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My photos appear completely different in the upload gallery to the portfolio
I take it you mean the 'square crop' setup. There is a site which does this which allows you to position the crop.

I was initially a fan of this setup. But, I've become less a fan as many photographers take the time to compose their photos in a specific way. I'd feel a little bit disappointed after composing and editing my photos to then find that my photo was forced into a square crop. Maybe just me, but I feel that if we can display the full image in a pleasing style, then we have a winner.

22 02/03/2015 - 11:08 AM
By bricurtis
Awards gallery not clearing
Hi Adrian,

I've had a check and it appears you had given 3 awards on the 1st, which mean't you still had 1 more award you could have given. What led you to believe you couldn't give one of these photos an award?


3 02/03/2015 - 10:41 AM
By tomcat
User Awards
I think what's important to realise here is that everyone values and uses their awards (and votes) in different ways.

We aren't here to tell you how you should/shouldn't use the tools you have, but we can merely offer a suggestion of usage.

When we initially put the idea forward to the e2 members to have unlimited user awards. The feedback we received painted a clear picture that the members wanted to be able to give more awards per day, but didn't want unlimited as it would make the user awards valueless. A number of members suggested a daily cap between 4-6 user awards per day.

Therefore, we introduced a 4/day cap. Please keep in mind, you aren't required to give out all 4 user awards. I often go days/weeks without giving mine as I have very specific taste.

At the end of the day, it's up to you how many photos you award. If you wish to only give one a day, do that. If you find 4 photos each day that are worthy, go for it. It's your award, you're the judge, it's you're decision what is award worthy. You can make your award super rare and prestigious to receive or a nice 'well done' badge.

30 02/03/2015 - 8:49 AM
By davidburleson
My photos appear completely different in the upload gallery to the portfolio
surprisingly, that's actually something i've been working on for the past couple of months Tongue

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22 02/03/2015 - 11:08 AM
By bricurtis
My photos appear completely different in the upload gallery to the portfolio

Quote: If you're redesigning the gallery, making the thumbnail sizes a bit bigger would be great as it can be quite difficult to really judge whether to look at a photo from its thumbnail.

It's on the cards!

22 02/03/2015 - 11:08 AM
By bricurtis
My photos appear completely different in the upload gallery to the portfolio
It's worth noting that we are in the process of re-building the entire gallery. With this, we will be further tweaking some of the resize formulas for the thumbs to ensure they represent the original photo as much as possible without bloating the filesize.

22 02/03/2015 - 11:08 AM
By bricurtis
My photos appear completely different in the upload gallery to the portfolio
Hi Andy,

Thanks for the further explanation. I'm having trouble seeing the darkness difference. So, what i've done is download the large version and the thumbnail versions to my computer. I then opened both up in Photoshop. I then resized the large version to the same size as the thumbnail. I still don't see a difference in darkness.

Can you do the same? Resize the longest side to 130px and compare the darkness with the thumbnail file. Please, let me know your results.

Cheers!
David

22 02/03/2015 - 11:08 AM
By bricurtis
wi-fi dongles
I have 2 of these which work brilliant:
http://www.asus.com/Networking/USBN13/
It has WPS connectivity and N.

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13 22/02/2015 - 1:15 PM
By answersonapostcard
My photos appear completely different in the upload gallery to the portfolio
Can you post a link to the photo?

22 02/03/2015 - 11:08 AM
By bricurtis
Stylus 1
Hi Prunella,

Based off your comment, I wouldn't recommend you taking on an DSLR just yet. SLRs are more for photographers who what full control to produce professional looking photos. There are even more settings, buttons and dials available on SLRs. It would probably be overkill for you at this point.

The Stylus 1 isn't a bad camera, we even gave it a Highly Recommended award. We would consider it a 'Serious Compact', which gives you alot of the control you will get with an SLR, but in a more compact form.

I see you have a Canon IXUS as well which appears to be more suited to what you are looking for. However, I think that if you want to improve your photography skills, it might be worth understanding the different settings that are available on your camera and how they affect your photo.

You don't have to go strait into manual mode, you could select aperture priority (allows you to change aperture) or shutter priority (allows you to change shutter speed) mode and start getting an idea on how different aperture and shutter settings affect your photos. In my experience, this was the point when I felt I had outgrown a standard compact camera and desired something more advance. The Sylus 1 will be a great camera to move up to and learn on.

