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Q: I can't find my question in this FAQ...
imageopolis is so big, and there are so many wonderful features, that I don't know where to start finding everything out. I have so many questions, and this FAQ is still so limited! Where can I find the answers?
A: The imageopolis Frequently Asked Questions are currently being worked on. Please be patient and check back in a couple of days.
If you really have an urgent question, you could consider visiting the imageopolis Chatroom. If there's nobody there, try again at nighttime, Eastern Standard Time. That's your biggest chance!
You can also post your question in the Suggestions Forum.
Q: A feature isn't working properly or seems to be missing. What should I do?
A: If something is missing, not working, or if you have an idea for the next great improvement, post a topic in the suggestion forum, and nowhere else, please.
The suggestion forum is moderated and monitored for new threads.
Enhancements are underway; some of the ideas that you have suggested or may suggest may already be active, or will be (re-) launched soon. Feedback from our use community resulted in the brand new site.
However, like any new product there are wrinkles and the necessary production fixes. Growth is exciting but sometimes painful. Defects are currently prioritized by severity, tracked, and resolved. Some bugs fixes do require outages. This is hard medicine with rough side effects for those of you whom have come to love the web site as much as we do.
We do ask that you continue to submit comments, bugs and new ideas. All will be attended to, but please be patient, and realize that people are working around the clock. This site is a labor of love.
-- Thanks for your patience! --
A: General inforamtion on imageopolis
Q: Who can become a member?
A: Anyone with an interest in photography can become a member of imageopolis. Amateurs and professionals, beginners and advanced photographers, film and digital users are all welcome here.
Q: What does it cost to become a member?
What does it cost to become a member?
A: Membership at imageopolis is free of charge. Members with free accounts have access to most functions of the site. Some of imageopolis' functions are only available to Donors.
Naturally running a site like this expensive, therefore if you enjoy your presence here, you are encouraged to help by becoming a donor. A list of donor benefits and information on how you can donate can be found here.
Q: What is imageopolis
A: imageopolis is an international community of photographers of all standings, ranging from amateurs to professionals, with a variety of cultural backgrounds and language skills. imageopolis is photo critiques site, allowing members to comment on photos and have their photos commented on. The primary goal of leaving in-depth critiques is to assist others in improving their photos and allow you to learn from the work of others by putting your thoughts into writing.
Q: Who owns the images posted on imageopolis?
Who owns the copyrights to the images posted on imageopolis?
A: The copyrights of each photograph remain with the photographer. You may not remove or use images on this site without the expressed written consent of the photographer. Photographers however are required to grant imageopolis.com the right to reproduce the work to display and promote imageopolis.com in any manner necessary. (This grants imageopolis.com the right to display your work on this website)
Q: How can I contact the site administrators?
I have a question which I don't want to ask in the forums, and I need to contact the site administrators. What can I do?
A: First of all, try to find the answer to your question in the FAQ. If it is not listed here, then you might want to search through the forums to see if your question already has been answered in the past.
If you still cannot find the answer, and you don't want to start a new thread, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As the administrators of imageopolis receive many emails, make sure you chose a clear and logic subject for your email, and keep the question short and to the point.
Q: Who are the staff members of imageopolis?
A site as big as imageopolis must have many staff. Who are they, and how can I contact them?
A: You are right, imageopolis has quite a few staff members. They see to it, that the site rules are observed, and take care of the day-to-day events on imageopolis. In order to do their job properly, they need to remain anonymous.
Need help upload photos to imageopolis
A: This section should answer all your questions regarding this process
Q: How can I prepare my photos for upload?
Now I'm a member, I'd like to start putting photos on the site. What do I need to do to prepare my work for uploading to imageopolis?
A: Photographs need to be in a digital format, either scanned from prints or transparencies, or in electronic format from digital cameras or photo-labs.
Images for uploading to imageopolis.com should be JPEG standard files (using a .JPG extension to the filename) with a pixel size between 400x400 (min) and 850x850 (max). Photographs larger than 850x850 will be resized and may lose quality as a consequence. There is also a maximum file size of 400 kilobytes (kB) – uploads exceeding this will not be accepted.
Image manipulation software (Such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, Corel PhotoPaint etc) will give you a number of options to resize your photograph and save it as a JPG with a ‘quality’ or ‘file size’ setting. Depending on your software, it may be a matter of trial and error to find the appropriate quality setting to ensure your photograph is under the maximum file size
Q: How do I upload my photograph?
