1. What is ZoneZero?
ZoneZero is a website dedicated to the use, publication and analysis of images and to the wide spectrum of photography. Founded in 1995 by Pedro Meyer, ZoneZero has both witnessed and actively participated in the current digital revolution. ZoneZero appeared online for the first time when the Internet was made accessible to the public, and became the first website dedicated to photography that is still running and growing. We can proudly state that ZoneZero paved the way for the computer to be recognized as a valid means of generating, viewing and sharing photographs.
ZoneZero’s name originates from a metaphor on the transformation that photography underwent from analogue to digital. The name refers to Ansel Adams’s Zone System as a starting point in the analogue tradition, and to the ones and zeros that have become the basic DNA for everything digital.
2. What is the objective of this site?
The objective of ZoneZero is to offer a platform for intelligent photography. In other words, photography which offers a sensible and informed vision of what is happening in our world, and which understands the relevance of technology in the creative process. We also wish to provide the necessary tools for dialogue and the exchange of ideas on those topics; we therefore offer a fertile space for an international community interested in seeing, thinking, creating, sharing and discussing images.
The active participation of our visitors and users is the essence of our website. Users can take part free of charge in a variety of ways and at different levels.
a) As a non-registered visitor.
b) As a subscriber to the News bulletin.
c) As a Community user.
d) As an exhibitor in the Galleries section
4. How can I subscribe to the News bulletin?
From the Register option located in the top left corner of the website you can sign up your e-mail account to receive the bulletin published periodically on ZoneZero with new articles, sections, galleries, etc. You will also receive events and special editions inside the website.
If you wish to cancel your subscription, open the last news bulletin that you received and in the latter part of the message click on Cancel Subscription.
The galleries section presents the work of professional photographers, following their application and the acceptance of ZoneZero’s editorial team. This section has more than 350 online exhibitions from authors from 45 different countries. Each gallery has its own presentation and curatorship, to enhance the photographic message of each author.
You can consult all the information and requirements for publishing your work in the Galleries section at the following link.
In the Portfolio category inside the Community section you will be able to share photographic series, whether finished or still in process. It is very simple for you to publish your photographs and group them in different portfolios as series or albums, with a maximum quota of 15 MB per user.
In the Podcast section you can find videos on a variety of themes, shared by the directors themselves. If you subscribe to this section, via iTunes or any RSS system, you will be able to automatically view and download the new clips that are added periodically.
The Community section is a specialized social network open to the public. It is an excellent means of exhibiting your work, publishing events and classified advertisements (coming soon) and participating in specialized groups. Moreover, in this section you will be able to keep in touch with other photographers, directors and people related to the medium, and debate, express opinions and comment on your own and others’ work, as well as themes related to the world of photography. We invite you to sign up for free and take part in our photographic community.
This section in divided into the following categories:
11. How do I create an account?
Go to the Community section and in the Enter tab of the Welcome area click on Create an account. [link]
Go to the Community section and in the Enter tab of the Welcome area click on Forgotten your password?
You need to sign into your account and go to the Edit Profile option which appears alongside your name in the top left-hand section of your profile page. You can define the information that you wish to present (description, location, interests, e-mail, telephone, website, etc) and the level of privacy for your information (See Can my profile be private?)
Under the profile image, you have the option of editing or publishing the image that you wish to appear as your profile’s icon.
Yes it can. When defining the information that you wish to present in your profile, you have the option of defining the level of privacy for each piece of information that you publish. (Visible, to all public, Not visible, Visible only to contacts, Visible only to registered users, etc.)
In the top right-hand area of your profile page you will find the Wall on which you can publish your status. Your contacts will be able to comment on your publications or write messages. Please note: you may only leave messages on the Wall of those contacts who have added you as a contact themselves.
Sign into your account, and in the top user menu click on the messages icon (an envelope). Once you have entered the e-mail Inbox click on Send a message, which is located in the right-hand column. Then choose the contact to whom the message will be sent and define the title and text. This message is private and can only be read by the contact to whom it has been sent.
15. Can I comment without having signed up?
No you cannot. To be able to leave comments on the wall of a user and/or the photographs of a portfolio you need to have signed up. You will then be able to interact within the Community.
16. What is a Contact?
A Contact is a user whose activities and work you can follow and with whom you may also interact on their Wall and/or with private messages.
To add a Contact enter the profile of the user whom you wish to add and in the User menu which appears on the left-hand side, click on Add a contact. A notification will be sent via mail to the contact, informing them that they have been added. The contact will have to add you himself as one of his contacts, otherwise you will not be able to send him private messages.
To delete a contact enter the user profile of the contact whom you wish to remove, and in the User menu on the left-hand side click on Eliminate Contact.
A Follower is a user who follows your work, without your having necessarily added them as a contact. A Follower will not be able to send you private messages and in certain cases (depending on the type of access that you have defined for your profile) neither will he be able to leave commentaries on your Wall.
20. How can I leave a comment on a Contact?
You can comment and rate a Contact’s photographs directly on his Wall or profile page. You can also leave a private message via the Message option of your User menu (an envelope).
Please note: Access to these functions depends on the privacy configuration that the Contact has given his or her profile and information.
21. What is a Group?
A Group is a collection of users gathered under a defined theme, interest, discussion, etc. Each group can have one or more administrators and its own profile.
By means of a group you can communicate with other users with similar interests on a defined theme or topic. You can interact with the members of the Group by participating on the proposed themes with photographs and commentaries.
In the User menu go to Tools > Groups. In the Groups category click on the Create a new group option in the left-hand submenu.
