Frequently Asked Questions
- General rules of conduct?
We try to keep it as simple as possible:
1 - No pornography, sexually suggestive materials, or gratuitous nudity*
2 - Do not upload images that do not belong to you - they will be deleted.
3 - No cursing - this is a family friendly site.
4 - No hateful, disrespectful, or nonconstructive comments or photos.
5 - No political or religious satire - it just causes too much fighting, and that hurts the site.
6 - You must be 13 year of age or older to use ShutterCal. (Sorry, that's a government regulation.)
And be nice! That's really it. Be supportive of each other and if you're going to criticize, please keep it constructive.
*The acceptance of minimal artistic nudity (and content of any kind for that matter) is up to ShutterCal's sole discretion, and can be deleted at any time for any reason on a case by case basis. Do not post anything you would not want your mother to see!
- Who runs ShutterCal?
It’s all about community here. Taking a photo every day for any length of time can seem daunting - but being a part of ShutterCal makes it fun and easy.
Forums, contests, activities and feedback from others members are all part of a system designed to keep you creatively inspired.
- Why is it called ShutterCal?
The Cal in ShutterCal stands for Calendar ...not California. ("Ahh! Now I get it!")
- What am I doing here?
You are uploading one daily picture to your calendar.
This picture usually shows something that you did during that particular day, someone you saw, something that happened to you, etc... Though, you are not limited to showcasing your day. Some other ideas include posting a drawing each day, one person you talk to each day, or any number of creative ideas that you'd like to document on a day to day basis. In time, your daily photos turn into a wonderful timeline.
- How do I upload images?
Step 1 - Go to your calendar
Step 2 - Click on the date you want to upload a picture for
Step 3 - Follow the prompt and select your image
- I deleted a photo but it still shows up. Why?
Web browsers, by default, cache or store info so it can load quicker the next time you access the site. Because of this automatic storage of data, your old image will show itself even if you changed it. After you replace an image, hit "refresh" on your web browser. This should prompt your browser to update its information and display your new image.
- Do I have to update this thing EVERY day?
You can, but you don't HAVE to...
Just be sure to take a photo every day and hold onto them, then you can fill in the days on your next visit. The average user uploads once or twice a week. Of course, the more regularly you update, the more interaction other Cal'ers will have with you and your photos. Just remember to stick with it and have fun!
- Is ShutterCal limited to photography?
We love when creative people come along with a neat idea we haven't thought of. A drawing a day? A poem a day? A news clip a day? This is your daily project and the sky is the limit.
you can not upload copy written materials & images that do not belong to you. Upload drawings that you've drawn, words that you've typed, or any other material imaginable as long as it was created by you.
- How do I adjust my image thumbnails?
1 - While looking at your image, click "edit" from the menu
2 - Then click on the image itself (A cropping tool will appear)
3 - Select the desired portion of your image, and press save
Depending on your browser settings, you may have to refresh the page to see your updated thumbnails.
- A free site with no ads? What's the catch?
There is no catch. ShutterCal will always be friendly and free.
Our site is supported completely by ShutterCal's ShoeBox & Print Service, membrships, and other product sales. Profits from these services go towards further development of the site.
Daily photo projects are challenging. ShutterCal is designed to help us all stay organized, encouraged, and make this project super fun and easy. So if you love ShutterCal, support it with membership!
- Why doesn't my current date unlock at 12:01am?
Our server is located in the Central Time Zone (GMT-6), so you can upload your next picture at 12:00:01AM CST.
We admit this is pretty stupid... It's on the list of things to fix...
- What's with all the stars?
These 4 stars are located next to members’ names throughout the site. They visually represent how long it has been since that member last updated their calendar.
Blue = Past 24 hours
Yellow = Past Week
Orange = Past month
Grey = Inactive for over a month :(
- Does ShutterCal sell or take ownership of my images?
All pictures uploaded to ShutterCal remain the property of the photographer (that's you!)
- How long does it usually take to receive a ShutterCal print order?
ShoeBoxes are mailed within 24 hours, and often take less than a week. Print orders are collected weekly, printed on Wednesdays, and shipped out on Thursdays. Deliveries take approximately 2 weeks, although on occasion they can take a bit longer. For quickest delivery, select months to print from your print manager before 5pm Eastern Standard Time each Wednesday.
- How do I manage my +365 & Print+365 membership payments?
PayPal manages all credit card transactions for ShutterCal. We do not hold or manage any of your PayPal payment settings. You are under no contractual obligations to ShutterCal, and are free to manage and/or cancel your subscription settings easily from your PayPal account at any time.
You can also make purchases without a PayPal account. To do so just click the ShutterCal "Buy" button as usual, then click on the "No PayPal account? Pay using your credit or debit card" on the PayPal order page.
- How do I make Purchases without a PayPal account?
You can make purchases without a PayPal account. To do so just click the ShutterCal "Buy" button as usual, then click on the "No PayPal account? Pay using your credit or debit card" on the lower portion of the PayPal order page.
- How do I delete my account?
Aw... we hate to see you go, but we understand. Use the "contact us" link at the bottom of this page and include the following information and we'll take care of it ASAP. (You're welcome back any time.)
1 - Your member name
2 - Your e-mail address
3 - Your reason for leaving (This helps us improve the site so people stop leaving...)