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Community Management Best Practices: using the Ask to Join feature
Post contributed by Community Vanguards member +Paul Snedden

Did you know that, as a Community Manager or Owner, you have the ability to change whether members need to be approved before they can join a community? It's called Ask to Join, and can be enabled on any Public community - even after it's been created.

By default, Public Communities are setup with the "anyone can join” option enabled. A great way to make sure you're only getting quality members joining your Community is by enabling the “ask to join” option. What this will do is send an 'application' notification to the Community Owner and Moderators to let you know that you have a request for a new member.

Private Communities don't miss out either. For them, Community Owners and Moderators can now change between “hide it from searches” (invite-only) and “people can find it and ask to join”. One very important point to remember is that this does not allow Communities to change between private and public. That is set at the point of creation of the Community and is not changeable due to privacy restrictions.

To enable Ask to Join, you'll need to open up the Community from the desktop/web interface - click on the gear icon from the Community page, select 'Edit Community', and scroll to the bottom.

Paul owns and moderates a few Communities on Google+, including Sydney: https://plus.google.com/communities/109313133531630502005 and Sydney Local Guides: https://plus.google.com/communities/112376213917229628646
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#MyToughestShot: +Ian Plant "I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo!"

Now that's dedication. 
A surface breakout of lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo! Canon 5DSR, Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens, ISO 50, f/11, 20 seconds.
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Brush up on your photography skills with lessons from a Create member

+Alex Lapidus will be running his 'Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play' program for the fourth year. If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned to his profile in the coming weeks.

https://goo.gl/nOxpRd
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#MyToughestShot: +Rodrigue El Hajj goes under a waterfall and battles mist to capture this angle

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#MyToughestShot: +Margaret Tompkins Grand Canyon capture required 2 days, 2 four-wheel drive vehicles, and 2 guides
Toroweap - A Photographer's Adventure

This was one of #MyToughestShot !!

Toroweap is on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and it's very remote!! Getting there is the adventure. I invited 3 of my friends to help me celebrate my birthday at Toroweap. It required 2 days, 2 4-wheel drive vehicles, 2 guides, and lots of gear. The adventure starts near Kanab, UT, a place I dearly love. Around mile-marker 26, there is a dirt road with the sign "Toroweap 61". Yes, that's 61 miles. The first 55 miles are fairly easy. It's dirt and gravel and very well maintained for the first few miles. You pass through great unspoiled areas of the Arizona Strip country. The last 6 miles is where you really need high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles with someone who knows what they are doing. The last couple of miles is pure rock!! I don't recall seeing a road at all.

A storm passing through creating great clouds in the sky and my friend stepped near the edge to give the photo perspective. Down below, the Colorado River cuts deeper into the canyon. That's a 3000 ft. cliff!! This is also where Lava Falls is located on the river. It's one of the most dangerous rapids on the river.

Later we celebrated with great night photography and brownies to celebrate the day!! It was an awesome birthday celebration!!

I'm sharing for my dear friends at #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin #Toroweap #NorthRim #GrandCanyon #ColoradoRiver

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Collection Of The Week: Portraits!

The human face can tell a thousand stories, and the Portraits! Collection by +Manish Lakhani is full of striking photography that does just that. Take a browse through the Collection here and take a journey through his travels.

Portraits!: https://plus.google.com/collection/QvFLXB

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024
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#MyToughestShot: +Darren Huski explains the dangers and delicacy of capturing a geyser at Yellowstone

"Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water." 😳
Yellowstone by Night

A nightscape of the Milky Way, Northern Lights and Erupting Geyser in Yellowstone. This may be #MyToughestShot

I planned a trip to Yellowstone last fall timed with the new moon to see if I could photograph some of the geothermal features of park with the Milky Way. Because it was the end of the season and many campgrounds were closed I was staying in an area I had only driven through once. Looking at Maps, Google Earth and using Stellaium, I picked out a few locations and features I thought I could photograph the Milky Way from such as Grand Prismatic Spring. I also looked for some different areas especially a geyser. Many people will be drawn to see Old Faithful and when it erupts there are hundreds of people there. I wanted no people and no lights.

Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water. Always stay on the boardwalks!

That was what led me to the White Dome Geyser. It is a large cone that you can get close to on a boardwalk. It is off the main drive on a side road away from the Old Faithful area.

I saw the geyser was erupting every 30-40 minutes. I got there for sunset and had the whole place to myself. I set up my tripods and cameras and waited for it to get dark. While waiting for the stars to show up I saw the geyser erupt a couple of times. I heard coyotes howling too.

Finally it was dark enough, I could see the arc of the Milky Way had the Geyser framed for the shot. Then it was just a question of waiting for the eruption. When it happened I would just long enough for about 3 images out of each camera. When it happened I rapidly took the images. One one set I turned on my red LED on my headlamp to light the plume of steam.

It was only after reviewing the images did I realize that I had also picked up a faint aurora to the north!

A little planning and a little luck made it an image you could hope for but not always get. I guess you make your own luck.

Sony A7R with Samyang 24mm lens

If you want to see more of my nightscape images check out my Nightscape Collection here on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AXE9b

#wildernessphotographer #wyoming #yellowstone #nightscape #milkyway #create #sonya7r #samyang #milkyway #aurora #geyser #nationalpark #mytoughestshot
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Meet Create Member +Paolo Dalprato Photographer

Hello Paolo! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

”I’m a professional photographer, my subjects ranging from industrial photography to portraits, architecture, live music. I use both color and black and white and about lenses my preference is for the extremes. In my workflow shooting and post-processing are equally important, in both phases what I like best is to use lights and shadows to give shape to my subjects.”

When and how did your passion for photography start?

My passion for photography started when I was a teenager. I was captivated by the magic of the image becoming visible on the paper in the developing tank. The digital age has brought another spell: post-production. I use only open source software.

Whats your favorite picture that you’ve taken?

My favorite picture is this, it's an unmade bed in a hotel room. I do not know who slept there and that's the charm, because I think it is a photo that drives us to fantasize, to create stories and characters. And this is what I love in photography, stimulate the imagination.
https://plus.google.com/photos/photo/116170258297905062171/6406638428095279954?icm=false

Paolo’s Collections:

Metal: https://plus.google.com/collection/QLCu3

Macro: in b&w https://plus.google.com/collection/AZVz3

Milan: in colors https://plus.google.com/collection/82L-LE
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Introducing #MyToughestShot

This week, we’re inviting photographers to share the stories behind their most challenging shots. It may only take a few seconds to acknowledge the beauty of a picture, but in that moment most of us are unaware of how much work actually went into creating it.

Photographers can spend hours waiting in one spot for the perfect moment, or they can hike through harsh conditions to reach the ideal vantage point. On the technical side, there various lenses and filters and techniques that goes into post-processing that most people forget when looking at a picture.

We invite all photographers to share the stories of your challenging work by using the hashtag #MyToughestShot.

Check out the first entry here (https://goo.gl/RdkJ0v) and be on the lookout for much more!
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