Archive for April, 2009


Saving the newspapers and journalism too!?

April 23, 2009

So, sitting in the office today, I suddenly came up with a briliant idea to save newspapers, and journalism too!

“Stop giving it away! Charge for your content!”

“But!” I hear you all cry “You can’t do that, you’ll upset all the freetards; and anyway no one will pay.”

This is where I think you’re all wrong and because of that, it’s how newspapers and journalism can win out.

The idea here is to get people to pay for what they want to see, at an amount that is, to be quite frank near zero!

And there’s quite a few different ways and combinations of making this work.

  • Let them see the Headline, standfirst and first one or two pars only before charging.
  • No images unless a payment is made.
  • Archive content attracts a premium.

Now,  I know this has all been tried before and failed, but this is where the difference is, instant micro-payments.

Think of the Amazon One-Click system of buying, we apply that here, but with micro-amounts of money; 1p, 2p, 5p etc… These are amounts that peope don’t notice or care about, especially if it gets them what they want.

An example might be:

  • To read a full article 1p.
  • To see the pictures too, an extra 2p.
  • To be able to print it 5p.
  • To post the text on your blog 15p and so on…
  • To view a year-old article 8p

Just think of how you can filter and block your content and make a micro charge for the user to see it.

There’s another advantage to this too:

To enable a one-click micro-payments system, the users have to register and log-on to the site. This means that you can have as much detail on them as you want, which means that all the adds they see can be specifically targetted to them, and thus increase ad revenue.

And don’t forget a system like this is easily expanded to other products / areas of content:

  • Buy pictures for personal / blog / syndication with a mouse-click. Even have them printed and delivered to your door.
  • Buy a subscription to the real paper – it might save money!
  • Selling related items through a box-drop service.

But it’ll make journalism cheap!

Not if you think about it.
How many articles are there in an average paper? 250? 500? 1000? Now divide that by the cost of the news paper, the resultant cost is very small, very small indeed!
The sysem I propose actually increases the value of the articles!

So there you go, a simple and easy system that could save the newspapers and journalism too!

And if any newspaper group wishes to take this up, my commission and consultancy fees will be most reasonable …


The Future of Photography

April 14, 2009

The Future of Photography

Originally uploaded by photocumbria

What the future of photography may look like; perhaps …
Here Robot B9 gets ready to change lenses on his Camon 1D mk 9, swapping from the 24mm f0.95 to his 35-650mm f1.8 lens!

Strobist info

Canon 580ex at 1/16th power gridded and set at 35mm directly above the robot, triggered with an Elinchrom Skyport.
To subject right, Sunpak 4500 with red gel, shot into a silver reflector to tint some of the reflective surfaces.

Shot with a Canon 30; 1/200 sec at f10

See the setup shot here …

Post work done in Photomatix and Photoshop.


Toy day: The Red Bus

April 10, 2009

Red Bus

Originally uploaded by photocumbria

Matchbox series No. 74 – Daimler Bus.

Shot on a Canon A1 with 50mm f1.4 lens

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