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Photography Question 
Anonymous 

member since: 3/18/2005
  1 .  Displaying Portraits in Public: Any Ideas?
Hello everyone,
As a newer photographer, I am interested in displaying some photos in doctor's offices and smaller boutiques throughout my city. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to go about doing this. I didn't know if I should write a letter, or call, or if that's even appropriate. I do a lot of portraits - mainly maternity, newborns, children, etc. - and I thought displaying prints would be a great way to get my name out there.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Would I then pay for the prints to be printed, or do I strike a deal with them? I didn't really think it would be appropriate to 'ask' if I could display prints, and then expect them to pay?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks
Sarah
www.uniquelyyouphoto.com

8/28/2005 2:39:10 PM

Joan Bellinger

member since: 9/6/2001
  Hi, Sarah. I am looking at doing the same thing myself. My plan is to start with my own dentist and doctor, and go from there. Also, if you happen to be somewhere and see that others have photography work displayed, make a comment to the employees about how you yourself are a photographer interested in having your work displayed. My thought was always that I would be giving them the photograph in exchange for letting me display and put out my business cards.

8/28/2005 4:08:55 PM

Liza M. Franco
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/26/2004
  Just a thought. Some ob-gyns might let you hang photos in their office as a nice comfort for the pregnant women. Usually, they will let you put some business cards too. Offer to let them hang your work for a certain amount of time. Sometimes you will find that they are up for a change from regular old decor and would like something new.
Explain that you will bring them in framed and that they will have the option to buy them if they like.
Whatever you do, make sure you have signed model releases from your models/subjects. Also, I would get a separate permission form signed by them saying that they agree to you hanging their photo in such a public place. Yes, the model release should cover that, but I like to do a separate permission form just so they understand what my intentions are.
Hope this helps.

8/28/2005 8:25:38 PM

Jen 

member since: 5/16/2004
  This is funny that you ask this question, because I work at a doctor's office and just a couple days ago, I asked my boss if I could bring in about 20 or so framed photos and hang them around the office. She was thrilled. I am, however, paying for all the enlargements, and frames, but I will have a business card displayed on each and every one of them. It's a great way for people to see your work, and hopefully get more business. Good luck, and have fun!

8/29/2005 6:40:02 AM

Amy Anderson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/18/2004
  I'm in the process of working this out myself. I just approached my son's pediatrician with the idea, which she fell in love with. After seeing my website and having over half the children as patients, she is eager and willing to let me put photos and frames up in her waiting room and office.
Just remember: It's a favor to you. Let them designate what kinds of frames they would like and where. Even let them direct you in what kinds of photos they'd want to see. Then all costs are at your expense. But be sure that you will get something out of it ... leave lots of business cards and pamphlets.
One big plus for me: She has a child and wants to schedule a session with me. What could be better than her good word of mouth to back up my work?

8/30/2005 7:35:33 PM

Lili E. Miller

member since: 8/24/2005
  Hi,
I've collected some magazines and have taped my business card to the front with some wide clear tape leaving the top open. This makes a pocket where I place additional business cards. I also glue a brochure to the inside page.
Doctors' offices have had not problem with me donating my magazines.
Just another(low cost) idea!

10/25/2005 5:54:21 PM

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Photography Question 
Megan Trilk

member since: 11/19/2002
  2 .  Tearsheets in a Portfolio
I am in the process of putting together my portfolio. I have a tearsheet to include in which my image is one of five in a 2-page spread. What is the best way to include this? Do I condense the entire spread to fit my portfolio, use only the page that my image is on, or enlarge only my image and caption to use? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Meg

2/16/2005 11:36:13 AM

  Meg,
I have numerous tearsheets that have my photos along with other stock photos from others. I scan the tearsheet, and then in Photoshop, highlighted my images and left them in color, but converted the remainder of the tear sheet to black and white.

2/17/2005 8:07:05 PM

Megan Trilk

member since: 11/19/2002
  Thanks, Charlie! That's sounds very cool. I can't wait to give it a try. I appreciate your input.
Meg

2/18/2005 8:56:56 AM

Laura Berman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/23/2004
  I have a related question about tear sheets that I need your sage advice on Charlie:

For a recently published article and photos I was sent 5 copies of the magazine but no separate tear sheet. Is a tear sheet any different than just cutting the article from the magazine--is it on different paper, have any other info on it, etc?

