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Hambone Lewinski 2:44pm, 2 May 2008
I'm taking the plunge and writing a web app to show and sell my photos at. I'm doing it in my favorite development framework, Ruby and Rails with plain old CSS + XHTML on the front end.

Some time ago, we had discussed some issues that come up with web applications for private buying/selling of photos. What sorts of problems had come up? Since I'm working on this, I thought it would be a nice place to discuss it.

Jason
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
If you are referring to the infamous "Web Tech workshop" it seems to have been indefinitely postponed, but if we want to revive it independantly, we might still have some interest in brainstorming.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
I guess that's what I was getting at. I don't care so much about a web tech workshop; I'm writing this app from scratch so it can be what I want it to be.

However, I seem to recall some neat ideas flying around when people were brainstorming that seemed pretty interesting.

Right now, I'm going to organize my photos into what I've called "galleries". Galleries can be visible or invisible, photos can be in multiple galleries, etc. I will be able to easily display a whole gallery as thumbs.

This app will also have a blog component that I can embed photos or galleries into, although that will come later.

What other ways have you guys wanted to use this sort of software?

Jason
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Can you make it searchable by keywords and EXIF?
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
Shawn,

That is something that wouldn't be TOO hard, presuming that by keywords you mean stuff like title, description, gallery name, etc.

It seems there is a ruby extension for accessing EXIF data ( rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-exiv2 ), so I don't think it would be too tough to do that, either. The only trouble that I see is that, by my understanding, EXIF has a LOT of information in it, which would require a lot of customization on the part of the photographer. Probably that feature would have to be off by default and switched on only by advanced users.

EXIF wouldn't be in my first iteration -- I don't shoot digital, so it's not useful to me, and I want my site up at least 2 weeks before the show in June. But it wouldn't be super hard, and I would be willing to work with some digital shooters to (sanely) implement it.

Jason
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
Cool, the only part that would need to be searchable in the EXIF would be the IPTC tags
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