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Quick poll on Lightstalkers slideshow playback

Hey everybody, Shinji here. Quick question about slideshows:

Lightstalkers image slideshows used to only show one gallery at a time, and upon reaching the end of the slideshow it would automatically loop back to the beginning, as most would expect.

Now that the image slideshow can display multiple galleries, what’s your preference? When reaching the end of a gallery, should the slideshow:

1) Automatically go to the next gallery?
or
2) Go back to the beginning of the same gallery?

Let me know and we’ll incorporate the feedback into our next version. Thanks all,

by Shinji Kuwayama at 2008-03-14 13:03:02 UTC (ed. Mar 17 2008 ) Chicago , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

First post?

No idea whats better mate, but LS is awesome!

I’m happy if the slideshows continue on….

and on and on……

Cheers and thanks so much for this site!

by lisa hogben | 14 Mar 2008 13:03 | sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Shinji

Is there any way that at the end of a slideshow it will go back to the multiple gallery page? So a viewer can have an overview and manually decide which slideshow to play?

Also are there any plans to increase the amount of image you can upload. I have several sets of images I would like to show as slideshows with audio but cannot as there are more than 30 images combined. I suppose one could edit each slideshow down to say 10 images if you had 3 sets but that means the selection is limited and dictated by means of size instead of narrative.

Just a thought. Obviously more server space would be needed if say the image quantity was raised from say 30 to 50 images.

by [former member] | 14 Mar 2008 13:03 (ed. Mar 14 2008) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Mark — the limit is actually 50 images right now, and we do have plans to increase this in the future. You can arrange your 50 images into as many “galleries” as you want — one gallery of 50 images, 10 galleries of 5 images, etc.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 14 Mar 2008 13:03 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Shinji
Yeah sorry just had a look and saw that. That’s much better. I was routinly dumping a gallery of say 23 images so I could upload a new set.

What do you think about my idea of seeing the overview page at the end of a slideshow. Much better for the viewer to have an index page to see rather than an automated next slideshow facility.

by [former member] | 14 Mar 2008 13:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
It’s a possibility, sure. We’re just going to gather opinions and suggestions for a little while and see what consensus, if any, emerges. Thanks for the feedback!

by Shinji Kuwayama | 14 Mar 2008 13:03 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
I agree with Mark. You should return to the overview and decide which gallery you want to look at. It seems the most logical way to me.

by Patricio Murphy | 14 Mar 2008 13:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Hi Shinji,
Your enthusiasm and initiative is infectious.
I agree with Pat and Mark that the ideal thing would be
to give the choice of choosing the gallery for viewing
to the visitor – return to the overview and decide.
I am excited to read about the new version of slide show you
are working on.Also please suggest the best way i can add
a audio commentary to my slide show.
Dev.

by [former member] | 14 Mar 2008 14:03 | Chennai, India | | Report spam→
I think I prefer it going back to the first image of the same gallery.
If I send the link to a gallery to someone, I would like them to see exactly what I intended them to see. I might be sending someone the slideshow of a very specific project, and I would (maybe) prefer that they see just that.

My two cents …

by Nacho Hernandez | 14 Mar 2008 14:03 (ed. Mar 14 2008) | Culebra, Puerto Rico | | Report spam→
Hey there Shinji, I would prefer option #1 – go to the next gallery. Thanks!
Just want to say .. you navigate through cyberspace swimmingly!

by Ana Elisa Fuentes | 14 Mar 2008 14:03 | Bavaria, Germany | | Report spam→
Shinji

“2) Go back to the beginning of the same gallery?”

Seems fine this way.

by Daniel Legendre | 14 Mar 2008 14:03 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Dev, you can add an MP3 soundtrack to any gallery right now; look for “soundtrack” on the contact sheet page. If you have trouble with it, just email us at support@lightstalkers.org and we can help in more detail.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 14 Mar 2008 14:03 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Nacho You can do that anyway. Open up the gallery and copy the URL for that page. When you send that as a link it will open up that slideshow.

You can also embed the code from any LS gallery into a webpage on your personal website. So if you are showing a client a set of images they may be be inclined to look at other work in your site.
Also by having the gallery index appear after the end of a slideshow a potential client can see all your work at a glance. If the slideshow goes from one to the other or back to the same that potential client may not like the work in the next slideshow and move on to someone else’s. Let them see all your wares.

My 50p worth.

by [former member] | 14 Mar 2008 14:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I go with Mark’s suggestion; i always like it best when the viewer is in control and the overview page is there to help us navigate and get a quick grasp of things. Mark, btw, really liked your slideshow. I am doing a similar thing with cockfights.

by Jon Anderson | 14 Mar 2008 15:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Mark, Jon,

Sometimes I would prefer to be in control of what the viewer sees. If I send the link to the slideshow of one of my galleries to a photo editor, he/she would see also the other galleries, and not just what I wanted to show. I think it kind of goes against the idea of having separate galleries. The same way that I would not always show the same portfolio to different prospective clients, I would prefer to be able to choose what to show from my “PSC portfolios”. If you want to show all your work, you could always send the link to your overview page, but now you don’t have the option to show just one gallery.

by Nacho Hernandez | 14 Mar 2008 15:03 (ed. Mar 14 2008) | Culebra, Puerto Rico | | Report spam→
I love the idea of an index page at the end of the slideshow…

by Morrigan McCarthy | 14 Mar 2008 16:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
I would second Mark on that, Nacho " I would prefer to be in control of what the viewer sees" it´s pretty subjetive, and..tricky. Many times we feel confidents that a body of work is the one that would “target” a potential client after previously analized what they might be inteested in..and surprise ourselves when client says.." I do like IT, but I want THAT. So I think it is better when they have a “choice”
Cheers,
Pupo

by Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo | 14 Mar 2008 16:03 | Sao Paulo, Brazil | | Report spam→
My preference would be to take the viewer to an index page, rather than looping or going into a new gallery.

by Brendan Hoffman | 14 Mar 2008 18:03 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I like the idea of navigation going to a list of the galleries after completing. You never know, someone liking the one gallery may be so intrigued they want to see others.

