Oppinions on my free photography magazine?

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  1. JHolt

    JHolt TPF Noob!

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    About 3 months ago I decided to start my own Photography Magazine.
    With 0 budget to speak of and a bit of extra time on my hands I started hunting for stories and writers.

    This is what came out of the first issues hunt.

    Home Photography Magazine

    We have had 5000 visitors in the first week of the first issue and the response I am hearing back is quite good.

    I am planning on adding a review section (this coming issue) and possibly a gallery.

    If you are interested you can submit your own stories or images for our gallery. You will find the contact info on the website.

    I really look forward to hearing from all of you.

    Thanks for your time

    Justin Holt
     
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    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

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    Why a flash interface?
     
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    Justin,

    I just check out the magazine and I am impressed, I signed up and think you have a real winner here. Great Job!:mrgreen:
     
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    Wow!! Really nice.. I love the way you can zoom in and just move your mouse around to navigate without having to use sliders. And it's very professional looking...

    (On page 11, the writer wrote that something was, "Nesseled," when it should have been, "Nestled," and, "had got," is used instead of, "had gotten," but if grammar is on the writer, then hey... It's on them. But I think it reflects on the magazine. You really should peruse the articles yourself to ensure quality articles..)

    Edit: As I read on, I found many grammatical and punctuation errors, and this is really bad for you if you want to be taken seriously.. I've come across the word, "over joyed," which should have been overjoyed, and the word, "misshap," which is mishap when spelled correctly.. From what I've seen, most photographers are pretty smart and into speaking and typing correctly.. Articles like this need to be right on, especially when these are very elementary mistakes-not even easy misses.. This author even says he gets a lot of crud, "In the sensor.." Now that would be a feat!

    Oh, boy.. While I love the layout and think you have a great idea, I'd hoped that the grammatical trainwreck was limited to that one article. However, as soon as I start the next article I'm greeted with this:

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    You have a question mark and the start of a new sentence right in the middle of a sentence/thought... Very poorly written.. You have the graphics ability, but you really need to get the grammar rules and punctuation rules down in order to be successful to any large degree.. It's just hard to read.

    I don't know who wrote the articles, so I'll just say you, as it's your magazine.. Here, you use past tense and then use future tense all in the same sentence.. You also hyphenate highlights, which is one word, non-hyphenated.

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    It just has to get better than this.. These are very simple, very elementary mistakes that turn people off.. I know that the people I associate with could be reading the plans that tell you how to live for eternity, but if they were written with such poor grammar and punctuation, they'd rather not read them.. It's just the way it is.. Grammar and punctuation are important.
     
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    I let go the editor we had as she didn't actually have her heart behind the project. Everything should be cleared up by the next issue and I have made some modifications to this issue and this will be corrected for the back issue copy.

    I may even have a chance to upload it this weekend.

    Thanks
     
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    That's great, as the graphical interface is very nice, and the idea is awesome! Thanks for taking the time to do this for free!
     
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    No thank you for pointing our the problems.
    I was able to fix most of them this morning and have uploaded and linked the new version.

    We had a great day yesterday with over 500 visitors and puts us on track to reach 10 000 hopefully by this weekend (fingers crossed)

    Your comments saved us!
     
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    I haven't read very closely yet, but I'm impressed for a first issue. Nice job, you got my subscription. :thumbup:
     
  9. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    hmm a few thoughts from my quick gloss over the contents;

    1) it might be well worth your time making a non-flash version of the mag for people with slower internet connections. Flash is all well and good but for some people their connections are just way to slow and they will avoid flash material unless very heavily recomended to them. Also if you do this don't hide the other version away in a corner - make it an easily noticable choice

    2) adverts - ok I know you need them and that ( I strongly suspect) you will be adding to the content and length of the mag as it gains popularity - just keep a check on the ads and how much of the mag they take up - its also slightly better to gather than nearer the end of the mag than to have them nearer the start (but don't bury your articles in ads otherwise they will get missed)

    3) Please please please decide on your editing advice position for photoshop - I see so many mags that aim at the beginner or the amateur which will go into great details about editing processes - almost all of which need £500 worth of photoshop - which most people just don't have. Instead do try to aim things at the simpler programs - elements for example - and also don't forget that there some some great addons for things like elements which can enable some of the more advanced editing features (such a link could be part of a more advanced article allowing the elements users to benefit as well - just remember anything you link to must be fully tested by you first of course)
     
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    Good work! It looks very interesting. I hope it's a continued success.
     
  11. Overread

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    just a point but it might very well be worth adding a "meet us" page to the site where you can introduce the staff of the project as well as a bit about them and such - let your readers see the faces behind the project.
     
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    agree on the grammar and spelling, even your title here has a typo.
    Did you really get all those advertisers (Manfrotto, Lensbaby, Tamron, BaLens, etc) or are you just lifting ads/copy?
     

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