‘Not Going Quietly’: Why Print Books, Flip Phones, and Old Cameras endure

 

You’ll know a tech launch when you see it. Often a dark stage, big visual backdrop, and a CEO who launches in casual gear. What follows thereafter varies widely dependent on the product, the company, and their audience. No less though, in a contemporary era where the tech world holds similar clout in a global agenda to hedge fund billionaires and political kingmakers, a common formula can be seen throughout: our new digital product shall do away with the old.

It could be a new ereader that promises to wave away your library, a new lens that asks you kiss goodbye to your old camera, and maybe even a skateboard that claims pushing is ‘so yesterday’. It also should be said many prudent companies are cautious, like Amazon – a veritable giant of the eBook realm but also remains a seller of print books – but the temptation of a marketing team is always there: ‘Go say our product is this generation’s game changer’.

Such claims make greats headline in 24/7 media, but going a little deeper reveals a reality: we are by no means near a digital-only world just yet. Sure, its known video is on the rise, Click to continue reading

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‘Just give me one shot’: The case for manual photography

A quick visit to Instagram or YouTube will put to rest any doubt we live in a wonderful age for visuals and imagery. If you live in provincial Canada you’re now just a few clicks from video from downtown Hamburg, if you find yourself in a bustling capital of Japan you can catch up on the latest cycling amidst the Italian Alps, and if you’re from the World’s Most Liveable City, and just wish to see videos showcasing the local culture? we’ll there’s videos for that too.

While not all of the photography and video content we see online is astounding, the opportunity for someone to pick up a camera and connect with a global audience is seamless, straightforward, and undoubtedly wonderful.

The trade-off to this can be the ease and speed diminishes skill. Accordingly, while picking up a point-and-shoot digital camera is fantastic for a newbie to photography (and surely likely to be a good upgrade if just snapping pics on their smartphone), after a time many new to photography can find currency in eventually picking up an analog camera to complement their digital output.

Let’s look a little more at the reasons for this … Click to continue reading

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YouTube vs Vimeo Part 2: Where to Upload Visual Content Online

 

OK, so you’ve watched Tony Hawk pull off a 900 and now your the new cool kid who just knows he can do one too – and maybe even a 1080. The resolve is there to start vlogging but choosing between YouTube vs Vimeo can be a videographers first fork in the road.

Both have their advantages, both their drawbacks, and yes: (as detailed in part 1) each have different audiences. Given there are so many factors that  make a vlog a success if a start is stalled its just like a tall ship in flat seas: the will may be there but you’ll never feel the wind at your back. So, picking the right platform to kick off your online voyage is essential.

Here’s how to begin…… Click to continue reading

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YouTube vs Vimeo (Part 1): Where to Watch Great Content Online



Marching to Two Very Different Drums

You walk into a party. Your buddy YouTube is bounding around the room in conversation with everyone‚ is clearly popular‚ and promises an interaction that is easy and drama-free. Meanwhile a little off to the side is your pal Vimeo. He’s a bit quieter but still cool – and while your not sure his whole ‘wearing a hat indoors’ thing works – his epic mustache affirms this is a guy guaranteed to have some stories.

Straw Hat

‘It’s a great hat buddy but not ‘wear indoors’ great’

Where to go and get involved first is a tough decision – YouTube will likely find a way to get you involved in the party – but as it does you just know Vimeo is up to something really cool. Let’s look more now at each site.… Click to continue reading

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I Really Want to Restore a Classic Car but How do I Actually Do It? Part 2: In-Depth

 

So, its now clear a car restoration is in your future, and you’ve a good understanding of what it involves at the start. Now, you’ve got to get into the day by day work and planning; and this too involves ‘need know’ information.

Dependent on whether you’ve found a well-known car you wish to restore (or a rare one that leaves you unique) shall influence much of your action. If you’re set to restore a Mustang or Chevy you will never struggle to find someone to buy a drink and bend their ear for 10 minutes when you need some insight.

By contrast, if you are set to restore a little model from a little car manufacturer (and maybe not in business anymore) then you may be doing this more by yourself. Notwithstanding this though, whatever you’re restoring a number of guidelines can help serve to get you through the restoration process, and eventually back upon the road sooner.… Click to continue reading

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I Really Want to Restore a Classic Car but How do I Actually Do It? Part 1: Overview

You know the moment. It is when the sensible and logical gives way to the wild and risky. There you are, at a dealership, at a car yard – maybe even at a private sale – and just when you are about to shake hands and agree to a deal on that car you were till then content with – you see it.

It’s may not be in your direct line of sight – it’s perhaps even under a cover – but on a subconscious level you know it’s something special. Just like how a crowd at an art gallery or concert moves towards the main attraction, you get closer and realise this is really where you need to be.

Ford Mustang

‘Look, he’s just sitting there all alone – it’d be RUDE to not go and say hello!’
Image: mustangdepot.com

The problem is its rusty. It has 3 wheels. It is in need of some big repairs – and when you ask the current owner if they could turn the key in the ignition to start the engine up – they just laugh. You look back over at the car you were just about to buy and realise that really would’ve Click to continue reading

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Every Creative needs a Gallery: Where to Host your HTML CSS and JavaScript Work

 

At this stage it can be said: you’re doing more than a little well. Building a skill set in front-end development and its languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, is a worthwhile pursuit but one with a big learning curve too.

Now though, you’ve got the basics of coding down, your practicing in private, and you code with confidence. Yet, like a rapper set to launch his first EP, you may have the goods ready to go but choosing where to showcase them is a big, big, decision.

This is because just the same as understanding coding is a different prospect from actively building or fixing something online.

Just as actively working in the field is nothing to be afraid of (its just different, like a practice game versus a real match), so too it is hard to know where to start when you’ve got a portfolio ready to show given the many hosting options online. If this sounds like you may the following serve as three options for your first launch going forward.… Click to continue reading

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