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Elegant Asian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford University


Memorial Church in Stanford University is such an amazing location for weddings. Had the privilege to photograph Zhouxiao and Haomiao’s wedding. To see all images and read the entire wedding story, check the latest blog article on my website: Elegant Asian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford University

Both were amazing and I enjoyed very much capturing the moments. There is so much history and legacy related to this location.

Here is a slideshow highlight from their wedding day:

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To learn more about the wedding photography services we offer and book a wedding or portrait appointment, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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How To Start Your Own Wedding Photography Blog


Blogging Made Easy

Blogging Made Easy

Nowadays, many photographers apart from sharing their photos on their websites, social media and online portfolios, at some point decide to start and publish their own blogs. The reason is that although a picture is worth a thousand words, there is nothing more useful for SEO (search engine optimization) than a well written and compelling text.

The search engines as Google, Bing and Yahoo, are constantly crawling and indexing the web for new and fresh content. The more popular the new content is, the higher is ranked in the search results compared to the already existing and indexed content. It’s a constant and never ending competition to stay relevant and rank higher.

And here where a wedding or portrait photography blog can help. So how one starts about setting and maintaining their own photography blog?

As everyone else, I also have started and maintaining my own blog in addition to my Wedding Photography Website and Portfolio. Here are top 8 tips that can help you start your own photography blog.

1. Have a Purpose:

Giving your potential readers a purpose to spend time reading your blog is a must. Without any appealing content or anything that can benefit your readers, your blog will wilt quickly. You would also have to decide on how you are going to engage and grow your users. Are you going to share your images and invite feedback? Or you are going to describe and share your photography techniques and skills? Or share information on particular photography equipment (camera body, lenses, flashes, etc)?

Whatever the purpose of your blog is going to be, be consistent.

2. Target Your Audience:

This is the most important decision you need to make and it is the one that I see many bloggers fail to establish. Decide who is your reader: potential clients, fellow photographers, everyone else, your family and friends?

If you are writing to acquire new clients, then you might want to display your work, post promotions and events they can take advantage of. Posting complicated information about photography jargon (link) or techniques would not appeal to your clients. Neither, discussions about your pricing strategy or articles about how to increase your profit as a photographer.

Writing for fellow photographers would require you to get specific into the technical information, post information that they cannot easily find somewhere else (why otherwise they will come and read your blog, anyway?). And for family and friends, anything they can relate to would be a good start.

Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

3. Pick Blogging Platform:

Blogging is not necessarily a new way to reach a vast audience. And as such there are so many blogging platforms to pick from: WordPress, Blogger, Thumbr, etc . Each blogging software would have their templates, look and feel which you might or might not like, so take your time. Take them for a test drive before you commit to adding content. Once you start blogging, it is usually very hard to move to another platform.

Although all blogging platforms serve the same purpose: to enable you to communicate your ideas and content to everyone, not all are created equal. Look for blogging platform which is SEO optimized or can be SEO optimized. You need to make it easy for Google, Bing and Yahoo to index and display a link to your blog in their search engines. After all, if no one finds and reads your blog, what is the whole purpose of it. Plenty of templates (both free and paid) is also good to have. And lastly, look for modern features as social networking integration, Google Analytics integration, video (YouTube, Vimeo) support, etc.

4. Focus Your Energy:

Many successful blogs that have loyal and sizable user base, are indeed addressing a very specific topic or area of interest. For example, it would be hard for you to come up with unique and interesting content for the entire photography field, but what about destination wedding photography tips for Bora Bora? How many other destination wedding photographers would be blogging about Bora Bora compared to wedding photography in general.

Being unique and focusing your energy would not only draw a loyal and dedicated readers, but would also enable you to write “deeper” and more insightful content. Your readers would come back if they find the content they like and need. Trying to be the “jack of all trades” would not get you far.

5. Be Productive:

After you selected your blogging platform, don’t just stop there. There are many useful and free tools to help you be more productive in publishing your blogs. The most important thing to do after you write your blog article is to proofread it for grammar and spelling errors. There are few great online tools to help you:

If you prefer to have a real person do the proof reading, one option is to head to Fiverr. For $10 or less, there is an army of freelancers who do great job on polishing and getting your article ready for publishing.

