Our Favorite FaceBook (FB) Groups:
Input from other photographers can be extremely helpful when it comes to fine tuning an image before a competition or art gallery display. Frankly, receiving 100 FB "Likes" can be more relevant than comments from a competition judge. The positive consensus of many people worldwide really helps us to know if we are on the right track with an image and whether or not an image is worthy of the investment of extra time to polish and refine an image with post processing adjustments. As we know, many hours can be required to craft a good image and many excellent photographers use FB photography groups for this purpose. With this concept in mind, we have listed some of our favorite FB Groups in alphabetical order.
This FB Group was founded by Martine Heyvaert who goes by the name Mar Hache on FB. It is a large international FB Group with over 46,000 members. The group is dedicated to sepia and black and white digital images. Because the group is so large potential exists to get lots of good input about your images and you can also make long lasting friendships. Mar is a professional photographer who also conducts photo tours on the beautiful island of Mallorca in Spain. She speaks several languages and is fluent in English. She also founded the Universe of Colour Photography FB Group which is listed below. More about that group is provided below. Both FB Groups are managed as international monthly photo contests and the winning photographs get certificates of award. Many excellent and professional photographers participate in this group.
Photo Enthusiasts is a small FB Group with approximately 1,100 members but the quality of the work is exceptional. It was founded by Bojan Bilas in Zagreb, Croatia. Bojan is very fluent in English as well as other languages. He is an amature photographer who does professional quality landscape and fine art photography work. Bojan also does a good job a recruiting top quality administrators for this FB group. He is also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and is the PSA Landscape Photography Mentor. In that capacity he shares his expertise with fellow photographers worldwide.
The Universe of Colour Photography Group is a large FB Group with over 43,000 photographer members from around the world. The focus of the group is primarily on color photography but sepia, black and white and monochrome photos are allowed. Like the Black and White group mentioned above, it was was founded by Martine Heyvaert who goes by the name Mar Hache on FB. This group consists of many professional photographer members and the group is managed as an international monthly photo contest with two tiers of awards. Daily awards are issued that qualify the image to be entered in a monthly competition which results in the top awards issued by the FB Group.
The World In B&W FB Group is dedicated primarily to B &W photography but there are some wonderful sepia images posted to the group. This is a very large international group with over 52,000 photographer members. The FB Group was founded by Marcus Vianna who is from Bahia, Brazil and has been involved in photography for over 30 years. He takes wonderful pictures and has done a good job of recruiting the aministration team from around the workd, i.e. Brazil, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Portugal and the United States. Awards are primarily determined from input from the members and the awards range from Best of Day, Best of Week, Best of Month, Photo Art and PHY Master. There are also awards that are given at the discretion of the administrators and moderators.