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Quick Start Guide

Getting Started in Under Three Minutes

Welcome to Clickin Moms! We’ve put this guide together to share with you some helpful information to get started on the Clickin Moms forums and to make the most of your experience while you’re here, whether you are joining us as a member or as a Click Photo School student.

There are just five steps to getting started on CM. We’ll walk through them in detail in the next few sections, but in case you just want to jump right in, here they are:

1) Set up your profile

2) Upload an avatar

3) Introduce yourself

4) Share an image

5) Ask your first question!

Need a little more help? Our staff is always happy to provide individual assistance, so feel free to send us an email at support@clickandcompany.com anytime!

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How and Where to Log In

Your first step after you’ve registered, of course, is to log in! Head on over to the Forums, and log in with the username and password you chose when you signed up.

TIP: When visiting the forums from your home computer or personal device, be sure to check the “Remember Me” box so that you remain logged in and don’t have to resubmit your username and password every time you visit Clickin Moms.

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Setting up your Profile and Avatar

You’ll notice quickly that our forum is filled with real names and faces, and members are enthusiastic about helping and connecting with one another. So let’s get you set up:

INPUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

1) Click “My Dashboard” in the main menu bar:
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2) At the bottom left side of page, click on the column option “Edit Profile” located under “My Settings”:
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3) Input your name, birthdate, location, bio, gear, and any other information you’d like to share!

4) To input your online presence and social media, follow the format as shown below:
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5) Press SAVE to update your information.

ADD YOUR AVATAR

Your avatar is the headshot that will appear with all of your posts as well as alongside your individual user profile page. Here’s how to set yours:

1) Click “Edit Avatar” on the Profile Page sidebar:
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2) Choose “Use Custom Avatar,” and upload a photo of you sized 100 pixels by 100 pixels – OR – link to a preexisting photo on the web.

3) Press SAVE to update your avatar.

This short video will show you how to set up your avatar:

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Introducing Yourself

Come say hello!

Say hello in the “Introduce Yourself” section of the “New Member Corner”.

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1. Navigate to the “Introduce Yourself” forum and click on “Post New Thread”.
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2. Add a title to your post and tell us a little bit about yourself in the contents section. Talk about your photography, job, kids, animals, life- anything you want to share! Perhaps share some images too.
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3. Then click “Submit New Thread”.
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Share a Favorite Photo

What have you been photographing lately? Share a few favorite photos with us!

1. Navigate to the “Picture Share” forum and click on “Post New Thread”.
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2. Add a title to your post and tell us a little bit about the photos, if you’d like!
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3. Click on the tree icon to add a photo from your computer (photos should be 900-1960 pixels on the long side):
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4. Click on the “From Computer” tab and click “Choose File.”
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From here navigate to the folder where your picture is located and click on it to add.

5. Once the image has been selected, click on “Upload File(s)”.
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6. Add any text or additional images if you wish, then click “Submit New Thread”.
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TIP: Having trouble adding an image? Windows Internet Explorer 11 supports limited rich content, and you may experience display issues within your message editor when using this browser. You may wish to try using a different browser, but if you prefer to use IE11, you should find that changing your post editor to Standard improves your user experience. You can make this change with your your Settings under Miscellaneous > Message Editor Interface.

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Ask Your First Question

Feeling stuck or overwhelmed in Photoshop? Need some help picking out the best camera for beginners? Can’t figure out why your pictures are turning out so dark? Whatever it is, we’re here to help!

1. Navigate to the forum you want to post in. If you aren’t sure where to start, the Beginner Q&A forum in the New Member Corner is a wonderful place to begin.
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2. Once in the Beginner Q&A forum (or forum of your choice), click “Post New Thread”.
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3. Add a Title, your content, and if you’d like, some images, to your post.
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4. Lastly, click “Submit New Thread”.
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TIP: Windows Internet Explorer 11 supports limited rich content, and you may experience display issues within your message editor when using this browser. If you prefer to use IE11, you may find that changing your post editor to Standard improves your user experience. You can make this change with your your Settings under Miscellaneous > Message Editor Interface.

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Navigating the Forums

You’ll find everything you need to navigate through the forums in the main navigation bar:

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HOME

The forum’s home is our “What’s Happening” page, which features continuously updated highlights from the forum, including new member introductions, the freshest tutorials, announcements, and Hot Threads. It’s also a great place to keep up with ongoing member activities, such as our monthly contests, creativity exercises, artist studies, and the Weekly Glimpse list (our community Instagram project).
NEW POSTS

A great way see current community conversations, New Post lists all threads that have had new activity since you last logged in.

