About four months ago, my wife Evelyn yelled across our shared office space, “Take a look at this.” Each year the Chicago Pastel Painters (CPP) stages an exhibit featuring its members’ work, but due to Covid-19, there would be no 2020 exhibit...Read more
Jack B. Siegel is a Chicago-based photographer who focuses his cameras on musicians, cityscapes, newsworthy events, Parisian cemeteries, and anything else that catches his gaze in Chicago or during his travels. Jack began life as a tax lawyer, went ...
About Jack Siegel
Jack B. Siegel is a Chicago-based photographer who focuses his cameras on musicians, cityscapes, newsworthy events, Parisian cemeteries, and anything else that catches his gaze in Chicago or during his travels. Jack began life as a tax lawyer, went on to develop software, and then provided consulting services to nonprofit associations. Over the years, Jack has lectured extensively, written two books, and maintained a widely read blog focused on nonprofit governance and scandals.
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Kunstmatrix Addendumon: February 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm
I took a brief look–I am dealing with Covid vaccine 2 side effects today, so I am moving slowly. In many respects the two look similar. I found the artsteps.com site a little less responsive and a little more cluttered. That well could be due to the features that the person who designed the gallery selected or the number of images on display.
My Kunstmatrix discovery was accidental. I wasn’t looking for a 3D virtual gallery. Because the app looked cool, I just jumped right in and built a gallery. I did it to amuse me–not sell work. I have come to the conclusion that selling work is a 24/7 (full-time) task, and I’d rather be out photographing. The big problem with all ways of displaying work on the web for sales is driving people to the site–that’s the 24/7 part. You need a total marketing plan, with a virtual gallery being just one of many parts of the effort.
So, if you find a better provider, let me and everyone else know. As with cameras and lenses, I am glad to hear that there is more than one suppler out there–that sparks innovation. Thanks for thinking about the article and the process.
Jack B. SiegelRe: Kunstmatrix AddendumReply #1 on: February 23, 2021 at 12:22 pm
Thanks much for the kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the article.
As for the 5MB limit: I have an intuitive understanding why it exists. More importantly, I don’t think it is an issue in this context. I don’t use SmugMug for my portfolio site; I use Photoshelter, which I believe has a 20mb limit. If SmugMug is like Photoshelter, you are seeing the images in a “two-dimensional space.” The images are static.
In the case of Kunstmatrix, you are seeing the images in a “virtual” space–moving through the space; choosing your pathway; seeing multiple images at once; etc. This is where my intuition comes into play: I suspect that requires far more processing power to implement because the screen is being continuously redrawn. If my suspicion is right, increasing the image limit to 50mb would most likely result in a “sluggish” pathway through the exhibit, so a balance is being struck. I have seen this when building my galleries. After I am close to filling the gallery with images, when I enter edit-mode, it might take three or four seconds to populate the positions with the images–fortunately this has been a problem when viewing the galleries in “viewer” mode.
I think of greater importance is considering the experience from the viewer’s perspective rather than the photographer’s. I have yet to have anyone be less than amazed with the “experience” and “look” of the exhibits. It has a “Wow” factor. While we as photographers always want higher resolution, my experience is that the person looking at an image on the web is not as concerned. Perhaps of greater importance: If you are using the site as a sales tool, the Wow factor might be what gets someone to consider purchasing a physical print. I suspect the buyer will be even more impressed when he or she receives/sees a matted, large print reproduced on high quality paper.
In any event, the call is clearly yours. Thanks again and best regards.
Jack B. SiegelRe: Projects and Presentation: Using a Virtual Gallery to Display PhotographsReply #2 on: February 23, 2021 at 11:58 am
Thanks very much for the kind words. I hope you enjoy the platform.
Jack B. SiegelRe: New Article Announcements & DiscussionsReply #3 on: February 22, 2021 at 11:15 am
Since I submitted the article to Kevin Raber, I created six more exhibits–it was cold and miserable in January. Here are a couple of observations. First, I tried the red and blue wall colorings again. I liked the results, particularly for black and white images. I also tried the white frame option, which grew on me.
Second, I found the process helpful in thinking about my work. I began my photographic efforts focused on jazz and blues musicians. I have several thousand images in my portfolio. Being forced to identify the 35 or so most impactful images was a useful exercise. Obviously there are other ways to evaluate your work and progress, but I enjoyed using the virtual galleries to think about my work. Overall, periodic reflection is a good thing.
Third, I used several room options without windows. I found the room flow more straightforward, which meant I was not fighting the fixed numbering as much.
Fourth, I have now heard from Kunstmatrix–I had contacted them about permission to use screen captures, and they had asked me to send them the completed article when published. They informed me that they are working on better spacing/alignment tools and giving users more control over the order that images appear in guided tour mode. Both improvements would be great.
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