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SNAPSHOT - PHOTO NEWS FROM BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
BetterPhoto.com


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IN THIS ISSUE - Tuesday, January 04, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: BetterPhoto's Winter Online School Begins Wednesday!
* BETTERPHOTO: Featured Article: Putting the Focus on Hyperfocal Focusing by Tony Sweet
* BETTERPHOTO: A Fantastic Winter Photo Event: Horse Roundup in Montana!
* BETTERPHOTO: Book of Month: Bryan Peterson's Learning to See Creatively
* FEATURED GALLERY: Spotlighting Rainbows and the Color Spectrum
* FEATURED PLACE: Focusing on a Picturesque Coastal City: San Diego
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Picturing Philadelphia / Picture Potential
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Studio Stock Photography ... By Charlie Borland
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Missing Wedding Photos
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Marketing Question
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Aperture Priority Vs. Shutter Priority
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Require Model Release?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Shooting Group Photos in Dull Lighting
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Portrait Photos and Blurred Backgrounds
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Good Place for Digital Prints
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Help! What to Charge???
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Help with Printer Settings
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Is It Really Possible??
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Copyrighting Prints
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 12: Shutter is Stuck on My Nikon
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 13: Borderless Prints
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 14: How Much to Charge for Mounted Print?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 15: Macro Lens for Film and Digital Cameras
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 16: How To Take Pictures Against Snow
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 17: Damaged Memory Card
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 18: N70 Manual
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 19: After-Market Ink
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Canned Air: Is It Safe?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 2: Lifespan of Prints


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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BetterPhoto's Winter Online School Begins Wednesday!
Make 2005 a great photographic adventure by joining one of BetterPhoto's online courses! Each class is focused on teaching you how to improve your understanding of photography through exciting weekly assignments and helpful critiques. You must act fast, though, since classes start Wednesday! Learn more about our courses at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/online-photography-courses.asp


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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 193rd issue of SnapShot!

Hi

I hope you are enjoying this first week of 2005!

There's so much excitement at BetterPhoto, as our next session of online courses kicks off this Wednesday. And our winter lineup is our absolutely best ever. Check out all the classes at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/photocourses/categories.asp

Also on tap early this new year is an incredible photo event in Montana: a Winter Horse Roundup! Although not a workshop or seminar, it's a great opportunity to photography horses and riders in the snow country. I'll be at this Triple "D" event, and so will BetterPhoto staffer Kerry Drager. Learn more about Triple "D" at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/wildlife-photography/tripleD2005.asp

In this issue of SnapShot, two of our outstanding instructors check in with some valuable advice:

  • In his Featured Article, master photographer Tony Sweet takes the mystery out of hyperfocal focusing and depth of field.
  • No fancy studio? No problem, says stock photo expert Charlie Borland in his Photo Tip! You CAN create stock photography right in your own garage.

    As always, we also have a fine lineup of excellent questions and answers. Best yet, still another BP instructor, Peter Burian, jumps in on a number of questions and shares his vast knowledge.

    May this year be filled with prosperity, growth, and success for you and yours.
    Jim Miotke
    http://www.betterphoto.com/MG.asp?ID=124


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    Featured Article: Putting the Focus on Hyperfocal Focusing by Tony Sweet
    Hyperfocal focusing is a function of wide-angle lenses, where there is a "near-far" relationship, says master photographer and instructor Tony Sweet. Thus, he adds, longer lenses are NOT designed for achieving deep depth of field. Nonetheless, when viewing their wide-angle images, many photographers discover that the foreground material is out of focus. How is this possible? Tony explains it all in his excellent article at:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=33

    Incidentally, Tony also teaches three outstanding online courses at BetterPhoto: com: "Image Design: Revealing Your Personal Vision"; "Fine Art Flower Photography"; and the new "The Four Essential Filters for Film and Digital Cameras". For course information, go to:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/online-photography-courses.asp


