OK, I couldn't wait, I was like a kid at a sweet-shop! I've started the online part of the magazine over at http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com - all we need now are some articles!
So, you may want to quickly nip over there and check it out, but if you are interested in starting up this new project to create a magazine for the traditional image-makers then I'm going to need some articles. If you'd like to be a regular contributor, let me know and I'll set you up as an author.
For now however, if you've any articles or images please email me in the first instance at davidvickersphotography at yahoo.co.uk and we'll make a start.
If you wanted a complete newbies viewpoint I only picked up an SLR last year and now have a Garage Darkroom, Drying Cabinet in my front room and a "too large" collection of old cameras. (not that i'm any good mind you) so if you wanted a view from the inexperienced end of the pool let me know.
I think that's a nice idea sausage100uk - it would be nice to have everything from the absolute beginner to the niche expert writing articles. Funnily enough, I was thinking about doing a primer on film processing just to get things going.
Take a quick look at the magazine site at http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com and get submitting your article!
Welcome to the club :-)
Like many others here, I too am discouraged by the gradual but seemingly inevitable digital domination of B&W. The time is fast approaching when instead of buying that magazine every month, I will thumb through it at Barnes & Noble over a cup of coffee, identify and peruse the bit of traditional content, and put it back along with the others that have gone "into the light." I was so hoping that Emulsion Magazine would be the digital-safe alternative, but I also realize how difficult it must be to begin and sustain publishing a quality magazine.
In a similar vein to David's project, I have been wondering why our APUG community cannot support its own traditional-based magazine, either in electronic and/or print format. After all, is there a more dense concentration of experts and practitioners in the emulsion arts than right here? Perhaps we'd all better get behind David and help him make this happen. I also wonder if there are some strategic alliances to be made between a magazine and the APUG site and organization...
That's a great idea - I'll contact those at APUG and see if we can make this mutually beneficial. I can tell you now that this is going to happen and people are starting to come onboard already. My guess is that it'll be up and running in the new year.
If it's successful (by which I mean that there's enough interest) we could even see the magazine gracing the shelves of Barnes & Noble, Amazon, booksellers, ...
I'm very excited by this project and really feel that we can shape the magazine as we want it - but I need the help and support of others!
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I really like the idea of an APUG magazine, even if it was only in an electronic format.
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Quick update on Creative Image Maker...
Until we start properly in January 2008 with our first proper article, I'll be posting updates on http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com so you know what is going on behind the scenes - but I thought I'd post a quick update here...
We now have several offers from contributors for a diverse range of articles which is great news - keep it coming, we are going to need enough to provide an article a week after all. Being pragmatic about this, I reckon the articles may well come in fits and starts while we get it up and running.
We now have an online home for the magazine - http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com. The paper version will go out once a quarter via www.lulu.com.
I've setup a Flickr group for images that will also get used in the magazine - the group is called Creative Image Maker and can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/555449@N25/ and there's a discussion group there for comments about the magazine only. I've submitted the site to Google as well, so it should start showing up on there after the web-bots have been round. The online home has also been setup with an RSS feed, so you don't actually have to visit the site if you subscribe to the feed - the articles will come and find you! I've also set it up so that home page shows the first paragraph - you'll have to click to read the whole article. The advantage of doing this is that we can fit more stuff on the homepage - useful if long articles are going to be uploaded.
I've also been in contact with APUG - thanks for the idea Dan.
Once again, thanks for your support for this project; can't wait to see it running properly.
How about Camera, Film & Print Magazine"
I just caught this and this is just a quick note on the idea.
PS--This reminded me of something I have thought of since I first heard his name; SOMEONE near him, should sit down with Martin Forscher and write a book on his creations during the years he had PCR, before he dies.
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I think almost everyone here would like an "APUG Illustrated" magazine, perhaps along the lines of Lenswork Extended published in PDF format and distributed on CD.
I think it would be smart to format the magazine along the lines of how APUG forums are organized, with a section on Enlarging, Darkroom, B&W Film, Color, Alternative Processes, Geographic Locations, Featured Photographer, Gallery, etc. Perhaps not all sections in every magazine but if enough people contribute I think it would be great.
Thanks very much for your thoughts - it's a great idea, I've been in touch with APUG already and what you say makes complete sense. I wouldn't feel comfortable about doing an 'APUG illustrated' without their consent and I'll speak to them about that too.
One of the great things about lulu.com is that you can download a PDF version for free, or purchase the paper copy - so everyone is happy! However, if people purchase the paper copy then that will allow me to work towards getting an ISBN setup and that gives everyone the opportunity to order it through normal channels - be that Amazon, Barnes Noble or the local newsagent.