Here's my problem--The magazine is printed on very thin paper (they're an environmental mag) and the type from the previous page shows through onto my photos when I scan or photocopy it, no matter what I do. I've asked the assistant editor for a PDF of the article but she sent me such a low res poor quality PDF that it's of no use for a portfolio.

When they sent me the 5 copies is that in place of a tear sheet? I'd like to ask for something better but don't want to run the risk of bugging them unless it is a normal thing to expect a tear sheet and copies of the mag.

thanks again Charlie!

Laura

2/22/2005 8:46:07 AM

Tony Gough
Contact Tony
Tony's Gallery

member since: 4/29/2003
  Hi Laura, here's a trick you can do. When scanning the magazine page, place a black piece of cardboard behind the page your scanning. That should do the trick in reducing any images showing through the page. Good luck.

3/14/2005 5:16:48 AM

Jessica Evers
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/24/2004
  What is a tearsheet?

3/14/2005 5:29:37 AM

Laura Berman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/23/2004
  thanks Tony!

Jessica, a tear sheet is proof of publication..so a page from a magazine in which you have a photo published.

3/14/2005 5:43:02 AM

Jessica Evers
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/24/2004
  oh . thanks I was a little confused

3/14/2005 9:26:20 AM

Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/2/2005
  Another way you might want to think about is to keep all your orginial work (tear-sheets) in a seprate area and scan all the orginial work and print them out all the same size to put into your portfolio. It looks more professional, and you will not ruin your orginial work.

3/18/2005 8:52:37 PM

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Photography Question 
Micki B.

member since: 9/19/2004
  3 .  Are There Guidelines for Managing Income?
I am somewhat new to photography. I have had my business for 2 years and am growing. Up until now almost everything I make I'm putting back into the business (buying backdrops, website, equipment, etc.) but now I'm wanting to manage it better - are there good books/guidelines on photographers business practices? For instance, is 5% or 20% of income reasonable for marketing? Any good tips or references would be helpful. Thanks!

9/19/2004 9:07:04 AM

  Hi Micki: I won't be much help for you, but I know someone who can help! That would be instructor Vik Orenstein, whose book on this subject - Photographers Market Guide to Building Your Business - is sold through the BetterPhoto store. For information:
http://www.betterphoto.com/product/ourProductDetail.asp?productID=1238

Good luck in your career, Micki!
Kerry Drager
kerry@betterphoto.com

9/20/2004 10:32:56 AM

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Photography Question 
Angie M. Nemanic

member since: 3/31/2004
  4 .  Proof Books
I'm trying to locate proof books so I can present my photos to the client more professionally. I just started doing portrait shoots. So ... does anyone have a variety of resources they use for proof books? I can't seem to find the style I'm looking for - partly because of cost and partly because I'm picky. Thanks.

8/16/2004 8:42:29 PM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  If you find something, let me know. I am always scouring boutique shops and other places. It shouldn't be so hard. The professional album companies make them too expensive. The other places are not consistent, so you always have to be looking. There's a camera store in my area that has pretty nice leather proof albums.

8/17/2004 4:35:38 PM

  Good Question. I have seen very nice leather photo albums in boutiques, which are pricey. When you put together a portfolio, what size prints do you use?

8/18/2004 4:13:49 PM

Randy Kinney

member since: 4/19/2004
  Angie, check out Light Impressions. They have almost anything you need.
http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/servlet/OnlineShopping

8/18/2004 6:22:05 PM

Rachel Tabron
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/16/2003
  If you have a business, you can request a catalog from Capri Albums. Good prices.
http://www.caprialbum.com/products/products.html

Otherwise anyone can order from www.Porters.com ... they have good prices too.

8/20/2004 10:17:45 PM

Angie M. Nemanic

member since: 3/31/2004
  Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm going to check those out. You are all such valuable resources!! All the best.

8/22/2004 2:50:42 PM

Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/2/2002
  I also do portrait work, and I personally use this site to purchase proof albums: www.hubphoto.com

Great quality, fast delivery. Not sure how their pricing compares to other companies...


