I was a member of 1X for about a year. I uploaded a number of my photos, most of which were ridiculed. (A very few were admired.) The ridicule was, I expect, well deserved. I’m just a pahtzer. I shoot for fun. Still, my ego took a major hit and so I left. That being said, do not let me dissuade you from visiting 1X. And, if you’re serious about photography, you probably will want to join. You will learn a helluva lot while admiring the work of some of the most accomplished photographers in the world.