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Hello & Welcome to Our Community!

Before getting started with our forums & galleries, please read the following Community Guidelines.  These rules were put together for your protection, to ensure the forums remain friendly and ensure a fun, supportive place for all.

First, the purpose of this community…

To Learn, Share & Inspire.  We are here to help you learn your photography craft.  Give back by sharing what you know.  This in turn will help you inspire other photography artists.

Second, these Guidelines are necessary due to the bad experiences we’ve had on other Social Media sites and other forums.  

When you log in to this community, it's like me inviting you into my home and I would expect a certain level of kindness (common sense).  I wouldn’t have to ask 99% of you to read the following prior to entering my home.  However, 1% of you will break these rules and I’d have to kick you out of my home - ban you from this community.  So, just so we are on the same page…

here are some additional things you should know about participating in our community…


ONE…  Everything I Learned I Learned in Kindergarten.  

These are the top 10 things I’ve learned.  As a community, we need to do most of these to ensure a supportive place for all…

  1. Treat others as you would like to be treated & don’t be rude.
  2. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.  All images are copyrighted by the posting photographer and we shall not download, steal, etc..
  3. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
  4. Wash your hands before you eat.  
  5. Flush.
  6. Warm chocolate chip cookies and cold milk are good for you.  Says my stomach.
  7. Learn from others. Share your own images. Inspire others.
  8. Take a nap every afternoon.  Because it’s relaxing.
  9. When you go out into the social media world, watch out for trolls, hold hands and stick together.
  10. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.


TWO…  I Have a Life Too.

We have lives and are unable to review all messages. Therefore, forum posts, messages, images, etc.., are the express views of the original poster and not of the Administrator, Moderators or Parker Photographic.  We are not responsible for any content.  We’ll do our best to moderate any content that is objectionable either through random monitoring or via content brought to our attention. 

YOU AGREE that you will not post any content or upload photos that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, threatening, hateful or in violation of any laws.  We reserve the right to immediately ban any violators.  Also, Parker Photographic reserves the right to remove, edit, move or close any content for any reason.  If in doubt, contact us prior to posting.  


THREE… Warning.

We log IP addresses of all posters.  Anyone breaking laws will be recorded and sent to the authorities.

Spammers - You are not welcome in our community.  Do not actively solicit your services, products or anything else to our members.  You’ll be banned and your IP address will be reported to your ISP.  

If your sole purpose is to spam and/or create backlinks for your site, your post will be removed and you’ll be banned from the site.


FOUR… Private Messages.

You agree that your use of the Private Message function may be monitored for violators of the terms of agreements outlined in this Community Guideline.  If we see you spamming others, sending hate messages, or violating any other term, your messages will be deleted and you’ll be banned from our community.


FIVE…  Screen Names.

Do not use your email address or web address.  Also, do not use names that are racist, vulgar, offensive or are inappropriate in any way.  Same goes for your avatars.  Administrators have final say on what is considered inappropriate.  


SIX…  What is O.K. and What is Not?

  • Please do not cross post the same message in multiple categories.
  • Please provide detailed, descriptive titles for your content.
  • It’s o.k. to link to a competitors website if you’ve used their products and recommend them.  
  • It’s NOT o.k. to use affiliate links to promote competitor products. We will remove these types of links.
  • It’s o.k. to link to your photography website… IN THE DESIGNATED FORUM.  These links are “no-follow” links and will provide little to no SEO value.  If this is your only purpose, don’t bother.
  • This community is not designed as a place to promote your work, unsolicited.  Only post a link to your site if the author has a specific need and requests information on a project… then it’s o.k.


SEVEN…  Common Sense Please & Thank You.

  • Be polite.
  • “Trolling” not allowed.
  • Don’t engage with trolls. Report instead.
  • Hate speech not allowed.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Don’t be rude. 
  • Use the Search Tool prior to posting your question.
  • Provide as much detail as possible when asking a question. A screenshot is very helpful.
  • Don’t attack others personally. 
  • No topics on politics, religion, etc..
  • We have zero tolerance for bad apples.  Please report bad posts and we’ll remove if warranted.  


EIGHT…  Can We Just Get Along?

Let’s get along. Yes, we can!

However, we don’t always have to agree. If not, explain why.

Only critique an image if requested by the author.  If requested, we’ll remove any unsolicited critiques.

When requested by the original poster be polite with your critiques.  We will not always agree with another critique and we should have a polite discussion on why you believe in your position.


NINE…  It’s Free.

Participation in this community is free. However, we reserve the right to remove inactive members.  If we don’t hear from you, we may delete your account and all images uploaded to it.


It’s expensive and time consuming to run a forum (but I’m happy to do this to give back to the community after 30 years as a pro photographer).  As the community grows, the number of images will increase our costs substantially (bandwidth and storage of your images). 

Therefore, we reserve the right to remove inactive accounts (old accounts that are inactive for several months or more).  Also, Parker Photographic reserves the right to limit the amount of content and/or images for free accounts.


TEN… Size Does Matter.

The larger your image, the more storage we need and the more bandwidth we use to display your images.

Please note that we have file size limitations for images posted in forums and in your gallery.  The file size limit is 1.5 MB per image.  

Free accounts have further restrictions on the number of images you can post per month.

For best results, use a maximum height or width of 1800 pixels @ 72dpi.  If your image exceeds 1.5 MB, then you’ll have to post a smaller sized image.  


ELEVEN… It’s Copyrighted.

If you took the photo, then you own the copyright for that image.  

If you’re trying to download, screencast, or use some other method to take someone else’s image and use as your own… you are violating copyright laws and you’ll be reported to the appropriate authorities.  Oh, and you’ll be instantly banned too. 

In fact, we reserve the right to call you ought as a thief within our community, our social media accounts and more to warn others not to engage with you.

Do not, copy their image (from our site or theirs) and repost without permission.

If you wish to post another artists work, you may place a link to that persons work.  


TWELVE… Is That All?

Nope.  We reserve the right to update this terms of use agreement between you and Parker Photographic as situations arise.

Just use common sense and all will be well.

This is my home.  Treat me and my other guests like you would like to be treated and you’ll always be welcome.



  1. Please post a comment below confirming you agree with the terms outlined in this guide.  
  2. Then, introduce yourself to the community here;  https://parkerphotographic.com/community/forum/15-sayhello/


Thank you and welcome to the community!


Oh, and in case you're wondering, we are not like Facebook.  We do not claim ownership of any images you post.  You'll always retain ownership and copyright on our forums.  Plus, again unlike Facebook, we will not resell your email to anyone.



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Hi Chris :-)

Aber natürlich bin ich einverstanden. Ich freue mich und danke Dir. Viele Grüsse, Sonja

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