Originally Posted by Bob Carnie
I don't really agree on the "hybrid is the future" statement. It's no more the future than saying Wacom digital tablets and Corel paint software are the future of painting. Should painters "get over" that fact too? That they should stop being so stubborn, chuck out their brushes and paints and allow computers to assist them, then digitally output their work to canvas? We've all seen the recent digital canvas print fad. I'm sure all galleries will soon hang that work too, and all the finest of fine artists will scoff at anyone not going that route. Maybe the future of sculpture is 3D printing? Why would anyone waste days or weeks sculpting something when they can design it via a cad program and have a 3D printer perfectly output it within 30 minutes. Maybe this is the future for some but it's not quite my future, and I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one here who feels the same. I don't have a problem with what anyone prefers to use, but the tone lately seems to be one of resentment towards those who refuse to embrace digital or hybrid. That tone doesn't help matters. This is a no win situation, I figured that out long ago. People will be angry APUG doesn't go hybrid or digital, people would be angry if it does. That is why I washed my hands of this drama and drew the line keeping the scope of APUG what it is. DPUG is the best solution I could come up with and it's traffic is starting to trend up. DPUG will be busy in the not too distant future, we haven't even scratched the surface there yet. APUG continues to grow which I feel shows we should not mess about with such a special entity. I think the narrow scope here is a good thing, and why we have been so successful as the last remaining oasis in a digital world.
I just stumbled on to this thread, and perhaps a little late am going to throw in my two cents worth of opinion about this subject:
I think APUG has a very clearly defined scope of existence. Light+film+developer. Pretty simple really.
That said, I totally agree with, and am on board with Bob's perspective on the value of the hybrid workflows. I teach alt-process workshops during the year, and digital negatives have opened wet print processes to a whole group of people who would otherwise never try them. The excitement that you see in student's eyes when they make their first platinum print or their first polymer gravure is contagious. Back in the dark ages, teaching a platinum printing workshop meant that you pretty much limited the potential audience to large format shooters, and chances were, their negatives weren't really suitable for platinum anyway (not enough density range). Now all you have to do is tell them to bring their files. In a couple of hours, they are making decent prints.
But it is still a hybrid workflow. And we have a great place for that: DPUG. My suggestion is to put a prominent 'goto' button on the APUG menu that links to DPUG. There are all sorts of cool things being discussed there. But if you aren't interested, you just don't go. If you are curious, it is an easy jump to this corner of the photo world.
I couldn't agree more, stated exactly the way it should be. This is a analog site and I think it needs to be respected for that simple fact. APUG is APUG, DPUG is DPUG. Keep them separate for the health of both.
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
Good moderating David, keeping things on track and in perspective. Well done.
Kudos to all posters, the mods and Sean. This is too important a discussion to get sidetracked into silliness. The greater challenge may be keeping things focused after this discussion has run its course and the next push towards amending APUG's mandate begins.
Originally Posted by John R.
In its way, APUG's success is partly to blame for its troubles. APUG is a mature forum that is both a reliable and effective resource for analog photographers. Questions regarding hybrid techniques are directed to DPUG, but that forum has not yet had the time to prove itself to enough users to make it a preferred resource. Similarly, those who have relied on APUG for years do not have the time to wait for DPUG to outlive its growing pains. Nor do they necessarily wish to exit APUG to ask a related question on its sister site.
I am inclined to agree that APUG is not the place for hybrid threads. Sean has stated time and time again what his vision for this site is and how difficult it is to manage when its mandate is tweaked even a little. APUG simply cannot be all things to all people, especially when what is being asked is a re-definition of what APUG is and will be. I think more and more that DPUG needs to present itself as the place for these discussions. Perhaps more effective cross-talk between the two forums is the answer, as has been suggested. In that way those with hybrid interests and those without can share without feeling threatened.
This has been a positive and fruitful discussion. I look forward with interest to see where it will lead and who we will be when we get there.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points
system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
It would be interesting to see if I could find a large corporate willing to fund a "bridge" between the forums. What I would like is:
- 1 unified user database
- unified new posts & searches between sites
- ability to move posts between sites
- unified user profiles between sites
- user control panel settings to enable members to "activate" the dpug or apug side depending on their preferences.
