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Phil Burdick

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  71 .  Windows OS and Specs
I need info on using Photoshop CS5 or CS6 with Windows operating systems 7 or 8. I have used XP for years and now having to upgrade my OS. I wanted to know if photographers experienced any problems using CS5 or CS6 with Windows 8. I thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 because it similar to XP. Also is 4 GB of RAM sufficient or do I need 8 GB of RAM?

2/13/2014 7:24:43 PM

  I went from XP to CS5 and then upgraded to CS6. There are some things I liked better in CS5 but over all CS6 works great. I would highly recommend Windows 7 over 8 for photography and as much Ram as you can afford. If you use CS6 and add more editing programs, the more Ram you have the faster it will work. I use OnOne 8 which needs 8 GB of Ram to work correctly. For the last year the operating system I use is 16GB Ram, 1TB HD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and so far very pleased with it.

3/4/2014 9:49:15 AM

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Irene Colling
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  72 .  Photoshop CS2 and Windows 7-8
If I upgrade my computer to Windows 7 or 8 will I still be able to use Creative Suite CS2?

I'd like to get CS5 or CS6 but I can't quite justify the price ($1300 or more) for how I use the programs. I know I could upgrade for less but I've also heard of users who have problems with upgrades.

Do any of you run CS2 on Windows 7? I have XP right now and all of my software is 2003 or older.

2/9/2014 8:36:32 PM

  I don't see why it wouldn't work. I'm still using Photoshop 7 with Windows 7.
Your filters are another story. Some will be just fine and some will probably need to be updated. I've had some of mine since Windows Millennium and they still work fine.

2/12/2014 3:09:32 AM

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Jill Odice
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  73 .  What Happened to...
What happened to the button for adding the type of camera used when uploading an image for the contest? It seems to have disappeared once again...Also On the menu to the left in our member area it now says under "Galley Images", "Manage My Photos", instead of "Edit My Photos"? I remember they did away with the camera used information once before and personally, I like seeing what camera was used... Just my 2 cents worth...

2/8/2014 2:42:09 AM

  The camera option was gone when I posted yesterday, but I thought it could be just a glitch. Still gone today, though, so figure it's part of the recent changes.

2/9/2014 6:39:31 AM

  I was asked to provide the camera model when I uploaded two pictures yesterday. I use Mozilla, I don't know about Internet Explorer.

2/9/2014 6:16:28 PM

  That is interesting Irene. I also use Mozilla Firefox and the box for choosing what camera was used has been missing for the last 3 images I posted for the contest...

2/10/2014 12:04:55 AM

  I use Chrome, and the option wasn't there for this morning's post.

2/10/2014 6:55:48 AM

  I found if you use the "Upload New Images" button under Gallery Images on the left instead of the Image Uploader under the "Enter our monthly contest can enter what camera you used. It take a few more steps because after you upload you then have to go back and click to enter it into the contest...

2/10/2014 12:13:24 PM

  I hadn't noticed that the popular camera selection option had been taken away again. It's nice to know there's another way to get it back, but I prefer using the basic uploader rather than the java-based one that Jill describes above. I'm not sure why it would be available one way but not the other...

2/11/2014 7:59:50 PM

  I have always uploaded my photos first to the gallery and then decided what to do with them. I didn't even know there was a different way to do it.

But I upload many photos not intended for the contest so for me my system works well.

Martha, how do you get to the basic up-loader? I hadn't posted any new photos for a long time. Then this week when I wanted to post pictures to a club I had to install Java in order to do it. I don't want Java on my computer but thought I had to have it in order to get my pictures onto Better Photo.

2/12/2014 7:45:26 AM

  I found the image up-loader. Can you only up-load one picture at a time? Does the picture go into the contest or can you use this method to up-load pictures not intended for the contest?

2/12/2014 7:50:04 AM

it's only one at a time. You can upload without selecting a category for images not intended for immediate (or eventual) entry the contest. What I do is upload without a category, review, update description, and then submit to the contest.

2/12/2014 7:52:58 AM

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Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  74 .  Can I check at which time I submitted a picture?
Hello all, I am new here. I started uploading photos and entering them into the contest. I am having some trouble with the uploading and picture managing. Sometimes my clicks don't work quite the way I thought they would. Question: Can I check somewhere at which time point I entered a certain picture into the contest? This morning I submitted one and got a warning message that I had already entered one today. But the last one I entered intentionally was yesterday (and I made my best effort to take time zones into account correctly). I would like to be able to trace what happended there... and which pictures count for which day. Is there any way to do this? I see that below the pictures, the upload time is displayed but that does not necessarily correspond to the time it was entered into the contest.

2/7/2014 1:48:20 AM

Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  And what is the right strategy when this happens? Can I delete the picture that apparently cannot be counted for the day, and upload it again on a different day? Thanks in advance for helping me with basic technicalities...

2/7/2014 5:31:59 AM

Ken Smith
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  Welcome to BP, and good luck in the contest.

To see what time you uploaded your photo to BP, click "My Member Center" (which is next to the "Sign out" link). On the left hand side, click "My Photos", then towards the bottom left hand side, click "Your Photos." You should see all the photos you uploaded, in descending order for when you uploaded to BP. Click on the image and the bottom, you'll see the date/time you uploaded to BP. And this time is based on United States Pacific Coast Time.

I've been at BP many years, and I don't know how to find out the time you actually entered the photo into the contest. And as you've noted, the upload time is different than the contest time.

As for your "strategy" question. There's no need to delete the photo (although you could do so and upload again). From the same "Your Photos" link I described in my first paragraph, find the photo you want to enter into the contest, and click the "Enter into Contest" button.