TIP: Hover over this menu item to select an alternative “Hot Threads” listing, which includes only recent threads with high amount of member activity.

FORUM LIST

Hovering over the Forum List menu item reveals a dropdown of the main areas of Clickin Moms; click any one of them to reveal an additional group of subforums. Here’s an overview:

Clickin Moms Lobby: Announcements, Help Desk, Suggestion Box, and more!

New Member Corner: This is a great place to start if you are a new photographer or just new to forum life!

Learning Library (Tutorials & Articles) Photography Tutorials, Articles, and other resources created by CMstaff, Mentors, and CMpros.

Photography Chat: One of the most popular areas of the board, Photography Chat includes subforums for general photography discussion and personal artistic development, as well as a busy forum for Photography by Type.

Members Connect: Coordinate meetups, share your journey, and get favorite photographers a little better, or just shoot the breeze! This is the place for personal connections and more. It’s also home to our popular PIF subforum where members can pay it forward to the community by offering free sessions, gear donations, downloads (noncommercial only) and more.

Show Us What You’ve Got (Photo Share & Critique) Share your photos here for critique, to request advice, to inspire others, or just for the fun of it!

Business Matters: Come network and discuss everything from portfolio-building to pricing to sticky client situations.

Products and Services: This forum features exclusive vendor offers, group buys, product reviews, and a buy/sell area.

Contests and Events: Here we host subforums for in-person photography events (ClickinWalk and Click Away Conference) and online activities, such as our monthly photo contests and community games!

Click Away 2016: The official forum for Click Away 2016 in Seattle, Washington!

Click Photo School Classrooms: Students who have signed up for a Workshop or Breakout session will see their class forum appear here following registration.

CMTRIO GIFTS

This is where you’ll find your member gifts each month: a trio of downloads including a white paper, digital product, and vendor exclusive – pick and choose which ones you want, or download all three gifts! These gifts are only available for the current month, so be sure to download yours before it’s gone!
HELP

Have a question, concern, or need some individual assistance with your account? The Help Desk is a private forum visible only by our staff, and we’re here to help!

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Accessing Workshops and Breakout Sessions

If you have registered for a Click Photo School workshop or breakout session*, you can find your course materials and private virtual classroom within the Click Photo School subforum. Here’s how to access your virtual classroom:

1) Log in to Clickin Moms (if you’re reading this, you’re already logged in!), and click “My Classes” in the top menu bar:
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2) This will bring up the Click Photo School forum. If you have purchased a seat in a workshop or breakout session, you will see it listed here.

3) Click on your class forum.

a) If the forum is empty, that is because class has not yet begun (so check back in a couple days before class begins in case there are any welcome/intro materials — and again, of course, on your class start date!).

b) If the class has begun, you’ll see instructor/presenter threads stickied to the top. These threads will hold your class materials and/or Q&A threads.

c) If you are a workshop study along student, you’ll be able to read and download (but not post in) the main workshop forums. However, if you scroll down a little further, you will see special Study Along forums where you can discuss the workshop and form study groups with fellow students.

Enjoy your classes!!
* Click Photo School workshops and breakout sessions are products separate from the standard Clickin Moms membership. Click Photo School registration is open to both members and non-members. Learn more about our online photography classes at Click Photo School.

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Forum Basics

Setting up a Signature

Your signature is a wonderful way to give fellow members a visual snapshot of your work and who you are. Signatures appear at the bottom of each of your posts on the forums. To set up a signature for yourself:

1) Create your signature banner, and save it as a JPG file. The optimum signature size is 980 pixels wide x 260 pixels high. You can create your signature in the design / photo editing program of your choice, or you can customize one of our free member signature templates, available here.

2) Click the circled icon in the upper right corner of the forum.
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3) Under “Upload Signature Picture”, navigate to Option 2: “Upload Image from Your Computer”. Click “Choose File” and browse to your saved JPG file on your computer.

4) Click “Upload,” and your signature picture will appear in the field above.

5) Just above and to the right of your signature picture is a button that says “Insert Signature.” Click it!

6) (OPTIONAL) If you’d like to hyperlink your signature to your website or blog, highlight the [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] shortcode, and then click the little link icon to input your desired URL.

7) Click “Preview Signature”, and if you’re happy with how everything looks, click “Save Signature.”

