Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The New Generation of Photography Sites

Lately I have noticed a few photography sites that have some very creative photography. The two most notable are JPG Magazine and File Magazine. These sites are definitely edgier than what you might find on the mainstream photography sites such as BetterPhoto, although not quite as edgy (and tattooed) as DeviantArt.

JPG and File have very different models and genres, so I should not inadvertantly group them into any category other than that of "photography sites that make me happy". Both of them have a good mix of street photography, nature, studio, and abstract/experimental photography.

File Magazine allows photographer submissions, and selects the photos they want to publish and include in their collections and projects. No user comments, voting, rating, or any of that other community-oriented stuff. Just a website chock full of "unexpected photography". I encourage you to spend some time there, as there is some really fantastic and unique work.

JPG Magazine has grown tremendously popular since it's inception just a couple years ago, and follows more of a photography community model, with comments, friends, and votes to help persuade the editors in which photos to publish. A beautifully printed magazine is published bi-monthly with the selected photos and stories for the previously posted theme.

Without any sense of self-shame in cramming this one image down your blogosphere, I have submitted the photo below in the theme, "Favorite Hangouts". There's six days of voting left, so if you are already a website member of JPG magazine, and like the photo, please give me a vote! If you are not yet a member, it's a very non-committal type sign-up process with no small print, so if you are so compelled and actually sign up and vote for my photo, I will grant you three wishes. And, yes, one of them can be that I start posting different photos on my separate posts and site.

Right now my photo has 23 votes, and is listed as "HOT" so you never know, it may be selected, with your help. Thanks for putting up with my shameless self-promotion. We will return to our regularly scheduled shenanigans soon.


Katariina Järvinen said...

Hi Scott,

Thanks for this post! I'll definitely look into these sites. And this photo of yours is simply amazing!

RainforestRobin said...

Hey dear Scott, I just voted and that is photo is worth it!!! Hope you win. :)

I enjoyed reading about these various sites but you understand so much more about it than I do. I am only breaking into photography. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I haven't yet put out any of my best work but hope to at some point. Good to see you again and I always learn something new here that I did not know AT ALL! :) I like that!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Thank you for passing along the two sties...I've bookmarked them...

I voted for your photo at the JPG site...I love that photo it is so unique...Good Luck!!


Scott said...

Thank you Robin and Heather! I'm glad I could introduce to both of you to something new. Thanks for your votes - I really appreciate it!

Robin, I encourage you to just get your work out there! I'm sure you have some amazing photos of rare places.

The Fearless Blog said...

Hey Scott
Great post. Thanks for sharing with us. I reviewed the Signed up for JPG and voted for you photo.

Look forward to seeing more of your work soon.

Scott said...

Thank you Mar!
Many photos coming soon...

Scott said...

Hi Kati,
Thanks for the comment! I'm not sure why I didn't get your comment right away, but it's posted now. I noticed you have been VERY motivated with your blog. Wonderful work, as usual. Your model shoot came out amazing! You definitely got the lighting right. Zebedee's cute too. :)

Geminai said...

Damn. I have been awol and missed the chance to vote on this, sorry Scott! Your work is .. stunning! I should have a better word for it, but the improvement in your photography over the last couple years - you can tell that you love it.

And it loves you back. :)

Scott said...

Kippy! So nice to hear from you. I've been a bit awol myself (or just plain scattered) lately too. Much to catch up on. Thank you for the comments! That means a whole lot, coming from you. I have you to thank for some major guidance when I was first shooting, and your work was amazing even back then (ooh so long ago - ha).

I am having a lot of fun with it. Any plans for you and Jeremy to make it to CO this year? I need to add your blog link here - I'll do that now.

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