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Rising Star Dance — Waverly

This is uncharted territory for me, as I typically sell photos à la carte through my website rather than in bulk. That’s the best way to get prints as each purchased photo receives individual attention in terms of color, exposure and cropping. Simply click through to a photo and you’ll see ordering options in tabs on the right for digital, prints and gifts.

As an alternative for those who want to purchase in bulk, I’ll offer packages on a per-routine basis as shown below. I can’t edit all 3500+ photos individually when selling in bulk, so what you’ll be getting is the result of some batch edits (tweaking the exposure or color on a whole routine at once). I’ll provide digital copies that are 1800 pixels on the long side. That’s the size needed to make 4×6 prints, and a great size for computer wallpapers, etc. Purchased photos will NOT be watermarked.

Please select the number of routines you want and click the appropriate button…

Any One Routine for $25
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Any Two Routines for $45
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Any Three Routines for $65
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Any Four Routines for $80
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Any Five Routines for $95
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Any Six Routines for $110
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Any additional routines will add just $10 each, but you’ll need to email me to order. I’ll add two bonuses to the bulk process: an edited copy of the final “group pose” shot from each routine, and an edited copy of a complete group shot with each bulk purchase.

Please Note! After clicking the appropriate button and entering your info (or logging into PayPal), look for the “Names or Numbers of Routines You Want” section, where you’ll be able to tell me which specific routines you’re ordering.

Depending on how this works out, I hope to be persuaded to come back next year and do all three shows. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Thanks!

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May & June Race Photos to be Archived!

Hard to believe this summer has been so busy that it’s already archive time again and I haven’t even had time to post any fun stuff! Race photos from May and June are scheduled to be archived at midnight on Sunday, September 9. That means a $5 increase per photo, so this is your heads-up to beat the increase! Races scheduled to be archived include:

And if saving money isn’t enough, I’ll also sweeten the pot a bit and throw in a FREE Facebook-sized digital copy of any print ordered during this time…now through September 9! Deal?

If you’re local and want to save on shipping, you can always just email me letting me know what you want (race, filename, print or digital, size, quantity). I’ll then schedule a place and time to meet, such as an upcoming race.


April Race Photos to be Archived!

It’s that time again! April race photos were scheduled to be archived tonight at midnight, which means a $5 increase per photo. Since some of you didn’t receive my email I’m putting it off until midnight Sunday night to give you a bit more time to beat the increase! Races scheduled to be archived include:

 

If you’re local and want to save on shipping, feel free to just email me letting me know what you want (race, filename, print or digital, size, quantity). I’ll then schedule a place and time to meet, such as an upcoming race. Thanks!

New Beginnings

What a year! In 2011 I covered 70 races (and countless other events) … what will 2012 hold?

That will all unfold in due time, but what I really want to say right now is thank you. Thanks goes out to my customers, as always, for allowing me to continue doing what I love. But this year is a bit different. The hard drive crash I suffered in November is a catastrophe I never want to see again. After losing more than 30 races worth of work — just over 40,000 photos — I optimistically continued to accept orders, thinking I’d surely be able to recover the files. When the dust settled, almost 1% of the files were saved, which meant I’ve spent more time refunding orders this month than processing them. With Christmas looming on the horizon, the combination of data recovery expenses and lost revenue was devastating.

That’s where you came to the rescue. When a customer suggested setting up a “Dead Drive” fund to accept PayPal donations, I went ahead and did it even though the idea of asking for handouts really rubs me the wrong way. In fact, I nearly shut the whole thing down when I learned that someone had called Playmakers asking if it was a scam. It made me feel sort of … dirty. My friends at Playmakers talked me down and said, “let’s just see what happens.” What happened was more heart-warming than I could’ve imagined.

I received donations from “Top 10” customers and occasional customers, from people I’ve never heard of, and from anonymous donors. I received a phone call and a donation from a man who’s had his eyesight and his home taken from him, saying he was sorry to hear about my troubles — talk about perspective! I received emails and letters from people, mostly runners, thanking me for all I do and wishing me well.

These gestures weren’t enough to offset the loss of revenue I’ve suffered, which will continue well into the new year. They didn’t even cover the cost of the data recovery efforts. But they were immeasurably valuable in two ways. Firstly, they eased the financial burden I faced. In a material sense, they allowed our kids to have a Christmas this year. That meant a lot to my family. Secondly, they affirmed my faith in the basic kindness and generosity of the human spirit. The gist of the notes I received was, “What you do matters to us, and we appreciate it.” Can’t beat that, can you?

So, whether you provided financial or emotional support: thank you. What you’ve said and done has meant the world to me.

