Archive for December, 2008

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Now accepting orders…

December 11, 2008

Ahhhh.  It wasn’t as simple as I initially thought and still needs some shine, but I’m happy to say the Online Ordering portion of my website is complete.  Here, you’ll be able to view and purchase fine art prints and other photography merchandise and review and order prints from client-proofs.  Credit cards are being accepted through a PayPal account as they offer very good service charges to the merchant.  This is the piece that needs some polish as there’s a separate link to pay for the order after the order is accepted through the store.  I receive an email with the order details and fulfill the order.

This last piece is very important to me.  I’ve sold online prints before.  In these instances, a third-party accepted the order, created the print(s), accepted payment and handled all customer support.  Basically, a one-stop shop for the merchant.  My problem with this is I never get to see the final print.  To me, printing is an art form of its own.  From correctly calibrating your work flow through the final printing process, this isn’t easy stuff and I’ve spent MANY hours learning how to get great results.  To me, if I can’t see the final print, I can’t guarantee the product.  I want all my images to look amazing.  While I’m sure these online processors do a great job, I want to see it before it goes out.

Take a look at the store and let me know what you think.  I’d love any and all feedback!

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Keeping busy…

December 1, 2008

Wow… What an incredibly busy few days.  First, I hope everyone had a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  I spent the day with family and had a great dinner prepared by my mother.  There’s nothing better than Mom’s Thanksgiving spread.

Black Friday started of early with some daybreak photography shopping.  Yeah, I was one of the nutcases that got up at an un-Godly hour to go shopping.  There’s a first time for everything and that was my first Black Friday morning.  We’ll see about next year.  I did get a lot of my shopping done.

Later Friday, I had a big photo shoot at a good friend’s house.  She was having family in for Thanksgiving and they stayed until Friday.  There were 20+ people to photograph in large and small groups, individuals, etc.  This was an amazing family, full of life, laughter and music.  Throughout the day someone would start playing keyboard while another person sang.  What an amazing background to the photography.  It was a fantastic opportunity and the photos came out great.  I’ll post an example once I get them to my friend.

In industry news, Nikon has introduced the D3x.  Initially leaked in Nikon’s own pro magazine a few days previous, Nikon made it official this evening.  The D3x sports the same design as the D3, but with a 24.5 megapixel sensor, CMOS, FX frame (full-frame) sensor and an ISO range of 100 – 1600 with push to 6400.  Unlike the D3’s focus on low-light performance, this appears to be strictly a megapixel-buster and the first time that Nikon bests Canon’s top megapixel numbers.  The D3X will sell in December with an estimated price of $8,000. More info here.

While I like the fact that Nikon finally has a high-end camera with serious megapixels (until now they’ve never had anything close to Canon’s megapixel monsters), this isn’t a camera on my radar.  At 12.5 megapixels my D300 has plenty enough for the enlargements and type of work I’m doing.  The serious megapixels are for more commerical photographers – specifically stock and serious nature/landscape folks.  I’m looking at the D700 for it’s amazing low-light performance and compatibility with accessories for my D300.  That’s the next camera for me.

On another note, the website is coming along really well.  I have the fine-art sales portion ready to go live sometime this week.  I’m excited about being able to sell directly through my site instead of needing other sites (ie stock sites).  It’s a great opportunity to get my work out there.

This week I have a few photo shoots scheduled – a child shoot and mother and daughters.  I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and getting some great shots.  Photos from some of these shoots will be posted soon.  I want to make sure my clients get to see them first.

Stay tuned!