Choosing The Right Comic Book Storage Box

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Comic storage boxes do not need to be acid-free if you have your comics in bags. For short tern storagerepparttar most popular material choice for comic storage boxes is corrugated cardboard. It is sturdy and reasonably priced. Corrugated plastic comic boxes are an excellent choice for long-term comic storage becauserepparttar 150299 material is acid-free, water proof, vermin resistant and extremely strong. They are more expensive thanrepparttar 150300 corrugated comic boxes, butrepparttar 150301 material properties ofrepparttar 150302 plastic corrugated material makerepparttar 150303 extra cost worthrepparttar 150304 investment for long term archival comic storage.

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Softening Digital Images

Written by Tom Ray, CPP

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The software is called “PhotoKit” and is available from Pixel Genius for only $49.95. I boughtrepparttar Mac version and it is wonderful. I have played around with it now and have found that you can get varying degrees of whatever you want that looks similar to what you used to be able to do with your old lens filters and drop-down tools. Even more possibilities are now available to you. One of my favorites isrepparttar 150298 ability to lasso areas and “clear”repparttar 150299 results of diffusion keeping eyes and teeth sparkly and sharp.

Now that you are no longer needing actual lens filters you may makerepparttar 150300 same mistake I did originally and not have your lens hood or bellows shade onrepparttar 150301 digital camera. This is a mistake especially with digital; you still need to shade your lens from any ambient light even more than you did when you used film asrepparttar 150302 exposure latitude is not as great as it was with film and milky images are even more devastating with digital capture. You will get vignetting fromrepparttar 150303 shading device at wider angles but just do what you did before you had access to zoom lenses and takerepparttar 150304 hood off when using wide angles. (Most pros using medium format film cameras did not have zoom lenses.) You shouldn’t use anything below a normal lens for portraits anyway. (The 35mm lens setting with digital cameras).

If there is a downside to doing your diffusion inrepparttar 150305 computer now it’s thatrepparttar 150306 customer can’t really seerepparttar 150307 results onrepparttar 150308 proof, so they have to “trust” your artistic license. But it was like this with retouching too so there will be a short new education curve for your clientele to learn, or to save yourself from disaster you might offer a second proof appointment to showrepparttar 150309 customer a proof of their selected images withrepparttar 150310 added softening or diffusion. It’s going to take more time and you’ll end up with having to rework some things more than you want so I’d only recommend this for customers like mine who’s initial concern wasrepparttar 150311 diffusion issue. You may also consider adding fees for “enhancement” to your price list just like you did for retouching and put such things as vignetting, softening and retouching all underrepparttar 150312 heading of “enhancement”. You can even charge a proofing fee for those who want to proof howrepparttar 150313 finished results will look, or else they “sign-off” that they accept any modifications sight-unseen.

In summary, softening and diffusion can be done effectively and professionally but it’s not as easy as it used to be when you’d just pickrepparttar 150314 filter you wanted and pop it overrepparttar 150315 lens. Your old on-camera lens filters will often turn your digital images to “mush” or images of weak contrast that may or may not be salvageable.

-Tom Ray is a Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. If you are interested in his full story please go to:

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