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Photography Guidelines

This is the rough draft of our Photography Guidelines. We will polish this over and hopefully release the final copy by end of the week. We are posting it now so we can solicit your feedback.

Apart from hiking, the other core focus of our group is on photography - on nature, the mountainscapes, the wildlife, and on any related to our hikes. That through our photos, we can express and share with others the fun of hiking, the beauty of the high mountains, and our passion for the outdoors. So it is also our hope that we grow in this area and build amazing photo albums for all to enjoy.

Many of our members are avid or experts in photography. It is the hope of many, as it was since we started this group, that we build a strong photography community, primarily on nature/landscape photography. NHP2 is a hiking and photography group. And we intend to grow on both.

To support our efforts of building and promoting solid photo collections, we are going to set some guidelines and procedures in the use of our meetup albums. We hope that, by promoting higher standards (in photography), we start cultivating the drive and fun to grow and excel in this area.

1. Only post photos with creative and group value. Many will argue that this is a subjective area. Yes it is. But do your best anyway - consult with other hikers and ask the opinions of photography enthusiasts. Don't be afraid to post; but listen and learn along the way.

2. If possible, take time to process your photos - to level, crop, recompose, lighten/color, or apply creative effects. We will remove duplicate (obviously similar in composition) photos and we will of course retain the better processed copy over the other. So learn to use a tool or ask someone's help to get you started. One good easy tool to use is Picasa.

3. Though we prefer group shots, a solo shot is okay as long as it does not inflict any harm to the personal image or infringe on the rights of the subject person. The subject person has the ultimate right on the photo and may ask his/her photo to be taken out from the album at any time.

4. We will fully subscribe to the copyrights of photos posted in our albums. The photos are owned by the photographer/owner. No copying, distribution, or derivative work, either for personal or commercial use, is allowed unless prior approval or license has been given by the owner. Watermarks should not be removed unless prior approval from the photographer/owner has been given.

5. Though we do not put a hard limit on the number of photos to post, we ask each hiker/member to limit their postings to not more than 30. Of course, if you feel that you have more photos of creative or group value, feel free to post them. We want to show all your good photos. The total size of the album will also determine the reorg and deletions - ie an album with 500 photos may become difficult to view or operate.

6. We will setup a committee that will oversee the organization and management of our albums. Their role will also include the oversight of the guidelines and procedures. The event organizer may reorganize the album to a proper sequence as well as conduct album reviews and recommendations.

7. The meetup albums reflect the collective and creative work of our group. We want to enjoy our albums. We want to be proud sharing our slideshows with our friends. So the group opinion, particularly that of the leadership team and assigned committees, will take precedence over individual opinion.

8. The committee and leadership will conduct periodic reviews and reorgs of any album. They will remove excessive or duplicate photo uploads, including those photos that have no clear creative value, poor quality (blurry, over exposed, etc), violate any copyrights, portraying unprofessional conduct, may cause harm to any personal image, or any that reduces the level of workmanship we hope to promote.

Over time, we may add and/or change the guidelines as the need arises. Hopefully this will provide us a good start in promoting solid photography workmanship in our meetup.

If you have any ideas to further support our goals, please feel free to email us. If you want to help or contribute in any way, come and join us, and together let us work to build a group that we all can enjoy.

Thank you.


Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Carpooling Guidelines January 19, 2011 10:21 PM Rollo
Online Favorites January 27, 2011 12:34 AM Rollo
Leadership Team June 26, 2011 10:16 AM Rollo
Photography Guidelines January 19, 2011 10:33 PM Rollo
NHP2 Principles April 19, 2010 10:48 PM Rollo
RSVP Guidelines July 23, 2010 1:55 AM Rollo
Liability Waiver January 19, 2011 10:33 PM Rollo
Hiking Guidelines October 19, 2009 10:02 PM Rollo
About Northeast High Peaks & Photography June 26, 2011 10:15 AM Rollo

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