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06/10/2019

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Jeff

Bookstores - Yes, brick-and-mortar bookstores are definitely dying. Photo book publishing still seems to be pretty healthy. On a recent trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The photography section in the bookstore was incredibly well-stocked with old and new titles. However, I think the majority of book selling, like so many other things has gone online. For example: https://www.photoeye.com/best-books-2018/
https://www.artbook.com/frontlist-featured-photography.html

Brooks, have you seen a decrease in the # of complimentary titles coming your way or other signs of less publishing? Perhaps press run #s are down on any particular title but what about the # of individual releases? It seems like printing technology has made is easier than ever to do small press runs of high quality.

Raymond Jude Kaider

Re: the Here's a Thought on book resolution. Though by all means Content is King and conceding that (good) photographers were producing great images even with the early 8MP-and-less cameras, I'd still opt for a high MP, *high-end* camera (if I could afford it--and I can't) for one reason: I rarely, if ever have captured an image of which I'm proud without cropping it.

Too many times I've looked at an image in post that I thought said what I wanted it to say only to discover a much better "smaller" image tucked away within the body of the larger, a smaller image that I never even saw at the time of my shoot, let alone tried to capture.

I'm not an equipment junkie. The three Canon DSLRs I own are all at least eight years old. They have a respectable 20-22MP range. But there are times, perhaps through my own earlier oversight or lack of talent, that I have to crop, sometimes severely, to retrieve a tiny gold nugget from a lump of granite. It's times like these that more MP can be a friend.

Raymond Jude Kaider

Re: the Here's a Thought on "How We See Prints." I think a distinction could, perhaps should, be made between print size (the dimensions of the actual image) vis-à-vis paper size (the size of the paper on which the print is made).

A relatively small print (4"x6", let's say) on a large sheet of paper (11"x14", perhaps) can, IMHO, often enhance the image through forcing upon it even more focus than normal.

Kent Rebman

About spending time ... had to chuckle at that one as I just finished booking my wife and I for two weeks in Florence next spring, a place we have been a number of times, but not in the last five years. I don't know what I'll shoot, but I will shoot it. :-)

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