Nikon D750 : All of the things you asked for!

My Nikon D700 has been a good friend for years. Then along came the D800: incredible video specs, 36mp, crazy great body construction.

Of course, the d800 beget the D810 bringing it all to a new level.

But being greedy, there were things I really wanted and had missed. The just announced Nikon D750 took care of those.

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With all of the D810 video features, which are total pro, the D750 delivers some very similar photo specs.

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It clocks in at a very respectable 24 MP, using the same FX CMOS EXSPEED 4 processor simlar to the D810 and D4s.6.5 FPS at full resolution, newly designed body with a deeper grip. that felt good in the hands.
Here’D750_24_120_lefts 2 of the main new deals : a Variable angle high end LCD AND built in wi-fi.
Finally, Nikon has come aboard the wi-fi train with no dongle! Discussed this with them a bit and it, and I understand why it took this long, but never happy about it. Glad that’s over with.
And a 3.2-inch variable angle with an Full Frame camera? And after having handled the LCD, the build is strong Nikon quality I’m gonna trust.

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Double SD card slots,there is some slight changes on what you have been used on where things are on the body. Not controls so much as cards and batteries.

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Speaking of batteries, it’s not a brand new size/shape it uses the EL-EN15.
The ISO is essentially 50-51,200. Not the insane goodness of the higher priced models in the line but what do you really need?
It’s a lighter, more powerful, video-licious, update to the D700 workhorse, and for abut $1000. less than the D810, you have a great choice compared to the 36MP D810.
I think I’ve made mine.
Here are the highlights:
*24mp
*6.5 FPS
*50-51,200 ISO
*VARI-ANGLE LCD !!!!
*BUILT IN WI-FI!!!!!

Is that enough? Hit my wish list!
Don’t want to forget the brand new 20mm 1.8. Another sweet addition to the Nikon line-up.

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    Yes it’s bigger than my old standby, but better.
    When shooting rock, a 20mm always goes in the bag, and it’s been a 20mm 2.8. Time for the upgrade.
    So..
    Here are the highlights:
    *24mp
    *6.5 FPS
    *50-51,200 ISO
    *VARI-ANGLE LCD !!!!
    *BUILT IN WI-FI!!!!!

    Is that enough? Hit my wish list!

    OK, one other item they introduced:

    The SB-500 with flash and LED for continuous fill on your video. Powered by 2 AA batts., it’s a small package that should get you through a short shoot. Carry those batteries always for a longer shoot.

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    And now, the official word:

    Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D750, the D- SLR that provides adept enthusiasts with the powerful combination of pro-caliber photo and video features with FX-format image quality. The new D750 represents a leap forward for this camera segment, inheriting some of the best elements from Nikon’s revered full-frame professional cameras, with new and refined features aimed at sparking creativity and sharing with built-in Wi-Fi. Additionally, Nikon has also announced the SB-500, a versatile yet compact multimedia Speedlight, and Nikon’s fastest ultra wide-angle lens yet, the new AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED. These new products easily supplement a professional’s kit, while making it more appealing than ever for enthusiasts to discover the intense and immersive image quality that only an FX-format sensor can offer.

    “The Nikon D750 is the camera many have been waiting for; never before has this level of functionality and vast feature set been offered in a full frame D-SLR, at such an attractive price,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “These new products, including the SB-500 Speedlight and 20mm f/1.8 lens are meant to directly address those who care about image quality and want the gear that will help drive their passion to the next level.”

    Serious Features for Advanced Shooters
    The new Nikon D750 provides professional-level features and performance in a durable, lightweight body. Whether the user is an advanced enthusiast or seasoned pro in need of a second body, the D750 easily complements any photographic discipline with a pro-caliber capability.

