Thursday, December 1, 2005

Getting a RAW deal and curing those WMD blues, it’s all about the new year!

In good company

Reader Richard Schwarz sent us a comment that really makes me blush:

I found the article to be the clearest explanation of pixels in cameras that I have seen (I rarely see anything I understand better than Mossberg [of the Wall Street Journal]). I even forwarded the article to my children. I want to know more, advantages/disadvantages of high megapixels in real life action pictures etc. Keep up the good work -- I will certainly read it.

Richard, we'll be continuing our coverage of photography basics throughout the next year. Most photo magazines focus on the two or three months before you buy your camera (because that's what advertisers are most interested in). Our goal is to focus on the rest of your life with a camera and with photography. We'll be covering some complex topics, but we'll always remember that connecting with photography isn't about the technology, it's about the people.

Buying cameras with confidence

Cole Shiflett writes:

I appreciated the article on digital cameras. I'm a programmer, finishing up an IT degree, and am the de facto geek of my family...yet I rarely venture into the realm of consumer electronic gadgetry. I'm constant asked why I have such antiques for a camera and camcorder (both are about 15 years old).
I have actually wanted to upgrade to a digital camera, but haven't had the time nor patience to deal with the canned info I get from the teenage salespeople at Best Buy or Circuit City. Your article helped me a great deal and I feel like I can move forward with more confidence. I look forward to the next installment of tips.

Thanks, Cole. It's readers like you that make this job worthwhile. Some days, when it's time to sit down and write, I wind up asking, "Why am I doing this?" You're why. You and Richard and Gary and, yes, even Mel. Those of you who read the magazines make it all worthwhile.

You know, at the end of a year and the beginning of a new year, it's good to sit down and remember what we're grateful for. For ZATZ, this is especially true, since our first issue published on January 1, 1998. So, at the beginning of every new year, I like to remember that one of the things I love about my job is that we've managed to provide enormous information to people, worldwide.

We have hundreds of thousands of readers in hundreds of countries. Since 1998, across all the magazines, we've published 1,953 articles, including 112 in Connected Photographer alone. All of those articles, as well as the more than 20,000 news items we've published, are all available online, all for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone in the world seeking a little more knowledge and a little help.

I am so very grateful that our readers have supported this effort to bring free teaching to a world audience, to our advertisers for funding the infrastructure necessary, for all the companies in this industry who innovate every day, and to a world where there is an Internet and where this sort of knowledge sharing is possible.

Have a great 2006, be safe, and connect!