UPDATE: Thank you to all those who volunteered. We’re working through some long-term technical issues that are keeping this forum from happening right now, but hopefully we’ll be past this soon.
To start off, I just want to sincerely thank all of you for the support you’ve given me at ImprovePhotography.com. The site is only a year and a half old (our birthday is February 17, 2011), and we are now seeing nearly a million page views each month.
For the last two months, I have been hard at work with a developer creating a new community section of the website, where you’ll be able to share your photos to get feedback, ask questions, and learn photography from each other.
Given the millions of photographers who visit this site, such a community would be impossible for me and Dustin to manage by ourselves. I am looking for photographers who are able to volunteer their time and efforts to make our community the best on the net.
The following are the needs we have…
Editors: Our new community page will include a community blog. On this page, ANYONE in the community will be able to submit guest posts on photography topics they have learned about, share their photography-related experiences, review gear, etc. Unfortunately, I know from past experience that this opportunity is guaranteed to be abused by companies who want us to publish their ads. I need editors who have good English skills to edit grammar and spelling, as well as a solid knowledge in photography to edit for substance. This volunteer position would likely only take 15 minutes a day to edit and approve/delete articles from the community. Naturally, editors will also be able to write blog posts on this community blog as often as they like.
Bloggers: In the last few months, I have met dozens of extremely talented photographers who write about photography on their blogs and share their photos, but don’t feel like they have a way to share their knowledge in a meaningful way. Bloggers will be able to write on our community blog about their experience with photography products, their knowledge of photography techniques, tips they learn from shooting, etc. Bloggers should be able to explain difficult concepts in a simple way, have a good knowledge of photography, and be able to commit to one article every two weeks.
Moderators: In the last 60 days, ImprovePhotography.com received over 108,000 spam comments. Most of these are caught with our spam filter, but some good comments get through, and some good comments are marked as spam. Also, all comments need to be moderated to get rid of rude comments from trolls who attack other members of our community. We try to keep our comments as friendly as possible. Moderators will be given a special username and password that will allow them to approve/disapprove comments and ban the trolls from coming back. Moderators do not need to be advanced photographers at all–just people who want to improve the community.
Community Leaders: Community leaders will definitely receive a lot of recognition on ImprovePhotography, but also need to be able to dedicate the time to grow a community. Our new community page will include ways for photographers in various genres to connect, ask/answer each others’ questions, and get photo feedback. We will assign a community leader to each of the groups on our forum (landscape, portrait, post-processing, lighting, etc) to run and judge monthly photography contests in their group, answer people’s questions in the forum, as well as having the opportunity to do live webinars as you see fit. Community leaders should be very knowledgeable photographers who want to dedicate some time each day to grow an awesome sub-community.
This is a labor of love for people who would like to give back to the community. In addition to the ability to give back to the community, you’ll also get all of my online classes, books, and other products for free, and will get to see all of our goings on before we release them to the community. I anticipate that I’ll be in frequent contact with the community leaders, bloggers, and editors.
If you’re interested in pitching in and growing our friendly community, please fill out the form on the web page below. Please only apply if you have the time to dedicate to this project, and you feel competent in using the web.
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