July 21, 2014


Hardcover books are getting another upgrade at Richard! Smooth matte lay-flat pages are now available in ROES. Lay-flat pages do just what they say—the spreads sit completely flat so the binding hides nothing.

So how does it work? Well, standard pages are adhered directly within the spine of the book, making the pages pop up from the spine and curve outwards. Lay-flat pages are attached to a hinge that is within the spine, which allows the pages to remain flat when open.

Available in the following sizes:
3x3, 5x5, 8x8, 8x10, 10x8, 10x10, 8.5x11, 11x8.5
80-side maximum

You can find lay-flat books on ROES in the Press Printed Books section. Try them out with our new premium hardcover options!

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July 14, 2014


Richard has been listening, and we’re proud to announce the release of our premium hardcover options, now available on ROES!

In addition to our already wide array of cloth options, you can now add luxe to your next hardcover book project with the refined look of linen or premium faux leather alternatives.

Interlaced with specks of darker hues in a creamy texture, we call our linen option Vanilla Bean. It’s softer to the touch than the standard cloth option. Neutral tones make it perfect for any setting from your next gallery opening to mom’s coffee table, or perhaps even as a keepsake “album alternative” for any special occasion.

Showcase your art in old-world sophistication and luxury with a Richard faux leather hardcover book. With color options of Matted Black, Saddle Up Brown, or Warm Espresso, you’ll be ready to sit by the fireplace in your smoking jacket with Richard, perusing the pages with a snifter and a little cognac to top it off. Faux leathers are also a great choice on your Naked Quarter Bind books, exclusively available at Richard.

Available in all current sizes of hardcover:
3x3, 5x5, 8x8, 8x10, 10x8, 10x10, 8.5x11, 11x8.5, 12x12

You can find all of our new premium hardcover options on ROES today! If you're curious about seeing all of Richard's hardcover options in person, grab a swatch kit (available in ROES in the hardcover books section).

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July 02, 2014



This Independence Day weekend, spend a little time with Richard and get 15% off frames. They’re awesome for displaying all your favorite memories from this summer!

Richard’s handmade two-inch wooden frames are available in black, mahogany, or beech.They feature slight bevels and are available with our without a white mat. Available in sizes 11x14, 16x16, 16x20, 20x24. And don’t forget the prints that go in them! Paper types for framed prints include Matte, Glossy, Lustre, Deep Matte, Pearl, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag fine art paper, and Canson BFK Rives fine art paper.

Head to ROES now and use promo code FREEDOM714 at checkout. Sale runs from July 3rd to July 6th, 2014.

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June 25, 2014

Film that Travels: the Effects of X-rays

Air travel and unprocessed film. Crazy how mixing these two things together can make us shake in our boots! There’s a lot of mystery around x-rays and their effect on film, especially these days as travel security technology is constantly evolving. But don’t worry, international photogs; Richard is here to shed some light on the subject.


Lucky you, you jet setter! There are just a few pointers you’ll need to remember (along with your passport) as you travel with your film.

First, never put your unprocessed film in your checked luggage. Never ever. Ever ever ever. The equipment used to screen checked luggage utilizes a high-intensity x-ray, and it will ruin any and all film (exposed or not). Eeeeek! Did we mention to never put your film under the plane?

That means your film will need to go in your carry-on bag. “But that goes through an x-ray machine, too!” you say. For the most part, these machines use a less intense x-ray that is unlikely to damage film. The TSA states that film less than 800 ISO can go through the x-ray machine for carry-ons without a problem. However, Richard suggests you should (politely) insist that your carry-on be hand searched when carrying any film just to be extra diligent. (Regulations and inspections vary by country, so it is possible some international airports will not honor this request.)

Lead-lined bags used to be an option for protecting film from radiation, but are no longer recommended. Because the x-ray security operator will not be able to see the items within the bag, they may increase the power of the x-ray machine until they can; this essentially cancels the effectiveness of the bag.


First, we’d like to say that we’ve never seen a roll of film that was damaged by x-ray machines during international OR domestic shipping. No, it’s not a scientific study or a cold, hard fact debunking x-ray damage during shipping… but Richard sees a lot of film. That said, choose an expedited, commercial carrier such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL to ship your film internationally. Contact these companies directly for details by country on their specific shipping methods.

Richard has done lots of research on the subject, and after scouring the internet and carrier-provided info, here’s the long story short: most commercial carriers such as FedEx or UPS do not x-ray their packages. However, when shipping internationally, these carriers cannot guarantee how other institutions, such as Customs, may handle your package.

Because of this, Richard recommends marking any film you are shipping with a label indicating “light sensitive materials” within. To be extra careful, you can use the following text:
Check out Kodak’s nifty downloadable labels here.

A last note on shipping: ship with caution when using USPS or a company that may outsource to USPS. The United States Postal Service sanitizes some mail to eliminate potential bio-terror threats, and while we’ve never seen a roll that’s gone through the process, we hear it will literally melt your film.

To read more on traveling with film and the effects of x-ray, check out the following links:
Kodak’s “Do X-Rays Harm My Film?”
Kodak’s “Technical Information Bulletin: Baggage X-ray Scanning Effects on Film”
Fuji Film’s “Support and Contact Center”

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*Please note: this blog entry was written using information available at the time. If you have had a different experience, we'd love to hear about it!

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June 20, 2014

Let’s Fly… June 21st is Paper Airplane Day!



What a perfect occasion for talking about paper. Take a closer look at press card papers available at Richard…  we’ll even teach you how to make a paper airplane!

