Acutance dot Net came about when a photography discussion group devoted to large format photography ran into problems. The owner of the site, now deceased, was unable to continue to maintain his site as he focused on fighting to regain his health. The group needed a new home, so Acutance was birthed on a server in my basement.
The term ‘acutance’ comes from the days of film photography. One definition is “the density gradient across an edge separating light from darkness” and represents the perceived sharpness of an image. Because the large format discussion forum had been devout in terms of the sanctity of large format photography, to the point of forbidding any discussion of images captured on any ‘lesser’ formats, it was decided that the new group would focus on the image, rather than the equipment used to capture it. In other words, Acutance dot Net is equipment-agnostic!
Likely as a result of this shift in thinking, some of the original members gradually drifted away, leaving a core group of like-minded individuals from the old forum and new members who found us through word of mouth. We are a small, friendly and polite group! Our desire is to keep the group this way, so there has never been an effort to advertise or otherwise ‘market’ the site. There are no fees. There are no advertisements. We don’t want to be photo dot net (no insult to them). We’re more of a boutique photo critique and discussion site… or so we like to think!
New members are always welcomed, with the expectation that they will learn and embrace our culture!