A: Either go to the “Add a new photo” option in the “My imageopolis” section or click the “Upload New Photo” option in either the Home or Photo Critique menus.
Q: Why won't imageopolis.com accept my photo?
I saved my photograph and the file size on my computer says 395kB, but imageopolis.com won’t accept it - what's going on?
A: There are often slight differences in the way that software calculates the file size of JPG files. If you are finding that your image will not upload, try using a slightly higher compression in your image software to save it to a size of – say – 380kB and try again.
Remember - imageopolis.com only limits photos based on pixel size (850x850 for non-panorama images) and on file size (400kB). Other 'size' values, such as size in inches or dpi values are not important in this case - and are only generally used when printing.
Q: What are Portfolios?
What is the option 'portfolio' for and how do I use it?
A: Within your personal ‘My Images’ space at imageopolis.com, you can create a number of personal ‘portfolios’. This allows you the ability to group photographs in your space in a way that suits the subject, or your personal organisation style. You may select up to three portfolios for each image.
Q: What are Photo Projects?
A: Photo Projects are a way to give members some ideas for photographic work, and then to compare how others interpret this challenge. Photographs submitted to Photo Project categories should ideally have been taken specifically with that project in mind.
New projects are regularly announced, and awards – with appearances on the imageopolis.com front page are periodically given for “Best In Project”
Q: What Are Categories
A: Categories are a way of grouping your photograph under up to three different headings. Unlike Portfolios, the category groups are the same for all members. This allows users to search for photographs site wide from the same subject. For example, should wish to find images relating to Architecture, then it is possible to search for just this category from the Photo Critique section.
Q: Why must I enter Camera/Lens type
A: It is often useful to other members / viewers to know the type of equipment used to capture a particular image. Including this information helps other build up an idea of how the image was captured, and in some cases, how difficult it must have been to capture it!
Q: My Camera/Lens is not in the list?
A: The Camera and Lens drop-down lists contain a wide variety of popular cameras/lenses. Since it’s not possible to list every camera/lens out there, you can enter the name manually.
Q: Why is Film type a required field?
A: The brand and type of film directly effect the look, feel and tones of photographs. If you are using other films other than listed, or are using Digital media, you may enter this in the additional box.
Q: What is the Film/Digital Format
A: Film cameras come in a number of formats, producing photographs or differing sizes, and aspect ratios. Digital cameras can save in a variety of ways and formats effecting both quality and appearance.
Q: Why do I need to choose Color/B&W?
A: Similar to categories, members often want to search for, say, only B&W images. Using this selection allows this to be possible.
Q: Exposure Information – I cannot select my exact exposure values?
A: Modern cameras – especially digital ones, have a wide range of ‘non-standard’ shutter speeds and aperture values. If you are not able to find exact values to what was used when taking the photograph, simply select the nearest ones.
Q: Image Options – Adult Content.
A: If your photograph contains material likely to be unsuitable for children, or to offend others (such as any form of nudity) please select the “Adult Content” option. Whilst artistic and non-explicit nude photographs are permitted on imageopolis.com, it is a requirement that this option is selected. Members are able to chose whether or not they wish to be able to view adult content.
Q: Image Options – Digitally Manipulated.
A: The digitally manipulated option allows you to indicate whether the photograph has undergone any digital post-processing prior to uploading. Digital manipulation can range anywhere from slight colour balance or sharpening changes, right up to the complete rework of the photograph.
Q: Image options – Allow Ratings
A: This option determines whether or not you allow others to ‘score’ your work.
Q: Why do I need to provide so much information about my photos?
I thought I could just share my photographs with others - why do I also have to give so much more information before I can upload
A: By filling in the data on your photos as precisely as possible, you allow users to comment not only on the image, but also to help improve your technical skills, as well as enable viewers to learn from your photos. The more complete the information is, the better the photo will be understood, and the more people - including yourself - can learn from it.
The required information you need to fill in enables imageopolis users to search the enormous amount of photos, and make sure your photos are also included in the list of search results.
A: Now you are a member of imageopolis, and you've looked around at other peoples photos, now's the time to add your own input into others work. This part will explain about how to critique others' work.
Q: How can I view and comment on images?
A: In the Photo Critique section, you can browse recent photos, search for photos according to various criteria, and read recent comments.
You can view any photo full size by clicking on the thumbnail. Once the photo loads, you can also write a critique, respond to previous comments, attach an image and/or leave a rating
Q: What are Photo Projects?
