‘strong reactions from the human perceptual system.’  Of course, the group provides the opportunity for people to learn about abstract photography from the amazing examples on the groups Facebook page. If you are planning to become a member, the first place to start is to go to the groups Facebook page and look at the works of other photographers who are already members.  As the group admin points out, the Abstract Photography Group ” is not a digital art group”, consequently, ” excessive use of effects (twirl, blur, etc.) and filters are not welcome.” While color correction and reframing are tolerated, you cannot go overboard. Your photographs must conform to established rules. Photographs that are non-abstract or have gone through excessive digital manipulation will be deleted without prior warning.

3. Architectural Photography (AP)-Closed Group

Image: Details of the photograph of Apollo theater, Mogliano, Marche region, Italy on the Architectural Photography Group Facebook page. AP is one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

Apollo theater, Mogliano, Marche region, Italy, posted by Franco Zampetti, a member of the Architectural Photography. Image: AP

Architectural Photography Group is one of the best Facebook Photography Groups focused on architectural photography. The objective of the group is to provide members with the opportunity to appreciate works of celebrated architectural photographers as well as learn from them. Although this group is strictly about architecture photography, there are some astounding photographs on different aspects of architecture on the group’s Facebook page. Looking through the images, it is clear that Architecture photography is a  creative endeavor.

The objective of the group is to provide members with the opportunity appreciate the works of celebrated architectural photographers as well as learn from them.

4. Nature Photography– Public Group

Image: Portrait of a man and forest on the banner of Nature -Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The Nature Photography Group is for nature photographers and people who love viewing pictures of landscapes, wild animals, or plants. So, members are expected to post only high-quality pictures of landscapes, wild animals, and plants. Members can post 5 images per day. Photographs that do not conform with the group’s rules are deleted. Although the Nature Photography Group is just one of the few Facebook Photography Groups focused on nature, it has grown to become one of the biggest in just a few years, becoming the platform for talented and enthusiastic photographers.  All members of the  Nature Photography Group are expected to follow the rules. It is against the group’s rules to post images of dogs, cats, livestock, or any kind of pets.

5.Creative Photography Group-Public Group

Image: The globe on the banner of Creative Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for many aspiring and amateur photographers

The Creative Photography Group is for people who love photography and enjoy the art of photography. Membership is open to amateur and professional photographers from different corners of the globe. The only criterion is a ‘passion for photography.’ In addition to individual photographers promoting their work, this Facebook Photography group also provides opportunities for members to promote the work of other photographers. Not many Facebook Photography Groups allow you to do this.  Members may also add their friends to the group.


6.  Vintage African American Photography

Image: Portraits of several African American on the banner of Art of Portrait, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that celebrate African American

For those who love period photography, Vintage African American Photography group is the group to join. One of the most popular Facebook photography groups, this group was very restrictive when it started. As a member, you could only post black and white photographs, vintage images or pictures. Over time, however, a lot has changed. As the popularity of the group grew, members were allowed to post recent photographs, videos, and images associated with the black experience.  Many of the photographs on the group’s Facebook page reveal different aspects of African American history, including fashion, style, and education. A note of caution: Some of the images touch on an aspect of African American experience that people what to forget.

7.  Art of Portrait Photography.Closed Group

Image: Portrait of a girl on the banner of Art of Portrait, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for many aspiring and amateur photographers

The Art of Portrait Photography Group is for those who truly love Portrait Photography. It does not matter if you are a beginner or a professional photographer, you can join as long as you love portrait photography.  Although this group is for photographers who love Portrait Photography, you have to be 18 years and above to join. Members are allowed to post candid portraits, weddings, posed, abstract, creative portraits,  and street photography as long as they are photographs of people.  They also have the opportunity to ask questions, start friendly debates, and share links. However, there are strict rules guiding membership to this group. It is important to read the rules before joining so you are not dismissed.

