Saturday, October 08, 2005

Oct -10-2005: PBase Magazine #3 Released

Growl ! PBase Magazine #3 went live today, featuring Monique Bogaerts as the PBase Photog of the month.

This issue has a wealth of information including sage advice from Chuck Gardner, facts of life from Doug Barber and secrets of the Channel mixer from Glen Mitchell. Eric Kuhn joins us for this issue as the co-editor. And as usual, we have the 'solid-as-rock' gang of Wanda Bates, Gary Blanchette and Larena Woodmore working hard in the background on the magazine. A huge shout out to you guys !

We also have a brand new challenge this issue with Chuck Gardner urging the readers to explore visually effective portraiture.

Challenge #1 results are out as well in this issue. Please see here for the entries to the first challenge.

The winners (drumroll....)

1st Place: Christine P. Newman
Title: Alter Ego

2nd Place: Patrick Maechler
Title: Looking out Bali

3rd Place: Lisbeth Landstrøm
Title: Chimpanzees - appetite for more

Friday, July 29, 2005

Reminder - PBase Photo Challenge #1 ends Sep 11 2005 !

Hi folks,
Just wanted to remind you that the PBase Photo Contest Challenge ends Sep 11 2005 !
So please make sure you email in your entries soon.

If you missed the competition, please download issue #2 of the PBase Magazine
and turn to Page 15

Once again, the winning entry will be featured in Issue #3 - that's more than 40,000 readers
looking at your work. Surely, a bit of fame never hurt anyone :-)

Monday, July 11, 2005

PBase Magazine Issue #2 launched !

PBase Magazine #2 launched today. Please visit to download the new issue !

As promised, this new issue has several new sections as well as a Competition !

Thanks goes out to the entire magazine team for raising the bar with this 2nd issue.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

PBase Cover Jigsaw

Well, we are all done with the Magazine - just waiting for July 11th to release Issue #2.

In the meantime, we launched a impromptu competition in the PBase Forums where we posted a jigsaw puzzle of the cover page. The first person to solve it would get a copy before anyone else and also have his name in the magazine.

The nutty competition was announced at

Jeremy Goodell ( solved the puzzle the fastest. Congrats Jeremy - hope you liked the magazine !


Friday, June 03, 2005

Volume #2 Teaser

Check out ! (The sneak preview is a distorted image - so don't complain that it looks blurred )

Remember there is a competition starting this release - the winning work and the photographer
gets displayed in our next edition. Thats more than 40,000 readers (as of today, constantly growing) getting to know you !

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Volume 2 Release Date

Hi folks,

We are almost done with the basic layout for volume 2. There is still a lot more work to do in the arrangement and layout department, but the content is all in place.

PBase Magazine Volume 2 will hit the e-streets at 9AM EST, July 11th 2005.

Remember to visit and download your copy !

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Whoopie Doo ! We are rockin'

Volume 2 is going really well ! Where are we now ? Well, all the sections have been firmed up, authors contacted and things are on a roll.

What can we tell you about volume 2 ?

Well, its going to have more pages, more content and new sections. We also have an exciting corner for the amateur photographer community to pit their skills against one another and win recognition ! More on that later !

Oh, also, starting from volume 2, we will charge a free of US $50 for each issue. Just kidding ! Its still free :-)

Friday, April 15, 2005

New additions to our magazine !

Before I left on vacation, I wanted to post some updated information.

We now have two additions to our backend team:

Christina Craft ( will be joining as co-editor and she and I will work on the new contents for the next release. She has some awesome ideas that we are already working on.

Matias Asun ( will be taking on the responsibility of the 'Style Guru' section which deals with PBase HTML/CSS customization.

As of right now, Christina and I are discussing the overall contents of the next edition. Things are looking great, folks!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Premiere edition of PBase Magazine released !

Behind the Scenes

Visit the PBase Magazine Launch Page !

What all has happened since the first Release on April 11 ?

Well,its really been very hectic. We never expected such a lot of traction. In just 3 days, we have close to 10,000 downloads and counting. The feedback is still flowing in via email - we make it a point to respond to each one though its getting increasingly more difficult (over 100 mails till now)

How did it all begin ?

We often get asked : How are articles chosen for the magazine ?

It's very simply really - I rely on the advice of anyone who shares good advice :-) People email me with recommendations, based on those and my own 'inner voice' I select articles and contact authors. As of now, I take responsibility for the quality (or lack, thereof) for articles chosen. Hopefully going ahead, I can expand the team.

Another common question: Who are the folks behind this effort ?

Gary Paai - cover design

Larena Woodmore - PDF conversion

Wanda Bates - proof-reading

Arjun Roychowdhury (me) - rest of the magazine

Do we get paid ?

Nope - nada,zilch,zero

Do we want to get paid ?

Sure, who does not :-) But we don't want to worry about all that now. There are no ego-hassles, every one is a peer, and that's the way we like it to be.

What is happening after the first release ?

Well first off, I am taking a 2 week vacation - its my 5th wedding anniversary :-) Once I am back, I plan to get back to work full steam. Trust me the second edition is going to be a blockbuster (hopefully !). The first edition is always a challenge. You don't really have anything to show except for promises. With the first edition doing rather well, a lot more people are willing to work with us. Hey thats good :-) Also, the first release set a high bar, which hopefully we will be able to keep raising with every new issue.

How about a quick peek at the next edition ?

Official Answer: Sorry :-) All we can say is that it will be more pages, and more sections Hope you like it :-)
Real Answer: We really have no idea (yet) how its going to look !

When can we expect the next release ?

The idea now is to make this a 'tri-monthly' magazine. In other words, the next release should hit cyberspace in July. This gives us enough time to breathe and also make sure we are not fired from our 'day jobs'

And finally, what's our relation to PBase ?

Slug and Emily host the file. Why is it called a PBase magazine ? Well, because the idea is to promote photography as a passion, and we believe PBase has one of the best atmospheres for just that. The talent here is phenomenal. If PBase receives any popularity because of this, well, they deserve it, though they never asked for it. Beyond that, the success or failure of this magazine has nothing to do with how PBase evolves as a photography hosting site.

Specifically, all of us working on this magazine are regular PBase users and have no 'special status' in PBase.