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Sep 08, 2015 20:13 |  #1

I shot some baseball earlier this season and a parent recently reached out to me wanting to purchase some photos. I have about 20 of them and was able to sell them, but rather than prints (which I'm usually used to), they wanted them on DVD.

No problem, but my question is for those of you who do this, do you just put them on a DVD where they just open in a photo application, or do you make it a slideshow kind of thing? Both?

They didn't mention a slideshow or anything, and I assume they are going to be kept to either print or just be kept in a collection, but regardless would like to know for this and future references.

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Sep 08, 2015 20:54 |  #2

Just as a guide, & I don't do it often, but if they want 8X12", I usually make a folder "Web Images" filenamed web_filename.001, and a folder "4X Images" filenamed 4X_filename.001, etc.
Explain that 4X is good for 4X6", 8X12", etc.


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Sep 08, 2015 21:33 |  #3

Okay great. That makes sense. Thanks



  
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Sep 09, 2015 07:13 |  #4

Agreed I normally have a DVD with two folders "ForWeb" and "ForPrint" and in my delivery I explain the reasons. You'd think that would be clear. Apparently it's not. I do get calls from local printers asking me for the other versions (where a client brought in the small one for a print), but I assume there are lots of 1024 pixel photos blown up to 8.5x11 on a home inkjet where people think "gosh that photographer isn't too good huh".


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Sep 09, 2015 17:21 |  #5

travisvwright wrote in post #17700614 (external link)
Agreed I normally have a DVD with two folders "ForWeb" and "ForPrint" and in my delivery I explain the reasons. You'd think that would be clear. Apparently it's not. I do get calls from local printers asking me for the other versions (where a client brought in the small one for a print), but I assume there are lots of 1024 pixel photos blown up to 8.5x11 on a home inkjet where people think "gosh that photographer isn't too good huh".


No what they have is 8.5×11 or A4 prints from 1024 px images, and they think they look great! It's only us photographers who know they look terrible.

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Sep 09, 2015 23:20 |  #6

Many clients today have no desire - or use for - prints. They want images to post to their social media pages, or to their blogs or websites. Or to upload to WalMart.com and have made into Christmas cards. Many of todays clients have a need for digital files, and they have little or no need for prints. So why would you not give them what they want? Why should they be forced or expected to pay for something they don't want (prints)?

I would have no trouble giving them the images they want on the medium they want them on. Charge acordingly.


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Sep 09, 2015 23:46 |  #7

I offer my clients either prints or files (either via download or thumb drive). If they order both its an extra cost. Prints are usually a one time source of revenue. Files enable them to keep printing without coming to you..so, loss of revenue stream.

The finished files are sized for standard print sizes...this enables them to just upload to a print service and be done. That's extra work on my end...so ordering finished files formatted for print costs a bit more.

Some clients order "all the files from the shoot" many photogs don't offer that option. I always offer it. These files are downrezed,non-sized for print, and untouched (batch process). They look fine on a mobile platform, but too small for printing anything over wallet size.

Again, the get the disk or the download link.

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Sep 10, 2015 01:42 |  #8

I do the "low res" and "high res" folders with a readme pdf inside that explains the intended uses for each, so I hopefully don't get phone calls. Lol
I've also done USB drives for people, since it seems optical drives are getting less frequent on each generation of new computers.

I don't make a slideshow unless requested. Just plop the edited jpg files into folders, and then burn to disc. Most viewing platforms (PC's, BD/DVD players, PS3's, etc) have some way to turn a folder of images into a slideshow anyway. I dress up the disc by printing a nice label on it (I use printable DVD's and a Pixma Pro-10) and put it in a cardboard disc case, but that's about it.


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Sep 10, 2015 08:03 |  #9

BigAl007 wrote in post #17701306 (external link)
No what they have is 8.5×11 or A4 prints from 1024 px images, and they think they look great! It's only us photographers who know they look terrible.

Alan

Ha, I'm not sure if I should be comforted by that or not.


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Sep 10, 2015 09:28 |  #10

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I dress up the disc by printing a nice label on it (I use printable DVD's and a Pixma Pro-10)

Is there some type of software you need to have to make the graphic for the label? How do you learn how to use the sortware? Did tutorials come with it, or did you attend a class that taught you how to prepare the label design?


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Sep 19, 2015 03:18 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #11

Sorry I'm a bit late, but here's your answer.

The Pro-10 I have came with pretty basic and straightforward software and the tray for printing discs. It's pretty much just drag and drop for images and basic graphics, and you can arrange things, resize, or add text as you see fit. You can also make an image/graphic in Photoshop and import that in as an image of you want something more elaborate, like your company logo, etc.

Before, I used Avery matte DVD labels and their free downloadable software. The Canon software is similar in operation, and the discs look a just a bit more professional IMO when printed directly on the disc, although the labels get better (smoother and less "paper like") all the time.

There's no special training or steep learning curve required. It's all pretty simple and the results looks great. Just don't get them wet, as the ink smudges. I'm currently looking into coating them with a plastic-safe spray to prevent that. There are "water resistant" printable discs out there, but they seem to be rather hard to find at times.


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Sep 19, 2015 05:22 |  #12

Tom Reichner wrote in post #17702100 (external link)
Is there some type of software you need to have to make the graphic for the label? How do you learn how to use the sortware? Did tutorials come with it, or did you attend a class that taught you how to prepare the label design?

I use a program called "Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker"
Not free but pretty extensive - pretty intuitive

http://www.acoustica.c​om/cd-label-maker/ (external link)


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I use a program called "Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker"
Not free but pretty extensive - pretty intuitive

http://www.acoustica.c​om/cd-label-maker/ (external link)

Thanks - that program looks great! Exactly what I need. Except when I read this it caused me concern:

System Requirements:

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Does that mean it won't work on an iMac using Apple's operating system?


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Sep 21, 2015 01:35 |  #14

I've tried a couple of other software programs and the DVD's always printed off-center by a few mm's, so I stick with the Canon software for printable discs, or an official Avery template (for Word, Photoshop, etc) or their or software when printing labels.

I'm doing all of this on a retina iMac.


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Sep 21, 2015 04:03 |  #15

Tom Reichner wrote in post #17714356 (external link)
Thanks - that program looks great! Exactly what I need. Except when I read this it caused me concern:

System Requirements:

PentiumII-400
Win95/98/NT/2K/ME/XP/V​ista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
64 MB Ram
Printer



Does that mean it won't work on an iMac using Apple's operating system?

Looks that way :-(
Try here for 3 Mac alternatives. Never used them so I can't say if they will suit your needs or not:
http://alternativeto.n​et …label-maker/?platform=mac (external link)


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