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    A Fantastic Winter Photo Event: Horse Roundup in Montana!
    We extend a huge invitation to any BetterPhoto members who would like to join BetterPhoto's Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager at a Winter Horse Roundup in Montana. This event (January 11th-12th) isn't a class or a workshop; instead, it offers the chance to shoot colorful running horses and Western-dressed wranglers in winter scenery, while hanging out with Jim and Kerry. If you're interested, sign up with Triple "D" today, since there are just a few spaces left. To learn more about Triple "D", go to:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/wildlife-photography/tripleD2005.asp


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    Book of Month: Bryan Peterson's Learning to See Creatively
    Our online store showcases the fantastic books and DVDs from our staff of BetterPhoto instructors. For January, we put the spotlight on Bryan Peterson's awesome book, "Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography (Revised Edition)." If you buy this fine book before the end of January, you will receive free U.S. shipping. Best yet, it's autographed by Bryan! For all the details, go to:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/product/ourProductDetailLg.asp?productID=1187

    Bryan also teaches three excellent BetterPhoto.com courses: Learning to See Creatively and Understanding Exposure (both eight-week classes), and the One-Year Online Stock Photography Course Extension. For information:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/online-photography-courses.asp

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    FEATURED GALLERY
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    Spotlighting Rainbows and the Color Spectrum
    Whether it's a rainbow created by nature or a rainbow made of crayons, hot air balloons, or multi-toned bottles, the full spectrum of color is a striking sight. And BetterPhoto members and instructors have produced some beautiful images. See them in our BP gallery at:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=339

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    FEATURED PLACE
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    Focusing on a Picturesque Coastal City: San Diego
    As one of the U.S. West Coast's most beautiful cities, San Diego offers such a wide range of photo opportunities. Besides beaches, BetterPhoto shooters have captured colorful architecture, zoo wildlife, park scenes, and a variety of other scenes. Check out this BetterPhoto gallery at:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=411

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    PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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    Last week, we asked:
    In 1940 film The Philadelphia Story, who plays the photographer?

    The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Mariusz Sarzyński is:
    It was Ruth Hussey.

    To see all answers to this question, visit:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/trivia.asp?stat=PRV

    And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Picture Potential - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

    The term "photo op" was coined in 1976 to describe ... what?

    Submit your own answer to this question by visiting:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/trivia.asp

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    THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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    Studio Stock Photography ... By Charlie Borland
    A lot of stock imagery is created in the studio. Does this mean you need a studio? Absolutely not! You can create stock photography in your garage studio. If you want to set up a studio in a garage. you will need a few items. Lights, reflectors, light stands, sawhorses for tabletops, booms to hold lights, spring clamps, backgrounds, to name a few. The amount of stock photo subjects that you could shoot in your garage and sell are unlimited. Some ideas: a hand holding a cell phone, a headset on a woman, test tubes that say "laboratory", food, and so on. Your imagination is the limit.

    Take Charlie Borland's online course:

  • Stock Photography

    Top Ten Tips:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/exploring/tips.asp

    All Tips:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/exploring/allTips.asp

    Add Your Own Tip:
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    PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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    NEW QUESTION 1: Missing Wedding Photos
    A friend got married recently and hired a professional photographer. He got the proofs back and there were no formal photos of the bride's family even though the video shows that they were taken. It seems to them that 1 or 2 rolls of film are missing. The photographer claims that all rolls that were sent for developing were returned. There were several key shots missing. They paid in advance for albums for each family and now there are very few for the bride's family album What recourse do they have with the photographer?
    - Kelly Andrews

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    ANSWER 1:
    Did the video happen to capture the panicked look on the photog's face as he/she opened the camera to change rolls only to discover it empty?

    It could be that the lab lost the film, or it wasn't usable for one reason or another (torn, heat/water damage, accidentally exposed to light or double exposed, etc.).

