Print Swap Project via Instagram

 

The Print Swap is a project of the photography site Feature Shoot.

HOW IT WORKS:

Photographers from around the world and across all genres are invited to submit images via Instagram to be considered for the print swap. To submit, please hashtag your images #theprintswap. All images submitted must be able to be printed at 8.5×11 inches.

You can view the photos Feature Shoot has already selected by going to their Instagram account here and their Twitter here.

If your photo is chosen by The Print Swap project you will get to swap your photo–which they will have professionally printed–with another photographer who is also in the swap. The photographers involved will each give and receive a print. Part of the fun is that the print everyone gets are chosen at random, which means the print you receive in the mail will be a total surprise.

All prints will be beautifully printed by Skink Ink in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The print swap is a fun new way to add some photography to your own walls AND have your work seen by other photographers around the world. To submit– hashtag your images #theprintswap or you can email them to theprintswap@gmail.com

There is no submission fee to enter, however, if your image is chosen there will be a one-time cost of $40 which you will pay via Submittable at the same time you upload your high res file for printing. There are no additional costs beyond that and The Print Swap/ Feature Shoot will take care of everything else, including printing and shipping the selected images. Just be sure that all images you submit can be printed at 8.5×11 inches.

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Converting Your Color Photos to Fine Art Quality Black and White

Ancient Bristlecone, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer's Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Studio

Ancient Bristlecone, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Studio

You probably shoot images with your camera phone and then make adjustments or add effects using various apps, including one or more for converting your color photos to black and white (aka monochrome).  Many digital cameras also have options for converting color image captures to black and white. But those quick conversions are sort of one size fits all, and probably won’t produce the highest quality results for your specific image. Plus wouldn’t you like to know how to make color adjustments to get the best black and white results from the start. If you’d like to step up your quality and gain more control, master photographer Harold Davis has a new book to guide you. The title of the book is The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook.  The cover price is $35.00 but the book is currently available for $17.88 for a soft cover print copy and only $13.79 for a Kindle version.

Harold Davis, The Photographer's Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Press

Harold Davis, The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Press

 

The book will guide you in post-processing your images using such tools as are available in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz plug-ins. Not all are necessary. Each image layer is processed uniquely to your personal artistic vision, and the guidebook will get you started, answer many of your questions, and assist you in countless ways to help increase your understanding for better results. Of course, you still have to put in the time and effort. If you are already proficient using post process programs, and want to explore more possibilities for image effects, the last chapter of this book–CREATIVE B & W EFFECTS–covers such things as tinting and toning, split toning using various tools, selective color and hand painting, selective focus, solarizing, simulated infrared, vintage, antique and film effects, adding borders and so much more.

Rooftops of Paris, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer's Black and White Handbook, pg 196-197, split-toned image, book published by Monacelli Studio

Rooftops of Paris, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook, pg 196-197, split-toned image, book published by Monacelli Studio

 

Harold Davis’ website is called the Digital Field Guide https://www.digitalfieldguide.com

You can view more b & w photos from the book in my Niume article here.

The author very recently talked about his book, conversion processes, and showed images in a B & H Photo video presentation  –

Coming Soon! NEW in 2014: Photographers Resources PDF

New! Will be available in 2014 Photographers Resources: International Photography Reps and Agents + 

COMING SOON!  http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/4403294

This new Photographers Resources PDF currently has numerous pages of information that we are working to build and expand upon to be released and available in early 2014.  This new list contains the email contacts and clickable links to the websites of photographer agents and photographer representatives internationally. This PDF lists photography galleries in Europe, USA/Canada/South America, Asia & Australia,as well as, fine art photography curators and critics, fine art and commercial photography publishers, art licensing companies and publishers, stock photo resources and digital photography resources, photography organizations, and photography magazines and blogs that accept submissions from photographers. We know that photographers want more visibility for their work. Photographers want to earn an income from their photographs, advance their careers and increase their reputations– and we are confident that this PDF resource list will save you time in locating newly researched contracts, new sites, new links, new resources, and new contact information you can use.

 

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