Emotion. That’s what my brand new web engine for Lightroom is all about.
When casually browsing the work of other photographers on the web I’ve long noted that my biggest emotional response to a collection of images is often provoked by two things:
- Great photography
- Big images
Impact creates web galleries that are designed to provoke such a response from your viewers. It’s all about the image.
Impact won’t be right for everyone. The nature of this sort of gallery means that images get cropped by the browser window – landscape format images will be more appropriate than portrait format. However, in terms of delivering a powerful message about your work I believe that an Impact powered gallery will be a powerful asset, whether used alone or in combination with a gallery such as Elegance.
Update: Version 1.10 of Impact now includes lots of scaling options, including the ability to scale each image to fill the window without cropping it.
Peter Karlsson has graciously allowed me to use his spectacular avionics images to produce a demonstration gallery.
Here are the goodies:
- Impressive and memorable viewing experience thanks to full browser width images and sliding transitions.
- The first image in the gallery is displayed as quickly as possible, and the others are preloaded one by one in the background. The waiting times are therefore reduced to a minimum.
- Multiple image resolutions are exported and the most appropriate resolution is used when displaying the images. This ensures fast loading on mobile devices without penalising the image quality on desktop machines.
- Very configurable interface – the colours of all on screen elements may be changed.
- Users can bookmark images and return directly to them (the URL changes as the slideshow advances).
- Designed for iPhone. The iPhone will be served with low resolution images to increase download speed. When viewed in landscape mode the navigation bar is automatically moved out of way to leave more room for the images. Finally, users may then swipe between images.
- Support for The Turning Gate’s TTG XML Auto Index and TTG Pages galleries for creating entire websites.
- “Right-click and save” is disabled to discourage casual theft.
- Automatic update checking.
Impact is available from the Photographer’s Toolbox.