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".
Sorry if this is a bit spammy, but it is a free website, no need to ...
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 using ...
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.
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 ...
There are a number of drop ship printers out there. A few include:
White House Custom Color
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
The best out there that I have used is RetouchUp. They can easily and quickly turn around one or many images that include fixes such as head swaps, background changes, adding or removing people, etc. I know many professional photographers that use this when more then simple color, crop, white balance, etc is needed. It isn't every shot or even every client ...
Is there some service that will allow us to upload all these photos and put them into a combined album? Does Flickr have shared albums?
Flickr does not have shared albums, but instead has a feature called groups. If each of you get an individual Flickr account, one of you can create a group (public, invitation only public, or private, up to you), and invite ...
I had a Leica M3 done last year, the shutter speeds were off, it had shutter-bounce issues and was dry as a bone. It came back smooth as butter and good for another ten years methinks. I used Will van Manen, http://www.kamera-service.info , they are a small Dutch outfit and they do handle Rolleis. The price for the Leica CLA was quite reasonable, two hundred ...
I don't really have a particular recommendation with respect to photo tours but I have been a few times and Cuba is gorgeous! Get away from the tourist resorts and you will be in a photographer's dream. The old city architecture in any of the bigger cities is stunning and largely in a state of disrepair which makes it real. (Like Prague before the fall of ...
I like two apps, one a camera app, the other an editing app:
My favorite full featured editing tool is Snapseed. This allows you to take images from your Camera roll and edit with impressive control. It features selective adjust, allowing you to touch where you generally want edits, and offers edits like brightneess, contrast, whitebalance, and saturation. ...
I don't have any answer for your question of, what client proofing and shopping cart sites are based in Canada. What I do have is information about US based options that might still work for you depending on your needs.
I find that the Zenfolio costs to ship to Canada are actually very reasonable. Take a look at the details at the Zenfolio Mpix ...
As will all questions on the internet. When I type "photo enhance..." Google automatically suggests "photo enhancement services" and there are a lot of them around.
In this video Robert Jacobs recommends one (Retouchup, the same dpollitt suggested). The prices are from $2.50 to $10 per image. $10 gets you people removed from photos etc. $2.50 gets you skin ...
Either jump in chat here or go to a photo sharing site such as one of the ones that jrista mentioned. There are very, very many options out there. Photo sharing sites like flickr and 500px probably are the easiest kind of thing if you are looking to find photographers whose style you like.
We use money as a medium because barter simply doesn't always work. Imagine you try to barter your photography services to a photographer...not very valuable, eh?
But, when you think of your services, I'd encourage you to think of them in terms of dollars. What is an hour of your time as a photographer worth? Let's put a number on it - say $100/hour.
If you are a web developer, then you should definitely consider Piwigo. It's free software, you can either self-host it if you want full control on it, or use a paid-for hosting service like piwigo.com. Even with the piwigo.com solution, you still have a lot of control (you can customize your gallery with themes, plugins, and even write CSS code).
I would stay away from using the word "always" as exceptions certainly exist. I would assume that the quality of scanners in most shops is much higher quality then your basic negative scanner, but why don't you just ask them what quality the scans are? Most shops that are legitimate have different levels of scans depending all on what you want(and price of ...