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Online Travel Photo Galleries, do you look at them?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hi there,

As a traveler when you visit a website or blog and click on the persons Gallery, do you stay there, or quickly move away?

For me I love great photo's. But on websites I rarely have the patience in watching them load! Especially when traveling!

I see many with a slider, or thumbnails that once you click on a selected photo, it zooms up to a larger size. Which is good. But again if it takes too long, even with great photography I tend to get bored and move away. Which is a shame.

The quality of photography aside, if you know of any good photo gallery layouts (no ad's nor sales please, just regular travel people or photographers sites) then maybe you could let me know!

Much thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

I never bother overly much when people store their photos on picasaweb or whatever the microsoft equivalent is - they're just too slow and cumbersome to bother with. Flickr is at the edge; if I'm really interested in the photos (either because the photographer was good, or because I know him/her personally, and/or was at the event that the photos depict) I'll usually click through most - if not all - of them.
I do always search for photo galleries on a country/location while doing initial research for travelling there, though, and then it's sometimes worth dealing with slow loading galleries. Although nowadays I mostly tend to stick to just the travellerspoint country galleries (browsed at M size, and clicking through to the L size photos if I want a better look); we've reached the point where there's enough photos for most countries that that's all I need.

What I do on my own photo gallery - besides keeping the page completely free from anything not to do with the photo - is to give the browser instructions to prefetch the "next" photo while on the page for the previous one. If you use a modern browser (e.g. not Internet Explorer), that means that the next photo will effectively load instantaneously (assuming you at least spend a second or two viewing each photo, depending on your connection speed). From occasional spot checking through my log files, a decently large number of people click through dozens or even hundreds of photos at a time before leaving again.
(There's a few dozen of the most visually interesting photos of mine uploaded here to travellerspoint; if those interest you enough to want to see more, I can PM you the URL of the top of my complete photo gallery.)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 16, 2008, at 1:32 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Thanks for that insight. I am glad I am not the only one who finds these things.

I will admit I am looking at galleries because a) I like good travel photography and b) I am pulling my own website together now and am interested to see how much time to invest in the gallery.

Considering I have created large headers, each with an individual photo. I seem to have done myself out of the need for a gallery. Unfortunately I am crap at website design and don't know css lol 2 so I take it as it comes!

For now I am thinking of trying to use Jalbum, with a small gallery as I don't have the bandwidth for anything much after the big headers.

As I like good photography I'd be interested in seeing your gallery

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 8y

I have very slow dial up internet (arghhhh!) and so rarely look at photo sites as it just takes too long. What i notice is that some people try to be too clever and produce many poor photos from odd angles and such. With digital cameras, you can afford to take lots of extra photos and dump what you don't like.

A warning. I've heard of a number of cases of people who have picked up viruses on their cameras by downloading photos in internet cafes (your camera is just another drive for them to infect). Sometimes they can be cleaned but I have heard of cases of people losing all of their photos. Better to buy a few extra memory cards.

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Yep, I think as my site will be photocentric. I don't even need a gallery. But will shove one in there for the sake of the people who will ask. I will limit it too, 10 quality photos, and make them B/W for the sake of being different.

I agree unless you have a passion for photography, not everyone wanders through 100's of photos! Low bandwidth sucks for that. As do Flash photo sites, they look beautiful. But not possible to browse on dial up speeds!!

6. Posted by pwfcompton (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

Hi there,

As a traveller when you visit a website or blog and click on the persons Gallery, do you stay there, or quickly move away?

For me I love great photo's. But on websites I rarely have the patience in watching them load! Especially when traveling!

I see many with a slider, or thumbnails that once you click on a selected photo, it zooms up to a larger size. Which is good. But again if it takes too long, even with great photography I tend to get bored and move away. Which is a shame.

I have always tened to have my own domain name for my site, and have used for some time software called JAlbum, it a all round no frills if you want it that way software that just lets you load pictures quickly..

have a quick look at mine, i have tried to lay the photo`s out by countries and i find i get a lot of returns on site...

www.20years.net

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