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Since asking this question, and answering my own question I've faced the same problem so many times that I decided to write a website that solves it in a nice free way. You just upload a photo and then you can just download a jpeg ready to print at 6"x4". www.oddprints.com Output photo: Sorry if this is a bit spammy, but it is a free website, no need ...


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For high level differences http://snapsort.com/ http://lenshero.com/ For more in depth analysis http://www.dpreview.com/products/cameras


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I have never sent my camera in for Preventive Maintenance. I tend to prefer the 'if it ain't broken don't fix it' method of camera maintenance. One item that needs constant maintenance is removing dust on the sensor. The 40D, with its sensor dust removal shaking is better than most, but eventually, it needs to be cleaned. From what I have read from others, ...


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I'm not a big fan of Snapsort, because they really exaggerate small differences into big ones. This comes out in things like Much less shutter lag | 104 ms vs 238 ms | 2.3x less delay when taking photos This is from a comparison from the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. I think the numbers apply to live view, but, probably when using a DSLR, you're not ...


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The scanning process shouldn't damage your prints in any perceptible way. If you were to scan them multiple (read hundreds) of times then there might be a noticeable effect. I'd make sure you use a flatbed style scanner- not the document feeder, which can subject prints to mechanical stress. Even a flatbed requires some care if the prints are badly curled. ...


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Is the photo required for your job application? If it is for the CV or similar and it is not strictly required, are you sure that is a good idea (i.e. do you know if your perspective employer really appreciates it)? In my experience the small format of the photo in the CV and the (usually not exceptional) print quality doesn't do a good service to the job ...


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There are a number of drop ship printers out there. A few include: White House Custom Color MPIX Bay Photo I recommend looking at their web sites to determine if their needs suit your particular ones. Many local professional photographers in my area use these three services. I have used 2 of the 3 myself without issue.


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I do lenticular photography work for several of my clients on a regular basis. The phrase I believe you're looking for (at least here in the States) is 'Lenticular Printing.' When I did a Google search on the phrase 'no minimum lenticular printing' there were several outfits that claimed to be able to do short-runs with no-minimums... Is the problem that ...


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blurb and photobox have both been good for me. My tip would be to use as few photos as possible rather than just chucking them all in. If you can't choose between two similar photos then toss a coin, don't be tempted to put them both in. It's quite boring when someone shows you their wedding photos and the book has millions of identical images in it yet you ...


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While not a traditional "print lab", there's a web service that integrates with several print labs and gives exactly what you want: SmugMug. I believe we hit all your requirements: All prints from SmugMug are drop shipped without the invoice. Some items do ship with a workorder, but there's no prices on it. Pro account holders have several branding ...


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If you have an android phone with geolocation and compass, Google nightsky is outstanding. Or if you're on your computer http://www.google.com/sky/ google sky. I'm sure you could find better software for the task, but if you're just trying to get the milky way or a constellation or two, it will do the trick.


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Don't forget, for less than $100, you can get a decent all in one printer with scanner, that likely does as good a job as the local officemart. Plus, you can control the conditions, cleanliness of the glass, and redo any that don't meet your specs. With enough prints it might break even. I currently have a Brother MFC-J825DW, that supports 2400 x 2400 dpi ...


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My SmugMug experience as a SmugMug Pro user: Pros A lot of control over your gallery's settings and prices. Excellent customer support. This high level of support on the web is uncommon. The customer's experience is simple and straight forward (as long as you don't overwhelm them different sizes and options). Tons of cool features with the Pro account, like ...


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The background of the portrait should be plain, not designer. The background colour shouldn't be hard on eyes. The background colour and the person's clothes colour shouldn't be similar. The person's eyes shouldn't be closed. The person's mouth shouldn't be visibly open. The person should be asked to take his hat/glasses off. The person should be asked to ...


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I think you're asking 1) What you should keep in mind when the photographer is taking a photo of you and 2) What the photographer may do better than you can yourself? Being Prepared for the Photo You want to make sure that the photo is representative of who you are and that you look your best. Stray hairs, small blemishes and wrinkled clothes are a lot ...


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I've used both Photoshelter and SmugMug. Here are some quick thoughts on the two: Photoshelter's Strengths: great online image delivery system for electronic use easier integration with standalone websites (they have some GREAT integration with WordPress sites that use a Graph Paper Press theme) (subjective) generally seen as higher-end and more ...


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I was looking for a similar service to easily provide prints for sporting events that I've shot. I checked out sites like SmugMug and PhotoShelter, but they didn't quite have what I was looking for as I already had an extensive self-hosted photo gallery and did not want to re-upload a lot of photos to another site. Then I heard about Fotomoto, which has ...


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The ones I am familiar with are more established companies rather then fly by night shops that just setup a website one day and shut down the next. They also are mainly setup for professional studios that burn through many shoots a year, and are looking to outsource some of the "tedious" work we all know as photography :) Shoot Dot Edit and Lavalu are the ...


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IMHO: If you value sharing over everything: Flickr If you value photography-centric community: 500px If you value simplicity and ease of use in your online portfolio: Zenfolio If you would like a bit of all the above, but with flexibility to custom code your own online portfolio: Smugmug Smugmug isn't quite the sharing site that Flickr is, and isn't ...


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Have a look at http://www.pwinty.com This in an API for printing and shipping photos, and offers worldwide shipping. They let you specify your own custom branding, and invoices to be included within the package- sounds like exactly what you are after.


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There is a wonderful and hugely popular, open source, cross platform based software called Stellarium which is available at http://www.stellarium.org/. It is free and has tons of features. You can track almost every celestial object with it.


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With a current round of updates to Media functionality in the last few months, I am finding that WordPress (self-hosted) is becoming my go-to solution for photo sharing. Here is how using WordPress can meet your requirements: Events Based Photo Sharing How you define an 'event' and 'grouping' is certainly up to interpretation, but if you were to create a ...


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I've only used them for a minimal amount of work myself but know of LOTS of folks who have had large collections scanned by ScanCafe. I can't speak to their availability for the UK.


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500px I've been on 500px for a few weeks now; it does, indeed, seem to be the new hotness in terms of photo-sharing sites, but it's probably too early to judge its long-term staying power. At this point, the site is positioned as high-end content (think 1X), but with the openness of Flickr and some nice social networking features. One of the big open ...


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I recommend Tumblr. It isn't limited to posting only photos, and you can purchase additional themes (there are also free ones). It's also possible to link your own domain to it (like www.myphotography.com) instead of the standard name.tumblr.com. The Tumblr hosting is free, and it's very easy to use, but it doesn't include space for your photos. You'll ...


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Wordpress is probably going to be the standard blogging service that is the most widely recommended. It is very scalable and gives options specific to photos if that is what you are interested in. You have two basic options when you choose Wordpress, one is to have wordpress.com host your website and content, another is two download it from wordpress.org and ...


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Take a look at Photobox I have not used them to print albums but only have positive experiences for other types of printing.



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