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Principles of Moderation
This is a family-oriented forum, so for that reason, and to keep the forum cordial and non-commercial, the following types of posts are prohibited.
Classifieds (for sale, for trade, or wanted ads) should only be posted in the appropriate sub-forum, which is open only to those who have been members for 30 days or more. Classified ads are now divided into three sections: For Sale - For Trade, Wanted to Buy, and For Sale - Member-made LF Gear and Accessories, with the following rules specific to each section. The displays of these three sub-forums in the main index are ordered by the original post date, latest first, not the date of the latest post within the threads. Similar to classified ads in a newspaper, only the original poster (OP) can post in the buy-sell sections. All comments, questions, or corrections should be sent to the OP via PM or e-mail. If such a communication indicates a clarification or correction should be made to the listing, the OP should post the clarification or correction to the thread, and potentially ask the moderators to correct the title of the thread.
For Sale / For Trade
Wanted to Buy
For Sale - Member-made LF Gear and Accessories
News - Announcements and news about the LF Photography site, including home page articles, Forum changes and downtime. Only moderators can start new threads, but registered users may add posts to existing threads.
Feedback - Questions and answers about the LF Photography Home Page and Forum.
Announcements - Non-repetitive announcements about gallery openings, new books, trade shows, specific workshops, etc. (See also "Resources" below.)
Business - Business aspects of LF photography, including legal, marketing and promotion.
Cameras & Camera Accessories - Large format cameras of all types, 8x10 and smaller. (Note: lenses and lens accessories have their own sub-forum.)
Cameras - ULF (Ultra Large Format) and Accessories - Large format cameras of all types, having a diagonal of 13" or larger. (Note: lenses and lens accessories have their own sub-forum.)
Darkroom Equipment - All about darkroom hardware: enlargers, lenses, easels, exhaust fans, etc.
Darkroom: Film, Processing, and Printing - Traditional film, film processing, lab processing, chemistry, paper, traditional printing processes and conservation.
Digital Hardware - Large format digital hardware (cameras, backs, scanners, printers, etc.)
Digital Processing - Software, printing, and workflow issues related to digital image processing and printing.
Gear - Questions about photographic accessories (not lens or camera body accessories) like tripods, bags, meters, etc.
Image Sharing (LF) & Discussion - Post your own large-format images (based on 4"x5" or larger format) for sharing and discussion. Critiques should only be offered if requested by the original poster.
Image Sharing (Everything Else) & Discussion - Post your own images of other formats and types here for sharing and discussion. All roll film formats (rolls less than 4" wide) and medium-format digital formats belong here, regardless of camera used. Critiques should only be offered if requested by the original poster.
Lenses & Lens Accessories - Discussions about Large Format Lenses & Lens Accessories (including lenses capable of being used on ULF)
LF DIY (Do It Yourself) - discussions of how to build, restore or repair large format cameras and equipment or accessories for handling large format negatives (4x5 and larger).
Lighting Techniques - Studio, Artificial - Discussions of artificial lighting techniques used in the studio and outside the studio.
Location & Travel - Discuss questions about places to photograph, including conditions in transit and how to travel with equipment.
On Photography - Discuss aesthetics, philosophy, history, photographers and photographs.
Resources - Labs, education, general workshops, services, stores and places to find information on LF photography. (Note: individual workshop announcements should be posted to the "Announcements" section, while a general workshop venue resource would be posted here - once.)
Style & Technique - For questions about exposure, meters, Zone system, or advice on photographing specific subjects.
For Sale/For Trade - USE OF THIS AREA IS STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. This is a private area open only to those who have been members for 30 days or more. FS/FT ads are limited to photographic equipment (all formats), photography books, and prints being sold by registered members. The item for sale must be owned by and in the possession of the seller or its location and ownership status fully disclosed in the sales listing. Items that the member may wish to simply give away should be listed here, with the preface “Free” in the thread title. Please read the Guidelines specific to this section prior to posting, or risk deletion.
Wanted to Buy - USE OF THIS AREA IS STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. This is a private area open only to those who have been members for 30 days or more. WTB ads are limited to photographic equipment (all formats), photography books, and prints desired to be purchased by registered users. Please read the Guidelines specific to this section prior to posting, or risk deletion.
For Sale - Member-made LF Gear and Accessories - USE OF THIS AREA IS STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. This is a private area open only to those who have been members for 30 days or more. For-sale ads here are limited to new LF gear, accessories and LF darkroom gear actually made by the member placing them up for sale. Threads (in this sub-forum) will be displayed in the date/time order of the initial post, newest first. Please read the guidelines for this section prior to posting, or risk your post being deleted.
Unsatisfactory transactions from threads in any of the sale-related sub-forum may be reported using ONE post that states the following: "Unresolved issue with _______ on this sale." It must be reported in the specific thread in which the item was offered, and must not provide further details.
Buyer/Seller Advisories - Any reports about the outcomes of transactions with providers of products and services to large-format photographers must be made in the "Buyer/Seller Advisories" sub-forum. The purpose of this sub-forum is to provide a service to large-format photographers who need to know whom to trust in a small market. All posts in other forums complaining about specific transactions will be moved to this forum, and repeated mispostings by a person may result in moderator action. Threads in the Buyer/Seller Advisories forum must be:
Comments about the character or honesty of the person described will be deleted without notice, and repeated negative personal comments will result in moderator actions. Remember, personal attacks and abuse to other site users is not allowed on this forum. Demands for action are also not appropriate anywhere on the Large Format Photography Forum, and will be removed. The LFPF does not provide any mechanism for seeking resolution of an unsatisfactory transaction--resolution must be pursued outside the forum. This sub-forum is for simple reports of outcomes of transactions here and elsewhere. If the transaction occurred elsewhere, then it must involve transactions of products or services relevant to the large-format community.
The Lounge - An area for off-topic (non-LF, but preferably photography-related) discussion and socializing. Topics and discussions of politics and religion are not allowed, here or elsewhere on the forum, and the forum's general behavioral standards apply here, too.
Introductions - An area to introduce yourself to the other forum members.
Groups & Meetings - Information & questions about organized LF groups & unofficial meet-ups.
New Products - Forum for announcements of a commercial nature from approved vendors. Posts are "moderated" - meaning they must be approved before they display on the forum. Once posted, registered users are free to ask questions or discuss the product announcement in a manner consistent with general forum guidelines.
Kickstarter Projects - Kickstarter projects that relate to photography may be announced once, and once only, in the Kickstarter Announcements section. All subsequent discussion of that Kickstarter campaign must be confined to that thread. Projects of no interest to photographers (in the judgement of the moderators) will be removed.
The Announcements is intended for announcements of conferences, workshops, book releases, gallery openings, and the like. Regular participants may post announcements of these events (one thread per event only, please), and then respond to any questions within that thread. Reviews of the event may also be posted to the thread. If important aspects of the event change, simply post a follow-up response, and the event will cycle back to the top of the recently-modified threads. (One update/month only, please.)
Additionally, an entry for the Calendar may be submitted through the Calendar tab at the top of the forum menu, if appropriate. That entry should be limited to the event name and location.
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Moderators: current forum moderators include Ralph Barker, Rick Denney, Oren Grad and Neil Poulsen. The moderators can be reached en masse here.
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