The PhotoForum Mag?

Discussion in 'The Creative Corner' started by NoelNTexas, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. NoelNTexas

    NoelNTexas TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone,

    I have been sitting on a great Idea for about a month now and now I am going to open it up for discussion. As some of you know I work for a magazine and advertising company. As you can tell I am not a writer lol, but I am a graphics artist and photographer for the magazine. I also do sales and graphic designs for the advertising side of the company. Well, let me get right to the point. I was wondering how much interest there would be in a magazine publishing for The Photo-forum.

    I know alot of you out there are just beginners and most of you are freelance photographers. Getting published in any media is an exciting thing and also not an easy task. So, if the forum were to create a magazine it would create an opportunity for some of your work to get published, create more excitement and traffic threw the forum and a way to get more people involved.

    I am willing to dedicate alot of my time to help creating and laying out a magazine if there is enough interest. I have ideas to place maybe Photo of the Month(maybe the cover?), Tutorials, Different Photography styles, Pictures and articles on how they were created, what inspired them and such. Articles on people from the forum and much much more.

    As far as advertising, I am no stranger to getting down to the nitty gritty with big companies for good advertising. I also see the forum has some already who may be interested in the idea as well.

    I will try not to overload thoughts at this point, but I am very curious on what everyones thoughts to this general concept is. Any input will be much appreciated
     
  2. Hertz van Rental

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    What would the point be? The Forum as it stands is really an interactive magazine. A lot of it's charm is in talking to people. A magazine version would not be able to do that.
    And what would the magazine contain? Articles? Who would write them? And how often would it be published?
    Finally, what about distribution? The membership of this Forum is spread around the world. What would be the point of waiting a week or so to get the magazine delivered when you could just go on line and get it there and then?
    Sorry, but I think the idea is a non-starter.
     
  3. EBphotography

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    I personally think it could be fun. A lot of work, but fun. :)
     
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    It sounds like a great idea in theory, but Hertz brings up some good points. I like the idea of a print-based magazine, a "Best Of" of the forums, with revised articles, so people don't have to go sifting through archives for gems of wisdom. But I wonder:

    What would the magazine offer that the forum doesn't offer?
    Who is the target audience of the magazine? People who already use the forum? A new and expanded audience?

    I think it could be a great project with some more planning.
     
  5. NoelNTexas

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    I agree 100% it would take alot more planning. And I have been thinking over the Idea.

    How often do you see a beautiful photograph on here and you never find out how it was taken, what they used for lighting, what inspired them to take it, if there was any processing after the image was taken, so on so forth. Alot of the articles would contain that information. We could have personal product reviews, pics of the month, articles over the photographers and much more.

    I am not wanting to start this a profit opportunity by any means. I just think it would be fun for some of the people on here to get some of their art published and be able to show it off without having to drag someone to the computer screen or carry a portfolio around everywhere.

    As far as the content being readily available on the forum, why not send exclusive stuff for the magazine? So you dont already know everything thats going to be in it.

    Just a few more bits of information floating around in my head. Everyone please feel free to express your opinion here. I think it would be a wonder project.
     
  6. JosephMillar

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    I think if this worked it would be a great idea; how cool would it be to see your photo in a magazine! :)

    Yes, there will be a lot of hard work, but I'm sure there'll be more than enough volunteers from this forum, myself included.

    If this gets up and running, which I hope it will, count me in.:D
     
  7. NoelNTexas

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    I am 100% ready to begin getting this project together if it is ok with the site. Anyone who would want to help ( Credits will be given ) please let us know.

    Thank you.
     
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    There's little to no money to be made in magazine publishing for one-off titles in an already saturated market. Who's going to take the risk to foot the print and distribution bill?
     
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    What might be a nice idea however is a one-off TPF book. It can showcase the best of TPF photography (everyone can nominate one of their shots and the final selection is voted on) and could also have a few artical/tutorials?
     
  10. Andy Campbell

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    Its a great idea. I buy photography magazines now and again when they have interesting articles.

    But here is my idea:-

    Instead of a magazine you would buy in the shops how about an online magazine (PDF format). There are a few sites that do this now (i'm thinking an online racing simulator magazine) and its a great way to do things. If you're not bothered about making profit then I think this would be the best place to start. You could even have advertisements in there and still make profit.

    I think its a really great idea though and will be waiting to see what happens!

    Andy.
     
  11. Jeepnut28

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    I think it is a great idea. you can usually tell a great idea by the amount of people that piss all over it.

    JPGmag sure seems to be pretty succesful. I'd model the mag on something similiar to their set up.......but thats just me.
     
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    I think it would be a great idea, it would be a lot of work but well worth it in the long run.
     

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