Autograph Collecting: Questions and Answers

Written by Lon Strickler

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1) Who has signedrepparttar autograph? The key words here are "demand" and "scarcity." If a particular person's autograph is in high demand and it happens to be a scarce autograph, then you can expect it to have good value. This is why an autograph of Marilyn Monroe sells for over several thousands of dollars. She remains popular and her signature is in great demand. Her autographs are scarce when compared to those of entertainers George Burns, Jimmy Stewart or Joan Crawford, all of whom were around many decades longer to sign autographs for fans.

2) What item has been signed? A simple signature on an album page, menu, airline ticket or piece of paper is normally worth less than a signed document, signed photo, typed or handwritten letter. This is because it isrepparttar 140783 most common type of autograph. All things being equal, a handwritten signed letter demands a premium since not only does it have a name signed atrepparttar 140784 end but may also reveal something interesting, historical, or personal aboutrepparttar 140785 writer. Thus, you're getting more than just a name signed on paper.

3) Isrepparttar 140786 signature in ink, pencil or otherwise? Ink is worth more than pencil. Pencil can fade over time and usually isn't as dark and bold as a nice ink signature. Many collectors prefer and will pay more for ink signatures. But don't take this to mean pencil signatures don't have value. The great Apache Indian chief Geronimo signed pencil autographs atrepparttar 140787 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Today those pencil signatures on small cards can sell for at least $5,000. Today, most collectors prefer that photos and non-flat items be signed in sharpie or paint pen.

4) What isrepparttar 140788 condition ofrepparttar 140789 autograph? Any damage torepparttar 140790 autograph, photo or paper will lower value. Smears, stains, creases, smudges, fading, tears, holes or other damage will always droprepparttar 140791 value of an autograph. To get top dollar and maximum value autographs must be in excellent condition.

There are several other small variables that can come into play when attempting to place a value on an autograph, but these four important questions are regarded asrepparttar 140792 most basic factors that determine an autograph's value.

These are just a few ofrepparttar 140793 questions we receive from autograph collectors. If you have a question, feel free to contact us.

Lon Strickler has authored several nationally published articles on Baltimore sports & social history and currently writes a monthly autograph collector's newsletter at (The AutoGram). Member of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Antiques and Collectibles National Association (ACNA). Owner of Strickler's Celebrity Autographs at

Slow Shutter Speeds and Long Exposure Photography

Written by Rick Blythe

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The light meter on your camera may not be able to accurately judgerepparttar best aperture setting for longer shutter speeds, especially in low-light situations, so your best bet is probably to "bracket." This means taking up to six pictures ofrepparttar 140743 same subject, but doublingrepparttar 140744 shutter speed each time. This will give you a variety of effects and exposures and allow you to chooserepparttar 140745 best shot. In general, slow shutter speeds will allow a lot of light intorepparttar 140746 camera, which means that you will want to use a small aperture (ie. f/22) to avoid over-exposingrepparttar 140747 shot. In bright daylight it will be necessary to userepparttar 140748 lowest ISO available and a neutral density filter to cutrepparttar 140749 light down.

Some great effects and shutter speeds to try are:

Moving stars: several hours Moving cars at night: 10 seconds Waterfalls: 4 seconds + Amusement park rides: 1 second

Rick Blythe is the owner/operator of Better Digital Photography Better Digital Photography

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