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We have started a dA points collection for our group on our InspirationalImages account.

The points will be used to get back our SuperGroup status.
Remaining points will be rewards for the winners of our future contests.

If you want to support our group, please donate here!

Donators will get photos into the group's Featured folder as a thank you.

:points: Catch them points by BurgerBunny:points:
Update 2018-10-16: Changed some example images. Updated the information on the Still Life folder.


:bulletwhite: Generally, our folders are based on dA's classification categories. Just have a look at this for more information about our folder system.

:bulletwhite: Please remember that we do not accept mobile (phones, tablets etc.) or webcam shots! Exceptions might be made when the images are of excellent quality.

:bulletwhite: A small hint about borders: We don't mind the usage of borders and frames, as long as they are not too strong, do not distract or disturb and fit to the image. The lowest resolution we accept is 600 x 600 px (0.36 MP) and borders or frames do not count here! That means, the photo itself must have at least 600 pixels in width and length, without the border/frame.

Btw, if you don't want to read the whole journal again, you can use the quick search function of your browser (usually CTRL + F or CMD + F) and type in key words to get faster to the information you are looking for.

Please, think before you submit a piece. It will save our time and increase our patience.



:pointr: Now, let's go into the details:


Featured:
The Featured folder is only for contest winners, admin features and generous donators. It's not open for submissions by regular members.


Abstract & Surreal:
Like dA says: "Abstract photographs seek to obscure the actual subject, while surreal photographs place the subject in an other-worldly context." So, abstract photographs are mostly photos of objects and structures of which you often can't tell exactly what it actually is or uncommon angles and perspectives. Surreal photography often plays with the light and/or apparently metaphysical motives. Abstraction or surreality is not given through photo manipulation! Those are NOT: Horror & Macabre shots, upside down images, light paintings, photo manipulations, unusual angle architecture/landscape photos, (coloured) water drop/splash or HDR images.
Examples:
Sound Of Silk (torn) by AiniTolonen _o_ by nenmayk


Animals:
Well, that one's pretty self-explanatory. All kinds of animals go there. Animals' body parts (eyes, wings, claws etc.), too. We do not accept shots of rotten, dead or dying animals. On animal photos including plants is usually the animal the focused part, so they also go to the Animals folder.
Examples:
U.F.O by Dani-Barchana Happy Family by AnneMarks


Architecture:
Basically single buildings from the inside or outside or only special parts (details) of them. Good focus, clarity, contrast and sharpness are absolutely necessary. Please, don’t submit any cityscapes, skylines, amounts of buildings or rooftops here. And no Urbex here, that goes to Urban & Rural!
Examples:
Glastonbury Abbey. England by jennystokes Geometry in Blue by DaniBabitz


Conceptual:
Images with a well thought-out and well executed concept, with a clear message/statement. Light paintings do also belong here. NO classic portraits, still life, abstract, surreal, horror & macabre or darkroom shots. AND NO PHOTO MANIPULATIONS!
Examples:
Girl with Ship by orestART That Blows by Cyril-Helnwein


Darkroom:
Analogue film photography, film scans, negative scans, self-processed photo works, photograms, panoramas, high dynamic range shots, infrared images (also the ones produced in camera or with the help of filters) and mixed processes. Digital overlays (e.g. textures used on photos or digitally made double exposures) do also belong here. Diptychs basically go to the regular folders, apart from the mentioned processes and if the two photos show different motives, then it fits to the Photomanipulation folder. Multi- and double-exposure photos (whether produced in film camera or by software) do all belong here. By the way, modifying your colour photographs to monochrome (black and white, greyscale, sepia, etc.) ones does not turn them into darkroom works.
Examples:
Ol' Bookshelf - HD wallpaper by JanneO

