Thursday, May 9, 2013

Adobe "Death of the Boxed Software" - a must read for Photoshop users

"Adobe killed perpetual licenses of almost all of its creative software. Creative Cloud is the future. The only future. Sure, you can still buy CS6 licenses, and you will own those in perpetuity. Although, you won’t get the whiz-bang new features for CS6. Ever."

The whole suite will cost $50/mo, which is $600/yr - each and every year. Photoshop will cost $20/mo, which is $240/yr - each and every year. And these amounts can be raised, of course, as Adobe's wishes. So, instead of the $200 for each upgrade, which happened about every 18 months, if you chose to upgrade every time (remember when it was $140/upgrade?), you get to pay $240 each year, assuming the price does not go up, of course.

And, if you stop subscribing, "(t)he achilles heel of Creative Cloud is here. When you unsubscribe to Creative Cloud, you lose the ability to access your work or create further work." (italics mine) Hello?!! Houston, I think we have a problem.....

 The discussion begins here...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How to Make a Book with Steidl

"This engrossing documentary follows renowned German art-book publisher and quirky perfectionist Gerhard Steidl as he works with Günter Grass and other distinguished clients to produce gorgeous, hand-produced editions of their works."

"Martin Parr describes his new book / Gerhard Steidl packs his suitcase / Ed Ruscha designs an ambitious artist's book / Günter Grass illustrates a new cover for The Tin Drum / Joel Sternfeld takes photos with his iPhone / Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway in Paris / Robert Adams rummages for vintage prints / Jeff Wall offers a tour of his new studio / John Cohen gives an impromptu concert / Robert Frank stumbles across a forgotten Polaroid..."

I have been waiting for this documentary to be finished and released and it does not disappoint. Steidl is a master book publisher and is favored by photographers and artists alike. Although few of us will ever aspire to this quality, it is a fascinating thing to see how these great books come together and why the cost to buy a limited edition Steidl book can be so expensive. If you spend some time watching the documentary, you will understand more about photo printing and creating your own books, on a bit of a lesser scale.

Note that one of the books by Joel Sternfeld is of photos made with an iPhone.

Now showing on Netflix, and for sale at Amazon.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Folios, Chapbooks and Keepsakes

Folios, Chapbooks and Keepsakes  - there are many ways to pass on your images. It is good to keep that in mind and work at passing your efforts forward.  

Antelope Canyon in a New Light

Antelope Canyon often photographed and in need of a new perspective, per photographer Gregory Boratyn. The results are unique and interesting due to a few image adjustments. If you are an image processor type, check out the results.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Mexican Suitcase - Capa's negatives

Recently uploaded to Netflix:

The Mexican Suitcase, "this film tells the story of the recovery of 4,500 negatives taken by photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War. The film follows the journey of these negatives to Mexico and their recovery 70 years later."