Here is a great place to start: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/camera-exposure-modes-12383
Have a browse of all the other techniques we have available and you just might find that you will prefer all the extra buttons and dials Wink

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14 14/02/2015 - 5:42 PM
By petebfrance
The Power of Photography
Some fantastic photos. The monkey photo is particularly moving. You can practically feel the fear.

3 13/02/2015 - 2:38 PM
By 781969
Is PhotographyBlog slowing down?
Don't forget all the reviews and news you can get right here on ePHOTOzine

18 18/02/2015 - 12:50 PM
By Jestertheclown
The site has slowed to a crawl on my machine

Quote: I have not been able to get onto VS Mode for a couple of days now., keep getting a timeout error message. Anyone else?

Vs mode should be working now.

16 11/02/2015 - 5:34 PM
By RadarUK
The site has slowed to a crawl on my machine
In some cases, these problems can be resolved quicker than the time it takes to post 'working on it' messages on social networks. However, we will be looking at ways of alert the community quicker when longer downtime occurs.

16 11/02/2015 - 5:34 PM
By RadarUK
Loss of Information
Hi Malcolm,

I've replied to your report, but i'm not sure if you have seen it.


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4 11/02/2015 - 11:23 AM
By davidburleson
Day 11 February 2015: Minimalist Photography

189 16/02/2015 - 2:42 PM
By Disee
Why enter if you don't want it?

Quote: Surely, in the Xmas draw there were a number of different prizes up for grabs and nobody knew what they would win (I won nothing Sad). Therefore, if you entered and were 'lucky' enough to win something that you didn't want/need then it is perfectly reasonable to convert it to cash.Same applies to all competitions, if you win something you didn't want it would still have a cash value on eBay .

I think this may still be some confusion on how the Christmas prize draw actually works.

Each prize has it's own 'enter prize draw' page. By clicking the 'enter prize draw' button on the prize's page, you are entering the prize draw to win THAT prize. So, you could pick and choose which prizes you wanted to enter to win. If you only entered the prize draw for the top prize, which was a Nikon D5300 DSLR kit, you will only have a chance of winning that. You will not be included in winning any of the other prizes unless you click 'enter prize draw' on their prize pages.

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19 15/02/2015 - 9:33 PM
By Chris_L
Trying to get proficient with the Pen Tool
I may be wrong, but I think that you can also make a selection using the selection tool, then convert to a path which can be refined with the Pen Tool. I think you simply have to make your selection, right click and select 'convert to path'.

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10 10/02/2015 - 11:43 PM
By arhb
Day 5 February 2015: Car Photography







281 10/02/2015 - 6:45 PM
By johnke
What do you think of Foliopic

Quote: Regular online marketing using social networking, interesting content and regular page updates and news will get you more exposure.

Without the marketing, noone will know the website exists.

Probably the most important tip to remember. No one will go to your website if they don't know it exists. Ensure you constantly promote your site. You can make money using foliopic, but you have to get the traffic and the right visitors there. I've seen some foliopic site where people upload shots from photo shoots, wedding shoots, and allow the customer to order prints through foliopic.

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13 12/02/2015 - 10:09 PM
By WstepheN
Day 3 February 2015: Glass Photography

106 09/02/2015 - 10:23 AM
By Disee
Free standard Foliopic??????
It sounds like your having quite a few problems receiving emails for some reason.

In regards to your foliopic account, the best thing you can do is contact the foliopic team with the details of your account and they will manually activate it for you.

As for your notifications, i'll need to discuss this through your report further as I may need some account information to continue. Please keep check on your reports as I don't know if your receiving the emails from the report updates.


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16 03/02/2015 - 8:51 AM
By Terry L
Free standard Foliopic??????

Quote: David, I checked I received the confirmation mail on last November, 7th, called "Thank you for subscribing to e2".
There isn't any vouch code.
I didn't notice it until today when I read about the free Foliopic standard website in the Extend E+ page.
Please remember to send me that code as soon as I extend the subscription again.
Thank you.


Not every purchase in the past was eligible for a voucher. Your purchase had to be a minimum of 1 year to receive a voucher code.

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16 03/02/2015 - 8:51 AM
By Terry L
Free standard Foliopic??????

