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Nevia Cashwell
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member since: 12/9/2004
  91 .  Entering Contest from Deluxe Website
Is there a way to enter a photo into contests from within your Deluxe website?

1/8/2014 7:43:50 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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member since: 10/3/2005
  You can enter the contest from your Member Center (for images that are already loaded to your Member Center, whether or not they are actively displayed in your gallery/website), or, you can enter the contest directly during the image-upload process.
But there isn't a way to enter the contest, while viewing your gallery/website of images.

1/8/2014 12:08:44 PM

  thanks, Christopher

1/8/2014 12:39:07 PM

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Sharon  Day
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  92 .  Contest rules question
I haven't entered many photos since becoming aware of the rule to only ever enter any photo but one time. Do I misunderstand this rule or does that literally mean we can never enter a particular photo more than once? My problem is I have a huge archive of images, many have been entered and many have not. I have no way of knowing whether a particular image has been entered in the past and my old mind doesn't remember for me. Thanks for any clarification.

1/5/2014 2:21:14 PM

  If you upload it as a new image, then the submission system will not protest. You cannot re-enter the image you already entered this month but if you upload a different version (e.g. with effects) then you can.

1/6/2014 12:42:06 AM

Ken Smith
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  Sharon, BP doesn't enforce this rule. I don't believe it's posted anywhere, for reference, that you can't resubmit. Jim Miotke did mention it earlier this year but their process still allows resubmits. I've seen many EPs and finalists resubmitted month after month, that continue to win. You can check this month's contest entries; just go to the back pages and you'll see what I mean.

My recommendation; do as Tia suggests. Just enter it again from scratch. With over one million uploads, I doubt the EP-picker will remember. :-)

1/6/2014 3:49:23 AM

  Thanks, Tiia & Ken! I've kind of missed entering but can't recall for sure what I've entered.

1/6/2014 6:05:22 AM

  Same issue here, Sharon - too many to remember, and I'm not about to wade through 850-plus photos every time I upload something. If I'm unsure, I just look at my entries for the previous month and if the one I'm uploading isn't in there, up it goes.

1/6/2014 6:15:27 AM

  Thanks, Monnie!

1/6/2014 6:22:05 AM

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Larry L. Holmes
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  93 .  Self pace courses
Do you get credits for any self pace courses?

1/1/2014 5:16:26 PM

  Hi Larry,
No, sorry. Only the interactive online courses qualify for credits toward certification.

Thanks for asking!


1/3/2014 2:42:40 PM

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Jane E. Miller
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  94 .  Unable to upload.
Is anyone having problems uploading a photo into the contest? I tried several photos and made sure that they were within the correct amount of pixels and MB.



1/1/2014 3:46:42 PM

  Yes - seems there are issues today.

1/1/2014 4:32:36 PM


Thanks! I thought I was loosing it and so early in the year!

Happy New Year!!


1/1/2014 4:42:18 PM

  Me too. I just tried, and can't upload.

1/1/2014 6:50:34 PM

  It is so comforting to know I am not going crazy. Have a Happy New Year!!



1/1/2014 6:54:54 PM

  Happy New Year to you as well, Jane!

1/1/2014 7:09:23 PM

  I spent 3 hours trying to find out what was wrong with my computer' server-Firefox, because BP told me that it was my servers fault not theirs. I think BP took the day off and someone hit the switch! My server is fine- BP's is dead!

1/1/2014 7:26:10 PM

  I didn't think about that, Nancy Marie. I use Firefox too, but I just tried to upload with Internet Explorer, and it didn't work either ...

1/1/2014 7:50:59 PM

  Must be a January 1st problem...I have tried with IE and Firefox. Nothing works. WEll, Happy New Year anyway :-)I am sure they will get it fixed when they come back to work...

1/1/2014 8:09:31 PM

  It seems to work now (I saw some photos uploaded on 1st).

1/1/2014 11:17:02 PM

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Nevia Cashwell
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  95 .  Server Problems Today?
anyone else having problems uploading images today? I have been receiving server error messages since early this morning.

1/1/2014 9:43:07 AM

  The most recent image uploaded to the contest is dated 12/31/2013, so it seems we're all having the same problem.

1/1/2014 10:14:49 AM

  thanks, Martha. at least I now know it's not just on my end. Happy New Year!

1/1/2014 10:19:31 AM

  I haven't been able to upload anything, either. I was wondering if there had been any changes with the uploading process starting this new year.

1/1/2014 11:02:03 AM

  It is possible to enter a previously uploaded image (also those that have been in the contest some time ago).

1/1/2014 1:54:16 PM

  Good point, Tiia! Let's all enter a previously uploaded favorite since I doubt anyone will be in the office to fix this before tomorrow.

1/1/2014 2:01:16 PM

  Might just do that. No luck on my end, either.

1/1/2014 2:53:41 PM

  Now the system seems to be working.

1/1/2014 11:17:59 PM

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Usman Bajwa
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Just wanted to thank BP for making this virtual platform available to so many of us to showcase our passion. Through this medium I have been able to learn a lot about photography and also have made friendships along the way.

