Today at Apple

You can’t love or hate Apple, their products, their services, but one thing is clear to me since quite a while, Apple is still a different company. With Today at Apple sessions, this is where the difference expresses itselfs most these days. As shown in “My Today at Apple Experience” on MacStories, there is a few things that make these sessions special. First, getting so different people together, from the youngest to the oldest, at the same table. Second, this is not about technology, this is all about creativity. This is interesting from a technology company like Apple. Sure there are motives behind all this, I’m not dump. They get people into their stores. The get people demand more from their devices, the educated them so the next time they buy a new device, they may buy a bigger, faster, more expansive one. Or not. So, I want to try for myself. I booked this session this coming saturday: “Photo Lab: Crafting Your Shot by Chase Jarvis”. Stay tuned to read about my own observations.  

Not Just For Media Consomption

A recent article by Michael Steeber titled “2018 iPad Pro and Apple Pencil enhance creative work on the Mac” could convince a few more of you that the iPad is not really just a media consumption device. You may already know that I’m a big fan of Adobe Lightroom CC on the iPad but some other creative tools are quite impressive. Read on to learn more about them. 

On Updated Flickr Pricing Tiers

Starting this January 2019, Flickr will only allow 1000 photos on their free tier. If you want for than this, pay or leave. More or less. I’m a paying member since 2012. I’ll continue to pay for the foreseeable future. Why? Because this is the only photography platform I believe in. Now that they we’re purchased by SmugMug, things will star to move again for Flickr (I hope).

What will happen to those accounts (there must be a whole bunch of them) that have more than 1000 photos but don’t pay? They will be deleted after a grace period. Boom. This could be catastrophic from a digital memory perspective. A recent article from Thomas Hawks “WHY LIMITING FREE USERS TO 1,000 PHOTOS ON FLICKR IS A SMART MOVE“, a passage got my attention:

Besides the obvious business model reasons why this is a smart decision for Flickr and their users, there are other important reasons this makes Flickr better as well. One of the things I noticed after Flickr began offering 1 terabyte for free to users was that many users simply began using Flickr as a backup site for all of their photos. Instead of sharing their best photos with a community, they simply dumped everything on their hard drive to Flickr and left and went away. These photos were then indexed for search and populated the service littering it with low quality content (screengrabs, 1,000 bad photos in a row of fireworks, 3,000 poorly composed photos in a row of somebody’s sister’s wedding, etc.). By focusing Flickr’s vision on photo sharing and community rather than simply another online photo backup dump this makes the visual experience better for those of us who are actually there to share photos and engage with each other.

The problem is that Flickr is responsible for people who uploaded their entire library on their service for backup purposes. Flickr made a utility that specifically propose the users to upload their pictures on their platform. I’m myself using the Flickr upload utility on my iMac since a while. And this little software always try to upload all my photos from external devices I plug to my Mac. I always have to answer “not now” otherwise the upload process begins. Even their mobile app is offering the same feature like shown here.

I’m happy to see this feature going away if this can make Flickr a more sustainable business.

Before & After #5

Turning a seemingly ordinary urban scene into a more interesting one. The idea here was to remove colours in the scene except for the big ad. The idea that I wanted to pursue is the positive message an ad is trying to convey in a sometimes gray world. Also, the big lanterns lighting was pushed up. Snapseed was used to process this image.

Going All In With An iPad

Very interesting read from Matt Gemmell – The Big iPad. The debate is still alive and well. Is the iPad able to replace or not your traditional computer? For Matt Gemmell it did. So why it is possible for him? A few parts caught my attention.

(…) an iPad isn’t a laptop, so the word “replace” is weird here. It creates an expectation of like-for-like substitution, which just compounds the issue of unwillingness to adapt. That’s why I said the answer is probably “no” if you’re already framing the question that way. I see reviews where an apparent downside of the iPad is that it lacks a trackpad; to me, that’s like complaining that a car lacks a rudder. It’s just strange thinking.

I rarely see someone with a good sense of thinking like this. A car doesn’t replace a truck. It is something by its very own nature. I tend to approach this the same way. For me the iPad didn’t replace anything at all. Instead, it created a lot more possibilities in regard to being able to work with mobility and easy access to the tools I need.

be extremely skeptical of anyone who makes a judgement about switching to an iPad when they haven’t actually done it themselves

So, in other words, be very skeptical about every single tech reviewers.