8/24/2004 5:04:39 AM

anita spalick

member since: 6/24/2003
  I have my own business, and I order from Michel Company in Chicago. I think they are comparable to other companies. They will send you a catalog and a price sheet which you take 50% off the prices listed if you have a business. No sales tax either. Call for a catalog at 1-800-621-6649 or web site is www.michelcompany.com Please tell them Anita from A.L.S. Photography in Pittsburgh recommended you. Thank You.

8/24/2004 1:39:26 PM

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Photography Question 
Alonzo J. Adams

member since: 8/15/2004
  5 .  What Resolution Required for Magazine Use?
What is the best megapixel/resolution to shoot pictures in for 1/2 page or larger magazine photos? I have a few pictures I would like to show a few magazines and calendar companies, but I don't know if the resolution/MPs are big enough for their printing needs.

8/6/2004 8:50:09 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  How many MPs are you shooting?

8/6/2004 8:51:27 AM

Alonzo J. Adams

member since: 8/15/2004
  I'm using the 6.1 MP Kodak DX 7630 EasyShare Camera at this time.

8/6/2004 8:54:39 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  6.1 should be fine! Shoot RAW if you can and convert to TIFF

8/6/2004 9:01:03 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member
cammphoto.com

member since: 7/17/2003
  If you haven't done so already, get submission guidelines from the publications to whom you plan to submit. They will outline their specific format requirements in detail, as well as current editorial needs. You would be wise to follow their submission format TO THE LETTER. They look at a ton of material each month, and their selection process can be quite brutal.
For calendar companies ... most are looking for a series of images within a given theme to comprise an entire calendar year. The more original the theme ... the better chance of it getting accepted.
Best of luck!

8/6/2004 2:55:23 PM

Alonzo J. Adams

member since: 8/15/2004
  Thank you Damian and thank you Bob for the heads up.

8/6/2004 3:44:44 PM

Vince Broesch

member since: 6/5/2004
  You should have about 1.5 to 2 pixels to the dot. So one needs to know the lpi (lines per inch) of the publication. But you could guess 133 lpi, so you would want around 200-270 pixels per inch.
Vince
www.PhotoAgo.com

8/6/2004 3:51:49 PM

Nick Milton
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/25/2003
  A lot of mags and news mags only print at 180 dpi, so a 6 meg pic will easily do the job.

8/9/2004 3:45:07 AM

Jose M. Ribeiro

member since: 8/4/2004
  Hi there, in order to get the best of ur digital picture on paper, u should print it at 190/200dpi and if u use photoshop, turn the picture to cmyk color and on the image size turn it to 200dpi. It should be enough!

8/10/2004 5:16:31 AM

Nicole Boenig-McGrade

member since: 7/13/2003
  Hi Alonzo,
1) For Magazine full colour print: You should supply photos at 300dpi
2) For Newsprint in black & white: You will need to supply photos at 150dpi minimum. Note: Newsprint automatically darkens images quite dramatically so keep that in mind when adjusting your photos in Photoshop.
3) For Websites: images and graphics are acceptable at 72dpi-150dpi.
4) I'd also recommend that you not to change your colour settings, (ie. RGB for web and CMYK for print) as graphic designers often prefer to adjust colours to their own design requirements at the time of print. These can vary depending on what the image is used for.
5) Make sure you always ask for the printer/media company/advertiser's specifications before forwarding any work.
This is just the very basics, but I hope it helps.
Kind regards,
Nicole

8/10/2004 5:42:37 AM

Alonzo J. Adams

member since: 8/15/2004
  Thanks everyone for your answers.

8/10/2004 9:03:14 AM

  Do any of the companies accept 4.0 megapixels? If not what is the lowest they will accept. Kathy in NH

4/1/2006 9:09:06 AM

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Photography Question 
aftab hussein

member since: 12/23/2003
  6 .  Starting My Own Business
Hi. I live in Dubai. It is a glamourous city, and there is a lot of opportunity here in the field of product/glamour photography. I have little calibre in this regard, and wish to get help from someone else to guide me. How can I find the market - and, for clients, whom should I approach to show my work? Furthermore, I can arrange models of all age, as well as a studio.

4/10/2004 3:36:57 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  You can build up a portfolio of product shots just by buying things from a store and shooting them as if you were doing an ad. Then you can solicit clients with the photos you have.