    If I were that photographer, I would cop to the mistake (whether my own or the lab's doesn't matter to the client) and offer to re-stage/shoot the bride's family formals at my expense. If that's impractical, then maybe charge only for the cost of materials with no mark-up and nothing for my time. For example: Eat the loss, because I ultimately didn't deliver what I'd contracted to provide. But that's just me. Your mileage, and arbitration/court rulings, may vary.
    - Jon Close

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    http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=13383

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    NEW QUESTION 2: Marketing Question
    What is the most economical and effective way of marketing your photo studio?
    - MARK

    ANSWER 1:
    Mark,
    If you have a "day job," I would start there. I booked many portrait sessions that way when I was first starting out. Once people you know see your work, they won't hesitate to hire you. Also, you might consider approaching local businesses and asking to display your work (doctor's offices, children's clothing stores, etc.). Hope this helps. Best of luck!
    Cindy Bracken
    shuttermom profitable photography
    - Cindy K. Bracken

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    NEW QUESTION 3: Aperture Priority Vs. Shutter Priority
    I am trying to understand the functions of my new camera (Pentax ZX-L). Someone please explain to me (in layman's terms) the need for aperture priority and shutter priority. When do I need to use these functions?
    Thanks.
    - Craig Fraiser

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    ANSWER 1:
    About as layman as you can get is that it's supposed to make it easier for you. You pick one setting without having to figure out what the other is supposed to be to get the right exposure.
    - Gregory La Grange

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    ANSWER 2:
    Choose shutter-priority if your main concern is to control motion - fast shutter speeds to freeze subject (and/or camera) motion, or slow shutter speeds to capture motion blur.

    Choose aperture-priority if the primary concern is controlling of depth of field.
    - Jon Close

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    NEW QUESTION 4: Require Model Release?
    I have a nice image of a piece of art that I'd like to enter in the contest and, unfortunately, when I was taking it, there was someone sitting on it (part of it is a bench). At the time, I had no intention of showing the image so I never thought of getting a release signed ... now I am wondering, since this is a piece of art set up on the street for the public, do I have to worry about this person coming back on me for posting his likeness? Also, in passing, I have no intention of profiting from this image.
    As all this took place in Canada, is there any difference in model laws between the U.S. and Canada?
    - Michel JA White

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    ANSWER 1:
    Michel-
    Having been in the stock photo business for close to 30 years, I have seen too many legal situations arise regarding releases. I have even been threatened by people saying my photo was of them when it wasn't. Fortunately, I have always got releases and have never lost. In your case, or any case, a release would have eliminated any question. If you enter the image in a contest, how likely would it be that the person sees the picture? If you win and the image is published all over the place, you may have a problem. On the other hand, you are not making economic gain, so what is there to lose. I think there is some risk, but how much is the question. A lawyer could give you a better idea.
    - Charlie Borland

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    ANSWER 2:
    My understanding is that any recognizable person or private property has to have a release if it to be used commercially (for profit). I also thought that if you didn't have a release, then the photo may be used for editorial use (to educate, inform, etc.) I am not a pro, however, and have never really been faced with the scenario. I usually stick to pics of my own kids for posting to contests unless the people are unrecognizable. I posted one of a child from my daughter's school last year, and I had a release from her parents. I took a few decent shots at a Native American Pow Wow last summer and although I was very nervous about asking, I found them after the show and got them to sign a release. The only one I didn't have a release for was of a skier at a public race. I just couldn't find him anywhere after the event. I never intend to sell it (for editorial use or commercial) and I haven't submitted it anywhere that would use it in a promotional sense. I do agree, though, with anyone when they say if you think there is the slightest chance you might use a pic for anything, get a release.
    I see lots of people shots on photo contest sites, though, and would be curious to know how many of them had signed releases.
    - Jan Stadelmyer

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    ANSWER 3:
    Hi Michel-

    I believe this thread may help:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=10650
    - Rob Friedman

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    NEW QUESTION 5: Shooting Group Photos in Dull Lighting
    I have been asked by some friends to take group family photos (colour, outdoor). I am based in Ireland and, as such, the days are often very dull and grey. I'm concerned that my photos will turn out dull and grey too. What's the best way to address lighting in this situation? Is fast film a bad idea if they want enlargements? I'm thinking of using a 100mm lens, but will that place me too far away from the group to use fill-in flash? My equipment consists of an EOS Rebel 2000, a bounce flash, a slave flash, and a tripod. I'm a beginner, so any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks!
    - Florinda Green

