The Unofficial List of All Google Plus Photographers Lists

Google Plus LogoNow that Google + has hit some sense of mainstream, everyone has their lists of photographers to follow. Everyone has one, me included, so you might be wondering which list has the best, or where can you seek out all the lists. The following is the unofficial list of all Google+ photographer lists. Confused yet? Just click these links.

Generic Google+ User Search

Google Spreadsheet of Every Photographer on G+ (hypothetically)
Add yourself to the above list

Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #1
Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #2
Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #3

Google+ Counters Top Photographers

60 Google+ Photographers to Inspire You

Top 104 Amazing Photographers to Circle on Google Plus

51 of the Best Photographers on Google Plus

Jarek Klimek’s list of 80 Users Google+ Photographers Need To Follow

Jeremy Hall’s list of Utah Photographers

Group As General Photographers List
Group As Analog Photographers List

Find People on Plus List

Recommended Photography Users List

Photographers You Should Follow on Google Plus

30 Awesome Photographers on Google Plus

HDR photographers of Google Plus

The Best Wedding Photographers on Google+

These lists are popping up left and right, so if I left any out I plan to make this a blog post that is continually being edited. Contact me or leave a comment below to get your list added here.


The First 10 Photographers You Should Follow on Google Plus **Updated**

Google Plus LogoGoogle’s new social networking site, Google+, has exploded recently and looks as though it’s going to serve as a legit competitor to Facebook. This presents new opportunities for photographers to market their work, as well as learn and interact with fellow photographers. This list is photographers who are on-board with making Google+ a successful place for networking and sharing. They’re all active in posting links, articles, sharing photos, and even writing articles. Add them to a Photography circle to start a great networking base in Google+.

1. Trey Ratcliff

Trey is widely known for his Stuck in Customs site and as the leader in HDR photography. Regardless of your views on the craft, Trey has brought it into the photography mainstream and has done an excellent job at marketing his work.

2. Colby Brown

Colby is a Denver-based landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer. He recently wrote a blog post debunking the recent Scott Bourne myth that using Google+ means that Google owns your images.

3. Thomas Hawk

Thomas has had a huge Internet following for some time, so it only makes sense that he would be one of the first to migrate to Google+. His portfolio is excellent, but I enjoyed his recent post of Top Ten Google+ Tips for Photographers.



Do you watermark your photos?

Casey McCallister watermarked photo

With the increase of the Web as a form of marketing and exposure for photographers, it is becoming more common for artists to have their work stolen and displayed elsewhere as the thief’s own. One way that photographers have chosen to combat this is by watermarking their images.

I have chosen not to take this path. If the person wants the image bad enough, they will get it. With how advanced applications like Photoshop are these days, a professional could remove one of the most advanced watermarks from an image in under an hour.

I want people to see my photos as a whole, to envision themselves at that place and not be distracted, rather that be from a watermark, logo, or copyright symbol. As a photographer, I take my time to compose every photo perfectly within the camera, making sure that nothing is distracting from the main subject, so why would I add something distracting in post-editing? I upload my images to my blog and to social networking sites with small enough dimensions that if anyone did ever take it upon themselves to call my photos their own, they would never be able to print them with enough resolution to be able to profit from them. I also embed every available amount of metadata into my photos. I know this can be removed, but I’m willing to bet that the average person does not know how, or that it even exists in the first place.

I also refrain from disabling right-click options on this website. I’ve seen this method from several photographer’s sites, and I feel that it is just as ineffective. There are many different screen-capture applications available for free, not to mention the often-ignored Print Screen key on most keyboards.

So, what about you?