Thursday, February 19, 2009

Misc Questions

This Post will be for Comments and questions regarding everything not covered in the other Post topic areas.

16 comments:

  1. I think this is a great idea. I really appreciate the favt that you are willing to share your knowledge. Since I have my 1st show in march, I look forward to reading anything that can enlighten me. Thanks Goldy

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  2. Hi ... what a fantastic idea. Do you think your book is applicable for international application? I'm in Australia and just starting out and this sort of info may be very helpful. Many Thanks and good luck with the publication. David

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  3. I'd love, love, love to help you all out! And yes, this kind of info definitely applies no matter where you are!! Ask away. If you have an online site, please share the link with us. We'd love to have a look and maybe offer some advice.

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  4. You write: "Every week, I'll feature a photographer and their work, selected from links posted on this blog, (so visit often and add your link!)"

    Where, exactly, do I add my link? I see "Links to Your Web Site or Photo Collection" (with 2 names) on the left of the message board, but I see no way to add to that list. I have put a link to my ZenFolio Gallery in my profile.

    TIA for any information. Your site is unique, needed, and helpful. I'm sure it will grow and grow.

    Mike

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  5. Hi Mike - You can click on the Followers link on the bottom left, (and I think you did), or just post the link in your Comment section here and I'll add it to the Links section on the left. There's no other way on Blogger that I know to allow users to add links on their own, so I need to add them myself.

    Thanks!

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  6. Nice work, Mike! I like the geometrics a lot, especially. I love the Lone Cypress, too - Pebble Beach is one of my favorite places.

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  7. Thanks for the comment, Eric. I hope for additional constructive criticism.

    Following your instruction, the link to my ZenFolio Gallery is http://michaelstano.zenfolio.com .

    I appreciate your help!

    Mike

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  8. Trying hard to get the word out, Mike. Post the blog link in other forums you frequent, if you could. My goal is to get a bunch of people moving on selling their work in a real way - and then we help each other with driving traffic to our sites by cross-linking. That's the only way - outside of paying Google a fortune every month - to get our search engine rankings high. It takes more than one or two people cross linking each other. It takes a village. =} (as hte saying goes) We all help eahch other prosper, eventually.

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  9. Eric, I would consider myself an amature photographer at best. Still, I have someone who wants to support me by giving me a show. Should I wait until I feel better about my skill to accept a showing? Perhaps I should accept the offer and see what happens. I just don't know.

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  10. I wasn't "ready" when I had the same thing happen to me. I was "almost" ready. I had a portfolio online and some business cards, but had no idea what to do when someone asked me to bring some samples by to possibly sell. I panicked, and made mistakes - expensive ones. But I did it, and got my foot in the door, and that's what mattered to me. I'm not trying to push my book here, but honestly, the reason I wrote it for EXACTLY your situation. I can't type the whole book out here in the Comments section, but buy it and if you don't think it's going to save you a lot in the long - or short - term, then I'll refund the whole thing.

    The short answer is: Go for it. You'll never be "ready". But do it smarter than I did. I did TONS of research. I'm Mr. Research, for that matter. Nothing prepared me for what I went through. I was successful, but it was costly.

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  11. I have been meaning to ask you, who prints your work?

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  12. Hopefully this is the correct area to ask this question.

    I needed to hang nine framed prints along a wall with only two inches of separation. This requires that the tops of the frames are exactly the same level.

    I ended up using a metal tab (with a toothed bottom) on the wooden frame and placed them on a small hanging nail. Without getting into the expensive solutions, any ideas?

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  13. That's a good solution for smaller pieces - up to 16x20, perhaps - but I've noted that in contests and galleries, they want a hanging wire - and the wire should be taut at 2 to 3 inchesfrom the top of the frame. I've done exactly what you did here once - it's tough to get it right, but I did it - using wire.

    Like the carpenters rule: Measure twice, cut once. =}

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  14. Peace,
    First of all, great site and thank you for creating it.
    I have my first exhibit coming up soon and am wondering what the best size prints would be to display. I do a lot of macro nature work and want people to experience the greatness of nature yet still maintain all the detail.
    Also, you said u do your own printing- what printer/ink/paper do you recommend? How do the professional inkjet printers compare to digital chemical photo printing(laser)?
    For having prints (unframed) for people to buy, what paper/size do you recommend? Any word on pricing.. I have no clue what to charge...I would love to check out your book when I am able to.
    Thanks and peace

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  15. Sorry for the long delay here. I thought I had set myself up to receive any Comments by email, but apparently not.

    Answers: Best size, I think, is 11 x 14 in a 16 x 20 mat/frame. It's cheap and fits a standard sized frame. It's not too big; not too small, and if you print your own, you can fit it on the standard 11.7 x 16.5 paper. I use Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.

    I prefer professonal inkjet over chemical, personally.

    Pricing is tricky. Doing up a photo, matted and in a clear sleece, costs me about $15-20, including everything. And that's buying a bit in bulk, but also buying archival quality materials. You also have to factor in "mistakes" - test prints; prints that don't come out quite right; prints where you mess up the signature and ruin print or mat; etc.

    So, you'll wamt to price accordingly. Probably $30-40. Print only, figure $5 to print, and sell for $10 or $15.

    The thing here is that macro flower shots aren't really "fine art" - defined as "something people can't easliy do/shoot themselves", in my opinion.

    Good luck!!

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