Written by Joelcy Kay
Editor & Curator – Edge of Humanity Magazine
Curator – NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY
The full screen images displayed on many photographers’ websites are impressive, sometimes even give a sense of being three dimensional, but very often too slow to load. Photographers that produce projects where there are text and images should consider a template that allows viewers to follow the images along with the text. Many templates focus on large images and separate the text from the images, disrupting storytelling and creating a poor viewer experience.
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People seem to have a very poor ability to wait….no patience for anything that takes time, and that includes online portfolio images. I can’t; however, compromise image quality just so the images on my blogs may load faster. I consistently size all of my blog images at approx. 1100 pixels on the longest side, at 100% quality, 300dpi. This typically creates a file that is 1 to 1.5 megabytes, depending on the amount of colours and details in the artwork. I honestly think that most people do not actually go to my blogs and look at my Art Photography: I think that people are so conditioned to run around the digital world so quickly, that they only scan the small image provided in the WORDPRESS READER, and either hit the Star icon (if they like it), or they quickly form a judgment on my Art Photography (from that small READER image) that it is not their cup of tea, and move on at Warp 7. Nevertheless, flower and bird photos always seem to be a big hit with viewers….unfortunately, those are not my subjects. Bummer for me, LOL. I think that if people are seriously interested in seeing a good rendition of my Art Photography, then they will wait the few seconds it takes for it to load. Why exhibit substandard quality images online to potential customers and clients? I don’t see the sense of that. That’s just my opinion. One thing I do, however, is that I only exhibit one art piece per blog post. Thus, someone only has to wait a few seconds for one image to come up. For me, a blog post is not where I show a full portfolio. Instead, I share my portfolio links where viewers can see all of my art photo series.