Get Pushed FAQs (2019)

December 30th, 2018
We're heading into our 7th year of the Get Pushed challenge - thank you one and all for help keeping it alive! As the next round will help ring in 2019, i thought i would take this opportunity to refresh the FAQs :)


Q. What is the "get pushed" challenge?

A. In "get pushed" you will be paired up with someone else and you will each challenge the other to shoot something a little different than they would normally shoot. So if your partner mostly takes photographs of nature, you might challenge them to take a picture of a person, or something urban. If they mostly shoot big things, you might challenge them to shoot something small. Or perhaps a challenge might be to develop a skill such as shooting white-on-white, low-key, long exposures, etc.

The objective is to try something new and quite possibly out of your comfort zone. You also get the bonus of meeting folks on 365 you might not otherwise interact with.


Q. Do I work with the same partner each week?

A. No. Each week I put out a list of pairings and in theory you will have a different partner each week. However, I am not a techie and there isn't anything I can do to make sure you don't end up with the same person again. Generally the lords of randomness take care of ensuring you're with someone different - however, there aren't as many people playing as there have been in the past, so there's a good chance you will end up with the same partner more than once. You can always use this opportunity to up the anti :)


Q. Do I need a DSLR, expensive equipment or fancy software to play?

A. Nope! If your partner challenges you to do something that you simply cannot do (don't have the equipment, can't afford it, can't McGyver it), then say so. You know your limits - don't be afraid to speak up. But do remember that the point of "get pushed" is to try something new and I am pretty sure you can adjust the settings on a lot of point and shoot cameras ;p


Q. How do I know what would be a "push" for my partner?

A. Read their profile and look back through the last couple of months of their project (hint for newbies, since you don't have a lot of photos in your project yet, please be sure to post some info about what kinds of photos you like to take in your profile). If it looks like your partner is a seasoned photog who's already done everything, you can always get creative - ask them to tell a story in photographs, take a photo of a scene that reminds them of their favorite book or movie, take one photo and process it in 3 different ways, etc.


Q. What is the schedule?

A. The schedule runs something like this:
-- Saturday-ish: I will announce the pairings
-- Monday to Sunday: you take and post your picture(s) for the challenge AND you comment on the picture(s) taken for the challenge by your partner
-- the following Monday: the person who won the previous week's challenge will pick 5 photos from the pool for a vote


Q. Sounds like fun - how do I sign up?

A. Just respond to this thread and I will include you on the list


Q. What if I am going to be away for a week next month - can I still sign up now?

A. Yup! Just be sure to let me know before Friday of the week you will be away so I don't pair you up with anyone.


Q. Who are you and why are you running this challenge?

A. I'm just yer basic 365-er. I inherited the administration of this challenge from another 365-er, Jase Hoad, some years back, when he left the site. The concept originally came from Flickr.
December 30th, 2018
Thank You so very much for keeping this challenge alive Northy.
January 7th, 2019
Thank you for doing this. It amuses me that Jase never took part in Get Pushed on Flickr, I did, in 2012. And that Flickr group seems to have stopped running Get Pushed in December 2016.

Jase got involved in the street challenges, brought those here and ran them for quite a while. And those street challenges seem to have finished on Flickr in 2017.
January 8th, 2019
@shannejw well that’s an interesting bit of lore... I did not know that!
January 9th, 2019
Hi there! I've been on this site off and on for a few years, dropped off long enough that I had my original account removed. I'm interested in joining the challenge. I've followed it since I joined...buuuuut I'm a big ole chicken and have been scared that I'd never be able to come up with a photo!
January 10th, 2019
@kymmisue
You really should give it a try! Get pushed is my absolute favourite of all challenges offered here at 365.
Members who participate seem to know somehow exactly how difficult a challenge to give, and take it easy on the newbies.
You would be surprised at how creative you can get to answer these challenges!
And, quite often the person who challenges you will follow you and encourage you well past when the week they were partnered with you. it's a great way to network!
Give it a try!
January 11th, 2019
@kymmisue you'll do fine... really you will! i'll add you in then, shall i?
January 11th, 2019
@northy sounds fantastic (and terrifying)! :)
January 21st, 2019
Hi! I'd like to give this "get pushed" challenge a go. Could I be added to the list?
January 22nd, 2019
@epcello okidokie!
January 25th, 2019
@northy Just a reminder. I'm back in for the next get-pushed challenge.
February 15th, 2019
How does one go about contacting their "partner" for a given week? I'm pondering participating, if I can muster the courage...
February 16th, 2019
@lsquared I announce pairings over the weekend so you’d know who your partner is... then you’d go to their latest photo to issue a challenge... pretty simple 🙂
February 16th, 2019
Cool... I'll let you know if I decide to join. Not this week, though. THANKS!
February 24th, 2019
@northy I am gam to try starting next weekend if that’s OK.
February 24th, 2019
@alannascanlon okiedokie!
April 3rd, 2019
I am really sorry. I need to take myself off the get pushed challenge. I've been off 365 this past month and am really sorry I've made people miss a week!
April 4th, 2019
@epcello no worries... it happens... i think i tagged you as off some weeks ago and haven't paired you up with anyone since then...
April 7th, 2019
Northy, I’d like to join this. I have seen comments about it but haven’t done it. I don’t own a non-iPhone camera.
April 8th, 2019
@shutterbug49 sure... i'll add you to the list... for this week you and i can pair up :)
April 8th, 2019
@northy ok, thanks
April 8th, 2019
@northy I looked over your albums and I like the quote you have about “What is this color of which you speak”, so I push you to take a colorful flower photo.
August 11th, 2019
@northy A bit nervous about this (I like my comfort zone!) but I would like to give it a go. Can you pair me up next week please, or even this if it is not too late? Cheers.
August 11th, 2019
@allsop sure! you and i can pair up for this week if you'd like 🙂
August 11th, 2019
@northy Okay, let's go for it!
August 13th, 2019
@northy Just uploaded my first challenge,, hope I have done it right by commenting on my own photo with your tag?
August 13th, 2019
@allsop yep! exactly right!
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