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annk
Feb 13, 2006, 11:35 AM
I read a few recent posts about assignments. It looked like a fun idea, I'd like to join in. Did it ever get off the ground, is it hiding in its own thread somewhere?



Applespider
Feb 13, 2006, 11:45 AM
The first one happened and then we all got a little sidetracked by Christmas/holidays and it all fell by the wayside.

I think we even tried coming up with some ideas (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=175576) for assignment 2 but that went bye bye too!

Here are some of the ideas from that thread..
Away from Home
Cold (you choose whether it's subject, tone or colour of the image)
Contrast
New Beginnings
Darkness

Let's see what we come up with in the next few days and I'll volunteer to create a poll towards the end of the week so we can get an assignment set.

Clix Pix
Feb 13, 2006, 12:50 PM
That would be fun to get the assignments project up and running again! Now that the holidays are over people might have more time to shoot and to put energy and thought into this sort of thing.

whocares
Feb 13, 2006, 01:31 PM
I'm all for starting them up again too! I've been busy working and a little nudge to get me out shooting would be good. :)

Seems like we have a nice little list for a poll, so I suggest Applespider goes ahead and sets it up.

Abstract
Feb 13, 2006, 02:20 PM
Forget a poll. There are definitely more than 5 months in the year, and we will go through all 5 of those eventually. Doesn't matter which we start with, lets just go through them from the top. :)

And even though I didn't read the final rules, I'm assuming they're something like before? Is there a winner this time? I think having a winner would be better.

Applespider
Feb 13, 2006, 02:25 PM
I think the consensus last year was 'no winner' since it wasn't a competition but a way for us to improve our photography skills and see what people's artistic eyes saw that we might have missed. The idea was that then anyone would put forward a picture rather than amateurs being overwhelmed and not bothering. I suspect that if there's a clear stunning shot, it will be acknowledged as such.

I think I'd like to see them all in a single thread rather than spread out this time - might be easier to keep track of and encourage more comments? I think the argument against this last time was that it might get confusing to know which picture was being commented on.

annk
Feb 13, 2006, 02:29 PM
Definitely better in one thread, easier to browse through and enjoy. We can just make sure we're clear when we comment.

kiwi-in-uk
Feb 13, 2006, 03:20 PM
So what's the plan?
I support Abstract's approach - just take the list from the top.

annk
Feb 13, 2006, 03:24 PM
If we start with the first 5 (or more if people have ideas) and a time frame (one a month? one every 14 days?), and Applespider can start it out in its own thread with an order and deadlines (since she so kindly offered :) ), then we're in business :cool:

Applespider
Feb 13, 2006, 03:29 PM
I think every two weeks is a little ambitious - since you have to take the picture in that time - and we'll get more ideas constantly - some of these might be past it since they were thought of in early Jan. A poll (quick one) is probably worthwhile since I'm not sure "Away from home" hasn't been done to death in the 'Landmarks' thread recently.

Let's leave it tonight in case anyone else chimes in overnight. Tomorrow I'll set a poll up - with these 5 options unless anyone chimes in with any more.
Choose by the end of this week and then pictures in by end of the month.

Then we'll start the next one off. I'm happy, for the moment, to keep on top of it - and declare new ideas/polls every month.

Think we're all agreed though that a single thread is best.

annk
Feb 14, 2006, 04:11 AM
We could add an option - motion.

Clix Pix
Feb 14, 2006, 01:18 PM
Yes, definitely let's keep it all in one thread. We could do something similar to what was done in ChipNoVaMac's Travel thread; that seems to work pretty well.

neut
Feb 14, 2006, 01:52 PM
I've got a camera now (sony 828) ... count me in. When do we start? :D


peace | neut

Applespider
Feb 14, 2006, 05:39 PM
Poll set up here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=180288) - vote by Friday and we'll get started ;)

neut
Feb 14, 2006, 05:44 PM
Poll set up here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=180288) - vote by Friday and we'll get started ;)

Voted ... :)


peace | neut

whocares
Feb 14, 2006, 05:48 PM
Voted ... :)


peace | neut

Ditto. It's now 50-50. ;)

neut
Feb 14, 2006, 05:56 PM
*Don't vote for Cold when it's cold ... too easy. :rolleyes:

:p


peace | neut

whocares
Feb 14, 2006, 06:01 PM
*Don't vote for Cold when it's cold ... too easy. :rolleyes:

:p


peace | neut

Hey! I could be in the southern hemisphere. ;)

And new beginnings in the New Year... cliché. :rolleyes:

:p

annk
Feb 15, 2006, 03:14 AM
Ok, I've voted.

