TWiP #175 – The Death of Book Publishing?

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On this episode of TWiP, is book publishing dead, Derrick Story talks about iPhoto 11, and traveling tips for shooters from Rick Sammon.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Derrick Story, and Rick Sammon


Is Book Publishing Dead?
With the boom in online video and mobile applications, photographers have many new opportunities to publish their images. In the current economy the retail cost of printed books can vary significantly from country to country while online video & applications can be sold for much lower cost and reach larger markets. Through digital formats it can be easier to communicate your personality along with the images which can be complicated in book form.

Derrick Story discusses iPhoto 11, the new MacBook Air, and the Canon 60D
With the release of iPhoto 11 a lot has evolved in how photographers can edit and share photos on their desktop Mac. Some users reported issues with their iPhoto libraries after upgrading which stresses the importance of backing up your photos! Derrick has also been putting the new MacBook Air through its paces and has been pleasantly surprised with the performance on the road. The Canon 60D is also a new addition that Derrick has been experimenting with. The form factor and swing-out LCD allows photographers to get new angles on shots that can be difficult or otherwise impossible.

Travel Tips from Rick Sammon
For travel and walk-around photography choosing the right gear that won’t weigh you down can be a tough decision. Rick highlights that a good compact camera (such as the Canon G10) can be a great choice to shoot RAW, have the capability for shooting video, and have a built-in flash as opposed to carrying a larger SLR camera around. Frederick has been experimenting with a Nikon D7000 but thinks he’ll stick with the Canon G9 for a walkabout camera.


Question 1 from Starfire: 1. Do I want to watermark my images? 2. Do I want to upload the high-res JPG? 3. If I want a chance for Getty to accept one of my photos will they even look at a low-res watermarked photo? Thanks for the help in advance

  • Derrick: When first sharing images online the big question is how you protect your stuff, and if you protect it will anyone like Getty ever be interested. If you choose to watermark use a tool that gives control over the intensity so that the watermark does not detract from the image. Limiting JPEG files to fit within 1024×1024 allows it to be displayed well on just about any screen size.
  • Frederick: For licensing from Getty they will probably ask for a higher resolution image if they select one of your shots.
  • If you have experiences working with Getty on Flickr that you’d like to share, please write in to the show to tell your story!

Question 2 from morganafr: I know, it is about taking pictures and not about gear, but I though why not ask this questions for fun and some discussion? Say you are shooting with just Canon gear and you have to buy any Nikon DSLR Camera because you just have to get that one Nikon lens that Canon just doesn’t have, which lens would it be?  And the same if you are a Nikon shooter, what Canon lens is it?

  • Rick: Happy to be a Canon shooter and the available lens options. The new Canon 8mm-15mm fisheye lens is an exciting new option. When traveling taking as few lenses as possible can be advantageous. Carrying too many lenses & gear can weigh you down and miss the shot.
  • Derrick: Favorite lenses include 16mm-35mm / f2.8, 24mm-105mm / f4 IS, 70mm-200mm / f2.8 or f4 depending on the type of shoot, and a 50mm / f1.4. Using a representative collection of lenses can capture 90% or more of the shots.
  • Frederick: Focus on the lenses you do have and look for creative ways to use them. In a previous episode of TWiP the Shut Up & Shoot t-shirt by Faded & Blurred was mentioned.

Question X from HeathC: On the final day of my recent trip, my shots were showing what I thought was a large piece of dust or fluff on the sensor of my 40D – I sent it into the store for a clean, and they’ve called me back this afternoon with the news that it’s not dust, but a chip on the sensor / low pass filter. Anyone know if this is likely to be an expensive fix?

  • Frederick: It’s worth getting a second opinion before committing to an expensive repair.
  • Derrick: Sensor / low-pass filter repairs can be very expensive. Sending cameras to the manufacturer for repairs is one way to ensure a proper inspection is perfumed.
  • Rick: Cleaning a sensor yourself can result in major damage to the image sensor if you’re not careful.



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