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Q. What size JPG should I shoot on my digital camera?
A.The higher the resolution of the picture, the greater the file size. JPEG compression can reduce the size of the file, but it also affects the quality of the image. Digital cameras and photo editing programs like Photoshop will allow the user to control the amount of JPEG compression. Increasing the amount of compression reduces the file size but also reduces image quality.
Q. What color profile should I shoot to achieve the best quality from my camera.
A.CT PRINTS uses SRGB color space. This is the color “language” that all photo lab printers share. By setting your camera this way it ensures that the printer will understand the color information in your file. Other settings will force a translation of the information but occasionally data is lost and the color cannot be represented as well.
Q. I have set my camera space to SRGB but when I adjust my images on my computer screen I see something different in my final prints?
A.Calibrate your monitor to be SRGB or use monitor profiles for soft proofing your images. We can provide you with a list of monitor calibrators under $100.
Q. I am not a professional photographer and don't have any knowledge of color space or toning images. Will CT PRINTS color correct my images?
A. Yes, at CT Prints we inspect each image for contrast, color and density and give you what professionals demand.
Q. My digital camera exposure does not work the best in all light situations, what can I do to get better pictures?
A. Digital cameras of all types and sizes are very picky about exposure. Point and shoot cameras perform well in most situations in automatic mode, but have settings to help maximize their performance in low light. Digital SLR cameras have larger sensors allowing them to do a better job with exposure; they also have manual metering modes which can properly exposure the scene giving you a perfect image.
Q. My camera has a RAW format. What is this and does this make a better image?
A. The RAW format on a digital camera is the best quality from a digital camera. A RAW image is an un-compressed image unlike a JPG that is compressed.Most professional photographers use RAW because they want total control over a image. They can make an exposure better, darken or lighten shadows, midtones, and highlights in a image.
Most PRO's use RAW because they want totaly control over a image. They can make exposure better darken or lighten shadows, midtones, and highlights in a image.
Q. What are the PRO's & CON's on using the RAW format?
1. If you need to manipulate the image, it’s ultimately best to do so in RAW format as there is more of the original data present in the RAW file.
2. If the photographer accidently messes up on exposure and highlights are blown out from the digital image, the photographer has control on recovering the image.
3. White balance, Temperature and Tint, are the main tools for adjusting color in the image. You can fine tune the RAW image and get a more accurate rendition of the scene.
1.RAW files take up a large amount of space, so not many will fit on a memory card, especially when compared to a JPEG. Be prepared to invest in many compact / secure data cards for photography session.
2. You will also need to take an extra step when processing your image to convert the image from RAW. Each camera manufacturer Nikon, Canon, Pentax has their own software to do this, based on the proprietary format in which the original image was saved.
Q.What can I do with the online imaging site?
A.This new service allows you to organize, share, print, edit, and archive your photos on our web site. You can create custom albums and invite all your friends and family from anywhere in the world to view them online. Order all the reprints and enlargements that you would like to have, then simply choose to have them picked-up at the store, or have them mailed to you or anyone of your choosing.
Q.How do I register for this service?
A.Simply fill out the online registration form and select your customized password, which will give you exclusive access to your private images and albums.
Q.How much does this service cost and what do I get?
A.Our service is free. You can upload an unlimited number of photos for editing, sharing and printing. Your photos are stored on the site, as long as you log into your account every 6 months.
Q.How do I share my albums with my family and friends?
A.Click on the “Share & Organize” tab and then “Share Now”. You will then select which album you want to share. You then enter the email addresses of the people whom you want to share the photos with and you have the option of adding a personalized message. The system will then send emails inviting those guests to view your photos.
Q.Some of my pictures appear sideways. Is it possible to flip, edit, or crop?
A.To rotate images click on the “Share & Organize” tab and then “Organize/Edit”. You will then select the album which the photos are in. Above your images is a “Show Advanced Options” link, if you select this you will be able to rotate left & right, and flip the image. You also have the option of rotating images, as well as performing additional edits such as cropping, red eye reduction and a variety of other alterations, within the editing tools. To access the editing tools select the “Edit Image” link when view the medium resolution image by double clicking on the image in your album.
Q.How do I edit my images with the editing tools?
A.Extensive help on how to crop, adjust brightness, reduce red-eye, etc. can be found by clicking on the "Need Help?" button on the lower right side of the editing tools user interface. To access the edit tools select the “Edit Image” link when viewing any medium resolution image.
Q.How do I order prints?
A.There are three methods to order prints.
Ordering prints from multiple pages:
1. Go to top right to "Select Images per Page" in the upper right corner of the screen and select "All" from the list. All of the images from this event can be ordered individually by clicking on the box on the top right of each photo and continue scrolling down throughout the entire selection.
2. Click "order prints" at the bottom of the screen.
Ordering ALL Prints from multiple pages:
1. Go to top right to "Select Images per Page" in the upper right corner of the screen and select "All" from the list. 2. Click "Select all images on this page" located under the event code, to the left of the screen. 3. Click "Order Prints" at the bottom of the screen.
Order prints page by page:
1. Select the images on page first by clicking the box on the top right of EACH image you would like to purchase.
2. At the bottom of that page, click "Order Prints".
3. To continue your order for page 2, click the "Return to Album" button
4. Then click on page 2 at the bottom right of the screen
5. Click on the box on the top right of EACH image you would like to purchase.
6. Click "order prints" at the bottom of the screen
7. Continue page by page until your order is complete.
Q.I have a credit and a coupon code. Can I use both existing credit and a coupon on the same order?
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