Which Photo Sharing Site to UseFirst things first: where do I share my photos? I share on Google+, 500px, Instagram, and photography.twoperfect.ca. I share some, but not all on Facebook, since Facebook is more personal and less photography focused. I digress.
Share your photos in as many places as your time and interest allows. If you're a beginner photographer like me, people don't know about you. Your audience wont come to you, so you have to go to them.
More importantly, don't just share your own photos. Browse, follow, and like other people's photos and you might make some friends in the process.
How to Share Pictures on Google+ the Right Way
After many trials, a little bit of OCD, and my Quality Assurance experience, I've figured out how to do it right.
- Designate an export folder. Only finished, post-processed photos should go in this folder. RAWs and intermediate files should not go in this folder.
This is my Portfolio folder. I have subfolders but you can choose your own:
- All of the Lights - night photography
- Where the Wild Things Are - animal photography
- Digital Paintbrush - general portfolio
- Training Wheels - photos I'm not quite happy with
Communities, Circles, or Public?
If you're a beginner photographer like me, share to 1 community per photo.
When you share a photo to a community, you can't share with any other circles or communities. It's tempting to share to as many communities as you can, but each post creates a copy of the photo and you lose the aggregated stats and nice clean album. On top of that, your profile will show duplicates of the same post (unless you change your settings) and people who are in the multiple communities you shared to will see your photo multiple times. After a while it will look like spam.
You can still tag people who were involved in the photo, and if the community is public, your post is visible publicly, so sharing to 1 community should be enough.
Why communities instead of Public? It's for the same reason you should share to many photo sharing sites. You're new and unless someone's specifically looking for your name or the hashtags in your post, no one will see your Publicly shared posts. People follow communities - posts in communities show up on their home feed, which makes it easy for them to +1. Once you have many followers who re-share your photos, sharing to Public starts to make sense.