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What do you think about square thumbnails?

19 May 2011 2:39PM
Hi Everyone,

This is a rather simple question, what would you think if we started using square cropped thumbnails on ePHOTOzine? Personally I see it like this:

- more image space
- cleaner presentation

- Crop may remove important aspects of the photo

My personal opinion, I like them Smile But what do you think? Here is an example:

Normal Thumbnails:


Square Thumbnails:


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digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 2:40PM
I think it's worth a try
lobsterboy Plus
11 14.4k 13 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 2:43PM
This is the same as the option in Foliopic and I hated it there.

I absolutely hate it - what is the point of a thumbnail that dosn't look like the photo?
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 2:46PM
Maybe if the thumbnail doesn't look like the photo more people will stop trying to judge from the thumbnail whether it is worth looking at the photo Smile
KevSB 11 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 2:46PM
I think its fine personally, it encourages people look beyond the thumbnail
lobsterboy Plus
11 14.4k 13 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 2:47PM
Well why have thumbnails then? You might just have a load of pictures of doors and we can all play "whats behind the mystery door".
As long as its all square and above board!!! WinkWinkWink
cattyal Plus
9 6.7k 6 England
19 May 2011 2:49PM
I'm sure you're familiar with Blipfoto who use square thumbnails which are fine - that said, members (maybe only paid, not sure) are able to choose the crop for themselves.
Metalhead 7 1.9k 2 England
19 May 2011 2:50PM
I do like the look of it, the neatness of it all, but ultimately I think it detracts from the actual photo a little too much. In your example above, the pano shot of the mountain just isn't the same, neither is the headless cyclist!

I think it will remove too much of the photo in many cases, and the aspect ratio is something that stands out on artistic merit i.e. some actual square images work (see Jouco's portfolio for instance) while panoramic scenes will get lost altogether in this square format.

I don't think you want to make the viewer have to guess too much at what they're looking at before they click into an image for the full view - that's the whole point of thumbnails, is it not?
Cocks up composition!

Edit: Should there be any, by chance! Wink
19 May 2011 2:59PM
Completely stupid idea in my opinion!

Thumbnails are already small and quite often don't attract enough views of the actual image, especially subtle ones where the minute size precludes any real notion of what is contained in the image. Plus the fact that most people on here don't use square format cameras and compose to a different aspect ratio, so you would be arbitrarily cropping an image to suit your square grid layout.
For a photography base website which is, by definition, all about images I think this idea is unbelievable!
Imbecillic,in fact. Tongue Tongue Tongue

Unless, of course, you propose supplying everyone with square format cameras...an 80 mp Hasselblad,say??
Of course you could specify that everyone starts creating and uploading only sqaure images...wouldn't be a problem then...Wink
19 May 2011 2:59PM
And that's not to mention panoramas.....
19 May 2011 3:06PM

Quote:Unless, of course, you propose supplying everyone with square format cameras...an 80 mp Hasselblad,say??

i'll see what i can do Wink
19 May 2011 3:11PM
Can't wait!

Some good lenses would be nice, too.....Wink
cats_123 Plus
11 4.3k 25 Northern Ireland
19 May 2011 3:36PM
some standardisation of thumbnails might be advantageous...

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