    ANSWER 1:
    Florinda,
    If you are taking a large group with a small flash, the closer you are the better. You might want to use a wider lens than 100mm, but it depends on the group size.
    - Charlie Borland

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    NEW QUESTION 6: Portrait Photos and Blurred Backgrounds
    I recently got a Fuji Finepix s7000 and am in love (I think) with it so far. I can get some great shots, but not "the" shot that I want. I want to be able to have my subject in focus, but blur the background KWIM? I have tried changing the aperture and also shutter speed. I've also tried (gasp) reading my owner's manual and just can't seem to figure it out. Thanks so much for helping this newbie!
    - Kelli Dickinson

    ANSWER 1:
    I vote for a shallow depth of field (wider aperture/lower number) and moving your subject farther (or is it further?) out or away from the background.
    Bob
    - Robert Cournoyer

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    ANSWER 2:
    Kelli-
    Like Bob mentions, you have several factors involved regarding your goal of an out of focus background. Aperture/fstop, focal length of your lens, and distance from subject to background. If you photograph someone who is 20 feet from the background, you will have a more out-of-focus background if you shoot with a 200mm lens at f/4 than with a 50mm lens at f/4. Generally, the longer the lens with a wide-open aperture, the more the background falls off.
    - Charlie Borland

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    NEW QUESTION 7: Good Place for Digital Prints
    I am looking for some excellent online company to print my digital images - especially black and white. I will appreciate your recommendations. Thanks and happy new year to all.
    - Sobia Chishti

    ANSWER 1:
    Sobia,
    Check out the info in this thread:
    http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=13348

    It includes mention of some labs.
    Regards,
    Peter Burian
    - Peter K. Burian

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    NEW QUESTION 8: Help! What to Charge???
    I need some serious advice. I have been taking pictures for friends and family and my pictures are getting me a lot of good referrals. I have taken pictures for a school event and head shots for actors. I am not even truly a business yet and am unsure what to charge ... I am scared to charge too much, but don't want to charge too little ... help!!!!
    - Lisa Carpenter

    ANSWER 1:
    Lisa-
    There are no hard-and-fast answers here. What you should charge is what the client is willing to pay. That probably doesn't help, but the point is that you learn the art of negotiating and, as you get good at it, you will be able to read the client and have a feel of where they are coming from and what they are willing to pay.

    Looking at your questions:

  • School event: Who's paying for it? Schools as I know rarely have any money to hire photographers. Are you shooting an event where parents want to buy prints? If you could sell enough prints at $20 that might equal some good money.

  • Head shots for actors: I get calls for this, and they want to trade usually for stock photos, meaning they don't have a lot of money. I would try to get $150 and up for this, with your time involved dictated by how much they spend. $150 would be for two-three hours, and they get a CD with maybe a half-dozen different setups. Let them make their own prints to keep your costs down. If you are new to entering the market, try to get a minimum of $50 an hour up to $100. Just make sure your work backs up your price.

    Family portraits, school events, model shots, etc., are the low paying market. Businesses are where the money is. Meet other photographers and see what they charge. Professional photography is one of the easiest businesses to get into and lose money. Many do not believe that their work is worth much as they seem to have no mouths to feed other than their ego. But when you reach the point where what you charge pays for your mortgage you will see much more greater value in those images. I always give people options with different prices - a low price and a high price. That way I usually get what I wanted per hour, they feel like they got a good rate, and many seem willing to do some of the work to save money.
    - Charlie Borland

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    NEW QUESTION 9: Help with Printer Settings
    Help Guys and Gals ... I just purchased the Epson R300 printer. Its print quality is outstanding. Here is my problem: I cannot figure out how to set the Portrait vs. Landscape setting so my photos come out correct. I have tried changing the setting itself by the preferences, also changed the size of print, but they still don't come out right. Landscapes are coming out like portraits!!
    - Sharon Barberee

