Winter blues

Even with it being not a bad winter I still have the winter blues. I really have not minded this past winter for cold temperatures, so far only one really bad week of horrible temperatures. The problem has been the changes in the weather. One day it is cool and snowy and a day later the winds are shaking everything and the temperature is rising. If it just stayed cool with snow it would not be so bad.

I have been out shooting a few times in the past couple of months but overall shooting outside has not been that great. Only so many sunsets and bridge pictures with snow that one person can take and still be interested in it. Staying at the studio is only so much fun when most of my customers are staying at home to avoid the winds so I have made up some projects to do over the past couple of months to beat the winter blues!

First project!

First project was to run some tests on the printers to make sure that the colors were as good as they could be. Was happy to see that things were looking great and that the systems that I tested were no better then what I was doing. Always scary thinking that I may not be using the best printing settings, but after tests I am happy with what I am printing.

Beating the winter blues project 1, testing colors on the printers.

Beat the winter blues – Project 2

I grabbed my camera and big lens, put them in a backpack and went out for a hike. This would not seem like a big thing to most people but for someone that has been dealing with lung issues this was a HUGE event. I have not been able to hike for years. I took the wildlife camera just in case and found one cooperative subject.

Project 3

I have been working on this project for YEARS!!! I wanted to get some affordable postcards for not only my printing clients but for selling my own work as well. Problem has been either the price is crazy high or the quality s low. So this winter I tried some tests and I am happy to say that I now have a printing company to do my postcard printing for me!!

Postcard back - high level bridge Lethbridge
4″x6″ Post Card Template

I still have a few more projects but I am hoping that it gets nice so I can shelve the projects. Like I tell everyone “artists are the biggest procrastinators” and I would like to be able to put a few things off to enjoy some really warm and not windy weather!!

Paterson Photography Changes

People have been asking why the changes here at Paterson Photography? Well it is simple, I am trying to stay organized and that is a HUGE project in itself. Over the past years several of my businesses and hobbies have merged into one HUGE mess.

People that are looking for my nature prints find my woodworking or my teaching information but cannot find my nature prints. People that want to follow the happenings with my van find my nature prints, etc, etc.

So I have been slowly separating things to make it easier for me and for my friends and clients. Well to be blunt it is like separating an omelette, it has not been easy. I am glad that I am doing it but it will take a lot of work to clean things up.

So be patient and someday I may have things all organized. You may see posts overlapping for a while but slowly things will split completely, or at least that is how I plan it 🙂

So some of my sites if you are interested are below…

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What print size won’t crop your image

Why does that print size crop my image?

So what print size will I be able to print without loosing any of the image? The question is almost daily. “Why is it when I get a 5×7, 8×10, 11×14 or 16×20 print made of my digital file I have some of the image cut off”?

The answer

A digital camera sensor is NOT the same proportions as the print sizes mentioned above.

Why are those print sizes so popular? According to history the sizes that we have come to know as normal where used by photographers that shot 645 medium format. These sizes fit this format perfectly.  35mm Film and most sensors in digital cameras are proportioned to 4×6, 8×12, 11×16, 12×18, 16×24. Only these sizes will give you the full image file without cropping any of your image.

Cropping can be a good thing if you plan for it. It can allow you to get closer to the subject and eliminate “extra” parts of the picture.  For some pictures it is a killer.  Imagine a picture of a large family and the people are from one edge of the image to the other.  Then the client asks for a 16×20.  Well you now have to choose who in the family that you are going to cut out. Or you will have to do a lot of editing to add sky or foreground to the image.

Full print size
The full digital image
Cropped print size
When you ask for a cropped print size

So what should you do?

When shooting images imagine that you have crop lines in your viewfinder. Or do like many did in years past and draw the crop lines in – if you so dare or are crazy enough to try.  Then leave space around your images for the cropping to the common sizes. 

If you want to do something artistic like shooting a image to print to 24″x8″ make sure that you let your client know first. That way they won’t try and order a 8×10 from that image. Or maybe do one that is more artistic in posing then do some that will fit the common format sizes.

If you do mess up and crop too tight for the print size, add some space using Photoshop. Unsure of how to add space ask when ordering and I will help you with it.

