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Join the Local List for Contests, Events, Shows, Exhibits, etc.

Just over a year ago, I wrote about a notification list for Southern California photographers and artists that is run by my professional printer, Oscar Medina. The notifications have included various contests, shows, exhibits, events, gallery openings, and other things of interest for artists in the area.

Now Oscar has created a separate notification list just for photographers. If new notices are purely for photographers, they will only go to the new list rather than the general artist list.

If you’re in the Southern California area and you want to be notified of local photography/art events, be sure to subscribe to the list for periodic updates.

SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY NOTIFICATION LIST

Notification List for Southern California Photographers

Last week, my professional printer (Oscar Medina of San Diego Photos and Prints) contacted me about a brand new service he’s offering to local artists. He’s put together a notification list for upcoming shows and juried competitions in the Southern California area — most specifically San Diego County.

This is an extremely valuable resource because the notifications are filtered by Oscar himself and they’re for REAL events — not just online stuff. Yes, that’s right… printing your photos and putting them up on a wall somewhere (gasp!). These types of shows and contests are sometimes difficult to find and keep track of, so the notification list provides us with a quick and easy method for it all. I, for one, plan on participating in several local events this year in attempts to better my photography.

I would 100% recommend this free service to all San Diego photographers, and I’d also recommend it to all other Southern California Photographers. Once you sign up (using the link below), you’ll start to receive email notifications of new events as Oscar posts them. You’ll also get access to an archive of previously posted events so you can see everything that is and was available. The notifications include the name of the event, a short description, and a link to the event website for further information.

And again, it’s FREE! So sign up and see if you find anything of interest.

SIGN UP FOR THE NOTIFICATION LIST

Free Invites to Photrade

Photrade

Photrade is a new photo sharing and selling site wanting to bridge several facets of online photography. It aims to provide a central location where you can upload, manage, share, and sell your photos through various methods. It’s kind of like a mix between Flickr, ImageKind, and iStockphoto in that it provides a social scene, print sales, and stock sales.

I got an email from one of the guys behind Photrade wanting to know if I’d like an invite code to check out their services. Unfortunately, at the moment I’m a bit tied up with the blogs and various projects so I don’t have the time to properly invest in such a thing. But rather than leave it at that, we figured that some of you might be interested in checking it out so we’re extending the invite to all of you.

Sign-Up Page – Invite Code: EPIC

So you’re all welcome to try it out and see if it’s something that could provide value to you or other photographers. If you want to leave some feedback, you can drop some comments here, email me, or send ‘em straight to the Photrade team. I’m actually interested in checking it out when I find some time, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on the site.

And as with any new website or service out there on the web, I’d very much encourage you to carefully read the terms and conditions prior to signing on. And I’m not affiliated with Photrade in any way, I’m just interested in their concept.

New Partner: wowApic

wowApic

Please join me in welcoming wowApic as our first “real” publication sponsor! You may have already seen their banner on the site over the last week — they were on a one week free trial. After testing things out, they’ve committed to purchasing a banner spot on the sidebar.

wowApic offers a professional photo editing service for a wide variety of photographers and other clients. They cover everything from minor touchups to serious enhancements to photo restorations. They even have a service for professional photographers and studios.

wowApic’s “partner program” aimed at these professionals allows them to outsource photo processing and focus on the other aspects of their business. And as part of this partner program, new customers will receive 1 order (of up to 3 photos) for free — just for trying them out (subject to verification that the customer is a professional photographer or photography service). Preferred pricing and volume discounts also apply to these photographer accepted into the partner program.

The process of working with wowApic looks to be simple and intuitive. You can upload photos from your computer or tap into one of your online accounts such as Flickr, Smugmug, and others. You tell them what you want done to the photo(s), and you receive an instant quote. Once you place the order, the folks at wowApic go to work.

So if you have an image that you can’t nail the processing on, an old beat up restoration photo, or if you’re a pro looking to offload some work, you might check into wowApic and see what they can do for you. And if you decide to give them a try, use the coupon code “epicedits” through the end of May 2008 and you’ll receive a 10% discount.

Find Yourself a Local Printer

When it comes to printing, there’s a HUGE difference between producing something on a cheapie inkjet printer and having a professional print your photo on a sophisticated piece of equipment. Don’t get me wrong, printing your own photos is fine and dandy for the family photo albums and whatnot. But when you want to hang something on the wall (especially if it’s somebody else’s wall), there’s nothing better than working with a professional to produce exactly what you want.

Print Room LIght
Creative Commons License photo credit: jhhymas

Some weeks ago, I needed to print a photo that was destined to be signed and shipped off. I found a local printer, went over to his place, and spent about an hour or two preparing and printing the image. I’ve purchased my own prints from places like ImageKind in the past, but that doesn’t even come close to the experience and quality you’ll get from sitting down next to the person printing your photo and working through the details.

We talked about the different papers he had to offer, looked at sample prints on each medium, popped open the image on his computer, sized it with Genuine Fractals, and put the finishing touches on the noise and sharpness. When we were ready to print, we ran a test strip just to make sure that everything looked perfect. Once I was happy with the outcome, we ran the entire image. The little white gloves went on, the photo was trimmed, dried, rolled, and packaged.

In the end, I walked away with a much higher quality image than I could have gotten from any online shop, and it didn’t cost me any more than I would have otherwise paid. The actual print was a little more expensive, but it balanced out with the fact that I didn’t have to pay for shipping (or wait for it). So if you’re considering having some of your work printed for display and showcase, I’d suggest you find yourself a local printer who you can visit in person and work with.

I’ve chosen to go with Oscar Medina from San Diego Photos and Prints. Oscar is a photographer and artist who purchased his own printers because he wanted that extra level of control. Since he doesn’t use the printers 100% of the time, he opens up his services to local artists in need of fine art prints and giclee reproductions. His prices are fair, and he definitely knows what he’s doing with the hardware and software. If you live in the San Diego area, I’d suggest you give him a try — you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t, you can still give him a try — he’ll ship orders too… you just won’t get the one-on-one interaction with him.

What’s your experience with professional printing? Can anybody else out there relate to what I’m saying?