Archiving

Film & Negative Scanning:

Have a bunch of negatives (remember those?) and want to see what's on them? I can create digital files from your negatives, which you can then print from. Or perhaps you have a shoebox full of family photos that you want converted to digital format so that they are easier to distribute among family or ready to post to FaceBook? Either way I can scan and archive your photos to preserve them for generations to come.

Digital Organization:

The downside to digital photography is that it is too easy to keep EVERYTHING you've ever shot. Hard drives are cheap and time is precious, so unless you are a scrupulous editor and only keep the best of the best, then it's easy to amass thousands of images that you in all likelihood will never look at again. So enter CONCEPIA to the problem. Let me organize your photos into a structured library that is easy to search. We can sit down and keyword/tag your photos, turn you into a ruthless editor, and transform your photo albums into great slideshows for your iPad.

Archiving: $60 per hour.

Framing

I carry a stock of standard black frames from Aaron Brothers in the following sizes. I can print, mat, and frame your photograph for you.

Note: Aaron Brothers glass is non-archival, so if you have a treasured family print that you want framed and it's going to be exposed to sunlight, then it would be advisable to install a higher grade glass for UV protection.

Printing, Matting, Framing Rates:

5 x 7
$4~$15~$59
Print~Mat~Frame
8 x 10
$10~$21~$73
Print~Mat~Frame
9 x 12
$14~$25~$79
Print~Mat~Frame
11 x 14
$19~$31~$91
Print~Mat~Frame
12 x 16
$24~$37~$103
Print~Mat~Frame
14 x 18
$32~$45~$115
Print/Mat/Frame
16 x 20
$40~$54~$134
Print~Mat~Frame
18 x 24
$54~$70~$146
Print~Mat~Frame
20 x 24
$60~$77~$157
Print~Mat~Frame
24 x 36
$90~$110~$170
Print~Mat~Frame

Photoshop

PhotoshopWe throw around the term 'Photoshopped' a lot in digital photography. It can mean many different things; from removing the smallest blemish on a portrait, to massive manipulation of an image to create something both at the same time realistic and unreal. I personally believe that the moment you can see the effects of Photoshop, you have gone too far. (For some awful photoshop work, visit http://www.psdisasters.com. It's amazing that this website is full of finished commerical work. Go see for yourself.) Less is more, as far as I am concerned.

So lets say you have taken an image that is almost perfect, but you need to tweak it a little. Photoshop these days is an incredible complex tool, which in the wrong hands can be very daunting. Let me do the heavy lifting and make your good photo a great photo.

Photoshop: $60 per hour.

Hmmm, can you spot the difference in this customer supplied image? (2 hours of Photoshop work for final image)

Printing

I love Epson printers. This company has consistently proved to be the market leader in print technology; their equipment is well designed and reliably outputs awesome prints.

Epson Pro 9900

For prints up to 44" wide I have the latest iteration of the 9900 series wide format Epson printer. This $6000 printer has the latest Thin Film Piezo print head technology, capable of handling ten separate ink channels, coupled together with Epson UltraChrome? HDR inks it is capable of producing stunning rich prints on a variety of media. I could go on and on about this printer, but I'll direct you to Epson's website for the gory details. It rocks.

Large Format Printing

As well as being capable of producing fabulous photographic and fine art prints, the Epson 9900 is an amazing printer on all sorts of standard media. Perhaps you need extra large size Excel/PowerPoint documents printed for a business presentation? Or you need a long banner printed for a birthday party? Or maybe all you need is some graphics really really big? Whatever the task I am sure we can find the right media that satisfies your needs.

Standard Size Printing

Not only are we the largest photographic printing service on the island, but we also handle the smaller photographic prints too. 5"x7" prints start at $4, with a sliding discount scale with large orders. Contact me for a quote today.

