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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Toronto, Canada

A photo story of our recent trip to Toronto is live on my little portfolio site. What a fun trip — such a great chance to meet some online friends, explore a great city, and enjoy a few baseball games.

As far as the portfolio site goes, it’s a work in progress. I’m fond of how it’s turned out so far, so I have a feeling I’ll tend over there in the future. At least for the bigger things.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Traveling with the Fujifilm GFX System

It’s not that Marius’ thoughts on traveling with Fuji’s new medium format GFX system are secondary, but they kind of are — the photography here is simply stunning. Of course, you have to chalk this up to the photographer’s skill.

But I don’t think the equipment is letting him down here.

I got to see the GFX 50S and applicable lenses for the first time while in Toronto a few weeks ago and I don’t blame Marius for not enjoying lugging the system through the Romanian mountain range. The camera — and especially lenses — are gigantic.

However, the quality of the photos makes you want to lug it through the mountain range.

Great thoughts. Even better photos.

I’m glad the GFX system is priced out of my range. Otherwise, the system would be tempting.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Most Whimsical Travel Photos I’ve Ever Seen

How this couple finds these photos is beyond me. Evidently, their talent is off the charts.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram here and here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Candid #50 (-1): Live From Toronto

I don’t bring attention to every Candid episode (admittedly, we’ve been a bit irregular over the last few months), but this one was special.

Marius, Álvaro, Thomas, and I sat around Álvaro’s AirBnB kitchen island around, oh, 12:00AM last Wednesday, bleary-eyed and a tad inebriated. The result was as candid a discussion as we’ve ever had.

And if you’re looking for some behind the scenes Candid action, check out our growing gallery.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Photographer’s Thoughts on the iPad Pro

Faisal Yaqub’s review of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is short, sweet, and straight from the heart of a photographer yearning to use the iPad as their main photography tool.

But for me, this review is all about the two product photos at the beginning. There’s just something about the space gray iPad Pro that photographs better.

If you need me, I’ll be over here wondering if I should have chosen the other colour.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Matt Gemmell on Subscription Software

Gemmell:

Do I want to subscribe to every app I have? No. Would I? No. Are subscriptions a general answer to the appalling App Store revenue model? No, because the concept just isn’t scaleable. The psychological barrier to a recurring financial commitment is too great, in the general case.

If an app I use switches to a subscription model, I ask myself:

  1. Do I use this at least a few times a week?
  2. Am I personally invested in its future?
  3. Is it indispensable somehow, maybe because of file-format lock-in, industry standard usage, or something like that?

If it’s something I rarely use, I’ll probably just pick another app. If I’m not invested in it (in terms of its specific workflow, features, user experience and such), it’s even easier for me to just move away.

The pros to subscription app pricing have been discussed — less expensive and longer “trial periods”, the ability to unsubscribe when no longer needed, multi-platform support, etc. — and the negatives have been ranted and spewed.

Both have merit.

For me, subscription apps have forced a re-evaluation of needs and wants. I purchased Byword, iA Writer, and Ulysses all at different points, and I use each of them differently (Byword for finding and replacing text, iA Writer for editing and previewing, and Ulysses for initial writing).

Now, with Ulysses going subscription-based and imagining Byword and iA Writer doing the same, I’d feel the need to commit to one. Ulysses is my favourite of the bunch, so I’m committing to it. It can also complete the largest part of my workflow and can fulfill the latter parts of the workflow — albeit, with less ease.

My current app subscriptions which yield a “yes” to Matt’s questionnaire:

When I think of apps I wouldn’t commit to on a subscription basis, Fantastical skyrockets to the top of the list. Fantastical is a fantastic app (ha!) with a set of features and a design other calendar apps can’t match. But it doesn’t answer “yes” to any of those above questions, so it won’t result in a subscription.

If Things goes subscription based, I’ll commit annually without blinking.

This isn’t me being a jerk. It’s just reality. App dollars are finite and the App Store is a competitive place. I suspect subscription revenue models will only make the App Store that much more competitive.