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New online Travel Photography Magazine

Discussion in 'Web Sites of Interest' started by dhansak, May 8, 2009.

  1. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    I have recently launched a new website which I intend to become a high quality resource for all people interested in Travel Photography.

    Over the coming weeks, months and years I plan to add content geared specifically towards the Travel Photographer inlcuding Destination Guides, Technique articles and Equipment reviews.

    The first couple of articles have been posted with another very interesting one about Varanasi in India. This article will hopefully be uploaded this evening or some time over the weekend, I assure you that you will fine the story very intersting.

    I would welcome any comments or feedback on the site and it's content as it stands.

    Thanks for looking

    Daniel Webb
    www.TravelPhotoMag.com
     
  2. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    I enjoyed my cursory 'first look'. Obviously there's not much content to comment on yet, but I'll definitely check back for that article on India - a place I've long wanted to visit for photography.
     
  3. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Looks good, I'm keen to see more. :)
     
  4. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

  5. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    The file size is way too high, IMO, making for an unnecessarily large download. It would definitely put me off browsing further. Other than that, yes, they're okay, but I wouldn't have said 'fantastic'.
     
  6. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    I find that the page is loading pretty quickly, even on my mobile phone. I'll see what I can do to reduce them but there is a trade off between maintaining the quality and reducing the file size. Do you think that the images are too large in terms of pixel size for normal viewing or that I should compress them further?

    Thanks for your feedback on Steve's images too. I'll pass a link to the thread on to him.

    Daniel
     
  7. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    With careful handling you can get files of those dimensions down to 150k easily without any loss of quality.
     
  8. pachinkofan

    pachinkofan Well-Known Member

    Yeah I mean half a meg for the pic of the Indian? :|
    Still, cutting down on bandwidth usage here, so maybe I'm just being sensitive, but I agree, they're too large for me to be a regular visitor.

    G>
     
  9. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    Okay, leave it with me. I'll see if I can sort this out - I hadn't noticed that these files were large so thanks for pointing this out.
     
  10. pachinkofan

    pachinkofan Well-Known Member

    I normally just follow a file size closeish to the forum's rules. Makes it easier for visitors.

    Then again I use thumbnails first so people can decide what they fancy looking at.

    G>
     
  11. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    Job done, that any better?
     
  12. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Much, yes. It zips open now.

    It's a nice set of Varanesi, but (being a jaded old cynic) it's more or less exactly what I expected to see. Not really a criticism, I'm not sure it's possible to get anything truly original there, and it's always interesting.
     
  13. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    Thanks for help and comments so far. I posted up a guide on Barcelona, it was only when I started writing it down that I realised just how much there was to talk about!

    None of the images on the site are any larger than 100k now.

    Regards

    Daniel
     
  14. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Much better! Even in these days of lots of people having broadband you've got to remember that a few pictures on a page can still leave it taking an age to load. And then there are bandwidth limits - some people have packages that incur extra costs if they go over, say, a couple of GB/month. And one more thing - local cacheing speeds up the whole internet browsing experience for the end-user, and large single items like image files inevitably fill up the cache sooner, leading to a more frequent turn-over and slowing the whole process on other sites that might be frequently visited.

    So really it's still sensible practice and politeness to your intended audience to keep files sizes no higher than the really need to be. In general, I found your site pretty good in that sense - it was only the image files sizes that were a bit of a problem.
     
  15. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Incidentally, here's a lesson for anyone else dealing with these issues. Because I still had the old version of the pictures from Varenesi in my cache I decided to make a direct comparison with the new down-sized version of one of them. The old one was 388kB, and the new on 104kB, but even examining them at ludicrous magnifications in Photoshop I cannot see any significant difference in the image quality. That's essentially why we keep the limit on these forums at 100kB, despite the occasional protestations from some - most iamges will compress a long way before deterioration becomes noticeable.
     
  16. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    I used Photoshop's 'Save for Web and Devices' option to reduce the file sizes if this helps anyone else having similar issues.

    Thanks again everyone for your help and please come back to the site soon. I have a cracking article on Dubai coming soon from a published professional which I think will be of interest.
     
  17. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    Excellent now, and I see you have a gallery of Dimitri's photographs. He's often posted on this forum - he's a class act, that's for sure.
     
  18. dhansak

    dhansak Active Member

    Glad you liked it.

    I have an article coming from a Rastafarian who worked at a couple of major record companies including Polydor.

    He is sending me an article on Jamaica which should be very interesting.

    He photographed Bob Marley in the 70s amongst other very famous artists and his work is really excellent.

    I'm meeting him on Sunday to talk further.

    Also another guide for the Maldives coming this weekend.

    Feedback from viewers has been great so far with a really good number of hits. The North Face are also sending me some new products to review and I am planning my first competition right now.

    Thanks for looking

    Daniel Webb
    Editor
    www.TravelPhotoMag.com
     
  19. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Daniel,

    I have to agree that Dimitri's pics, IMVHO, have the most impact :) and I found the
    photos in Varanasi, while being interesting subjects, definitely lacked the impact
    Dimitri's :eek: which, again IMVHO, maybe due to the fact that they are shot/cropped
    to loose.

    Cheers and looking forward to seeing more pics :)

    Jack
     

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