TWiP #252 – The Adobe Creative Cloud

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This week on TWiP, we’re discussing Adobe’s release of Creative Suite 6, Nikon’s announcement of the D3200 camera and a new wireless adapter, and an interview with Megan Andersen on arts and crafts photography.

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Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Syl Arena, Doug Kaye, and Steve Simon.

Episode Overview:

This week, Adobe announces Creative Suite 6, along with the Creative Cloud, a new subscription model for its software.

We chat about the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200 and the WU-1a wireless adapter that lets users control that camera from their smartphones. This leads to a great discussion on what folks need to invest in and work on to become better photographers.

Shutterfly, previously an also-ran in comparison to Kodak, is now acquiring Kodak Gallery, Kodak’s online photo sharing service.

And Frederick sits down with Megan Andersen to chat about arts and crafts photography.

Syl Arena, Doug Kaye, and Steve Simon join Frederick Van Johnson to discuss these topics and more on this week’s episode of TWiP.

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  • The comment that Kodak had squandered the opportunity to be a leader in the digital market may be true but likely has little relevancy to the bankruptcy issue.  What most don’t consider is that Kodak’s main revenue was the sale of consumables and related services, and Kodak cameras sold consumables.  A huge infrastructure of tens of thousands of employees and literally square miles of physical real-estate and unique structures were created over 130 years to support the demand for Kodak products.  Also the burden of employee and retiree benefits and tax base is substantial.  Kodak has been effectively downsizing for several decades to attempt to size the company to match the declining demand for products and services.  Economically dismantling such an infrastructure is a tremendous task, and abandonment is an option only if the company completely fails.

    Even if Kodak could have been in the forefront of digital photography and related services, the required digital infrastructure would be a mere fraction of the existing infrastructure.  Digital equipment does not sell lucrative consumables.  Likely worldwide competition would have made an initially large digital market share quite modest over time.  Perhaps as a subsidiary, a digital Kodak could be successful; however, the current issues of the parent company would still exist.

    The impact of Kodak’s situation on the resilient Rochester NY community has been substantial but not devastating because of the long term efforts to-date.  I applaud those efforts of the Kodak community to deal with a catch 22 situation that technology has created.

    Viewpoint of a Kodak Retiree of the Document Imaging group (established 1928), whose products were among the very first to incorporate digital technology (1990), and now has nearly a 100% current offering of digital products.

  • Please follow through on your pledge to talk less about gear and more about the art of photography. I have been part of three gallery exhibits, all with photographs made with a $30 Holga camera with a plastic lens.  I like gadgets as well as the next guy, and I own my share of sophisticated equipment, but enough already with the megapixels!

  • I enjoy the show week after week, but I don’t think you need to tell people that gear doesn’t make the photographer week after week. All your listeners probably knows it at this point.

    Don’t take it the wrong way, if I didn’t enjoy the show, I would stop listening. I just think if your conversations were a bit leaner, the enjoyment for your listeners would be greater and you might get more listeners. 🙂 

  • Nevermind, just heard the promise to focus more on the photo making part instead of the camera buying part. 🙂

  • Hi there! Just listened to this episode. 

    You touched on this briefly… kindof, but there is something to be said for more megapixels in a consumer camera.
    I remember when I first started getting into photography, I had a 6MP D70S.  I loved that camera and had a great time with it, but when I was first starting, I didn’t have any long lenses or particularly good glass.  I was on a trip to see the chimpanzees in Mahale National Park in Tanzania and though there were many opportunities to take great shots from quite close, there were times where I would see something I really wanted to capture that was just too far.  I generally took the shot anyway, hoping that I might have the resolution to crop it.  Most of the time, my 6MP didn’t cut it.  Not even for the small-ish prints I wanted to make.
    All this to say that I can see how, for a beginner who might not mind about a loss in quality as much, it can be really nice to be able to crop those shots that were too far for the glass they’ve got.  Remember that, as beginners or simply consumers who want a higher quality camera, they:
    a) might not be ready to invest in longer/better lenses
    b) might not be quite as concerned with image quality (both in terms of the sensor and the loss from the crop)
    c) still want to get a cool shot from far! 😛

    Thanks for all the great episodes!

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