by Chuck McKern
With over 12 years of retail and professional experience Chuck thought he'd heard it all - until he took this job.
Send us your questions for either the Beginner or Advanced columns by clicking HERE. Please include as much detail about the technique, camera, lens, or film as you can so Chuck can answer your questions.
I plan to replace my PC in August. I want to get a good 19” flat
screen Aperture Grille monitor. I hear LaCie is very good. Right?
or is there a better value/idea out there. Any help is appreciated.
I’ll be getting a Dell PC.
Dude you’re getting’ a Dell!
Sorry I couldn’t resist. You’re certainly looking
at quality hardware with the LaCie. The price is a bit high but LaCie has
quite a reputation for quality. I have to confess that I’m not an expert
on computer monitors (you can’t know everything about everything after
all) so I did a little research and provided links to several reviews of
the LaCie 19” so you can dig deeper if you want.
The short version is that everything I found on this
monitor, both in editorial reviews and in news groups, was overwhelmingly
positive. I would have thought that LaCie’s marketing department wrote
some of it - but even marketing types don’t rave about products THIS
much. This monitor is designed specifically for folks who work with
digital images for a living. Colors are vivid and accurate. Flicker (which
induces eye strain) is virtually non-existent.
The only downside is price. You can expect to pay
over $600 for the 19” version at retail outlets, but we found it for as
little as $400 with several online retailers. There is even a mammoth
22” version available (~$1,000 to $1,200) . For max color accuracy there
is a USB driven color calibration tool available from LaCie called the
“Blue Eye” (~$500). One other thing you might want to consider is
reinforcing your desk. The 19” version weighs in at a whopping 51lbs!
We do inkjet dye sublimation imprinting to
various substrates and ICC profiles have been the answer to provide
accurate colours for our process. The
problem is in order for us and some of our subcontract printers we need to
use an ICC compliant software such as Adobe or Corel to be able to apply
the ICC corrections. We are
looking for a workflow solution that will allow us to embed the ICCs in
the various Epson printer drivers or a separate program that will allow us
to select the appropriate ICC from our library and apply it to the artwork
generated by a non-ICC compliant software.
Do you have any recommendations?
This is beyond what we normally run into here at the
magazine as it’s really more of a production printing question. I would
start by contacting some publishers who specialize in photo and fine art
books. Try and find the person internally who’s responsible for ensuring
the quality of printing done overseas. Many of the big publishers now send
large print runs to Asia and ensuring color accuracy is a common problem.
I’ll also throw this out to the readers. If any of you know of an off
the shelf solution drop me an email and I’ll forward it on to Will.
to get into nude photography, but some of my friends told me that public
film developing places aren’t allowed to develop nudes. Is that true,
and if yes, since I don’t have my own darkroom, how can I get my film
Thank you very much,
It isn’t that difficult to get nude photos printed.
It is true that some companies have policy not to print anything with
nudity but this isn’t the norm. But many companies do have policies
about printing obscene photos. If you are going to be shooting artistic
nude photos, most specialty labs will have no problem developing these
kinds of photos. By specialty labs, I mean, in-store labs at camera
specialty stores and custom photo labs. The best thing to do is to call or
visit the lab and explain to them what you will be shooting and ask them
what their policies are on printing nude photos before you drop off your
first roll of film.
I am a Junior in High School and I’m very
eager to move to the next step into a university, but my search has been
halted because of the lack of information I have been able to find on the
internet. I’m looking for what you would consider the best universities
for the prospecting Advertising Photographer. If you can help it would be
very much appreciated.
don’t say what part of the country you’re in, if you want to stay and
work locally, or if you’re interested in moving to New York. All of
which would affect what would be the “best” university in the eyes of
a potential employer. So let me provide a more general strategy for you.
several advertising agencies in the area where you want to work. Now get
busy on your word processor. Write a short letter of introduction
explaining your situation and that you are looking for information on the
best schools in your area. Ask about area schools that get special notice
when they show up on a resume. If the same school shows up in several
response letters you know you have a winner.
you’re writing ask another important question. Ask if there are any
photographers they use who would make good mentors. Many professional
photographers take on students as assistants or interns. Some are paid and
some are not. But either way the education you get in the “real world”
on the business of photography will make it more likely you’ll succeed.
Finally keep those addresses. Once you’ve enrolled in school send out a second crop of letters. This one asking those same agencies if they employ interns. These agencies will eventually be your clients. If you can land a summer job or an internship at one it will provide you contacts and an understanding of what agencies are really looking for and how they make decisions about what photographers to use. Understanding their point of view can only help you later on.
On a more general note there are two schools I know of that have programs in specific areas of photography such as Advertising and Commercial Photography. One is the New England School of Photography at www.nesop.com and Brooks Institute of Photography at www.brooks.edu.
Is there an example of a model release form on the
Vivid Light Web Site?
We don’t have a sample release on the site. Try the book “The Photographer’s Market” (Writers Digest Books ISBN 0-89879-912-0). This book has a sample release as well as lots of other information on selling your photographs. You can also check out “Stock Photo Forms” (Allworth Press ISBN 0-9607118-8-0). This book has samples of model and property releases as well as other forms for stock photography.
I have a question about a specific camera and using it with
infrared film. I own a Canon
Elan 7e. Great camera.
I would like to use infrared film with it.
I was told by the camera shop that unless I am able to turn off the
DX coding it will fog the film. I
saw a posting on an Internet newsgroup saying the Elan II had very little
problems using this type of film.
The information you were given is almost accurate. The “DX” system is not the problem. Some of the newer upper-end SLRs have an infrared system for tracking film advance by counting the sprocket holes as the film advances. One way around this problem is to not use the Kodak Infrared film but instead use Konica Infrared 750, Maco IR 820c, or Ilford SFX. These films give a good infrared effect when filtered, but do not extend as far into the infrared wavelength as the Kodak. These films have not shown any problems with these new features in the modern SLRs.