Mature Content

Innanna Reclining 1112SFx by FrancoisDeWynter



Horror & Macabre:
Just photos with "classic" horror themes: witches, zombies, vampires, murderers, monsters, etc., using theatre (fake) blood, knives, skeletons, skulls and so on. No real blood or dead animals allowed. Remember that horror & macabre shots are also conceptual works, that means that all rules for the conceptual folder do also apply here, and that's why there are no eerie landscape/forest and urban exploration shots accepted here.
Examples:
Raining Blood by Abgrundlich

Mature Content

It does not hurt! by elenasamko



Events & Performances:
A more journalistic folder. (Music) concerts, other stage productions (including shows, theatre, musical, opera etc.), festivities and festivals, exhibitions, conferences, anniversaries, weddings, but also political events like demonstrations and public gatherings and sport performances. Only journalistically or artistically valuable works will be fine, no (drunk) party shots or family feasts.
Examples:
Finsterforst by Zouberi Unparalleled Devotion by vwake


Fashion & Cosplay:
ONLY fashion photographs (the focus is on the clothing and/or styling) and cosplay photography (people dressing up as – mostly anime-inspired – characters). NO head-only photos, those belong to the People & Portraits folder.
Examples:
On the Hunt by rensuchan Sky by OlgaAthens


Macro:
Basically only pictures taken with a special macro lens, no (zoomed-in) close-ups. Macro extension tubes and close-up lenses are acceptable. Motives can be anything like nature/plants/still life/animals/body parts, as long as it has a certain artistic value. Good focus and sharpness are absolutely necessary here!
Examples:
High Res Magnification by darkHunTer2009 Deep Blue... by Isalovesphotography


Miscellaneous:
This is not just the “rest”. Only photos which really do not fit into the other categories go here. Fireworks (if you can't see the actual event) and small things in no particular context (no still life, no conceptual shots) belong here. Check the folder to see what we mean. Just very few images are accepted here. This is not a folder especially for monochrome images! They basically belong into the regular folders.
Examples:
Cloud Coffee by sakiryildirim Weird by Zouberi


Nature:
NO land/water/sky/mountain/whatever SCAPES!
Woods, forests, amounts of (different) plants, small ponds, parts of fields (as long as it's not a landscape), waterfalls and parts of lakes (no land/waterscapes, you can't state that often enough). Geology shots and weather details (frozen natural objects, fog, dew, raindrops, snow, etc. - still no scapes!) are okay as well. NO single plants (also no single trees) and no animals! Again, look what the folder contains to see if your work fits.
Examples:
Ice Shark by wiebkerost When Life Is Beautiful by Thinking-Silence


People & Portraits:
Any kind of photographic portraiture, apart from fashion and cosplay photography. Also body parts, silhouettes and photos with human beings as main subjects. Most street photography (including human beings) is also accepted here. We decline dA IDs as long as they're not absolutely artistic.
Examples:
Walking on sunshine by Whimsical-Dreams Iran - The Keeper by O-Renzo


Photomanipulation:
Photographs which contain parts of other (photographic) artworks. Mixed media where the main part is a photo is allowed. Diptychs belong here, when the subjects are of a different kind. Works with a typographic content shall also go here. Keep in mind that editing only the colours (e.g. greyscale, sepia, black and white, monochrome or saturation processing has nothing to do with photo manipulation. NO digital overlays (e.g. textures), HDRis or infrared shots (they all belong to the Darkroom folder). Note that all Manips do now require to have all sources linked in the image description! Please remember that this is a group for PHOTOGRAPHY, NOT DIGITAL ART!
Examples:
cigarette macro II by beatqas Unseelie Wood: Discover Your Inner sElf by Xarxes-Endymion


Plants:
All single plants (including trees, leaves, vegetables and fruits) go here. Fungi are also collected in this folder (even if they are no plants by definition). NO amounts of plants (e.g. forests or fields). Bushfires (details, no landscapes) and landscapes of which a tree makes a high percentage of the photo do also belong to this folder. Do not confuse it with the Macro, Nature or Scapes folders.
Examples:
Intricate by KeldBach keukenhof.0007 by insolitus85


