September 16, 2014

Press Cards just got upgraded at Richard

Just in time for the holiday season to start obnoxiously early, folded press cards are now available at Richard! Whether you’re sharing this year’s photo memories, thanking a special client, or reminding your photog network how much you love them all, making custom cards is awesome for saying exactly what you need to in a style that’s “you”. Plus, folded cards come with envelopes so they’re easy to send… you bring the stamps! Grab some now on ROES.

Available sizes: 


Sold in packs of 25, 50, and 100



We didn’t forget about flat cards, either! We’ve got a new, luxurious watercolor paper available that provides a sweet combo of softness, strength, and texture.

One of Richard’s fave ideas for this lush paper is to use it like a mini fine art print… think outside the proof box the next time you send prints to your client!

Watercolor paper is best suited for images with a softer, lighter look; most color images will look great on any of our press paper options. Super dark colors don’t pack the same punch on watercolor paper, so if you’re looking for intense darks in a press card, we’d recommend semi-gloss or smooth matte (in that order).



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September 10, 2014

the secrets to shooting black & white film

There’s nothing Richard likes more than kicking it old school, and these days it doesn’t get more old school than black & white film. It’s an aesthetic you can’t find anywhere else, but it also presents some challenges. So, get the most out of this medium by exploring the world of black & white film with Richard!

Black & white photos can shift a viewer’s focus (wink wink). When color is no longer a factor, other elements and principles of design like texture, contrast, and shape all become more magnified. While this makes the whole experience of shooting a bit more challenging, it allows a photographer to convey simple, unadulterated emotion in a completely different way than color photography does.

The toughest part about shooting with black & white film is that you see the world in color. But this challenge can be an awesome learning experience about light, because light becomes the only information in the photo; it is the subject matter of every shot. Interpreting the colors you see into a monochrome image requires a calculated approach and takes time to master.

What should you have in your tool kit for becoming a black and white film superstar? Because light is so crazy-important, investing in a handheld light meter is one of the best things you can do for your black & white film photography. You’ll learn all about the different qualities of light and how to understand light in a quantifiable way. If you want negatives like Ansel Adams, a light meter is a must-have. The film stock you chose will also greatly affect the overall look of your shots. Kodak and Ilford are the most popular brands, but the key is really sticking to one stock and then mastering it. Learn all of its variables, how far it can be pushed/pulled, what ISO is ideal… become one with your black & white film stock.

Richard has some tips for you when it comes to black & white film. First, be mindful of light and shadows. Of course, paying attention to light is important for all types of photography, but this is especially true with black & white film. Without any color information, the way light and shadow interact with the objects in your photograph IS the makeup of the photograph. Give some special attention to shadows, which can display really rad textures and details specifically when shot on film.

Second, always remember that shadows are controlled by exposure and highlights are controlled by development. The most common problem with black and white negatives is underexposure, so err on the side of more exposure to get full detail in your shadows. Underexposure = no information = horrible scans and prints.

Don’t be afraid to do tons of testing! You’ll be rolling out gorgeous black & white negatives in no time.

Get the skinny on Richard's black & white film processing and scanning!

August 15, 2014

Large Frontier Scans Are Here!

Welp, it turns out you guys actually read this blog. #hooray! After our post on scan sizes and printing, we got a lot of inquiries from you eager readers about scan options in general, especially large Frontier scans. Who knew so many of you were jonesing for some big ‘ol scans?

Great news, guys! Once an exclusive custom option, Richard is going to make large Frontier scans available as another standard size for everyone. These scans are approximately 3342x4547 pixels. (Psst, we’ve updated our chart on the previous blog post to reflect this option. FYI, note that large Noritsu scans are still bigger in pixels than large Frontier scans.)

Also, did you know that Richard has a drum scanner? We wouldn’t be the scan masters we are without this bad boy, which produces the highest resolution of scans. (Heck, we've scanned images for the sides of 20-story buildings!) Drum scans are priced per image, so save them for your next special project!

We are so excited to offer this service to you, and we love that you guys are letting us know what you want from your lab. So let’s keep the conversations going, keep the information flowing, and keep the lab services growing! #toocheesy? #sorrynotsorry

See our newly snazzified scanning prices here.