Quote: Nothing seems to be working either on foliopic or ephotozine, perhaps I am just wasting my time here? and I have paid the 15 as well! Oh-well - live and learn!

Sounds like your not receiving any of our emails. I'll look into the matter and I should be able to provide you with your voucher code tomorrow.

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16 03/02/2015 - 8:51 AM
By Terry L
I must be missing something?
Have you setup your profile short link yet?
http://www.ephotozine.com/mysettings/about
Mine works: http://www.ephotozine.com/davidburleson

13 02/02/2015 - 8:10 AM
By SlowSong
Free standard Foliopic??????
When you purchase Plus Membership, you will receive an email confirmation. This email will include a voucher code for your free foliopic standard site. You will need to go to www.foliopic.com, click on 'Pricing' and select 'Buy Now'. In the form field provided, you will need to enter your voucher code. This will activate your free standard site.

16 03/02/2015 - 8:51 AM
By Terry L
4 User Awards per day
Yeah, have a look at my award gallery. Those are photos that I feel are award worthy. Unfortunatly, I can't show you photos that you would give your award to, because its your award, your taste. And that's the point, maybe you're not looking at the right photos, the photos that you would give an award to. Some people, depending on their taste, can find a photo or two each day that they feel is award worthy in their eyes. Each to their own.

20 31/01/2015 - 7:29 PM
By saltireblue
4 User Awards per day
Maybe you're just not looking at the right photos. Wink

20 31/01/2015 - 7:29 PM
By saltireblue
Photo Editing
Adobe Lightroom

Not so much creativity, but great for image processing.

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15 03/02/2015 - 9:45 AM
By Just Jas
Featured Photo

Quote: Which is a real shame as I wanted to vote on it and comment, but the owner would probably never know ...

Or, if you had voted and commented on it, the user might have received an email notification of you doing so and revisited the site, perhaps even start uploading again.

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14 29/01/2015 - 4:33 PM
By TanyaH
Numbers on the website
Hi Lillian,

All our notifications and the backlog have been sent out now. I see you are using a BT email address. BT/Yahoo have been experiencing issues with cross checking emails against their origin. This means some emails are being falsely blocked by BT. Unfortunately, it appears that many BT/Yahoo users are having this very same issue, which everyone else isn't experiencing any problems at all (now we have fixed our notifications).

I would suggest checking the photo you want notifications on to make sure the notification is turned on. The button should say 'Remove Notification', not 'Set Notification'. Also, check your junk/spam filter/folders to see if there is any email from ePHOTOzine going in there.

17 30/01/2015 - 4:51 PM
By SlowSong
Numbers on the website
Yeah, it was probably about time we reset it. The last record was set many years ago when we had an huge influx of traffic from a post on digg. There was so much traffic, the site crashed.

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17 30/01/2015 - 4:51 PM
By SlowSong
4 User Awards per day
Can you just have a quick check now Phil? Your shortlists/voted lists should be as you would expect now.

20 31/01/2015 - 7:29 PM
By saltireblue
4 User Awards per day
You can make your 4 awards a day, but there is some issues with the shortlist and 'voted on' features which we are looking into right now.

And just to confirm, all the Plus Membership features are implemented.

20 31/01/2015 - 7:29 PM
By saltireblue
Featured Photo
Sorry, I should have been more clear.

We have had some issues with the server this morning which meant some things weren't being updated automatically. This has now been resolved. Featured Photo is one of those features.

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14 29/01/2015 - 4:33 PM
By TanyaH
notifications
Notifications should be trickling in now for everyone. We have around 1000 pending sending. Please allow some time for these to come through.

6 29/01/2015 - 12:35 PM
By davidburleson
Featured Photo
14 29/01/2015 - 4:33 PM
By TanyaH
Numbers on the website
Our server admins patched our servers with a security patch last night. It appears that due to this, some of our automated scripts which do jobs like sending notifications, updating the numbers on the website, search, etc have been affected in the process. They are looking into the issue as we speak and it should be rectified soon.


Quote: What happened to the Birthday List. I can't find it any more.

The feature was removed due to concerns over Data Protection and it wasn't really that essential nor obvious it existed.

17 30/01/2015 - 4:51 PM
By SlowSong
notifications
HI Everyone,

Along with the mentioned issues BT is experiencing, we are also experiencing some issues with notifications being sent out. Our server admins are looking into this problem right now. It may have been caused by a security patch that was done on the server last night which disabling the notification sending script.