Scapes:
Land-, water-, sky-, weather-, mountain-, field-, moonscapes, cityscapes, skylines and also rural scapes. A landscape consists of wide areas and in most cases there is a horizon line dividing the sky/water/land parts (though, there are scapes without horizon to be seen as well). Don't mix it up with the Nature folder or (in urban situations) with the Urban & Rural or Architecture folder.
Examples:
  Shanghai Skyline by paikan07 . . . by Alexey-Argentum


Sinful Images:
Basically this folder is for ARTISTIC nude photography. Half nude or photos showing very much skin (e.g. underwear shots) do also belong here. The only reasons for artistic nudes in another folders are Darkroom techniques or photo manipulations. Please note that in this case the term “sinful” means  nude or erotic, no other religious or moralistic sins.
Examples:

Mature Content

Family exposed 8 by BorjaPascual

Mature Content

L o r e n by AliWithAnEye



Still Life:
'Studio'-like indoor photography of mostly inanimate objects (also commercial / product photography). Good (artificial) light is necessary. Motives may include books, jewels, water (splashes), dolls, figures, crockery, cut plants, glasses, (plush) toys, music instruments, weaponry, etc. Photos which create a 'frozen' effect also belong here: object in movement, smoke of blown off matches, water experiments (e.g. an apple falling into water), (bursting) bubbles and many more.
Examples:
339 by pasiasty f sharp by DiaryOfAWallflower


Transportation:
How to get from A to B, just anything that has to do with getting from one place to another. Cars, trains, buses, (motor) bikes, boats, ships, helicopters, aeroplanes, tanks and any kind of transport vehicle (even if they are out of service). Also roads (even dirt roads, pathways...), railways, ski lifts, gondolas, subway stations, space shuttles, bus stops...
Examples:
there is time to face it, the right time by ateist-kleranty Mountain Thunder by DragonWolfACe


Urban & Rural:
Urban and Rural places and scenes. City life and country life (and we actually mean life in the streets and places). Street and industrial photography and urban exploration shots belong here. Important: all garden, park and cemetery photos go here! NO cityscapes or skylines, also no rural scapes, no transport related photos and no architecture shots.
Examples:
Lost... by Rajmund67 Yaks ascend towards Bagala La by Dominion-Photography




Just to mention it again:
Urban Exploration :pointr: Urban & Rural
Infrared :pointr: Darkroom
HDRi :pointr: Darkroom
Mixed Media :pointr: Photomanipulation


Most common folder mistakes:
Scapes / Urban & Rural
Scapes / Nature
Nature / Plants
Conceptual / Photomanipulation
People & Portraits / Fashion & Cosplay



If you think there is a photographic section that is not covered, leave us a comment below. Any questions left? Ask us!



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Update history:

Update 2017-04-05: Corrected the info about borders. Changed some example images. Added some formatting to enhance readability. Enriched the definition about Events & Performances.

Update 2016-06-01: Changed the info about the Plants folder. Enhanced the definitions Urban & Rural and Still Life. Updated our terms on resolution and mobile shots. Corrected the HTML and some small mistakes.

Update 2016-02-10: Outdated thumbnails have been exchanged. Reworked the update history, general info and details about some folders.
All photomanipulations need to have the source of every used element linked in the image description! Besides, we are more picky now, when it comes to Manips, in order to have less digital art in our gallery.

Update 2014-11-20: Outdated thumbnails have been exchanged. Updated the info about the Transportation and the Still Life folder.
We differ between weather/scapes and weather/nature. Weatherscapes are pretty self-explanatory, while we are looking for photos of snowfall, mist, frozen objects (e.g. leaves), etc. in the weather photos which shall go to the Nature folder.
Double- and multi-exposure photographs basically belong to the Darkroom folder, it does not matter whether they were created in camera (analogue) or by software.