    Sharp landscapes and portraits are simple with Nikon’s advanced 51-point AF system, the same used on Nikon’s high-end D-SLRs. The Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF focus system also easily tracks fast moving wildlife or sports, even at the rapid, high-speed burst rate of 6.5 frames per second (fps), at full resolution. Similar to the Nikon D4S, the D750 features the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III and its blazing fast AF system uses 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, with 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional up to f/8. In addition to normal, wide area, face priority and subject tracking AF modes, the D750 also features the new Group Area AF mode for enhanced accuracy. Challenging light such as a poorly lit wedding reception is also no problem for the D750, as the AF system has been improved with the ability to lock on to subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination, a first for any Nikon D- SLR.
    
    The D750 is Nikon’s first FX-format D-SLR with a tilting Vari-Angle LCD, with robust construction to meet the needs of working in the field. The precision 3.2-inch, 1,229K dot screen tilts to accommodate shooting overhead, at waist level and is ideal for shooting photos or HD video on a tripod. For those serious about using a D-SLR for video, the D750 delivers the same level of functionality found in the Nikon D810, with the maximum amount of manual control that’s essential for production applications.

    Next Level Image Quality
    The Nikon D750 features a newly developed 24.3-MP FX-format CMOS sensor to provide adept photographers with image quality that’s nothing short of astounding; with rich colors, beautiful gradation and a vast dynamic range. A myriad of other intelligent features help photographers to unlock their potential to create and share vibrant, tack-sharp images that takes an imaginative story from concept to reality.
     The new Nikon D750 features the EXPEED 4 Image Processing Engine, similar to the pro-level D810 and D4S. In addition to increasing energy efficiency and performance, EXPEED 4 contributes to the overall image excellence with noise reduction performance and other benefits.
     Whether shooting a vista bathed in full sun to a reception in minimal light, the camera produces images with exceptionally low noise in a variety of lighting conditions. The broad ISO range extends from 100-12,800, expandable from (Lo-1) 50 to (Hi-2) 51,200.
     Highlight Weighted Metering is ideal for capturing stage performances and events, preventing blown-out highlights in photo and video.
     The D750 also features the latest generation of Nikon’s Advanced Picture Control settings. The “Clarity” setting enhances midtones to emphasize intense image details and “Flat” Picture control is used for a broad tonal range, which is ideal for photo and video applications. Picture controls are also customizable in .25 increments, for maximum versatility in any shooting situation.

    Full Control of Advanced Video Features
    The D750 features the same level of advanced video functionality as the Nikon D810, an HD-SLR known in studios and on-set for its professional production pedigree. The camera can capture video in Full HD 1920×1080 resolution at 60/30/24p and gives videographers and multimedia artists full manual control, including aperture adjustment. Like D810, the Power Aperture feature provides smooth transitions while adjusting the aperture during recording, and in manual mode, users can control shutter speed and ISO.
    The D750’s compact size and affordability will make it a welcome addition to any production environment, as will its FX and DX-format crop modes that make it a snap to adjust the focal range without swapping lenses. Implementing another indispensable feature on-set, footage can be recorded to the dual SD memory card slots, or simultaneously output to an external recorder or monitor via HDMI for a variety of applications. Camera operators will also enjoy features such as headphone and microphone jacks, Zebra stripes to spot overexposed areas, as well as the ability to select frequency ranges for the internal stereo microphone. For time lapse, the camera utilizes Exposure Smoothing, a great feature that creates balanced exposure transitions between frames when using the time lapse or intervalometer feature.

    FX-Format Connectivity
    The Nikon D750 is Nikon’s first full frame D-SLR to include built-in Wi-Fi, which enables photographers to both share their images and capture remotely. Using Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility App1, users can connect with their compatible mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. Once connected, a tap on the screen engages auto focus, while the camera can be triggered remotely, making it easy to position the camera in areas where access could be difficult. Once downloaded, users can also utilize popular applications and social networks to seamlessly share images, bringing the exciting image quality of full-
    frame to the feeds of friends and family, on the fly. The feature can also be used to scout and send location photos to clients, or instantly deliver photos processed with the in-camera editing features.
    For professional photographers and videographers, the camera also has the capability to transmit images over FTP using the WT-5a wireless transceiver plus the UT-1 Communications Unit. With these optional accessories, the camera can be triggered and controls operated in HTTP mode using the web browser of a mobile device. Live view as well as start/stop recording can also be enabled remotely, providing the ability to capture otherwise impossible footage, for example when the camera is mounted on a crane.

