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The shoot-in isn't a conventional competition, or even
a competition at all. The first goal is entertainment, so there can be
any number of "winners."
The shoot-in is 'rooted' in the usenet newsgroup rec.photo.equipment.35mm and was created by one of its former photographer participants, Ms. Lisa Horton in 2003.
Anyone may be a participant, there is no entry form, no entry fee. A participant may submit three photos per mandate and may jump in at any time over the course of the round.
Participants will endeavor to make a photo that is connected to the mandate. Interpretation, reaction, illustration, whatever. Connected.
To fully participate in the shoot-in is to create a new photo to the mandate during the mandate period. If you're just too busy, or are on a budget, you're still welcome to post up to a few days late (administrators discretion) and of course invited to participate in the discussions at rec.photo.equipment.35mm whether you submit a photo or not. If you start a discussion related to the shoot-in, please preface your subject with "[SI]" for easier filtering.
Rounds and mandates
At the beginning of a new round, volunteers suggest
send them to the moderator,
who then exercises his supreme powers and chooses a mandate.
The moderator announces new mandates at the beginning of the month. These are then published on r.p.e.35mm with subjects beginning with [SI] and on the gallery page (To be updated)
The Capture Date is what day you can start shooting
for that mandate. This gives you the opportunity to visualize shots in
advance of the actual shooting period.
Submit a mandate suggestion to the admin's email.
Make your mandate suggestions sufficiently broad to encourage participation. Suggesting something like "supermodels posing under the Eiffel Tower in April" might not get too many submissions.
|Due Date||Start Date||Description|
|Ten Plus||August 25th, 2013||Variable||The shootin is now ten years old! To commemerate the anniversary, the current mandate is three-pronged: shoot something that relates to the number 10; re-shoot any of the previous mandates; or submit your favorite photo of the last ten years (not necessarily a shootin entry).|
|Barbeque/Outdoor Cooking||July 14th, 2013||March 21st, 2013||Show us your pig roast, shrimp on the barbie, or however it's done where you live.|
|Furniture||June 2nd, 2013||March 21st, 2013||
fur·ni·ture [fur-ni-cher] noun
1. the movable articles, as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
2. fittings, apparatus, or necessary accessories for something.
3. equipment for streets and other public areas, as lighting standards, signs, benches, or litter bins.
|Letters N, T, & X||April 21stth, 2013||March 21st, 2013||Any subject that begins with the letters N, T, or X.|
|Looking Up/Looking Down||March 17th, 2013||February 12th, 2013||Take a picture of something tall looking up, or from something tall looking down. Simple, no?|
|Steeple(s)||February 10th, 2013||January 9th, 2013||This one is simple: shoot a picture of a steeple and make it interesting. Use light and composition, convert to B&W, use infrared, use any technique to produce an interesting photo of a steeple. Or steeples.|
|Street||December 30th, 2012||November 22nd, 2012||Shoot a street scene as you see fit. For some inspiration, visit this site: http://www.street-photographers.com/|
|Curves||November 20th, 2012||---||
Submit three photos exemplifying curved lines. Find curves in unusual
places. Use shadows and reflections to curve what's straight andstraighten what's curved. Get out there!
Submission of photos
Photos are due to be turned in on the announced date in the turns list. Late entries are handled at the sole discretion of the moderator of the shoot-in images.
Current cycle is monthly (sort of...)
Any kind of still photography camera, film or digital, may be used. It is up to the photographer to scan and format the image for the SI if required. (Of course, if you want to use a video camera that also takes stills, feel free)
What's allowed? This is the hard part. Since we're focused on pictures here, extensive digital manipulation would probably not be looked upon with favor. Manipulations comparable to what those done in traditional photographic processes would be appropriate.
Copyright: the photo shall be the intellectual property of the person sending the image to the SI.
The photographer grants perpetual rights for display of the image wherever and whenever the SI is hosted.
