This week on TWiP: New software from Adobe, a new chapter in the Final Cut saga, and a discussion on retro-looking cameras.
Host: Frederick Van Johnson with Jeffrey Totaro and Doug Kaye.
NEWS & DISCUSSION
Adobe Announces Cloud-Based Carousel App
At Photoshop World this past week, Adobe debuted a new photo viewing and storage app called Carousel. First available for Mac/iOS users, with Window support coming next year, Carousel will sync all the images in your photo library — including edits — allowing you to view them across all your desktop and mobile devices. Storage is cloud-based and therefore unlimited. The service will be available at the end of this month and will have an introductory price of $59.99/year or $5.99/month before going up to $99.99/year or $9.99/month. Users can install the app across unlimited devices under the same subscription. Jeffrey sees this trend of cloud-based, mobile-device-friendly services sticking around in the long-term. Frederick wonders why this functionality is not built-in to other Adobe products like Lightroom and Photoshop from the get-go. Doug says Adobe is clearing going after Apple’s iCloud because it’s coming out for Mac first and that it’s targetted at consumers, rather than professionals, because it’s JPEG only. Frederick thinks this move means Adobe is moving into subscription models but thinks this service should be natively tied into other Adobe products. Doug says it really comes down to how well Carousel is integrated with mobile devices.
Apple Quietly Brings Back Final Cut Studio
On a recent show, we talked about how revolutionary the latest version of Apple’s Final Cut X was for digital photographers who own digital SLRs capable of shooting high-def video. Along with that release came backlash from professional video editors who said core features were stripped down when compared to the software’s previous iteration. Looks like Apple has (quietly) relented as they now offer the older version of Final Cut Pro for sale if you know to call and order it over the phone. It is not available in Apple stores or online. According to Apple there are a “limited quantity of Final Cut Studio still available through Apple telesales to customers who need them for ongoing projects.” Jeffrey was surprised Apple didn’t support their pro users more to begin with. Doug thinks Apple simply made a decision to walk away from product lines that cater to professionals. Jeffrey thinks that Apple could benefit from developing pro-level apps whose features could trickle down to consumer applications.
Samsung’s Retro Competitor to Fuji’s X100
As TWiP co-host Nicole Young has said before, one of the most popular and sexiest cameras of late is the Fuji X100 which backs up its looks with the ability to capture stunning images. It appears Samsung might think Fuji is on to something because they seem to be developing a competing product called the R1 that borrows the X100’s retro styling — with the difference that their camera will have interchangeable lenses. Frederick asks our guests if they are inclined to shoot more if the camera is designed with a retro look. Doug says there’s something attractive, appealing, and fun about these retro cameras. Jeffrey likes how advances in optics and camera design have resulted in smaller cameras that still produce high quality. Doug mentions there is something to be said about how substantial and solid a camera feels too. Frederick says these cameras are great to keep a low profile and not draw attention to yourself while shooting.
Crowdmug Lets You Send Other Photogs to Snap Photos You Seek
The premise: say you want to know the look, vibe, or crowdedness of a particular restaurant, bar, store, or other venue *before* you head over. Crowdmug lets you create photo/video assignments of specific locations that you hope strangers in your area can complete at or by a certain time. You, of course, need to assign a dollar amount you are willing to pay for this information. The photos and videos uploaded to the site are free for anyone to view once the reward has been paid by the original requester. Doug did something similar to this called PodCorps.org back in 2007 that was shutdown a few years later. He thinks Crowdmug will have the problem of getting critical mass and finding enough people who will pay money to use it. Frederick was reminded a little of the similar mobile app called Color that showed all photos taken in a particular location. Jeffrey also doesn’t see a lot of people using Crowdmug either and wonders about the gray area of getting paid to photograph events like concerts where copyright is a sensitive issue.
Question 1: Harry on the forums wants to know more about why, on a recent TWiP episode, CDs and DVDs were not recommended for long-term storage. He thinks there is as much or more probability of hard failure/corruption than a disc becoming un-readable. Jeffrey is backing up 100% of his data on hard drives (including a Drobo) after finding firsthand that optical media backups were not reliable. He rotates the drives very regularly. Doug has a Drobo too and also rotates the drives between locations, including a safe deposit box every month. He points out the most important take-away is that no matter what you use – hard drives or optical media – will fail eventually so you have to mix it up and refresh your data and how it’s stored systematically and frequently.
Question 2: Hope Vinitsky wants to know the best way of marketing/promoting her self-published book on Amazon or elsewhere. Doug has done this and says the key is doing a lot of legwork. He had to send out 100 copies of his recent book to influential people to generate positive word of mouth. Jeffrey recommends tapping into social media like Twitter.
Question 3: Another listener wants help picking a photo editing/enhancement program for a better-than-average shooter who wants their images to really pop. Doug uses Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix Pro, and the onOne suite. Jeffrey uses Phase One’s Capture One and Photoshop and recommends checking out Nik software like Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 which can make images really stand out.
Doug – Google Plus – great place to learn from and network with other photographers.
Frederick – Model Mayhem – a great resource for photographers looking to branch out into shooting models or portraits. You can put out a casting call with the exact criteria you are looking for and get connected with models easily.
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