Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

How to Deal With White Dust Spots on Your Prints

You’ve just had a large print roll off your printer. You hold it up to the light and it looks fabulous with deep blacks and oh so rich colors. But… you notice a tiny white spot where the ink has flaked off. I’m pretty sure this has happened to everybody who does their own inkjet printing. It’s super frustrating and costly. Depending on the paper you use, printing runs anywhere from $2-5 per square foot.

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How to Print and Mount Your Photos for the San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit

Note: This article is for photographers participating in the San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit. I’ve received many questions on how to print and mount images for the competition and this is my advice.

So you got your notification from the fair and have advanced to Tier 2 where you need to submit physical prints. Now what? You first need to decide three things before proceeding:

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San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit 2019 - Part 2

Note: This is part II of a series of blog posts describing my experience submitting images to the 2019 San Diego County Fair photography exhibit. You can read Part I here.

Today the San Diego fair sent out notifications for Tier 1 in their photo competition. In Tier 1, you submit a digital image of your photo and if it gets accepted you proceed to Tier 2 where you provide a physical print. Tier 1 is the big hurdle as the judges don’t eliminate many prints in Tier 2, usually they just kick out entries if the presentation isn’t up to par or there are technical issues which didn’t show up in the digital file.

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San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit 2019 - Part 1

I thought I would write a few blog posts describing my experience participating in the photography exhibit at the San Diego County Fair. I participated the last two years and I’m doing so again this year. In this first part, I’ll provide background on the competition and go through my process for selecting images.

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Setting Goals to Improve Your Photography

It’s a bit early for New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I would write about photography goals and how setting them helped me improve my game. For many years I focused on travel photography which I practiced in a largely documentary style. I was quite comfortable with it but about two years ago, I decided to shift into landscapes and cityscapes. My initial work was OK, I occasionally had some good images, but more often I found my photos lacking in some respect and I decided I wanted to create better images.

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