A: imageopolis's Photo Projects are tasks designed to challenge and motivate members to try out new techniques, photograph new subjects, and look at the world in new ways. The projects are voluntary, and can be completed in any order and at any time (the only exception are contest projects which have a fixed deadline for submissions).
Please note that the point of the projects is to go out and do them, not to search for older photographs that fit into the project. A project is considered successful whenever you learn something new in the course of doing it.
If you need inspiration or need to know what a specific project is about, you can click on the “Photo Projects” tab in the Photo Critique section
Q: What are Photo Categories?
A: Categories can be regarded as the keywords that best describe your photo. You can assign up to three categories to your photo, and a minimum of one is required. When you upload or edit a photo, you can select or change the categories in the pull-down menu. If you would like to know what a specific category is about, you can click on the “Photo Categories” tab in the Photo Critique section. There, you can look at and draw inspiration from photos that have previously been uploaded to a specific category.
Q: Commenting on images
A: Just like uploading photos, commenting on images is a vital part of imageopolis. It gives you the opportunity to express your opinion about a photo. Writing constructive comments on other photographers’ work not only helps them to improve their work, but also gives you the opportunity to consciously address the quality of a photo, which will also help to improve your own work.
When writing comments, please remember that imageopolis is an international community with many photographers from all over the world who might perceive things differently than you do, so please observe the net etiquette.
Abusive or offensive language is automatically filtered, and you comment will not appear.
Q: I don't feel I have enough experience to critique other people's images
A: Everyone is encouraged to write comments. Regardless of your level of experience, your opinion is welcome and desired. If you don’t have a lot of knowledge to address technical issues, you can always mention the things you like and/or dislike in a photograph. You are also encouraged to ask the photographer questions and discuss any aspect of the photo as well as the techniques involved in its creation.
Q: Where does my comment appear?
A: After pressing the “Add comment and/or rating” button, your comment will immediately be displayed at the end of the list under the image along with your name. If your comment is rather long, you might also find the comment listed in the “Recent comments” section
Q: Why does my comment not appear?
A: The only reason your comment doesn’t appear is because you used words or sentences that are filtered by the imageopolis server. Those comments are not lost, but will be hidden from view until one of imageopoliss’ moderators approves or rejects that comment. Comments should follow the rules of conduct of this site.
Q: Adding attachments to comments
A: You can also add an attachment with a caption to your comment. This function allows you to illustrate your point in a comment more clearly by attaching an altered version of the original photo. (You can also attach sketches, lighting diagrams, or other photos in which the subject matter discussed in the comment is illustrated.) Such an attachment should not exceed 750 x 750 pixels and be no larger than 360 Kb in size. Attaching a photo without leaving a comment is not possible.
The attachment function is not intended to promote your own photos. In case of misuse, the site administrators have the right to remove your comment and attachment
Q: Replying to comments
A: By clicking on the “Reply to …” link next to the name of the person who has left a comment on a photo, you can reply to that person. The purpose of this option is to enable members to ask and answer questions and respond to other peoples’ comments. Once you have submitted a reply, both the photographer and the original commenter will be notified of your reply by email. The reply will also be shown underneath the image.
A: Just above the comment area, there is a pull-down menu in which you can select the language of your comment. The default value is the language you specified in the ”My imageopolis” option page. If this language is any other than English, a “Translate” button will appear with your comment, enabling you to type your comment in your mother tongue, and allowing the reader to see a translated version of your comment when clicking on the “Translate” button.
Q: Rating photos
A: When you leave a comment on a photo, you can also express your overall opinion of that photo by selecting one of the radio buttons, ranging from 1 (average) to 7 (excellent). The rating should reflect your comment. In order to prevent misuse and make sure the rating is done fairly, you cannot rate a photo with a 7 or a 1 without leaving a comment. In any case, leaving a comment every time you rate an image is strongly recommended. If a photo has received three or more ratings, the average rating and the total number of ratings is shown. If a photo has received fewer than three ratings, no average is shown. Ratings are cast anonymously, but we monitor any abuse of the system and accounts will be banned for attempting to harm other users.
Q: What if I don't want to receive ratings?
A: Members who don’t want to receive ratings can turn them off in the image upload / edit screen. At the bottom of the page there is an ‘Allow ratings’ checkbox. Unchecking this checkbox will disable ratings on the image. The caption under the photo in the “Recent Upload” page will show a Comments Only or CO notification.