This short video will walk you through setting up your signature:


TIP: Want a custom signature but don’t have a design or editing program to create it? Ask for help in New Member corner! Fellow members are happy to assist.

TIP: Signatures are not visible in the mobile app, and you do have the option to turn off Signatures on the site if you do not wish to view them as you browse threads.

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Replying to Posts

Quick Reply

It’s quick and easy to join in discussions on Clickin Moms! Simply scroll to the bottom of a thread to which you want to reply, type your reply in the Quick Reply box, and press Post Quick Reply.

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Advanced Reply

If you want to preview your reply before submitting, want to access the full range of emoticon options, or need to access editor tools that don’t display in the Quick Reply Area, choose “Go Advanced.”
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Quoting Posts

Because there are often numerous members involved in a thread, it is helpful when responding to a particular person to quote her directly in your reply. Quoting a post is easy: simply click the “Reply with Quote” button just beneath the member signature, and the quoted content will be placed in the Quick Reply box for you.
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Quoting Multiple Posts: The Multiquote
Sometimes you want to reply to a number of posts all at once, such as when you are thanking several people or when you want to individually reply to numerous people within a single post. In these situations, you’ll find the Multiquote tool very helpful. To use the tool, select the Multiquote icon for each post you wish to quote in your reply:
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When you’ve selected all of the posts you want to quote, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the pink “Multi-Quote” button at the bottom of the page. This will place your quoted content into the Quick Reply box for you.
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TIP: Either type of quote will produce a notification to the quote member letting her know she’s been quoted.

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Tagging Members

Want to tag a member in a certain thread? You can tag a member by adding an @ symbol in front of their username.

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The person you tagged will receive a notification in two places depending on their personal account settings:
1. Through email
2. Notifications

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TIP: The member’s username is the name above their avatar.

TIP: If you respond to a post written by someone other than the original poster of the thread, it’s always a good idea to tag that person, so they are sure to not miss your post!

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Uploading Photos

Show us your work!

One of the easiest ways to add photos to a thread is directly from your computer. Photos need to be resized to 900-1960 pixels on the long side. Image file size is limited to 400KB.

1. Click on the tree icon to add a photo from your computer:
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2. Click on the “From Computer” tab and click “Choose File.”
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From here navigate to the folder where your picture is located and click on it to add.

3. Once the image has been selected, click on “Upload File(s)”.
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4. The following will then appear in your text box:
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5. Add any text or additional images if you wish, then click “Submit New Thread”.
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How to post multiple pictures at one time:

1. Click on “Manage Attachments”.
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2. A new window will pop up, click on “Add Files”.
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3. Click on “Select Files”.
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4. Navigate to the images you want to add. Once added, click “Upload Files”.
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5. You will see your images listed under “Manage Attachments”.
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6. To add your pictures with text, navigate to the paperclip.
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7. The window that previously popped up will pop up again. Click the boxes next to the images and then click “insert”. This will insert your images into the post and give you the flexibility to add text to where you want.

8. Once your images and text are properly placed, click “Submit New Thread”.
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TIP: Having trouble adding an image? Windows Internet Explorer 11 supports limited rich content, and you may experience display issues within your message editor when using this browser. You may wish to try using a different browser, but if you prefer to use IE11, you should find that changing your post editor to Standard improves your user experience. You can make this change with your your Settings under Miscellaneous > Message Editor Interface.

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Starting a Thread

Starting a new thread is a great way to get to know other members, share stories and receive valuable feedback.

1. Navigate to the forum you want to post in.
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2. Then Click on “Post New Thread”.
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3. Add a Title, your contents, and if you’d like, some images, to your post.
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4. Lastly, click “Submit New Thread”.
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TIP: Windows Internet Explorer 11 supports limited rich content, and you may experience display issues within your message editor when using this browser. If you prefer to use IE11, you may find that changing your post editor to Standard improves your user experience. You can make this change with your your Settings under Miscellaneous > Message Editor Interface.

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Searching

Looking for something in particular? Try out the search option!

You can start by using the quick search option in the main menu bar on the forum.

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Still not finding what you need? Click on “Advanced Search”.
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Using the Advanced Search option will give you more control of what you are looking for.
Try using keywords and choose which portion of the post you want to search for your keywords. (You can search the “Entire Post” or you can search “Titles Only”). You can also choose a specific forum to to search within.
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Thanks/Like Button

Like a post or want to show your appreciation? Click on the “Thank” or “Like” buttons!

