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Subject:Technology or application?
Time:01:19 pm
Poll #1402471 Technology or application?

Where should books on Photoshop be shelved?

In the photography section
10(22.7%)
In the computer section
34(77.3%)
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2009-05-19 08:28 pm (UTC)
In the Graphic Design section! :)
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soulcookie
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Time:2009-05-19 09:05 pm (UTC)
Photoshop has applications outside photo retouching, so I'd place it in the computer section, in a grouped subsection.
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Mark Rafn [dagon.net]
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Time:2009-05-19 09:13 pm (UTC)
I expect to find it in computers, but it _should_ be in photography IMO. Or at least a "see also" placard placed visibly in whichever section is lacking.

Or put in in both - the catalog's electronic anyway, right?
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-05-19 09:13 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't a smart retailer put them in both sections?
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abostick59
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Time:2009-05-19 11:32 pm (UTC)
Bingo!
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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-19 11:58 pm (UTC)
Nope. The problem with that is that they have to maintain twice the inventory and use twice the shelf space.
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wild_irises
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Time:2009-05-20 03:50 am (UTC)
Wrong.

Well, literally correct, but ...

"Twice the inventory" is likely to be 2-3 copies instead of 1-2 copies. And there's lots of data that shows that shelving in multiple sections increases sales.
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allknight
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Time:2009-05-19 09:35 pm (UTC)
IMHO it should reside in the computer/software section as Photoshop is a software application.
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jpmassar
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Time:2009-05-19 10:19 pm (UTC)
Both, duh.
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rmd
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Time:2009-05-19 11:26 pm (UTC)
both, but if i had to pick only one, photography. for the same reason that a manual for a digital camera (which is, in fact, a small single-purpose computer) would be in the photography section. conceptually, what you're doing with it is photography related rather than specifically computer-related.
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abostick59
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Time:2009-05-19 11:33 pm (UTC)
It belongs in both sections.
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burr86
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Time:2009-05-20 02:45 am (UTC)
Put them in the computer section, THEN put the computer section next to the photography section!!!!!

God I'm a genius.
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whitebird
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Time:2009-05-20 05:03 am (UTC)
What burr86 said. I hate having to read LiveJournal late at night.
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sabyl
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Time:2009-05-20 05:05 am (UTC)
oops I didn't mean to actually answer the poll because my answer is both. But I suppose if I had to chose one and only one then computer would be the place under computer then software.
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yayhappens
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Time:2009-05-20 05:22 pm (UTC)
A copy or two in the photography section isn't a bad idea.

How to take photos, work with lighting, etc. = Photography section.

Photo retouching and editing using a computer program = Computer section.

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jcdill
Subject:The changing face of Photography
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Time:2009-05-20 08:58 pm (UTC)
This is the changing face of Photography. As computers are integrated into applications, the applications change but people don't look for instruction on using the application in the "computer" section.

The nature of Photoshop makes this a bit of a trick question because it is used by graphic artists, not just photographers. The question is easier if we change it to books on Lightroom, or to books like Photoshop for Digital Photographers which clearly belong in the Photography section.

This problem is one that is much easier to solve in a digital world than an analog world. In the digital world an item can be placed in or found in two places at one time.

Many (most?) stores have 2 book sections (or more) for books on photography itself. Books about how to take photos are found in the hobbies section - this is where photoshop books go if they aren't shelved under computer software. Books about famous photographers (including how they took their famous photos) are often found in the arts section. Books that consist mainly "of" photos are often found in another section entirely (coffee table books). Some of these are more about the subject in the photos but others are about the photos and photographer more than the contents of the photos - so where do you draw the line between niche market book about a photographer, and mass market coffee-table book of famous photos?
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