4/10/2004 6:19:14 PM

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Photography Question 
Tim Reese

member since: 3/22/2004
  7 .  Is a Digital SLR Good Enough?
I'm growing my photo business and need to purchase gear that will cover the most ground for me. At present I'm in a position to buy either a new/used medium format system (Mamiya Pro TL) or a digital SLR (Nikon D70). I shoot Nikon and already have lenses for them. The majority of my work in the past has been weddings and advertising. I would like to also be able to amass stock work. If I go with the D70, will I be able to do bridal portraits that will stand up to enlargements of 16x20? For that matter, how large can you make a print from a 6.1mp camera and have quality results? As for stock, is it realistic to shoot stock with a 6.1mp camera?

3/31/2004 9:59:50 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Yes - the D70 should be fine.

3/31/2004 10:16:07 AM

Tim Reese

member since: 3/22/2004
  Thanks, Damian. Also, just how good is a DSLR? How big a print can you make with one and have quality results that you can consistently sell clients?

3/31/2004 8:04:31 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  I have had 20x30 prints made of my TIFF images after converting from RAW format without any other manipulation. I shoot with the Nikon D100 6.3mp DSLR. You will need to shoot in your camera's RAW format (Nikon = NEF) and then use PS or other RAW conversion software to convert to TIFFs. Shooting in JPEG-FINE-LARGE will give you about a 2.5MB file. I don't advise shooting in JPEG for a number of reasons. Most pros shoot in RAW so they can tweak exposure or other issues after the shot and before converting and printing. There are new 8mp consumer cameras out now, but there is more to getting good images than megapixels. The D70 is a nice camera, but I have heard you cannot use studio lighting with it. I suggest you look into the D100 or even the D1X or D2H for studio work. I have used my D100 with my Alien Bees studio flash without any problems.I would add that switching from film to digital is not something you can do between jobs. You will need to learn digital on the side until you are comfortable with the workflow issues. Many people are misinformed about the learning curve here. There is much more involved in digital photography than simply shooting and printing. Photoshop is an integral part of digital shooting. You should include this into your digital budget along with any peripheral software that will make your workflow actually "flow" and not "frustrate" you.

4/1/2004 6:08:15 AM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  duh .... that'd be "peripheral"....I'm not awake yet this morning....

4/1/2004 6:12:06 AM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  ... and, YES, you should use at least a DSLR for shooting stock in digital format. The megapixels are important, but many pros shoot stock with less than 6mp cameras. The number of megapixels, while important, is not as important as the end-use FILE SIZE. My principle agency wants 36MB TIFF files, minimally.

4/1/2004 6:18:17 AM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  Okay, last one. I promise. Links that may be of interest to you:

http://www.nikonschool.com/

http://santafeworkshops.com

http://www.theworkshops.com/

4/1/2004 6:31:59 AM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  Thanks, Piper. Great info. And, I couldn't agree with you more on the workflow of digital. Right now I describe myself as a film photographer who has his toes dipped into the digital water. It sounds to me like the Photoshop CS Raw converter is the ticket and worth every penny. Right now I'm using Photoshop 6, and I get so frustated with my RAW mode, mainly because I can more quickly and easily manipulate a .jpeg, that that's what I use - even though I know that I shouldn't do it.

4/1/2004 12:39:42 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  Jerry, just remember, you can always get a JPEG from a RAW file, but you can't go the other way. I can't tell you how many images I've lamented over because the only file I have is a 72dpi JPEG. Before I got my D100, I was shooting digital with a POS compact just for the fun family shots. I was still using slide film for important things, but I hadn't yet gotten into stock either. I wish so much that I had shot the POS digitals with film instead. Now they are useless except on the Web. This said, I do still use JPEG format with my D100, but only when I'm absolutely positive that what I'm shooting isn't stock-worthy. This is still a tricky way to go, since there have been many times that a family photo turned out to be a stock-worthy shot but I couldn't use it because of the size. RAW is always your "safest" way to shoot. It just might not be feasible at all times unless you have the dough to spring for a 2 or 4 gig CF card.

4/1/2004 12:58:30 PM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  Thanks for that tip. I didn't know that Adobe made a RAW converter. I thought it just came with 7.

I'll look at that. I too use 512MB cards. I mostly do weddings and portraits of various kinds. So, my need to go BIG is very small. My JPEG's on my 6.3MP camera are good enough on the super fine setting. I almost never get a request for anything larger than 8x10. BUT, that doesn't mean that I don't want to, because YOU NEVER KNOW.