Q: Rating comments
A: If you think a particular comment is very helpful or well written, you can rate this comment as “Excellent”. Site administrators are notified of Excellent comments, and a selection of these are then featured on the Home page.
Similarly, if you find a comment offensive, spam or otherwise inappropriate, you can click the “Abuse” link next to the name of the commenter. Site administrators will then take appropriate action.
If you accidentally clicked either “Excellent” or “Abuse” you can correct that by clicking “Average”.
A: This section covers the various features that can be used to enhance your imageopolis experience.
Q: Friends List
Who are Friends, what is the Friends list and how is it used?
A: The Friends list allows you to have easy access to photographs and comments from people whose work you admire or whose critiques you enjoy reading. When viewing somebody's photo, you will see an ‘Add Friend' link next to their name. When you add somebody to your Friends list, you will be able to quickly view their recent photographs (‘Friends' Images' link in the left panel of the Recent photos screen, 'By Friends' link at the top of each screen) and read their comments (‘Critiques by friends to me' on your 'My imageopolis' page).
Non-Donors are allowed to add three people to their Friends list. When you have reached your limit, the 'Add Friend' link changes to an '@ Friend Limit' message in red.
Donors can have an unlimited number of Friends.
For a list of members who are on your Friends list and who added you to their Friends list, click ‘My Friends List' on your My imageopolis page. On the 'My Friends List' page you can remove friends from your list, and add others that have you on their Friends list.
When you add a new Friend, the person is notified of this by e-mail.
Q: Associates List
Who are Associates?
A: Associates are similar to Friends and managed in much the same way (see above), but there are several functional differences.
- Your fellow imageopolis members are not notified by e-mail when you add them to your Associates list
- Comments by Associates cannot be followed in the same way as comments by friends
If you like somebody's photographs and would like to have quick access to them through the 'Images by Associates' link at the top of each page, but for whatever reason you don't want to add them to your Friends list, add them to your Associates list.
The number of Associates is unlimited for Donors. It is limited for Non-donors. When you have reached your limit, the 'Add Associate' link next to a Member's name will change to a red '@ Associate Limit' message.
What are 'Favorite Images'?
A: Put very simply, Favorites, or Favorite Images, are photos that you like very very much, and would like to
- mark them in order to have easy access for later viewing,
- let the photographer discreetly know of the fact.
Underneath each photo, in addition to from Views and Comments counts, there is also a Favorites count accompanied by a 'Make Favorite' link. The Favorite count shows how many people have added that particular photo to their Favorites list and is a useful measure of a photo's popular success. By clicking the 'Make Favorite' link when you view a full sized photo, you can add that photo to your list of Favorite images.
You can access all the photos you have added to your Favorites list from your 'My imageopolis' screen - in the left panel, there is a My Favorite Images link. When you click it, all your Favorites are displayed (you may have to browse over several pages depending on the number of your Favorites and your photos-per-page settings).
Adding to Favorites is anonymous. The photographer does not know who made their photo a Favorite. Also, your Favorites list is not visible to anybody else.
If you want to remove a photo from your Favorites list, open it and click 'Remove Favorite' next to the Favorites count.
What are Photo Articles?
How can I contribute an Article?
A: The Photo Articles section features articles written by imageopolis Staff and Members on various photography-related topics. imageopolis is primarily a learning site and the articles are here to help expand your photography skills.
If you would like to contribute an article to imageopolis.com, please feel free to choose any photography related topic and email the article to Articles@imageopolis.com for consideration. Please note all articles must be original works by the submitter and you are giving permanent permission to allow Photo Publishing Group, LLC to use the article on this site for an indeterminate length of time.
Q: imageopolis Forums - General Info
General info on the forums, Starting a new discussion, Viewing new forum posts
A: Whenever you have a photography-related problem you need help with, imageopolis's forums are the place to go. The Photo Forums section contains a number of forums, each of which covers a specific area of photography.
To start a new forum thread with your question, select the appropriate forum that fits your problem and click ‘Start new discussion' (just above the list of threads). You will then be able to type in your question. Note that you will also be required to select a sub forum to which the question will be posted. This will allow other users to quickly find threads related to a specific topic.
At the top of the list of threads in a specific forum, you will sometimes find messages from that forum's moderator. Please read these and follow the guidelines stated therein.
To see an overview of the recently active forum threads, click the Forum Overview link in the Photo Forums screen.
Q: imageopolis Forums - Suggestions
The role of the Suggestions Forum.