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Engaging in the Community

Bumping a Thread

The forum tends to move fast and some threads can be missed. If you notice that your thread isn’t getting very many responses; you can bump the thread.

Scroll to the bottom of the thread to which you want to bump, type bump in the Quick Reply box, and click “Post Quick Reply”.

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Requesting Critique

There are two places you can post for critique:

1. In the “Photo Feedback” section of the “New Members Corner” forum.
This critique forum is for beginner feedback on the basics and not quite as intensive as a Serious Critique.
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2. In the “Serious Critique” section of the “Show Us What You’ve Got” forum.
This is for intense, straight forward, critique. There are rules that we ask you to follow in order to give and receive critiques. That can be found, here.
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TIP: Post your setting for better critique. (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO)

TIP: Keep the amount of images to a minimum. This will ensure in thorough feedback.

TIP: Be intentional in what you ask for critique on.

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Tutorial Requests

Can’t find a tutorial on the topic you are looking for? Request one!

1. Navigate to the Forum “Learning Library: Tutorials and Articles”.

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2. Click on the sub-forum that applies to your topic. You will then see a sticky thread where you can post a request for a new tutorial.

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Introducing Yourself

Come say hello!

Say hello in the “Introduce Yourself” section of the “New Member Corner”.

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1. Navigate to the “Introduce Yourself” forum and click on “Post New Thread”.
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2. Add a title to your post and tell us a little bit about yourself in the contents section. Talk about your photography, job, kids, animals, life- anything you want to share! Perhaps share some images too.
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3. Then click “Submit New Thread”.
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Adding Videos

Want to add a video to your post? You can add fun or instructional videos that you have previously uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.

Posting from YouTube:

1. Navigate to the forum you want to post in and click “Post New Thread”.

2. Click on the icon below to post a video:

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3. This box will pop up when you click on the icon:

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4. Navigate to the YouTube Video you want to add and click on the “Share” button.

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5. Copy the link that pops up.

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6. Paste it into the “Insert Video Clip” box that popped up previously and click “OK”.

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7. You will then see your video located in the text box. Add text as you wish and click on “Submit New Thread”. This will create your thread and add the video to the post.

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Posting from Vimeo:

1. Navigate to the forum you want to post in and click on “Post New Thread”.

2. Click on the icon below to post a video:

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3. This box will pop up when you click on the icon:

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4. Navigate to the Vimeo Video you want to add and click the share button.

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5. Copy the link that pops up.

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6. Paste it into the Insert Video Clip box that popped up previously and click “OK”.

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7. You will then see your video located in the text box. Add text as you wish and click on “Submit New Thread”. This will create your thread and add the video to the post.

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Creating a Poll

Interested in taking a member survey of opinions, habits, or personal info? Add a poll to your thread!

1. Start a new thread, and type your message as you normally would in the Your Message box.

2. Scroll down to the “Post a Poll” option in the Additional Options box.

3. Check the box next to “Create a poll with this number of options.”

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4. Enter the number of options you would like to include with your poll.

5. Select “Submit New Thread”.

6. You will be brought to a page where you can enter your poll options and post your poll with your thread.
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TIP: Once you are on the poll option page, you can use the Poll Timeout option to have the poll automatically close after a period of time. You also have the option of allowing voters to choose multiple poll responses. This is also where you can select the option to make the votes public, which means that each voter’s username will be identified with his/her vote.

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Buying and Selling

Clickin Moms requires a minimum post count to participate in the Buy/Sell forum.

1. To post on the Buy/Sell forum, navigate to the Products and Services board and click on “Buy/Sell Used Photo Equipment & Props”.

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2. Click “Post New Thread”.

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3. Then choose a Prefix (WTB – Want to Buy or FOR SALE), fill in the title, and add a thorough description. Include when you purchased the item and what condition it is in.

TIP: Adding pictures will help your item sell faster.

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4. Once your item has sold, you should change the prefix to SOLD or add a post reply mentioning that it is sold.

In regards to disputes:

Clickin Moms assumes no responsibility for transactions facilitated by the Buy/Sell forum. You engage in such transactions at your own risk. However, we encourage you to report any transactions-gone-bad to an admin so that we can track the problem and member(s) involved.

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Advertising

Advertising or using the board for the purpose of self-enrichment or promotion without a Vendor Badge is strictly prohibited.

You must be a Clickin Moms authorized vendor displaying an approved Vendor Badge in order to advertise on our forums. All vendors are always welcome to participate in the general discussions in our forums. However, unless an advertising response is clearly relevant to a thread (e.g., when a member asks a question about a product/service), Vendors should confine advertising posts to the specific Vendor forums.