Press cards are truly versatile. Of course you’ll think of them when it’s time to send that thank you card or announce a special milestone in life; you’re no dummy. But what about for that next big networking event? Or your latest gallery show? Press cards are a gorgeous and professional way to show your stuff and provide info about you. And Richard has three different papers available for press cards, each with it’s own unique print properties, so you can be just as versatile.

Let’s start with semi-gloss! Semi-gloss press paper is silky smooth, perfect for when you have a lot of text to go along with your rad photos. This 100 lb. cover stock has a slight gloss finish, giving dark colors a deeper pop!

Smooth matte is extremely popular, and rightfully so! This 100 lb. cover, uncoated stock has a lovely, satiny feel on your fingers and looks great in any lighting situation. The extreme bright white finish has a particularly crisp surface for sharp, refined imagery. Smooth matte paper feels heftier than semi-gloss if you’re looking for something a bit more sturdy.

Linen, oh linen! If you’re looking for a distinctive tactile experience, linen is for you. This 100 lb. cover paper is bright white and subtly embossed with a cross-weave texture for a sophisticated presentation. It boasts a precisely engineered surface for optimal durability and quality across every divot in the paper. While its name reads “delicacy”, don’t be fooled; linen is just as tough as smooth matte.

Itching to get your press cards now? Head on into ROES and order yours today!

Okay, okay, now that you have the skinny on Richard’s press card papers, let’s get to the paper airplane making! Here’s how it’s done:



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June 09, 2014

The Naked Quarter Bind: Up Close and Personal(ized)

Hardcovers are unclothed and exposed! That's right, Richard's press is the only one getting this risque, with the Naked Quarter Bind hardcover book. It's the classic, sophisticated look of a quarterbind book... with an earthy twist. Take a closer look at these nude nuances with Richard, and see what you're getting when you get naked with Richard!

So, why do we say this book is “naked”? The raw tag board featured on the cover—we’ve left it almost completely uncovered to show off the speckled grain of the board that makes every book unique. The simple finish of this 2.5 mm smooth board is unlike any other photo book you’ve held before.

Richard does have a tidbit of modesty, so the binding of the book is covered in your choice of Richard’s colorful fabrics (that’s the quarter bind part!). To match the no-fuss, natural look of the naked tag board, we leave the edges of the fabric unsealed. It’s rough around the edges in the very best way; every touch adds another memory.

Is Richard making you blush? Then (creatively) cover up! The Naked Quarter Bind is distinctive from any other photo book because you can customize the covers by hand in just about a million ways. Feeling a little crafty? Treat the cover like a super-scrapbook with your favorite photo prints, stickers, stamps, and tiny keepsakes. Good with a pen? Commemorate special dates and events with handwritten calligraphy. Taking your artistic endeavors to the #nextlevel? Acrylic paints really pop on the neutral board, or you can grab some archival ink and get to doodling. Feed your creative side and turn the cover into a work of art that's worthy of your gorgeous photos inside.

Like anything that’s in the buff, the Naked Quarter Bind is a tad delicate. So, like anything you love, handle and store it with care!


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June 03, 2014

A Richard Exclusive: The Naked Quarter Bind Hardcover Book

Richard is going au naturel with his brand new Naked Quarter Bind books! The Naked Quarter Bind hardcover book features raw front and back tag board with your choice of colored cloth that wraps around the binding. The au naturel look gives this book an earthy feel; the perfect memento to hold memories in. And, as always, it’s handmade in Hollywood, so you know it’s built with love.

Completely customizable, Richard implores you to take your creativity to the next level and make a one-of-a-kind keepsake for life. Handwritten calligraphy, a scrapbook-esque collage, or teeny footprints from your little one are some of Richard’s fave ideas. Or, you can keep your quarter bind book in its birthday suit, showing off that au naturel finish.

Richard's Naked Quarter Bind should be handled with love and stored with care--it's not easy being naked! Available in all of our current sizes of hardcover books, at no additional cost: 3x3, 5x5, 8x8, 8x10, 10x8, 10x10, 8.5x11, 11x8.5, 12x12. Get yours now on ROES; select the Naked Quarter Bind cover option in Hardcover Books.

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April 28, 2014

Pro Photo Expo and Conference 2014

The Pro Photo Expo and Conference was this past weekend in Pasadena, and Richard had a blast catching up with old friends, making new ones, and talking to everyone about our film processing and ROES! Thanks to everyone who got the chance to stop by the show and visit Richard.


Our friend the talented Frank Salas won not one but two Awards of Merit at the show with his stunning photos. Check out the double-matted print he produced with Richard above; what a show-stopper!

If you weren't able to make it to the show, don't worry! You can still get in on the post-show fun with Richard's Pro Photo Expo promo. Just use promo code 25PROEX14 at checkout in ROES to get 25% off your entire order. Excludes albums and proof prints; ends May 23, 2013.

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April 18, 2014

We’ve Been Listening…


So, you've sent your film off to Richard and we've developed and scanned your photos. Or maybe you've sent Richard your digital photographs for some color correction and we've spruced up all the files. Hooray! But now you have to download the image files, and sometimes computers are hard... boo. Don't fret, friend; it's as easy as F-T-P!

Check out Richard's FTP Download Instructions for a step-by-step visual guide to downloading your photographs. You're a lot more tech-saavy than you thought.

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April 01, 2014

Books are in Bloom!

Spring is here! And Richard's soft cover books are in bloom. They're the perfect way to show off your photos and your look with style (whether you're impressing a client or need a keepsake for memories you can hold). And Richard's all about style... so when you buy a soft cover book, Richard will send you another for free!

When you order an 8x8, 8x10(v), or 8.5x11(v) soft cover book, we'll automatically send you a free copy--there's no need to change the book quantity. Just use promo code BLOOM14 in ROES at checkout. Hurry, sale ends April 27th, 2014!

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