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iPhotograph Events Blog - Summer 2015 COMING SOON

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 28, 2015, 10:12 AM

Hey everyone! So we've got a few new things coming up. Critique nights, PhotoFriday, and iSpyPhoto!

This journal will explain what each event is and when we will be running it :aww: I do hope you guys will participate in one or even all the events :la: Some are weekly and some we will do once in awhile :eager: If you have any questions feel free to comment on this journal. And also if you have any idea for future events/contests please send us a note! We'd love to get your idea into the group :heart:

:new: We are looking for volunteers! Interested in helping out in the group? Please note AshleyxBrooke :new:

Critique Nights

During these events you will join the #iPhotograph chatroom with a photo you'd like to get a critique on.

:w00t: Rules :w00t:
:bulletpink: When one of the mods start Critique Night they will ask you to press 1 if you are interested in joining. The order that the 1's are in is the order you guys will post for critiques.
:bulletpink: You must post a photograph ( duh ) :giggle:
:bulletpink: When you press 1 you are not only signing up for a critique but you also have to participate in critiquing others that will be posting as well. If you don't your turn will be skipped.
:bulletpink: When Critique Night starts please refrain from posting thumbs unless you are the one up for a critique.

Pretty simple eh?

When will these take place? - To Be Announced


:bulletpink: Every Friday you will be given a theme. You will have 1 week to take a photo (must be taken AFTER the theme is given). The themes could range from Portraits,nature, macro, animals and could also be a more precise theme like "The color pink" or "Something Circle shaped" etc.

:bulletpink: When you are done please note your submissions to  AshleyxBrooke :) Also please add "Taken for  iPhotograph's PhotoFriday" in your photos description :love:

:bulletpink: The photos will then be added to our "PhotoFriday" blog each Friday at the same time you are given a new topic for the next week.

Eventually we would like to make this a chat event. So everyone would meet on Friday to share their photos in the chat, but right now we are working on getting volunteers to help with the events :aww: We'll keep you posted though!

When will this start up? - Started up June 26th, 2015 --->…



This game will be taken place in the #iPhotograph chatroom at random. (when we host, we'll put up a poll that one will be going on)

:bulletpink: A mod will start it up by asking if you'd like to play please press 1. (That way we can keep track of who is playing)

:bulletpink: The mod will find a certain deviation in the galleries of one of the members that are in the chat at the time.

:bulletpink: "I spy a photo of a cat" - The photo MUST be the one that the mod has already picked out :la:

This game is still a work in progress so there will be changes or addons etc! So keep an eye out on that :camera:


This game is run in our sister chat #PhotoHunt

1. A game will begin when there are 4 players!
2. There must be 3 entries at the end of the game or there is no winner.
3. Winners must keep there images on DA since it will be added to the photohunt group gallery.( most players make a "Photohunt" Folder)
4. Wait until the end of the game to post your image.
5. Must be only 1 shot and not a collage
6. If you drop out you WILL be penalized. This means you will lose a win. If you have no wins it will just be a negitive.
7.Image needs to be clean!
8. Picture needs to be taken AFTER the topic has been posted
9. Please make sure the  exif data and the clocks on your camera are set correctly!
10. Text is allowed in images only if it is in the form of a watermark.
11. Please be sure to title your photo whatever the topic of the hunt is!

For more info on this game check out photohunt or the rules blog here…

Want to help us out?

We would love it if you could share this journal in YOUR journal or even a poll so other will know about the upcoming photography shenanigans that they can get involved in :eager: If you've made it through this journal (YOU rock!) leave a little :camera: emote in the comments :aww:

Also come hang out with us in the #iPhotograph chatroom!

Enjoy! :camera:



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#iPhotograph Chatroom


This is where the magic happens We hold all kinds of fun stuff in the #iPhotograph chatroom. Critique nights, PhotoFridays, Events, Etc. Wanna show off your new photos and get some pointers? Or just looking to meet up with fellow photographers? Find us here :D

Submission Rules

Submissions are now open to ALL members. This means you can submit photos to the group!! Yay! But we do have a few rules.

:bulletpink: Please only submit 1 photo each week. ( we have a lot of members so we don't want to get overloaded.)
If your photo doesnt make it into the club dont be sad. Just try another one next time! :heart:

:bulletpink: We only accept photos. So please no Photo manips. ( oh and keep your myspace shots to yourself. Those will DEFINITELY get rejected =p )

:bulletpink: We will be working on having categories in our gallery so if you see a category your photo should be in please submit it to the right one :heart:

:bulletpink: Submissions are only open Monday-Friday! :heart:

Members Please Read

What does it take to have your work featured by iPhotograph?