    Command Agility and Durability
    The camera is manufactured using a “monocoque” structural skin technique, which adopts durable carbon fiber for the front body and front cover, and resilient magnesium alloy for the rear cover and top cover. The resulting camera body is the ideal balance of substantial build quality and compact, yet lightweight design for comfortable all-day shooting. The structure is also sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture, and the shutter has been tested to 150,000 cycles. To further enhance build quality, the 3.2-inch tilting Vari-Angle LCD screen is joined to the camera using a durable three-axis metal mount, designed to withstand the rigors of professional use. Users can also opt to compose through a bright viewfinder with 100% frame coverage, with shooting info displayed using organic EL illumination.

    From a newlywed’s first kiss to a bouquet toss, a split-second can make or break an image; ergonomics and the ability to quickly adjust camera functions are important factors to consider for enthusiasts and pros. The new body design ensures a secure and comfortable grip regardless of the size of user’s hands, while button placement is considered for peak performance.

    Comprehensive Photographic System
    Whether upgrading a current system or switching to Nikon’s legendary image quality, Nikon offers an all-inclusive system of NIKKOR Lenses, Speedlights and accessories for every type of photographer. The Nikon D750 is compatible with more than 80 FX and DX-format NIKKOR lenses, the same optics that have built a lasting legacy of amazing image quality with brilliant sharpness and faithful color reproduction. For those upgrading from a DX-format lens system the D750 can also shoot in DX mode at 10.3-megapixels. The camera is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) using the camera’s built in flash to control remote Speedlights for creative lighting possibilities. The new MB-D16 battery pack will also be released with the camera, to provide users with extended battery life as well as a functional vertical grip.

    AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED: Fast Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
    The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular f/1.8 series of FX-format lenses, which provide enthusiast photographers with fast, quality optics at an attractive price. This is Nikon’s first ultra wide angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot in challenging light and create images with a pleasing separation between subject and background. With a 94-degree angle of view (FX), the lens is ideal for architecture, interiors, wide-angle landscape and creative group portraits. When paired with the compact D750, this lens is also a great solution for video applications that call for shooting in cramped quarters. This AF-S lens provides whisper quiet and fast autofocus capability, an internal focus design, and features Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghost and flare.

    SB-500: Versatile and Compact Video Speedlight
    The SB-500 Speedlight is an exciting addition to Nikon’s Speedlight lineup, offering users the unbeatable yet versatile combination of a compact yet powerful Speedlight and LED video light, covering a wide 16mm/24mm (FX/DX). The controls on the SB-500 are simplified, making it easy to explore the
    possibilities of creative lighting with Speedlights. For full control over illumination, the head of the Speedlight has a 90-degree vertical swivel to bounce light off ceilings, and rotates 180-degrees for soft lighting effects. For remote lighting possibilities, the SB-500 Speedlight can be integrated into a CLS system with two-group/two-channel control. The powerful LED light (100 lux) is a great option for lighting video, and can be operated independently. Additionally, the SB-500 Speedlight is also powered by only two AA batteries, reducing both its weight and size.

    Price and Availability
    The Nikon D750 D-SLR will be available in late September for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2299.95* (body only). The Nikon D750 will also be available as a kit with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR lens in mid-October. The MB-D16 battery pack/grip will be available for $485.00 SRP. The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED will be available in late September for an SRP of $799.95. The SB-500 Speedlight will also be available in late September for $249.95 SRP. For more information about these models, NIKKOR lenses or to download the new Capture NX-D software, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Sony takes a bestseller and makes more sense in 2nd gen

I like a good photo gadget as much as the next shooter, maybe even more. When Sony introduced the QX series of cameras meant to be attached to a smartphone, it was a huge seller. The ability to get better photos on your phone intrigued the masses. I was interested but was not ready for a purchase.
Here is the initial vid:

Right?taking the lens off for tight spaces, and using the phone as a monitor?

