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This group is unlike any other, in that we (the admin team) strive to take the time to tell you why your submission has been declined, often in as much detail as we can muster. We try to be as inclusive and unpretentious as we can. We want to encourage and support every level of photographer on dA, from beginner to seasoned and everything in between.

We want our group to be a wonderful learning experience. If you love photography for it's own sake and want to improve your skill, please get involved by submitting your photos!

Please be mindful of these six points, when submitting your photography with us:

We banned the dA watermark months and months ago. Any acceptable submissions with the dA watermark attached, cannot be accepted until the dA watermark is removed. In doing this, we also ban any large watermarks/signatures that may be present on a submission - as that is the point of banning the dA watermark. To read the journal covering this topic, go here -> casualphotography.deviantart.c…

:bulletgreen: We do not accept photo-manipulations. That's not to say all photos that have the word "Photoshop" in the metadata are automatically rejected! Everyone touches up their work a little, it's the painfully obvious edits that we try to weed out - edits which put a cos-player into a still from a video game or the person hovering in the air firing lightning bolts out of their hands that we don't permit. It should be pretty clear what we allow by just browsing through the group galleries.
Also, please remember that photography with text added in will likely be declined. (not including your signature/stamp of course)

:bulletblue: Although we don't expect your submissions to be complete photographic masterpieces(although they are welcome too), we do have basic criteria by which to judge them. Your submitted photograph should show evidence that you have thought carefully about such things as composition, focus, lighting, and depth of field. In other words: Your submissions won't be snapshots, and you have put in the effort to produce a photograph to be proud of.

:bulletred: Please pay attention to the gallery you're submitting to! We have a wide variety of folders with clear titles for all sorts of photography; some shots can easily fit in to more than one gallery so keep in mind what the focus of the photograph is when you're submitting.
We have renamed our Miscellaneousfolder to Everything else.

:bulletpurple: Please note that we do not accept any submissions to the "Featured" folder. Submit your work to an appropriate gallery folder and if the admin team comes across a photograph showcasing exceptional skill, capturing emotion in a spectacular way or one with an amazing story behind it, we will move it there ourselves.

:bulletblack: Artistic Nude - For those adult deviants who prefer the maturity filter 'off', we have a collection of artistic nudes, which are firmly judged based on their artistic merit, as well as technical quality, composition, and other aspects that make up our gallery standards. Explicit sexuality will not be accepted.

We typically do not collect macabre photography. Please don't submit it or anything horror related.

Happy snapping! :peace:=)

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Hi everyone :)

Just so you all know, if your submission expired - we are not ignoring you! There has been a huge influx of submissions the past few months and we did not, nor have not, enough admins to deal with the flood. Sometimes I will go through expired submission and resubmit them myself, which bypasses the voting process, putting the deviation directly into our gallery after YOU approve it. I will only do this to photographs that pass our gallery and submission standards.
If your submission expires, please leave a comment ON THE SUBMISSION page, where we can address it directly.

If we decline a submission, it is a rule that our admins must tell you why they declined it. If, for any reason, your picture was declined without a short critique, something either went wrong with the voting process or one of the admins isn't doing their job. Either way, please comment on the expired submission. Posting on our front page won't help anyone, it needs to be on your (expired) submission.

I did some cleaning up of the Admin team, demoting admins who haven't voted in 5+ months back to members (after notifying them), leaving gaps in our Admin team. These gaps need to be filled!
If you think you have what it takes to be part of the CasualPhotography team, then read on.

As an Admin, you get to:

~ Vote on photos that members submit
~ Give (constructive) feedback to members on their work
~ Have a say in what happens here
~ Be in on all our cool admin-y secrets
~ Assist us in bettering the group: Contributing to journals, other ideas etc
~ Express your love for photography by being part of our community!

You will be expected to:

~ Be friendly, supportive, & positive
~ Vote on photography objectively and intelligently, following our guidelines
~ Communicate with members (give polite and helpful reasons why you are declining their submission, and, answer questions)
~ Be active!
~ Know basic photography terminology and be able to critique submissions
~ Be willing to learn!

If you want to become part our team, then please lease a comment on this Journal - Tell us in a couple short sentences why you would be good for the job. Also list any groups you are currently in Admin of (which includes contributor).
Any experience you have is beneficial! But if you aren't as experienced and still want to help, leave a comment anyway. We're always looking for help =D

Any other questions, just fire away, below, we will endeavor to answer them as best we can.
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TristenCoy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student Photographer
Thanks so much for the invite! :blowkiss: 
a-Arietis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Hazel-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know if this group is dead or not!
You guys say it's not, but my submission has been waiting for approval since Jan 6.!!
a-Arietis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
We have a one month limit on submissions (that's the max dA allows)
If your submission expires and we deem it acceptable, we will automatically submit it into the group, and notify you on the submission page.

Our very small group of admins have clearly been enjoying their end of year/new-year/summer/holidays etc.
As we receive a large number of submissions, we might not get to all of them if our team has absences.
We also have actual lives, jobs, study loads, commitments, family/friends etc, hey.

I'm working on getting more Admins into the group. It's an ongoing thing

So yeah, as I said, your submissions will be dealt with in time. Thanks.
Hazel-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well if you have to many submissions, maybe you should think about changing the submission amount! Other groups have many more submissions and can handle that too. (It's just a thought tho). If that's what you mean, since the last journal I could find something like this says members can submit twice a week. (I checked before I submitted my work tho).

Well trust me, I know people here on dA have actual lives as well! I only did write a comment because it hasn't been the first time something has been in waiting for that long and did actually expire. And trust me there's no need to justify why the group looks more or less dead to members! Or maybe do it in a new journal, because (talking for me) when I see a journal being almost a year old I assume that the group s more or less dead. 

And thanks for dealing with my submission, I hope you'll get some new admins soon! :)
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