I would find it more interesting/organized if there was a theme to follow for the featured images each week. For example, this week post only pictures of cars, flowers, landscape or whatever and change the theme every week.
Hmmmm... It seems like that could be something to consider doing when our group is larger, but right now it's not as though we're getting so many entries that it is overwhelming. My concern in adding a theme is that we'd cut the number of entries in half if a theme were introduced.
There's also the notion of who comes up with the themes? Would the mods be in charge of coming up with something, or would someone need to maintain a weekly thread for voting on the theme like we already do for the picture? Sounds like adding quite a bit more admin work to something that really works fine as it is...
If we ever did end up using a theme week, I'd like to suggest that we have a "un-edited" week, so the challenge would be to get the best photo out of your camera. Many of the photos seem to have a lot of post-processing. I'm not suggesting this is bad - the photos are stunning - but I bet there are a lot of excellent photographers out there who are not necessarily photo-editing gurus (or is that now a required skill to be a good photographer?).
I think this is a good idea too. I think @Jay brings up a good point about managing the which weeks have themes and what the themes are. I figure interested parties can hash out a system if we do choose to go with themes.
Here are a few random ideas (one stolen from @seanmc):
- Unedited (strait from the camera, make it as perfect as you can with nothing but physical equipment)
- Photomanipulated (do something unconventional, add photographic elements and blend together a new reality...or surreality, or something completely unreal!)
- Brilliant Sunsets
- Monstrous Mountains
- Micro Macros
- Pure Portraiture
- Dripples (closeup water shots...ripples, drips, droplets, etc.)
- Birds of a Feather (any shot of birds)
- Wild Life (wildlife..duh!)
- City Life
- Nuanced Night (any shot from nighttime)
As an added thought, from a management perspective, it might be good to have a "Theme Announcement" thread a week ahead of time to give people time to go out and get a shot for the upcoming theme (if the next week IS a theme...to @dpollitt's point it might be best not to have every single week be a theme week.)
The contest idea, this is similar to many photo sites I am familiar with in the past.
Personally I don't typically have time to go out and shoot the theme every week, so I would likely participate less if ever.
It does have some merit to expand your portfolio or challenge one, but it's just not my favorite way to shoot or think about shooting.