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TomBrooklyn ADMIN May 30, 2013
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- To Join LTAL, we request you write a critique on one of the photos in the group, as if you were a member; and include a link to that photo with your request for an invitation. Also, ensure you are familiar with all The Rules and the Critique Etiquette Guidelines before you apply. It is not standard boilerplate.

Group Description

(LTAL) is a quality comment group for those wishing to get five critiques on their photos; and to improve their own photography through the considered written evaluation of other photographer's work.


The LTAL Lens Tag - append this tag to all critiques you make in the group.
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TO JOIN LIFE THRU A LENZ
Membership in LTAL is by invitation only. The requirement to be issued an invitation is for you to read--and follow-- the directions in the First Section of the Rules, which describes an assignment you are to complete before you click the "Join this Group" link, and you affirm agreement to the Rules.

This is a test to ascertain your level of competence in English comprehension and composition, as well as the requisite responsibility, intelligence, integrity, motivation, thoroughness, attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and respect for others and their work, that success in this group entails. Other qualities we seek in a member include dedication and perseverance. Therefore, if you do not pass this test, you will be given credit if you try again and reapply.



PHOTO ASSIGNMENTS
From time to time, we may have a photo assignment competition. Feel free to join in. Watch the Discussion Threads for Assignment Announcements. For a photo to be eligible for an Assignment, it must be taken during the time frame of that assignment. Both Competition and Assignment winning photos will be featured on the front page when they occur. See below.


JULY ASSIGNMENT WINNER
Its Only 365 Days
Topic: 150 Steps

FALLEN Photo Page

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Recommendations for Displaying Your Photo
- Title it well. A poor or mundane title ought not count against your photo; but a good title can enhance the perception of your photo. An interesting title will go beyond a mere description of what is depicted.
- Include your EXIF info. For critiquers to be able offer suggestions on how you can improve the work, it sometimes comes down to camera and settings. If they know what you used, they may be able to suggest superior alternative in the Shutter Speed-Aperture-ISO exposure triangle.


General Recommendations for Critical Viewing:
- View photos full size on a black background by using Lightbox feature.
- Calibrate your monitor How to Calibrate Your Monitor. (PC World)
- - Monitor test images. Lagom




DROP AND RUN
Someone may submit a photo without first critiquing. If you find such a photo, please use the following Did Not Critique (DNC) code to comment on it. Please add it again even if someone else has already done so. Add any relevant text as desired.


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It will look like this:

If You See This Tag On Someone's Photo

Do not critique that photo. Skip it and continue to critique five not counting that one. You will not be required to critique it, even if the photographer completes his critiques later. You may leave a not why you are not critiquing it.

If You Get That Tag On Your Photo
Promptly complete the five critiques per your standard obligation. Inform the person who tagged your photo, and an active moderator, by flickrmail, advising them you have critiqued, and include a link to your photo. After satisfactory verification, they may remove the DNC comment. If you remove the comment without critiquing, or by yourself without getting verification, expect to be banned. Realize you have forfeited the right to get critiqued from anyone who properly placed a DNC on your photo.

Avoiding Drop and Run
Submitting a photo and not critiquing the five before yours is rude, annoying, and disruptive to the people who are expecting to receive critiques. There is a simple way to insure that no emergency or unforeseen occurrence will distract a person from completing there critiques after submitting a photo. Simply complete your critiques before you submit the photo.

SUMMARY of POSTING RULES
This is a Summary, not the Complete Rules. You are responsible to know and understand all the rules and group procedures, prior to participating. Another blue hot link to the Rules is found on the right side of every flickr group's front page immediately under the Discussions, under Additional Information

a) Check for Flooders. Do not critique them. Post the Drop and Run Icon on their photos. Notify staff.

b) Leave a meaningful comment. Address at least two aspects of the photograph (technical or emotional) specifically, and include a reason for your statement. Identify any weaknesses in a positive, helpful way (as opposed to just derogatory.) As a rule of thumb, it is unlikely that a comment of less than two lines can be considered in the spirit of the rules. See the [Official] Critique Etiquette Guidelines

c) Be respectful to others.
d) Complete (at least some of) your critiques before you submit your photo.
e) Append the "Group Lens Tag" to all your critiques from this group.


POOL and COMMENT INTEGRITY
a) Do not delete your picture from the group’s pool, at least until it reaches page 2.
b) Do not delete any critiques that you have received, at least until your photo reaches page 2. If you feel that they are inappropriate in any way, discuss it with a group moderator or administrator before employing self help.
c) Do not block other group members.
d) Do not advertise, promote, or invite visits to your photostream, another flickrgroup, or any website, etc., within the comment that contains our group tag.
f) Allow at least five other people to post before you post again.

Note: Non-compliance with the rules may result in the removal of your photograph and/or the revocation of your membership or banning from the group.





Life Thru A Lenz - Quality Comment Group - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver


Currently Active Staff
TomBrooklyn. Administrator. EST
lindalht. Lead Moderator. Vice President. New Applicant Mentor. Existing Member Reactivator. CST
basianov. Basha, Moderator, Photo of the Week + Assignments
Auribins. David, Moderator, DNR, Critique Reviews. GMT


Some Other Critique or Comment Groups:

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Comment
Score and Critique
Reverse Score and Sardonic Critique
For Staff Use: HQ







JUNE ASSIGNMENT WINNER
Jason Glyn
Topic: Lens Flare

Sunrise at Lizard Peninsula






MAY ASSIGNMENT WINNER
Vivek Tulsidas
Topic: Water


Abiqua Falls
Abiqua Falls




APRIL ASSIGNMENT WINNER
Topic: One


366 Project 099 - 1885-2012: RIP Canadian Penny
Canadian Penny Is Dead RIP, by in the bag solutions

Group Rules

FOR NEW APPLICANTS TO THE GROUP:

SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR REQUEST:

BEFORE APPLYING:
A) Write a critique on one image from the first page of the group pool that meets Official Critique Standards. Post the critique into a comment on the photo, appending the group tag as described in the rules and on the front page. Supply a link to the photo with your application. Alternately, include the critique and a link to the photo with your letter requesting membership.

