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as a matter of interest wat other photo sites do people use on this site as this is the first iv used im unsure of the benefits if any of different sites
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I looked at a number of others before I found ePz and have to admit I've never been back to them, well not the forums anyway. I sometimes read the reviews on DPReview and Steve's, but that's about it.
Much as people love to criticise this site I still think it is the best all round photo (and other stuff) resource on the web. Similarly, much as people love to criticise the moderation, if you have had the misfortune to post something on one of the other unmoderated sites you will agree that they do a fine job on here.
nice to hear other peoples views
I would agree with Ian's input 100%.
(And I 'speak' as a member who had a serious 'run-in' with The Editor and the Moderators some while back)
500px gets mentioned a few times by some members - both here and on Facebook - I've had a look but, as yet, come back to EPZ. I too find DPReview and Steve's useful as research resources but much prefer the Forums here to any other site 'out there'.
Looked at and occasionally use other sites, but I use this one the most. It's still the best.
EPZ has a good varied community which is a wealth of info and great to be able to tap into and give back to when one gets the chance. It also has the great bonus that the site creator (Pete) has a very active input into the site and into doing his best to provide the features and environment members want.
This gives EPZ a big bonus over some other communities, which over time can stagnate as the original staff slip back to mostly just spam weeding as real life pulls them away more and more from the site.
In the end though I think forums are what you make of them; sometimes you'll find sites where you just can't gel with the community present though no bad actions on either side; other times you'll find sites with a great community that you instantly click with.
There are other sites where the quality of photography on display is far superior to that of the EPZ general gallery, 1x.com springs to mind. But those sites tend to screen images prior to releasing them to their galleries and are hence novice unfriendly and somewhat elitist. They also tend not to be particularly friendly or informative.
Nah, I may grumble a bit and get pee'd off with the EPZ voting system from time to time but I'd never leave EPZ if only for the cameraderie you find here.
Yes, 1x does have some real quality work on display and I tend to use it like a reference book, for inspiration & ideas.
I don`t use other sites.
Just the odd on line photo mag type places like File or Blur, Blur are downloaded as PDF`s.
I tend to find that specialist forums/groups for specific interests within photography (eg macro or landscape or portraits etc...) tend to be about the best for finding a higher average quality and people with often a bit more insight than others. In general when they are active, they raise the bar whilst still being open to new members and new photographers.
Generalist groups (such as EPZ) tend to have a broader spread of both skills and interests. They give a good balance since other areas of interest are good to view, gain inspiration and interest from and the like. In additon people tend to float away a little less since if their interests within photography shift they just focus on a different subcommunity within the main.
Groups like 1x which screen input to maintain a high bar are often good for the more experienced not after guiding through newer members and who might be after something more "matured" in photography. They are, however, fewer in number compared to more open access sites.
I Think epz is great site for both Pro and Amateur however,dont like to tacticle voting that goes on
One of the things that I would praise this site for, is the number of folks who I/we have met, as a result of being an active member (sometimes)
Quite a few, I/we now regard as good friends.
That is enough for me
I have my photos on two or three other sites including Red Bubble and 500......however I never stray far from "home"...
I love this community and as much as I like the variety of other sites.. I will always come back here to EPZ. I have made far too many good friends and learned so much from being here that I cannot turn my back on it.
If it wasn't for EPZ, I wouldn't be here now
Work that one out
epz is by far the easiest to navigate, and most helpful community I have accessed.
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