The journey of Facebook has certainly been an interesting one.
Apart from that Jesse Eisenberg movie, it’s had its share of Facelifts, an influx of Zynga games, ads, privacy complaints and a rather lacklustre IPO.
But you know what? We all still use it. That’s because it’s a brilliant way for creators and creatives to meet and share advice in a simple-to-use forum – particularly for photographers.
From its simple photo management system to its subscription options and potential to reach thousands, Facebook is still the perfect hangout for creative photographers of all tastes and abilities.
But like the real world, getting what you need from it is all about who you know.
Below we’ve highlighted 12 creative photographers we think you should follow on Facebook.
Some are well-established with bustling Facebook photography pages, and others are up-and-coming.
What these creative photographers have in common is the ability to inspire your own creative photography.
Dina Goldstein Photography
Commercial photography pays the bills, but Dina’s personal projects (and insanely popular Facebook page) are driven by creative projects such as her popular Fallen Princesses concept series of images depicting classic fairy tale heroines like Snow White at home with four babies, Cinderella drinking alone in a dive bar or – most disturbingly – a bald Rapunzel in a cancer ward.
You may not know her name, but you’ve probably seen one of Sue Bryce’s images. The tech-savvy queen of makeovers (and Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year three times running) was Tumbling and Tweeting long before the cool kids ever heard of Tumblr and Twitter, and her amazing before and after portraits have been shared more often than a Chinese secret.
OK, so we all know who Vivian Maier is by now and we won’t waste precious space recounting a story you’ve no doubt read on Huffington Post or Buzzfeed or any of those other must-stops along the internet. We’ll just briefly say this: Maier might be the best street photographer we’ve seen since Cartier-Bresson (if not better – gasp!), and it is frankly stunning that her incredible archive remained under wraps for 70 years. Her engagement with her subjects, her composition, her incredible knack for capturing the decisive moments is staggering. Subscribe to the Facebook page set up for her archive and you’ll be treated to a new image each day, often posted as they’re discovered.
Terje Sørgjerd is a landscape photographer from Norway whose Facebook following stands at an impressive 318k. His stunningly beautiful time-lapse videos are not to be missed either.
Jack Fusco Photography
Leave yourself some time to peruse Jack Fusco’s Facebook photo albums (say that 10 times really fast) because his stunning night landscapes and astrophotography is worth more than just your lunch hour. Jack’s master of long exposures goes beyond the old adage of capturing the moment – Jack captures thousands of moments in one star-streaked frame. Call us star struck!
Jarrod Castaing Fine Art Photography
A fine art landscape photographer, Jarrod’s Facebook page should have about 40,000 more likes than it does – so go ‘like’ it now and you can be the cool guy who was into it way before it was popular. Jarrod’s specialty is capturing what he calls ‘those moments of light that only last for a few minutes, twice a day.’ And his patience is our reward.
Michael Müller Photography by KME-Studios
Bold, in-your-face landscapes, death-defying sports, and portraits coloured purple by bruises, Michael Muller has created his own genre of extreme travel photography. And amid the many ‘wow’ images, you might also learn a thing or two about advanced techniques.
My Four Hens Photography
Sarah Cornish is a stay-at-home mom with four kids – hens, the name of her business (heh) – in small-town Connecticut, and also runs one of the more popular photography Facebook pages on the planet. Specialising in child and family portrait photography, her bright, cheery portraits are an inspiration.
Takahiro Watanabe Photography
The California-based, self-taught photographer didn’t get started until he received a hand-me-down DSLR in 2009, but he hasn’t looked back since. Learning his craft by studying the work of inspirational photographers, he’s since become one himself with a popular Facebook page that showcases his atmospheric portraiture and penchant for shooting directly into the light.
Michael Bosanko – Light Graffiti
Remind yourself, as you’re browsing Michael Bosanko’s ‘Light Graffiti’ albums, that all the pictures were taken using a single camera exposure and with no editing post-shoot. Michael updates his page with new work regularly.
Mike Innocenzi Photography
Mike recently stopped down on the day job so he could push his photography to the next level: working pro. Mike is a brilliant street photographer, who has spent the last decade documenting the urban landscape of Chicago and all its eccentricities. He’s now expanding into portraits, weddings and even more traditional landscapes.
Rob Cherry Photography
Rob’s based in Dorset in the UK, and is carving a name for himself as a top-drawer fine-art landscape photographer. He speciality is long-exposure seascapes, and he’s happy to answer any technical questions that anyone has about his images or processing.
Who are your favourite photographers on Facebook? Let us know in the comments below – or share your tips with us on the Photoventure.com Facebook page!