The answer to any "Should I have..." question is answered with three more questions: 1. Will you keep it updated? 2. Does your target audience use it? 3. Can you maintain it without sacrificing productivity and creativity?
If you said yes to all three, then you should make the thing you're thinking about.
Facebook doesn't protect your photos and is able to use them however and whenever you want as well as the people on there who will steal them. If you're a serious photographer willing to get their photos protected under copyright, I'd say yes. If you don't care about the associated risks of putting your pictures on facebook, then I'd say yes. Otherwise I'd say no. Maybe make a seperate account on here for art?
MichaelRowlandsonFeatured By OwnerDec 18, 2012Professional Photographer
I usually just take it a free publicity, there is no point in fighting if it will get you nowhere. The only thing you can fight for is if they credit you for the work, sometimes worth fighting for sometimes not.
It could work and there is no doubting that Facebook reaches an enormous audience.
Be very selective with what you post , I would only post photos there that you don't mind any one else using , never post anything with high resolution and make sure you read face books EULA so you know where you stand with YOUR photos.
There are a lot of people out there just waiting to rip you off and take from you anything they can and unfortunately they are ALL on Facebook.
Facebook is currently the best way to connect you to clients in your area, but one thing to keep in mind is that anyone, and I mean anyone, who pays Facebook can get access to, and use your photos posted there, so just be careful of what you post there.
dA is more "art centric", as it has features that are more specific to showing 2D formats of visual art. Its easier to display and manage than facebook.
I don't like facebook at all, they are one giant privacy nightmare. I also don't like all the little apps, and mindless facebook banter....
thats said if you want to actively promote something, your financial future depends on, you NEED a facebook presence at this time. That is not to say you can't use other sites at this time. I recommend you support community projects diaspora, by paralelling your facebook page there as well.
georgewjohnsonFeatured By OwnerDec 12, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
I have one and it's great way to show my friends and family my images in a quick and easy format they understand without them having to navigate another new webpage layout and possibly miss some of my images.
I also know a couple of photographers who don't use places like DA, Flickr, 500px, etc, so I get to keep in contact with them too.
To be honest, Facebook pages are great (I have one myself) but I prefer using DA because the quality is higher when it comes to uploading art you don't need to frequently upload on Facebook either, just have fun with it