But phones have gotten better. In a lot of different ways.And Sony has stepped up the game.
The new series has a model to let you add different lenses. and shoot RAW. And a 20MP Exmor sensor.
Shutter speeds of 1/4000-39 secs. NFC is also on board, which should be on the new iPhone.
Video? you bet: 1920 x 1080 (29.97fps approx. 16Mbps)
Is this going to eat up all your memory, like my Hyperlapses are?
Nope,use a sweet Micro SD card.
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You do have to go through the Sony app to upload your images to, the upload from, so no direct access to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Yes batteries,and an APS-C sensor.

Do you want one? Come November you can pay $400 and get one. Not sure if it’s quite the now classic NEX-6, but the feeling that they stripped away the body and left the essentials is strong.
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Sony is listening to the consumer who wants to share high quality images fast. wait, not fast: NOW!

And now the official word:

Building on its strong history of innovation in the digital imaging market, Sony Electronics has today announced two additions to their unique line of Lens-style Camera.

Designed for mobile photography enthusiasts, the new high-zoom DSC-QX30 and E-mount interchangeable-lens ILCE-QX1 models combine the power of a premium compact digital camera with the convenience and connectivity of today’s smartphones, utilizing Wi-Fi® connectivity to instantly transform a connected phone into an extremely powerful photographic tool.
The new cameras utilize the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application (version 5.0 for Android and iOS devices) to connect wirelessly to a smartphone quicker than ever, converting the bright, large LCD screen of the phone into a real-time viewfinder with the ability to frame shots, adjust zoom, release the camera shutter, start/stop video recordings and control other basic camera settings. The new app version 5.0 features an updated user-friendly interface that adds gridlines for easy image framing and a mirror mode ideal for self-portraits.
For added convenience, the app can be activated using NFC one-touch with compatible devices. Once pictures are taken, they are saved directly on both the phone and the camera, and can be shared instantly via social media or other common mobile applications.

New QX1 Interchangeable-lens Version
The new E-mount ILCE-QX1 lens-style camera gives photography enthusiasts a whole new way to take advantage of their α Mount System* lens collection.
Compatible with Sony’s growing range of E-mount lens offerings including zoom, portrait, wide-angle, macro and more, the new QX1 camera features a built-in 20.1 megapixel APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor that grabs huge amounts of detail for landscape shots and beautiful ‘bokeh’ background defocus. It’s teamed with Sony’s advanced BIONZ® X processor that now features improved area-specific noise reduction for stunning low-light images.
The unique new QX1 camera features a wealth of other premium features, including Superior Auto, RAW image shooting and a pop-up flash to brighten up portraits in backlight situation, gloomy interiors and night scenes.

New DSC-QX30 30x optical zoom Model
The new compact sized DSC-QX30 camera brings the power and versatility of a 30x optical zoom lens to mobile photographers, eliminating the frustration and poor quality commonly experienced when zooming-in using a smartphone camera. Additionally, the extensive 30x zoom is aided by Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization to minimize camera shake throughout the zoom range. Clear Image Zoom is also available, utilizing advanced color and pattern matching technologies to allow the QX30 to reach an impressive 60x magnification digitally without sacrificing pixel count.
Awesome zoom power is matched by lock-on AF and speedy continuous shooting at up to 10fps, letting photographers capture fast-moving action with an accurately focused burst of split-second images. For video enthusiasts, the QX30 model can also shoot Full HD video at a smooth 60p frame rate at the touch of a button.
Pricing and Availability
The new QX30 and QX1 lens-style cameras will be sold for about $350 and $400, respectively. The QX30 will be available this September, and the QX1 will be available this November at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

* Requires Mount Adaptor when attached with A-mount lens

#PhotoSchool – Learn photography from the cool guys

There are so many ways to learn photography, with the plethora of online schools making study at home a pretty easy choice to make.

