Portrait photographers can sometimes feel like they’ve got no place for a spot just for them. Of course Instagram can be tough about this, but oddly enough Facebook isn’t. There are loads of groups dedicated to just portrait photographers that can mean all the difference for them when it comes to learning, inspiration, networking, etc.
Here are eight that we’re currently smitten by.
One of the best websites that teaches photographers all about lighting is also a wonderful resource for photographers to not only learn about and see what lighting does, but also check out creative portrait ideas. There are loads of members that submit often. The conversations are very insightful and the community is also very centered on learning.
Nino Batista Model and Photographer Syndicate
This group isn’t just for photographers: it’s for photographers, models, MUAs, etc. It’s a place for people to connect and gain inspiration.
Art of Portrait Photography
One of my favorite things about Art of Portrait photography is how photographers tend to use color in this group. There is little talk about gear and more talk about technique or just showing the images themselves.
One of my favorite groups isn’t only about portraiture, but also again about using speedlights off-camera. Like Strobist, the conversations are very technique and education related. Where people put their absolute best work on Strobist, Speedlight Fundamentals is more dedicated to people who curate their shots, but don’t throw everything up there.
CineStill Film Users
This group isn’t dedicated to portrait photography exclusively, but it’s got a load of portrait photographers that take part. Thanks to CineStill 800T film, this group is filled with users that love taking portraits with that film.
If you’re a film portrait shooter, this is the one to go to!
Editor’s Note: We have since removed Jason L’s facebook group
Tones of Grace
Black and white portrait photography is a whole different game than color portrait photography. One of the groups that can truly show you this is Tones of Grace. There are loads of compelling monochrome portraits here.
In Bed with Sue
Our last group is called In Bed With Sue, and it’s a group that is partnered with Sue Bryce Education. That means you’re getting some high quality learning done and you’ll also interact with others that are genuinely serious about their craft.