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What do you think about square thumbnails?


indemnity 6 331
19 May 2011 5:29PM
Square image, square thumbnail. Rectangular image, rectangular thumbnail. Simples.

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
19 May 2011 5:54PM
How about just trying it out for a week.

Is there anyway of monitoring the numbers of thumbnails that get opened, my guess is, it would go up.
Jestertheclown 6 6.6k 242 England
19 May 2011 6:10PM

Quote:Is there anyway of monitoring the numbers of thumbnails that get opened, my guess is, it would go up.

Maybe Paul, but only until the novelty wears off and people get fed up looking at images with bits missing and simply move on to the next (more) complete one.
If we must have thumbnails in some kind of square or uniform format, why not put them all in boxes, the way they are in our showcases.
Personally, I'd rather see the thumbnails made bigger, left in their current configuration and ranged along their bottom edge rather than being aligned by their tops as they are now.

Jester.
Martin54 e2
8 509 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 6:31PM

Quote:Personally, I'd rather see the thumbnails made bigger, left in their current configuration and ranged along their bottom edge rather than being aligned by their tops as they are now

That would be a start, then at least they would be closer to their own title, rather than the title above as happens now with most images
RichardN00 8 430 1 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 6:32PM
Give people the choice with another tick box

Group all the settings in a section marked "Personalize your Viewing Experience"

And then have at the bottom a big button marked

"Now, just Bl**dy Shut UP!" Grin
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
19 May 2011 6:45PM
Wrong move David.

I haven't read all the contributions as yet as I've just got in but, taking the question at face value, why does the site want to screw with a contributors image where the composition has been set at the point of taking the image or adjusted in post production?

Ludicrous idea.
Dave_Collier 8 236 2 England
19 May 2011 6:49PM
Not a great fan of this idea, the random cropping of images would annoy me.
Strobe 7 1.3k United States
19 May 2011 7:58PM
Seen this on another site, I thought that a square image would create a bit more intrigue enticing you to hover the mouse over the image to see the full composition. It worked for a very short time then became more of a pain.
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 7:58PM
I can't see how square cropping would work, when a lot of folks including me, now try to submit at 1000px x 700px

My PF, apart from the occasional instance is pretty much standardised at that format


How would you square crop an image that is in portrait mode at the same settings. A woodpecker with only the body showing & no headGrin

Adrian
csurry 12 9.2k 92
19 May 2011 8:51PM
Please NO!

They rarely look right, and when they look wrong they really don't sell the image. Many sites that use them well for sure don't let software decide where the crop should be!
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 10:19PM
Oh I don't know Cheryl, it's a great way to showcase your images to people. If someone is looking for one of your shots, all you have to do is tell them to go to your portfolio then click on the little picture that looks least like your image and they are bound to find it.

What could be simpler ?
discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 11:00PM
I sure hope this wasn't prompted by my suggestion to double the size of pano thumbnails. If so, something's really been lost in translation...
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
19 May 2011 11:06PM

Quote:I sure hope this wasn't prompted by my suggestion to double the size of pano thumbnails.

No we've been looking at the best designs for portfolios and they seem to be square thumbs. I don't like the cut off but i love the neatness and alignment of the grid. No matter what you do with full frame thumbs they look bad - centring them just makes it all up and down, aligning to top leaves it up and down on the bottom and aligning bottom makes the top look uneven. We used to enclose each one in a "frame" but took that away to try to clean up the page.
discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 11:46PM
Oh good Smile I know the dilemma well, my foliopic layout took me ages to finalise. I think I also went with frames in the end.
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
20 May 2011 1:06AM
No offence to anyone in the Towers, but this is really the most ludicrous suggestion I've heard on the site. At least half of photography is about composition...so why have that taken away...have you considered doing black and white thumbnails?? you could open up the more interesting ones to see what they look like in colour Smile - equally ludicrous IMO.

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