And one final tip. If you enter a photo into the contest but then realize you don't like it, or want to make a change, you can delete it from the site, and enter a brand new one into the contest. You don't have to wait until the next "BP Day" to enter again.

2/7/2014 7:24:09 AM

Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  Hi Ken, thanks a lot for your response, this is very helpful.

2/8/2014 9:03:16 AM

  My experience has been that the dates change as of midnight west coast time.No matter what time I post a photo for the contest during the day, I cannot post another one until after midnight of that day. So if I post one on 02/08/14 at 11:45 PM or 11:45 Am, I cannot post another one to the contest until 12.01 AM of 02/09/14

2/8/2014 12:13:22 PM

  Actually it's not possible to upload a new day's photo at 12.01 AM: it's possible at 12.08 or 12.09 AM.

2/8/2014 2:09:36 PM

  Actually Tiia is right...I usually wait until 12:15 AM :-)

2/10/2014 12:14:52 PM

Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  Thanks a lot Jill and Tiia. Actually I now believe my problem wasn't about upload time. I think I did things in the wrong order (clicking "enter contest", checking checkbox "display", clicking "submit") and somehow the same image was entered twice. But, of course, it is very useful to know what you wrote about the approximate time when upload starts to be counted for each day.

2/10/2014 12:38:15 PM

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Beth W. DeBor
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  75 .  February 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
Please limit your posts to images that have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in February 2014. Other topics can be started in their own thread. Thanks and best of luck!

2/6/2014 6:51:29 PM


2/6/2014 7:28:19 PM


2/6/2014 7:32:25 PM

  It just means that I have joined this thread, Beth, and have no EPs to report yet ;)


2/6/2014 7:46:42 PM

  Tag. Good luck to all!

2/6/2014 8:01:02 PM

Lola M.
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  Blue Beauty
Blue Beauty
2/1 Details and Macro

2/7/2014 6:22:01 AM

Lola M.
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  Softly Setting
Softly Setting
2/3 Nature and Landscapes

2/7/2014 6:23:03 AM

  February 1 - Animals
Lazy Lunch

And no, this image was not rotated. He was eating upside down.

2/7/2014 10:13:00 AM


2/7/2014 10:47:47 AM

  Count me in!

jo ann c.

2/7/2014 11:16:28 AM

  2/1..Animals..Baby Sally
2/3..T/P..Mountain Fork Park In The Rain

2/7/2014 2:26:54 PM

  EP Feb 2, Serenity

jo ann c.

2/7/2014 3:06:54 PM


2/7/2014 3:27:07 PM

Got another:

2-1 Do You See What I See

jo ann c.

2/8/2014 11:50:10 AM

  Feb 2- Hanging by the Stairs! - Catch All


2/8/2014 4:03:15 PM

  Tag, although did not enter until the 6th .

2/8/2014 7:36:17 PM

  I thought they skipped this one. Now it has an EP.
2/2..Landscape..Beautiful Reflections

2/9/2014 2:10:50 AM

  I just got my first one for Feb. (Rose) that I entered on the 3rd. I haven't entered since the 6th.

2/10/2014 5:18:48 PM

Lola M.
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  Pretty in Blue
Pretty in Blue
2/4 Flowers

2/11/2014 9:11:28 AM

  2/4..Macro..Stripper Pole
2/5..T/P..My Neighbor's Shed

2/11/2014 9:17:43 AM

  Looks like you are heading for another great month Carolyn! :-)

2/11/2014 8:36:55 PM


2/12/2014 4:52:54 PM

  And my EPs are heading true South ;)


2/12/2014 8:24:18 PM

  Tag. Only 2 entries so far this month. I want to watch and see how and if they are making changes to the contest (as mentioned by Jim).

2/13/2014 12:43:36 PM


Love your sense of humor. I am joining you down south.



2/13/2014 12:57:32 PM

  Usman and Jane, I've been there for quite some time now although I did have three EPs last month.

2/13/2014 1:09:13 PM

  Checking in... :-)

2/13/2014 4:10:05 PM

  2-1 Do You See What I See
2-2 Serenity
2-13 Snow

Not moving forward very fast! lol

jo ann c.

2/13/2014 4:49:17 PM

  Holy Toledo, Jo Ann. 2-13? I thought they were back at 2-4. I'm off to check my gallery. Maybe I have more than one!

2/13/2014 4:52:57 PM

  Nope. Still just one. And I've entered every day. Are you sure about the 2-13? Or did you mean 2/03?

2/13/2014 4:54:33 PM

  2-13? My blood pressure just went up a few notches.....

2/13/2014 5:49:56 PM

  no EP for me since like january 3rd. I thought for sure my 2/5 vogue would get one. oh well

2/13/2014 6:04:58 PM

Ken Smith
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  Tony, I think they're only up to Feb 3rd, so your 2/5 shot should still be in the running. I think JoAnn had a typo.

2/13/2014 7:45:48 PM

  Ken, I have also noticed some EPs on Feb 5 on the first page when I click on "View ALL new Editor's Picks" on this BP page.

So we know for sure that they at least have started giving EPs on Feb 5.


2/13/2014 7:51:27 PM

Ken Smith
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  Usman, yes, you're correct. I meant Feb 5th, as I got an EP on the 4th and I've noted that Carolyn got one on the 5th. My confusion. :-) Hopefully they'll give out more EPs on the 5th and Tony's "vogue" shot will get one too! And your EPs will then head back to the North!

2/13/2014 8:12:40 PM

  I was so hoping my 2/5 shot of my granddaughter in the sketch mode would get an EP, I think it's one of my best. In face none of the sketch images I did of my grandchildren got an EP...I put them in the digital darkroom category, but no interest in them! :-( Do you think they should have gone in the people category?