And if you care about higher search ranking for your blog, consider writing at least 650 characters blogs. To help you measure this, here is a free online tool for you: Word Counter

Romantic Bridal Portrait from Memorial Church Wedding in Stanford, CA

Romantic Bridal Portrait from Memorial Church Wedding in Stanford, CA

6. Make It Engaging:

One way to keep your readers engaged on your site is to add images to your blogs. This makes your blog easier to read as the reader’s eyes are”resting” on the images instead of getting tired of scrolling through the lines of text. The images also add context to your content and are more likely to invoke reaction by your readers, and therefore make them remember your blog or topic.

You can take and share your own images (why not show the World what amazing photographer you are) for your blog. This is not only adding context to your blog, but would also keep you motivated to go out and capture the images for your next blog article.  Lastly you will have the platform to display and share your images with your readers.

If you don’t have the time to capture and process your own images, there is a plethora of royalty free images online. Here is one library in case you need it: Free Digital Photos

7. Be Consistent:

Many photographers start their own blogs only to give up on the idea within 5-6 months. Actually, stale blog can do more harm than benefit. Visitors and past readers would wonder if you no longer dedicate time and energy to photography. Have you not be keeping with your craft and don’t have anything new to share?

So, if you are serious about starting a blog, then create a blogging schedule and stick with it. Posting regularly not only would keep your readers engaged, but would also help your SEO. Google and the rest of the search engines love fresh content worth adding to their indexes. It is better to post short articles (350 words) frequently (once or twice per week) rather than once a month or week with 600 words or more (guilty on this one).

8. Make It Interesting and Unique:

When it comes to blogs, less is more. Quality wins over quality.

Instead of churning mediocre blog articles four or five times per week, opt for once or twice per week, quality and informative content. You can lose readers if you keep spamming them with low quality, “me too” rehashed content. No body has the time to read the same ideas in different words.

So keep it interesting and original. Come up with topics that others care about and are looking to learn more about it.

Christian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

Christian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

9. Let Others Know:

Lastly, once you have a blog and started to blog regularly, the last step is to let others know about it.

Get the word out. Share it with your friends, post links to your blog online on Twitter, Facebook, forums. What good is a blog if no one knows about it and reads it. And if you know your readers are not online at 10pm, don’t post at that time. You can always save your finished blog and post it when your readers are online and can see it.

Conclusion:

Blogging is a great way for every photographer to share its vision, images and knowledge with others. It is a way to let others know more about you and your passion, something that your images cannot always do. Having a blog would not only make you more visible online, but could also benefit your photography business.

Brides and grooms are looking for wedding photographers online, so giving them a reason to find you and read your useful content, is yet another way to grow your business. I hope these tips would help you to start your own blog. Would love to hear your feedback and comments in the section below.

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding Photographer in Mountain View, CA. Many clients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area have entrusted us with capturing their wedding days.

To learn more about the wedding photography services we offer and book a wedding or portrait appointment, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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My New Wedding Photography Account on Instagram


Instagram Logo

Instagram Logo

I finally did it. After few years of posting photos on my personal Instagram account, I have now created new wedding and portrait related photography account.

Follow me and you will not miss a single photo I will share from my recent weddings, engagement and portrait sessions: Trifon Anguelov Photography on Instagram

I have to admit that this was a big chance for me. I truly believe in the 100% smartphone images being posted on Instagram. And have been following this religiously (still will follow) in my personal Instagram account.

Being constrained by the square photo format and the smartphone lens, forces one to think differently and get creative. What is possible with a DSLR camera and wide variety of lenses with various apertures and field of views, it not available on a smartphone. And I liked it. I think it has helped me to become a better photographer.

Related: 9 Tips For Becoming a Successful Photographer

So what made me start posting DSLR images on Instagram in my wedding photography account? Well, few reasons:

  • the increasing adoption of Instagram and the reach which it provides
  • the decreasing reach of Facebook, especially for business pages and the news feed changes Facebook has been making lately
  • the simplicity of posting and sharing images on Instagram

No question everyone gets tired of even the most loved and used technology after a while, and after being on Facebook for a while I believe this is now the case. Especially, after all the videos of cats or ripped off from YouTube video shares started. But let’s not get grumpy and gloomy. It is simply time to try something new.

