The weekly newsletter on the art of photography from
Monday, October 25, 2010
Featured Gallery
Welcome Note
This Week's Tip
Updates From BetterPhoto
Q&A 1: Printer vs. Print...
Q&A 1: Suggestions for...

"Rob helped me look at composing my captures from completely different perspectives. I really enjoyed the class, and I learned a lot. I only wish their was a 'Part II' of the class!" -Rob Helm, student in Composition Boot Camp

Become a BetterPhoto Ambassador today, and make money in return!

Receive credit and credentials from BetterPhoto - the Web's biggest, best and oldest photography school! Learn more here...
Get word of your product or service out to a rapidly growing list of over 84327 serious photographers.
Learn More...

Showing Motion in Photography
Moving objects and still photography really do go together. As creative photographers, we have many techniques to convey motion. BetterPhoto instructor Brenda Tharp has excellent thoughts and tips on the subject, plus an outstanding photo. Read more about how to photograph motion...

Featured Gallery
The Next Day
© - Debra R. Harder

Welcome to the 496th issue of SnapShot!

Our monster website Super Sale is back by popular demand! Now's the chance to get your HALF PRICE website now - 2 years for the price of 1. This sale covers both Deluxe and Pro BetterPholios, and is good for both new sign-ups and renewals. But you must hurry, since the sale ends Sunday, October 31, 2010. Get all the website sale details here... ... Jim Miotke recently had the opportunity to talk with one of BetterPhoto's top instructors: Deborah Sandidge. In you'll this audio pro photographer interview, you'll learn Deb's secrets to creative success. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss Brenda Tharp's insights on photographing motion (Photo Tip) and Peter Burian's guide to aftermarket inks for photo printers. ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor    Where is Jim Miotke? Follow BetterPhoto's founder and president on Twitter - BetterPhotoJim - and in his blog:

Jim Miotke
Where Is Jim?

Updates From BetterPhoto

Peter K. Burian, pro photographer and BetterPhoto online instructor, has written an excellent article. It's subtitled the "pros and cons of inexpensive inks". Read Peter's expert guide to printer inks... Want a great photo vacation? Then try one of our online photography adventures! BetterPhoto courses are affordable and fit right into your busy schedule. See the 8-week class schedule and the 4-week course listings. Keep up with the BetterPhoto community! Check out our What's New page for links to photos, announcements, etc.

Photo Q&A

1: Printer vs. Printing Service? Which Printer?
I'm going to be exhibiting (and hopefully selling) some photos at an arts & crafts fair in a few weeks, and I am hoping to do a bit of this in the future. I am debating whether to use an on-line printing service (such as Mpix) or buying a printer (i.e. one that can print upto 16X24). Any suggestions & feedback would be much appreciated. Does anyone have a particular printer model that they really like?
- Joshua A. Friedman
I am butting my head against these issues, too. If you need larger than 8 x 10, the cost rises considerably. Also, the printer will never show colors as they appear on your screen. You will need a high quality calibratable monitor and a calibrating system. Paper larger than 8 x 10 and ink are very expensive. Have a printing service do your printing until you work out these details. Among Epson, HP and Canon, look at real prints from your own digital files. Don't buy in haste.
- Doug Nelson
Josh: I recommend that initially that you start selling your photos by sending them out to be made. In this way you can see if your sales are great enough to justify purchasing a larger printer.

The extra cost will have to be born by you or added onto the print in order to make a profit. Remember that the cost of mounting and framing add cost also and I charge 10% over my costs in addition to the what I charge for my prints. Prices that you set will vary to what the market will bear in your area. If I lived in Beverly Hills, CA, I could charge 3X what I can in the NW corner of Washington State.

Printers: Make sure that you purchase that the printer that uses pigment ink and NOT dye inks. They are more expensive but the photos will last long after you are gone from this Earth. Also they have a better look to them.

Purchase your paper for the 16x24 inch photos in rolls to save money. You can purchase smaller sizes in 50-100 sheet packages to save money. As long as they are stored properly there is not an expiration date.

