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More on Photo Books
12/15/2010 1:59:10 PM

This is really an addition to my first blog post, "The Venerable Photo Album".  As I mentioned there, for digital photographers, the photo book offers a nice alternative to the traditional photo album and looks more porfessional in the process.

I recently came across a review of several photo books by Canadian Jason Dunn at http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676.  This review talks about results that Jason achieved with books from a number of different publishers.  I thought I would include them here for your consideration.  I also recommend reading Jason's review, or at least scanning the entire review and reading the summary.  He highlights a number of strengths and weaknesses with each publisher.

The publishers and books he reviewed were:  Picaboo, Blurb, Inkubook, AdoramaPix, KodakGallery, SnapFish, ArtsCow, PhotobookCanada, along with three I included in my earlier post Shutterfly, MyPublisher, and Mpix.

The links to Jason's review and to all of the publishers were current as of December 2010 but may change as companies come and go.

Good luck in creating your personal photo book.

The Future of the Point-and-Shoot Camera
12/8/2010 9:28:58 PM
I read a New York Times article earlier today on Yahoo News which discussed the future of the point-and-shoot digital camera (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/In-Smartphone-Era-nytimes-1102949571.html?x=0). The basic premise of the article was that the point-and-shoot camera market was going to take a serious hit because people taking photos fell into two categories:   the serious photographer who would more likely purchase a digital SLR camera and the casual photographer whose needs could be met with a camera built into their cell phone. If photographers fit into these two categories, then there would be little market for the point-and-shoot digital camera.
Two reasons cited for the move to cell phone cameras were the convenience of only carrying one device and the ability to easily share photos. Although I don’t use a point-and-shoot digital camera, I found one key component missing from the article – quality. A quick review of the first 150 digital point-and-shoot digital cameras on the B & H Photo website (http://www.bhphotovideo.com) showed that, with the exception of one or two specialized cameras, the resolution of these cameras was from 10 – 15 megapixels. Most cell phone cameras have a resolution of 8 megapixels or less. In addition, the optics on point-and-shoot cameras, other than the throw away models, have advanced significantly and may even include zoom capabilities.
A significant number of those who commented on the Yahoo News posting disagreed with the article but the tendency is for those who agree with an article to not comment. While I understand the convenience argument, I’m not yet convinced that people are going to be satisfied with the quality tradeoff in years to come. The real question may be whether this move toward convenience results in lost opportunities to share the legacy of our friends and family through photos.
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