I just received my new postcards from OvernightPrints.com and they look terrific! Seen to the right is the front of my postcard, printed at 8.5″ x 5.5″ with a glossy finish.
As you may observe the colors online are a bit washed out. That is my one and only challenge with Overnight Prints – the color control is a bit tricky – even in sRGB. I discovered, on my first batch of postcards, the colors were a bit more saturated than I anticipated so this time I desaturated a bit – about 5% – and that was perfect. Also, in the image below the red banner matches the red floor runner but in print the banner is much softer (more pink than red). It’s enough of a difference that it’s not obvious I was trying to match the colors so I’m not terribly bothered by this but if those kinds of details are important to you be cautioned.
Overnight Prints is efficient, priced right and deliver an excellent product. They have several templates to choose from or you can upload your own design. They offer user guides to help you with either process which makes it easy for anyone of any level.
Overnight Prints offers free glossy finish, above average customer service and, if you don’t mind a little “spam” enough freebies and discount codes to keep me as a loyal customer. I also had business cards printed and they look amazing, as well! For this price point, I can’t recommend a better company to print with.
With a little nudging from my “mentor” I decided to try something a little different with this group of cards and printed my rates on the back. I reasoned that many agents may not realize how affordable good photography can be while on the flip side, hopefully this will deter agents who don’t value photography from wasting my (and their own) time.
Next step: a big “Stop and Drop.” Wish me luck!
Every time I return from my local film lab I vow to never shoot film again! It’s expensive to develop¹ and I’m not good enough at film to make the development worth the money. Awhile ago I dibbed and received a full dark room kit – tubs, reels, enlargers (I have two now!), timers, etc – with the notion that I would do my own developing but in my teeny tiny² studio apartment there just isn’t space. Or an area that I can seal off light leaks.
That said, I can’t seem to help myself. Last Christmas I receive a Holga and have been obsessed with film since. I’ve had several film cameras before but none as fun as the Holga. Part of its charm is the mystery of what will be captured – light leaks, fuzzy focus, misfired shutters. The not knowing is intoxicating.
After the Holga I began really thinking about medium format. I had a Yashica Mat 124-G a year or so ago but never really had the time to master it so sold it in a decluttering frenzy. I’ve always kind of regretted that so I replaced it with a Bronica ETRS. I bought the Bronny body with the prism finder for pretty cheap and had planned on buying the rest of the accessories (the film insert and lens) but then the economy hit and I found myself unemployed.
Tonight I dug up the body and rediscovered my obsession with this camera. I’ve been reading owners manuals, surfing photos and watching YouTube videos, trying to learn how to use this camera. I just bought, inexpensively from KEH.com, a 120 and a 220 film insert so now all that’s left to purchase is the lens. Seems like I can get basic lens for around $100-150 which seems about right. I’m not sure what lens to start with, though. My favorite lens for Gollum was my 50 mm (RIP Little Fifty) and the price for a 50 for the Bronny is just about right.
What do you think? Do you have any experience with this type of camera? Any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!
¹ Okay, that’s not quite true. The development is pretty cheap. $5.00 per roll, I think. What’s expensive is having them scan the film. Okay, that’s not true either. Developing and scanning is pretty cheap. What’s expensive is the CD they burn the scanned negatives onto. $17.00 per roll of film!
² That’s another lie. My place is almost 800 square feet. The layout, though, is difficult. There are no doors so it feels like a big, U-shaped studio apartment.
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I’m thinking of putting together some tutorials to go over HDR for real estate. What do you think?
When I first ventured into the world of Real Estate Photography one of the first lessons I learned was that I absolutely had to get my vertical lines… well… vertical. Nothing screams amateur so much as a wall tilted at any degree other than 90.
There are things you can when you’re shooting to avoid messy “verts” but even the best of photographers generally need a bit of clean up in post (processing). The easiest way to do this is to draw some guidelines and use the Skew tool in Photoshop to line everything up.
For most Real Estate Photographers this is not a mind blowing concept but what might blow your mind is this: Did you know you can change the color of your guide lines (note: I’m talking guide lines not grid lines)?
The default color is cyan and I don’t know if it’s my monitor or my 30-something year old eyes but, for the life of me, it takes a lot of eye strain for me to see those lines clearly.
To change your guideline colors access your General Preferences menu by hitting alt + k or
Edit | Preferences | General. Then you’ll choose the Guides, Grids & Slices menu. From this menu you’ll have a drop down of color choices. You can also choose between a solid or dashed line.
And there you go. A little tip (to blow your mind) from me to you!
With over 80% of buyers now using the internet to search for their next home, the importance of good photography has never been so critical. Good photography starts with good preparation. We have put together this checklist to assist you in preparing your home for a successful photo shoot.
On the day of the shoot, before your photographer arrives, make sure you open all the curtains/blinds, turn on all your lights (including lamps and range hood), close all toilet lids, lock up any pets and turn off all televisions and computers. We wish you the best with the sale of your home and hope that this guide helps you in preparing for your photo shoot!