2/13/2014 9:14:12 PM

  1/6..MT..A Good Night On The Rocks
1/7..DD..Fantastic Flower Field

2/14/2014 2:22:22 AM

  Heading North. Yippee!!!

2/5 Big Eyes!
2/6. Blue Grotto Boat Ride of Malta

Have a Happy Valentine 's Day!!!!


2/14/2014 2:57:23 AM

  OOPS! I meant 2/6 and 2/7

2/14/2014 3:03:44 AM

  Carolyn, I LOVE your 'Fantastic Flower Field". Frame it and hang it on a wall :)


2/14/2014 3:16:13 AM

  My walls are full, but I need to change out some, so maybe I'll put this one up.

2/14/2014 4:10:06 AM

  Ha! I didn't know I did that, however, first comments I have had was to remind me! I live in the future, not the past! :-)
O.K. here is all I have which isn't much:

2-1 Do You See What I see?
2-2 Serenity
2-3 Snow
2-7 House on the Hill

Have a great day gang!

jo ann c.

2/14/2014 4:32:25 AM

  Spruce and The Bench
Spruce and The Bench
2-6 Spruce and The Bench

2/14/2014 5:18:27 AM

  Improved to 50% with EPs on these two, C-A February 5 and DD February 6.
Chocolate Mocha Torte
The Days Last Kiss

2/14/2014 7:35:24 AM

  Answer to Joannie B.
I think your sketches of your grandchildren are fantastic. I see nothing wrong with trying DD but People would have been my first choice.

2/14/2014 7:39:19 AM

  Just got one for Feb. 5--Lime I'd post a link but I'm not sure how Nikki did it. I can post the entire link but hers is much shorter.

2/14/2014 8:41:19 AM

  Trying out putting in links to my Feb. EPs.

2/14/2014 9:50:28 AM

  Thank you so much Nikki for your input, appreciate it! :-)

2/14/2014 11:38:26 AM

  Anybody know what happened to the POTD today?

2/14/2014 3:11:53 PM

  I got the POTD email and could open and view the photo from the email, but not from the website ...

2/14/2014 3:14:28 PM

  I got it in an email for every time there is a POTD??

jo ann c.

2/14/2014 3:24:20 PM

  Me, too, Jo Ann!

2/14/2014 4:35:11 PM

  Here is the link of yesterday's POTD, Cindy. Interesting as it doesn't show the POTD badge yet!!


PS: And BTW, I think I'll be reaching the South pole pretty soon!!

2/14/2014 6:57:30 PM

  Usman, I'll catch you on the way down...I'm already down here! :-)

2/15/2014 1:30:29 AM

  I got yesterday's POTD today and haven't gotten today's.

2/15/2014 6:23:07 PM

  guess I have fallen out of favor with the judges.. no EP's at all for february.

2/17/2014 4:04:37 PM

  O... so its you Tony, I have been wondering ever since the start of this month who was this guy just ahead of me going to the South pole. So now, at least we can enjoy the journey together to Joannie who has already reached there ;)


2/17/2014 7:21:27 PM


2/17/2014 11:19:14 PM

  Feeling unloved. :( Oh well...maybe I am joining the South Pole crew?

2/18/2014 5:41:19 AM

  Hey, it's starting to get a little crowded down here! ;-D

2/18/2014 5:43:40 AM

  I'll meet you-all there. :)

2/18/2014 5:48:47 AM

  Some one just stepped on my big toe! Spread out everyone! :-)

2/18/2014 6:05:58 AM

  When was the last EP? Was it the 7th? I have 5 so far but have lost track. My favorite may have been skipped.

2/18/2014 11:46:33 AM

Ken Smith
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  Harriet, I believe it's the 7th, and it's possible they haven't finished for the 7th yet. I haven't seen any for the 8th, but that's not to say there aren't any out there. None have been reported on this forum yet.

2/18/2014 12:30:57 PM

  Make room for one more down South...

2/18/2014 1:07:58 PM

  I'll bring the coffee.

2/18/2014 3:49:38 PM

  Patricia, I don't drink coffee, could you bring me a diet dr.pepper? :-)

2/18/2014 4:05:44 PM

  Make room for another one. I'll bring some wine.

2/18/2014 5:06:30 PM

  I so am going to join this party! I make a mean chocolate covered strawberry!!!

2/18/2014 5:44:06 PM

  Tag... :) Stay warm everyone!

2/18/2014 6:28:07 PM

  Ooh I like Beth's wine idea! Not so bad down here now. :)

2/18/2014 7:51:21 PM

  Mmmm. And I like Jane's idea.

2/18/2014 9:00:58 PM

  Wow, didn't realize there are so many folks heading South. At least that makes it feel a lot better. And looks like there's going to be a huge party down there, so looking forward to having lots of fun when we all meet!


2/18/2014 9:57:23 PM

  Nothing since 1/28!

2/19/2014 6:25:15 AM

  I'M at the bottom of the well!

2/21/2014 5:03:03 PM


I don't think they have given EPs for a long time. I think my last one was 2/6.

Did anyone get an EP lately? So, I wouldn't take it personally. Oh my gracious, I saw some of your work. It is amazingly beautiful. You should be proud!


2/21/2014 6:15:06 PM

  If you go to the contest page and click on the "New Editor's Picks" link, the same photos have been there for several days. It looks like the last EPs may have been for 2/7 ...

2/21/2014 7:13:13 PM

  It's discouraging. The way it was going they would have gotten up to about 1/2 thru this month by now before stopping and going back to January, selecting more EP then contest results, then starting on March EP's before again going back to February. Confusing? Yep.