The most compelling reason to decrease presence on Facebook and shift more attention to Instagram, has been the changes in the way how Facebook now controls (or shall I say restricts) how the news feeds are distributed and seen by friends. True, Facebook developers made sure that spam if filtered, but soon enough the reach was curtailed (in the name of “user experience , aka: How To Make More Money For Shareholders and advertising profit), which means all the images and posts which previously were getting lots of views now are diminished to few views per day (if one is lucky and times the posts correctly).

If you have missed this and the uproar from fellow photographers on how Facebook news feed algorithm change has affected their business, feel free to read this recent FStoppers Story.

So. The decision has been made. I will be spending more time on Instagram, sharing my photos and work, so be sure to follow me. I will still be on Facebook as my workflow is optimized to share images on multiple social networks, so nothing to worry. If you like Facebook and you already follow Trifon Anguelov Photography on Facebook, you will still get updates on my latest projects.

Conclusion:

For a photographer, there is never enough exposure or limited number of platforms to share its work. And nothing is written in stone or confined into a walled garden. As world around us evolves, so we too.

I am planning to share some tips on how to setup, use and utilize Instagram for Photographers, so subscribe to my blog and follow for updates. I am sure my learnings and failures would help you in one way or another.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding Photographer in Mountain View, CA. Many clients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area have entrusted us with capturing their wedding days.

To learn more about the wedding photography services we offer and book a wedding or portrait appointment, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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Why Hire a Second Photographer For Your Wedding


Bride and Groom First Dance in Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA

Bride and Groom First Dance in Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA

Hiring a wedding photographer to take photos during the ceremony, reception and party afterwards is a no brainer. It’s a must if the bride and groom would like to have the wedding moments captured. And the wedding photographer can guide and pose the couple on How To Look at Their Best on Their Wedding Photos.

The wedding photographer is the person would will use its talent and vision to create stunning and amazing wedding images.

Brides also have an option to hire a second wedding photographer who will team up with the primary photographer for additional coverage. There are numerous reasons for why a bride might want to add a second photographer (also called second shooter) as well there are lots of benefits of doing so.

But first, let’s mention the disclaimer: There will be no extra efforts or meetings required to hire a second shooter.

The responsibility for screening, hiring and processing the images from the second photographer, lays entirely on the primary photographer’s shoulders.

Many primary wedding photographers already have second shooters in mind and have been working with them in the past. This collaboration guarantees styles and equipment matching. So now that we know, there are no extra meetings and efforts required for the bride, let’s see what the benefits are.

1. Getting Different Compositions and Angles:

The primary and secondary photographers would be looking for, capturing the wedding moments from different angles which mean you would get many more differently looking photos. Both photographers would be also used a different perspective and lenses, so you would receive both wide-angle and zoomed into shots.

You will be able to see both the entire scene as well the individual images of key people in your wedding.The different compositions and angles would allow you to have much more interesting images in your wedding album later.

You would also have another benefit of having both primary and secondary photographers complement each other rather than capturing the same scene and moments from the same angle.

2. No Additional Interviews and Paperwork:

The secondary shooters are contracted by the primary photographer under his own contract so there is no need to interview and contract them on your own. This will save you precious time to meet additional vendors and planners. It is one less contract to read and sign and vendor to coordinate it.

DIY Decoration at Romantic Backyard Wedding in Livermore, CA

DIY Decoration at Romantic Backyard Wedding in Livermore, CA

3. Consistent Look and Feel:

Because you will contract the primary photographer, he or she would be primarily responsible for editing all the images (both from the primary and secondary photographers). You can expect a consistent look across all images (brightness, sharpness, colors, etc) which mean all images would be processed with the same effects and workflow.

Style (feel) would be the same as well. The primary photographers usually would pick a secondary photographer who matches their style (candid, photojournalistic, modern, fashion, traditional, etc) so you can be guaranteed your images would have the same style as well.

Related: Wedding Photography Styles Explained

4. Documenting Everything:

While the primary photographer is focusing on the bride and groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen during the wedding, there is a lot more happening: Grandma crying from joy, Mom and Dad gasping in excitement, guests reacting to bride’s and her father walking down the aisle, etc.

There is more than the bride and groom on each wedding, so having a second photographer allows you to have these moments documented as well.

5. You Get Undivided Attention:

A single photographer has to focus on all the moments during the wedding, plus capture the decorations, flowers, details as rings, dress, shoes. This means that he or she has to switch its attention between you (bride and groom) and these other shots that needs to be staged and photographed.