You should want to learn from those who make their living at it, though, then you’ll get methods that truly “get the money”
Famed photographer Michael Muller, and Patrick Hoelck have joined forces to create PHOTOSCHOOL They bring you, currently, over 60 teaching vids, with subject ranging from Fundementals, Natural Lighting, Studio Lighting, and Photoshop teaching sessions with the retouchers these guys use to deliver their assignments.

How many of you have met with the retouchers you need to finalize your work? exactly. here they are.

There is true gold here, and if you want to improve your commercial photography game, you should start mining that gold now.

They have also brought in some of their friends to give even more expanded insight.
Estevan Oriol, and Brian Bowen Smith bring you anothr perspective with their unique visions. Gotta be honest, I went to Estevans site and may make a purchase or 2.

When I say the cool guys, what does that mean? It’s not the clothes, or the hair. Nope. It’s the vision that is current and consistent with each one. Their style that is in shown in the work, makes them the cool kids.

These are the people that are shooting the magazine covers and movie posters today. This is who you want to learn from.
After going through a variety of lessons, I will say that the production value is a bit rough. No question.
Did they shoot it with an Alexa? nope.
You may be saying “why am I learning from these guys who aren’t lighting the lessons like a Hollywood movie?”
Because we are lucky they are revealing their secrets and tools, for only $25. a month. That’s why.
How about the Triple Key Lighting? Yeah, you didn’t know about that. Either did I.
Now you are going to learn about that and a ton more, just in the Studio lighting section.

When I started in the business I was an assistant photographer, working in a commercial studio. Then I went to university and studied photography, film and fine art.
What I learned from a working pro, I still use today. These lessons have already been schooling me in a very good way.

AND with each lighting lesson, you get to see the final shots, usually multiple models, with the tech data.Plus, if you have questions about something within the lesson, they will respond by email.

Here’s what you get, from the site:
Interviews
A great place to start; Our teachers share their about experience learning photography, and how they turned it into a career. Topic also include their creative process’, with plenty do’s and dont’s along the way.
Fundamentals
Our guest teacher Brian Bowen Smith apprenticed for legendary Photographer Herb Ritts for many years and has become one of busiest celebrity photographers in the business. We are honored to have him kick things off with some fundamentals.
Natural Light
Shooting with natural / available light is the most important skill to master when learning photography. Learn these looks and you’ll be able to get a great look in any location.
Studio Lighting
Studio lighting is about having complete control. From a cheap strip of halogen lighting form the hardware store to 15 strobes in a studio, you are responsible for every highlight, shadow, and reflection in your models eyes.
Note: Occasionally you’ll see a light or two set up, but not in use – don’t worry – our teachers will point out every light they’re using in each lesson.
Photoshop
Photo processing and retouching is an enormous part of creating an image, and unfortunately Photoshop is the most miss-understood, and miss-used tool available to young photographers. Jess & Andi are Michale and Patrick’s Photoshop guru’s. In these lessons, they will show you the exact techniques they use daily for movie posers and magazine covers.

Check out the preview above, see if it’s right for you google these guys and check out their work.
I’m telling you though, no matter how you shoot, you are going to learn some valuable lessons, that you’ll never forget.
I already have.
Check out PhotoSchool.com

Battery Life: It’s the worst!

I’m mainly talking about the smartphones.

You know these things filled with apps that have taken the place of your point & shoot cameras.
Snapseed, Camera+, PS, Lightroom Mobile, ProCamera, Hipstamatic, the Classic CameraBag, and of course VSCO. YOU probably have your favorite go-to’s.
And then there is the Instagram behemoth to post to.
Love me some Vine, especially now that we can shoot on a real camera, edit and post.
A little Candy Crush while we wait, FaceTime while we are away, and Hamster On Piano. Plus the cloud.
And the phone part. Love the phone part.
So… why the heck does my device start going into the red zone at about 2:00 PM????
Sure, years ago, my Motorola StarTac had a piggy back batt and didn’t do nearly what these handheld computers do.That grey ;ump on the back,is the extra battery.
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But when I want to shoot that concert photo,Instagram it AND call my friends for a meet up after the concert, that dreaded white spinning gear on a black background is inevitable. Power done. Phone shutting off. Shot about 230 photos and 4 vids at this event (no DSLR)
(Shot with an iPhone 5S, and Olloclip lens.)

