It is with an open mind that I embark upon this new
series. We are about to explore a vastly uncharted
world. A world where the mediocre mixes with the
brilliant, a world where virtual unknowns can share the
stage with the worlds' greats. This is the world
of "Internet Photography."
I will be looking at images which appear on Internet
sites around the world, and trying to explain why these
images appeal to me, and why, in my opinion, they are
great images of their genre. You might not always
agree, but hey - that will be good for some stimulating
This whole genre of "Internet Photography" is in fact
complex one. Just look at the following list of elements
that have to come together to make a good image on
the computer screen.
You have to - find a reliable company to host your
internet site, scan the images to an acceptable size and
quality, adjust the image for contrast brightness and
saturation, decide on the presentation format
(thumbnails, slideshow etc) keep download times to a
minimum without sacrificing quality, and finally keep the
viewers interested by constant updates.
Are you finished yet - you bet your sweet bippy you
aint ! You will also have to decide if your aim is to just
to present your work for the enjoyment of others, to
provide a showplace where your talents can be
presented, or to go the whole hog and present the
images as part of a commercial site where clients can
purchase your prints directly from the site.
Then there is the question of Copyright - a massive
subject in itself. How do you protect your images, do
you want to, or do you need to. The mirror image here
is also how do you ensure that you are not infringing on
the copyright of someone else, however unintentional.
All of the above issues will be touched upon in this
series, but hopefully most of the meat will arise from
discussions that ensue. My main aim will be to present
images for you to savour, and maybe talk about through
those long winter nights or balmy summer evenings.
All the images you see in future articles in this
be fresh images, that is they will not have been
featured by me in any previous series on any other site.
However, to start with today, just as a taster, I am
going to feature a mixture of images old and new. This
will allow me to set the scene, and introduce you to the
complexities of this new world of Photography on the
So, relax, curl up in that favourite chair, and begin
wonderful journey. I will start with the image which, in
my opinion, shows the pinnacle of quality that can be
achieved on the "Net" - an image which certainly had
my readers going "ooh" with delight.
Visit The Art Of Internet Photography......