MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR BUYING IMAGE COLLECTIONS
IF YOU INTEND TO MAKE PRINTS don't be lured into buying image collections where a large quantity is trumpeted in the headline (common on eBay). You can't beat the law of physics and fit a quart into a pint pot! It can be expensive to ignore copyright laws also, as many amateur sellers commonly do. Here are a few tips:
1. The larger the quantity the less you will get (in quality). Don't be lured into buying large numbers of low quality, tiny size images that are simply unprintable. Thousands of images on a CD simply means wasted money!
2. Many popular collections offered, such as stars signatures and branded advertising, may well be under copyright protection. If a seller's description encourages you to start a business selling such prints be very wary - ask first.
3. Are the antique images enhanced for printing or otherwise restored? This task can mean a great deal of work.
4. Make sure the supplied images are both a suitable size physically for making prints and well over the basic 72psi often supplied. Image pixels are often quoted as a physical dimension but this can be very misleading for beginners if they need to compress them themselves to achieve a high enough resolution/physical size ratio for saleable prints (assuming the supplied quality is high enough to begin with).
Be careful out there - or buy from Timecamera!