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CALENDAR PHOTOS: P*L*E*A*S*E__R*E*A*D
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Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3594
Some members have sent photos, which we all appreciate ... and some members have said "Go to my photo collection where you can find tons of pictures and feel free to use any you want."

Unfortunately, it is not possible for me to take the time to go to the websites of all the members who have suggested I search through their photos. It simply takes too much time which is not available in my life for this purpose. If you want your photos featured, you need to select and send them -- this calendar is being done to showcase your good work, show the world that Kit Guitars are "the real thing," and pay for the time and expense of this forum and hosting costs.

Unfortunately, I have only about eight usable photos at this point.

Basically, photos that are 'usable' are:
1) sharp, properly focused, and with the camera not noticeably moving
2) properly exposed to show detail,
3) 300 dpi (or can be interpolated to 300 dpi from the original large 72 or 96 dpi files),
4) and show a guitar that is nicely built or in some way unique.

If you need information on how to do pro-level photos easily, please see: http://www.nichebooks.com/guitarpix.pdf , which is a free 17-page document I have created primarily for this purpose.

Please note the section (pg 14-15) on outdoor photos, where Paul's (Leftykitman) excellent photos of one of his guitars are shown, and please read the part about combining light (guitar top) and dark (guitar sides) details in the same photo.


Thanks all--
Bill


-------------------------------------
This is the thread for ALL discussing, questioning, answering questions -- about the Calendar Photo email I have sent to all 796 registered members of the Kit Guitar Forum.

(Sorry the program glitched and didn't pick up the member names like it should!)

Hi <<member name>>,
I am beginning work in earnest on the Kit Guitar Forum Calendar. This is a fund-raiser to support the Kit Guitar Forum. It will be published in November and will cover November '09 thru December '10 (14 months). It will feature as many nicely-built and well-photographed kit guitars as possible and will be sold to the public for forum support. There will be a couple of months dedicated to "scratch" guitars or guitars built from parts not purchased as kits, so please send pix of them too if you wish. Photos of acoustics will take precedence over electrics if choices must be made.

Since this is a project to support the Forum, no payment is made for the use of the photos. (You will not lose your own copyright rights.) However, if your photo is published in the calendar, you can purchase a calendar at cost plus actual shipping. The cost hasn't yet been determined but will be published when possible. (Depends on number of photos, number of months covered (starting in November, it will be at least a 14-month calendar), etc.

Send photos to me at: kitguitar@gmail.com Please send only TWO photos per guitar for the calendar.

PHOTO TIPS: See this document I have prepared: http://www.nichebooks.com/guitarpix.pdf

WHAT IS NEEDED:
Photos of kit guitars you have built. Plus:
1) Your name, city, etc.
2) email address (will not be published)
3) facts about each guitar you are submitting: Type of kit, kit manufacturer, when built, woods, and a sentence or two about how you feel about the guitar and/or the building project.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS: Send close-ups of good detail work as well as overall shots.
1) JPEG, TIFF or RAW Vertical or Horizontal
2) 4 megapixel or larger
3) Selection will rely heavily on quality of the photo. They have to look good.
4) No non-related trademarks, etc., in the shot. (Don't have a FedEx truck in the background or if you're holding the guitar, don't be wearing a free Elixir strings tee shirt, etc.)
5) Send a photo of you with the guitar if you want.
6) Submission of any photo implies permission to publish the photograph.
7) Photos must be "good," sharp and properly exposed. Be sure to pay attention to the background and to the reflections on the guitar's body.
...
Thanks!
Bill Cory
Forum Founder/Owner

Sep 02, 09 | 2:30 pm
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
I've gotten two emails, one with a question and another that brought up an important issue:

1) Do I was "In Process" photos? YES. If I get a ton of great "finished"photos, I won't use as many In-process shots. However, I want some so people can see that kits look just like "real" guitars. :)

2) Can I use photos posted here on the forum? Unfortunately, photos at screen resolution (72 or 96 dpi) are not high enough resolution for print. I must have photos of at least 300 dpi. Most digital cameras will export a 72 dpi photo that,when opened in photoshop, is about 28 inches wide. This is OKAY -- in Photoshop, I convert the size to about 7 inches wide at 300 dpi, and the resolution is perfectly sharp for print.