I had slacked off at the end of last year but I picked my participation back up again this month because I had read about some improvements coming. Did I miss anything? lol

2/21/2014 7:18:39 PM

  Hi Susan, glad to see you participating again! Your photography is beautiful!

2/21/2014 7:29:21 PM

  Thank you, Jane! I appreciate your motivating comments- every little bit helps! Maybe if we collectively, check in on each other's galleries and comment on photos, that would make a difference just a thought, when we are not getting motivated with EPs, it would seem. JMT

2/21/2014 8:32:50 PM

  Nancy Marie (or is it just Nancy?), I agree with Jane. Your photography is so expressive. Love your impressionistic ones, especially "All About Trees".

2/22/2014 8:59:19 AM

  Thank you, Peggy I appreciate your comments!!

2/22/2014 10:20:17 AM

  I think they have started back with EPS because I did get one for Feb. 8th

2/22/2014 2:36:33 PM

Lola M.
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2/8 Details and Macro

2/22/2014 2:38:50 PM

  I still have nothing beyond 1/28.

2/22/2014 7:28:43 PM


I am not sure if they did a few and quit. I have been watching and it looked like it ended. I haven't had anything since 2/6. Hang in There!!


2/22/2014 7:40:25 PM

  And the long dry spell continues to persist in February. Not even a single cloud to be seen on the horizon. What a desolated barren sight my BP farmlands have become!! I guess that's it, I am done here, no more entering the contest, its frustrating, demoralizing, demotivating and excruciatingly painful....urghhhhh!!

I am kidding of course, as my love/passion for photography is still burning strong and "EP-or-no-EP" won't douse it, I just wanted to vent a bit, and it feels much better ;)


2/22/2014 10:27:21 PM

  Oh yes, and the below image (link) dedicated to all the South-bound BPers to cheer you all up, I hope so ;)


2/22/2014 11:11:33 PM

Ghost Town Sunset
Bodie Ca. Nikon D40. MT category. 02/08/14

2/22/2014 11:15:11 PM

  Thank you Peggy! Your photography is such an inspiration! I love following and watching what everyone here creates. I don't have near enough time to comment as I would like to :(

That said, UB, I think you have confused discouragement with BP to mean discouragement with photography. That couldn't be farther from reality. I'm involved in more things photography related now than ever and my passion keeps pushing me forward. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. Further, I participate at another contest site that I find challenging, get some good feedback from and do fairly well at.

So no, not getting an EP here doesn't cause despair. Guess I should have been more clear in my comment that I was talking about the crazy confusing way BP operates now as compared to before. I've heard a lot of people mention that many members have left. I kinda doubt it was over an EP or that they quit photography.

2/23/2014 6:00:23 AM

  Also, if anyone is getting so discouraged from lack of EPs here, I wanted to say that of all my sales at my gallery, only *one* has been a medal recipient here. In fact my BIG sale was an image that had gotten an EP here before, but on resubmit here recently, didn't get one at all! lol

2/23/2014 6:06:12 AM

  I am confused....again. Are the finalists out yet? I got an email that said some of my photos are staff favorites and another said to check out the finalists.

2/23/2014 10:34:34 AM

  I just got staff favorites notices this morning-(2)-I did not see Finalists, yet.
I guess there is still hope!

2/23/2014 10:49:20 AM

  No finalists, just SFs.

2/23/2014 10:56:57 AM

  Me either, got too Staff Favorites..

Do they EVER go further??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 11:03:57 AM

  I got an e-mail this morning to find inspiration from the new finalists! They are out!

2/23/2014 12:32:52 PM

  I don't see that they are out yet when I go to the finalist and winners??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 12:48:02 PM

  Not finalists..Just pre-finalists.

2/23/2014 12:50:39 PM

  My bad! Sorry!

2/23/2014 12:58:50 PM

  Soooo...what is a pre finalist??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 1:57:05 PM

  Congratulations to all who received Staff Favorites and best of luck in the following rounds!

Perhaps the earlier announcement is the change BP mentioned? We shall see. Crossing my fingers for ya'll!

2/23/2014 2:31:33 PM

  Jo Ann, a staff favorite comes before finalist.

2/23/2014 2:56:04 PM

  I haven't gotten any emails about EPs or Staff Favorites being announced. Do you only get those emails if your photo is picked?

2/23/2014 3:00:56 PM

  There are no announcements of EPs..You will get an email if you get a staff favorite, finalist or winner.

2/23/2014 3:05:07 PM

  So what email was Joannie talking about?

2/23/2014 3:10:57 PM

  I don't know. I didn't get the memo, or if I did, I forgot to read it. My stupid email system deletes whatever it feels like deleting without waiting for any input from me.

2/23/2014 3:34:27 PM

  Beth, I got an email with the subject line "Peggy Need inspiration? See these beauties ...", and this is the text:

Hi Peggy

Two quick things...

1) Have you seen the Deluxe Website Super Sale this week?

Get TWO YEARS for the price of one... offer ends Wednesday!

Get or RENEW your website today.

Showcase your favorite photos with your own domain name!

2) The January photo contest Staff Finalists have been posted.

Check out these amazing photos for a huge dose of inspiration...

Browse, be inspired, mark a few of your own Favorites... and go have fun making your own amazing images!

Jim Miotke
Founder,, Inc.

Become a Better Photographer Today!

P.S. Here's the link to the contest Staff Favorites... have fun:

2/23/2014 4:07:55 PM

2/9..DD..Added Beauty

2/23/2014 4:58:05 PM

  I think the "pre" was omitted between staff and finalists in the email meant to inspire. Well, I am thankful for the staff favorites I have. We'll see if any go on to the next round.

