And I don't mean the Weather..... :-p
My first Rolando Workshop is this weekend in Atlanta, despite the tryings of one United Air Line, I did make it into Atlanta in time for the workshop.
There are some HOT models there, so hot that when after I printed out 10 - 8x10's from this afternoon's shoot at a local WalMart Store. you may ask....... WHY WAL-MART ??? Well, they are the only one that is open, and after the shoot and the big dinner, most Camera store labs were closed. So if I want the printss, Walmart was the only choice left.
To make the story short, they have those KODAK imaging machines there where you can just put the CF card in, and crop and print 4x6 or 8x10 yourself. A good shopper that I am, I didn't want to bother anybody. So I just start the darn machine and start printing them. And after they are done, I took them to the electronic counter to pay for them, their 1 hour photo lab was closed for the evening.
And the guy at the counter did not know how much to charge me for those 8x10's, so he call a manager up to help him. And as the manager take one look at the picture, first words out of his mouth was "nice pictures" , so far so good.
But the second line was: "we can not sell those pictures to you".
DAMN... I didn't really use that exact word. I replied " but those are my pictures, I printed them from my memory card, and I just want to pay for them".
And he replied " I am sorry, company policy prohibits us to sell prints of professional photographs". Now I am really confused, and ask him "how do you define professional photographs"
And he replied " by those photographs with the background" "you see those behind that motocycle......etc etc", I know I am not getting anywhere with him and ask to speak to some one higher. Well, he said, you will have to come in the morning and speak to the photo lab manager.
Well, I said, if you can't sell me those photographs, I want to see them tear up before I leave.................so he destroy the photos and the $47 he could've charge me for them.
Sorry, Laura, Malloy and Holley, I was going to surprise you ladies with some 8x10's..... and Shannon, I didn't even try to print your pictures, because didn't think they will appove of them
Here are few of the so call professional prints that can not pass the Wal-Mart test. They really still need some post-processing work, to catch up to the standards most of you will set as acceptable.
comments and critics are welcome and appreciated..