A: Members are encouraged to regularly visit the Suggestions forum, which has several special functions. In this forum, you can
* read messages from imageopolis's administrators
* offer feedback about the site and suggest improvements
* report bugs and errors
* address questions to the administrators.
Q: imageopolis Forums - Donor Only Forum
Donor Only Forum information
A: One of the privileges of becoming a Donor is that you have access to the Donor Only Forum. In this section, you can help decide on the future features of imageopolis, recommend photographers for specific awards, and discuss various Donor-related questions.
A: In order to keep imageopolis a positive experience for everybody, you need to observe a few rules, as you agreed to when you accepted the Terms of Service when you signed up for a imageopolis membership
Q: What images can be uploaded here?
A: You can upload images of all kinds of subjects to imageopolis if you own the copyright. You cannot upload a photograph shot by another person.
Q: Can nude images be uploaded to imageopolis?
A: With certain restrictions, nude images are allowed at imageopolis. Images of explicit nature, such as images containing nudity, must always be uploaded to either the Nude Female or the Nude Male category (refer to the Adult section for more information).
Q: Can images with political content be uploaded here?
A: Since UF is an international community, there are photographers with a wide variety of political or cultural views that could be reflected in their photography. Images that reflect political events or situations are permitted, but images that are inflammatory or meant to promote disharmony will be removed.
Q: What types of images are not allowed?
A: The following types of images are not allowed:
- Images that could be construed as vulgar or pornographic
- Photographs of nude children
- Non-photographic material (images for which the ground material was not derived from a photograph)
- Photographs that could be considered offensive (for example, images that promote racism, etc.)
- Degrading images
- Photographs that promote personal vendettas toward members or non-members
- Photographs that promote vendettas against imageopolis or any other website
The following types of images are illegal in the U.S. and are not allowed:
- Photographs that promote racism
- Copyright infringement (images whose copyright does not belong to the photographer uploading them)
- Illegally obtained images
- Photographs of law-breaking actions
- Photographs that promote illegal activity
Q: What types of critiques may be posted at imageopolis?
A: In addition to posting your photographic images, imageopolis provides an opportunity to give feedback to other photographers and pass on what you have learned. The primary goal of leaving in-depth critiques is to assist others in improving their photographs and to allow you to learn from the works of others by putting your thoughts into writing. While a negative critique is allowed, it must be respectful and must be offered in the spirit of learning and teaching.
Q: What makes a good critique?
A: A good critique is constructive, addressing the elements of the photo in question and discussing them in order to help the photographer improve. Such a comment is fair, honest, and written in clear and understandable language.
Q: Can I post a reworked version of a photographer’s image as a part of my critique?
A: imageopolis aims to promote teaching and learning about photography. You are permitted to post a reworked version of an image if it is a part of a critique attached to the original image, and if your intent is to illustrate the points in the critique. You cannot rework an image and post it as a new upload that would appear in your own portfolio.
Q: What else should I consider before posting a critique or a rating?
A: - The critique is respectful of the opinion and beliefs of others.
- The critique discusses the photographic merit of the photo or topic in question.
- The critique aims at assisting others to improve their skills in photography.
- The rating you leave on a photo reflects the opinion expressed in your critique.
Q: What types of critiques are not allowed?
A: The following types of critiques are not allowed:
- Soliciting (using critiques to promote commercial interests)
- Spamming (using critiques primarily to direct people to your own portfolio)
- Critiques that use abusive language
- Personal attacks or a vendetta against another member or a non-member
- Vendettas against imageopolis or any other website
- Racist or similarly offensive remarks
- Comments that have nothing to do with the photograph being critiqued or photography in general
- Using the critique to advertise your own images
- Stalking other members or non-members
- Using external links meant to encourage people to leave imageopolis
- Promoting illegal activity
- Posting the same comment repeatedly (for example, cut and paste comments to increase Karma points)
Q: Can I use images posted by other photographers?
A: You are not allowed to copy images from imageopolis for any other purpose. For example, you cannot copy images and post them on your own website, or another website, even if you give credit to the photographer. If you want to use images of another photographer, contact that photographer and make arrangements.
Q: What are the penalties if imageopolis guidelines are not observed?
A: If these guidelines are not followed, you can expect the following:
- The critique (comment) will be removed
- The image will be deleted
If you persistently refuse to abide the rules of conduct of imageopolis, site administrators may:
- Suspend login privileges until the situation has been resolved
- Ban the member (even if it is a donor) permanently
Q: How will my images and critiques be measured?
