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Re: Colour Pictures in Aroideana

  • Subject: Re: Colour Pictures in Aroideana
  • From: "Paulindr" <paulindr@gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:25:55 +0000


At risk of repeating what someone already wrote and i didn't read (and following 2 years of silence)...

1. Most printers have a minimum cost for a minimum print run.  You can't pay less even if you want less!  So small print runs are ALWAYS relatively expensive or even unaffordable.

2. Re the b&w versus colour argument, i believe the pro b&w arguments are spurious (though i'm happy to be proved wrong!).  The important thing in any photograph is to capture as much information as possible.  A b&w photo fails to capture colours.  Thus those colours can never be retrieved or derived from the b&w photo.  However, a colour photo can be manipulated to show only greyscale (i.e. b&w).  There's no obvious reason why a quality colour photo shouldn't contain sufficient info to allow the rendering of a b&w image at least equal to the quality of an original b&w photo.  If you print in colour and publish the colour photo on the web (using highest quality image), all the photo's information will be available to those who want to re-render it.

3.  I hate b&w photos of plants and I guess (yes, just guessing) that, in this respect, i am similar to  the vast majority of non-professionals who avidly read plant hobby magazines and journals.  However, as a scientist, i recognise the value of line drawings.  So perhaps in this electronic era, a solution is to use b&w in the journal for scientific and cost reasons but to publish associated colour photos on a website.  It won't please everyone but it might be the least worst option!!!  (The German
Carnivorous Plant Society bagan life with a very small readership and resolved the colour issue by literally sticking traditional paper-based colour photograps into each copy of the journal.  However, it's labour intensive and not exactly cheap!)


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