A Guy Walks Into A Book Store:
Browses through a rack of " Photography " magazines.
Is disgusted that they are all about Digital Photography.
And hardly ever promote analog photography ...
Spends $12.00 for two magazines, and is still disgusted.
But, I'll just sit here and wring my hands, and fret,
that Maliha, and HP are trying to rip me off. I won't
have any positive thoughts, and great feelings about
a new analog photography magazine. I'll live in fear
of the " Unknown " and spend $11.00 for 3 cups of coffee.
You might assuage some of these concerns if you "postviewed" digitally an enticing excerpt or two from your earlier issue, and made the index of your current issue available in full for all to see.
As more issues are published, you could enrich the excerpts available for browsing.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I wonder if the publication model here, of farming out on-demand-printing and distribution, is a good one? Strikes me that the complexity of that has probably killed off many a good idea/magazine in the past, and might make this particular enterprise more likely to succeed - ie a whole chunk of the worst, most time-consuming, dull and fraught-with-problems parts of the concern are out-sourced! And when our magazine deliveries go awry, we can complain to an organisation with specific expertise in that sort of thing :-)
Believe me I understand the frustration. However, I do believe that everyone behind CiM, JPG, Light Leaks, and all the other similar medium out there, have/had good intentions. But we also do not have any control over the unthinkable/unpredictable. All I can tell you now, is that we are doing our best to bring a quality product to all of you which, we hope, will help the analog photography community, even if the slightest. We do it for the community, and also for ourselves, simply because we love doing it.
Any advice/constructive criticism is highly appreciated, in fact, we welcome it. But, expecting the impossible from us, or doubting our intention is pointless. Any advice you have for us, we will carefully consider it, that I can assure you.
Great advice. We will certainly consider it. We will be making some changes to our website this summer, and have had the plan to implement something similar.
Folks, it's not magazine delivery. It's like going to B&N and taking the book from shelf, more or less. Yes, a preview or an abbreviated pdf would be nice. Or a review of the latest issue. But this is not delivery. This is you going to an e-store and buying it. That is how CiM would have continued had it not been so time intensive for me. And, given recent events, I do not regret my decision with CiM. I'm glad I got to spend more time with Faith while I had it. Besides, one never knows what the future might hold.
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Thinking of any current publication in particular?
Originally Posted by munz6869
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
Of course, but that would be beating a dead horse!! :-)
Thinking of any current publication in particular?
No doubt it's not a priority (nor should it be I think for a start-up) but I wondered that given the popularity of Apple tablets and e-readers and the grasp that technology now has on traditionally printed media going even more digital, I would think it's wiser to offer an online subscription, as myriad magazines and periodicals do, alongside printed copy. Lowers production and back-office costs: other than sourcing, editing and compiling material, the process is highly automated and works a treat with e-gateways.
Films and Grains in Cleveland, OH
Just a quick update:
If you live near Cleveland, OH or surrounding area, you can check out the second issue of the magazine in Aperture, a photography & variety store, and can also purchase the magazine from there!! You can always buy the magazine online of course, but a limited number of issue 2 will be available for sale in Aperture as well!!
Aperture is an analog photography and variety store where you can check out their photo gallery, buy film or vintage cameras, drink a cup of coffee or just sit down and chill!! Check out their website here!
2541 Scranton Rd. Cleveland, OH 44113
If maiha decides not to release on a website at least some of the content to whet our appetites to buy then I think it a mistake but it is his business. However I look forward a report from a buyer who might be able to do the same job.
Maybe someone can do a short article. I have no doubt that it is legit and well intentioned but these two qualities are not enough by themselves to sell a new product IMHO