By George Bradshaw / April 1, 2016
This article provides an overview of the online OLLI Photo Club (OPC) Galleries, including a) a description of the main OPC Galleries, b) a reference for viewing, commenting upon, and uploading photos to specific galleries, and c) guidelines for the monthly competitions.
On April 1, 2016 the OPC transitioned photo sharing operations from the PBase image hosting service to the SmugMug service. All photos from PBase have been moved to SmugMug, and the gallery structure of PBase has been replicated on SmugMug. The PBase system will continue to be available for viewing until the summer of 2016. Following are the links to each system:
Online OPC Galleries
Beginning April 1, 2016 https://olliphotoclubgmu.smugmug.com/
Prior to April 1, 2016 http://www.pbase.com/olligmuphoto
The “OPC Photo Repository, Member’s Guide” for the new OPC Galleries is available at the OPC Photo Repository Website under the “Site Notes” menu. The Guide discusses the transition plan and provides detailed instructions for uploading and commenting upon photos.
OPC members use three galleries on a regular basis: two Competition galleries for the monthly competitions that take place on the second Friday of each month, and one Field Trip gallery to showcase photos taken during the club’s third Friday’s field trips.
Other galleries are available for special purposes such as OLLI Catalog Covers and Greeting Cards.
- Viewing Photos
One may view photos in the galleries of the public OPC website:
The OPC website has a menu- and icon-driven interface. To select a gallery for viewing, one need only start clicking on the menu item “Galleries” to see the various galleries available.
The Competition and Field Trip galleries are organized chronologically: under the “Galleries” menu, first select the year, then the month. For the Competition galleries, three icon photos (feature images) will be displayed for the month (see image 1), annotated as Critique, non-Critique and Slideshow. The title of the monthly gallery contains the date as yyyy.mm and the theme of the month; the title in Image 1 is “2016.01 Open” (“Open” means that no specific theme has been specified for the month). Click on one of the feature images to view the gallery. The Slideshow gallery contains all the photos of the Critique and non-Critique galleries.
Image 1: Selecting a Competition Gallery
The Field Trip galleries are selected directly from the corresponding “monthly” icon. The title of a Field Trip gallery contains the date and the field trip destination.
- Commenting upon Photos
OPC members upload photos to the monthly competition’s Critique gallery to solicit comments regarding artistic interpretations, technical or artistic improvements, or, let’s face it, just for the joy of socializing with fellow members.
Commenting upon a photo requires logging in via a Facebook or Google+ account. Start that process by clicking in the empty gray box below the selected photo (see Image 2).
Image 2: Commenting upon a Photo
- Uploading Photos
OPC members routinely upload photos to three galleries: the competition’s Critique and non-Critique galleries and the Field Trip galleries. No automated procedure has been established for uploading to other galleries; we will establish such procedures as the need arises.
The general procedures for uploading to the three routine galleries follow a three-step process.
- Assign the standard filename to the selected jpg photo. The standard filename format is
Title [spaces between multiple title words] <space> <hyphen> <space>
For example, Double Daisy – BradshawG.jpg
- Point your browser to the appropriate OPC upload gallery using a link that will be emailed to you.
For the competition galleries, the two links (Critique and non-Critique) will be emailed one week prior to the competition that takes place on the second Friday of the month. To give other members an opportunity to pre-screen the competition photos, please upload your photos no later than the Wednesday before the competition.
For the field trip galleries a single link will be emailed to participants the evening of the field trip.
- Drag and drop your photo into the upload gallery. You may also select the photo from within the “upload gallery” page. The OPC website administrator will then move your photos from the private upload gallery to the public competition or field trip gallery within 24 hours.
Detailed descriptions of these procedures are available in “OPC Photo Repository, Member’s Guide” at the OPC website under the “Site Notes” menu (https://goo.gl/TkoKkN).
Note. Since our current image hosting service offers unlimited storage, the OPC no longer requires a restricted image size in pixels for uploaded photos. However, in the interest of maintaining the “commons,” that is, not overusing bandwidth and storage, we recommend resizing uploaded photos to 1024×768 pixels. Without such conservative resizing, and unless the OPC establishes an archiving policy of actively retiring photos from our online photo repository, utilized storage could, over the years, become dramatically large. A smaller file size will also reduce the overhead for the OPC administrator’s maintenance of backups. Exceptions to this sizing recommendation exist, for example, photos in the Catalog Cover gallery must be printable on 8×10 inch paper at 300dpi (2400×3000 pixels).
- Guidelines for Monthly Competitions
Each month club members may submit up to two photos to the Competition galleries by following the procedures described in “5. Uploading Photos” above. The photos may be uploaded in any combination to the Critique and non-Critique galleries.
Specific themes have been established for October, December, February, April, June, and August. Other months are considered OPEN with the only requirement being the photo was taken in the past two years.
The current year’s themes are listed in the OPC Information Portal’s “Bi-monthly Photo Themes” page (http://olli.gmu.edu/bi-monthly-photo-themes/). The link for that page can also be found at the “Photography Club Overview” page (http://olli.gmu.edu/photography-club-overview/).