Sep 02, 09 | 3:04 pm
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
I will also be setting up a library of sound files of kit guitars -- like the photos, that will depend on you guys. Here's a new soundfile I just did with my Martin 000 kit built in my Martin manual. It's 'way better than the previous sample.

http://www.nichebooks.com/mm000.mp3

Sep 02, 09 | 4:50 pm
Freeman

Total Topics: 27
Total Posts: 668
Nice playing, Bill. I'm a really crappy player, but here are some clips of various home built guitars

Kovacik 000-28FK, Davy Graham's "Anji", standard tuning

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/Anji.mp3

Kovacik 000-28FK, Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey Hey", standard tuning

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/HeyHey.mp3

Kovacik 000-28FK, Blind Blake's "Police Dog Blues", open D

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/PoliceDogBlues.mp3

Hall OM12-41FK, Leo Kottke's "Sailor's Grave on the Prairie", open G down two half steps

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/SailorsGraveonthePrairie.mp3

Hall OM12-41FK, John Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues", open C

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/SunflowerRiverBlues.mp3

LB12-FK, ladder braced 12 string, the "Stella Clone" (not a kit), just noodling around with A chord forms, guitar is down four half steps to C

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/BluesInA.mp3

LB12-FK, Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night", open D down 4

http://www.thekrashsite.com/hcag/mp3s/Freeman/DarkWastheNight.mp3

Sep 03, 09 | 6:07 am
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Hey Bill: What is the deadline for submissions? I'd love to finish the mango, but not sure I will.

Sep 04, 09 | 5:09 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Sorry - Forgot the deadline - October 15.


Sep 04, 09 | 6:19 am
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

Total Topics: 47
Total Posts: 332
hi Bill,
just wondering what the status of your project is. if the shots I sent don't work for you I can come up with something else. just let me know. I shot some out in direct sunlight the other day that are much sharper than what I sent.
Martin

Sep 22, 09 | 9:42 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Martin -- (and everyone) -- I would encourage everyone to send more photos. At this point, the project will not be successful using the photos I've received so far.

There have been a few that showed the quality we need, but only a few. About 5.

To everyone -- nobody in particular:
I worte one guy this analogy: When you guys hear a guitar being played that's out of tune, or a CD with bad technical quality, how do you feel about the quality of the player and of the music? It gives you a negative feeling, right? It's the same way when a photo is not focused, shows camera movement, is too dark or too light to be salvageable -- it makes the viewer have negative feelings about both the subject and the photographer's craftsmanship.

The problem is, even if the viewer doesn't judge the instrument by the photo quality, he will judge the builder of the guitar, maybe thinking that the builder put the same amount of craftsmanship into the guitar as the photography. I don't want that to happen with any photo in the calendar, and I imagine everyone else feels that way too.

The purpose of this calendar is to show people how good and beautifully made kit guitars can be. To do that, we need to show photos as good as possible. I won't publish it if the photos would not be complimentary to what we do.

Please don't over-react to this, you guys. I dont mean to be too blunt, but I just want the calendar to be something we can be proud of -- not something we have to make excuses about. I could soft-soap it, but many people would miss the point: We need pro-quality photos to publish.