    ANSWER 1:
    Sharon,
    Try this: FILE ... PRINT ... Select PREFERENCES ... then, select PAPER. Under Orientation, select Portrait or Landscape.
    Regards, Peter Burian
    - Peter K. Burian

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    NEW QUESTION 10: Is It Really Possible??
    Hi, everyone,
    I recently saw on eBay a CD-ROM that basically lets you turn the Canon Digital Rebel into the D10. I guess you download the D10s programming into the Rebel to have access to features that the Rebel is not equipped with. Can this really be done??- Seth

    ANSWER 1:
    Seth: Yes, it is possible using software developed by a hacker in Russia.
    NOTE: If you use it, your Canon warranty will be void.
    Also, it causes some problems, some serious. I strongly recommend against it.
    Regards, Peter Burian
    - Peter K. Burian

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    NEW QUESTION 11: Copyrighting Prints
    I need some advice on selling prints to someone. I have a fellow BPer who wants to buy an 8x10 print of mine. I have already sold her one of another picture. My question is, how can I be sure someone won't scan my pic in and remove my copyright from the corner of the picture? The only copyright I have is my name and copyright year in the corner, that I put there in Photoshop. How can I protect my images from being duplicated? I would like to make cards and the like whenever I get the chance. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
    - Tammy L. Odell

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    ANSWER 1:
    Tammy: All you can really do is write the following on the back with an indelible ink marker:
    (c) 2005 YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, E-MAIL

    Any film lab that sees that should refuse to make copies of the print. Of course, anyone can scan any print using his or her own scanner. There is simply no way to prevent that.
    Regards,
    Peter Burian
    - Peter K. Burian

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    NEW QUESTION 12: Shutter is Stuck on My Nikon
    I have a Nikon FG which I bought used. It has worked very well until this past Fall when I released the shutter and it STUCK OPEN. Nothing I do can get it closed. I will tell you I think I had accidentally knocked it onto a very slow shutter speed (possibly even B) before I took the shot. But, again, nothing I do is releasing it. Do you think it's broken or do you think there is something I can do to fix it myself?
    - Sharon

    ANSWER 1:
    Did you try changing the batteries?
    This happened to me once with an old Nikon FE, and I put in fresh batteries and all was well.
    - Bob Cammarata

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    NEW QUESTION 13: Borderless Prints
    Hello,
    I am still shooting in film but now have a Canon Lide80 scanner, Photoshop Elements 2.0, and Epson r200 printer. I am trying to print borderless 4x6 photos but always get a border. Is it the scanner, the software, or the printer? I think I have chosen all options to get borderless but to no avail.
    Thank you for any input you may have! Thanks again!
    - Herculano

    ANSWER 1:
    Herculano,
    It's not the scanner or your software. Not all printers can make borderless prints, but the Epson R200 can.

    BorderFree™ printing in popular frame-ready sizes: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/consumer/consDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=37368464

    Try this: FILE ... PRINT ... PREFERENCES ... PAPER. Then select NO MARGINS or whatever similar option your printer software provides.
    Regards, Peter Burian
    - Peter K. Burian

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    NEW QUESTION 14: How Much to Charge for Mounted Print?
    I am an aspiring professional travel photographer. Recently, people have started to ask if they can purchase some of my photos for the walls of their house/business. A woman at a salon in Scottsdale would like a nice mounted and framed print of the attached photo. I'm not sure what size, but would like to have a fairly large print that would make an impact. The original is a 35mm transparency. I was wondering if I could get some input on how much to charge for various sizes of mounted and framed wall prints.
    Thanks to everyone who participates in these Q and A's!
    - Kevin M. Dyer

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    ANSWER 1:
    Kevin: I'm sure that people who often go to art fairs can give you some indication as to what other photographers charge for prints.
    You need to start with determining the cost of getting a superb custom print that is archival - will not quickly fade (i.e. at least a 35-year-old display life.) For example, see:
    http://www.pcraft.com/services/lightjet_direct_digital_photographic_printing.html

    Note: Many labs now make prints from digital files so you first need to pay for high resolution scanning if you use one of those labs. If you plan to order numerous prints, the cost of a scan is acceptable. But for one or two prints the price is prohibitive.