Currently, I am using the RAW converter that came with my camera, but it's a total piece of crap. Doesn't work well at all. All I can really do with it is a little limited adjusted, and then covert the file to TIFF.

Anyway, I'm going to go look at the Adobe Raw Converter software right now.

Jerry

4/1/2004 1:08:33 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  One more thought. Remember, there is more to using RAW than just getting a large file size. I don't trust my skills enough to get everything just perfect every time with exposure and all. Having the option to tweak color and white balance, tone, contrast, etc., is a nerve soother for me. I don't have to worry so much as long as I'm close. You can't do that with JPEG, no matter how large.

4/1/2004 1:48:06 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  Okay, I think I made a boo-boo. Adobe doesn't seem to offer a stand-alone RAW converter. The update is for PS CS only. That said, I would look into the Bibble software at www.bibblelabs.com.

Also see http://www.steves-digicams.com/digsoftware_color.html for more options

4/1/2004 1:54:55 PM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  Thanks Piper. For the $169 for the upgrade to CS, I'll probably just do that.

Thanks for the info.

Jerry

4/1/2004 2:03:17 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  Excellent. You're going to love CS. I upgraded from Elements! It was a giant leap.

4/1/2004 2:13:34 PM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  Bummer, I can't get CS. I don't have Win 2000 or XP, I have ME.

I guess I'll just work with what I have for now. I'm not ready for a computer overhaul.

Jerry

4/1/2004 3:57:40 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  I used Bibble with win ME before I got my laptop, so you still have options. Might be worth it to wait though. Of course, you'll be paying the full price for CS if you put it on a new computer. I can't even load my CS on another computer in my own house! Really not good since I wanted to be able to have both my laptop and my PC set up the same way.

4/1/2004 4:08:48 PM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  You can't have it on multiple computers, but you can have it on one, then deinstall it, and reinstall it on another.

That wont be any problem at all. I current license v6.0. So all I'd have to do is uninstall 6 from my current CPU, reinstall it on a new CPU. Then, buy the upgrade.

That shouldn't be a problem at all. It's within the terms of the licesnse agreement. What you cannot do is install the same license on multiple CPU's.

Jerry

4/1/2004 4:27:23 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/20/2001
  Hmmm. I guess that's true, but I wanted to use the same license on both computers so I could run them both simultaneously. Rats!

4/1/2004 6:01:24 PM

Marc D. Bell

member since: 11/6/2002
  Hello, I have to tell you I was wanting a second camera and have purchased the Nikon D70. Especially since I had the chance to try one out. The camera is awesome (even for studio lighting). For the price it's one the line as the Nikon D2H (the burst rate doesn't compare) but if your not planning on shooting extreme action shots you won't need that feature anyway. I love the D70 and I think you will too

4/5/2004 6:17:49 AM

  I agree that RAW is usually preferable to JPEG, especially if you want large prints. I use Paint Shop Pro rather than PS. While it converts RAW files, it does not allow the post shot modifications that the software from the camera manufacturer does. However, I use an Olympus C-5050 5 megapixel camera and it offers the choice of direct recording in TIFF format. I typically use the highest resolution and get photos easily printable at up to 20 X 16. But,each image is about 14 MB and this eats up card space quickly. Also, there is considerable lag time to record each image, so this is not good if you need to take photos in quick succession. The Olympus also has two card slots, so I can put a couple of 512 MB cards in and get about 70 shots at the highest resolution. Olympus has a new 8 megapixel camera, which has received very good reviews. Of course, none of these are SLR's, so if lens changes are important, this would not be the way to go.

4/5/2004 7:02:23 AM

Vincent Lowe

member since: 4/2/2000
  I bought a D70 just a few days ago - I'm up to about page three of the manual so far :o)... but I think it is possible to use it with studio flash, see....

http://www.digit.org.uk/images/folio.asp?image_id=4371

4/5/2004 10:21:34 AM

Janet Mayer

member since: 3/28/2004
  hi-i am reading this thread and just thinking about something. superfine jpeg is a quite large file and appears to work for my agency. you certainly can manipulate exposure, sharpness etc. in photoshop, so I am now confused by what you are saying.
raw file processing is unbelievably slow to process after a shoot.
but the underexposure problems I am having with the dig. rebel-i am now wondering-do the RAW files look any different and do you have more leeway with exposure problems? thanks.

