Disney and his crew had to figure out how to workaround a few of the 5D Mark II’s most annoying limitations for filmmakers: no manual control over exposure settings during capture, and a lack of an efficient focusing system while shooting.
Still, the use of fast lenses coupled with the great sensor gives the film a great look.
If American modernist photography can be said to have a spiritual birthplace that can still be visited, it’s his home on Wildcat Hill in Carmel Highlands where he lived off and on from 1938 until his death in 1958. Many of the Weston photographs that now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars were printed here. What’s more, his commanding series of seascapes and landscapes were taken only a few miles from the front door, at what is now the Point Lobos State Reserve.
Edward Weston is one of my all-time favorite photographers, from landscape to seaweed to pretty much anything he shot, his eye for composition as well as his ability to make spectacular prints makes him among the greatest photographers ever.
To me, the great thing about this service isn’t this part of the process, although it’s pretty darned good, it’s the fact that you only have to make one at a time to get that pricing. And, you can make the magazine available for others to buy online through MagCloud. So, this is a great process coupled with print on demand.
I have yet to use it but it’s on my list for sure and I’ve bought many publications through them to see what the printing looks like. It’s quite good. Is it good enough for a photographic portfolio? I’m not sure but it might be if you use trial and error to get your processing just right for the printing process.
The barrier for casual users or experimenters is desktop publishing or layout: one has to actually put together the document and that takes some time. In this world of instant gratification and one click web sites the time and focus necessary to put a decent document together may be a bit of a hurdle for some. This is why the NY times used the phrase “solution in search of a problem” to describe MagCloud. I think it’s right on the money for anyone who is willing to put a document together but will enough people do this to make it profitable?
I found out about MagCloud through Derek Powazek who uses it to publish his magazine/book Fray.