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messmer (137) 05-05-08  10:48am
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Question about pictures format!

Seeing that the webmaster of this site seems so responsive I thought I'd ask the question here.

This is for the subscribers to the site: Are the sets a good mixture of "portrait" and "landscape" style or are they shot mostly in "portrait?"

This is for the webmaster: If they are mostly "portrait" is there any chance of getting the photographers to take more pictures in my favorite format. To me it's a joy to see the whole screen of my monitor taken up by picture. "Portrait" with today's pics takes either too much scrolling, or too much reducing.

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Toadsith (48) messmer, why not invest in a nice widescreen monitor with a rotatable stand and then just leave the monitor in portrait mode? Or even just align it that way when you are viewing photos.

Portrait for many stylistic and practical reasons is the popular trend right now, I doubt that'll change too soon.

05-05-08  03:12pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #1 - Toadsith :

Thanks, Toadsith. If that's indeed the popular trend right now then I think I'd best get used to videos ... or start looking all over again at all the series I've saved in "landscape" over the months. :-)
05-05-08  03:36pm

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Karup (15)
Hi messmer,

I understand where you're coming from. I'd love to be able to tell you that we can come through, but the problem is that for everybody who likes it a certain way, there is somebody who likes it the opposite way (if not quite a bit more in this case). Making a major change on something that has been done a certain way for many years can cause a big backlash from people who love the way things have always been done.

Toadsith's suggestion is an interesting one and something I've never considered. If you get a widescreen monitor, I would definitely look into getting a rotatable stand for it to see if it's a good solution.

BTW, I bought a 24" widescreen monitor over a year ago and absolutely love it. There is so much less scrolling needed. Just based on what you said above, I'm pretty sure you'll be happy if you decide to purchase one (even a smaller widescreen monitor would help significantly).


05-06-08  02:29pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #3 - Karup :

Thanks, Jeff. Very kind of you to reply. Quite frankly I'm amazed that the majority would prefer their pictures in "portrait" format. For some reason I had always assumed that the opposite was the case. It must be the Playboy, Penthouse factor: folks got used to long and narrow!

My problem is the same that I have with HDTV, if the programming is in widescreen it somehow looks right, if they show a program in the usual 4:3 format I hate it. It's those bars on the side.

In any case it's not my intention to get the majority of picture viewers to come after me full of righteous indignation because they're afraid that I'll try to change their favorite format, so I give up the fight. Not another plea to another webmaster, I promise! :-)

Just do me a favor and have your photographers sneak in a "widescreen" shot of the model fully clothed now and then, and maybe one in between, :-) that way I can continue to edit the sets and still have a certain continuity that will take me from the model being fully clothed right to the end, no pun intended. I may give up but I know what I like. I mean they could show a portrait style picture of a model on an IMAX screen and I would still sigh: wish they had used the whole screen even if the model looked smaller.

Thanks again for your courtesy. I had fun "talking" to you.

05-06-08  06:47pm

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Karup (15)
REPLY TO #4 - messmer :

Hey messmer, no problem at all, my pleasure. :)

I'm going to copy & paste your most recent reply and have it sent to all of our photographers. Several of them usually need things said more than once before they start to come through, but some are very good about fulfilling our requests.


05-08-08  07:19pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #5 - Karup :

Thanks a million, Jeff. No one could expect more than that! :-)
05-08-08  07:27pm

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Karup (15)
REPLY TO #6 - messmer :

My pleasure. :)
05-11-08  06:30pm

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Capn (28) I am with you 100% on this.

Landscape format can be so much more intimate. It draws you into the photo. Portrait, I find distancing & more formal.

I don't dislike the portait format, but do prefer landscape.
My prefernce would be 2/3 Landscape.

09-06-09  03:38am

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #8 - Capn :

My preference would be 100% landscape. I love a picture that fills the whole screen.
09-06-09  09:29am

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