I was going to do a post called "Gimmicks We Like," but then I realized we don't like any gimmicks.
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Featured Comment by David Dyer-Bennet: "Hmmm; 'A trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business' (Google). Some other definitions seem to emphasize that the technique in question is somehow dishonest, which makes rather a difference in whether it's a bad thing or not."
Mike replies: David, I was thinking more in terms of gimmicks such as extreme HDR, Leica-skin stickers for your iPhone, modern tintypes, 3D, aperture-ring bracelets and lens coffee mugs, auto-retouching programs, selective color like the red cloak in Schindler's List, etc., etc. Nothing sinister.
But of course I do like some of these gimmicky things. Just some. When I don't have indigestion and/or am feeling curmudgeonly.
DD-B responds: "I like the revival in old processes (Pt/Pd, as well as tintype and so forth) in principle, but I have yet to see anything I like much in practice. Maybe it's because doing that stuff is a gimmick today?
"Shot my first 3D photos last weekend, we'll see how that works out (with a Nishika 8000; 4-lens, for lenticular prints; snap3d.com in Toronto still makes such prints). I have a friend whose family is into 3D to the extent that she has Viewmaster reels of photos from her wedding, which I think is very cool.
"And I like my Nikon 24–70/2.8 mug, too, so there! (I like it so much I don't use it; hmmmm.)"
Featured Comment by Patrick Dodds: "There seems to be an Internet trend towards declaring face detection a gimmick that is liked...."
Featured Comment by Doug Reilly: "Face detection is not a gimmick in a society with millions of closed-circuit security cameras. I call it a scary development in the science of surveillance."
Featured Comment by emptyspaces: "I try to dislike 'sweep panorama,' but I can't. Gimme that gimmick, please."
UPDATE: Oh, duh. I forgot body-integral image stabilization. That's a gimmick I don't just like, I love. —Mike