Side note, Shinji I’ve spent time on quite a few other forums, mostly non-photography, and I must say that some of the things that LS accomplishes are just great. Nice work.

best,
A.

by Andrew Brinkhorst | 14 Mar 2008 21:03 | Lexington KY, United States | | Report spam→
Definitely, going to the index page is the best option. Thanks for asking, Shinji!

by Anderson Schneider | 14 Mar 2008 22:03 | Brasilia, Brazil | | Report spam→
Hi Shinji:

Thanks once more for your work!!!

I vote on the option go back to the multiple gallery page, if this is possible.

Much appreciated.
Cheers,

Armando

by Armando Ribeiro | 14 Mar 2008 22:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I too would want to go back to the gallery page and be able to choose which gallery I could see next.

Yes, and thanks for asking and everything else you do.

by [former member] | 15 Mar 2008 02:03 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
how about a ‘choose button’ for the member to set, of some kind to include one or several gallerys to be in the slide show?
The default could be as it is, to “all”.

just my .02 worth. Otherwise.. great setup thnx for your work Shinji.
—R

by Robert Klein | 15 Mar 2008 02:03 | Vancouver, Canada | | Report spam→
Ohayo Shinji,
I like the gallery looping back around to the start becasue I have music tied with it, and if for whatever reason the internet connection is slow in loading the pages and the timing of the AV doesn’t line up, the song doesn’t get cut off.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 15 Mar 2008 12:03 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Looping the same gallery, maybe “esc” getting one back to the main gallery index page. Slow connection speed here makes the initial playing/loading of the slideshow sluggish. also agree with the idea that separate galleries might be better off viewed separately. And as my first post want to also thank you for this incredible website.

by Jeff Holt | 15 Mar 2008 16:03 (ed. Mar 15 2008) | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→
Andrea Alborno

the second one.

Thank you very much!

by Andrea Alborno | 16 Mar 2008 19:03 | San Biagio della Cima, Italy | | Report spam→
Like Mark`s idea, looping back to an index page. I quite like having one gallery at a time visible as I have linked each seperately on my website, but if there was an index at the beginning or end you could use that as a link without too much problem. Copuld there be a way to add a link back to your own homepage also as not everyone who visits knows to use the back button and not everyone wants to open the slide-shows as seperate pages?
Thanks for asking this though, you do great work!
Damon

by Damon Coulter | 17 Mar 2008 04:03 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
definitely back to the index. thanks for polling!

by [former member] | 17 Mar 2008 07:03 | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→
if the slide show shows shows but nobody sees it is it still a slide show…

sorry! let it move from one gallary to the next!

this site is really great and people do see it.

john

by John Robinson | 17 Mar 2008 16:03 | Durban, South Africa | | Report spam→

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Participants

Shinji Kuwayama, Software Engineer Shinji Kuwayama
Software Engineer
Chicago , United States ( ORD )
lisa hogben, Visualjournalist! lisa hogben
Visualjournalist!
Sydney , Australia
Patricio Murphy, Musician, photographer Patricio Murphy
Musician, photographer
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Nacho Hernandez, Photographer Nacho Hernandez
Photographer
(Philippines)
Manila , Philippines
Ana Elisa Fuentes, Photographer Ana Elisa Fuentes
Photographer
(relentless)
[undisclosed location].
Daniel Legendre, Photographer Daniel Legendre
Photographer
Paris , France
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Morrigan McCarthy, Photographer Morrigan McCarthy
Photographer
Brooklyn , United States
Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo, Photographer (freelancer) Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo
Photographer (freelancer)
São Paulo , Brazil ( GRU )
Brendan Hoffman, photographer Brendan Hoffman
photographer
(Prime)
New York, Ny , United States
Andrew Brinkhorst, photographer Andrew Brinkhorst
photographer
Lexington, Ky , United States
Anderson Schneider, Photojournalist Anderson Schneider
Photojournalist
Brasilia , Brazil ( BSB )
Armando Ribeiro, Freelance Photographer Armando Ribeiro
Freelance Photographer
London , United Kingdom ( GTW )
Robert Klein, Photographer Robert Klein
Photographer
Vancouver, Bc , Canada ( YVR )
Aaron J. Heiner, Photojournalist Aaron J. Heiner
Photojournalist
(Sleeping his life away)
Baltimore, Md , United States ( IAD )
Jeff Holt, Photojournalist Jeff Holt
Photojournalist
Dhaka , Bangladesh
Andrea Alborno, photojournalist Andrea Alborno
photojournalist
(Andrea Alborno)
San Biagio Della Cima , Italy
Damon Coulter, Freelance photographer Damon Coulter
Freelance photographer
Tokyo , Japan
John Robinson, Photographer John Robinson
Photographer
(works with light)
Jika Joe , South Africa


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