Those without an approved Vendor Badge are classified as non-vendors. If you are interested in becoming an authorized Clickin Moms vendor, please contact a Moderator for more details.

Subject to the exceptions below, members may not engage in promotions on their own behalf or the behalf of a third party. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

1) Advertising products, services, or overall businesses *
2) Announcing contests or giveaways *
3) Linking to websites in order to build traffic *
4) Requesting commercial product testers *
5) Conducting market research, including polling or other solicitation of feedback *
6) Posting group buys *
7) Soliciting donations
8) Posting links to gain affiliate or referral credit
9) Recruiting members for participation in other groups, organizations, forums, or the like

* Unless an authorized vendor promoting your own business/products/services

Text, images, attachments, and links in posts, signatures, profiles, or elsewhere on the Clickin Moms website are all subject to these restrictions. Additionally, you may not use the Private Message system to engage in prohibited conduct.

Soliciting donations or otherwise collecting money is strictly prohibited. Clickin Moms participates in one or more charitable activities annually. Please let us know if there is a charitable cause you would like us to consider over the course of the year.

Vendor Conduct

Our authorized vendors have exclusive rights to promote their businesses to our members on the Clickin Moms forums.

Authorized vendors under our current vendor plan are entitled to the following:

1) Vendor badge letting our members know that you are an authorized Clickin Moms vendor
2) Authorization to use your signature as a hyperlinked advertising banner
3) Private vendor forum to meet and chat with your fellow Clickin Moms Vendors
4) Access to our extremely active general forums, where (if it suits you) you can discuss photography, Photoshop, business and marketing, and other subjects
5) Unlimited access to post in the Vendor Row and Group Buys/Discounts forums

TIP: To learn more about Advertising Rules, please see our Terms of Service, here.

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Suggestion Box

Have a suggestion? Visit the Suggestion Box located in the Clickin Moms Lobby.

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TIP: Make a suggestion about a new product, service, workshop/breakout, games/contests, feature or policy. Anything that comes to mind!

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Reporting Posts and Misconduct

Clickin Moms has extremely active forums with hundreds – sometimes thousands — of posts daily. Because moderators cannot reasonably be expected to read all of these posts, they rely heavily on members to report inappropriate threads, posts, and conduct.

If you have experienced or observed any inappropriate posts or other inappropriate behavior by a Clickin Moms member, please click the “Report Post” icon (on the bottom left side of a post) and/or inform a Guide directly. The identities of those who report posts or conduct are never made public.

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TIP: If you are uncertain about whether to report a post, report it anyway. Moderators will decide whether action needs to be taken.

TIP: You will not receive a reply to a Post Report, but Moderators review every report. If you require a reply, please submit your report via the Help Desk.

TIP: To report a thread generally, just report any post within the thread.

TIP: Clickin Moms Terms of Service (TOS) is located here.

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Customizing Your Experience

View and Settings Options

For each of the following settings, navigate to the gear icon (“My Settings”):

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Thread View:

Under “Thread Display Options”, you have the ability to make changes to how threads are displayed to you on the forum. You can choose the order in which threads are displayed (newest threads first versus oldest threads first), you can choose how many posts within a thread are shown on one page (the default is 20 posts per page, but you can increase that to as many as 100 posts per page), and you can also choose the default thread age cut off if you wish to not view threads older than a certain age. Lastly, in the “Visible Post Elements” section you can choose to turn off the option to see other’s signatures, avatars, or images within their threads if you wish to not view them.

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Time Zone:

Under “Date and Time Options”, you can set your time zone, indicate whether you want your timezone to automatically update for daylight savings, and indicate which day represents the start of your week in your location (which will ensure your calendar is set correctly.)

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Subscriptions

General settings:

By subscribing to threads on the forum, you will receive notifications anytime a new post has been added to that thread.

In order to see which threads you have subscribed to, click on the gear icon (“My Settings”):

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Under My Subscriptions, click on the “Subscriptions” folder:

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From here you can see which subscriptions you are subscribed to, as well as manage your subscriptions. You may delete subscriptions you no longer wish to see, as well as choose how you will receive subscription notifications (through your control panel or by email), and the frequency in which you receive notifications (instantly, daily, or weekly, if by email). To make these changes, click the check box on the right side of the screen for the thread you want to manage, and then click on the “selected threads” box, at which point a drop down box will appear and allow you to make your selections:

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Subscribing to a Thread:

You can subscribe to threads throughout the forum. Navigate to the original post within a thread (post #1) and look for the “Thread Tools” option in the upper right of the post. Click this option and then click “Subscribe to this Thread”.

