A Word on Comic Book Pricing

Written by Dave Gieber


The going worth of individual comic books can range all overrepparttar board. Some issues have been know to bring in monetary value of six figures, while other issues aren't even worthrepparttar 134978 price you paid for them. Action Comics #1 (the introduction of Superman) in mint condition has been quoted at being worth $650,000. A pretty tidy piece of change. Then Weird Science, issue #13, in near mint condition can command a respectable price tag of $5,750. There are also multitudes of back issues purchased at a newsstand price of around 5 bucks, that are now worth even less than that.

So how does one go about determiningrepparttar 134979 actual value of their individual collections? This is not an easy task or one to be taken lightly. Comic book worth is a highly perceived value and will vary quite greatly, depending on which opinion you choose to follow. By all means, if there is a reputable comic book dealer in your local area that you are comfortable dealing with, get his or her opinion. But in all my research so far, it seems that "The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide" isrepparttar 134980 bible of most active comic book collectors.

I have my copy in electronic format, reachable from my desktop. It is very handy. If you truly want to understand what your magazines are worth,repparttar 134981 first thing you need to do is to determinerepparttar 134982 physical condition of each comic book. Is it raggady ass poor with pages missing and in need of a paper clip to hold it together or has it never been opened since purchased and appears to be in mint condition? Even brand new comic books may not makerepparttar 134983 grade of mint or perfect condition.

Overstreet gives a very detailed description of allrepparttar 134984 grades and sub-grades used inrepparttar 134985 0.5 to 10.0 scale, generally acceptable by all comic book aficionados. If you follow his physical condition explanations and grading scale, you will get a pretty good feel forrepparttar 134986 conditions of your own collection.

10 Tips for Great Flower Photography

Written by Ken Henderson


10 Tips for Great Flower Photography

Flower photography is not only a great way to spend your time learning different photography techniques it is also a great way to add to your home decor! Flowers are a fantastic subject, not just because of their beauty, but also because of their availability. If you donít have any flowers in your own yard to photograph you donít have to go far to find some. You can easily photograph flowers at your local park,repparttar Mall, a restaurant, a friends garden, a community garden, just about every where you go there are flowers.

If you donít want to photograph flowers in their natural setting you can purchase flowers in most grocery stores or at a local flower shop to take home and photograph in a studio setting. In fact, itís hard to find a legitimate reason for not photographing flowers.

Letís get down to business. Here is a list of 10 tips that will help you create some amazing flower photography.

1. One ofrepparttar 134935 first things you need to do with digital photography is to make sure you are usingrepparttar 134936 correct white balance settings. If your camera hasrepparttar 134937 option, I recommend that you userepparttar 134938 manual white balance function. If not, then use whatever setting is appropriate forrepparttar 134939 lighting you are shooting with. The equivalent to white balance if you are shooting film is color balance. If you are shooting outside be sure you are using daylight balanced film. I also suggest that with daylight balanced film outdoors that you use a slight warming filter. Most ofrepparttar 134940 flower photography that you may do will either be in shade or on an overcast day creating a much bluer light thenrepparttar 134941 film is balanced for. Onrepparttar 134942 flip side, if shooting indoors with incandescent lighting or normal house lights you should be using tungsten balanced film. Ifrepparttar 134943 indoor lighting is being supplied by florescent light, then use a florescent filter with daylight balanced film. This is just a starting point. Experiment, mix it up. You can get some fantastic special effects that way.

2. Get a polarizer filter. The great thing about a polarizer is that it will eliminate or reduce image degrading reflections. This helps to improve color saturation and contrast. Atrepparttar 134944 proper angle it will also dramatically darken a blue sky. This effect is adjusted by rotatingrepparttar 134945 filter untilrepparttar 134946 desired effect is achieved. There are 2 types of polarizerís available, circular and linear. Most ofrepparttar 134947 advanced metering systems today that are built into your camera will not function properly with a linear polarizer. So I suggest you get a circular polarizer to play it safe. I have also seen warming polarizerís. While I have not tried one you may want to experiment with them.

3. Always use a tripod. Let me repeat that, ďAlways use a tripodĒ. Not only will a tripod steady your camera and help you achieve a much sharper image, but it will also force you to think about your composition. You will have to placerepparttar 134948 flowers in your photographic image much more deliberately instead of just pointing your camera and shooting away.

4. Donít just take a snapshot of a flower that interests you and then move on. Set up your first shot to includerepparttar 134949 whole flower then concentrate onrepparttar 134950 details ofrepparttar 134951 flower that attract your eye. Focus onrepparttar 134952 color or small details ofrepparttar 134953 flower.



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