Update 2014-02-17: Changed some of the example images from our gallery. Enhanced the information on the Architecture folder. Corrected small mistakes.

Update 2013-02-21: Please remember that all infrared shots go to the Darkroom folder, no matter if the infrared effect was done in camera or outside!
Example images from our gallery were added to every folder desription to show what kind of material we are looking for there. Big thanks to the members who submitted the artworks now used as examples.  If someone wants their works to be removed from this journal, please send us a note.
Additional information was included about the Darkroom folder, Events & Performances, Nature, People & Portraits, Photomanipulation, Plants and Scapes. Check it to stay up to date.
Tilt-shift images coming directly from a tilt-shift lens are accepted in the regular folders as well now (in most cases it's Scapes or Urban & Rural, but please, don't mix them up). All light paintings go now to the Conceptual folder (since you need a concept before you shoot one). Infrared images (even if they are taken with an infrared filter) belong to the Darkroom folder. Please, take a look at the folder's descriptions below for all the rules.

Update 2012-12-17: Information about black and white and monochrome images in general has been added. Remember that there are no "colour" folders in this group, this means that basically all monochrome photos (b/w, greyscale, sepia, single colours, etc.) belong to the regular folders (based on the motives), which are described below. Only special processes like HDRi, photo manipulation, infrared, overlays, darkroom techniques and so on let them fit into our two extra folders "Darkroom" or "Photomanipulation".

Update 2012-10: There's just one thing that has been bugging us for ages so far: The wrong folder submissions. Those are causing us much more work during the voting process. To make the whole thing more efficient and faster, here's a detailed guideline where to submit to and where not.
Sorry folks, really sorry about the recently expired submissions!

I'm sick and I can hardly work on a computer these days.

Please resubmit all your expired works!

Submissions might take really long at the moment. Please, be patient with us!

I hope things will get back to normal soon.

Yours
:iconzouberi:
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Joining & General Rules

Joining

:pointr: We will happily accept anyone who wants to be part of our group, if it's as active members or just simply watchers. Join Requests are automatically accepted.

:pointr: We welcome both professional photographers and amateurs, and we will encourage all of them to be actively sharing their work, we value the soul and spirit of a photograph over it's professionalism.


General Rules

Our group is meant to bring you inspiration and help you to share your inspiration with those around you. We aim to make this a pleasant and somehow magical place filled with art and art appreciators.

Anything that will go against this spirit will be considered breaking the groups rules and will be treated accordingly, with anything from a private warning to removal from the group.

Therefore please:

:pointr: Do not swear, insult other members and their work, admins, affiliates or any other deviants in any way or form or treat them in ways generally considered to be rude or specifically unpleasant - we are here to share art, not hard feelings.

:pointr: Do not steal other artists work, use it against their permission or breach copyright in any other way.

:pointr: Do not in any way refer to or promote any kind of discrimination or lawlessness, if it's in your photographs or in writing.

Submissions

Please remember, this is a PHOTOGRAPHY group. We DO NOT accept digital or traditional art.

If we decline one of your photos and you want to know the reason why or you want to get some feedback, please ask in the submission log!

If we think that another one of our folders would fit better to your submission, you will be told where to submit the image again.

A guide to what we accept into every of our folders can be found here: Folder Classification

Additional information and all the details about our gallery are explained here: Our folder system


:pointr: When submitting photographs please make sure you choose the right folder, otherwise we will have to decline it and ask you to re-submit. Mind that declined photographs are still taking up your submission limit.

:pointr: The submission limit is at the moment set to 1 photograph per week per folder.

:pointr: The Featured folder is not open for submission, it is used as a special way of rewarding contest winners and exposing their best work to the group.

:pointr: We do have some requirements as to the quality of the photograph and we will be judging things like contrast, clarity and exposure in every single case, deciding if it enhances the photograph, or perhaps decreases the visual experience and the clarity of it's message or statement.

