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Well I've been on ePhotozine for 5 days now, I only joined to see what it was about, as I wanted to understand what was the point. Was it just another Flickr? Or was it a forum for photographers to wave their diggery doo and say my is bigger n better than yours?
Well it is a bit of both I think, if I had to compare it to anything, it would be a Facebook for photographers....and I like it! (* see the bottom for the website points)
I've already been given several user awards, a Highly Commended, Guest Editor and several Readers Choice. This is a usful tool for me because I often cannot tell which of my images are better than others, especially when I have spent hours looking at them each day while processing them.
The other valuable tool is the inspiration to different photography and processing styles, already I have have ago at Steve's delicate flower processing and I have various ideas to try out in my surreal photophaphy.
Quote: The only downside is there is a lot of rubbish on here, photos that are just snap shots or poor quality images from people that don't even know what a dSLR is...but I do enjoy their photos too, it just would be nice if they was seperated in someway (I know there are filters, but I think seperate galleries would be more ideal).
The biggest issue I have seen with many peoples photos is the resolution and the noise, lots of image look good on the tumbnails, but as soon as you click on them the quality is awful!
Anyway, taking the rough with the smooth my conclusion is ePhotozine is well worth it and a valuable tool to link photographers together and keep an eye on the current trends...maybe even start your own trend!
* There are certain things that are confusing from a usability point of view, but nothing major. The buzz is the most confusing as it is ordered by date and photo at the same time without the ability to see what is new and what you have already looked at. It would also be nice to make it faster to view the portfolios of the people that had activity on your own portfolio to make it easier to connect with simular styles or quality of photography. Anyway, I could go on and on about the usability of the site, but I won't and I am sure they will refine it over time.