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Christy Penders
 

Slides for Publication


I have taken photos on Kodak 400 film. I want to submit them to a travel magazine that asks for slides or transparencies. I took the negatives to a professional lab to have them made into slides. They want to charge me $5 per slide. Am I doing this the right way? And is that price standard? Any suggestions welcome, as I plan to submit other photos to other magazines and stock photo places and they to ask for slides. Thank you!


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11/10/2004 11:49:40 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  That's about right for the price. Maybe you'll find $4.50 somewhere else.
Did that travel magazine tell you slides after you told them that you originally took negatives? Or are you going by what they say they want and you're trying to accommodate? Because if it's the latter, they meant taking the picures with slide film.


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11/10/2004 7:22:46 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
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  Greg's right. Magazine editors are real fussy about image quality, and a second-generation slide from a 400-speed negative won't have the sharpness, contrast, color, etc., to meet their specs. Most of the photos published in magazines were shot on fine-grain slide films (50-100 ASA/ISO).


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11/11/2004 6:51:50 PM

 
Jacques G-L   Yes,
1- normally a magazine ask for slides.
2- the use of your 400 asa pic depend on the % enlargement they need, for small, maybe they will take.
3- photoshop could make miracle after scanning those pics, but not for a cover page.
4- you ca also pic egain those pics to slides if you have the installation.
5- But, yes for the guys up here, alway use maximum 100 slides for magazine.
6- In the fact, i'm just near using slides W Bronica6X6, every where, because the price and caracteristics; for myself when I need a pic from a slide, I get one enlargement (huge) from a good lab (i canT remember the color of my walls). The only negative I take are 35mm nikkormat, or when I make B/W.
Anyway, how many pic that magazine will take from you (1, 2, 3?), so who's talking about 5 or 10$, compare to the GLORY!!!
ciao


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11/16/2004 11:45:02 AM

 
Christy Penders   Thank you all for your help. Do you recommend taking all my photos using slide film since much of it is travel photography that I would like to ultimately sell? If so, what would you recommend and is it more expensive buying, developing, etc? Thanks again for the help!


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11/16/2004 11:57:49 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
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  I would highly recommend shooting slides over print film if your ultimate goal is possible publication.
It's easy to get a print from a slide if you want,... but getting a transparency from a print or negative is tough to do, and it will not be of the same quality as the original.

Fuji Provia 100F or Fuji Velvia (50) are both excellent outdoor slide films, and will work well for your travel photos.
For indoor, incandescent lighting,...try the "tungsten-balanced" slide films from either Fuji or Kodak. Both are great for indoor portraits and studio work.


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11/16/2004 2:21:17 PM

 
Christy Penders   Thank you! Thank you!


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11/16/2004 2:40:05 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Slides or RAW digital, even low compression jpeg. Magazines care about getting the picture. If the situation calls for higher iso, they'll take it. As long as it's a good picture.


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11/16/2004 4:49:15 PM

 
Jacques G-L   Bob's is totally right! But it is a question of habit and experience in a specific film use. Of corse you will not use a bycicle to contest with a ferrari. You will take a short cut opportunity at a time! Welcome that ferrari for a cross country, got more chance. Anyway, the well known of a film is the best way. Filters cc or sophisticated one is another good way to polyvalent use. For myself I've used a lot of Kodak (not the gold one)portraiture neg Kodak NC 160 ex. for grain, Skin tones, are just beautiful.
Yes slides are less expensive (but not quite sure for 35mm camera). As a 6X6 user I like the kodak E 100 SW slides. Persommaly I would think twice before taking all a trip with slides. When become the moment to show all that to (your wife or husband)-:))others, it is not very practical for every body. But As a 6X6 user several backs make that job.
The best is the knoledge of your slides film, Velvia Provia or ektachrome . For fashion and nature ;KODACHROME 64 Professional Film (PKR). But it still a mess for me when I have to choose for my nikkormat 35mm.
dont forget the WIDE use of the Tiffen 812 (3X3 inch in a bellow),that is another chapter. Human wear garment as camera should wear a good usefull hood.
Ps. sure every body appologise my english (I'm from Quebec)Hiah a separatist:-)))
ciao


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11/16/2004 7:16:59 PM

 
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