Ideas and techniques
Ideas and information about organization, sizing, cropping, captions and comments, cameras, GIFs vs. JPEG, and more.
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Telling a story
|There are many ways to tell a story. Here are some of them, with one detailed, commented example.
How big should the pictures be?
|Cropping can be used to minimize page load time, show details, and improve the composition.
Resizing to "retouch" images
|The speed of the web and the small size of most computer screens biases designs to smaller pictures.
Sometimes blurred pictures are appropriate
|Computer images can often be improved by resizing slightly due to the use of approximations.
GIF vs. JPEG
|Even though the photographs are static, blurring caused by motion can provide information about what was happening.
|GIF and JPEG (JPG) image formats are different. You should know which to use when. Here are some examples.
How many pictures per page?
|You may want to break your journal up into sections, one web page per section.
Which "extra" pictures to take
|Several small, cropped pictures per web page is often good for a journal.
You may take different pictures for on-screen viewing
|Take pictures of things that show what happened, convey the ambiance, etc.
How do I get digital images?
|The small images you usually get on the computer screen mean a combination of head and shoulders shots as well as small groups.
|Digital cameras, photofinisher scanning, and personal scanning.
|Digital cameras have advantages for taking pictures for web photo journals.
|Dana Atchley's digital storytelling can teach us about communicating with emotion.
Different ways to show people we know
|Link to web sites that give more information about people and places you show.
|Sometimes we are the subject of the picture, sometimes we are just in it to show we were there.