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You will be given the option to choose how you will be notified (either through your control panel, or via email notification) each time someone new posts in the thread, and if you choose to be alerted via email, you may choose how frequently you are notified of new posts in the thread.

Subscribing to a Forum:

You also have the ability to subscribe to an entire forum, so that you receive notifications anytime a new thread has been started within a particular forum. In order to do this, navigate to the “Forum Tools” option at the top of the forum you are interested in subscribing to, and click “Subscribe to This Forum”.

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You will be given the option to choose how you will be notified (either through your control panel, or via email notification) each time a new thread has been started in the forum, and if you choose to be alerted via email, you may choose how frequently you are notified of new posts in the thread.

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Notifications

There are two ways in which you can be notified if someone has tagged you, quoted you, or responded to a thread to which you are subscribed; via the notifications box at the top of the forum and via email:

1. Via the notifications bar:

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If you have notifications, the notifications box at the top of the forum will appear green (it will be grey if you do not have any notifications), and the number of notifications will be listed. Click on this box to see the type of notification you have (such as an unread private message, new post quotes, new mentions, or new thanks/like alerts). Once you have clicked on the specific notification, that alert will disappear from the menu bar, however you can always view old notifications, which are stored in your “my profile” panel (located directly next to the notifications box.)

2. Via email:
By default, the email address that you used when creating your Clickin Moms account is the email address to which email notifications will be sent each time someone tags or quotes you on the forum, or sends you a private message on the forum. In order to change or update this email address, click on the lock icon, (“My Account”):
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You will be prompted to log into your account again (this is the same username and password that you use to log into the Clickin Moms forum). Click on the “Edit Profile” tab and you will see the option to change your email address.
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Once you have subscribed to a thread, you can determine how you will be notified whenever someone comments in that thread. Click on the gear icon (“My Settings”):

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Scroll down to “Default Thread Subscription Mode”:

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Here, you will see that you have the option to only be notified through the control panel or via email (and email notifications can be set up to alert you instantly, every time someone responds to a thread, once a day, or once a week.)

Mentions

When someone has mentioned you in a thread (also known as “tagging”), you will, by default, receive an email notification, so that you may respond to that tag. If you would prefer not to receive these notifications, you can turn them off by clicking on the gear icon (“My Settings”):

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Next in the column to the left, under “User Tagging”, click on “Settings”:

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By default, these boxes are not checked. Check the “Disable Mention Emails” and you will no longer receive email alerts when you have been mentioned on the forum (you will only receive these alerts in your notification panel, discussed above.)

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Quotes

When someone has quoted you in a thread, you will, by default, receive an email notification, so that you may respond to that quote. If you would prefer not to receive these notifications, you can turn them off by going to “Settings”:

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Then, in the column to the left, under “User Tagging”, click on “Settings”:

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By default, these boxes are not checked. Check the “Disable Quote Emails” and you will no longer receive email alerts when you have been quoted on the forum (you will only receive these alerts in your notification panel, discussed above.)

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TIP: Do not respond directly to the email notifications- responses go directly to the CM administor, and not to whoever tagged, quotes, or private messaged you.

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Keyword Tags

Adding Keywords to threads:

At the bottom of each thread you will see a list of “tags for this thread”. These tags help members find relevant threads when either using the search function, or when clicking on the “View Tag Cloud”, which will produce a list of threads that include these tags. If you want to add a tag to a thread, you can click “View Tag Cloud” to see which tags you have the option of adding, and then click the “Add/Edit Tags” button to add those tags. Only Admins on the forum are able to add tag words which are not listed in the “Tag Cloud”.

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Using Keywords to find threads:

By clicking on the “Advanced Search” option in the grey menu bar, you can search the forum through a variety of ways.

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If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see the option to “Search Tag Cloud”.

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Clicking on any of these words will produce a list of threads that contains these tags.

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FAQ and More

Click Pro

What is Click Pro?

Click Pro is a women’s organization of professional photographers and highly skilled artists whose work demonstrates creativity, vision, and artistic and technical excellence. From child and family photographers to wedding photographers, senior photographers, fine art photographers, and beyond, Click Pro is a community rich in talent and diversity. Our membership benefits are designed to cater to the artistic, social, and business needs of the professional photographers and artists within our community.

