In your opin­ion, what are the pros and cons of us­ing photo-shar­ing sites?

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That’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing ques­tion. I will start with the cons! There are a lot of peo­ple who at­tempt first and fore­most to build a large fol­low­ing, but who may not al­ways be fo­cused on qual­ity. That re­sults in some peo­ple who have medi­ocre work de­vel­op­ing a large fol­low­ing, sim­ply be­cause they are able to in­ter­act with other peo­ple and like and com­ment and fol­low them in an ex­change sort of for­mat. There is also a lot of talk in the on­line com­mu­nity about peo­ple copy­ing other users’ shots, and about cer­tain places be­com­ing in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar to shoot, to the point where they end up hav­ing to restrict ac­cess to them.

But on the pos­i­tive side, I think that by ev­ery­one tak­ing pho­tos of the same sorts of places and sub­jects there’s a lot of in­spi­ra­tion that’s now avail­able to peo­ple through so­cial me­dia and photo shar­ing. Just 15 years or so ago, you had to go and buy a book on pho­tog­ra­phy and flick through it for ideas and help. Now, you can open up your web browser and have in­stant ac­cess to thou­sands of beau­ti­ful im­ages and sources of in­spi­ra­tion.

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