I think this is the crux of it with many people.
Personally this argument to me, is like saying ‘I don’t know why you’d go and stand in a field to roleplay with others, as you could just do it online’.
A book is a totally different experience to viewing images online. Physical prints are something to immerse yourself in. Plus also, most people viewing images online will never have their displays set up correctly (my mothers has a wonderful blue tint and no real blacks) and so seeing a print is a way to get a better idea of what things look like.
Plus of course, there’s no telling how long images will stay online. For instance I think I have over 1000 images online from this years six events, but if I decided to close my business tomorrow I’d close my facebook page and everything would go with it. Now, that’s extremely unlikely to happen admittedly, but I think in todays world we can be a bit too reliant on digital technology sometimes. It’s like at weddings, when you’ve eaten the cake and put the dress back in it’s box, all you have left are the memories and the pictures. A 900pixel wide photograph on a facebook page is not the same as viewing a 10x8 print.
But then I’m a photographer, so of course I’m going to say things like that![/quote]
But you can always print off a 10x8 print from the facebook page. For free, most of the time.
Meanwhile you pay £35 for a bookful of pictures and get to say “I was at that, I was there, thats me at the back.” When your friends are bored of that story, when does it get looked at again?
A book should be a resource. And I’m struggling to think what use this will serve.
Maybe…maybe if you go round the camps, capture people’s costumes or anything you think is interesting, then get them to submit (online, where its free) how they did it, you can create a plethora of inspirational ideas for not just costume, but set-dressing, features, interesting ways of doing Mana, herbs, potions, etc. That way you could take a wide variety of pictures - group portraits if you can be bothered, individual shots of interesting folk, scenes, whatever - and people could also share their knowledge on the same pages.
Kind of like a craft annual - you could make it a yearly thing thereafter and people would still keep buying as the techniques improve and styles within the game - yes, Empire will even undergo trends and fashions - change. What was in that delicious wintermark stew? How on earth did you make those impressive horns? That dress is fantastic, where did you get it? Whatever posessed you to bring an Accordion to the battlefield? Where did you guys learn to fight?
Now, you may be thinking “Why is this person droning on about how free the internet is and then telling me to make something that’s already available on the net?” Well, because on the net it definitely isn’t collated. Even on this forum, though useful advice is partitioned into a section of its own, its not exactly comprehensive and none of it has (your) brilliantly photographed examples for ease of reference.
That would be a resource worth buying. Maybe even worth £20 or so.