    See http://www.laslight.com/pricelist.htm for an example.

    Also, there's the cost of matting and framing. (She probably wants a 16x20" print.)

    It won't be cheap. Pros who market prints regularly order in large quantities and get volume discounts.

    Until you establish your actual cost, you cannot really set a price.
    Regards, Peter Burian
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    Part II of response

    That image will be difficult to print because of the extremely high contrast. In my estimation, you will need a custom print, preferably made from a high-resolution scan, and then printed with a digital printer for maximum control.

    Few of the "mom and pop" labs make prints as large as 16x20". You would need to shop around for a local lab that does - preferably using a digital lab and Fuji Crystal Archive paper.

    Laslight.com: A pro lab that makes fabulous prints that last for about 35 years on display (on Fuji Crystal Archive paper). http://www.laslight.com/newcustomer.htm

    $99. for a 16x20" print for new customers. Expensive but I can recommend them from past experience. Perhaps others can recommend more affordable labs too.

    This lab http://www.mpix.com/productsinfo.aspx advertises often in photo magazines, but I have no idea how good they are. Or how long their prints last. They use Kodak paper that is not as archival (light resistant) as Fuji Crystal Archive paper.

    Mpix charges very low prices but are the prints good enough to sell? Would they be able to do a great job printing your very contrasty slide? And how soon would the print fade if displayed? I have no idea. And I would have the same concern with most labs that charge low prices. Those that use Fuji Crystal Archive paper would be the best bet as a starting point in your research.

    Photo Craft (mentioned previously) is a lab with a superb reputation among "fine art" nature photographers http://www.pcraft.com/services/lightjet_direct_digital_photographic_printing.html

    They charge $54 for a 16x20" custom print on the Crystal Archive paper, but is there an extra charge for making a scan? I don't know. You could ask them at questions@pcraft.com
    Good luck! Peter Burian


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    NEW QUESTION 15: Macro Lens for Film and Digital Cameras
    I recently purchased a Sigma 50mm macro lens that I'm using on my film-based Canon Elan-7. Can I use this same lens on a digital SLR, say the new Canon 20-D digital camera? The Sigma is for Canon AF. It's a 2.8 DG Macro,EX. Your reply would be most appreciated.
    - Charley Andrisano

    ANSWER 1:
    Generally, yes. Any lens made for the EF mount can be used with Canon's digital SLRs. However, third-party lens makers - Sigma, in particular - have had a problem with their lenses not maintaining compatibility with the most recent EOS releases. They backward-engineer the electronic communication between the lens and camera and don't always get it 100 percent. The original 50 f/2.8 EX Macro is one of Sigma's lenses that has had this problem. The DG version of this lens is newer and may be fine with the 20D. If using it on a 20D or other new EOS locks up the mirror/shutter or displays "Err 99", contact Sigma and they can update the lens's ROM chip to restore compatibility.
    - Jon Close

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    NEW QUESTION 16: How To Take Pictures Against Snow
    How to have that snow really white? I use a Canon EOS 10D. Also how to have the subject well lighted?
    - Thierry Desmier

    ANSWER 1:
    Meter off something neutral and your snow will come out white. If no such object is available, follow these guidelines:

  • In bright sun, meter the snow and open two stops.
  • In deep shade, meter the snow and open 1/2 stop.
  • If it's cloudy, and the scene is evenly lit, open a full stop over the meter reading off the snow.
    For cloudy conditions or in shade, a warming filter will cut some of the blue-cast that your snow will have in these scenarios.