Thanks for setting it up, Applespider.

http://images.google.no/images?q=tbn:wTyeZfgSzARoTM:www.simplifiedsigns.org/eyepatch.jpg

Abstract
Feb 17, 2006, 08:14 AM
We only get 10 days (2 weekends) to take photos? Wazzupwitdat? :confused:

G4scott
Feb 17, 2006, 08:45 AM
*Don't vote for Cold when it's cold ... too easy. :rolleyes:

:p

Heh, it was 70° here yesterday... Of course, now it's rainy and around 40°, but winter down in Texas doesn't always mean cold. The problem is, it's hard to find cold outside of an icebox during the when it's not winter.

Either way, I'm in for whatever assignment wins.

Applespider
Feb 17, 2006, 11:28 AM
The problem is, it's hard to find cold outside of an icebox during the when it's not winter.


The subject doesn't have to be cold. It might just be the tone of the picture that is cold?

We only get 10 days (2 weekends) to take photos? Wazzupwitdat?

People seemed to be suggesting to speed it up a little - and we're out of synch with the regular rules anyhow. 10 days to see if you can get a shot - and move it along to the next one. There'll be no requirement to enter all of them after all - and it should help keep things moving a little and stop it going to the back of people's minds?

Applespider
Feb 19, 2006, 03:32 PM
The Assignment 2 thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=181360) is up

I'd suggest using that one to post pictures in and then comments on them.
Let's see how it goes...

One thing I did wonder - are we set on the rule about when the picture has to be taken? Or could we relax the rules to within 3 months? There might be a picture you have that is perfect for the theme but you won't have a chance to recreate in the time limit?

whocares
Feb 19, 2006, 04:35 PM
The Assignment 2 thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=181360) is up

I'd suggest using that one to post pictures in and then comments on them.
Let's see how it goes...

One thing I did wonder - are we set on the rule about when the picture has to be taken? Or could we relax the rules to within 3 months? There might be a picture you have that is perfect for the theme but you won't have a chance to recreate in the time limit?

I agree that 10 day is a bit short (especially for me - I'm very busy at the moment), but 3 months is too long. I think the idea of a deadline is good as you have to "go get" the pricture instead of waiting for it to appear by magic.

Applespider
Feb 19, 2006, 04:51 PM
Sorry was meaning 2 or 3 months before the assignment start time? So if during the festive season, you took the perfect 'cold' shot, you could use that rather than having to find one now.

I think the 10 day limit should stay on this one - to get us back to a monthly series (the next one can have a longer shooting time to end of March) - but if it gets to 28 Feb and there are very few pics, I'm sure we can extend it until the next weekend.

whocares
Feb 19, 2006, 05:00 PM
:o

I get your post now.

But I still don't agree. I feel if we can use older photos, it's no longer an assignment, but more of a "do you have any pics of [insert subject here]." Of course, I wouldn't bother me if we were to "accept" such photos.


My 2 ¢.

Applespider
Feb 19, 2006, 05:03 PM
[QUOTE=whocares]But I still don't agree. I feel if we can use older photos, it's no longer an assignment, but more of a "do you have any pics of [insert subject here]."/QUOTE]

Actually, I agree with you. I got a PM asking which is why I raised it.

I suspect we may end up with thread alongside which has people's best all-time shots of the current assignment... which might also be fun.

whocares
Feb 19, 2006, 05:06 PM
I suspect we may end up with thread alongside which has people's best all-time shots of the current assignment... which might also be fun.

Could be fun. We could have an "unofficial assignment" running along side the "official" one. Would allow us to see how time constraints affect the quality of our work. :cool:

Abstract
Feb 19, 2006, 06:17 PM
1) Extend assignments beyond 10 days. Otherwise participation levels will be very very low.

2) Any photo entered must be taken after the assignment topic is decided.

3) One thread for both posting images and comments is fine.



Thoughts?

Applespider
Feb 19, 2006, 06:23 PM
I'm fine with all of those.

