Lights, Camera…………………Prints?? (Winnipeg Photography Newsletter)

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Lights, Camera, Prints

It’s ironic that we take more photos than ever before but make very few prints. Although It is wonderful that we document our lives this way and have images on our phones and computers, we need to be mindful of  what could happen to those images in the future.

Getting prints made is a guarantee that our images will last and is a good idea for a number of reasons:

  • Hard drive crashes: It is only a matter of time before your hard drive crashes.  It’s not a question of “will it crash?” but “when will it crash?’ If your precious memories of a trip to Disney-world or your child’s first birthday are stored on  your computer, it is only a matter of time before those images will be lost.
  • Technology changes; 100 years from now we might not be able to use DVDs. Remember VHS and floppy disks? Having your images backed up on DVDs is no guarantee that they will be safe.
  • Sharing Memories: There is something special in sharing a print with a friend or relative, with having prints on display and with passing them down to the next generation. Giving someone a DVD of images does not have the same sentimental value as giving them a photograph.

There are some good options for printing that make the whole task painless:

  1. Photo books: Photo books are easy to put together and relatively inexpensive. I recently saw a “little black book” done at Black’s Photography and it looked great! Other places for photo books are: Costco, My Publisher, Blurb and Shutterfly.
  2. Online Print Ordering: I order all of my prints online. I use Don’s Photo Pro Lab for professional prints and Costco for others. In one of my photography classes, we had prints made at 17 different labs in the city. There was a wide range in quality, with the Pro labs doing the best jobs and drug store kiosks and Walmart  the worst.  Costco does a reasonably good job. Don’s Photo, Lab Works and Photo Central have great products and guarantee the results. With prints, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.

I can help you produce a photo book. Send me an email (chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com) or phone me (204-962-3424) and we can discuss what your needs are. I’ll be happy to give you a quote for your photo book.



Print Coupon

I am offering a print coupon for prints ordered from my website only. The coupon code is “printdiscount.” and is valid from April 12th till the 30th. The coupon gives you 50% off prints and for the first time ever, it is including the shipping!

Don’t delay using this coupon. Prices will go back to normal in May!



Iphoneography

Iphoneography is the art of creating images with your iPhone and one of Manitoba’s premier photographers is an expert at this art. Alexander Morrison was Canadian Photographic Artist of the year in 2009 and has won many Manitoba Photography Awards. Some of her award-winning images were shot and edited with her iPhone!

This is a perfect opportunity to get the most our of your iPhone Cameras. It’s a full day workshop for only $59.00.

Here’s the link for registration. Hope to see some of you there!

http://nature-photography-central.com/iphone-photography-class.html



 

Snap and Burn Photographers

There are a lot of photographers out there doing what is called “snap and burn” photography. I wrote a blog post some time ago on this topic: https://chrismcwilliamsphotography.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/snap-and-burn-photography-winnipeg-portrait-photographers/.

Snap and burn photography became popular after the advent of the digital camera. Everyone became a photographer and some now offer their services for one low price, which includes the session fee and the images on a DVD.

So why choose ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography when there are cheaper alternatives out there?

  • I know kids. I’ve spent most of my adult life teaching them or photographing them and I know how to communicate with them.
  • I know photography. I’ve taken a lot of classes and have kept up with the latest technology and techniques.
  • I make the experience easy. Sessions are fun and galleries are online for you to view in the comfort of your home. You have 2 weeks to place your order. No pressured ordering meeting. No minimum order.
  • I guarantee my product. It you are not happy with your session, we will do it again. No questions asked.

Here’s an example of the difference between an original image that would might get from a “snap and burn” photographer and a fully edited image.

Is it worth the difference? I think it is.



 

Groupon

Spring is finally here and I know a lot of you will want to update your family photos. I want to remind you that I will honour the Groupon price of $55 per session for former Groupon clients or to anyone who subscribes to this newsletter. I book about a month ahead of time, so let me know if you are interested in booking a session in May. (Please note that this price is only good for groups of 6 or less).



And Finally

Yours in Photography,
Christina

More Iphoneography (Winnipeg Photographers)

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You may wonder, “why would anyone take pictures with their iPhone when they have a better camera?”

Well, there are a number of reasons.

  • First of all, my iPhone is usually with me. Convenience is definitely a part of it. I love how light and handy it is!
  • I really enjoy playing with the images on it. Yes, they are different from those taken with a camera but I like the look and the possibilities are endless.
  • You can edit photos at any time; while waiting at the doctor’s office or if you’re tired and want to just to relax for a while.
  • The apps are amazing! There is so much you can do with the images that you take. It’s not the same as Photoshop but you really can do most things that you do with Photoshop on your iPhone and it’s so much easier than the work flow using a digital SLR.

Don’t get me wrong. My iPhone will never replace my SLR, but iPhoneography is rewarding and a lot of fun!

Here are some of my recent iPhone images:

 

 

Iphoneography: When is a photograph no longer a photograph?

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I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and showing him some of my iPhone images. Our discussion turned to whether or not images that are manipulated are still photographs and at what point they stop being photographs and become works of art. Or is there any difference as a photograph is essentially a work of art.

Here are some examples of original images and the resulting “photograph” after some manipulation with iPhone apps.

This a straight out  of the iPhone shot of the water at Kilcona and the image after some manipulation. I think you will agree that the resulting image is still a photograph.

This is the original of the sunset at Kilcona, followed by 2 images that have been manipulated. Is the final images still a photograph or does it become a work of art that is something other than a photograph?

And finally, my most extreme example of changing the original image. The first image was taken with an app called Slow Shutter and is an image of some clouds and trees. I then used Tiny Planet in Photoforge2 to make the circle, followed by making  some adjusting of the colour etc to create the image you see.   Is it still a photograph?

These are 3 examples of various amounts of manipulation. The first is true to the original image with some changes in brightness, contrast and colour. The second shows increasingly more alternations and the final image is not like the original at all.

At what point does an image stop being a photograph? Or is it always a photograph if the original was taken with a camera?

I’m not sure of the answer and wonder what you think. I’m leaning towards the last one no longer being a photograph but being a work of art. But then what is the media? It is still from an original photograph.

Let me know what your  thoughts are on this.

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