APUG is the best, but others I like are below.
Not as active. Some of the same folks double posting at:
Photo.net isn't bad. IMO less professional.
For the rangefinder folks:
And should I mention?:
http://www.viewcamera.com/forum/ started after a tiff here.
And altho no forum, very interesting reading at:
Thanks for the comments..I will stay here! Love the atompshere........
Yes sometimes I say too much. I loved Satinsnows reply, but sadly I couldn't resist replying to it. So yeah I don't mind a wee ding dong now and again as long as we can have a giggle along the way. It's the sniping I hate. But like you say I'm a big boy.
Anyway photonet and APUG are pretty much the only photo sites I use now. Photonet is a very broad site though and quite different from APUG.
I also hear what Phillip and others have said about the critiques. On the other hand I like to dive in and see what they say. But sometimes you do think "what!" and bang your head off the table. But it's also worth bearing in mind that everybody and anybody can appreciate or critque a photo.
Some of the critique forums it has to be said are better than than others. The documentary one often turns out interesting pictures, whereas the street forum is just an endless stream of dross.
Originally Posted by jazzmechanic
Sometimes a typo says it all. Amazing group of people, isn't it? I got hooked after a couple of visits. for the atoms and the atmos - phere
Photo.net is in the business of being everything for everybody, as a result, it isn't really good for any one specific area of interest. I'm still a photo.net subscriber (I'm current until sometime in 2006), but I won't renew once my membership there runs out.
I almost became a subscriber to photosig.com, but the moderators of that site tend to be too heavy handed, and it's real rare for a good, down in the weeds type discussion of analog technique.
f/32.net doesn't seem to have anyone in charge, or at least anyone who will answer an email.
The largeformatphotography.info forums are sort of a break off of the large format forum on photo.net and, after APUG, is my second choice of a place for photo discussions.
There are a few others as well, but all in all, I avoid ANY site that has a points rating systems for members (such as photosig).
Some people are like Slinkies. They're really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
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In my opinion and observation, APUG is a much more dignified site than photonet. There's disagreement on APUG but PN takes the prize for bad manners and spoiled brat attitudes. Also there's the d****** thing at PN. It's pervasive. I still look in on the B&W forums, the Leica forum and the Medium Format forum but I don't get much out of them anymore and don't have much to contribute.
I don't really have much time to spend interacting on Internet forums. APUG is the only photo forum I check on a regular basis and in which I feel comfortable. I get a lot of useful information and try to contribute with what little information I have to offer. APUG is also the only website to which I have ever made any monetary contribution.
The largeformatphotography.info forum is NOT a break off of the LF forum on photo.net.
It was started by Q-T Luong as an independent forum on Philip Greenspun's original greenspun.com discussion board page and photo.net absconded with it in the middle of the night and took it over, much to the dismay of many of the participants. It functioned on photo.net for a while until enough people got fed up enough, server space was located, and the software was re-written so that the old independent forum could be re-established. The LFphoto.info forum is that re-established non-commercial forum.
David's spot-on regarding the largeformatphotography.info site. There's an article there that details the full story at:
It's also the only other forum I visit on a daily basis. I still stop by photo.net occasionally, but the signal-to-noise ratio there's just too low to make it a regular stop for me.
Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless.
Years ago I found the larger communities with broad subject matter to be hostile to those not "advancing" the art of photography by going digital. APUG was born out of that frustration and so far has become the type of photo community I want to be a part of. The problem with hybrid communities is so many topics are considered rocking the boat, and then the majority always wins. I've seen threads promoting traditional on these sites get shut down within hours, and threads basically bashing traditional go untouched. I think when sites have that kind of bias it's great to take advantage of the internet, and find a site that has exactly what you're looking for..
I've been a regular viewer and contributor to Photo.net since 1998. I don't regard it as a conflict zone , though it must be said that I don't rate photographs or submit mine to be rated which probably avoids the most problematical area. Sure, there's disagreement from time to time and as with any electronic exchange its easier for this to get a little vitriolic than it would be if the same people are face to face. But frankly I've seen similar here and I'm not conscious of the proportions being much different. And having people hurl a few rocks on a photographic forum isn't the worst thing thats ever going to happen to me anyway. The real measure is whether you find the experience helpful and enjoyable, and I do. Just as I anticipate that being true on APUG also.