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Matts_Brabus

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Any chance we could have this fixed, or at the very least, a narrow range of sizes.

Too many pf's have images that are either WAY too big, or so small you cant even see the model in them.

Surely it must be possible to have a check routine such as is used on print uploads that can insist that an image has one side that is no greater than say 1024px and with a minimum of say 640px. At the same time, the check routine would refuse to accept images that have been badly upscaled. This technology is out there, DeviantArt use it for print submissions, and so do many other online resources.



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Matts_Brabus

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 7:06am

Cant see why, more likely to increase revenue as bandwidth could be better managed ( big pics cost money to view.... )

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 7:16am

Completely agree with Matt.


Extraordinary that no control/resizing procedure has been implemented on the site. It's been asked for often anough!

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Matts_Brabus

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 7:28am

Does seem a bit of a no brainer, especially seeing as the PF is a members shop window...

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 7:44am

Being harsh, I would suggest that if a member cannot resize an image, then they shouldnt be on here. Your PF is critical, and if you cannot display images of the right size, then your motives and dedication must be questioned.

Doesnt matter whether you are a model stylist or photographer.

As for being right, I rarely am, so am now basking in the glory of what could be my most positive thread to date

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 7:58am

No Steve,

You need to spend more time looking at PF's. There are some on here that have images that are FULL SIZE - not good when they come from full frame sensors.

So no, the image you have posted is not a good example of why not to change things. Why? because the sizes I quoted were a basis to start with.

Go look at some model PF's and the images are minute. Doesnt do the models career prospects any good if you cant see what they have to offer.

Secondly, and no offence to Artpunk here, the PF is NOT a gallery. Its not intended to show detailed work. You have Flickr etc for that. The PF here is designed to give a grasp of the quality a model, photographer or stylist can offer.



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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 11:26am

Oh dear,

Right.

Firstly, there are industry wide guidlines that are produxced to help make the internet as fluid and platform friendly as possible. ISO9241 covers this.

Ideally your web page should only require a vertical scroll function, horizontal scrolling is seen as a design flaw.

Many BIG mages on her breach that rule. You only need to look at the effect on text layout of this thread to see what happens when your image goes over a certain width. My screen is running at a width of 1600px, which is still in excess of current design standards, and even at that width, the image causes the horizontal scroll bar to be required for the entire page. This makes reading this thread difficult.

Thats why standards are always lower than cutting edge technology, so all can enjoy, rather than just the falsh bast'ds.

So with that in mind, having a maximum width is actually an ergonomic desire, and given that as "artists", we should be applauding that form of design, I find it odd that you would think that the portfolios should be allowed to have supersized images in.

Unless, you are just being beligerent.

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 11:32am

They only need to look in the help section at an article I wrote on how to resize images with free software.

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Matts_Brabus

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 11:37am

Ok Steve,

Have it your way.

Anyway, I would still like to see some form of technical quality control being implemented on image upload.

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 11:42am

Are you sure they scroll sideways or do they have a frame within them that scrolls sideways?

I'd guess it is the latter.



For the record I'm all for image size restrictions as it really p**ses me off having to scroll sideways when viewing portfolios. On the plus side though it does occationally let you see how good/bad some photographers are (regarding focus/sharpness) and occasionally they're nice enough to leave the exif data in to help disect their techniques.

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 11:44am

Folks tend to be incentivised when the alternative is not joining

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Jun 20, 2010 11:45am

Because if they dont, they dont get images ion the pf. Simple.

1. Improves technical quality of the PF's

2. Makes viewing the pages easier.

Im all for BIG pictures, but put them on Flickr. Treat the PF for what it is, a shop front. How many shops have one HUGE item in the window? Window dressing is an art in itself, pity that that are is not employed by some on here.

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Aug 20, 2010 3:28am

I definitely go with Matts on this one. Yes the Indian landscape is gorgeous, but a simple MAXWIDTH=800 or whatever would stop monster mobile phone images making profiles nigh on impossible to view.

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Aug 20, 2010 4:04am

How about a simple "autosize" function, so that there is no excuse.......?

Then we could have tons of fun gnawing on the muppets that cannot even use that!!!!

A fix, and still a chance of fun!!!



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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Aug 20, 2010 4:12am

It is only 8-10 lines of code to have every image re-szied at upload

the usual plan is to fit the resized image inside a sensible rectangle eg 768x1024

such code is already used here to make the thumbnails ...

But Escape is working on improving the site coding at the moment so things like this get left behind

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Aug 20, 2010 4:12am

quoting post from Bob_d:

How about a simple "autosize" function, so that there is no excuse.......?

Then we could have tons of fun gnawing on the muppets that cannot even use that!!!!

A fix, and still a chance of fun!!!



The other thing that would be very handy is an auto-rotate to orientation flag for the other muppets that can't turn an image 90 degrees.

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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Aug 20, 2010 6:36am

Other well knows model sites have a simple check. If the max pixel size is over 800 it tells you and wont allow it to be down loaded. I don't see how this would be a problem.

As a photographer (using the term very loosely) I always ensure that the pictures I send to my models are 800 x XYZ. or XYZ x 800. That way they don't have to work out how to reduce them before uploading.



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RE: Portfolio Image sizing Aug 20, 2010 12:12pm

quoting post from Matts_Brabus:

Being harsh, I would suggest that if a member cannot resize an image, then they shouldnt be on here.

That would have ruled me out when I joined, then.

Thankfully, though, another member had the patience and thoughtfulness to PM me and put me right. Otherwise, being a complete novice at this digital stuff I wouldn't have known what a resizing tool was, let alone where to find a download.

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