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Old Jul 25, 2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Coming on to this site from the Panasonic Point and Shoot one, Iam quite disappointed to find it is only used (with very few exceptions) for technical questions and answers and at that, maybe only one a day.

The Panasonic site is used not only for the technical aspects side but for members to share their pictures taken by Panasonic cameras and it was a delight to open 'friends' photographs with members comments without undue critisicm (the site for this is of course "Critiques and Techniques").

Am I wrong in thinking that the Konica Minolta/Sony site would be improved by more sharing of pictures?

I attach my very first picture (apart from playing around indoors) taken with my Sony A200. Kit lens, Scene mode, taken at Coolangatta Queensland
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 7:28 AM   #2
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I know that a number of the camera specific forums contain photos for display and comment, but my personal opinion is that the photos should be made available to all members, not just the members that use a specific camera. I think that's the purpose of the Post Your Photossection.

When the outstanding results obtained with Panasonic cameras or Pentax cameras are only shared with Panasonic users or Pentax users, then the rest of us miss out on some nice stuff.

If a member is requesting comments on how to use a particular tool, and posts a photo as an example of either a good or a bad result, I think that belongs in a cameras forum. But if the member is requesting comments on how to use an artistic technique, and posts a photo as an example, I think that belongs in the Post Your Photossection.

But since my opinion isn't the basis for the rules of posting for these forums, I certainly defer to the wishes of others.

I just don't do it.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 1:36 PM   #3
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There are a couple of sections that have a family feel to them and the Pana P&S is one of them. However officially the main sharing of photos should be in the post your photos sections as described by TCAV for the reasons he points out.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"It used to be in the rules however with one of the updates this sticky was lost so I can't refer you to it.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 3:44 PM   #4
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I'd like to suppliment Mark1616's comments by saying that some of the forums in the Post Your Photossection have a real family feel to them as well.If you post your photos in a camera specific forum, you're missing out on some valueable insights from those members.
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Trust me and dive into the post your photos section as you will soon get to know a whole host of regular posters there, some post in their specialist area (check out wildlife for plenty of that) and others like to float and share a lot more than just photography.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I don't think you are going to find the same feel as in the Pana section easily as there is a strong group of good shooters there, but I think with branching out (and possibly suggesting some of them do as well as maintaining what is going on in the pana section) then everyone will gain. As I check things out on the forums I see so much great work not being seen my the wider Steve's audience as it is on a manufacturer specific section which 90% of visitors will not look at.
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Thank you for excellent replies and on consideration I completly agree and will pay more attention to the other forums.

I must admit I did like the Pana forum



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I've been a member and active participant of Steve's forums since Jan/2006 and I must say that the activity on most forums I use to contribute to has dropped significantly over the past year. The traffic seems to still be high in some of the forums butmembers are commenting less. As a result, I think people feel discouraged and go elsewhere. No matter which forum one chooses to post an image, it will only reach a slice of the user community. Ifone posts in the Panasonic forum,the image will be seen byPanasonic owners (or people interested in Panasonic cameras). Likewise, an image posted in the Landscape forum, will be seen by people interested in landscape photography, which may or may not include Sony or Panasonicowners. In the Sony P&S and SLRforumsthere arethreads related exclusively to a particular camera model while others aremore generic, such as "Post you fav Sony picture" thread in the Sony P&S,where people simply postimages taken with their Sony cam. The same applies to the Panasonic forum (I used to have the FZ18 and have posted images in a thread named "Show us some FZ18 pics"). I do agree that the Pana forum is indeed one of the most active here at Steve's but I'm not sure why. Perhaps is one of those chicken andegg type of thing. The more people participate, the more people feel encouraged to post their images. Let's face, themain purpose of participating in any forum is to share our pictureswith others and to receive comments (positive or negative)so we can learn from them. If no one ever comments on any picture, why bother posting them, right?!? We can make the Sony forum a very active and fun forum ifwe take the time towrite a few words on topics of interest, specially when pictures have been includedshowing someone else's work.
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BTW, that's a nice picture of a lovely place. I have the A300 and coming from the Oly E510, I find the A300 images much softer, so I increased the in-camera sharpeness. That way, I don't have to spend my time editing my imagesin PS.
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