A: These criteria will be judged against US regulations and laws in addition to the philosophy of imageopolis. Site administrators have the right to remove any image or critique deemed inappropriate for any reason. All such decisions are final and are non-negotiable.
Q: What should I do if I see images or critiques that do not respect these guidelines?
What should I do if I see images or critiques that do not respect these guidelines?
A: Contact the administrator or a staff member by sending email to email@example.com. Remember that your email may not be seen immediately (depending on time zones, availability, etc.), and you may not receive an instant response. You can also visit the Chatroom, where there may be someone who can help with the problem.
Q: Why is my image, comment or forum post deleted?
A: If your photo, comment or forum post is deleted, a site administrator found your comment in breach with the etiquette and policy of imageopolis. When a photo, comment or forum post is deleted, no explanation will be given and this decision is non-negotiable.
A: Everything you need to know about donating to imageopolis
Q: What does “a Donorship” mean?
What does "Donor" mean?
A: Donors can be recognised by the red star next to the “photographers’ name. You can become a donor by paying a minimum of $25 USD per year, and enjoy the full advantages of everything imageopolis has to offer. Becoming a donor means showing your appreciation to those who invest all their time and money to keep imageopolis running as the best Photography Critiques site on the net.
Q: What are the Donor benefits?
What are the Donor benefits?
A: The donor benefits can be found on the main page, by clicking on the "Donate" link. The "Donate link can be found in the pull-down menu when you click on "Home" just below the blue bar on the left.
To name a few of the donor benefits:
- Four uploads a day instead of one
- Access to the "Donor Only" forum
- Unlimited Friends list feature
- Removal of all Graphical Banner ads.
- And much more...
Q: Can I donate for someone else?
Can I donate for someone else?
A: Yes, you can donate for someone else. When you log in to your imageopolis account, all you have to do is go to the portfolio of the photographer you want to donate for, and click on the green "Gift Donation" button. Just follow the instructions on screen, and everything will be taken care of.
You can also use this to enlist as a Donor yourself, or to extend your existing Donor account. Just go to the "Myimageopolis" pull-down menu, and select the "My Public Profile" link. You can also use the regular Donor subscription.
Q: How can I pay for a donorship?
A: Standard procedure is a payment using PayPal. For this you need a valid paypal account. If you don’t have one, itwould be advisable to have a friend who has a paypal account donate for you.
You can also donate via CHECK or POSTAL MONEY ORDER, but please do NOT send checks if you are an international member, we cannot cash such checks Please DO NOT make them payable to imageopolis.com, make them payable to Photo Publishing Group, LLC.
Make Payable To:
Photo Publishing Group, LLC
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Forest Hills, NY 11375
How do I manage my photos at imageopolis?
A: This section should cover all photo management topics.
Q: Where can I manage the photos I have uploaded to imageopolis?
Where can I manage the photos I have uploaded to imageopolis?
A: There are three basic photo management screens. The first one is ‘My Portfolio', available in the 'My imageopolis' menu. Here you can categorize your photos into custom-created portfolios (each image can be assigned to a maximum of three portfolios), edit photo information (‘Edit' link underneath each thumbnail), or delete images from your imageopolis portfolio (‘Remove From Site' link underneath each thumbnail - please note that photos cannot be undeleted).
The second screen is ‘My Public Profile'. This screen shows how your imageopolis profile appears to other users. Apart from your photographs, your biography and picture (if you have uploaded one) are also shown here. (Click here to learn how to modify your bio and picture.)
Finally, you can access photo statistics through the ‘Image Summary' link in the left panel of your ‘My imageopolis' screen. This will give you a tabulated list of all your images along with the corresponding number of views, comments, ratings, etc.
Q: Custom portfolios - creation
How do I create my own custom portfolios?
A: To manage custom portfolios, go to the 'My imageopolis / My Portfolio' screen. In the left panel, there is a 'Create / Edit Portfolios' link. When you click this link, you will be brought to the portfolio management screen which is divided into two parts.
In the top part, you can create a new portfolio. In order to do so, all you have to do is enter the Portfolio Name (required field) and hit the Add New Portfolio button. If you wish, you can also type in a description of this portfolio and specify a Portfolio Image - both the description and the image will be displayed when you (or other users) click on this portfolio in your Public Profile screen. (Note: in order to determine the image number of the photo you wish to have as the Portfolio Image, open that photo and you'll see the number in your browser's address bar.)