    With digital, you can see the results immediately, and make adjustments to get it just right. With film, it's wise to use the guidelines above, and bracket exposures.
    - Bob Cammarata

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    ANSWER 2:
    The easiest way is to meter off an 18-percent gray card. If you don't have a gray card, use the one the Lord provided you. Meter off the palm of your hand. It will give you about the same reading as a gray card. The meter will read your hand as 18% gray and things lighter than your hand (snow) will come out lighter (white). Don't worry about the reference to gray if you are using color film. The principle is the same regardless.
    - Kerry L. Walker

    ANSWER 3:
    Or keep it really simple and set a +1 exposure compensation factor for brighter images. IF the camera does not produce correct exposure when you use Evaluative metering.
    Cheers! Peter


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    NEW QUESTION 17: Damaged Memory Card
    I am a member of Better Photo but it is a friend who is visiting me writing the following question. They won't be leaving for a few days, so I felt that sending her question to this site would be the best way to find out if there is any help for her to retrieve the lost pictures. Thanks for any and all help!
    While viewing pics on the computer from my memory card thru my card reader, my son pulled the card out and pushed it back in very quickly ... then when I clicked to view a picture, it said no preview available (or something like that). I put the memory card back into my camera and I get a blue screen on my LCD and a message that says "card error" ... how do I retrieve my pictures ... or can I? I have a Fujifilm S5000 and my card is an Olympus XD 128 mb, my card reader is a compatible XD card reader. All this equipment came with my camera.
    - Ann Patrick

    ANSWER 1:
    Look for some file recovery programs. I don't know any names to give you, so you'll have to ask around.
    - Gregory La Grange

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    ANSWER 2:
    Hi Ann,
    I have used both of these FREE programs with great success.
    1. Zero Assumption
    http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital_image_recovery.htm
    2. Smart Recovery
    http://www.pcinspector.de/smart_media_recovery/uk/welcome.htm
    I hope this helps,
    Del
    - Derek Holyhead

    ANSWER 3:
    Thanks for your responses, Del and Gregory. We have also found out that there are possibilities for recovering the pics from the card itself. I don't know if that includes recovering the card but perhaps with one of the methods she will at least get her pics back. Some were from Christmas, and we sure hate to lose them you know.
    Live and learn. Thanks again.
    - Ann Patrick

    ANSWER 4:
    Ann: The key here is to:
    1) Recover the images from the card and save them to a file folder in your computer. Connect the camera to a computer or use an optional card reader. Then, use Recovery software.
    2) Use the Format option in your camera to re-format the card. It may work fine again, after that.
    Note: Do not use any Format option in a computer to format a camera's memory card.
    You could try the free software that Del recommended earlier. I use software that cost $29 - but, apparently, free software is also available.
    Cheers!
    Peter Burian
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    NEW QUESTION 18: N70 Manual
    Does anyone know where I can find the manual for the Nikon N70 camera online? I've misplaced mine and am having some problems.
    - Janet L. Harrelson

    ANSWER 1:
    You can try these sites to get a manual.
    1.http://www.camerabooks.com/index.html
    2.http://www.craigcamera.com/
    3.http://stores.ebay.com/manualsdotcom_W0QQsspagenameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm
    Hope that these help.
    - Norman Fortin

    ANSWER 2:
    Or you can buy a book, Magic Lantern or Hove Guide to the N70. You can find either by doing a SEARCH on www.amazon.com
    It tells you how to operate the camera but provides other recommendations too - on why you might want to use a certain feature. Or not use it. Or when to use it. etc.
    I am the co-author of the Magic Lantern book. I apologize for the plug for this book. I do not get royalties, because I did it on a Work for Hire basis.
    Regards, Peter Burian
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    NEW QUESTION 19: After-Market Ink
    I remain an advocate of the manufacturer's product line - but does anyone have any thoughts on using after-market ink suppliers for inkjet printers?
    - John Sandstedt

    ANSWER 1:
    For stuff that does not need to last, I have been using the ink from PrintPal.com. I've been using it for two years and I see no difference from the Epson ink. Of course, for prints that I sell, I use the genuine Epson material. I have two printers, so if I'm just printing a letter or something like that, I send it to the printer with cheap ink/paper.
    Vince
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    - Vince Broesch

