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Can we have some new categories ... Please...

ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
15 Aug 2009 11:48AM
I was delighted to see last month that Street photography was given its own category here on EPZ - brilliant news.

But I think there are still two categories that are important enough in their own right to warrant their own categories.

One is 'nightime, flash, low light level work' and the other which I personally would like to see is 'Maritime, seascape and waterscape work'.

So how do I go about collecting support for the latter (somebody else can do the former) - what is the process for influencing 'the powers' and does it involve very large amounts of money or other special favours?

All the arguments about there already being too many categories and doing keyword searchs are now I believe nuliffied, because of the welcome intro of Street Photography - so how about it???



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SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
15 Aug 2009 12:13PM
I too was pleased too see street photography get it's own category. But I'm not convinced about night/flash/low light. I think that's more a technique than a genre - images shot in low light are generally of something and not IMO a subject in itself.

You may have a point with seascapes etc., which don't easily fall into landscape.

I personally feel there's more scope to expand on city/urban/built environment and interior subjects rather than use the catch-all 'architecture'.
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
15 Aug 2009 12:30PM
Yes I take your point Steve - perhaps it would be like having a Macro or Telephoto category - doesn't really work as a subject per se.

But it looks as though you might be in favour of water/seascapes and maritime - can I please count you as a tick?


mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 1:24PM
a Macro one would work if you could only enter using MACRO mode or lens... i would be up for that subject.
SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
15 Aug 2009 1:53PM
There is already a close-up category...
15 Aug 2009 1:56PM
If we add more categories we're going to need a section moderator just to oversee these Sad
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
15 Aug 2009 2:00PM
We do have plans to convert the gallery into a two tier menu. Top tier with broad categories and secondary tier with more specific elements. Many categories that have been requested will fall into this. So the suggestions have been noted and are on the development plan. It's quite a structural change that's coming to the gallery so it's not been rushed.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:27PM
Sounds like an interesting development.
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
17 Aug 2009 3:42PM
Sounds very interesting indeed - but can I still put in a request that maritime and waterscapes are counted as a broad category rather than as a specialism of something else (because the trouble is when I upload a seascape or an image of a boat it just doesn't really fit with anything much apart from the 'general' catch all).

Just bumping the thread as part of my campaign!


Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
17 Aug 2009 6:58PM
Do we really need more categories, the only two that I always believed lacking were fashion and street and we have them now.

Surly anything else would fit in somewhere.
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2009 7:02PM
'General'.................that covers it.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
17 Aug 2009 8:38PM
The planned developments suggest that 'General' will not be needed. Perhaps 'Other' would cover anything else Wink
Can't say I've ever used General, to my knowledge.
I'm intrigued about the two tier menu.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
17 Aug 2009 10:13PM
night time work, long exposure and light painting are long over due IMO

its nothing to do with flash and lighting ...

please can we have that category ????

two years ago it was 'on the cards' !
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
17 Aug 2009 10:30PM
Night photography is as different from general landscape / urban photography as street photography is to photo journalism.

You only have to see how popular Strobism is on Flickr to know there is room for it. Strobe work is different from general "flash" work.

I for one have been looking at other sites for inspiration on the less EPZ friendly subjects, such as strobism, still lifes etc (I'm getting a bit bored of landscapes). It would be great if we could use the two tier system to search out such work on here.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
17 Aug 2009 11:02PM

Quote:I for one have been looking at other sites for inspiration on the less EPZ friendly subjects, such as strobism, still lifes etc

To be honest in this modern day you don't really need categories. All it needs currently is for those who shoot strobism (for example) is to put that in the tags, then you have unlimited categories. Searching the gallery for "strobism" currently finds nothing, but for "strobe" there are many "strobism" type shots. You can narrow your art down to the finest degree using tags. They're there - it's up to you all to use them. Categories are actually old school but force a kind of order. Tags are much more flexible, and do work well with our search system. They just need to be used.

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