2/23/2014 6:55:10 PM

  Yes Peggy that is the e-mail I received and I guess I missed the word "staff" finalists!

2/23/2014 8:00:49 PM

  Peggy, I never got that email. How odd.

2/23/2014 8:08:25 PM

  Finally some hope, got one on the Feb 8.

Feb 8 - Touching Sky - Travel & Place


PS: Susan M., maybe it just me but I do feel a bit of discouragement creep in when an image I submit do not get an EP. When I submit an image, it gets selected/scrutinized from a lot of my other images and I then carefully do the post processing work and spend some time hoping it to at least fetch an EP. I understand that sometime the judge may not see what I intend to portray in my work, and its fine with me, nonetheless it does feel a bit discouraging.
And I am all with you when you say that discouragement with not getting an EP from BP to mean discouragement with photography is not true at all.


2/23/2014 8:18:03 PM

  For those who didn't get the email, perhaps it went to a spam folder?

Usman, it really shows that you put a lot of time, thought, and effort into your photos. Your photography is excellent and inspiring.

I think that art is so personal that it's impossible not to be a little disappointed or discouraged sometimes when others don't see what we see. Hopefully it challenges us to work harder ... I know it does for me and for many others. And as Nancy Marie mentioned earlier in the thread, we should remember to encourage each other.

Wishing everyone a good week, happy shooting, and the best of luck in the contest!

2/23/2014 8:36:06 PM

  give good face
give good face
another picture from my study of orangutans
whoo hooo I finally got one

2/25/2014 7:18:06 PM

  My 2 Staff Favorites got Finalist, they are the first two pictures on my gallery..

"Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!"

"Mabry Mills - Infrared"

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 4:20:17 AM

another picture of in my orangutan series
wow I am on fire now LOL. I got 2 EP for the month

2/26/2014 5:28:22 AM

  Congratulations, Jo Ann, on your Finalists. Good luck on the next round.

2/26/2014 7:40:53 AM

  Do you have to get staff favorites to get finalist? Not sure how this works.

2/26/2014 8:54:28 AM

  Yes, Patricia. The selection marker sequence is EP - SF - F - W
If you don't get an Editor's Pick, your image will not be considered for any higher round.

2/26/2014 8:58:14 AM

  Thanks Nikki--that means I am out for the month. It must be new because I have had finalist in the past that never got a staff favorite.

2/26/2014 9:02:58 AM

  I got to Staff Favorites last month but didn't get then changed to Finalist, so guess you don't...they did turn into Finalist this month though...

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:49:07 AM

  Yes, Patricia, revealing the pre-finalist level and marking those images with a "Staff Favorite" badge is relatively new. I checked back and I think July 2013 was the first month they did that.

2/26/2014 11:02:35 AM

  Has anyone started the March thread?

2/27/2014 7:52:19 PM

  This is a new one for February that I saw this morning. Not sure exactly when it came in, but I've been checking fairly regularly.

February 9: Catch-All
Chevrolet of the Mountains

2/28/2014 8:07:24 AM

  I'll start it. I guess I'll renew my gallery even though I'm extremely discouraged by BP at the moment.

2/28/2014 8:53:23 AM

  I do like that the Staff Favorite is being used. It gives recognition to more good photos rather than just the Finalist and Winner rounds. I guess the judges go through the photos selecting the ones they like (favorites) then move on to narrowing down the field. I think it is a good thing. More people are being rewarded for their work.

2/28/2014 10:36:34 AM

  I agree Harriet...I like they got through with January favorites early too..I love to look at all of them. Glad they haven't put the winners out til next month..I usually start looking at the finalist and like to comment on the great ones and if the winners come out at the same time nearly, I don't get to look at all the finalist usually..

Have a great weekend y'all!

jo ann c.

2/28/2014 12:26:43 PM

  Just wondering if anyone has gotten an EP since 2/9. Congrats to all of the finalist and winners!!


3/1/2014 1:59:15 PM

  Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!
Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!
The last one I got was

3/1/2014 3:35:03 PM

The last one I got was the 7th!

I did get a 2nd Place, Turn Out the Lights, The Party is Over! Yipee!

jo ann c.

3/1/2014 3:41:55 PM

  Jo Ann,



3/1/2014 3:48:09 PM

  Thanks Jane, I really appreciate that!

Hey, this is the first time I posted the picture because I just didn't but now that I did, I screwed that up! lol

jo ann c.

3/1/2014 4:27:55 PM

  Jo Ann,

You're funny!!! Love a sense of humor with all of these blizzards.


3/1/2014 4:56:06 PM

  Yahoo! I got an EP on "Frozen Beauty" dated 2/9/14.


3/2/2014 12:55:44 PM

  I haven't gotten an EP since 1/28, and that is one of the reasons I'm looking elsewhere.

3/2/2014 1:16:04 PM


I just check your gallery again. Oh my gosh!! Your photos are amazing!! Do not be discouraged. You have raw talent and a good eye. Hang in there!


3/2/2014 1:20:01 PM

2/11..Macro.. Bubbly Beauty

3/2/2014 1:34:32 PM

  I believe the EP's are done alphabeticallly because if I get one it is before Caroyn gets one! With her 2/11 EP I checked my 2/11 image John, George, Paul and Ringo and there was no EP, but we were told that having a picture faved helps with the achievement of an EP...Caroyn's 2/11 received 3 favs (congrats Caroyn), where my 2/11 received 4 much for anything going the way we were told at this site!

Jane I've been here for 10 years and I think it's commendable for you to encourage Nancy and her great work but she knows and I know it ain't going to happen! Things are NOT the same nor will they ever be the same here again!

