I was chatting with George Bowen by e-mail this week. He's a consultant for Imagenomic, the manufacturer of Noiseware.
The Light's Right has a new site! The original was a personal gallery site with pages grafted on for my actions, scripts, tips, and tutorials. The pages were static, vanilla HTML pages with a bit of Flash animation.
The new site is completely different. Aside from the visual difference, the new site is evolving from a Mitch-centric site to a community site. It is open to contributions from the digital photography community. This new site has features in place for articles, blogs, forums, news feeds, and syndication. More features will be introduced this summer.
New sites benefit from new features. Doing something different or better generates interest. Lots of sites have links. They're tyically just a simple list of hyertext links to click on. Not very elegant, not very helpful. What we have in mind for this site is a user-friendly, searchable, comprehensive set of links to digital photography resources. We'll start simple and build from there. We'll start with a list of digital photography forums, add Photoshop tools, tutorials, etc. Forget the endless list of links that visitors scroll through.
The Light’s Right continues to grow. Tens of thousands of visitors download content each week. Expanding the content and features to make this a community site means more demands on the Web server in the future. Contributions have made it possible to deliver basic content without advertising or subscriptions. We’re extremely grateful for the help we’ve received.
The Light's Right started as an online gallery site for the digital photography of Glenn E. Mitchell II and a place for sharing his Adobe Photoshop resources. The site has evolved into an online community with articles, blogs, forums, news, and lots of free resources for digital photographers. The new site has a broader point-of-view. It covers everything related to digital photography: cameras and other gear, photographic technique, and processing digital photos. Please feel free to bookmark this site or share it with others on your social network. We want this site to be among the most active sites for digital photography resources.
There are lots of sites dedicated to digital photography. So why do we need another? One word: community. Most of the sites are business ventures with a commercial soul. This site is all about community and helping digital photographers get the most from their gear. It's open to new voices. People can come here and post critical comments about their experiences with photographic gear and software. There's limited advertising to help pay for the video downloads, but what keeps it going is community support. People here care passionately about digital photography and want to share with others.
Think you have the chops to be a regular contributor for The Light’s Right? Know someone with a passion for digital photography who can write with authority? We’re looking for interesting articles, provocative blogs, useful tools, and helpful tutorials. We have lots of opportunities for creative digital photographers who can push a noun against a verb or cut some interesting video. You can even become a regular contributor and have your own column on The Light's Right site. Both print and video content is desired. Send us a message and our editorial board will contact you. New authors are especially welcome!
The Light’s Right site continues to grow. Tens of thousands of visitors download content each week. Expanding the content and features to make this a community site means much more demand on the Web server in the future. The goal for the next twelve months is to be able to share three trillion bytes of information every month from a dedicated server that will allow several visitors to simultaneously stream video content over the Internet. The goal for 2010 is even more video streaming capacity, with an increase to thirty trillion bytes of information over a connection that can serve dozens of simultaneous viewers.