One of the best ways to spark your creativity and to find inspiration for your own work is to browse the work of other photographers. This is especially true if you are just learning photography or looking to improve your skills. Fortunately, there are plenty of great websites that make it easy to find amazing photos very quickly. In this post we’ll highlight the best sites for finding inspiration. Any time you are looking for a creative boost or to find beautiful examples, check out any of these sites.
500px is one of the most popular photography communities, and with good reason. As a photographer you can create an account and upload your own photos. As a visitor you can browse and search to find photos of all kinds. You can follow other users, join groups, participate in discussions, and much more. One of the great things about 500px is the high quality of photos that are are on the site. If you’re looking for some inspiration this is a great place to find it.
Waterfall by Rui Antunes
Behance is a site where designers, illustrators, photographers, and other creatives can display their work. You can sign up for an account and create your own portfolio. As a visitor you can browse and search to be inspired by the work of others. You can get and give feedback and find plenty of amazing work at Behance.
Autumn Sun by Andre Josselin
Photography Served is a project of Behance. Unlike the main Behance site, Photography Served is strictly focused on photography. You’ll find some of the same work at both sites, but Photography Served can make it a little easier to get inspiration from photography if you are not interested in the other creative fields also covered at Behance.
1X is a curated photography community. It’s a great place to find inspiration because the quality of work being showcased is very high. You can create an account to share your work and participate in the forums and groups.
Flickr is the most popular photo sharing/storage site and is also a great place to find inspiration. As far as inspiration is concerned, the downside to Flickr is that there are so many users and the quality of photos is generally not as high as sites like 500px, 1X, and Behance. There are plenty of outstanding photographers on Flickr, but you may have to weed through more photos to find the great ones.
Photography Blogger is a blog that regularly publishes showcases with loads of inspiring photos. Some are showcases of the work of a specific photographer and others may be themed on a particular topic, subject, or type of photo.
121Clicks is another great blog to follow for inspiration. They publish showcases almost daily with plenty of beautiful photos to inspire you.
Exposure guide consistently publishes blog posts that showcase projects of various photographers. You’ll find a lot of interesting and unique photos that can provide a spark of creativity for your own work.
We Heart It is a social site where you can bookmark images and photos from various websites, or upload them from your computer. As a visitor you can browse or search the images shared by other users.
Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find inspiration. The key is to follow the right boards. If you want to get inspiration in your Pinterest feed you may want to follow our own Photography Inspiration board.
Exposure is an interesting site that allows photos to create narratives with their photos. So you can create an account to use your own photos, or you can browse the work of others for your inspiration.
Phases showcases the work of various photographers. The site is simple and easy to use, making it quick to find amazing work from other photographers.
Tumblr can be a great source of inspiration, or it can be a massive waste of time. It all depends on the users that you are following. There are some amazing photos on Tumblr, you just need to find the right users to follow. Here is a good list to get you started.