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Yes, looking forward to the next iPhone, Samsung, Nokia,LG masterpiece, all who claim long battery life.
Really?
Check out this pile of batteries I own, and many I carry around in my messenger bag:
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Plus a cable, plug in charger, specialty charging card called Thinium. (love this thing!)

The big boy charges the phone about 2.5 times. Had it for about 3 years and yes, that’s a thunderbolt adapter on it. The tubular units like the Crayon one from Mimoco are good for maybe one full charge.There’s an Otter battery phone case, the Mophie is in the mix,even a Duracell unit that hold batteries.
Is that enough?
Not when I’m on a shoot.
So I carry a bunch.I’ll bet you do to.
Our sleek, sweet, cleanly designed smartphones just got tethered in the worst way.

What’s the solution?

The tablet. Specifically, the Mini tablet. 10 hour battery life. All of the apps, wi-fi, a larger screen to work with,and a better battery life. And if you like, no monthly fee, if you find your hotspots. Your call as to where you feel they are “secure”.
The CamRanger is a great tool when coupled with the iPad.
Or perhaps,the Apple Touch.40 hours of music or 7 hours of video playback on one charge.
The only issue is: It’s yet another device. When I see people hold up an iPad to take photo, it’s the oddest thing, but I get to see their sense of composition. It’s public as its taken.

Will the smartphone batteries get better? Hope so, but not sure how long that’ll take.

In the meantime, try these tips on saving battery life for Android, and iPhone.

And today,August 26th, Apple offered free battery replacement to certain serial # iPhones.

I know, I know. It’s a phone.
Not to me.

BigAcrylic: When Your Walls Need Some Dressing!

OK, who prints their images these days?
Not many folks, I know. It’s mainly on a screen.
But you can’t have naked walls. I can’t anyway.
So when I was in an edit suite a month ago, I noticed some very cool images,float mounted on the wall. All acrylic prints.
So I did some more research. Timing/luck prevailed and I was contacted by Mark Alper of BigAcrylic.
After discussing the process, I figured it was time to give it a try.
Not a huge landscape guy, I figured a shot of Neil Young I took at SXSW last year, would be a good first start of the test.
I sent off a 150 DPI jpeg of this image:
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What came back was pretty amazing.

a 16×24 print, made on 1/4 in acrylic, full bleed.
Perfectly packed, with frame mounting as good as some of my fine art prints, sans the brown paper wrap.
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Some things to note, however with Bigacrylic or ANY printing service: GIGO.
Know what that is? Garbage In, Garbage Out.
You have to start with a great file to get a great result. Sometimes that low res file that looks good enough on your laptop or, ugh, phone, won’t make the translation to a larger print.

Here is shot of the actual acrylic print I received. Please note that I shot this at ISO 2800 and 1/100 of a sec.
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(yes, there are reflections of objects in the print. I wanted you to know this is the actual item)

These folks do offer a pro service so you can test the files before committing to the huge print.
Honestly, what i kind of like about this company is that it seems to be a small firm doing quality work.
And of course you are going to ask: how long do these last?
According to them, Acrylic prints last 30 years in direct sunlight.
I’ll let you know.
By the way, they also print on metal.
And the owner,Mark Alper is very communicative and seems available to help.
OK, I run a website, but my gut tells me that the way he dealt with me, is the way he deals with all custy’s.
If this service is of interest to you,or your clients, he’s actually offered a 20% discount to our readers just by using the word “damon” in the coupon code section of the checkout.
Just go to BigAcrylic.com and check it out.