Peak of the Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Peak of the week

This past weekend’s shoot now has over 140 viewers.  It’s nice to see people enjoying or trying to find their pictures.  With the new pricing structure, I expect to see more people buying 5×7’s and 8×10’s than I did in the past.  I think this is great because 4×6’s are so small and insignificant in comparison to a nice enlargement.  Plus if you’re making a photo album, a nice big print really makes an impressive page when it’s sharp and clear and the facial expression is nice, with the eyes visible.

My family always got 4×6’s when I was a kid and that was all we ever expected because down at the store it cost $12 for an 8×10.  Well, now the game is different with digital imaging, an 8×10 is actually quite reasonably priced for many middle class folks.  I have a customer that buys almost all 8x10s (from Oregon).  The files can be examined on-screen for sharpness (no more light table and loupe necessary) and it no more time to make an enlargement than it does to make a 4×6.

I just got a new printer for home printing and for printing pictures for Holly’s Sunday School class.  If you’re looking for a new home printer for 4×6’s I recommend Olympus’ portable dye-sublimation printer, the P-11.  It prints from my archaic USB 1.1 Sony Vaio PCG-FXA33 in about 45 seconds and makes glossy prints that are quite nice and also durable.  The prints it makes are suitable, in my opinion to sell and put my name on.  The per print cost is much lower than my HP 7700 which used dye based inks that were quite expensive to purchase a packet of 100 4×6’s and the included ribbon is $29 from Amazon and comes to Alaska free via Amazon’s Super Saver Shipping.  Most consumer digital cameras have a 4×3 ratio sensor and to meet that need there is the 3.5×5 print paper.  The consumables come only in packets which include paper and ribbon and they are supposed to run out together.

I haven’t entirely mastered the output seetins yet and may have to buy some more color management equipment to help fine tune the color and the degree of lighting in the shadows of the prints.

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