VersePic Opportunity FAQ

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    Benjamin Holmes

    Buenas Días Lenspiration, Ben from Sharpening Character here!

    Occasionally, I’ll post a VersePic Opportunity (VPO) here on the Shoot to Serve forum (click here to view an example). Each VPO will ask you to shoot and submit photos based on specific verses for our VersePic Ministry. Each will present its own particular challenge, helping you to develop your skills as a photographer, and of course, as part of Lenspiration, helpful critique on submitted photos and editing methods is always encouraged. If you have some ideas on creating the VersePics, subjects for the chosen verse, ect… please don’t hesitate to let me know either by emailing me or by the forum!

    Anyone can now submit photos to the VPOs. The winning submission will be used as the background in the VersePic of the week, and the photographer’s name will be featured above the Lenspiration watermark on the VersePic. Additionally, PRO Lenspiration members will receive $5 through Paypal if their photo is chosen! If you do not have a PayPal account and have no desire to create one, we’ll contact you through the email associated with your Pro account to figure out a way to get your compensation to you! If you have any questions about the payment process, you can contact me at [email protected].

    By submitting your photo, you are allowing me to edit your photo in any way I might need for the VersePic, and to display the finished artwork for public download. In order to be used, your submission needs to be submitted before the end of the deadline, so please submit as early as you can! You can submit photos by adding them to a forum topic as JPEG attachments. We’ll download the images from the forum after the deadline expires. Please note that higher resolution images are preferred, and more likely to be chosen, but I do make exceptions occasionally.

    You can also submit RAW or DNG files, but not by the attachment method! As RAW files can be quite large, you will need to send them to me via a Dropbox File Request Link (DFR). This will send the photo safely and securely straight to Sharpening Character, please only submit RAW or DNG files through the DFR. To submit RAW or DNG files via the DFR, use the following link:

    Below are a few tips that we’ve gathered on how to best shoot and submit photos for the VersePic Opportunities:

    Tip 1

    Don’t submit photos where a single person’s or animal’s face or eyes are the subject. These photos are often VERY hard to deal with, and likely will not work for a VersePic.

    Photos of groups, silhouettes, photos from the back, ect… do not usually fall under the same restrictions, and thus are perfectly usable for VersePics.

    Tip 2

    Occasionally, even if a subject or photo, in general, fits the verse well and looks amazing, the angle, placement of the subject, and things like that won’t interact well with the verse.

    One of the best thing you can do the help combat that is by submitting multiple angles, versions, or views of the same scene. I always appreciate those who do this and frequently because they have done that bit of extra work, one of the angles work perfectly!

    Tip 3

    RAW, RAW, and more RAW please! While I will always be open to picking JPEG files for VersePics, RAW files really help me out be giving me the ability to really tune a photo to work well for the VersePics’ needs in a much greater way, and they are always appreciated during the design process over JPEGs!

    If you have any questions about the VPOs, our VersePics ministry, or Sharpening Character, email me at [email protected], and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Thank you for helping us as we follow the Lord’s leading in the ministry that he has given us!

    Sharpening Character’s VersePic Director

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    Abigail Turner

    Are you still looking for pictures? I’ve got multiple flower and scenery pictures. I would be interested in helping out your ministry

    Benjamin Holmes

    @abigail Hi Abigail!

    First off, thank you for your willingness to help us out! I really appreciate all the support that we’ve gotten, and it means a lot to me.

    Every month, I create a new VersePic and about every other month I post a VersePic Opportunity on the Lenspiration Forums. In the VPOs, I give the Lenspiration community a verse that I’d like to create a VersePic with, and you can submit photos that match the mood or subject of the verse. And usually, I’ll give the community a few things that I’m looking for in photos. For instance, in the last VPO, I was looking for photos with the subject of a man praying or that had a mood of calm contemplation.

    A VPO is going to be dropping very soon and if you’re interested in submitting some photos, that would definitely be the time to do so!

    Thank you again!

    Sharpening Character’s VersePic Director

    James Staddon

    Yeah, @abigail, we would love to see your submissions! Assignments go live randomly, every couple of weeks or so, and are open for at least a week or two.

    You can see which assignments are open at any time at

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