5/9/2004 5:39:27 PM

Carolina K. Smith
CarolinaSmith.com

member since: 3/28/2004
  Re RAW and PS7, I bought the RAW software for PS7 at $99 and it is not nearly as good as the Nikon View software that came free with my Coolpix 8700 (which I bought afterwards). I always use my Nikon View raw (nef) software, and then save as a tiff to be used in PS7. Maybe the PS CS is better, but I did read an article recently that says that in some cases, the RAW software that comes with your camera will be better than Adobe's. This is certainly true for my Nikon Coolpix camera. So you might get the software free with a Nikon Dslr (not sure), and not have to upgrade to PS CS right away.

I just started shooting in RAW this year, and the control you have with it really can even help salvage some images, so it is worth all the 'hassle' of the larger file size and time it takes to convert to tiff. After all, it is the final image that counts! Hope this helps someone,

Carolina

5/10/2004 1:58:43 AM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  I only shoot RAW. After upgrading my computer to Windows XP, upgrading Photoshop to CS, I love it now. It takes a little time to upload the images, but what a difference.

I am shooting a wedding this weekend, and they want all film. I shot a wedding a few weeks ago, and one of the rolls came out over exposed, I don't know why. Had I shot digital, I would just be able to go in and make the adjustments and the client wouldn't know the difference.

Film is great. I love working with film. But, digital also has some pretty neat advantages.

I wish someone, preferrably a wedding photographer, held work groups on digital work flow, or converting from film to digital.

I think I am going to start offering a low budget digital package and experiment a little. The photography would be fantastic, but there are other issues I need to address, such as work flow. And, if you have 1000+ images, how the hell do you work through that to color correct, etc. That's the part I don't get.

I know some things can be automated, like, I know how to make everything Sepia, or Grey. But, can you automate color correction? Man, it just seems like it would be greuling to sit there and correct 1000+ images. I'd have to triple my rates to account for my time.

On the other hand, though, it would be nice to present large proof prints on a sheet, and create digital albums. It's very appealing due to the flexibility.

Jerry

5/10/2004 12:22:07 PM


BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/28/2003
  I didn't mean that I would have to correct all my images, but reviewing 1000+ would be hell.

I need to quickest, fastest, most effcient and cost savings way. Right now, it's film. But, that doesn't mean I'm not looking.

Jerry

5/10/2004 12:24:12 PM

Liz Novak

member since: 2/24/2004
  I have a Nikon D100 and it came with the Nikon View software. I shoot everything raw. It's so easy to fix exposure and white balance with their software. I'm only just learning PS and it takes me a lot longer to manipulate images there than with the Nikon view. I've also done a 20 x 30 portrait and it came out fabulous. It was printed from a TIFF converted from RAW.

5/10/2004 12:25:57 PM


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member since: 10/28/2003
  Elizabeth, I'm not sure if you were answering me or not. But, my question has more to do with volume and less to do with a specific software. Even if it was the best software in the world, going through 1000+ images every time, could really be a headache. I just don't know how digital photographers do it.

Are there any digital wedding photographers at betterphoto.com that I could speak to?

Jerry

5/10/2004 12:38:35 PM

Vincent Lowe

member since: 4/2/2000
  Jerry - have you tried Nikon Capture 4 Editor? If not, download a trial version from Nikon's website and have a look. You can process your RAW files with this (better than Photoshop IMHO). If you have a bunch of files that need similar settings you can work on one then use the batch processor to apply the settings to as many images as you want - and convert them all to jpeg or tiff at the same time.

But don't ask me any awkward questions beacause I'm new to all this myself.. :o)

5/10/2004 1:16:27 PM

Vincent Lowe

member since: 4/2/2000
  Then again some pros, working to deadlines, don't bother with RAW and still manage to get stunning results (though having the use of a helicopter at someone else's expense does help a little) ....

