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« on: July 24, 2011, 12:46:56 PM »
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With all the posting on the new Sigma camera occupying everybody, I would like to thank Andy Biggs for a well done video highlighting a number of different portfolio options.  Some of these were new to me and quite interesting.  Kudos!
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 06:57:35 AM »
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Very cool video.

One correction, you have the wrong link for the digital books.  It should point here: http://moabpaper.com/chinle-digital-book-v2/
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 01:11:37 PM »
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Nobody but Moab produces portfolios in the US? I stopped watching after the 5th or so Moab product was presented.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 02:53:29 PM »
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Well, then you missed the rest.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 03:12:21 PM »
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He started with Moab because they are the least expensive. Then he worked his way up to the fancy custom-made job.
If you want one even more expensive, you might contact the makers of that new Russian luxury car mentioned on another thread. They could probably provide you with one that coordinates with the car's interior.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 06:04:20 PM »
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Actually, if you keep watching you'll see my folio covers (thanks Andy!) which are the least expensive of the lot Smiley And no, Moab doesn't make them. Just little old me!

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 06:26:19 PM »
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Actually, if you keep watching you'll see my folio covers (thanks Andy!) which are the least expensive of the lot Smiley And no, Moab doesn't make them. Just little old me!

Neil
And they are very fine products!!!!  (you can put the endorsement check in the mail tomorrow Wink)
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011, 06:35:49 PM »
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Actually, if you keep watching you'll see my folio covers (thanks Andy!) which are the least expensive of the lot Smiley And no, Moab doesn't make them. Just little old me!

Neil
Oops! Sorry. You're right. Yours look very elegant and tempting, Neil. I plan to order some when I next put a portfolio together.

Eric
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2011, 12:01:37 PM »
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Neil's folios actually look better than the way they were presented in the video. The unfolded sides bothered me when watching - Neil's folios hold their shape very nicely. I think it might have been because the mat board was not attached like it would be in real use.

Andy, I enjoyed your presentation a great deal. The custom-made portfolio boxes were beautiful.

Sharon
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2011, 12:34:04 PM »
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Thanks for the kind words, Sharon!

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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 04:25:58 PM »
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Great article Andy.
This really made me think about the fact that I haven't put together a real Portfolio of my best work.
Yes, I have many yellow envelopes of prints, printed on cheap luster RC paper that have just a small white border and they have all been handled extensively, all you have to do is look at them, kinks, fingerprints, creases, all from people picking them with just a thumb and finger, not good.   
I like the idea of a box with white cotton gloves, I also like the idea of 8x12 printed on 13x19 paper, but at 13x19 which paper is heavy enough to hold up to handling?
Mat paper with mat black ink doesn't work for me, and whatever I chose has to lay flat, so cut sheets are a must.
I could go with 8.5x11 and print 9x6 and use Neil's folios, but again, which paper?
I print with a Epson 3800.
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 04:28:08 PM »
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Paper is a very personal choice, but I really enjoy the heavier weight high-end "glossy" papers. I use Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk almost exclusively, but others like Canson Plastine, Harman Hahnemuhle FineArt (Warmtone) Baryta, and Canson Rag Photographique are all very nice options too.

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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2011, 06:30:14 PM »
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I agree with Neile about the personal choice and it also depends on the images.  Two years ago when we had 'Snowmageddon' here in the Washington DC area, I was able to take a bunch of images from my front and back door (no way to travel until the plows came through since it was about 3 feet deep on the roads.  A lot of the shots turned out great as B&W and I found that a matte paper for these (Museo Portfolio Rag) was ideal since I didn't have a color gamut to worry about.  However, if you do a presentation folio, a heavier paper is better.
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2011, 09:41:11 AM »
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Thanks, guys. I may do a follow-up video to show some more ways of displaying photographs, as I have a ton of products that I have used over the past 10 years.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2011, 03:35:58 PM »
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Please do, Andy. This kind of demonstration is hard to find.

Sharon
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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2011, 03:41:12 PM »
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Thanks, guys. I may do a follow-up video to show some more ways of displaying photographs, as I have a ton of products that I have used over the past 10 years.

I'd also like to see this. I've been looking for a good way to display prints at my home on a table, and have concluded that an archival box is probably the best way, with either loose prints or matte prints. But I'm open for other suggestions.
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2011, 04:26:16 PM »
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I'd also like to see this. I've been looking for a good way to display prints at my home on a table, and have concluded that an archival box is probably the best way, with either loose prints or matte prints. But I'm open for other suggestions.
You really need to keep it simple as possible and not overwhelm any guest who might want to browse.  I have two sets on the table in our living room in Neil's folio covers (nine prints in each) which seems to be the right number for guests to look through.  Letter size prints are also the right size for handling as well.  I don't make a big deal if they don't handle things with the kind of care that we expect since they can be reprinted quite easily.  The smallest archival box I have is and inch thick and would hold a much larger number of prints.  Of course if someone wanted to see other works, I can always go downstairs and get a larger set.  Just my thoughts.
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2011, 03:12:39 AM »
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I was really impressed with Andy's review.

I really like Neils folios. In fact I'm going to put in a order.

A small local tourist gallery has asked me to do a series to put in such a folio cover for sale. (small  volume)

Any ideas on how I could display the series of prints for the customer to inspect and purchase in the folio cover ? I could put out a sample folio cover and prints for the customers to peruse through perhaps. Or would a book form be more suitable . The paper of choice would be Ilford GFS.

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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2011, 07:20:16 PM »
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Any ideas on how I could display the series of prints for the customer to inspect and purchase in the folio cover ? I could put out a sample folio cover and prints for the customers to peruse through perhaps. Or would a book form be more suitable . The paper of choice would be Ilford GFS.

One option is to print a folio and have that be the store sample, similar to how you'll sometimes find photography books with a "display copy" and then the ones for sale are pristine and shrink wrapped. This gives your potential customers the chance to experience, hands on, exactly what they will get for their money. The downside is you have to pay the material costs for a complete folio, and maybe more than one depending on how much traffic the store gets and how much the prints get handled.

Another option is to print up an index sheet that you put outside the folio, at the back, but inside the bag that comes with them. Then the customer can see the lovely front of the folio, flip it over, and view a sheet that has thumbnail images of all the included photos in the folio. The thumbnails could be just the images, or little thumbnails of your entire page layout. As much as I love to save costs, I would print that sheet on the Ilford GFS as well, to ensure the entire package has a cohesive paper feel.

A third option is to hang them on a board, like Rob did in his store setup. He sent me a photo and I posted it to my blog a while back: http://www.danecreek.com/blog/2010/10/13/a-great-way-to-display-folios.html. This is similar to the first option, but you're less likely to blow through folio prints as they get handled by customers before purchase. It also creates an impressive display where they can see just how much they get for their money.

Hope this helps!

Neil
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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2011, 02:41:04 AM »
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Thanks Neil that's great.

I especially like the idea using the galvanized steel sheet.

dave
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