A second photographer usually takes these off the mind and shoulders of the primary thus freeing him to focus its undivided attention to you. You can be assured that no single moment would be missed while you would have wonderful images of your flowers, decorations and bridal artifacts.

6. Capture More Moments:

There is a limited time allocated for a wedding. A single photographer can only capture so many moments of the wedding, but add an additional (second) photographer and you would double the images captured. Which means there will be more to choose for your wedding album and prints later.

Wedding Reception at Corinthian Event Center in San Jose, CA

Wedding Reception at Corinthian Event Center in San Jose, CA

Also there are few extra benefits from having your primary photographer bring a second shooter to your wedding:

  • The primary photographer would find and hire a second shooter who matches the style and look consistent of the primary, so the look of the final images set would be consistent
  • Primary and Secondary would most likely be using the same or similar equipment (camera body, lenses, lighting techniques) so there will be no image quality differences between the images taken by both
  • Both photographers would have worked together in the past and know to supplement each other and not stepping on each others toes

Related: How To Prepare For Your Wedding Day

Conclusion:

Hiring a second photographer is a great idea. It allows you, as a bride and groom, to have more moments from your wedding caught. Your wedding photography coverage is limited in duration, but there are so many moments and events happening.

Adding a second shooter to your package will not only allow your primary photographer to focus on you (the bride & groom) coverage but would also allow you to see how your family, relatives and friends have experienced your wedding. These reactions and emotions will happen and you can have them documented as well.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding Photographer in Mountain View, CA. Many clients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area have entrusted us with capturing their wedding days. To learn more about the wedding photography services we offer and book a wedding or portrait appointment, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Basics For Photographers


Drought in California by Trifon Angelov Photography  The question about Search Engine Optimization or simply SEO sure comes to the minds of every photographer who has a online portfolio or business website to present and sell their work. As mostly everyone in the major developed countries is connected to Internet and uses different search engines to find information, so many photographers nowadays are putting their work and hope to be discovered by their potential clients.

But let’s face it, just because one created a website and put it online it doesn’t mean it will be easily discovered and found. It’s like walking on a very busy downtown street and hoping others will pay attention to you. To be discovered a website has to be first indexed by the search engines which visit (crawl) the website and use automated programs (robots) to read the site content, understand the context of the site and organize all this in their indexes.

So once added into the search engine indexes, each site is being ranked (ordered by importance) for certain search keywords and queries, so when a search engine user types in the browser window that he/she is searching for “wedding photographer in mountain view ca” the search engine would know which are highest ranked (most suitable and useful) websites to contain the information for this query.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is addressing how a webpage domain name, text and organization, plus being updated and linked to other sites (aka optimized) so it appears higher in search engine result pages. The higher it appears, the more likely someone would click on it when searching for the terms the website is related to. The ultimate goal is to be in the first position of search engine organic results.

It’s proven that the first result gets 63% of the clicks, second result 13%, third 6 % and no body really cares to click down further the page. It will amaze many to learn that the first 9 search result links on first page receive 99% of the user clicks. Scrolling to the second page of search engine results and clicking on a link there never happens in relation to all search queries performed daily.

Back to our example for the “wedding photographer mountain view ca” query in Google search engine, the result pages below the first three results (the first three are paid by advertisers) are called organic search results and based on the website page rank.

To increase the rank many factors apply:

– the age of page (the longer domain name and page has been around the higher the trust from SE and rank is. Think of company brand: the older is the more trustworthy it is compared to company registered few weeks ago)

– the keywords the page text or image descriptions have and how they match the search query (website with many “wedding” , “photographer” and “mountain view” keywords would be a good match to the above search query)

– how many other sites are referencing this site (think of a research papers in university library: if every single white paper refers to a research source from the same author, then this author is considered very trustworthy and has higher reference rank – this must be your website, many people link to it and reference it on their website).

These are just few and their weight in the final formula varies from search engine to search engine. Plus the formula changes all the time as each search engine tweaks and tries to beat the search engine spammers which are trying to cheat the search engine and place their spam pages or their clients freshly minted pages higher than the more trustworthy and established sites with more quality content and more useful to users.