To be considered for membership, applicants must submit a 150 image portfolio for review.

More information on the program can be found here.


What are the benefits of being a Click Pro?

1. Click Pro Exclusives: Deals, discounts, and gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

 2. Click Pro Daily Project: The Click Pro Daily Project is almost always the first thing our new Pros sign up for. It is a great way for the world to see your images, but did you know that it is so much more than a collaborative blog? Posting on the DP offers up a myriad of opportunities that include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Features in Click magazine
  • Possible selection as the Daily of the Week
  • Potential contact from vendors outside Click Pro (some of our Click Pros have had their DP images featured in articles, by greeting card companies, and picked up by stock agencies)
  • Features on the Click , and Clickin Moms Facebook pages and Instagram
  • Participation in Group Projects
  • Consideration for the Canon Image of the Week

3. Complimentary subscription to Click Magazine

4. Click Pro Talent Network: opportunities for a variety of features, sponsorships, and more.

5. Image by Lens

6. Click Pro Photographers Directory

7. Membership in Clickin Moms

8. Access to private Click Pro forums and a private Click Pro Members Area

Additionally, members are also offered the following opportunities:

  • Earn significant income by presenting a Click Pro Breakout Session
  • Click Pro of the Month Feature, including promotion, blog interview, and paid teaching opportunity
  • Session feature in Click & Company In Focus, our weekly newsletter with a subscriber base of over 61,000
  • Image feature on our Facebook page with over 303,000 fans
  • Image shares on the Click Magazine Facebook page with over 22,000 fans
  • Write an article for the CMblog and reach over 85,000 monthly unique visitors
  • Apply to join our Click Photo School staff by proposing a full online workshop
  • Clickin Moms Mentor Selection (by invitation)
  • Image shares on the Click & Company Instagram feed when using one of our hashtags

You can learn more about the Click Pro Benefits click here.

How to apply:

A thorough application guide can be found, here.

Applications can be submitted, here.

You can join a Click Pro prep group, ask questions, or receive general review on your portfolio, here.

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Common acronyms and abbreviations

As in text messaging and on social media, shorthand is common on the Clickin Moms forums, and occasionally it can be hard to decipher if the terms are new to you. Here are some of the favorite and most frequently used acronyms and abbreviations used in forum discussions…

Common around here are acronyms for Click & Company programs:
CM = Clickin Moms
CPS = Click Photo School (formerly CMU, Clickin Moms University)
DP = Daily Project
CA = Click Away

Here are some more general terms:
AFAIK = As far as I know
BBL= Be back later
BRB = Be right back
BTW = By the way
DD/DH/DS = Dear daughter/husband/son
FWIW = For what it’s worth
HTH = Hope this helps
IDK = I don’t know
IIRC = If I recall correctly
IMHO = In my humble opinion
IMO = In my opinion
IMS = If memory serves
IRL = In real life
JM2C = Just my two cents
JMK = Just my kids
KWIM = Know what I mean
LMK = Let me know
NMS = Not my style
NP = No problem
OP = Original poster
OTOH = On the other hand
PM = Personal Message
TBH = To be honest
TIA = Thanks in advance
TTYL/TTYS = Talk to you later / soon
TY = Thank you
WDYT = What do you think
YMMV = Your mileage may vary
YW = You’re welcome

Photography Related
ACR = Adobe Camera Raw
AF = Auto Focus
Ap = Aperture (not an acronym; just an abbreviation!)
AWB = Auto White Balance
BBF = Back Button Focus
BG = Background
BW/B&W = Black and White (Monochrome)
CA = Chromatic Aberration
C&C = Composition & Creativity (a CM workshop)
CC = Constructive Criticism
CCL = Communicating with Color & Light (a CM workshop)
CWB = Custom White Balance
DOF = Depth of Field
EC = Exposure Compensation
EOD = Elements of Design (a CM workshop)
ETTR = Expose to the Right
FAVE = Fine Art & Visual Expression (a CM workshop)
FEC = Flash Exposure Compensation
FOC = Foundations of Composition (a CM workshop)
FOV = Field of View
GS/GT = Golden Spiral / Golden Triangle
HHCC =Hard Hat Constructive Criticism
INL = Intro to Natural Light (a CM workshop)
IS – Image stabilization (Canon lenses)
JSO = Just starting out
LB = Lensbaby
LR = Lightroom
MF = Manual Focus
MME = Mastering Manual Exposure (a CM workshop)
MNLI = Master Natural Light Indoors (a CM workshop)
NL = Natural Light
NR = Noise Reduction
OCF = Off Camera Flash
OOF = Out of Focus
PBing = Portfolio Building
POV = Point of View
PP = Post Processing
P&S = Point and Shoot (camera)
PS = Photoshop
PSE = Photoshop Elements
ROT = Rule of Thirds
SOOC = straight out of the camera
SS = Shutter Speed
TS = Tilt-Shift
USM = Unsharp Mask
VR = Vibration reduction (Nikon lenses)
WB = White Balance