Borderless Art Card / Postcard

Finally available a folding borderless art card. Printed on a fine art paper this is great for a gift, for trade shows and art shows.

Art cards printed on fine art water color paper.  These cards have a very expensive feel and look at a reasonable price!

I can make these cards using a digital image, negative, slide, print or from your art work

Suitable for:

  • Christmas cards
  • Birthday cards
  • Graduation cards
  • Thank you cards
  • Wedding announcements
  • Gift cards with your art work or photography
  • Art cards to sell at craft shows
  • and many more uses.
Borderless art card
Borderless art card

Flat cards

Flat cards are 5×7 in size and can be printed with or without borders. Back text can be black & white or color.

5×7 flat cards (standard – no text on back) $2.20
5×7 flat cards (deluxe – with text on back)  $2.30

Folding cards

Folding cards are 5×7 when folded and can have a border of 1/4″ or no border. Back text can be black & white or color. Printing can be inside on top of fold, below fold and / or on back of card.

5×7 Folding cards with or without inside text including envelopes $2.75

Card Boxes


When you want to put together a collection of cards a card box is PERFECT. A clear top with black bottom will easily hold up to 24 folding cards and envelopes, or up to 48 flat cards and envelopes.

Boxes/ tops $4.00 each

Clear Envelopes

If you want to sell your cards you need a way to package them to prevent damage. Our clear envelopes are the perfect solution! Re-closable adhesive top, Perfectly clear so customers can easily see your art. You can purchase 1, 10 or 1000. Price breaks for larger quantities.

Advertising Information

If you are selling your cards I can print information on the back of the cards such as website, email, QR code, phone number or the name of the artwork. A great form of advertising. Set-up fees apply.

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New Printer

I just got finished installing a new printer. If you asked me 20 years ago what would I be doing for printing today I would have been so far off it would have been amazing. 20 years ago I had a chemical darkroom and one digital printer. I would never have thought how busy the printing department would have gotten or that I would need so many printers.

New Printer Epson P800

Today I introduce to you my 5th digital printer! That is right I now have running in the backroom 5 printers. The newest printer is an Epson P800. It was brought in to not only add more capacity to the printing department but it has a couple COOL new features that I will be bringing on-line in the next couple of weeks.

The only issue I have found is my printing room seems to be getting smaller. That is okay it may be smaller but wow can I print a lot of prints in a day!!

Photo Lab

When you need quality photo printing in Lethbridge Paterson Photography is the photo lab you should be using! I will make your digital images look the best they can. We are the only choice for exceptional service and amazing prints!

I print for all types of photographers – Individuals & families, professional photographers or beginners, photo studios, businesses, industry, – ANYONE that needs a quality print. I am here to help. Friendly helpful service is standard and at no additional charge! No longer do you have to settle for poor quality department or drug store prints!

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Laminate Announcement

Laminate Sale

After close to 20 years I have switched to a new laminate!

Why New Laminate

Well first it was the fact that there is no more of the old stuff being made and supplies are getting low.

Second is because this new laminate is AMAZING!!! Just developed in the past year this laminate is thinner, clearer and has less of a texture than the sand so it shows the print even better!

It has taken a few months to test this new product and the results are in……. I LOVE IT!!!!

So a few things are happening with printing.

Starting today all work will now be printed on the new laminate. In order to show you the quality I am offering FREE lamination on all 16×24, 20×30 & 24×36 prints till the end of July. Limit of one per customer and you MUST mention this ad to get this..

ALSO>>>>>>>>>

I am selling off ALL display prints in the studio at 50% off. Some frames available as well at 50% off when purchased with the print. I want to switch my display prints to the new surface and this way everyone can get a bonus!!! LIMITED quantities!!

Prints you will be proud to sell or to display on your walls!

When you need quality photo printing in Lethbridge Paterson Photography is the photo lab you should be using! I will make your digital images look the best they can. We are the only choice for exceptional service and amazing prints!

About my printing

I print for all types of photographers – Individuals & families, professional photographers or beginners, photo studios, businesses, industry, – ANYONE that needs a quality print. I am here to help. Friendly helpful service is standard and at no additional charge! No longer do you have to settle for poor quality department or drug store prints!

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