Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Building a Photo Web Site

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I have been a very absent blogger of late. Sorry about that. The reason for this is that I am building a web site, and I am currently organising and processing lots of photos. The main structure is more or less in place, but the many photo galleries are hard work.

Why do I do this? Well, I just did not know what to do with all my pictures. I post some of them here and some on my photo blog, Camera Digitalis, so I thought I would display them in a much more organised way. I am building a straight-forward, no-frills, no bells-and-whistles site, although I use flash galleries to make it a little lively at least. Everything is done from scratch, no templates, because the only suitable photo site template that came with the software, was inadequate in my opinion.

The great difficulty is of course which photos to choose, how to categorise them and then to create the appropriate folders. After that comes the watermarking, since I want to protect my copyright. I am not so foolish as to think that all of my images are so attractive that people would want to copy them (steal them) all, but out of principle and for practical purposes I watermark every single one.

My particular interest in photography took off when I bought my digital SLR in the spring this year. Together with my previous compact camera photos, I have now many thousand images, although I have learned to be self-critical and I delete loads of them after transferring them to my PC for close inspection.

In the last couple of weeks I have trawled through gigabyte after gigabyte to find photos that I believe would be suitable. I am sure I will have second thoughts about many of them and take them off, and also replace some as I add new pictures.

One big issue is that I am not quite certain how much space they will use up of my total allowance, and also how long they will take to upload, so maybe I should launch the site well before I have completed all my planned galleries. Maybe I have to buy more space, we will see.

I am not far off now, perhaps a couple of weeks, so I hope to be able to announce the news before too long. It might come as a surprise to some readers, but I have decided to lift the veil of anonymity and use my real name on the new photo web site. I have nothing to hide, rather the opposite.

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janeywan said...

Quite an undertaking. Something I should consider myself. Ahh maybe not!

Protege said...

What an interesting project. I can relate to the problems with pictures. Since I started my blog I have taken tons of pictures and even though I tried to categorize them by subject at first, in the end I found the best to be sorting them by date.;) Good luck.;)

LadyFi said...

Can't wait to see your new project!

Limningedge said...

Am looking forward to the launch!

Anil P said...

The volumes can be intimidating to sort. It was easier in the days of film except for the challenges the preserving of negatives presented.

Wish you all the best with your effort.

swenglishexpat said...

Janey Wan, Protege, LadyFi, Limningedge and Anil P - Thank you all for your comments. I am off now for a week in France, so I will still be on the back burner when it comes to the blogosphere. When I am back I will continue on my photo web site. This morning I added a comments page to it so you can give me your opinions. Au revoir!