B-1 ) Read ALL the Rules on this page so you understand the group procedure.

B-2) Read the Admin's Message Box on the front page so to become aware of any recent announcements or important group news.

B-3) Read the entire front page of the group so you will be aware of some important procedural considerations required to successfully apply.

B-4) Familiarize yourself with any Discussion Threads inherently significant to the smooth operation of the group.

C) Include a written statement with your request to join.
Indicate:
1. Why you want to join the group.
2. What you wish to get out of it.
3. How you anticipate contributing.

=BEFORE YOU CLICK "I AGREE" BELOW, COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT ABOVE=



RULES

1. CRITIQUING.
For each of the first five photos in the group pool:

a) Check the photos for pool flooding - see the pool flooding section below.

b) Leave a meaningful comment. Give each picture the attention it deserves. Address at least two aspects of the photograph (technical or emotional) specifically, and include a reason for your statement. At least one of those aspects shall be something that is done well. Identify any weaknesses in a positive, helpful way (as opposed to just derogatory.) As a rule of thumb, it is unlikely that a comment of less than two lines can be considered in the spirit of the rules.

c) Be respectful to others at all times. Bear in mind that our membership covers a wide range of age, skill levels, and artistic styles. Be kindly critical. Be specific, but accurate. Be objective, not accusatory. Be pointed, but empathetic. Find at least one positive and encouraging thing to write about every photo. Make sure that any criticism is constructive. Note all genres of photographic art may not appeal to you. Be particularly objective with those. This can be one of the most challenging aspects to writing a good critique. We are a friendly group. Familiarize yourself with the group's [Official] Critique Etiquette Guidelines. Be patient with yourself as you learn to critique. Be patient with others as they learn.

d) Complete your critiques, or at least most of them, before you submit your photo. Photos found in the pool without the accompanying required critiques are subject to immediate removal without warning.

e) Append the "GROUP LENS TAG" which is prominently displayed on the front page and between the two dotted lines below:
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which will look like this:

e) Check your comment once posted.

f) Leave a gap of at least five other photos before adding another to the pool. After all, you cannot comment on your own picture.



2. POOL/COMMENT INTEGRITY.
To maintain the integrity of the group pool, the following rules apply:

a) Do not remove your picture from the group pool until it has been posted for 5 days or 25 more photos have posted. Removal of a picture makes it appear that others have not fulfilled their five-comment obligation.

b) Do not remove any critiques, at least until the photo has been posted for 5 days or 25 more photos have posted. If you feel that they are inappropriate in any way, please discuss it with the group moderators/administrators before taking any action. Removal of a comment makes it appear that someone has not fulfilled their five-critique obligation.

c) Do not block other group members. This would make it impossible for them to comment on your picture and fulfil their five-comment obligation. If you find you cannot comment on another member's photo, please inform a moderator/administrator immediately.

d) Reposting is allowed. After the photo has reached page five.

e) Do not include invitations to other groups, or to view your photostream, advertisements for your web page or any other non-group business within the comment that bears our group tag.



3. POOL FLOODING.
Pool flooding is the posting of multiple photos to the group pool without a gap of five others photos between each. Pool floods will be deleted in their entirety as soon as they come to our attention. If you encounter a flood:

a) Do Not Critique Flood Photos. Critique the five photos immediately before yours excluding the flood. Skip the flood photos, as though they had already been deleted (even if others before you have critiqued them.) You may add a Drop and Run tag to them (See Drop and Run below,) and append the words: "Flood Photos."

b) You may inform a staff member of the multi-post. They will take action.


4. DROP AND RUN
Some people may submit a photo without first critiquing. If you find such a photo when critiquing or if your photo does not get the expected five critiques, place the following code as a comment on that person's photo. You may add any relevant text as you desire.

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It will look like this:


If You See That Tag On Someone's Photo

Do not critique that photo. Skip it and continue to critique five not counting that one.

If You Get That Tag On Your Photo
Immediately write the five critiques that you were supposed to write before you submitted your photo. Then contact the person who put it there, and an active admin, by flickrmail, advise them you have critiqued, and include a link to your photo. They will check and if your critiques are satisfactory, they will remove the comment or clear you to remove it. If you remove the comment without critiquing, you can expect to be banned.



5. GENERAL.

a) Photos: Photos that are rude, insulting, degrading or otherwise disrespectful either in the image itself, its title or description are not suitable for this group. If it could be considered inappropriate for a professional workplace, it likely does not belong here.

b) Advertising, Spam. No advertisements, invitations, or links to your photostream, your webpage, or anything else may be included in your critique.

c) You are requesting critique when you post a photo here. Be prepared to accept it. It is possible some others won't like your photo as much as you do. Take their comments in the spirit in which they are intended – to help and encourage you to improve your craft.

d) If you do not understand or agree with someone's critique of your photo, you may request clarification or elaboration. Person so requested are required to respond to the best of their ability.

e) Contact a staff member if you have any questions, problems or issues.



6. OTHER
ASSIGNMENTS, COMPETITIONS: From time to time, we may have a photo assignment or competition. Feel free to join in. Watch the Discussion Threads for Assignment Announcements.


FOR NEW APPLICANTS TO THE GROUP: IF YOU ARE SEEKING TO JOIN, AND YOU DID NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE TOP SECTION ABOVE, YOU WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 1 thing to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe, Moderate
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