Month: December 2011

In mobile photography, "Instant takes precedence over Perfect"

1:24:36 PM Ci’en Xu: Was up last night posting Berlin photos. 1:24:51 PM Ci’en Xu: Sometimes it feels like in this day and age, editing is more redundant. 1:25:03 PM Brandon Lee: How do you mean? 1:25:56 PM Ci’en Xu: I remember the days when Flickr was kinda like a big social network, and people were more obsessed about the rules of photography and how you edited them, etc. 1:26:17 PM Ci’en Xu: I guess now with mobile, instant takes precedence over “perfect”. 1:27:06 PM Brandon Lee: Yeah you’re right. 1:27:31 PM Brandon Lee: Which is why I like Mattebox… it kinda makes you feel like getting it right in-camera is important again, and maybe even enough. 1:28:02 PM Brandon Lee: When you leave everything to the phone to do automatically, there’s always the sense that you must insert yourself into the process, and that can only happen in post. 1:28:19 PM Ci’en Xu: But I still like editing, even if just to let you linger on your photos for a little while longer.  

Jon Gold on the Lumia 800 and WP7

Jon Gold bought a Lumia: Metro is undeniably gorgeous but I still can’t form an objective opinion about whether the phone as a whole is good enough to replace my iPhone. The facts say it’s good enough. My heart says no. I just can’t rationalise living outside of the Apple safety net. 80% of the population probably can, and will love a phone that smokes Android. This is how sort of how I feel every time I see Windows Phone. The smartest people I know say it's good enough, worth trying, better than Android. I'm sure they're right but it feels wrong in my gut. Is it down to being too different to what I know, and it just needs time? It's easy to point out a few of Microsoft's bold design decisions and where their intended use cases don't apply to my own needs, but in the end it's about how everything feels. But it's hard to ignore that with Nokia behind it, "Windows Phone 7.5 Mango" now has a bit of a chance, and it's …