Printing, Matting, Framing Rates:

5 x 7
$4~$15~$59
Print~Mat~Frame
8 x 10
$10~$21~$73
Print~Mat~Frame
9 x 12
$14~$25~$79
Print~Mat~Frame
11 x 14
$19~$31~$91
Print~Mat~Frame
12 x 16
$24~$37~$103
Print~Mat~Frame
14 x 18
$32~$45~$115
Print/Mat/Frame
16 x 20
$40~$54~$134
Print~Mat~Frame
18 x 24
$54~$70~$146
Print~Mat~Frame
20 x 24
$60~$77~$157
Print~Mat~Frame
24 x 36
$90~$110~$170
Print~Mat~Frame

Available Media:

I stock at all times the following media. If your printing project needs a more specialized output, then we can order in the appropriate media within a couple of days. Contact me to discuss your requirements.

PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPERS:

Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)

Wedding, portrait and school photographers have traditionally used luster paper for their photos. Now Epson offers this popular surface paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, to digital printmakers. This instant drying paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints. Premium Luster Photo Paper delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. Its 10-mil RC base gives prints a photographic feel, and keeps the paper cockle-free.

Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)

Premium Photo Paper Glossy has a high gloss finish that is perfect for printing your favorite cherished photos and enlargements for use with glass frames and photo albums. This paper is smudge and water-resistant with a smooth, bright white, resin coated stock.

Epson Premium Semi-Gloss Photo Paper (250)

Like Premium Glossy Photo Paper, this remarkable media has the look and feel of true photographic paper. Ideal for printing displays or scenic color images, this semigloss finished paper delivers beautiful results for all to enjoy. Due to its semigloss surface, lamination is not recommended.

FINE ART PAPERS:

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper

Artists and photographers require a variety of media surfaces for their professional work. Epson is proud to introduce its first cotton paper for the desktop market, Velvet Fine Art Paper. With a base that is 100% cotton rag, buffered and acid free, this paper is coated with our popular Enhanced Matte coating, giving exceptional color gamut and high D-Max. The velvet surface is a favorite of photographers and artists alike, offering a unique museum quality feel. Combining impressive fine art cotton with Epson technology has created a paper that will be a classic for years to come.

Somerset Velvet

Somerset? has always been the first paper choice among serious artists and printmakers. Ever since the 1700s and the days of handmade paper, Somerset has enjoyed a reputation for quality that has continued to grow through the years. Now Epson brings you this old world paper, with an ink jet coating, to meet the quality requirements of the most demanding printmaker. Somerset Velvet for Epson is a 100% cotton, acid-free paper that delivers long-lasting prints when printed with EPSON Archival? Ink or UltraChrome? Ink.

UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper

Artists and professional photographers require true archival print media in a variety of weights and surface textures for their digital fine art and photography. Now Epson brings you an acid free,100% cotton hot press paper that is coated on both sides for extra versatility. This cylinder mould-made product features an ultra smooth finish on two sides (sheets) that is optimized for Epson Photographic Dye, Epson UltraChrome?, and Archival? Inks. Offered in a variety of sizes and formats, this fine art paper is not only acid, lignin, and chlorine free, it is also pH buffered with calcium carbonate for a true archival sheet.

Restoration/Retouching

Restoration

Restoration

There are probably millions of old photographs tucked away in shoe boxes under beds all across the country that need some repair and restoration. Time is not friendly to old photographic papers but considering some of the projects I've worked on were 100+ years old, they are doing pretty darn good by modern standards.

So perhaps you have some family pictures that are yellowed, ripped, fading into invisibility. All is not lost: With some time and patience I can bring those old photos back to life.

Restoration: $60 per hour.

Can you tell which was the before photo and which was the after? (2 hours of Photoshop work for final image)

Retouching

Retouching

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, but 99% of all images are retouching in some way. Perhaps the most strict of news agencies are scrupulously checking their photographer's work for even the slightest hint of the healing brush tool, but even then what is considered too much editing/retouching, and what is just good table manners when it comes to editing photographs? If I'm a photographer for Reuters, and I take a photograph of a breaking news story, but I crop the photograph to make it 'a better' photograph, is that going too far? Did I crop out some small yet potentially important part of the story?

Oh well, I am sure there is a lot of room for me to dig a very large hole for myself, discussing the ethics of photojounalist retouching. I won't go there.

I retouch all my photographs. I don't have to worry about the ethics of photojournalism. So I have become quite good at tweaking 'good' images into 'great' images. And I can show you how too.

