Webfolio FAQ

How do the folios work?

They use basically the same system as all APS web folios.  For instructions on these go to: http://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/folios-faq  or locate the Users Manual at http://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/downloads/cat_view/62-web-folios

What sort of images should I submit to the folios?

There are no hard and fast rules about this. You can include anything that currently interests you, and for each of us that is a very individual thing.

It’s not necessary for your images to be highly manipulated or arty, or to be polished images that might do well in competitions (though they could be); but they will probably be more than just your family or holiday snaps. It’s generally thought that contemporary photographs will be expressing an idea or emotion.

How can I see what sort of work is submitted to the folios?

The folios are accessible only to those registered to participate in them. To participate in a Contemporary Group Folio you must be a member of Contemporary Group. However, work from the folios is shown in the Contemporary Group Galleries. See Gallery

What sort of images should I submit to the folios?

There are no hard and fast rules about this. You can include anything that currently interests you, and for each of us that is a very individual thing.

It’s not necessary for your images to be highly manipulated or arty, or to be polished images that might do well in competitions (though they could be); but they will probably be more than just your family or holiday snaps. It’s generally thought that contemporary photographs will be expressing an idea or emotion."

Every second month we have a theme challenge, announced one month in advance. This is certainly not compulsory. If the current theme doesn't appeal to you we would still like you to share images from your current work.

I’m a member of Contemporary Group, how do I get myself registered for a folio?

Apply in the first instance to Kay Mack who will allocate you to a folio. You will then be provided with information about getting started. Kay Mack

Will my images be used for the Contemporary Group Galleries?

It is your choice whether your images are used for this purpose. The images in the Contemporary Group Galleries are updated every 3 months. If you would like your images shown there, email Kay with a copy of the file you’ve uploaded to the folio. If you do this at the same time as you upload the file you’ll be less likely to forget to send it.

How often may I upload images to the folio and how many may I upload at a time?

You may upload once a month at any time during the month that suits you. It’s your choice whether you upload one or two images – although we do ask that if you submit two images they should be related in some way e.g. from the same group of work you are doing.

The “Upload file” screen has spaces for keywords, metadata, equipment and post processing information. Do I need to fill this in?

No. There is no obligation to include this. Some people like to, others prefer not to.

I’ve uploaded the same image twice in error. Can I remove one?

No. This can only be done by an administrator. Take care in uploading. If you have a message on your computer monitor saying “Waiting for www.a-p-s.org.au” then wait. Do not click “Upload file” a second time. Email Jenni Horsnell, the Administrator of the Webfolios.

I’ve made an error in typing in the file title or file description. Can I change this?

No. There are two options. The first is to have the file removed by an administrator and start again. But if anyone has commented on your image in the meantime their comments will also be lost. The better option is to simply enter your correction as the first comment about your image.

I’ve made an error in the comment I’ve written on someone else’s image. Can I alter this?

Yes. You’ll see above your comment the symbols e x. The e allows you to edit your comment. The x will delete it completely so that you can begin again.

Am I expected to comment on all images submitted by others?

Yes. Your comments are important. The different perspectives provided by a range of comments open our minds to alternate ways of looking at the image.

What if I don’t know what to say?

All that is needed is for you to give an honest statement of your response to the image. Firstly try to understand what the image is meant to convey. Think about how it makes you feel or what it makes you think about. Consider why you feel or think this way. If your response is a negative one do try to express it in a way that is polite and supportive of the photographer’s right to express their thoughts through their photography.

What sort of comments do people usually make?

Here is an example of a submitted image and the comments made.

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Where Next?  Looking down at the National Gallery of Victoria. (Kay)

  • A good composition and the filtered sunlight works nicely making soft patterns on the subject. The image is nicely focused. He's on holidays, perhaps from Italy, looking at the designer shoes. He's wearing out his shuttle bus time-table and studying his map of Melbourne...that's the only map I don't struggle with. (Rosie)
  • clever - very clever - love the floor tiles and contrasting lines on shirt - very "street photography" (Sandy)
  • I like the good blend of the various levels of natural light. (Bill)
  • A great story telling shot of life as a Tourist. The map grid & tile grid compliment each other nicely. (Pierre)
  • A well designed shot, using the floor pattern to supplement your "Map reader". He looks very relaxed so I think he had worked out how to find his destination. Well seen. (Jan)
  • haha I love this. The map really is a give away. Great angle from above and you can almost see what he is thinking. I do love street photography and this one is great. (Jen)
  • This tells a story with a number of possible endings - perhaps he gave up waiting for the free bus and decided he needed to walk to the next highlight of Melbourne? (Phil)

 

Where do I go for answers to other questions I have about the Contemporary Group web folios?

Contact Kay Mack.