First to Keith’s comments of yesterday, and the term of the day from a work discussion that is applicable to the transient nature of digital images. The term is “termporal validity”. Photos have always had an element of time in their DNA. A challenge of digital media is that they lack tactility. Furthermore, we are so inundated with noise of all sorts, most media has a very short temporal validity. A book is tactile and as Keith wrote yesterday a book has prescence over time. In other words, a book has longer temporal validity. Furthermore, a book has structure, conversations and relationships that exist among photos, and across pages. I can return to a book. It is true, I can return to a digital image, but the digital return only engages a single sense.
Once upon a time I was a techie. I could write batch files in DOS and in multiple flavours of Unix. I could make the tools do what I thought I wanted. Now, my approach is much simpler – I just want the damn thing to work at a price I am willing to pay. I couldn’t justify the cost of a nice printer. Instead I bought a cheap printer. The cost of the ink nearly forced the cats into starvation. The printer is gone and the cats are happy. If I need to print a batch of photos, as part of a workflow, I use Costco. Up to now I have only printed 4 x 6. Printing 5 x 7 as part of “seeing what works” is a new element.
The penultimate topic of the day is price. I use Blurb.ca and they frequently have sales. The discount is often but not always 40% off the list price of the book. In the case of the most recent book it had 2 versions. The first version was a paperback version on a premium paper I like. I wanted to to see if the flow was correct and if some photos needed lightening.
Details for the softcover prototype
- Number of pages – 56
- Number of photos – appoximately 75 photos, 5 of those pages contain a combined total of 24 of those images
- Size of pages 9.5″ x 8″
- Cost book 39.39, gst 1.78, S&H 11.99, 40% off 39.39 -15.76
- Total 37.40
Details for the hardcover are as above
- Cost book 53.59, gst 2.21, S&H 11.99, 40% off 53.59 -21.44
- Total 46.35
Total for the project is less than 85.00 and I leave it to you to compare that to the wonderful work done by Resolve.
One last thing before I go. I took a minor detour on the way home from work today and took this hand-held panorama.