Best online photography communities

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It's clear that you're a great photographer, but for the third time this month your Facebook friends have inexplicably failed to comment on the snaps you uploaded of your cat's weekend. Your work may go unappreciated on Facebook, but surely there's somewhere else online where you can showcase your talents.

Luckily, there are a number of photo albums available for free online, although most will offer a subscription package which unlocks certain limits, where you can share your skills with communities of photographers.

Flickr The web's leading photo sharing site has the drawback of a monthly upload limit unless you pay to go pro, and won't show you any stats until you do cough up, but it does have a load of great features for all users: put your photos neatly in sets, comment on favourite great photos and join groups of like-minded or local individuals who are much more likely to understand your artistic skills.

Picasa Online photo sharing is probably the only area where Google trails Yahoo, but in Picasa they do offer a decent rival. Again there are limits on the free account but there is a great desktop tool that you can use to upload and even add special effects to your photos. Integration with that Google account that you need for all their other sites is simple.

Photobucket The basic account on Photobucket gives you half the storage space of Picasa but focuses on the community a lot more with nice touches such as regular photo competitions. You can pay to increase your storage limit, although check your prepaid wireless broadband allowance to make sure you can take full advantage of the paid account. You can also add one-off images without an account, which is handy if you want to post something to a forum.

Zooomr At last, a site that gives unlimited usage for free! If you feel the need to pay, you can still do that to remove all those pesky ads. The front page of Zooomr (that's a triple O, luckily a one-vowel typo doesn't take you to any NSFW sites) shows random images from the last day, week, month and year meaning you may find your snaps reaching new levels of fame and views.

Joining a photo-sharing community is a great way to get exposure for your portfolio and a way to get in contact with experts who may be able to share a tip or two. All of these sites allow uploads from smart phones and tablet devices, so a top-end iPad broadband plan can be beneficial when uploading on the go.

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