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Finding constructive photography advice online can be a real challenge, but there’s one place that you might have overlooked: Reddit.
Reddit is a great place to get all kinds of advice as long as you read each subreddit’s posting guidelines and participate with a respectful attitude. Of course you’ll encounter trolls every once in a while, but that’s true pretty much anywhere on the Internet.
There are several communities that can help you with photography, but it’s difficult to navigate the maze of subreddits and find the useful ones. The good news? We’ve done the legwork for you and compiled this list of subreddits that can help improve your photography skills.
Geared specifically toward those new to photography, /r/PhotoClass2015 features weekend assignments and posts from people who completed those assignments, along with user feedback about them.
While the class began in January and wrapped up not too long ago, this subreddit is a great place to go when you need a few project ideas to challenge yourself with. You can then compare your work to those who submitted theirs previously. (Just because new posts have died down doesn’t mean you can’t learn something from what’s already been submitted throughout the year.)
If you’re new to photography and looking for a place to start, reading through the posts in the subreddit will help you find your ground. Alternatively, there are many other helpful photo courses available online, too.
If you have a question about anything dealing with photography — digital or otherwise — then you’ll find the answer in /r/AskPhotography. Over the years it has grown into a massive hub for newbie and veteran photographers and is recognized as one of the best online locations for online photography discussions.
So don’t hold back and don’t be shy about asking what you need to ask, but do browse and search the subreddit before submitting any questions to make sure they haven’t been asked and answered before.
Despite what the name suggests, /r/EarthPorn has nothing to do with pornography. Here you’ll find an amazing and ever-growing collection of landscape and locational photography from all over the world. It aims to show what aspiring photographers can achieve with Reddit’s resources.
As one of the most frequently updated subreddits, it’s perfect for photographers of all levels to find inspiration for their next shoot.
As just one aspect of the broader safe-for-work (SFW) porn subreddits, /r/CityPorn appeals to the photographer who favors the urban landscape over the natural world. Again, you’ll find lots of amazing shots and inspiration here, so much so that you yourself may start to see the world differently.
Like /r/EarthPorn, this particular subreddit is updated several times a day with breathtaking shots of the concrete jungle and other related environments.
If practice makes progress, contributing to this subreddit will get you closer to your goals much quicker than you might expect. In a way, it borrows from /r/Project52, another subreddit that tasks users with taking one photo every week for a year.
The difference is that /r/ITookAPicture is updated more often and is a little bit more relaxed, allowing participants to increase or decrease their efforts as they wish. Overall, it’s a great place to post works in progress and ask for feedback without the anxiety of a formal critique.
Some subreddits are only geared towards amateur photographers. Others are there for professional and aspiring photographers, and /r/PhotoCritique is one of those subreddits. In fact, it’s considered one of the best places to go for honest feedback.
A lot of the information in this subreddit is meant to be taken as a tool for learning, but because the critiques are rarely sugarcoated, you should only start participating when you have a good bit of experience and some thick skin.
/r/Lightroom is a place for photographers to discuss the technical details of post-processing with Adobe Lightroom such as light settings, file organization, geotagging, screen calibration, and more.
You’ll find various questions are posed and answered with links to outside sources that can help, particularly concerning the Adobe suite. Perhaps not as useful until you’ve started dabbling in post-processing, but once you do, this is a must-visit.
You might notice that /r/PostProcessing has more people who make posts than there are people who post comments. This is not to say that an average of five to ten comments per post is a bad thing, just that the scope is quite narrow when compared to other subreddits.
Anyone who wants to learn how to produce a photo in a particular style will find this community helpful. Just browse around and search for threads that involve questions similar to your own and you’ll find a lot of helpful tips and advice.
While digital photography has become the mainstream, there is still a place for discussions about analog techniques and equipment and that place is right here in /r/Analog.
Artists and photographers who prefer to work with film will find this to be the perfect subreddit, but all that’s really needed to enjoy it is an interest in the history of film photography.
If you’re looking for inspiration through not just the work but the actions of others, this is the subreddit for you. It will get you participating in weekly challenges that change topic and keep you focused on developing your weaker areas.
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All it takes to grow in your photography skills is a passion for the art, a willingness to practice, and a little bit of help from Reddit (along with a few other amazing online resources that are available).
If you want to participate in these subreddits but don’t know all that much about navigating Reddit, check out our post on how to use Reddit like a pro.
And if you know of any other photography-focused subreddits, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!