As time allows, I’ll be contacting donors individually in an attempt to show my gratitude, and then it’s off and running into 2012. I hope to put this whole mess behind me as quickly as possible and move forward into an exciting new year of opportunity. If you see me at a race — even if I’m busy shooting — feel free to nudge me and say hi. And if there are any photographic needs I might be able to help with — weddings, seniors, food & product shots, etc. — please keep me in mind.

One last time: thank you. Have a happy new year!


My Hard Drive Debacle

As many of you know, I suffered a hard drive crash the day after the Lansing Turkeyman Trot. At risk? Everything I’ve shot since the first week of July, more than four months worth of work representing more than 30 races and countless other events. Loss was not an option. After trying everything at my disposal, I took the only sensible avenue left to me and sent the drive to a data recovery specialist while it still had a pulse.

The technical details of what happened are mind-numbing, so I’ll just give you the short version: many of the files appear recoverable, but it’s a very, very slow process. The drive only works long enough to recover a few photos, maybe a dozen, before it quits. It then needs to be shut down and cooled off before trying again. With some 30-40,000 photos involved, it doesn’t even matter what the hourly rate is — this is an extraordinarily expensive undertaking, and still may not work.

Most of you know that I do what I do both to earn a living and because I love it. I also cherish the fact that many of my customers are now also my friends. This is a true labor of love for me and I don’t typically look for handouts, but this photo recovery presents a real hardship for me. If any of you are so moved, please at least consider donating to the TimeFramePhoto “Dead Drive” fund to help offset this ridiculous expense. Simply click the button below to donate any amount you feel appropriate. Any donation, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, will be appreciated beyond words.

Thank you!


Class Notes

Wow, this site has just been sitting here untouched for a LONG time! Seems like as good a place as any to post some class notes, though, so here are the links to accessories I promised you. Most if not all of them go to Amazon for the combination of simplicity, good prices and often free shipping…

Note that filters are sized according to the lens they’ll be used on (typically noted in mm on the front of the lens, ranging from around 52-77mm). I’ll link to 58mm filters below but will be happy to help if you get stuck. UV filters are typically purchased for each lens and left on all the time. The others are more expensive so often people buy one in the largest size they need and then use a step-up ring to fit the larger filter to smaller lenses. Again, I’m glad to help if you need it.

  • UV filters are primarily used as protection for the front element of your lens, which you can accomplish for free by keeping a lens hood in place all the time … Tiffen 58mm UV Filter
  • Neutral Density filters are used to reduce the amount of light reaching your sensor. They’re helpful for shooting with either slow shutter speeds or wide apertures in bright daylight. Typically available in three “strengths” depending on how many stops of light you want to kill … 0.3 (1 stop), 0.6 (2 stops) or 0.9 (3 stops)
  • Circular Polarizers can be used to darken skies, eliminate reflections from water, prevent foliage from appearing too shiny and enhance color in a photo. They can be expensive but are almost required for landscape or nature photography. Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
  • Lens Cleaning Tools: I always recommend carrying a small microfiber eyeglasses cleaning cloth in your bag, but another good cheap tool is the Lens Pen, which offers a little “squeegee” on one end and a gentle brush on the other.
  • Cable release: allows you to trigger the shutter without touching the camera. There are some crazy ones out there but I think simpler is better. Canon, Nikon, Olympus.
  • Speedlight: the best way to carry light with you is a hotshoe-mounted flash with a tilt-and-swivel head. Canon, Nikon, Olympus.
  • Reflector: can be used to fill in shadows and, if it includes white or gray, helps with setting white balance … 5-in-1 reflector
  • Tripod or camera support: recommendations here are risky, but I’ve found people to be happy with these for the price … tripod, gorilla pod. I personally love the monopod I bought from Feisol and think their tripods might be well worth a gamble. If you want the best, read this then talk to me.
  • Fast prime lens: good, cheap way to improve your low-light and shallow depth of field capabilities. The fact that it doesn’t zoom also forces you to move around a bit more, which helps with finding more interesting perspectives. Canon, Nikon (with certain newer bodies, you might need this one or this one to autofocus), Olympus.
  • Books: there are far more bad books than good ones, and the best teacher is your own experimentation. However, Understanding Exposure gets a lot of good press and I can unconditionally recommend Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Books.

That wraps it up. I’ve had a blast the past couple of months and I hope you have, too. If you ever have questions, feel free to ask! For those of you who toughed it out Thursday (sorry for the cold!) feel free to email any resulting photos my way and I’ll get them posted here for all to see. For that matter, I’ll go one step further: go ahead and send me any recent photos that show off your new skills and I’ll gladly post them!

Thanks,
Dane