8. Minimalist Photography – Public Group

Image: Photograph of a brick wall on the banner of Minimalist Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

“Less is more.” That is the guiding principle of the Minimalist Photography group. The main objective of this Facebook photography group is to encourage members to pay attention to the subject of a photograph and not the distracting elements and noises. This is not just one of those Facebook Photography groups where people are allowed to post whatever they like. This group has a set standard. To ensure that everyone follows the tenets of the group, submitted photos must be approved by an admin before they are posted to the timeline. Unapproved images are deleted. There are compelling images on this group’s page that will guide those who want to be members. While some of the photographs are black and white, others are colored. The only thread connecting them is that they are minimalist and beautiful. Members are allowed to post one photo per day, and it must be uploaded directly from the member’s device. This is a strict photography group. Please read the rules before joining.

9. Urban Street Photography-Closed Group

Image: A black and white banner of the Urban Street Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

If you are new to Facebook, you cannot join the Urban Street Photography Group. To be a member of this Facebook photography group, you must have a Facebook account that is more than a year old. Alternately, you will have to be invited by someone who is already an active member of the group. The group is very specific about what it does: ‘This group is to showcase pictures representative of the human condition showing the relationship between people and their surroundings.’  Portraiture, still life, and urban landscape are not accepted in this group because according to the group’s admin “they are not emblematic of Street Photography.” Street Photography according to the group’s admin “is instinctual, unpremeditated, reactive and spontaneous, it is unposed and untagged and most importantly it is candid.”

To be a member of this Facebook photography group, you must have a Facebook account that is more than a year old.

10. Black and White Photography– Closed Group

Image: The Facebook page banner of the Black and White Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The focus of this group is to promote Black and White Photography. This Facebook photography group organizes regular competitions to honor members. Every month, the Black and White Photography group organizes international photo contest to select ‘The 7 Best of Black and White Photography’. To participate, members have to submit their photographs under specific categories. Only B&W or sepia photographs are accepted by this group. Color photos will be removed immediately. Managed by Fränki Gustavo and Mar Hache, the group is open to photographers across the globe. Members are allowed to post single photographs and a maximum of 6 photos per day. Albums are not accepted. Although there are many Facebook photography groups dedicated to black and white photography, this group is different because it provides photography tutorials and photography tips to members of the group.

11. Wild Bird, Wildlife, Nature Photography (WBWNP).-Public Group

Image: Photograph of a wildlife on the banner of Wild Bird, Wildlife Nature, Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The Wild Bird, Wildlife, Nature Photography Group is perhaps one of the strictest Facebook photography groups. The focus is Wild Bird, Wildlife, and  Nature Photography. Any deviation from that is unacceptable. Even as a nature photographer,  you are prohibited from posting images of nests with visible eggs or nestlings or images resulting from live baiting. All the animals and plants depicted in photographs must be both wild and free. With the standard the group has set for itself, it is not surprising that many of the images on the groups Facebook page are exceptional. Our advice is that before you join this group, make sure that you read and understand the rules. You break any of them, your images will be deleted. If you persist, you will be blocked from the group. It is as simple as that.

12. Creativity..The Unique Photography Group– Closed Group

The Creativity.. The Unique Photography Group is open to photographers across the globe. Although there are lots of nature photographs on the group’s Facebook page, members are allowed to post all genre of photography: portraiture, still life, landscape, nature, and others. The most important element of the group is creativity. There are notable photographs on the group’s Facebook page that are indicative of the group’s dedication to quality. One of the photographers whose photographs is generating a lot of interest is Pankaj Dutta.

13. PNW Photography– Public Group

Image: Photograph of an American Eagle in flight on the banner of PNW Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The Pacific Northwest  Photography (PNW) is dedicated to photographers in the Pacific Northwest. This Facebook photography group encourages members to post their recent images. But more importantly,  there is an inherent sense of camaraderie among members.  This is what new members will enjoy. If a member is having an event, other members will rally around that member to make the event a success.

14. Street Photography Club-Closed Group

Image: A black and white photograph of two people at the beach on the banner of the Street Photography Club, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The Street Photography Club is for photographers who are into street photography. If you post anything that does not relate to street photography, your post will be deleted. In addition to street photography, members are also allowed to post people and documentary photography specifically focused on human interactions. Everyone is required to submit their best photograph. The best photographs are posted on the group’s gallery. As a rule, members have to post directly to the group from a personal device: mobile phone, computer, and laptop. 

