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K_T > K_T Blog > ePhotozine
28/02/2012 - 12:59 PM

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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.


Pete Site Moderator 1418757 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 1:06 PM

Good to see you're getting involved in all aspects, and no, we try not to be a place where it's all techno babble, or where you just dump photos.
The team also get involved, unlike many faceless sites. I've always sees it as a huge pub and supermarket...pub for the social / community / activity side and supermarket for the range of things on offer to do.

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K_T  3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2012 - 1:53 PM

Blimey that was a fast response! Didn't expect any response really, just thinking aloud to mark my journey and give me thing to look back on as my point of view develops.

I love the fact that the team are there and very much a part of the community, seems a rarity these days. The fact also that the development of the site is on-going is the biggest factor to warrant paying for the use of the extra features. It is well worth paying for a site upgrade if you know the site is constantly being refined and improved because the justification is your paying for development time and overheads.

I just took our a month to start with to test the waters, but I will certainly be subscribing.

conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 2:13 PM

Good idea, you won't regret becoming an e2 member.

It's completely true that the site is continually being upgraded and refined, I have seen many improvements and new features over the past few years.

By the way, if you like the community feel, you can enhance that feeling quite a bit by going on one or more 'meets'. Even though I live on the other side of the North Sea from most members, I've been to several meets, and even organised one in my own country, and it adds a lot to the community feel, because you get to know some of the active members personally, which adds so much to the experience. (For meets, go to Member's Groups, and then to the tab Events & Meetings.

But whatever you do, enjoy the site!

K_T  3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2012 - 2:20 PM

Ohhh I'll have a look at that!

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