Displaying Images in Photoblogs & Galleries23
The first 10 Tips for Designing Photoblogs talked about how best to design a photoblog. However, it didn’t properly cover how to design and organize the actual images. That’s what we’re going to do now.
8 More Tips for Your Pictures
- Organize your photos. If your images have variety between them, it’s worth taking the time to categorize them clearly. For example, by type (Color or greyscale?) or by subject (People, Places etc). Tags would allow you to use a whole range of classifications.
- Let me choose the photos. As a viewer, I don’t want to see every single photo. Only the ones that interest me. Thumbnails are a great way of giving a quick preview of a large number of images at once. Take a look at the wealth of thumbnails all over the Epic Edits blog.
- AJAX and Flash are great. We talked before about how a fast loading time for browsing between the photos is extremely important. AJAX and Flash allow you to load the next photo, without reloading the rest of the page. Perfect. Check out Matt Stuart’s portfolio.
- You can be as creative as your photography is. Fast-loading images are still the most important thing, but that doesn’t have to hold you back. I could play around on Michael Muller’s site all day!
- Scrolling horizontally works. It’s strange to think of scrolling a webpage horizontally, not vertically, but for photos it can work. At the very least, it’s different. Try it on Nicolas Henri’s portfolio..
- Use different sizes of image. There is no one-size-fits-all. Ideally, 3 sizes are what you should offer. The first is the thumbnail navigation, the second is a medium sized image on the page (Suitable for regular browsing), and the third is a full-size image (For viewers to truly appreciate their favorite shots).
- If you sell print versions of your photos, make it clear. There is no point in hiding your purchasing options down where no-one will see them, but nor do you need to explain everything on every photo page. What about a noticeable “Print Available” button linking to a sales page for that item? It works for Deviant Art.
- Display your best photos. Many photographers upload a lot of photos on a regular basis. With such a full archive, your best photos will be lost in the crowd. Highlight your favorites and give users a method of scrolling through them (e.g. A “Best” tag). Let readers see what you’re capable of.
Those are my ideas for a perfect photoblog. What else can you think of? Any examples of well laid out galleries?
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