Real Time Publishing

 

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There are many ways to self-publish a book or magazine. Many of these ways are somewhat time consuming, a bit laborious but are also filled with enticing challenges that keep many of us coming back again and again. Self-publishing is a puzzle and it’s also addictive.

But there is another way to publish. Let’s call it “Real-Time,” where you create your publication while the event or story you are covering unfolds. This is fast, fluid publishing and if you haven’t done it then you have a surprise in store.

Self-publishing is a puzzle and it’s also addictive.

Real-Time publishing offers a fresh perspective by allowing the speed of working in real-time as a test of your organizational skills, design and even your photography. Several months ago I embarked on my own experiment with “Real-Time” publishing while on assignment for Blurb in Australia.

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Garry Trinh, Blurb’s staffer in Sydney, is a well known photographer and designer. We found ourselves with two free days and I suggested we do a Real-Time publication using Magcloud Digest. Two days. Total. Shoot, edit, make small prints, design, upload and hit print.

Our styles are very different. I’m more of a classic reportage style photographer who works mostly in black and white.  Garry normally works in color and is one of the most observant street photographers I’ve ever seen.

Real-Time publishing offers a fresh perspective by allowing the speed of working in real-time as a test of your organizational skills, design and even your photography.

We devised our plan then hit the beach for the first shoot. Later the same day we had the edits printed at a local lab then placed them on the floor of my hotel room where we made our final decisions regarding edit and sequence. Garry did the bulk of the design work while I wrote copy to round out the story. At the end of the 48-hours we uploaded the Digest and hit print.

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Several days later I flew home, unpacked, suffered through my normal jet lag then heard my doorbell ring. There it was. Our “Real-Time” book in physical form, delivered before I had even archived the images.

Publishing in Real_Time isn’t for every situation or assignment, but it is a wonderfully entertaining way of embracing the fluidity of what platforms like Magcloud offer.