1) Biggest size image file your camera will shoot.
2) Sharp focus and no camera movement. (Use a tripod, the back of a chair, or something)
3) Well-enough lit to see the details.
4) The original photo must be emailed; grabbing one from the internet does not work because "screen" resolution and "print" resoution differ by a factor of 4. (Screen = 72dpi, print = 300dpi)

Please read the 17-page photo guide I included links for above and here: It gives details about how to do good photos with a point-n-shoot camera and a few house lamps and some cardboard. Those are what I used for the whole thing, except for Paul's (Leftykitman) excellent outdoor shots.

http://www.nichebooks.com/guitarpix.pdf

Thanks --- Bill

Sep 22, 09 | 11:11 am
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
I think part of the problem, Bill, is that most of us haven't shot to the level of quality you are looking for....we haven't got the shots to send to you. I have a few good shots that show exactly what I wanted, but they are in a crappy, disorganized garage, or a poorly lit room. They work for a website or a blog to show what I was trying to describe, but are definitely not calendar worthy. I agree with your requirements, wouldn't have it any other way, but we got some work to do to get you what you need. Hang in there, we're workin on it.

Sep 22, 09 | 1:39 pm
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Thanks Ken -- I just want it to do justice to the beautiful guitars you guys are all building. I want the world to be surprised and I know they will be if they see good pics.

If you look in the guide at the "open room" setup, all of those photos were done with one window for lighting, a white card and pillow for reflections, and a sleeping bag. Putting the camera on a tripod improves most pictures 100%, too.

Bill

Sep 22, 09 | 1:44 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

Total Topics: 84
Total Posts: 981
Dog gone, I knew I shouldn't have sold that tri-pod when I was through taking pictures of knives.
All my pictures (that I saved) are in too small a format. I hope to have at least one of the guitars together in time to take some high resolution pictures to send to you. I'll have my wife help me, and use her camera. I am not that great with the camera.
Number 1 should look pretty good with the new finish!

Kevin

Sep 22, 09 | 2:34 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

Total Topics: 47
Total Posts: 332
Amen, Ken.

I'll give it another try this weekend.

Sep 23, 09 | 6:14 am
Herman

Total Topics: 38
Total Posts: 480
yeah,

A friend of my daughter is attending a photoacademy. She agreed to make some giant pics the weekend. we'll see.

Sep 23, 09 | 8:10 am
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
I just read the PDF you linked above, Bill. FAntastic! Thank you. Now if I hadn't beat the crap out of my Jumbo, I'd shoot it. The Dragon too! I need to get a black cloth, and I should be good to go then.

Sep 23, 09 | 12:35 pm
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
I hope this is a success, because I do not have any guitars to try to show off this year, but next year.... Guitars is one thing I will have, and I'm determined that they will be worth showing off.

Looking forward to the calendar, and hope it all works out.

Dan

Sep 27, 09 | 3:39 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
I am thinking about extending the deadline. Maybe some guys can get pix in if I make the deadline November 1? I can still get the calendar made for Christmas gifts even with that late deadline.

Please send the photos in! Remember ...

1) Biggest size image file your camera will shoot.
2) Sharp focus and no camera movement. (Use a tripod, the back of a chair, or something)
3) Well-enough lit to see the details. No flash!
4) The original photo must be emailed; grabbing one from the internet does not work because "screen" resolution and "print" resoution differ by a factor of 4. (Screen = 72dpi, print = 300dpi)

Please read the 17-page photo guide linked here here: It gives details about how to do good photos with a point-n-shoot camera and a few house lamps and some cardboard. Those are what I used for the whole thing, except for Paul's (Leftykitman) excellent outdoor shots.

FREE PDF: http://www.nichebooks.com/guitarpix.pdf

Thanks --- Bill

Sep 27, 09 | 7:16 am
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Hey Bill....not to jump the gun at all here, but are you considering doing this annually? As excited as I am about receiving the calendar, it was disappointing not to have any shots of a quality to contribute. Will you still be accepting photos, or do you want to hold off and announce at a certain point? Or has this endeaver exhausted you....?;)

Nov 19, 09 | 11:19 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Ken -- I'm planning to do it annually, Lord willing and if the creeks don't rise.

Bill

Nov 19, 09 | 2:48 pm



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