WPDFD Issue #46 - January 01, 2002


Web Page Photography by Joe Gillespie A friend of mine, whose first language is not English, once remarked about 'making' pictures with his camera. At first, I thought it was just down to his lack of proficiency with the language but then I realised that my concept of 'taking' pictures and his of 'making' them were not at all the same. You 'take' snapshots but you 'make' photographs – there is a world of difference.


FujiFilm FinePix 6800 Zoom If you look at ads for digital cameras, or just about anything else for that matter, you will be confronted with something called a 'feature list'. This is the marketing people's way of telling you how 'much' you are getting on the assumption that the more features there are, the better the product. Well, there's an old saying, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating", which is very apt in this case.

Hot New Products

News of the latest new products for Web designers - with a particular emphasis on Web graphics - as usual. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 New Mac OS 9.x version of Explorer with many bug fixes and improvements. Certainly the best Mac browser available and some would say, the best on any platform! Verify Accurate Web Color Imation Verify is a system that hopes to become a standard for accurate Web colours.

Top Tip

Lighting for digital photography The two basic problems with on-camera flash units are, their proximity to the lens and their point-source nature. Being so close to the lens means that the lighting is flat with no modelling. Any shadows that would help to define shape and texture are directly behind the subject and hidden. The small size of the light source means that any shadows that are visible have unflattering, high contrast, hard edges.

Happy New Year.

With each new year we see old Web design problems diminish and new ones take their place. The restraints of the Web-safe palette have all but disappeared, fonts size discrepancies are much less common and browsers are generally more consistent and compatible than they used to be. The bad news is that there are now more Web browsers to support and more low-capability devices. What does your site look like on a 160 x 160 pixel PDA, a 320 x 240 pixel PocketPC screen or a Web-enabled microwave oven?