All the best to Team BP and fellow BPers in the NEW YEAR and also for many more years to come.


12/31/2013 12:20:27 AM

Dr Silly
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  I have. To agree with Usman. Hope 2014 gets better for everyone here at BP.

Doc :O)

12/31/2013 1:47:02 AM

  Thanks to BP for fueling my passion! Even with the ups and downs, BP is the best photo site with the very best contest!

12/31/2013 5:08:57 AM

  I also agree. the contest is totally what keeps me going! thanks!

12/31/2013 6:18:19 AM

Ken Smith
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  Thanks Usman for starting this thread. I credit BP for my love for photography, and continued desire to travel to beautiful locales. If not for BP, I would not be into photography. And BP has remained viable in a fast-paced and ever changing Internet/technology environment, I think for 19 years now. So for all the folks that make BP what it is today…THANKS!! And Happy New Year!

12/31/2013 6:35:28 AM

  Happy New Year to BP and all of you who share & support each other with our passion for photography.

1/3/2014 9:14:53 AM

  Happy New Year! Thanks for posting this, Usman, and thanks to everyone else for jumping in here. Best wishes for an outstanding 2014!

1/3/2014 2:40:34 PM

Jim Miotke
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  Happy New Year my friends
Happy New Year my friends
Thank you Usman, Carton, Kerry (!!!), Ken, Naomi, Doc, and everyone!

And yes, let's together make 2014 even better!

Even more inspiring...

Even more encouraging...

Even more creative!

BetterPhoto 2.0 here we come :)

Happy New Year from my family to you and yours!

1/7/2014 9:26:34 AM

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Ellen D. Hall

member since: 11/29/2010
  97 .  Need to buy a camera (soon).
Until last week I owned a Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 - it has been lost or stolen and I must have a camera. I loved the image quality of my camera - I want something of equal image quality but faster (I like to shoot pets, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc). I also would like to be able to shoot closer in macro. I have tried looking at online reviews but I don't understand the categories. My Sony had a 12x zoom. It was larger than pocket-sized, which was fine with me. Don't need a smaller camera. Would like to stay in $400-$600 range. Any suggestions?

12/29/2013 12:42:42 PM

  Look at the Canon point and shoots. They have some nice ones. A friend of mine has a Power Shot SX50HS and he gets marvelous shots with it. It has about a 30-50X zoom, too. It was just on sale for $329. Might be just the thing for you. A tip about shooting closeups with this sort of a camera is DON'T use your zoom, put the camera right up on what you want to shoot. I hope this helps some.

12/29/2013 1:01:23 PM

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Lisa C. Lloyd

member since: 12/7/2005
  98 .  Beginner DSLR for sports photog.
Please advise as to what a good beginner level camera for sports would be. I have a friend who is interested in getting good pics of her kids at sporting events but doesn't want a pro camera that is as complicated as mine. Have looked at the reviews, but would like to hear from this gang before advising her. Thanks!

12/25/2013 8:18:39 PM

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Ernesto D. Rivera Richardson

member since: 3/20/2013
  99 .  Log-in to
Good day to all of you, could some please let me know how can I access to my course in the lightingandexposureexposure please, I cannot log-in. Thanks in advance. ERR

12/21/2013 8:22:08 AM

  Hi Ernesto,
Thanks for the note, but sorry for the inconvenience. As mentioned before, there's a temporary glitch in the system, and the Understanding Lighting and Exposure website is offline. The tech crew has been notified, so we hope everything is back up and running very soon.

Thanks again, Ernesto ... our apologies.

Happy holidays!

12/23/2013 2:13:02 PM

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Nicholas Semo
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  100 .  Photos look soft after uploading.
Does anyone else think their photos look soft and lose detail after uploading to BP. When I look at my originals and then the same image I've uploaded to BP there is a big difference. Am I doing something wrong?

12/21/2013 7:00:10 AM

  What size images are you uploading at BP, Nicholas? I make it a point to upload 800 ppi on the wider side and sharpening is my last step in post processing before saving it as a Tif file. This way the images look the same on my hard drive as on BP site. Hope this helps.


12/22/2013 3:58:18 AM

Ken Smith
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  To add onto Usman's comment…several years ago BP made a statement in the forum about the 800 pixel restriction. I think their upload instructions still mention 1600 pixels, but their process will reduce it to 800 pixels on the long side, for display. Rather than letting the BP process downsize the image, they recommended BP members resize to 800 pixels and sharpen…as Usman has said. I tried to search thru the forum for this thread on the resizing, but couldn't find it.

In the same BP forum thread, BP had also suggested uploading as TIF, because they would appear slightly better than JPG. But over the years, I don't think this is as applicable, although I still upload as TIF.

You can do some easy experiments. Upload an image at 2500 pixels, then another at 1600 pixels, and finally at 800 pixels (and be sure to sharpen the 800 version). Do one as JPG and another as TIF, then open them up in browser tabs and compare side-by-side.

12/22/2013 6:15:12 AM

Jessica Davis

member since: 3/18/2014
  I was having this problem too. I definitely will try that.

4/15/2014 10:03:48 PM

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