Retouching: $60 per hour.

Can you see the joins in the above image? There are five of them! (4 hours of Photoshop work for final composite image)

Tutoring

Photography:

Everybody these days has a camera of one sort or another. Even the cheapest of cell phones has a camera built into it that rivals the first digital camera I bought almost ten years ago. Back then it was the height of technology; now it's beyond antiquated. But as the technology gets better, faster and more complex with every year, why are we still seeing the same quality of photographs time and time again? Look at the images you took with that 12.1 Megapixel all-singing, all-dancing digital camera and tell me they are any better than you used to take with the Kodak Brownie? Remember when you used to unload film from your camera, then wait days for it to be developed? I am sure the joy of traditional photography can be traced back those few moments of frantic shuffling of photographs while still standing in the lab/drug store/mall. Anyway, my point is it's not the camera that takes great photographs, it's YOU. Sure, all the modern technology helps, but we have forgotten the basics. Most Point-and-Shoots don't even have a viewfinder anymore, so how are you to frame an image correctly? Having the camera in our hands, while looking at a tiny little LCD screen, removes us completely from the seductive sensation of bringing the camera up to our face, closing one eye, and looking at the world through a tiny rectangle of light. Let me teach you how to get the best out of your digital camera, worry less about the settings, and focus more on taking great photos.

Not looking for one-on-one help? Then check out our photography school's new website and see which class would work for you.

Lightroom:

I was one of the first beta testers of Lightroom. I stuck with it throughout all the initial teething problems when it was One Point Oh. Boy was it slow to begin with! But the intuitive design and seamless integration with Photoshop still makes it a delight to drive. Once you start to remember all the keyboard shortcuts, your photographic workflow develops to the point where you couldn't imagine not using Lightroom. So I can offer you all my experience with using this program since the beginning. I still don't know all the little hints and tips that you can find on Photoshopuser.com, but then that's why I'm a NAPP member and attend as many seminars as I can.

Photoshop:

For many years I couldn't afford the high price tag of Photoshop. I used the bargain basement PaintShop Pro for a long time. Then I had a bootleg copy of Photoshop 9.0 from a Russian software emporium (out the back of a car in Siberia and for the extortionate sum of $3!!), yet it wasn't until I went legitimate with CS2 that I really started to see the benefits of this Adobe program. I am still amazed at all it can do, even though my experience is primarily focused on retouching/editing of portraiture photographs. I know there is a lot more to take advantage of if need be.

So if you are just starting out using either or both of these Adobe programs, I can help you get the most of them by providing personal coaching. Tell me what you want to achieve and I'll put together a program that maximizes my time with you. Or we can just sit down together and I'll show you what I do, you show me what you do, and we'll talk about the benefits of both.

Apple Products:

Back in the days when computers were beginning to make their way into the business workplace, I found myself staring at a beige cube with a tiny 9" monochromo screem, and this square box with a rubber ball rattling around inside. This was my first impressions of a Mac Classic (and a mouse), and like millions around the world we instantly fell in love with the ease of working with a Mac. It was a sad day when Schlumberger's corporate IT policy changed to Microsoft. I still have some of those initial documents created on Clarisworks... somewhere.

When I could afford one, I bought a Powerbook 150. And lugged that from oil-rig to oil-rig until the screen finally imploded on me somewhere between the Beryl Alpha and Bravo platforms in the North Sea. Sadly I was swayed to the dark side by the offer of a free work laptop PC, since everything we used in the oilfield was written in MS-DOS or Window 3.11. It took another seven or eight years until I purchased a iBook... for my wife!

Apple really got their act together in the 90's and have continued to produced award winning and beautifully designed products ever since Jobs really took hold of the helm. Cameron and I have three Mac Books (13" Air, 15" MacBook, and 17" MacBook Pro), two iPads, one 23" iMac, and the never-leaves-my-side iPhone 4s. Cam loves her iPod Touch too.

So I know my way around a Mac. I know how to get the best from them. I know where to look for the really cool software. If you need help, I can help you. And if I can't, then I'll do my best to find the solution.

Tutoring: $60 per hour.