15. Expert Photography Group– Closed Group

Image: The banner of Expert Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

As a disclaimer, let me say that the Expert Photography Group is one of my favorite Facebook photography groups.  The main purpose of the group is to help each other grow. If you want to learn or are interested in learning about photography, you can join this group. Photography tutorials and photography tips are readily available for members. Before becoming a member, you are advised to watch a video that spells out all the rules of the group. This is a closed group moderated by Josh Dunlop, Zsuzsi Kalcza, and Alyssa Lopez. There are regular photography contests with awards for winners.

16. Photography Review-Public Group

Image: Photograph of a beautiful landscape on the banner of the Photography Review Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The main objective of the Photography Review group is to provide members with critique and suggestions about their works.  In order to get adequate feedback,  especially from expert photographers,  members have to submit their images,  including all the EXIF info and other necessary information. Only approved images submitted by active members are posted on this group’s page. According to the group’s admin, approval is necessary to allow the group maintain quality. Unapproved photographs are deleted.

17. Analog photography-Public Group

Image: Portrait of a beautiful woman with a DSL camera on the banner of the Analog photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

In this era of digital photography, it will seem unusual that there are still photographers involved with analog photography. Of course, there are still many photographers doing analogue photography. In fact, recent data have shown that analog photography is gradually making a comeback.  The Analog Photography Group is one of the very few Facebook photography groups dedicated to photographers who are still into this type of photography. Every picture posted on this Facebook photography group page must be the result of analogue photography. Members can only post self-made analog photos with information about the camera and film used.  If you cannot follow or intend to manipulate the rules, you will be removed from the group.

18. Wetpixel Underwater Photography-Public Group

Image: Photograph of a whale on the banner of the Wetpixel Underwater Photography Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

For photographers and filmmakers interested in underwater adventure, Wetpixel Underwater Photography Group is the group to join. The open group is an important resource for underwater photographers and filmmakers. On the group’s  Facebook page are beautiful underwater photographs and videos.  If you are into underwater photography and filmmaking,  there is so much to learn from this group.

The open group is an important resource for underwater photographers and filmmakers.

19. Street photography in the world-Public Group

Image: Details of the photograph of street activities posted by Udhay Kumar, a member of the Street photography in the World Group Facebook page. This is one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

Photograph of street activities posted by Udhay Kumar, one of the many members of the Street photography in the World Facebook Group.

An important characteristic of street photographers is the ability to observe and capture everyday life. That capacity to capture situations at the most decisive moment is what makes members of the Street photography in the World Group unique. If you love street photography, this is the group to join. Many of the images on the group’s page are emotional and passionate. The images of children, men, women, and the elderly captured at the most vulnerable moments tell stories about their lives.   A public group, membership is open to anyone interested in street photography.

20. Photography – Nature, Wildlife, and Landscape. Public Group

Image: Photograph of a lake on the banner of the Photography Nature Wildlife and Landscape Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

If you are a  nature, wildlife or landscape photographer keen on sharing your photographs, the group to join is Photography – Nature, Wildlife, and Landscape. Created by Charles Slyer in 2012, this Facebook photography group is open to photographers from around the world. In just five years, the group’s Facebook page has become an extremely popular place for aspiring amateurs and professional photographers to share their best images of nature, wildlife, and landscapes. On the group’s page, members discuss photography techniques and help each other improve.  But this group is not just for photographers alone; If you enjoy looking at beautiful photographs, you are welcome to join the group. Members are expected to follow all the rules.

BONUS

North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Group-Open Group

Image: A photo collage on the Facebook page of North American Nature Photography Association Group, one of the Facebook Photography Groups that provide Photography tutorials and photography tips for aspiring and amateur photographers

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)  is focused on photography in North America or by North American photographers traveling globally. This Facebook photography group is particularly focused on nature photography including but not limited to macro, wildlife, landscape, underwater and night sky photography. Members are allowed the opportunity to discuss photography and ask questions about the art of photography.  Any photograph deviating from the stipulated genre will not be accepted.

Although Global participation is welcome, images must have maintained relevance to North America.  The purpose of the group is to do everything necessary to help NANPA grow. In addition to generating awareness as it relates to nature photography, members are also allowed to share photography tips and post outdoor photographs. The group also strives to promote relationships among nature photographers regardless of skill or age.

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