From this screen you will be able to define the group’s name, profile icon, description, labels, website, etc. You will also be able to define if your group is closed or open to the public. Moreover you will be able to authorize Group discussions and a portfolio for the group.
In the User menu go to Tools > Groups, and choose the Group which you are interested in by clicking on it. Once inside the profile of the Group, click on the Join the Group option located in the left-hand submenu.
This action may only be carried out by the user who created the Group. To delete a group, once inside its profile click on the Edit Group option and then click on the Erase group option, which appears on the top right-hand side of the group’s editing screen.
As creator of the Group you can manage it by directly entering the Group’s profile from the User menu, Tools > Groups. Inside the Group’s profile you will find a submenu on the left-hand side which allows you to edit the group, invite users, manage requests, open new discussion themes and/or create a portfolio of photographs for the Group.
27. What is a Portfolio?
A Portfolio is a photographic series or album which you can publish and share inside the Community section. It is very simple for you to publish your photographs, comment on them and group them in one or several portfolios with a maximum quota of 15MB per user.
From your profile page, click on the Create a new portfolio tab located in the options box in the top part. In the screen which opens you will be able or define the title, description, labels and type of access to your portfolio. Click on Save to continue.
Later you will be able to upload your photographic archives by following 3 simple steps.
1. Choose the images
An alternative method is to use the Basic uploader option if you do not have Flash player (recommended if you are accessing ZoneZero from a mobile device or tablet).
You can create as many portfolios as you wish, containing as many photographs as wish to publish, provided you do not exceed your account’s 15 MB maximum space quota. If you exceed the quota, you will not be able to publish any more portfolios and/or images, until you eliminate several images so as to not to exceed the limit.
From your profile page enter the portfolio that you wish to eliminate. Them in the submenu on the left-hand side click on the Erase portfolio option and continue. The portfolio and all the images it contains will be eliminated.
From your profile page enter the portfolio that you wish to modify. Then in the submenu on the left-hand side click on the Edit Portfolio option and continue. You will be able to edit the title, description and type of access.
You simply need to copy the url which appears in your browser once you have entered a Portfolio. Then paste it in your social network, blog, post, mail, etc.
Please note: so that your portfolio may be accessible to all public you must indicate this in the Access: public option when you create or modify your profile.
From your profile page enter the Portfolio in which you wish to publish the images. Then in the submenu on the left-hand side click on the Add photographs option and continue. In the screen which opens you will be able to upload you photographic archives by following the 3 following steps.
1. Select the images
An alternative method is the Basic uploader option if you do not have Flash player (this is recommended if you are accessing ZoneZero from a mobile device or tablet).
You may add as many photos as you wish, provided that you do not exceed the account’s 15 MB space quota.
For a good administration of your quota, we recommend that you create portfolios of 10 to 12 images with a resolution of 72 dpi, of jpg format, RGB colour and which do not exceed 150 KB per image.
To optimize your images you can use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Converter or Light Room.
From your profile page select the Portfolio which contains the photograph which you wish to eliminate, then click on the photograph and in the screen which opens click on the Erase image option located in the submenu on the left-hand side.
To substitute an image you will first need to eliminate the image (see how to eliminate a photograph), then publish the new photo inside the same Portfolio by using the Add photographs option located inside the left-hand submenu of your Portfolio.
Under each photograph you will find a text box in which you can publish comments on your own and other users’ photographs.
By default both registered and unregistered users can see the images in your portfolios. If you wish to personalize the access to your portfolios you can determine it in the Access option, when you create or edit your Portfolio.
No, copyright is owned by the author. Zonezero declines responsibility for the origin, use and/or distribution of the published material. We recommend that you read the terms and conditions regarding the use of Zonezero’s services.
40. What is an Event?
Events are activities (workshops, courses, scholarships, conferences and/or announcements) that you can share inside the Community section.
The members of Community can locate geographically the published events closest to them and also, if the event is public, can register as participants, speakers or interested parties.
To create an event, from the User Menu go to Tools > Events. Inside the Events category click on the Add an Event option.
You will then have to fill in the required information for your Event. Then click on Save to publish it.
In the Events index select the Event to which you wish to sign up and in the top part of the Event’s information click on RSVP >. Depending on the access established by the creator of the Event you will be able to sign up as:
Depending on the access established by the creator you can sign up as:
Yes you can. In the Access field which appears when you modify or create an event, you can define who can view and take part in your Event with the following options:
To modify an event you must be the creator. Access the Event from the Event index, and in the latter part of the Event information click on the Tools > Edit Event link. You can then modify any of the fields that you filled in when you registered your Event.
When you create or modify an Event you can specify that access to the event is reserved exclusively for your contacts. In this way the Event will appear in the recent activities of the contact as well as their specific Events space.
To be able to eliminate an event you need to be the creator. In the Events index, click on the Event that you wish to modify, then in the latter part of the Event’s information click on Tools > Eliminate Events.
To obtain the list of people registered for the Event you have to be its creator. Enter the Event from the events index and in the latter part of the Event’s information click on Tools > Export people attending.
In this manner you will be able to download a CSV archive with the list of participants and their roles inside the Event (Assistant, Interested party, Presenter, Exhibitor and/or organizer).
The user determines how long the published event is valid for when he is creating or modifying the Event’s information, by specifying the dates on which the Event will occur. Once this period has elapsed the event will be kept as a file and will not be visible. The events index will always show the most recently published events irrespective of their period of validity.
No, the publication of events is a free service for ZoneZero’s Community. Zonezero declines responsibility for the origin, use and distribution of the material and information published. We recommend that you read the terms and conditions of use for Zonezero’s services.