:pointr: We are not in favor of too much manipulation or editing apart from small corrections and enhancements, unless of course you are submitting to the Photomanipulation folder.

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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the request :heart:
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Zouberi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018   Photographer
It's a pleasure!
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annewipf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
Thank you for the request :hug:
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Zouberi Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018   Photographer
You are welcome.
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Brightcol Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
Thanks for request!! Handshake :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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Zouberi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018   Photographer
No problem!
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Woman-of-DarkDesires Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much Heart 
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Zouberi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018   Photographer
Most welcome!
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello there! :wave:

I am always looking for new nature photography groups to add to my watch (in the ongoing effort to find daily deviation possibilities :XD:). I stumbled across your group since it was on the deviation page for something I recently DD'd. I went over your submission guidelines and categories and was hoping you can clear some things up that don't quite make sense to me. I just want to make sure that if I am watching a group I know exactly what to expect from them ^^

:bulletpink: "We are not in favor of too much manipulation or editing apart from small corrections and enhancements, unless of course you are submitting to the Photomanipulation folder."
- I can absolutely respect not wanting overly-edited images, though all RAW files and most professional photographers edit their work. But... the photomanipulation part doesn't add up. Am I correct in assuming your group will accept images to that folder that are not photomanipulations? Photomanipulations involve multiple pieces independent of one another before merging O.o

I'm intimately familiar with the workings of APN xD so I have a couple questions about your folder submissions too :nod:

:bulletpink: You have Aquatic Life correctly classified under Animals, but I noticed you do not have Aquatic Life listed under Plants. Is there a reason in particular for the omission? 

:bulletpink: You have APN -> Weather listed under "Nature" and APN-> Sky listed under "Scapes". The category on DA is "Weather and Sky", it's not broken up individually so do you decide for the artist what is and is not weather or sky? :O Even if they know the true intent of their work?

:bulletpink: I noticed Geology is not listed under "Scapes" but many beautiful geology photographs are more landscape than individual subject (like a portion of cave). So would you deny a vast image of a land feature categorized as geology (for example, a volcano) if it was submitted to Scapes?

Thank you for your time! Kudos for such a long-lasting group with a large user-base. That's awesome ^^ :clap:


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Zouberi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018   Photographer
Hi Jen,

we try to focus on photography only, so the manips folder is always a though place. Basically, we accept manipulations there (of course), but in the end, it depends on the piece itself. Sometimes, we have to draw a line between photoshopped (and merged) photos and digital art. We do also accept some mixed media there. Anyway, we try to limit the amount of works submitted to this folder in order to maintain our status as an (oldschool) photography group.

You're right with Aquatic Life, but well, it's the case that there are hardly any submissions to this section anyway. So we've never had to overthink this... so far. (We might use the "Nature" folder for AL shots which don't concentrate on actual animals if this would happen.) Basically, we do not want to create more folders as absolutely necessary, that's why some dA categories are merged or changed in this group's folders. Every folder makes sense, when it's getting submissions on a regular basis and it's not getting full too fast. This also has to do with the limited amount of elements that can be contained in a group folder, an issue that doesn't apply to dA's cats.

That said, weather is divided by us into "weatherscapes" and well, anything else like snowfall and dew might fit into the Nature folder in most cases. Concerning sky photography - most sky photos are skyscapes, so... I guess, you get the idea.

Similar thoughts were made about Geology. It can be a (land-)scape of course (so it fits well into our Scapes folder) or if it's not, it goes to Nature, because that is the most basic folder for anything natural but not specified we have. Oh, and we might look on the dA category a piece is submitted to, but it's not really a base for our decision. It can be helpful, or totally wrong, so we try to think about what suits most and put that into our few folders, which are limited as I mentioned before, because a group can't simply copy dA categories without encountering problems like too many folders, subfolders, long folder names, quickly filled folders etc.

I hope that this will answer all your questions. Thanks for the compliment by the way!

Have a nice week!
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