I do hope some of you can read this message before it is deleted!

3/2/2014 2:39:53 PM

  Welp, I wasn't gonna say a thing because after all is said and done, it gets pretty tiresome complaining about a situation when you really don't have knowledge or info about that situation. Sorry but BP members don't know the why or who about anything.

I've been more than fine about an increased bar for getting an EP. I love a challenge! But unfortunately I no longer believe that is the case . There is no standard to meet when one image gets an EP and another equally good if not better does not. My feelings on this were decided the other day while looking through newly awarded EPs when I came upon a newborn pic where, not only was almost half the childs face in shadow due to poor light but said shadow was purple. Um, sorry, but that's not a "subjective" call. And it had an EP.

At another site I know an image does well because it has merit. Here its more like if it gets lucky. We all have known that b/c of resubmits that would win one time and another not. It seems even more obvious now but maybe its just me seeing that.

3/2/2014 5:08:27 PM

  Joannie, I read your message and I hope you don't jump ship along with others in this group now that I found it. I decided today that I was going to renew my gallery for one more year mostly because I like the people I've "met" here. As long as we can vent to each other be it here or in email so as not to get censored it helps. I wish I knew the other site Susan referred to earlier. You can email me if you want. They're only up to Feb. 11. If they can't keep up with the judging, maybe they should re-think the system (whatever it is).

3/2/2014 9:55:40 PM

  2/12..Landscape..Fast Moving Water
2/13..Catch All..Fall Fishing Trip

3/3/2014 5:33:59 AM

  2/14..Macro..Starry Drops With Reflections
2/15..Catch All..Reflections Of Autumn
2/16..Animals..Heading For Home

3/3/2014 8:57:38 AM

Lola M.
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2/17 Animals

3/3/2014 9:34:10 AM

  2/17..Landscape..Autumn Rush
2/18..Macro.. Dew Drop In

3/3/2014 9:47:08 AM

2/18 Fading Winter Moon

Thanks Nikki for letting me know. I had begun to not care so much.

3/3/2014 12:38:36 PM

  study of chimps
study of chimps
taken at chimphaven near shreveport louisiana
whoo hoo.. ended up with 3 for february

3/3/2014 2:05:09 PM

  They skipped almost a whole month of photos from me, 1/28 to 2/18! I am still NOT happy!

3/3/2014 2:15:10 PM

  After a dry spell, it seems to pick up a bit for me, got 7 EPs out of the 17 or 18 judged so far.

Feb 3 - Hanging by the Stairs! - CA
Feb 8 - Touching Sky - Travel & Place
Feb 11 - Missing Summer - Flowers
Feb 12 - ONCE - Travel & Place
Feb 14 - Tulip Time - Flowers
Feb 16 - GOLDEN - Digital Darkroom
Feb 17 - Pringles - Details & Macro


3/3/2014 7:51:19 PM

  2/19..People..Fall Is For Lovers

3/4/2014 3:25:30 PM

Lola M.
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  Columbine Beauty
Columbine Beauty
2/19 Flowers

3/4/2014 3:52:15 PM

  2/15-Reaching Out

3/4/2014 7:10:44 PM

  Yahoo, got another one. Wow it now feels a big achievement every-time I see an EP badge pop-up!!

Feb 19 - Yellow - Digital Darkroom.


3/4/2014 8:38:31 PM


3/4/2014 11:09:22 PM

Got EP'S for

3/5/2014 6:00:25 AM

Lola M.
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  Beautiful Landing
Beautiful Landing
2/20 Details and Macro

3/5/2014 7:39:09 AM

Lola M.
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Hummingbird Portrait
Hummingbird Portrait
2/21 Animals

3/5/2014 11:29:07 AM

  SKIPPED 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23
2/24..Macro..Delightful Dewdrops

3/5/2014 2:23:29 PM

2/26..Catch All..Wild Water Abstract

3/5/2014 3:11:37 PM

  I've finished up Feb. with 18 photos and one EP!

3/5/2014 4:34:49 PM

  2/27..Macro..No Escape

3/5/2014 5:24:15 PM

  Four out of ten for me.
The four are:

2/14 Flowers Intimacy

2/15 Catch-All Around Back

2/22 Digital Darkroom Low Tech

2/27 Animals Intention

This is amazingly early to have EPs done (if they are indeed done).

3/5/2014 7:10:07 PM

  Well, it seems they are done for the month. I got two more EPs,

Feb 23 - Color me Spring - Flowers
Feb 28 - Lava Flower - MT

If they don't revisit some of the left overs ones, that makes it a total of 10 out of the 25 images which I submitted in Feb, giving a 40% success rate. Well it looks like the bar for EPs has again been raised a fair bit, so I am happy to have got 10 which are in the running!!!


3/5/2014 7:38:19 PM

  I got 15/27 for 55% which is looking really good from what I've been reading here and elsewhere. I do have several I would like to point someone back to, though LOL As Peggy indicated, someone may well go back through the skipped entries with an eye to making sure no gems were skipped, so don't delete until the Staff Favorites come out later this month.

3/5/2014 7:49:18 PM

  2/22-A Favorite Place

3/5/2014 8:55:14 PM

  Are they through? I do have several but (in my opinion) a couple of good ones were skipped. Oh well.... the pace has certainly sped up so that's good but I hope it is a thorough process.

3/5/2014 9:17:52 PM

  12 of 26 images skipped. So outrageous its comical. That's what I get for renewing my gallery in February? Thanks BP.

3/5/2014 10:56:43 PM

  I entered 6 photos and got 3 ep's, so a 50% for the month. Haven't entered any yet this month.