So why photographers need to be aware of SEO and optimize their photography websites? Simple: to be easily discovered by their clients and to improve their ranking into the search engine results. One can dramatically improve their page ranking if using keywords relevant to their business as: photographer, photography, wedding, engagement, session, studio, etc. There are so many ways to achieve better page ranking which is a topic of another blog but I hope to answer the question: What is SEO and why one needs to be aware of it?

Agree, disagree, have comments or feedback? Drop me a line in the comments section and if you like this post, share it with your friends so they can also benefit from information.

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a premiere Wedding and Events Photographer in Mountain View, CA
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Why Lithium Photography Flashes Are Here To Stay


polaroid cameraPhotography is an amazing type of art which invites creativity and offers endless opportunities for seeing and capturing the World around us. Many photographers from the early 18th century aimed to create unforgettable images or simply capture monumental or every day events around them. And they relayed on their equipment: camera, lenses, photography flashes, strobes and photographic paper. As technology improved over time so the different types of images in conditions not possible before grew exponentially. Night photography became possible with the introduction of flashes and strobes, low light photography with the advances of camera sensors producing low noise images.

It seemed like the camera flashes although adding HSS and wireless connectivity somehow still remained trapped to AA batteries for powering them. And as everyone knows, these are not exactly the most durable and powerful stored energy sources. AA batteries tend to charge slowly, drain fast and flashes powered by them require long recycle (the time between a flash pop and flash ready state) times.

So I was so happy to see Godox introducing their VING line – the world first rechargeable Lithium-ion powered hotshoe strobe. Two models V850 and V860C offer both manual and fully compliant TTL flash for both Nikon and Canon camera bodies.

As a manual flash, V850 uses lithium-ion polymer battery instead of AA-sized batteries and external power pack. This brings three advantages: fast recycle time, more flash times, and convenience. It is an all manual flash to fit camera flash brands e.g. Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, etc.

V850 is the manual flash which has single pin hotshoe and works with any camera in full manual mode. It has grade number of 56GN and with fully charged battery can produce up to 650 flash pops. Much better than 250 flash pops for most AA powered flashes on the market today.

V860C is the Canon compliant TTL hotshoe flash. It works in TTL mode with any Canon TTL compatible trigger as well can be used in full manual mode. HSS support for up to 1/8000 sec sync up is supported and does offer S1/S2 slave configuration. It supports 650 flash pops with fully charged battery too.

Godox also offers wireless triggers for their flashes. Two models provide both the basic trigger only capability and power management plus trigger model:

– FT-16S trigger it has single pin hotshoe, offers remote manual power adjustment of V850 and V860C and can also trigger (but not adjust power) other Godox barebulb flashes (AD180/AD360) and monolights (QT, QS, GT, GS).

– Cells II trigger is the fully compatible Canon TTL hotshoe trigger capable of catching the preflash signal. It can trigger V850, V860, Witstro AD180, and AD360 flashes in HSS mode. Very useful if you work in bright sunlight. You have to carry an FT-16S in your pocket to adjust power remotely.

One can find the manual flash V8500 for about $150 eBay.

The advantages of the lithium battery are multifold. Power equivalent to 12 AAs means faster recycle time and more pops. And changing the battery pack, it’s just one square block you can swap with one hand. I do expect the rest of the major flash manufacturers as Canon, Nikon, Yongnuo, Cheetah to follow suit and offer lithium-ion powered flashes in their line so photographers can have the freedom to shoot longer and with lower flash recycle times.

Agree, disagree, have another point of view on the topic? Drop me a line or add a comment.

 

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is based in Mountain View, CA and is providing Wedding and Events Photography services

To read more about me and my vision, visit my About page at: http://www.trifonanguelov.com/Info/About/


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Top 10 Online Photography Forums for Photographers


abstract photography by trifon anguelov photographerPhotography is an interesting and broad area of graphical art. With so many photography areas as: weddings, engagements, portraits, landscape, wildlife, documentary and abstract, it takes lots of time to learn and master. Most of the beginner photographers start with learning about the photography equipment: camera, lenses, filters, flashes and strobes. The amount of information one has to digest and understand is mind blowing.

And there are no shortage of information sources: books, DVDs, online classes, magazines, Youtube, blogs and forums. Once one start to follow the path of the “white rabbits” it takes him/her from source to source in a never ending conquest of knowledge.