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-6454-6928

Also see.. http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/raw.htm

5/10/2004 1:32:32 PM

Liz Novak

member since: 2/24/2004
  Vincent, I've heard of the Nikon Capture 4, but I don't have it. I've also heard other photographers talk about batch processing which would make a lot of things easier for me. Can you give me some direction as to where to get this software and about what it costs?
Thanks

5/10/2004 1:36:49 PM

Vincent Lowe

member since: 4/2/2000
  I downloaded it from Nikon Europe (I'm in the UK) but assuming you are in the USA try...

http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_sid=M-Akd1bh&p_lva=&p_faqid=8282&p_created=1068633684&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MjAmcF9wcm9kX2x2bDE9NDImcF9wcm9kX2x2bDI9NDUmcF9jYXRfbHZsMT0yMiZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**&p_li=

That's a hell of a big link so I hope it works - if not go to www.nikon.com and follow the links to the downloads section. It's $99.95 to register.

5/10/2004 4:20:10 PM

Grant Laird Jr.

member since: 3/18/2004
  Guys,

You might want to try this out program called ThumbsPlus V6 which is pretty powerful. You can do "batch" on some or all pictures at once like color adjustment, sharpness and/or add symbol/name on them.

http://www.cerious.com/thumbnails.shtml

It took me a while to learn all this features.

Amateur Photographer
Grant Laird Jr.
http://www.grantlairdjr.com

5/11/2004 10:30:37 PM

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Karri A. 

member since: 10/3/2003
  8 .  How To Submit Photos For Sale
I recently purchased the book Photographer's Market 2004. I am trying to market my photography so that I am able to sell my work. The listings are very brief, I am not familiar with some of the terms. Such as query letter?

10/3/2003 4:42:16 PM

  Hi Karri:

It's definitely a good idea to learn the terminology of the business. A query letter is nothing more than a BRIEF letter of introduction, maybe going something like this:

To Whom It May Concern:

By way of introduction, my name is Karri and I'm a professional (landscape, portrait, etc.) photographer.
After reviewing your product line, I feel that my work may fall within (company name's) corporate vision.
Could you please send your submission guidelines for photography, including your various methods for image delivery, at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Karri
karri@karri.com

Good luck!

10/3/2003 5:11:48 PM

Karri A. 

member since: 10/3/2003
  Thank you for your response. I am an art student in a BFA degree program. I am eager to get started.

Thanks again!

10/3/2003 6:05:01 PM

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Evelyn Wilkerson

member since: 9/24/2002
  9 .  A Web Site? Selling My Pics?
I am very new to the photography world, but I have been told I am very good and to pursue it. I would like to know what is the good thing about having a Web page and also how to maybe sell some of my pics. Thank you.

9/30/2003 11:46:52 PM

  Evelyn:
For a short question, there is a lot to answer!
A web page is a very quick and easy way for people see your work and to purchase images.

Here's one way to start: BetterPhoto's Deluxe Web sites for photographers:
http://www.betterphoto.com/sites4Photogs.asp

And you might want to check out Jim Zuckerman's class on marketing your images:
http://www.betterphoto.com/photocourses/JZK04.asp

Good luck!

10/1/2003 2:49:32 AM

Pam P. Pandey

member since: 1/2/2007
 
 
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A web page is indeed a very quick and easy way for people to see your work and purchase images. imagine if you have an app that helps you display your photos on all your fav websites, and also help promote them.
There is an app named "funcaster" that does this and it very simply to use.

I have created one for me at www.myspace.com/callmetrendy

This is my website
http://callmetrendy.purplenova.net

11/27/2007 12:54:35 AM

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Dawn Balaban
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2002
  10 .  Your Classes
Hello Jim (Zuckerman),
I wanted to take your class Making Money with your Photography but it starts on Oct 8th the day I am leaving for Aruba. Do you think I would be able to just check into the computers at the hotel to see if there is any work I could do. Will I have a lot of work to do for this class? Also will you be offering it in November again? I would have more time then to take it.

Thank You for your time.

Dawn Balaban

9/25/2003 7:15:16 AM

  Hi Dawn,
I'm sure you'll be able to access the course from a hotel in Aruba. Most of the assignments with respect to uploading photos can consist of photos you've already taken. You could take with you a CD of a few dozen low res jpeg photos and upload some of them per the assignment.
Yes, I'll be teaching this course again. Betterphoto.com's courses are run every 3 months, so the next course will start in January. I'll look forward to seeing your work.
Have a great time in Aruba.

Regards,

9/25/2003 9:07:28 AM

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