Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New and Improved Photo Guides

Where are the best photo spots to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge? Where are the most interesting locations to shoot while visiting Yosemite National Park? These are the questions that ShutterGuides seeks to answer, and at the heart of our experience are the awesome photo guides that you all have added over the past year and a bit. For the past few weeks we've been gradually transforming the layout and features of these great photo guides to make sure they are the best they can be. Here are a few of the features we've added recently.

The spot photos are now larger and unobstructed to better show the location.

Larger, Unobstructed Photos

While the core of ShutterGuides is photo locations (rather than the photos themselves), we as photographers humans are visual people. The proof of the photo spot is in the photo, and so we've removed the extra clutter that was preventing the photo itself from being presented as large as it could be next to the map when you click on a spot to get the details. Of course, you can still click the photo to view the full size version as well. And, of course, your large higher-resolution photos are still protected by right-click and drag-and-drop copy protection.
Guide stats show how people are reacting to your guide

Guide Statistics

We've added some stats to help you see how your guide is doing. Now, in addition to seeing the rating your guide has received, you can now see how many photographers have favorited your guide, and how many overall pageviews your guide has received. After all, who doesn't like to see numbers?
New layout is cleaner and easier to use.

Cleaner Layout

We've rearranged the guide information to improve the overall layout and organization of the page. Now all the guide information is together, and all the actions you can do with a guide are together (favorite, share, print, etc.).

Improved Map

When you click on a spot on the map it zooms in to give you a closer view of the area surrounding that photo spot. And now, if you click to expand the map back out (or hit the Escape key on the keyboard), the map will return to the original position, making it easy to see all the spots in one glance. 

These are just a few of the big improvements we've made to the photo guides on the site. Behind the scenes we've also fixed a number of bugs to make things better and faster. As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or issues, please let us know in the comments or hit us up on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Thanks for adding those photo guides, and help us spread the word - we've got a lot more places left to cover!