However with all the written materials and produced videos, there are always follow up questions or doubts to be clarified before a concept is well understood. There is a photo to get feedback or provide feedback and validate ones vision or ideas. That’s where photography forums come to help. These are online communities where fellow photographer in all stripes come together to talk, bread and live photography on a daily basis. One can find a photography forum for almost every type of photography.

A word of advice: There are different photographers with different level of experience and different “agendas” participating into these online communities. From experts who are willing and happy to help, to thinking-they-know-all pseudo “experts” who derive their happiness from putting everyone else down and criticizing the majority of users and images on display, as well as very new to photography users who can have genuine but annoying basics questions. it’s a good idea to keep this in mind and don’t take anything personally or you might lose your sleep over aggressive comments and offensive remarks.

So if you are still looking to join one or more of these photography online communities, here are few for you to consider:

 

1. Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

Probably the most visited and used forum on Internet today. It has good user interface, plenty of categories: gear, techniques, weddings, portraits, wildlife. You name it. The members are very involved and provide very useful comments and information. it is truly international forum which means you will get responses while you are sleeping and more diversity, means richer information. As of April 2014, it has 35,945,300 posts and 3,643,231 threads. You can also find what camera, lenses and flashes the photographer used to take a certain image

 

2. Canon Digital Photography Forums (photography-on-the.net)

This forum was started by Pekka Saarinen and it is all about discussing Canon only photography gear and photography techniques. It also features showcasing images and critiquing. Required registration to visit all categories as the marketplace where users can trade, buy or sell user or new gear or access the nude photography category which are hidden from unregistered users. As of April 2014, it has 16,322,862 posts and  395,622 members.

 

3. The Photo Forum (thephotoforum.com)

This forum has wide variety of digital photography topics. The categories include contests, image critique, weddings, portraits, camera and lenses, analog/film photography, and much more. Moderated forum which means all comments will be reviewed and approved before being published. As of April 2014, it has 2,899,356 posts and 153,932 members.

 

4. Digital Grin (dgrin.com)

This forum is about photography gear, image critique and photography techniques. Many users posts their images and the feedback by other members is genuine and educational. It is moderated as well. Activity is slow but that means you can get more attention from the members and your posts doesn’t have to compete with many others for attention. As of April 2014, it has: 1,911,245 posts and 74,901 members.

 

5. The Professional Photography Forum (theprofessionalphotographyforum.com)

Started in 2009, this forums is a good mix of showcasing photography work, professional / business works, and photography categories as: wedding, portraits, landscapes, still, commercial, etc.). As of April 2014, it has: 69,991 posts and  1,201 users. It might be bit small and slow, but worth considering.

 

6. SLR Lounge (slrlounge.com)

This forum has topics about photography techniques and tutorials. It features weekly and monthly contests for its members with prices and incentives to be creative. The design is HTML 5 bases and has a cool look. As of April 2014, it has: 6,745 posts and 1,701 members.  Moderated by Christopher Lin.

 

7. Photography Corner (photographycorner.com)

Another photography forum which also includes marketplace for registered users. Topics include: general photography topics, camera, lenses, and a premiere member’s lounge. As of April 2014, it has: 771,231 posts and 28,533 members. Owned and moderated by Tim L. Walker.

 

8. Digital Wedding Forum (digitalweddingforum.com)

This forum is exclusively about wedding photography, wedding techniques and wedding photographer resources. Users share their wedding images and video for other users to critique and discuss. It has membership fee, which means it is not free to register. You have to decide if it’s worth it to you but judging by the total number of posts and members it seems like a good online community. As of April 2014, it has: 2,430,377 posts and 38,431 members.

 

9. Fred Miranda (fredmiranda.com)

This forum has wide variety of categories like: seminars, tours, gatherings, photography techniques and image showcasing. It has marketplace for registered users to buy or sell used gear well organized by manufacturer, gear class and features.  As of April 2014, it has: 1,301,411 posts and 191,411 members.

 

10. Photographycorner (photographycorner.com)

The forums is all about generic and gear related discussions. Members are active and provide useful information. Overall is a good place to share your work and get feedback. As of April 2014, it has: 65,599 posts and 3,121 members.

 

I am sure there are many more photography forums and information sources, but the above 10 is what I have found to be most useful and relevant to me. Think differently? Agree or disagree? Drop me a line or more in a comment section…

 

By Trifon Anguelov Photography

Portrait and Wedding Photographer in Mountain View, CA, 94040

http://www.trifonanguelov.com