I have recently started a #photography channel on Freenode, an IRC network. You can hop on over by pointing an IRC client to #photography on irc.freenode.net.
Basically, I formed the channel for people to chat about anything related to photography. The purpose of the channel includes taking pictures, talking about cameras and equipment, scanning photographs, touching up images, software involved to do such, and to provide a place for people interested in pictures to hang out.
If you’re in need of a free IRC program,X-Chat is a great client available for Linux (RPM directory linked), Windows, and even on Mac OS X. It’s available for just about anything that supports X11 also.
See you there! (: