Having access to the internet is a huge benefit to any photographer. Certainly, it’s possible to become well known online for one’s photography, but there are many tools that are useful to the amateur photographer.
The photographer that wants to learn more about his or her trade has access to a diverse community that is willing to help. Forums are a good place to get advice, learn new skills and get inspiration. On sites like The Photo Forum photographers from all over post their photos for others to see and participate in discussions with one another. Participating on websites like this can be beneficial for many reasons. For one, you can learn a lot from seeing others work and receiving criticism, but garnering relationships through these sites increases your network. Having connections to other professionals can be crucial to getting work in any field, and it definitely can never hurt you.
The photography community extends to other sites as well. Of course there is Flickr and Photobucket which are pretty good ways to have all of your photos in one place. If you want the possibility of your photographs being seen by many people, then Pinterest and Tumblr are great venues. Tumblr has many blogs that are devoted to photography, though they aren’t always concerned with giving credit to artists. It’s very common for bloggers to post pictures they found online that they like for their followers to see. While most aren’t trying to directly take credit for the work, it’s something to be aware of before posting any of your own work online. By posting anywhere online you always run the risk of your work being used with out permission, but unfortunately this isn’t ever entirely avoidable.