Q: Custom portfolios - assigning photos
How can I assign photos to a custom portfolio?
A: Apart from specifying portfolios during photo upload, the easiest way to do this is through the 'My imageopolis / My Portfolio' screen.
Underneath each thumbnail there are three drop-down boxes containing names of your existing portfolios. You can select up to three portfolios for each photo. When you are finished, click on the Update Portfolios button located at the top of the page, as well as at the bottom, to save the changes you have made.
Q: Custom portfolios - editing
How can I edit my existing portfolios?
A: Go to the 'My imageopolis / My Portfolio' screen and click the 'Create / Edit Portfolios' link in the left panel.
In the lower part of the screen you will find a list of all your existing portfolios (including name, description, and photo you have selected to represent each portfolio). With each portfolio, you have the following options:
- View Portfolio: shows all your photos in this portfolio
- Edit Portfolio: allows you to change portfolio name, description, image etc. When you click this link, the Add New Portfolio box in the top part of the screen will change to an Edit Portfolio box. Make the desired changes and hit the Update Portfolio button.
- Delete Portfolio: this deletes the portfolio but NOT the images that had been assigned to the portfolio
- Select Images: takes you to the 'My imageopolis / My Portfolio' screen
You can also quickly change the order in which your portfolios are displayed in your Public Profile and their accompanying images by typing in order information and image numbers and hitting the Update Portfolio Order & Images button at the bottom of the screen.
A: This section addresses various user settings that can be found in the 'My imageopolis' menu under 'My Preferences'.
Q: E-mail & Password management
How can I change my password to imageopolis?
How can I change the e-mail address where imageopolis notifications are sent?
A: Open 'My Preferences' in the 'My imageopolis' menu. The preferences screen is divided into several sections - look for the My Profile section (second from top). Here you can see your current password used to log in to imageopolis, and several rows below, the e-mail address to which notifications from imageopolis (if you have enabled them) are sent.
To change your existing password/e-mail, simply enter the new password/e-mail into the appropriate fields AND THEN hit the Update My Profile and Preferences button located near the bottom of the screen (you will have to scroll down to find it).
Note that the e-mail address set in your preferences is also used to log in to imageopolis.
Q: Managing your Public Profile
Where can I edit my public profile information?
(name, biography, bio image, location, etc.)
A: Open 'My Preferences' in the 'My imageopolis' menu.
At the top of the page, you'll see the Profile Portrait section. If you wish to upload a photo of yourself that will appear in your imageopolis portfolio page ('My Public Profile'), hit the browse button and select a JPEG file with your portrait from the files on your computer. To upload the picture to imageopolis, hit the Update Image button. If you have already uploaded a profile photo, it will appear on this screen. To change it, proceed same as above.
Just below the Profile Photo section is the My Profile section. There are a number of fields there which you can edit. After you have made the desired changes, don't forget to hit the Update My Profile and Preferences button at the bottom of the page.
- Name: this is the name that will appear underneath your photos, comments, forum posts etc. Please use a REAL name. Members who use silly or offensive names will be asked to change them or have their imageopolis account suspended.
- Password: this is the password you will use to log in to imageopolis
- Bio: the text you enter here will be visible to everyone who visits your imageopolis portfolio. You are much encouraged to write a few words about yourself and your interests and level of experience in photography. If you have your own personal photography website, you can enter the link here (as pure text, not hyperlinks); you can also write your contact information (such as your e-mail address) here.
- Home page: if you have a personal webpage, you can enter the address here. At the moment, this address is not publicly shown anywhere on imageopolis.
- E-mail: this is the e-mail which you use when you log in to imageopolis. If you have set e-mail notifications on in your preferences, this is the address to which they will be sent. The address is not publicly visible to anyone.
- Gender: if you wish, you can specify your gender here. This information is only used as a photo search filter, i.e. members can compare photos taken by male and female photographers.
- Date of birth: needed for administrative purposes; not publicly visible to anyone
- Location: this information is shown in your imageopolis portfolio page.
Q: Setting personal preferences
Setting e-mail notifications, number of photos/comments displayed per page, enabling and disabling adult images, etc.
A: Select 'My Preferences' in the 'My imageopolis' menu, or click the 'My Preferences' link in the left panel (if available on that particular screen). Scroll down through the Profile Portrait and Public Profile sections to access the My Preferences sections. You will see a number of settings:
- Disable all image comment e-mails: Normally when somebody leaves a comment underneath your photo or replies to a comment you have made, you are notified by e-mail. If you do not wish to receive these e-mails, check this box.
