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Why we should go back to printing photographs

I wasn’t sure when was the last time I printed photographs prior to my recent printing of 4R B&W photographs to prepare my Hokkaido B&W Landscapes Photo Book mock up. When I printed the 4R photographs and collected them from the shop, there was an amazing feeling, the pride and joy of my photography works on my hands. The photographs were something physical and tangible that I can show to my friends.

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This experience was something that I haven’t experienced for a long time, since I stopped shooting film that might be around 1999 to 2000. With the proliferation and expansion of everything digital, DSLRs, digital compact cameras, mirror less cameras and smartphones. Photography was getting easier and less expensive for people to enter and take photographs. This experience was both good and bad for the photography community.

When photography goes digital, along with the exponential growth and expansion of the Internet and social media. Photography changed to be instant and electrifying fast paced. Besides that, a lot more photographs were taken and many photographs were probably stored in your hard disk drive somewhere, whether it is desktop, laptop, and portable or home/work station. Now, our photographs are even stored in the Cloud system. Having said that, I am part of this trend and it does come to a point when there is a bit of stagnation from over proliferation of photography, yet there is a need to change and adapt in this modern era. We all probably are guilty of taking too many photographs, and storing them somewhere in our various photography devices.

Photography faces the crunch and test of instant gratification on the social media channels, the ruthless demands of instant updates and happenings. At times, I am wondering how many photographers face burnt out from such demands and expectations? When the photographs were uploaded on social media channels, where would they be after a while? Lost in Internet World Wide Web? Or in your Facebook, Twitter accounts?

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After printing out the 4R photographs, I went on to prepare my draft Hokkaido B&W Landscapes Photo Book and printed it out via iPhoto. I can’t describe the experiences and euphoria that I felt when I held my draft photo book on my hands. The feelings and experiences were even higher than holding on to my 4R photographs. Finally, I was able to experience and felt why my photographer friends loved to print their photo books and continue to produce more outstand photo books showcasing their brilliant works.

While I was preparing my Hokkaido B&W Photo Book, I was also planning a personal photography exhibition with A3 photo prints. I managed to obtain from Canon Singapore, the PIXMA Pro-10 printer for a review and to print out my A3 photographs while planning how I can go about doing my photography exhibition. This post was also partially written as a pre-cursor to the upcoming Canon PIXMA Pro-10 review.

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A few weeks ago, while in the midst of printing A3 photographs, coincidentally, there were articles on the topic of why we should be printing photographs. It was refreshing and inspiring when I am printing and writing my personal thoughts on this article. Here are the links below

Mike Yost Photography

On PetaPixel

Light Stalking

Fellow photographer friend Chester Tan

There are probably more articles popping up on why we should go back to printing photographs as photographers seek and search for new directions and callings in their photography.

I loved my recent print outs, from 4R, A4 size photo book, A4 size photo prints and A3 size photo prints. Let’s go back to the days of printing film, like printing a 36 roll of film and apply it towards our digital photography lifestyle today.

Let it be 4R size, A4 size or A3 size photographs. Be selective, curate and print your photographs, share them around, show it to your family, relatives and friends, hang it on your walls, give it away as gifts or if there is a buyer, make that transaction!

I hope we can start to encourage each other to start printing photographs again!

OtterBox Defender Series for iPad Review

Tablets today, have now become an integral part of our society and lifestyle, whether it is for work or leisure. Protecting the tablet from fall, scratches and damages is definitely a concern for the owners. Therefore, tablet owners usually get a protective cover for their iPad or Andorid tablet.

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For myself, I am an iPad user and I do carry it around a lot for my work and leisure use.  There were times my iPad were used for photography shoots outdoors too and I do have concerns whether my current casing is able to handle it when I am in the outdoors on a photography exploration or on a wildlife exploration.  I was introduced to the OtterBox Defender Series for iPad and given the opportunity to test and review this tough iPad case! OtterBox has designs for smartphone users too and in my recent reviews, I had hands on experience with the OtterBox Preserver and OtterBox Defender smartphone cases for my iPhone 5. Do check out my experiences!

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During the two weeks I had with the OtterBox Defender for iPad, I brought it work, leisure and photography outings. While the thickness and weight of this tough OtterBox iPad case was at certain times a bit uncomfortable because I wasn’t too use to it, I have to say that it gave me the extra security and protection for my iPad since I am on the move a lot, especially when I am in the outdoors exploring or doing a photography shoot.

What are my thoughts and views of the OtterBox Defender Series for iPad? Here are the pros and cons from my personal observations compiled during the review period.

 Pros

–       Sturdy

–       Reliable

–       Tough

–       Water Resistant

–       4 different ways of viewing your iPad upright vertical or horizontal

–       Ideal protection for scientists/researchers doing fieldwork/research outdoors in the wild

–       Ideal for travelers who are bringing their iPad overseas

–       Ideal for photographers/filmmakers who brings it out for their outdoor shoot

–       Ideal for iPad owners who want a peace of mind with something tough and reliable to protect their iPad.

–       Nice design with aesthetics in mind, not just pure tough protection only

–       The cover has magnet to put the iPad to sleep upon coverage of the iPad screen

–       Cover is tough and useful, helps to protect the iPad screen when it falls down from a height

Cons

–       Home button a bit tricky to press due to the thickness of the case

–       Heavier than a normal leather iPad cover

–       Unable to slot into a 3rd party peripherals e.g. portable keyboard holder (you need a wireless keyboard)

–       Not ideal for those who seeks a stylish, fashionable and lavish leather cover for their iPad

Question: Why do you want to own an OtterBox Defender Series?

Answer: You can interchange as and when you need it and there is really no harm to own an extra iPad casing!

The OtterBox Defender Series for iPad is highly recommended for users who work a lot in the outdoors/on the move e.g. researchers, people doing fieldwork. Personally, it’s very ideal for photographers too if they do not want to bring their MacBook Pro or iMac out for their outdoor shoot. Bringing an iPad for a photography outing/shoot is pretty common and the OtterBox Defender case does help to give you the extra assurance from falls, scratches and dirt since photographers do tend to carry a lot more gears and accessories!

The OtterBox Defender Series for iPad is retailing at a price of USD$89.99 and check out OtterBox website!

I would like to thank OtterBox and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the OtterBox Defender Series for iPad!