Right now the notification system will show you a handful of events for people that you follow on the site, and a few other things when people interact with your content. So if you're not following any one yet, you might not see a lot of notifications. We recommend checking out photographers on Shutterlife and following a few who catch your eye. Once you do, you'll start seeing events like the following popping into your Notifications.
On top of that, there are notifications provided any time someone interacts with your content or gear. Specifically, if someone follows you, likes or comments on your photo, or comments on an item you own, it'll pop up in your notifications. That means you'll get great feedback on your shots and maybe even learn some tips and tricks (or answer a question) about an item you own.
We plan to add even more types of notifications in the future, so if you have anything in particular you'd like to see, please let us know. You might also see site announcements or special features popping up in your notifications if it's something we think you'll be interested in seeing.
All that said, we hope you enjoy the new Notifications feature. We're confident it'll make Shutterlife a more enjoyable, engaging, and friendly community!