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The iPhotograph group receives on average 100 submissions a day. This number is increased at weekends to about 200 a day. If each one of these were accepted then it would flood the inboxes of everyone who watches the group. On top of that the iPhotograph galleries to showcase some of the best talent that deviantART has to offer, providing entertainment and inspiration to photographers around the world. Therefore each submission is stringently reviewed.

Each submission posted to iPhotograph is reviewed and voted on by a team of photographers. It takes 5 votes before a decision is reached, each from a different reviewer. This is the process for all shots. If a group moderator wants to submit a shot in the gallery, it still needs to be voted on before it can be included. Nothing is guaranteed and only the best shots will be accepted. With the exception of no photo-manipulations, there are no hard and fast rules about what will or will not be accepted to the iPhotograph group. For example on a wildlife shot soft focus and over exposure may not be fitting, however on portraiture these may be desirable qualities. Each submission is assessed on its own merit.

If anyone wants to know why a shot was declined they only have to ask, and one (or more) of the iPhotograph team will write a critique. Depending on the shot its self, a useful critique can take anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes to write. Which would mean that if 100 submissions were posted and each given a 5 minute critique that would equate to 8.33 hours of critique, every day. Doubling that at the weekends is over 16 hours, just to write a critique on each shot. That of course doesn’t take the time to actually look at the photograph in the first place and asses it’s merits, that would be at least another 5 minutes per shot. So we now have over 16 hours per day on a weekday and 32 hours per day on a weekend. Which just isn’t practically possible. Remember that groups are run by people motivated enough by their respective hobbies to give up some free time and keep a group running. Groups are not paid employment and everyone has their own life outside of deviantART, with jobs and studies taking up large proportions of their time.

Why don’t iPhotograph write a one sentence review of each shot? Simple, that doesn’t help anyone. A critique will give you a lot to work on, it will highlight your weaknesses so that you know what to target in your future shots. A good critique will also show you strengths as well as your weaknesses. You can understand fully want you want to do again in your future work and what you want to change. It can sometimes be hard to have your work pulled apart, but in the end you will be better for it and have to look to the future and the shots you will be able to produce.

Not only does iPhotograph want to showcase the best and the brightest of the deviantART photographic community, but also the iPhotograph team want help people grow and develop their skills as a photographer. That is why every person who asks for a critique on a declined submission, or accepted submission for that matter, will receive one. After all, if someone is not going to ask for critique and ways to better their shot what is the point in taking the time to explain why their shot didn’t get accepted?

If someone just wants every submission they post to a group to be accepted then iPhotograph is certainly not for them. However if they want to belong a group which will deliver the finest quality photographs to their deviantWATCH list and will also try and help every member grow and reach their potential, then iPhotograph is certainly the group to join.

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bluesummersky Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
hi, I want to volunteer to help the group how do I do that? 
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Drop a note and she'll let you know if there is currently anything avaliable :) 
NightrazeShadow Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I wanted to submit my pic but its telling me I have not permission to add pics to the group?
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Submissions are closed on weekends is all, everything will be back on come Monday :)  
Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner 5 days ago
ok :D Was wondering, thanks
NightrazeShadow Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh okay...thanks
Helena361 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why wasn't my photo accepted? i just wanna know what i can do better next time xD
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Helena, your Amsterdam image had quite a few good elements to it. I liked the colour, tones and atmosphere that it created. The inclusion of the dutch style bicycle was a really nice touch, considering these are synonymous with Amsterdam.  But I think a few things stopped it from feeling like a complete photo. I would have liked to have seen the whole bicycle in the shot, this would have really signified it within the photo. The background is nice, but because it is mostly soft focus the viewer will put more attention on the bicycle. However because the bike is off centre and not complete it looses some of it's significance. 

I appreciate that shots like this can be difficult to take when walking round a busy city and there are restrictions to how you can compose your shot, sometimes the perfect place to stand will be in the middle of a busy road, so I'm not asking you to do that aha, but when you see something like this which has a lot of potential to be a really nice image, just take a few moments to really look and see what you can do with your shot and what qualities you'd really like to highlight within the shot. 

Hope that helps and hope to see more of your work! 
Helena361 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This really helped to improve my photography in the future! c: 
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Anytime :)
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