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The Click & Company Team

Our team is made up of both Staff and Mentors:

Owner and Founder

Kendra Okolita – @Kendra
kendra@clickandcompany.com

CEO
Sarah Wilkerson – @SarahWilkerson
sarah@clickandcompany.com

Staff:

Jen Bebb – @jenbebb
Director of ClickPro
jenb@clickandcompany.com

Cameron Bishopp – @CameronBishopp
Director of Publications, Click Magazine
cameron@clickandcompany.com

Jennifer James – @jsquared
Art Director
jen@clickandcompany.com

Amy Lockheart – @AmyLucy
Senior Products Editor, Click Magazine
Click Away Programming Coordinator
amy@clickandcompany.com

April Nienhuis – @April
Editor, Clickin Moms Blog
april@clickandcompany.com

Nina O’Connell – @NinaO
Head of Accounts & Education Admin
nina@clickandcompany.com

Kelly Rodriguez – @kelly_r
Creative Services Coordinator
kelly@clickandcompany.com

Julia Tulley – @julia_tulley
Director of Clickin Moms
julia@clickandcompany.com

Michelle Turner – @michelle_turner
Director of Click Photo School
michelle@clickandcompany.com

Lisa Thé – @lisathe
Art Director, Click Magazine

Jan Tyler – @jantyler
Customer Experience Manager
jantyler@clickandcompany.com

Monica Wilkinson – @monica
Director of Retail Sales
monica@clickandcompany.com

Mentors
Danielle Awwad…… @DanielleA13
Lisa Benemelis…….. @kemakida
Kellie Bieser…………. @kelliebieser
Jen Bilodeau………. @jbilodeau535
Sarah Carlson………. @SarahCarlson
Alice Che…………….. @aliceche
Mickie DeVries…….. @mickiedev
Kristin Dokoza………. @kdokoza
Kristy Dooley………… @KristyDooley
Marissa Gifford……… @marissa_gifford
Danielle Hatcher…….. @daniellehatcher
Caroline Jensen……. @carolinej
Heather Lazark……… @HeatherLazark
Megan Loeks…………@megnlo
Ebony Logins……….. @ebony
Jessica Nelson………. @JessicaN
Rachel Nielsen………. @RachelN
Celeste Pavlik………. @CelestePavlik
Jamie Rubeis………… @jrubeis
Kristen Ryan………… @KristenRyan
Lisa Tichané………….. @LisaTichane
Jan Tyler……………. @jantyler
Elle Walker……………. @ElleWalker
Susan Watson Bahen. @suebahen
Gina Yeo………………. @GinaYeo

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Member Postbit

What the “levels” mean:

On your profile, directly under your username, you will see a “level” listed which is tied to the number of posts you have made on the forum. The first level, which is reached after making your first post is “Snap Happy.”

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Keep on posting to reach new “levels”! Each level corresponds to the following number of posts made:

Snap Happy – 1
Shutterbug – 100
Clickin’ Along – 250
Flashionista – 500
Mamarazzi – 1,000
Hot Shot – 2,000
Big Chimpin’ – 3,000
Clickin’ it Big Time – 5,000
Prime-a Donna – 7,500
Queen of the Click – 10,000
CM Celebrity – 15,000+

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Changing Your Subscription or Canceling Your Account

To Upgrade to a Lifetime Membership

Planning on sticking around? We’re so glad to hear it! To upgrade your account to Lifetime, here are the steps:

1) Sign in to your account and register for a Lifetime Subscription here.

2) If you have a current recurring membership, cancel that subscription within Paypal using the steps below!

To Cancel Your Subscription

Need to cancel your subscription? Here are the steps:

1) Click your “My Account” link and Log In

2) Click the Payments History tab

3) Click “Cancel Subscription” link next to the subscription you’d like to discontinue.

4) You will be prompted to log in to Paypal and complete the subscription cancellation within Paypal.

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