A new kind of challenge, and a limited-time Promo Code!

Photo Friday · Sep-29-16 ·
I want to give you something new this week! Since Photo Friday is newly updated, I think it's time for a totally new kind of challenge.

This is The 7-Day Challenge #7_day_challenge:

The idea with this challenge is to commit to taking an original photo every day for seven days, and share each photo the same day you take it. What you photograph is totally up to you!

Can you shoot the same subject, over seven days, and create different interpretations each day? Are there seven people in your life you could do portraits of? Seven different parks in your town you could visit? What ideas can you come up with that will interest and motivate you over a 7-day series?

Just remember, like all our challenges, it's totally optional, and there's no wrong way to participate. Just keep taking pictures!

However, to help out a bit, we've got a limited-time Promo Code that will give you seven additional photo uploads! This code expires on Fri Oct 7th 2016 at 11:59 PM (USA Pacific time) so whatever you decide, just don't miss out on this code!


And enter the code:

I can't wait to see your photos!


Membership and the Content Moderation phase

Photo Friday · Sep-22-16 ·
Hey gang!

It's been a week since the all-new Photo Friday went live, and what a thrill it is to see all the new members and all the gorgeous and fascinating photos being shared!! Welcome, one and all!!

I have just a few quick words about becoming a member on Photo Friday:

If you've already created your account (welcome!!) but you're still seeing a banner reminding you that you're in Content Moderation just know that it's super easy and fast to get an unmoderated account.


By uploading even a single photo to the site (heck, mark it as 'private' if you want, and no member of the public will ever see it) and make sure it conforms to our blissfully short sharing guideline. You can always delete it later.

That's it! Easy, right?

We review images from new members very quickly (often within an hour or two) and you'll get an email not only letting you know that you're now a full and unmoderated member of our community, but you'll also receive a special perk by way of a promo code. Now I'm not going to spoil it by saying what the perk is (you'll just have to try it and see!) but I know you'll like it! It's Photo Friday's way of welcoming you aboard!

Honestly, if you're happy being Moderated, more power to you! But you won't be able to post comments and that will make me sad. Moderation exists, unfortunately, because of spam bots and others who will try to take over a site like Photo Friday and make everyone on it miserable. I know Content Moderation is a bit of a pain, but the net result is a much safer and more enjoyable environment for us all!

Well, dear friends, have a wonderful weekend! I can't wait to see where you've been taking your cameras!


Welcome to Photo Friday!

Photo Friday · Sep-11-16 ·
I'm thrilled to welcome you to the all-new Photo Friday!

Photo Friday started in late 2002 as a weekly photo Challenge site, and from that time right up to 2016, changes to the site were mostly incremental. But now we're embarking on an entirely new format and mission!

Discovering the work of passionate photographers like yourself, having your photos on the site and seen around the world, engaging with people on a social platform that encourages creative growth and expression -- all of this is at the heart of the changes that have come to Photo Friday.

I hope you'll love all that you discover here, and I encourage you to let me know if you find anything that you want to discuss.

I can't end this first message without expressing my heart-felt thanks to the team of beta testers who spent weeks hammering on the new site. Their feedback and enhancement requests have markedly improved things here for all of us. Thank you, testers!!

Welcome, one and all! I can't wait to see your photos!