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Photo challenges?
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:05:06 AM »
Remember MHANTM?

Nothing on that scale, but how does anyone feel about having monthly/bi-weekly photo challenges?
I for one miss following the big contest, but would smaller contests have more interest?
How would you like them to go?

When I had a forum, I did several challenges, including a small 7-round challenge rather than the massive ANTM. There were theme challenges, "must include so many of the following items, etc. On a pullip forum I used to frequent, we did bi-weekly challenges, where the winner got to pick the next theme.

Mattel's mind boggling decisions are all but killing this board and I was wondering if something like challenges might breathe new life. Or is it already too late? I for one, would love to reconnect with my dolls again.

Side note, challenges wouldn't necesarrily be limited to MH/EAH.

Thoughts, opinions, mods weigh-in? Did any of that make sense?

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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 06:25:47 PM »
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I like the idea of the winner getting to pick/name the next theme. Incentive.

Maybe have something to reward newcomers or those just starting out, to invite people into participating. Some folks have ginormous collections and/or lots of talent/skill/experience. That can be discouraging to those starting out with maybe not much more than a few dolls and some enthusiasm.

Semi-regular but not overwhelmingly complex contests could also allow busy collectors/enthusiasts to play, too.
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2018, 01:39:49 PM »
The site's ANTM was before my time, but I looked at all the old threads and honestly it seems like such a fun idea. Something low-pressure sounds like a good idea, as I don't think I would have had the time to participate in the actual event, but knowing that I could miss a few challenges and join in when time allowed makes it a lot more enjoyable in my opinion. I don't like treating hobbies like a chore by implementing time constraints and causing stress, it ruins the fun. Plus, knowing that it's low-to-no-pressure incentivizes me to join in. The Doll A Day Challenge I've seen around here looks fun, but I don't have the time for that, so having a monthy/biweekly challenge is more enticing to me, and I'd love to try and make time for a few challenges should this take off.
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2018, 04:43:57 PM »
I'd love to do something like this, provided it's low pressure. ^^
Having an incentive to get some photos of my lovely dolls would be great.  I'm not very good at taking creative photos, but that's another reason why it would be great for me.  I need to practice somehow!

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2018, 06:20:48 PM »
I also like low pressure....

Sometimes it can be easier to set up photos with themes or guidelines....such as a cafe shot, outdoors, weird scale, Alice in Wonderland, or bicycles.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2018, 05:57:50 AM »
Really love the idea
I might not be able to join every challenge, but I'd love to participate as frequently as I can.
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2018, 06:42:13 AM »
Just throwing out another 'challenge' idea...

What about prop-making, re-styling dolls, sewing (or glueing) a new outfit challenges? Making/drawing a backdrop?

The idea being, promote more ways to enjoy our dolls, enhance skills, learn new things....
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2018, 05:17:45 PM »
So a few people are interested? I haven't heard from a mod tho.

If it happens tho, should we start with say...a simple week to take pic, week to vote/announce winner?
I think a simple winner prize could be a signature or a small banner to place in sig, or a button or something?

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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2018, 08:40:06 PM »
Sounds good to me, Ravie! Thanks for taking a lead on this.
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2018, 06:16:08 AM »
I was just thinking how much I missed MHNTM. I have far less dolls now, but I still want to photograph them. I'd be up for a challenge!
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2018, 12:08:06 PM »
Well, how about...

We get started on a mini challenge and plan for a Halloween Blow-out challenge?

Throw me an idea for a mini challenge and a few ideas for a Halloween one and I'll get started on makin a thread and the submission process :D

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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2018, 12:27:59 PM »
How about a 'black & white' theme for the mini challenge? Could be either black & white dolls/clothes/props OR just filmed in black & white.

For the Halloween blow-out ideas:
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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2018, 12:50:05 PM »
Ohh, I like the black and white idea :D

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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2018, 03:55:00 PM »
Black and white sounds super cool.
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2018, 06:36:17 PM »
I love this idea! If I find time I'll participate in the Black and White challenge. Also, I'd really enjoy a Halloween challenge. I've always wanted to create a Halloween backdrop for my dolls!

I know I'm jumping ahead here, but if this takes off I had some ideas for bigger future challenges.

Disney Classics Recreated: Every week could be a different Disney movie, starting off with well known movies, such as Cinderella, ending with lesser known ones, like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The twist would be that the photos can't include actual Disney dolls. If you want to make it really hard, the use of Ever After High dolls could also not be allowed.

The Great Clothing Swap: For this challenge, you'd have to photograph a doll wearing clothes that is from another type of doll. For example, Monster High clothes on a Bratz doll, or something like that.

Everyone Is Welcome: Two or more different types of dolls in the same shot. You wouldn't be allowed to duplicate types of dolls, like have two Ever After High dolls and one Barbie, they'd all have to be different.

Those, of course, are just some ideas that I'm throwing out there. I know the winner of the previous challenge gets to pick the next one, but maybe if we have a bigger contest some day, we could expand on one of those themes? I don't know, I'm just super excited about this! :biggrin:

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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2018, 12:15:04 AM »
@ Repositob - I love all those ideas! Especially the Disney one. If we get to a point where we can do a bigger challenge, I think I can see that happening.

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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2018, 05:31:19 AM »
@ Repositob - I love all those ideas! Especially the Disney one. If we get to a point where we can do a bigger challenge, I think I can see that happening.

Fantastic! I'm really hoping these challenges will take off. They seem like so much fun!

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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2018, 08:14:30 AM »
Super cool, Ravie you did a nice job setting up the black & white challenge thread!

repositob, love the ideas, especially the clothing swap.

I'd like to add Famous (or Favorite) Movie Scenes. A recreation or interpretation of cinematic moments....
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2018, 09:04:28 AM »
repositob, love the ideas, especially the clothing swap.

I'd like to add Famous (or Favorite) Movie Scenes. A recreation or interpretation of cinematic moments....

Yes! I can totally see Clawd and Draculaura recreating the scene from Titanic! What a great idea!

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Re: Photo challenges?
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2018, 09:36:06 AM »
This sounds like a fun idea. :)
We had something similar last year but it didn't last very long.

As long as you are not offering prizes then you are free to post photo challenges without mod approval.
If you would like to offer prizes, however, then you'll need to write up a proposal and submit it to the mod team for approval.

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