Website Improvements for April 2013

PolyPhotoClub.com is getting better. Today’s upgrades correct a few problems and add some new features. Read on.

New Images Galleries

The Winning Images galleries now work better on the web and on your mobile devices. To view them, hover your mouse over the “Competition” link near the top of the page. Then hover over “Winning Images” on the sub-menu that pops up. Finally, click on either “2013 Winners” or “2012 Winners” from the next pop-up sub-menu.

Here are the highlights:

  1. Watermarks. A simple text watermark has been added to all winning images. Thumbnails are not affected, but larger sizes now have the text, “polyphotoclub.com,” as an overlay in the lower center. This image protection feature has been requested by several Poly members since the new site went online. There’s a premium version of the watermarking software that allows better quality watermarks, but for now we’re using a free, limited version.
  2. Full Size Images. Click on any of the thumbnails and you can view the gallery full-screen. Click on the left or right arrows to move from one full-sized image to the next. Or use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard. To exit full-screen mode and see the thumbnails again, click on the small X in the upper left corner.
  3. Mobile Device Compatibility. Viewing  the site on your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device is now easier. Menus are reformatted to be easier to use on these devices. And the full-sized images in the gallery accept gestures, so just swipe your finger across your screen to move from one full-sized image to another.
  4. Administration. Gallery creation and management is simpler now. So, I’ll soon be able to recruit Poly members to help with this function. I already have one volunteer.

More Work Needed

There are some features, such as the competition score sheets that aren’t readable on mobile devices. The Poly Speaks page doesn’t work on mobile devices either. These issues will be fixed eventually.

If you find any other issues with the site or if you have suggestions or questions, please email your webmaster, Alan Haynes.

In Praise of Printing

“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.” – Ansel Adams.

Prints hangingNowadays we no longer refer to the “negative” but to the “digital file”- something that when viewed on a suitable display is actually a positive.  Change the word and Ansel Adams’ quotation is as true now as it was then. Still, there is nothing else that better epitomizes a photographer’s work than the photographic print. Continue reading In Praise of Printing

February Score Sheet Updated

A new, revised version of the February monthly competition score sheet is online now. View it here: February 2013 Score Sheet Revised.

The previous score sheet had a few errors. Due to a miscommunication between our projectionist and our scorekeeper, the only scores recorded on the previous version were those that received seven points or more. The new version includes the six-pointers, too.