3/6/2014 12:49:30 AM

  Maybe they will go back through. They did that last month.

3/6/2014 2:33:49 AM

  I entered seven and only got three. I'm not holding my breath for any others. I haven't entered any for March yet either. I'm in the process of switching cameras.

3/6/2014 6:55:05 AM

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  I got one in February, just in time!

3/6/2014 3:32:45 PM

  Hey,they do go back sometimes!

3/7/2014 5:08:25 PM

  I got another one so 4 out of 6 for me. Has anyone started a March thread yet?

3/7/2014 6:16:58 PM

  Got another one, so now it is 11 out of 25 ;)


3/7/2014 9:40:15 PM

whoooo hooooo !!!!!!!!! my vogue finally got a EP

3/9/2014 9:59:03 AM

  Chilly Curves
Chilly Curves
Chilly Curves

That makes 2 out of 10... I am feeling a little better since I just realized that I only submitted 10 for Feb. :)

3/9/2014 5:49:00 PM

  i ended up with 5 out of 7 for 71%... so I guess I cant complain.. now if I could get one to move on to the second round LOL

3/10/2014 1:00:18 PM

  I just picked up two EP's on February entries. I had given up on them but it looks like they r making another run through after all. I entered three and got three EP's. Woohoo!!!!!!

3/18/2014 1:39:13 AM

  Thank you Dayna for pointing out the new run of EPs, and like you I also now see two new EPs for my February contest submissions, making a total of 13 out 25 @ a healthy 50% success rate, I think.


3/18/2014 2:11:38 AM

  I picked up 2 more..
2/21..Catch All..Child's Play

3/18/2014 2:24:33 AM

This is for March

Natures Painting of the Day..

joann c.

3/18/2014 5:05:32 AM

  Spring Bouquet
Monthly Theme


I believe this gives me a 25% for the month!

3/18/2014 10:03:02 AM

Staff Favorite

3/27/2014 3:42:06 PM

  My apologies ahead of time for offering these in a single batch, but sincere Congratulations to all of you who have received Finalist Badges (or in some cases many Finalists.) Good Luck in the next round.

3/28/2014 5:04:53 PM

  No staff favorites or finalists for me in Feb. I didn't enter any for March. Maybe I'll get one in before the 31st.

3/28/2014 9:35:15 PM

  One finalist for February, and I consider myself lucky for that one.

3/29/2014 6:06:52 AM

  Zilch for me for February, although I did end up with a fair number of EPs, which I'm happy with. This month I've got only 2 EPs out of 29 entries, though, so it's not looking good.

3/29/2014 4:31:51 PM

  Here is the link for the Feb. Finalists. Best of luck everybody !

3/29/2014 6:32:51 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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member since: 3/21/2010
  Winners are out. Congratulations Carolyn F. and Ken for wining first place. I probably missed some. But congratulations to all winners. Wonderful images.

3/30/2014 5:48:12 AM

  A bridesmaid yet again for me. I haven 't won since a 1st in 2011. I know my photography has gotten much better, but I quit taking classes, so I've figured it out....

Congratulations to all who made it to the winners circle this month!!!

3/30/2014 7:02:33 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I received a 2nd also Nancy. Not sure what you are referring to when you "but I quit taking classes, so I've figured it out...." You you say they have preference to those that take classes or that to up your skills you need to take a class?

3/30/2014 7:18:33 AM

  Jackie, I have had nothing above a finalist since the 1st I took in 2011. I have taken 3 classes on BP since then, but found inspiration and skills just shooting everyday and learning from other photographers, and classes on other sites.BP makes more $$$ if you take classes, in addition to renewing galleries. I do not know what new improvements they are coming up with. You do need to take classes IF you think your photography needs to be better. I know many professionals and and really great non/professionals, that take classes all the time, on this site and elsewhere. After you take a class, you should go out and use the information you learned to make better compositions, read and re-read your camera's manual, look at great photographer's work everywhere. I follow a couple of former BP photographers, both professionals, who have had great success, and one of them has been shown Worldwide, and who's photographs hang in the Smithsonian. Send me an email and I will tell you more.

3/30/2014 8:50:19 AM

  I don't think Nancy Marie was trying to say this, but I really strongly believe that BP does not show and never has shown preference to members who take classes there when it comes to their contest.

3/30/2014 9:20:46 AM

  I agree with Nikki. I've never taken a class, here or anywhere else, but I have learned a ton of stuff on this site due to the willingness of members to share with those of us who can't afford classes. Thanks to all of you who help others.

3/30/2014 9:32:39 AM

  I agree with Nikki and Carolyn. I have never taken a class and had SF/finalist and winners. I feel classes has nothing to do with their decision on picking the finalist/winners. I have also learned so much from the other members, their photography and the BP articles and tips they put out on BP. I do own and have read everyone of their books they have published and they are filled with helpful tips and info. too.

3/30/2014 10:23:16 AM

  I can say without a shadow of a doubt that taking classes has nothing to do with winning the contests or I would have numerous gold instead of the three Finalists over five years. Judging is so subjective there's no way to figure it out. At this point, positive encouragement and comments and constructive criticism means more to me.

3/30/2014 12:08:16 PM

  I don't think classes have anything to do with the winners. All the winners I have seen are well deserved. My best shot(the one with the most praise and a gold winner) was taken in my back yard while testing a new lens. I didn't think it worthy of entering but I did not have a flower photo for the month. The trick is to figure out what the judges like but that is impossible. Keep clicking and don't give up.

3/30/2014 2:04:10 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Nancy it just kind of worried me that you were thinking if the same image was entered by a member that takes classes and one that doesn't that the one would have a better chance. I'm glad you weren't thinking that.