6 29/01/2015 - 12:35 PM
By davidburleson
Todays Upload Blocked
I everyone, it looks like around 300 members haven't been given permission to upload this morning. We've now given permission and are investigating the cause. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

5 29/01/2015 - 6:45 AM
By davidburleson
Yellow car photobombs National trust properties.......
Sounds like an interesting photo series

18 01/02/2015 - 11:52 AM
By nickthompson
Performance Issues + Scheduled Downtime: 26th Jan 2015
The transfer to the new web server is now complete with less than 5 min downtime. So far, our stats are showing pages are loading much quicker than the old servers.

17 26/01/2015 - 1:36 PM
By robthecamman
Performance Issues + Scheduled Downtime: 26th Jan 2015
There has been an update regarding some scheduled downtime, please read my initial comment.

17 26/01/2015 - 1:36 PM
By robthecamman
site
20 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
Lack of performance?
12 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
Performance Issues + Scheduled Downtime: 26th Jan 2015
Hello Everyone,

Many of you will already be aware that we are experiencing some performance issues at the moment. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve all the problems. Current problems we are aware of:

- Slow Gallery Browsing
- Reviews aren't loading
- Links to notifications are not working

If you experience any other problems which aren't listed, please contact support providing full details of the problem and the steps to take to replicate the problem. The more details we have about the problem, the quicker we can fix it.

UPDATE: Scheduled Downtime: 12:00-13:00 26th Jan 2015

Our server admins believe that our new, upgraded web server will be ready for 12:00 today. This will require the site to be in readonly and please allow up to 1hr of downtime will we do the final file transfer. This upgrade should massively improve performance and resolve many of the problems people are experiencing at the moment.

So, what happened?:

Over the weekend, our database server experienced a second severe crash. We had been preparing a new, upgraded server to transfer to which wasn't completely ready at the time. Saturday night, our server admins transferred the database over to the new server before we were completely ready. However, stability and reliability is much more important than speed at the moment. The new database server is hugely upgraded compared to the previous database server which means we have much more power and performance available to us. Unfortunately, due to Saturday's rather urgent situation and because our web server (which talks to our database server) is now based in a different datacentre quite a few miles away, we are experiencing some slower page loads. It's like the difference between 2 computers talking to each other on the same network and 2 computers talking to each other across the internet. This is a temporary problem which will be completely resolved once we have transferred our web server to the same datacentre on another new, high performance web server.

Due to the severity of the server crash, we have had to revert back to a backup of the database which means that some data from Saturday afternoon will be missing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and can assure we are are working hard to resolve all the issues as quickly as possible.

17 26/01/2015 - 1:36 PM
By robthecamman
Lack of performance?
The new server has more power and thus will be faster. With all server upgrades, there is a level of teething problems especially when we haven't has much time to test and tweak due to the server crash. We should be able to rectify any performance issues over the next few days starting with the gallery.

12 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
Windows 10

Quote: We use XP on some of our machines because it does its job and I much prefer working with it.

Too many jobs are more time-consuming with Windows 7.

That's a shame, running XP (released in 2001), means that you won't have access to all the latest software and web browsers. XP is hugely limited to today's operating systems. In fact, a number of features on our site just won't work for XP and I can image its the same case for other sites as they all start dropping support for XP and IE7/IE8 and old versions of other web browsers.

32 25/01/2015 - 3:28 PM
By Chris_L
Windows 10

Quote: The upgrade will only be free in the first 12 months after release and will last for the "supported lifetime of the device." Microsoft said the new OS will run on PCs, tablets, phones, and a new device to be announced later today.

No, the upgrade will be freely available for the first 12 months. If you get it in those first 12 months, it will be free for for the 'supported lifetime of the device'. After the first 12 months, users will have to pay to upgrade. It's to push quick user adoption.

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32 25/01/2015 - 3:28 PM
By Chris_L
Windows 10

Quote: I will stick to 7, Microsoft will start forcing software on people as they have done for years

I would suggest taking up the opportunity to get the latest version for free and thus extended your product support. In 10 yrs time nothing will work with your computer because you are running an old version of windows.

It's the first time Microsoft has provided a free major upgrade of windows which in most cases have cost at least 50 in the past.

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32 25/01/2015 - 3:28 PM
By Chris_L