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And that was viewfinder.

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During five days I have followed BBC’s viewfinder and had a closer look at its functionality, design, features and activity. During this time I have also come across some interesting articles about the future and the role of photojournalism.

Things are moving fast.

With out doubt the way we receive and share information is changing. News formats are morphing and exploding to include text, video, audio, web generated content, and all the variations of this in between. It’s an exciting time. Now it is possible to control how we receive news and constantly websites are upgrading their features to improve our experience.

Viewfinder is just one of many examples of how blogging is changing, nurturing and increasing our understanding of what is going on around the globe.  

Today viewfinder hasn’t shown new activity, but it doesn’t mean that the flux of information and related content stops there. I have visuals complementing the stories and the analysis and links to the news all over the place. I too can chose to share it with the world through social sites such as facebook, twitter and other means, such as this blog.

In no other time in history people like you and I have had this tremendous opportunity to serve out local communities, and connect.

This retransmission of information, the control we have over it, is what empowers anyone using the internet, and that can have a remarkable impact on how society evolves and faces its own shortcomings.

And all of it starts and ends with your own words.


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February 7, 2011 at 11:56 am


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Not much going on. Since Thursday’s last post viewfinder stands still in the blogosphere.

I cannot say the same about the rest of the BBC as its coverage of the unrest in Egypt has been restless.

Nothing is going on in viewfinder thus I looked up the site’s menu bar, clicked on ‘news’ and went right on where the action is: BBC’s News home page. There I can read, watch and listen the latest news, and that includes many visuals of course. Clearly the photo editor has been busy. It usually happens  that when people who have other responsibilities are too busy their blogs simply freeze in time.

So, after scanning the news, the latest headlines, features and analysis, by region and field of interest, I clicked on ‘ in pictures’ ( right under home.)

You can click on the ‘week in pictures’ slide show, a weekly selection of photographs from around the globle; also on the right side there’s a photo essay on Egypt. Right under it another one about the US and Canada snow storms, and under it you can jump all the way to Australia to see, literally, what happened with the Cyclone Yasi there.

Now, that’s refreshing.

On the lower column there is a link  that will take you back to viewfinder and its last post( on insects). You are welcome there, if you need a break from the news.

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February 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

3 days on the blog road

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If you want to know what’s wrong with a blog, read people’s comments. Usually that’s the best way to find out what works and what is actually bothering readers.

While exploring  viewfinder I came across comments from David Richerby and trekker308, a couple of regular blog commentators  who have pointed out how the text in the galleries obstruct the photographs from full view.

.” At 3:39pm on 11 May 2009, David Richerby wrote:

The new photo galleries are excellent apart from the captions, which obscure the bottom of the photograph. I want to see the caption and the whole of the image at the same time, please! Either put the caption below the photo or display it only while the mouse is over the image, like the navigation buttons. Yes, I could hide and then show the caption but that’s three clicks per image and the captions scroll in annoyingly slowly.”

I think David has a point.

These captions pop up right on the lower part cutting up part of the image. Something most photo enthusiasts find rather irritating ( myself included.)

The fact that you can comment on the BBC website is a feature that connects readers and entitle them to share their views and reflect on a particular topic. This is something you cannot do in the print media and TV. It might seem something simple, but it is a feature that gives blogs an edge over other formats.

Another features that give viewfinder more flexibility are RSS feeds and a tab linking the blog to an external site, such as flickr. These extra features expand the blog’s capacity to inform and they make it part of a bigger web of information, literally.

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February 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Viewfinder, day 2.

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Today I will take a closer look to Viewfinder features but before we get down to business I’d like to mention that I finally signed up for a account in BBC blogs It’s easy and having an account will give you access to all the BBC blogs network, which is pretty extensive.

You will have access to the BBC’s most read blogs, latest post and in case you can’t leep track, you have a list of recently viewed blogs.

I am excited.

Today in viewfinder I found a new post about Insects. The images were submitted by the readers themselves (I have myself sent a few entries to this weekly challenge.)

I was expecting to find the same blog from yesterday about ‘domestic glamour’ and photography as a mirror of the real world, but I was mistaken. The entries are not following an set order, some have a day in between, others a week, but no more than a week. Maybe it is so because there are also other sections in viewfinder and the editor decides what to post and where; perhaps.

There are about 10 to 12 posts per month and needless to say, they all are related to photography and photojournalism. It seems obvious, but some other blogs mix topics and you find yourself more often than not, reading the news or being directed to the main site.

In the blog itself I’ve got a list of topical post as well as access to the last 12 months, in case I want to catch up.

Of course there are the ‘read more’ and ‘hyper links’ that internet users distinguish as quickly as they would mustard and ketchup. As with these dressings, links and other fixtures on the page complement our experience.

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February 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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Following The Blog

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Today I am starting my five day close look of viewfinder: A blog about photos in the news, from BBC. The task at hand: Observe closely the blog and identify it’s main characteristics, how it works and what I find in it. It seems pretty straight forward, but is it?

Today more than ever blogs are playing an important role in how we access information and interact with it. There are blogs of all colors, topics and tastes, and in the BBC it is not an exception, but why viewfinder? I could have tried to spend some time observing the outstanding images of say the Boston Globe’s ‘ the big picture’ or I could have tried to navigate the pay per content New York Time’s to get to their ‘Lens’ , right?

Yes, but viewfinder is different.

It’s not only about images. I’ve got actual blog entries about various topics, from the dead of the Polaroid to the future of photojournalism itself discussed by some of the leading professionals in the field. How can you beat that?  I’ve got a list of current topics and if I am tired read about photography I can jump to other BBC blogs. If I am looking for something in particular, I have got archives and if I am to busy to go to the page itself and I want to receive a feed, I can get it as well.  One of the things I like is the thumbnails with the bloggers’ images and a mini profile. a bit old fashioned, but rather effective. If I wish to contact Phil Coomes (picture editor and photographer for the BBC website) I have his work e-mail right there.

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February 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

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