Intellectual property (IP) rights for the image remain the photographers or his assigns.
The SI moderator shall not sell or license images submitted to the SI.
Where a photograph is in dispute with regards to IP, the
owner should notify the SI
moderator, however the owner shall also contact www.pbase.com directly
to request removal of the image.
The current hosting location of the SI is
As for content, this is not an "adult" specific newsgroup, PG-13 would be your guideline, more or less. The person who is currently hosting the images has final say on objectionable content. Obscene, racist or expressly violent images (for example) will not be accepted. The photographer will be advised and he can of course submit other photos in their place.
Image files should be saved to no more than 300kB. For highly detailed images where compression is difficult, files may be up to 500 kB. Please avoid this where possible. The moderator will not resize or rename photos. He's too damned lazy.
Images should be sized to no more than 1200 pixels horizontally and no more than 1000 pixels vertically.
Image submissions should follow the naming convention as follows:
For an image taken specifically to fill the mandate, "XXX Firstname LastName.jpg" where XXX = a descriptor for the given mandate.
For instance, the Dereliction image file might be titled "DER Bowser.jpg" or "Dereliction Paul Furman.jpg"
When submitting an archived image (one shot at any time before the mandate was announced), then you should append "_old" to the file name.
For example, "DER helen_old.jpg"
When you submit your photo, you are encouraged to add technical details about the shot (camera, lens, FL (zoom), aperture, shutter speed, film ISO, flash, tripod, etc.), as well as any brief comments about the shot. These will be added to the SI gallery. PBase will display EXIF info.
Okay! So where do I send my submissions?
Once the photos are posted, discussion is encouraged. Explain your photo, react to or critique other photos, whatever. It's supposed to be entertaining. (A suggestion for critiquing photos appears below). Note that what commentors or critics post is their opinion so don't get too wrapped up in wet sheets if you don't like their opinion. Reply with courtesy. Don't reply to obvious (or not so obvious) trolls.
Shoot-In related posts on the rec.photo.equipment.35mm (and other Usenet groups) should be prefixed [SI], including the brackets in the subject line. eg: "[SI] My Rock & Roll photo..."
Posting of alternate shots (beyond the number allowed above) is encouraged for further discussion, however you must post these at the website of your choice and post the link at r.p.e.35mm. (Please use the prefix [SI] when you post SI comments). Avoid using tinylink and other URL length shorterners most people want an indication of what they're linking to. They should only be used if the link is really long.
In some rounds the admin may post the images temporarily
without the posters name. This to encourage unbiased critique and allow
photog guessing. The photogs name will be added after a few days.
GEO TAGS: Files that contain geotags will be posted to
Panoramio under the name "shootinphotos" as well as to the Pbase site. If
you do not wish this to occur either remove the tags from the photos or
advise the committee at the shootinphotos email address.
Once again, these are rulz, which are similar to but different than rules. There is only one penalty for any transgressions, the reactions of your peers.
That's it. We try it, keep what works and change what doesn't. No big deal, just for fun.
New Mandates: In the past, we used a mandate list, but more recently we have adopted a monthly mandate excercise which has worked quite well, and allowed for more extensive participation. If you have an idea, please send it here!
One of the interesting aspects of the SI is the reaction of others. We all anticipate hearing good and not so good things about our photographic efforts. Honest criticism has value, but as anything of value it is not trivial to do. So please consider the following before making a critique:
Simply saying "I don't like it" is not critique. Nor is simply saying "I like it".
When criticizing a photo, consider and state its strong as well as its weak points.
It is not all aesthetic and art.
It is not all technical.
It is not about whatever rules about photography you may be clinging to.
Every photo is unique.
So do comment and critique the work of others remembering that you can only learn from their full, considered and honest critique, and likewise they can only learn from your full, considered and honest critique.
In making comments, it's also recommended that a link to each photo appear with the comment to make it easy for comment readers to locate the particular photo.