- Disable all forum e-mails: Same as above, but applies to new forum posts and replies rather than photo comments. If you do not wish to receive forum post notifications by e-mail, check this box.
- Receive site update e-mails: Occasionally, imageopolis's administrator may want to contact users by e-mail with important information. If this box is checked, you will receive such e-mails if they are sent. Normally, however, announcements by the site Staff are published in the Suggestions forum or the Photo Blog. Follow these regularly if you want to keep yourself informed about what's going on at imageopolis.
- Disable ALL e-mails: This is the e-mail notifications master switch. If you check this box, you will not receive any e-mails from imageopolis.
- Default image size: Depending on the size and resolution of your computer monitor, you may select the default size at which photos are displayed. 'Large' is the original size at which the photo had been uploaded by its author. Note that you can also change the photo display size underneath each photo you open to view, i.e. you do not have to go to 'My Preferences' every time you want to change this size.
- Show adult images: If you wish to view adult images at imageopolis, check this box. If you do not wish to view such images, leave it unchecked. "Adult images" means mostly photos in the Nude Male, Nude Female and Glamour categories, but also any other images deemed unsuitable for children.
- Images per page: You can select how many thumbnails are displayed per page when you view photos (recent photos, photographers' portfolios, etc.). There are three options: 12, 30, and 60.
- Preferred e-mail format: Select HTML or text-based, depending on your e-mail client and personal preference.
- Language: Please select the language in which you most commonly write comments on photos.
- Show flags: ...
After you make the desired changes, don't forget to hit the Update My Profile and Preferences button at the bottom of the screen.
Q: Donor options
Special options/preferences available only to Donors.
A: In the 'My imageopolis / My Preferences' screen, in the bottom part of the screen, you will find several special Donor options:
- Disable banner ads: Check this box to turn off banner ads. Text ads will still appear.
- URL Nickname / Profile URL: This is a special feature that allows you to use a personalized URL address to access your imageopolis portfolio. It is easier to remember than the standard URL, which uses numbers. You can specify a nickname and one of three URL alternatives that will be combined with the nickname. When specifying a nickname, the rule is first-come-first-served, so if another Donor is already using the nickname you are trying to enter, you will have to choose a different nickname.
After you make the desired changes, don't forget to hit the Update My Profile and Preferences button at the bottom of the page.
A: Glossary of commonly used terms
Q: What does (K: followed by a number) next to my name mean?
A: K stands for Karma, and is an indicator of your activity on imageopolis. Each time you upload a photo, write a comment or respond to a thread in the forum, a few points are added to your Karma. If you delete a photo, your Karma decreases.
Q: What does "EC" mean?
A: EC stands for Editors' Choice. If you see a blue icon below a thumbnail with EC in it, that photo has been awarded the Editors' Choice. The awarded Editors' Choice image will be featured on the main page within a few days.
Q: What does "SC" mean?
A: SC stands for Staff Choice. If you see a Champagne coloured icon below a thumbnail with SC in it, that photo has been awarded the Staff Choice. The awarded Staff Choice image will be featured on the main page within a few days.
Q: What does "POD" mean?
A: POD stands for Photo of the Day. If you see a dark red coloured icon below a thumbnail with POD in it, that photo has been selected as Photo of the Day. The awarded Photo of the Day image will be featured on the main page within a few days.
Q: What does "FPD" mean?
A: FPD stands for Featured Portfolio of the Day. If you see a lilac coloured icon below a thumbnail with FPD in it, that photographer has been selected as Photographer of the Day. That award is attached to one image, but is a recognition of the photographers entire portfolio. The selected Featured Photographer of the Day image will be featured on the main page within a few days.
Q: What does "DOD" mean?
A: DOD stands for Donor of the Day. If you see a green coloured icon below a thumbnail with DOD in it, that photographer has been selected as Donor of the Day. That award is attached to one image, but is a recognition of the photographers entire portfolio. The photographer whose photo has been awarded is a Donor of imageopolis. The selected Donor of the Day image will be featured on the main page within a few days.
Q: What does "BIP" mean?
A: BIP stands for Best in Project. You can upload a photo into a category, and if that photo fits within the project, and is of an outstanding quality, it might be awarded as Best in Project. If that image is uploaded into the current active project, it will be randomly displayed in the Project Spotlight section of the main page until a new project is launched. If you change the project of a BIP awarded image, the award is automatically withdrawn.
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