Moo produce some excellent products including the unique ‘Luxe’ Business Cards (which I review here), letter heads, mini cards, post cards and stickers too! So if you’ve just rebranded or you’re looking for some new business cards for your photography business, now is the time to have a look at Moo.com
Have you ever come across those people with really cool business cards? Maybe they’re really unique, or they have a different picture on each card? Well, you can do that with Moo.com too. Moo call it ‘Printfinity’, meaning you can upload lots of different photographs to be displayed on your cards. If you order a box of 50 and send them 5 photographs you’ll end up with 5 sets of 10 unique looking cards. Upload 50 photographs and you’ll received a box full of totally unique cards all with different pictures on!
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Moo.com Luxe Business Cards reviewed here on Ready Steady Pro
For the full review and more photographs, check out this post: http://bit.ly/1lE9hai or just watch the video below:
We love discounts here at Ready Steady Pro and often blog, tweet and share current discounts on products we like. That’s why today we want to share sales that two companies we love currently have running. Not we’re not endorsed or backed or affiliated with either of these companies – we just love their products!
These are time-sensitive and these discounts both expire so act fast!
Moo.com – 35% discount.
Firstly, Moo.com are running another one of their 25% off sales! Meaning you can save a huge amount of money on printed products such as business cards, luxe business cards, stickers, postcards, minicards and notecards. Hold on though! That’s not all. If you’re not happy that 25% off is enough you can go ahead and add this discount code at the checkout for an extra 10% off on top of that, meaning you can get 35% off!
The next offer up for grabs is from Whitewall. Whitewall are giving up to 15% off when you spend over £150, which means you can save over £20 when you order £150 worth of prints! If you don’t have £150 worth of prints to order though not to worry, there are other discounts available too: All you need to do is use one of the following discount codes:
Printing is considered by many to be the final step in making a photograph. It’s a sentiment I agree with.
The ‘problem’ with printing though is that people often think it’s expensive or that prints never come out quite right:
Prints can sometimes come out too dark
Prints are sometimes not as sharp as they were on screen
The colours can be wrong –
Too warm or too cool is a common issue
Skin tones being innacurate and people appear either Orange or Pale
I’ve also heard on many occasions that prints can appear ‘washed out’ with blacks appearing slightly grey.
Well today I want to share with you a short video to guide you through the basics of printing and to avoid these common issues. If you’re printing your photographs this is, in the most basic way, the very least you should be doing with your photographs in Lightroom to ensure they come out as bright as you intended them to be, to have rich blacks and brilliant whites and to be clean from spots. Take a look:
So, try applying the clipping method and adjusting your screen brightness before editing your photograph and see how different the results are.
You cannot beat a print on a wall. Making a photograph that you’re proud of and then printing that out on paper can be massively rewarding. Every photographer, no matter what you shoot, should have their photographs printed.
Right, now that’s out of the way…
Just before Christmas 2013 I ordered a print from Martin Bailey. Martin is a British-born, Japan-based Nature & Wildlife photographer whose work I simply adore.
One of the reasons I was so keen to order a print from Martin, as opposed to any other photographer wasn’t just because of the excellent quality of Martin’s photography though. Martin has also literally written the book on printing! Check out Martin’s Craft & Vision eBook ‘Making the Print‘. In Making the Print Martin clearly shows an attention to detail that tells you know he knows exactly what he’s talking about. Furthermore Martin gives plenty of tips and advice about how to actually shoot a photograph with the end print in mind. There are some incredibly simple techniques that you can apply to your shooting that will dramatically increase the impact, the quality and the consistency of your prints.
It’s for those reasons that I wanted to order a print from the man himself. For my first Martin Bailey print I opted for ‘The Journey Begins’ – a dramatic monochrome photograph of a dandelion flower. You can see theoriginal photograph over on Martin’s website, but here is a photograph Martin sent me just as he’d finished the print, before dispatching it to the UK:
Receiving this photograph of the print from Martin got me all excited and giddy. Each day I’d track it’s progress: It took just two days to get from Japan to Coventry here in the UK to a delivery point. There, it took 4 days to get to Berkshire where I live…typical eh! Now it’s here though I’m totally blown away with the quality.
One of the things about this print that I can’t quite get across to you in the photographs I’ve made below, is how deep and rich the blacks are and how beautifully crisp and brilliant the whites are in direct contrast. It’s such a simple subject, the humble dandelion flower, but it has such impact purely because of the black and white conversion and the simply superb job that Martin has done of the print. Wonderful! After removing it from the tube and then removing the wrapping from the outside and then slowly unrolling it, as if it were some sort of treasure map, I genuinly, literally took in a deep breath as it opened. I stared at it for a few minutes, just inspecting all of the details and the quality.
I’ve had prints done from labs for clients from the likes of Loxely Colour, OneVision, Whitewall and The Print Space, but in truth none of them have had this amazing feel of quality to them. Whether that’s because Martin has more experience and is more of an artisan, whether it’s because the original shot is just better for printing, whether it’s the paper or the printer or all of the above I can’t quite say. All I can say is that I’ve now got to raise my game and make my prints have this same effect on my clients.
It was only right that I photograph the unpackaging of a genuine Martin Bailey Print, so please do have a look at this ‘unboxing’ gallery:
So, all I have to do now is find a means to mount this. I think this one will be going in my office, rather than somewhere else in the home. This is a photograph that I’ll be enjoying in my place of work. It’ll also be a nice backdrop behind me for when I do Google+ Hangouts and other video calls 😉
What do you think of the print and Martin Bailey’s work? Have you read any of Martin’s Craft & Vision eBooks? Drop a comment below and let me know.