HDR Spotting was one of the first sites devoted entirely to HDR imaging and is still used by many photographers using the HDR technique to showcase their work. To use HDR Spotting you have to be invited and members are given so many invite codes to distribute to other HDR artists. There’s even a Facebook group devoted to HDR Spotting where people can “beg” for a code.
As we can see from the about pages of HDR Spotting the site was designed to:
– Make it easy and beautiful to scan many HDR Photos at once
– Provide an environment that encourages readers to go visit the blogs, portfolios, etc of the photographers that contribute
– A fun community that can be focused and provide feedback via views and comments
Now the question I have to ask is; “Has HDR Spotting lost its sparkle?” When an image is submitted to HDR Spotting it has to be approved before it appears in the gallery. It’s never been the fastest process and yet recently it seems to be getting even slower, with pages of images being released at the same time. Hardly the right environment to scan many photos at once. Yes the images are there, but how many people go beyond the first page?
Support seems to be almost non-existent now on HDR Spotting. I raised a question in the Feedback area over a month ago and have still not had a reply. If you look on the Contact Us page there is a statement about how;
Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome. If you send us an email using the link below, we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible
I’ve tried that when I didn’t get an answer from Feedback, I’m still waiting for an answer to my email.
I don’t know if Trey Ratcliff and Denis Khoo are still involved with HDR Spotting, if they are, maybe they’d like to respond.
Here’s an update to this post 09:43 GMT 16 Oct 2010
After days of waiting for an image to be approved I get a curt email saying they don’t allow CGI. No answers to my questions or anything like that. Even although the CGI image was rendered as an HDR and went through PhotoMatix
Still, that’s up to them. More importantly, we wait days for images to be released/approved and once again they release five and a half pages at the same time.
C’mon guys, people work hard to produce their images. At least have the decency to approve their images far faster than you are currently doing.