This would basically keep both sites seperate if that is what you wanted, if you wanted more you could activate the bridge in your preferences and both sites would then appear (to you) as one site.
I'm not 100% sure what a bridge like this would cost to code up. Possibly in the vicinity of 15-20k. What would be in it for the corporate sponsor? The bridge would be well know and advertised as "Corporate Sponsor's Bridge", and some other exposure we could provide.
Open to suggestions of what company might be good to contact over such a venture...
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Must admit that I didn't read all the pages but the above comment is what struck me as what it boils down to. I turn to Apug to see non-digital prints and always get great advice if I have any questions about darkroom, lithpapers and such. If I would have any interest in Dgitial or hybrid I would turn somewhere else, not try and change the site to fit my personal needs. I appreciate not having to sieve through pixels, photoshop, inkjet etc but simply logging on there is always something that catches my attention.Thank you for making Apug such a fantastic "narrow" site of information!
Originally Posted by Sean
I like where you are thinking with the bridge Sean ,
as someone mentioned it would be nice not to have to wait for DPUG to grow to a point that it is interesting.
My vote is to go after Adobe,
For those of us using hybrid PS is a requirement. I ran APPS (Alternative Photographic Process Symposium) this year and after the event the organizing group concluded that a major sponsor was needed.
We kept coming back to Adobe as the logical main sponsor as their software is crucial to most of us. Minor sponsors could be Epson, Pictorico, HP , Kodak, Fuji, Harmon( all these vendors supply alternative materials)- then not to forget, Bainbridge, Drytac, and the Paper suppliers , then not to forget Bostick and Sullivan, Formulary and other suppliers of chemicals for alt printing.
Then we also should not forget the Camera Dealers .
If I started producing film for others as a business venture then my company would start contributing again as we have in the past.
I do know that some of the above are already supporting us at APUG and DPUG and I appreciate their help.
Another point, I would make the new BRIDGE group subscriber only so each person pays as they go. I really could get along with a smaller dedicated group , How many of us here remember subscribing to Zone V1 back in the 70's and 80's ???? back then the info was not free, why should it be today. Fred Picker produced newsletters and I have got every one of them and they are in three small binders off my computer and I treasure them.
Originally Posted by Sean
What about Ilford or Adox as a co-sponsor? Those are the guys I want to keep alive!
One question to the Moderators , Council and Sean.
Is it possible to go back in time on APUG and designate old threads that have good info regarding alt hybrid printing and make them viewable on both sites?... For example Chris,,, holmburgers has started some very long threads here that are wonderful resources on Analogue Process, that include lots of very interesting technicians with valuable info re using hybrid workflow to make prints.
I seem to remember that there are many, many threads that could benefit this treatment.
Chris is very good at scouring out these details, I vote him to be the person that does this.
To be hopping back and forth between the Sites hoping that I don't miss details on subjects that I am interested ,is very frustrating and not being able to add anything to the discussion without putting in obvious digital methods or techniques on APUG is just really silly/frustrating, IMO only.
I understand the narrow-band thinking about keeping APUG pure, I am in a very niche business, that processes film, makes silver prints, and frames them, not a recipe for business success these days so I get it.
But I am just saying that being able to see the front and the back of a given process is wonderful, and I would like to be able to participate here on APUG but lately I seem to be only adding info that pisses some off.
A bridge system for those who want to see both sites sounds like a very good idea. I only click on two forums here, darkroom film and darkroom printing, all others are turned off , and have been this way for about 3 years now , so I know it works, just like the ignore user button.
Just an idea, which may help drive traffic to DPUG:
The "Site News & More.." box, on APUG's home page, doesn't seem to be very active. It doesn't seem to change too often. What if it was changed to "Currently on DPUG" (or something like it), which would show the most recent DPUG forum posts? Scrollable, as it is now, it could show the newest posts in real time. If a post is of interest to anyone, here, they could get directly to the DPUG post.
Sean- Please take this in the spirit in which it is offered. I'm just tossing an idea out there. It may spur another, better, solution...