Design Sneak Peek part 1 – the new photo browser

Looks good on your mobile, tablet, laptop and everywhere! Our new photo browser.

At the beginning of this year, we did a little workshop. As you probably know, Photocase has been around since 2001 and most team members have been here from the beginning. That’s why we invited someone from outside to help us get a fresh look on Photocase. What’s going well? Where is still room for improvement? What are are we doing better than the rest and what are the others doing better than us? At the end of the workshop, we found that we had a lot of homework to do.

In the coming months or weeks, we would like to give you a glimpse behind the scenes. We would like to invite you to have a look over our shoulders while we are at work and tell us your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

We kick off with a layout draft for our photo browser and lightbox system. It was very important to us to design these as simply as possible. This way, we want to ease access to the site. The main focus lies on the photos, so we introduced bigger thumbnails got rid of everything else that seemed redundant. We are very proud of photographers and their photos and we want to show that to the world. The lightbox handling will be faster and easier with no more confusing pop-ups.

One thing that is also super important to us is that Photocase looks good on all your devices. From mobile to tablet or desktop with large cinema display.

Go to http://new-photocase-browser.webflow.com/ to see the current state of our work. Please note: What you can see there is not a finished website, but a model for testing layout and features. Some things are clickable, others not. Just check it out. To get to the lightbox view, just hover over (or tap on) a photo and click the “+” icon that will appear.

So what do you think? We’re looking forward to reading your opinions in the comments. Thanks! :)

Stock photography inspiration: Christmas is coming…soon

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We know, Christmas ist not exactly around the corner yet, but let’s be honest: Fall is in full effect and so it’s not too long until the hunt for presents starts, Christmas cards are sent out,  trees decorated and opulent feast planning begins. Same procedure as every year… That’s why we put together 4 lightboxes with cumulated inspiration for all your creative christmassy projects this season.

1. Photocase Lightbox: Celebrate together

Isn’t this the best about Christmas? – Spending time with your loved ones. Celebrating together and having a real good time. So turn on the fairy lights, put the roast in the oven and fill the cups with eggnog.

To the lightbox

2. Photocase Lightbox: Christmas lights & decoration

Speaking of fairy lights, there’s no Christmas without the appropriate lighting and decoration. Candles are a good start. Furthermore, we recommend the colors red, golden and fir green. This has proven itself for many years.

To the lightbox

3. Photocase Lightbox: Christmas feast

A very important part of Christmas is eating. Roast turkey, stuffing, Cranberry sauce, mash, pies, Christmas cookies and fruitcake meet eggnog, hot chocolate and champagne.

To the lightbox

4. Photocase Lightbox: Presents

Up next: Presents! No matter if they are handed out on Christmas Eve, or on Christmas morning, this is the part of the holiday that children eagerly await.

To the lightbox

Week 41 as a link list – Design, Photography, Web and Society

 

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Every week, we put together a list of articles, tools, videos or news that we came across during the week. Most of the notes will deal with the topics of design, photography and web development, among other stuff that caught our attention.

  1. Bill Murray sings a Bob Dylan song. What could go wrong.
  2. Why woman leave the tech-scene.
    http://fortune.com/2014/10/02/women-leave-tech-culture/
  3. 50 cool fall icons
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/10/10/freebie-50-icons-of-autumn/
  4. Nowness – a beautiful video channel / magazine about culture, arts, design and music
    https://www.nowness.com
  5. Dries Verhoeven – a dutch artist caused a lot of trouble last week. He was sitting in a glass cube in front of the HAU in Berlin, chatting with other people via Grindr App while projecting the conversations onto a wall so visitors could read the whole chat he was having with strangers.
    http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/22063/1/artist-causes-outrage-with-public-broadcast-of-grindr-pms
  6. Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows will have the number 10 in the name. But there is a slight problem regarding privacy in this next version. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/10/06/windows-10-spying/
  7. 75 photos that will define how we see the 21st century. http://news.distractify.com/mark-pygas/pictures-taken-in-past-10-years/?v=1&img=3bfcac
  8. “Boiler Room knows what you did last night.” Lets dance next to the DJ to look tremendously “awesome”.
    http://brkwydln.tumblr.com/
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Enjoy clicking & reading!

Camera hack no. 2:
Build your own Bokeh aperture

Dear fall, you’ve been pretty kind to us weatherwise so far, but we still have issues getting used to the fact that afternoons are going to keep getting darker. But hey, instead of wistfully mourning summer, we should concentrate on the positive! The earlier the dawn of the day, the sooner you can capture great night photos. The night lights of your city make a great scenery for beautiful Bokeh photos for example. In this blogpost, we show you how you can make your own Bokeh aperture in 4 easy steps. Ready, steady, Bokeh!

Step 1

Take a sheet of cardboard and cut out a circle. The easiest way to do this is by using a circle cutter.
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Step 2

Now you can cut out any form you’d like from the circle with a cutter knife or by using a punching die (like we did in our example).
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Step 3

Fix it to your camera with masking tape.
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Step 4

… and start taking photos. The best time to try your new Bokeh aperture is when it’s dark outside. This way, you can bring the lights on your photo beautifully in shape. Here are a few examples, that we took on Photocase Day in August.

Throw your hands in the air for Bokeh! Photo: Kai

Throw your hands in the air for Bokeh! Photo: Kai

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Heart shaped Bokeh aperture. Made with love, of course. Photo: Kai

The origin of our photo hack how-to no. 2 was (just like last time) the video “7 Simple Photography Hacks by COOPH” on Youtube. Thanks to pischare for the inspiration!

Photocase Lightbox: Bokeh

Sea of lights, colorful dots and blurry city skylines. You can find lots of great Bokeh photos on Photocase.

Check out this lightbox for more. Have fun experimenting!

Upload your photos with Dropbox

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Drop it like it’s hot. What a coincidence! Dropbox raises the storage space for pro accounts from 100 GB to 1 TB (1.000 GB) and you can now upload your photos to Photocase using Dropbox. Just click on the link named “Upload with dropbox” on our upload page to upload your pics!

How does it work?

First, you need a Dropbox account (surprise!). Just connect your Dropbox to Photocase and your photos will be magically teleported to Photocase. All pics that you copy into your Dropbox folder /Photocase-Uploads, will appear in your “My Photos” list in your Photocase account after only a few minutes. If you wish, you can disconnect your Dropbox at any time.

Check it out! We hope you like it. Happy dropboxing!