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Monday, January 15, 2007
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Q&A 1: Large Prints...
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Q&A 4: New Contest Categ...
Q&A 5: Free Admission to...
Q&A 6: Selling Prints - ...

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Photo Q&A

1: Large Prints
I have been asked to print some pretty big prints - 35in x 25in. I use a Canon 350D 8.3 megapixel. When I size these prints to 35x25, the dpi reduces down to 88dpi. My printer only accepts photos at 300 dpi, but when I re-size them at 300 dpi the photos end up over 225meg and crash. Has anyone printed images this large from an 8.3 megapixel camera, how are the results? My client has ordered five at this size, and I thought I would just print one as a test first so I don't waste my money. The largest I have gone previously is 16x23 and the image is beautiful ... is 35x25 pushing the limit?
Thanks very much.
- Natalie Howe
Natalie, you didn't specify who your printer is. I assume you have a professional lab doing your printing. since most of us don't have the capability to print anything that large at home ... perhaps your print service can suggest a solution. Maybe they can step up the size after you upload the image in a smaller size. The math is simple, as you indicated. If you multiply 300 times 25" x 35", the resulting file is going to be very large. You very likely may have to tell your client the largest size you can produce (16 x 24).
- John R. Rhodes
Take the edited but unresized file to a good local lab to have it printed. Their software will do a much better job at enlarging, and it will enlarge it to their printer's specific dpi. Have one print made so you can see how it looks. Remember, a print that size is meant to be viewed at a distance, not close-up, so it is best to look at it from about 10 feet or so. Even 35mm film, when enlarged to that size, will show some softness and grain when viewed up close.
- David A. Bliss
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2: Copyrighting Your Photographs
How do I copyright my photos?
- James W. 
Actually James, the U.S. registration process is completed by sending copies of your work to the copyright office in Washington, D.C. You can download the form for that at under form FA (fine arts). Work can be ganged together so you don't need to register one photo at a time. It's relatively inexpensive and gets you a really swell registration certificate by return mail.
No, nothing is foolproof, however actually registering the work gets you actual protection whereas just sitting on the photo after you created it, without registration, is only partial protection. The reason for the time period is to allow photographers or artists to "gang register" their work and save money on registration fees and processing time.
Go to the copyright site, download the form and the materials for registering photos. It's all an easy, straightforward process that you might well benefit from, substantially, later on. The whole process, by the way, is intended to keep you OUT of court rather than in. Get the picture? ;>)
Take it light.
- Mark Feldstein
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3: Slower Shutter vs Higher F/stop?
When shooting a group in low light/shade, would you go for a slower shutter speed to gain a higher F stop? Say, 1/30s/F16? Or, rather, go for a higher shutter speed (eg 1/160 and drop to F5.6 or thereabouts)? I would use fill flash, by the way.
- Robyn Ball
Depending on your lens, distance from the group and how may rows of people, you may want to concentrate on the f/stop. Most consumer-grade lenses get soft when you stop down to f/16 or more. I'm not an expert on portraits, but would try to use the f/stop that is considered the "sweet spot" for the lens you are using.
- Mike Rubin
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4: New Contest Category: Catch-all
Hey all,
I just noticed the new contest category Catch-all. What does that mean exactly? lol
- Wendy S. Mogul
- nobi n
- Ken Smith
Hi Wendy,
Thanks for asking! Nobi and Ken have links to excellent discussion threads on the subject. Also check out the rundown of all 10 categories in BetterPhoto's free contest.
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5: Free Admission to BP's 2007 Photography Weekend?
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Stay tuned for early-bird registration and fun promotions for this fantastic opportunity to meet the BetterPhoto pros in person!
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- Karen Orr
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6: Selling Prints - Should You Add Your Name?
I am about to sell two of my prints (11x14) and was wondering if I should add my name on the prints. What is the norm? Thanks.
- Miriam Arocho
I'd say no. But get a stamp and put your name on the back.
- John Sandstedt
Miriam, I have started putting my name on all of my photos. I think it is good that they recognize your work. When I look at a photo I like, I like to know who took it, but that is just my opinion. Kathy in NH
- Kathy Radford
All the works of art I see when I visit a museum are signed by the artist. If you consider your work ART, then I don't see why you would not. If they are buying it from you, all the more reason to sign it, since it shows ownership and pride in your work. I would not let that print out of my site without signing it.
- Debbie Del Tejo
I sign all my printed work. You should get recognition for your work.
- Donald  R. Curry
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