So far as 1 goes, I think that assignments will work best if we do them monthly. If (in the future) we spend the first 10 days of a month choosing the assignment and the next 18-21 days to taking the pictures, it should work quite well. Makes it easier to remember to take the shot and post it if it's an end of month deadline. But to get it onto that schedule, we'll need to 'cram' in this one - or delay it a long time which is why the process seemed to die last time.

Let's see how it goes - and if there are no pictures there on 1 March, then we'll extend the period slightly this time too. It's never going to suit everyone but I think 2-3 weeks in future should work out pretty well.

Lau
Feb 19, 2006, 06:32 PM
I'm fine with all of those.

So far as 1 goes, I think that assignments will work best if we do them monthly. If (in the future) we spend the first 10 days of a month choosing the assignment and the next 18-21 days to taking the pictures, it should work quite well. Makes it easier to remember to take the shot and post it if it's an end of month deadline. But to get it onto that schedule, we'll need to 'cram' in this one - or delay it a long time which is why the process seemed to die last time.

Let's see how it goes - and if there are no pictures there on 1 March, then we'll extend the period slightly this time too. It's never going to suit everyone but I think 2-3 weeks in future should work out pretty well.

That sounds ideal to me. Lets see how this one goes, and get it done by the end of Feb and then next time we can fine tune stuff. But 2-3 weeks sounds great to me. I know if I couldn't do one in time, I would just not enter that month.

Also, when we're voting on the titles, it will probably fairly obvious what's a popular topic. Once the voting starts to favour one or two topics, there's no harm in having a think about what you might shoot before the final votes are in.

Abstract
Feb 19, 2006, 09:18 PM
I'm fine with all of those.

So far as 1 goes, I think that assignments will work best if we do them monthly. If (in the future) we spend the first 10 days of a month choosing the assignment and the next 18-21 days to taking the pictures, it should work quite well. Makes it easier to remember to take the shot and post it if it's an end of month deadline.

You want to spend 10 days choosing the assignment topic?

Honestly, I think we're better off with a much faster decision-making process, like 3-4 days. The way we want to do it, there will be 12 assignments a year. That's a lot. We'll eventually go through all the topics listed in the voting thread anyway, so lets just pick one and do it. We're on a very slow moving train, it seems.

Why not just spend 3-4 days deciding the topic (someone can just put up a voting thread with 5 choices or so and give us 3-4 days to decide, then give us 3 weekends or so to shoot and submit a photo. The remaining days of the month can be empty. These contests occur every month. However, they don't NEED to last for exactly 1 month.




Let's see how it goes - and if there are no pictures there on 1 March, then we'll extend the period slightly this time too. It's never going to suit everyone but I think 2-3 weeks in future should work out pretty well.

Yes, or we could just start this assignment on March 1st. It would be such a waste of a good topic if nobody participates. And this way we don't have to extend this contest into the middle of March if nobody participates (like you suggested). We can start fresh in March.......right at the beginning of the month.

Clix Pix
Feb 19, 2006, 10:10 PM
I like the idea of having the specific assignment thread which requires that the images be shot within the time period of the assignment, but also having an additional thread if people so desire so that they can show off some of their work that would've been good for the assignment but which had been shot outside of the time frame.

Looking at this again, I think a week would be sufficient time in order to choose/vote on a topic, and that would allow a little more time for the actual execution of the project.

annk
Feb 20, 2006, 01:13 AM
One thing I did wonder - are we set on the rule about when the picture has to be taken? Or could we relax the rules to within 3 months? There might be a picture you have that is perfect for the theme but you won't have a chance to recreate in the time limit?

Fine with me if the pic´s been taken within 3 months.

Applespider
Feb 20, 2006, 03:16 AM
You want to spend 10 days choosing the assignment topic?

Why not just spend 3-4 days deciding the topic (someone can just put up a voting thread with 5 choices or so and give us 3-4 days to decide, then give us 3 weekends or so to shoot and submit a photo.

I expressed myself badly - 'twas late. That's exactly what I intended - that by the 10th of the month (at the latest), we'd know what we were shooting. That would mean 3-4 days of thinking up topics and a few days to choose - with a couple of days in reserve just in case.

I'm happy to say 7th - 3 days to think of topics and 4 days to vote. Was just trying to give time at both ends of the spectrum.