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    CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Canned Air: Is It Safe?
    The canned air I recently bought says to NEVER use it on "camera mirrors". Does this mean:
    1: Don't use it on cameras anywhere?
    2: Just don't spray the reflex mirror and focusing screen?
    3: Don't spray any glass whatsoever?
    Just wanted to know, as the inside of my backup body started to get dusty. Thanks.
    - Alex Cabrall

    ANSWER 1:
    The warning is most likely to deter possible damage to delicate internal parts. (The pressure in those cans can be pretty intense.)
    There's also the possibility of blasting tiny bits of debris further back into the camera where they could wreak havoc with your circuitry.
    Personally, I won't use canned air on anything ... except for cleaning slides or negatives prior to scanning.
    Dust on the mirror and/or focusing screen has no effect on the image. As long as your lens glass is clean, you are OK.
    - Bob Cammarata

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    ANSWER 2:
    When I needed my CCD cleaned on my D100 by a Nikon-trained pro, he taught me how to clean the CCD myself. He asked me to bring a can of compressed air with me. The "pro-sumer" camera store where I purchased it and my other supplies (optical cleaning system liquid and swabs) said that the compressed air was the correct one I needed.

    But, the Nikon-trained pro was alarmed that the store had given me the wrong product because the "compressed air" was actually a can of air with other chemicals in it (sorry -can't remember what). This is the same as what you purchase from stores such as CompUSA to dust your computer equipment. Don't use this for your camera gear as it will result in VERY expensive repairs.

    If you are purchasing compressed air to clean your camera, it is very important to get PURE compressed air. This may be purchased from professional photographer camera supply stores, which are usually not found in chains. Used properly, this poses no risk to your sensitive (digital) camera equipment, including your CCD. But, to be on the safe side, it is best to have a pro show you how to do this first. You must be careful of not damaging components such as the mirror. Once you learn, you will save money and possibly weeks of time which may results from having to send your gear to the manufacturer for cleaning.

    A lot of info, but I hope this helps.
    - Tiffany L. Cochran

    ANSWER 3:
    I think that liquid in the can is the main reason for the warning. You don't want to spray it all over the inside. The pressure isn't that high, unless you're using a can of super air.
    - Gregory La Grange

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    CONTINUING QUESTION 2: Lifespan of Prints
    What is the expected lifespan of prints made at home from a digital camera? I have some black and white prints made in 1960 from a 35mm camera and they still look new. Will the ink used last that long?
    - Wayne Redden

    ANSWER 1:
    It depends on the ink and paper that you use. You can check with the manufacturer of your printer/ink/paper. I use the best Epson pigmented inks, and Epson says they will not fade for 75 years. Of course, it all depends on exposure too ... my 1977 Corvette has faded paint on it; of course, it gets a lot of sunlight that a photo probably would not get, so storage is always a factor. But if you use the best paper and pigmented inks, I would say you are as good as real photographic paper, 75 to 100 years without much fading if stored out of sunlight.
    Vince
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    - Vince Broesch

    ANSWER 2:
    Try the Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. Quoting from the Web site: "... conducts research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs and motion pictures. The company publishes brand name-specific permanence data for desktop and large-format inkjet printers and other digital printing devices". This is a great resource.
    - Coleen M.

    ANSWER 3:
    Here is where you can find info on the permanence of prints made with specific printers on specific 4x6 size papers.
    http://www.wilhelm-research.com/4x6/4x6_permanence_preview.html

    The site also has other info, on other printers and papers, such as http://www.wilhelm-research.com/epson/R800.html

    You kind of have to search around for links to such data sheets at http://www.wilhelm-research.com

    The bottom line is that some prints are extremely lightfast (e.g., 100 year on-display life), while others will fade quickly. Depends on the exact printer and paper combination.

    BTW, re: Old prints made many years ago using conventional printing and papers: Old color prints fade much faster than old black-and-white prints.
    Cheers!
    Peter Burian
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