I definitely don't think taking classes here helps or hinders your image chances of winning. I know they are great for learning and wish I could take some of them but they are priced to high for me.

3/30/2014 5:14:08 PM

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  I just started back on 3/29 and I have eps for 29,30,31.
I see the reasons I left for are still here! I also see the sight is experiencing bandwidth problems that keep the photos from populating the page for several minutes.

4/5/2014 3:12:56 PM

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MaryAnne Benusis
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  76 .  Judges
Now I know who the teachers are.

Who are the judges?

thank you for your time.

2/1/2014 11:51:29 AM

  This is a big secret hidden from members... I have no idea.

2/1/2014 1:18:16 PM

  Ghis is what BP has to say on the Judges:

"The contest is, of course, a huge undertaking for BP - for judges as well as for BP's technical and support staff! Thus, with thousands images submitted each day and month, we long ago decided not to go into great detail on the inner-workings of the judging process.

Here are three contest pages with more contest information:"


2/1/2014 6:49:55 PM

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Dayna Cain
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  77 .  I need your opinion
I am thinking about buying a new camera and found the best deal on the model I want at Cameta Camera in New York. I have never ordered from them and I was wondering if any of you have and if they are a good company to do business with. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

1/30/2014 11:58:00 AM

  Did you try to Google them? You might find something that way about bad experiences others have had.

1/30/2014 1:06:38 PM

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  I took Carolyn's advice and found this link that had reviews on Cameta:

I have no idea how reputable the "" site is, but the folks that reviewed Cameta had nice things to say about Cameta.

1/30/2014 2:15:57 PM

  Hi Dayna,

I have never dealt with Cameta Camera, but the advice you've gotten from Carolyn and Ken is very sound.

I have, however, purchased camera gear from B&H in New York (, and they've always given great service and good prices. They've been around for a very long time. I might check them out as well as Cameta.

1/30/2014 2:41:17 PM

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  Like Lynne, I've never dealt with Cameta and it sounds like good advice given to check them out first before you buy....but like Lynne also, I can't tell you how many cameras and accessories I've purchased over the years from B&H and in every case I've found them to be honest, honorable and highly concerned with customer satisfaction. Good people to deal with!

1/30/2014 3:23:58 PM

  B&H is really great, I agree. I have heard that when you deal with some of the other companies, to find out ahead of time if everything is included and what the shipping costs are. I have heard that some don't include stuff like a battery/charger and stuff like that. Can't confirm it first hand, but have read that online.

1/30/2014 4:08:38 PM

  I'm glad other people have had good dealings with B&H over the years. They do have a good, long-standing reputation!

1/30/2014 4:11:18 PM

  I have used b&h a lot as well as Adorama. I bought a refurbished camera from Cameta and had a positive experience.

1/30/2014 11:18:07 PM

  Thanks for all of your input. I too have bought from B&H Photo as well as Adorama and both are great. I did some research and can't really find anything negative about Cameta other than some complaints about a shipment being a day late but I did find negative things about B&H Photo (that just proves that you can't please everybody). All three places have the model of camera and lens I want but Cameta offers the extras like an extra battery, remote, cleaning kit, free shipping, etc all for the same price as B&H and Adorama. Their return policy is pretty much the same as the other two company's. I may just have to give them a try. Thanks to all of you for your help.

1/31/2014 2:45:47 AM

  Always a good idea to check Better Business Bureau ratings as well - Cameta has an A+ rating (New York) so combined with the other research you did I wouldn't hesitate to try it.

1/31/2014 7:20:11 AM

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MaryAnne Benusis
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  78 .  Basic Gallery
How do I make my photos only visible to people on the BP website? Right now all my photos are visible to the public.

thank you for your time.

1/28/2014 2:30:18 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I think your question has been answered in the other comment you posted. There isn't a way to do what you're asking. All Basic Galleries at BP are fully visible to anyone who locates your gallery images.
Some of BP's higher membership options come with the ability to create password-protected albums in your gallery... the images in those albums would only be visible by people who had the correct password from you.

1/29/2014 1:46:06 PM

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Christi D. Northam
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  79 .  Edit a photo?
I uploaded a photo for the contest in portrait view but when I view it, it is landscape. How can I turn it?

1/25/2014 8:28:19 AM

  Are you submitting the image to BetterPhoto website through a browser direct from your mobile phone? This might have caused the change in orientation. If so, then try uploading the image from your pc/mac/laptop.

Or, just send email to

Hope this helps.


1/25/2014 10:36:11 PM

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Marc A. Griffin

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  80 .  Submitting Photos for Class
I am not certain that the photos I uploaded today for a class assignment are in the proper place for my instructor to find. They are in my BetterPhoto gallery but I am not sure if this is correct.

1/22/2014 12:03:29 PM

  Hi Marc,
Thanks for the note. Actually, if you uploaded in your Member Center, that's not the correct place ... they must be uploaded directly into class -- Campus Square. And it's easy :) ... here's how:

Sign in at the upper right of BetterPhoto's home page.

That puts you in your Member Center.

Next, click on the My Courses link near the top of the far-left column. Then, when the next page displays, click on the course title link under the "Your Campus Squares" header. You'll then be in Campus Square!

Then, click on the Photos tab and when that page displays, click on the Upload New Photos link. Along with other uploading options (JPEGs are best), you'll be able to choose the particular assignment for uploading.

To make sure your photos were uploaded properly, just go into the Light Box (Photos area of Campus Square - far left column) ... that's where all submitted assignment photos are.

Have fun!


1/22/2014 3:46:56 PM

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