If you’re a photographer, and you’ve never thought about open source photo sharing as a way to advance your career, you should look into it ASAP.
Like I’ve said before, I have tons of different hobbies that I love. I’m just a dabbler. I love to dabble in a lot of different stuff; it’s just fun for me. One of those things, incidentally, ins photography. Now, before we go any further, I should tell you that I’m absolutely not a professional.
I’m totally green. I just bought the best camera under 300 dollars I could find, picked up a good lens at a garage sale, and went at it.
One of the cool things about photography, though, is that the community is really, really great. Eventually, I got to meet a bunch of other photographers who shared similar interests and talk with them about how they’ve invested into growing their own businesses.
And the results of my little poll surprised me! Almost all of the photographers I talked to – but especially the ones who worked as professional freelance photographers – used open source photo sharing sites. After chatting with them, I slowly began to realize the benefits of using an open source photo sharing platform to share your work. Check it out:
- It gets your work into the world. Sometimes, the most difficult thing about being a new photographer is just getting your work out into the world and in front of people’s eyes. By using an open source platform, this is really easy.
- It helps you get better. There’s nothing like seriously sizing yourself up against other professionals to help get better. In fact, it’s an essential part of critiquing your own work.
- It’s a great networking tool. You never know where your next professional contact is going to come from. A lot of photographers make great professional contacts just by becoming part of communities, and open source platforms are a great way to do that!