Fine art paper is very expensive. I have found that Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl to give the best color for my Canon i9900 printer My local processor uses it for people that prefer it as well as continuing to use it for other people that do not specify a special paper if the roll is already on their printer. They use Epson printers up to 44" wide. I do prefer Epson papers for matte prints.

I believe Epson makes 3 printers in that size range. The most expensive is designed more for commercial use and is quite expensive. For your use I would recommend the one just below that. I found Epson printers notoriously slow.

Canon makes 2 printers at that size. The iPF5800 uses pigment inks and is the better of the two and has more capabilities. (My choice if I could justify it) It will also take a larger variety of papers.

The i580 is the same size that uses dye inks and does not have the extra features. Canon printers are fast printers. Currently, I would not consider an HP printer but their smaller printers do put out some fine prints.

Inks: Per cartridge they are more expensive. However, the cartridges have 10x the amount of ink. Currently, it cost me $1.10 per ml, 13ml per cartridge for dye ink. Cartridges that are used in the iPF 5800, 135ml of pigment ink cost $0.58 per ml.

Doug mentioned being unable to match colors. I used a Dell Inspirion laptop without any difficulties. I just purchased an iMac and it took me two minutes to get the color correction needed without even using any calibration tools. I am definitely NOT a computer geek. The difference in the detail is what will be noticed most. When you view on your computer screen it is the same as looking at a slide. Paper does not let light to shine through the image and some small details may be missing in the dark areas. The same thing happened when slides were printed even when using Cibachrome.

Unless you have a full-frame camera, your photos should be uprezzed for 16x24" prints. This is where MPIX and others make it worth using them instead of doing it yourself - unless you know how to do this rapidly.

The last thing you need to determine if you can justify the extra initial outlay of money is the frequency of use. Printers HATE not being used at least for a half dozen prints per week. I was without a computer for over a month. I made five 8x10" prints of the same photo. The fifth one was perfect.

Best of Luck


- Lynn R. Powers
Lynn & Doug - Thanks very much for the suggestions. That's extremely helpful.


- Joshua A. Friedman
Read this Q&A at

Answer this question:
1: Suggestions for a campfire shoot

Hi there! I'm photographing a family of four in a few weeks and they mentioned they'd like some shots of them hanging out around the fire. I'm looking for some suggestions as to how to approach this. Should I do it as the sun goes down, or am I better off waiting till it's darker? Should I try to use fill flash? It's a family I've worked with before and they would be patient with me experimenting a bit but I want to at least go in with a plan. I don't have any experience shooting in this kind of light. Any suggestions are appreciated - thanks!
- Jennifer Young

Wait till very late evening. You won't have a lot of time, but I'd do it from sunset to the time the sun is below the horizon but still makes the sky colored. You can do it when it's completely dark, but you're going to need flash either way, and the flash with complete darkness in the background isn't a great-looking scene.
You'll need flash for the people and a slow shutter speed for the fire. You can get flames to show well with shutter speeds like 1/15, but you need shutter speeds a lot slower to try to light somebody with the light from the flames.

- Gregory La Grange

Hi Jennifer,
I agree with Gregory and would add that if it is a late-afternoon shoot and there is still some sunlight coming through the trees, you can put a little water on the fire and create some smoke to catch the sun streaks/smoke as a backdrop to the family. Just an idea I thought you may like to try at the end of the shoot.
I would opt for a late afternoon shoot rather than a night shoot because the overall exposure would be much less contrasting.
my .02

- Carlton Ward
Read this Q&A at

Answer this question:

Unsubscribe | Change Email Address | SnapShot Archives | Recommend to a Friend

If you use a Challenge-Response system for email, please make certain that you can receive our email by adding to your Allow List.
The sender of this email is the BetterPhoto.comŽ, Inc., 16544 NE 79th St., Redmond, WA 98052

Copyright 2010 BetterPhoto.comŽ - All Rights Reserved.
No part of this newsletter may be copied or published without prior permission.
BetterPhoto is a trademark of BetterPhoto.comŽ, Inc.