Mainstay of the business is the successful range
of over 80 vintage image collection titles (plus
Radio Show compilations) and the
Complete Business Packages for
- Also see our recently introduced range of 'Mini Downloads' at
our mirror site Timecamera.co.uk. These are all large format and/or
very high resolution premium images offered in groups of six for
download at an unusually low price (under £2).
premises with extended studio facilities are also planned for the future to supplement our current mail order
and internet operations and to provide a first hand retail demonstration of the
excellent capabilities of our uniquely enhanced 'print your own' series of
different vintage image
collections (and growing).
We are now also inviting individuals with
an interesting and rare collection of photos or prints which could
possibly be made into a future, wide-appeal, image collection to get in
If suitable we will then quickly make high resolution scans and
return them intact. Next we begin the process of restoring and enhancing
all the images to make them suitable for digital reproduction print-making. The
resulting collections will then be marketed and distributed by us on
disc, on a royalty basis payable to the original owner or after a
one-off payment (while they get
to keep their original collections intact).
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About the Product
The Timecamera range is unique in having many
special attributes, including the following....
The images are all of a good printable
size on all standard printers and also large format too with several of
the collections. Too often we see amateur compilations with
dubious copyright being touted on-line at certain venues mainly by their
quantity i.e. thousands of images on a CD. The computer-literate will
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that only tiny images of
this quantity will fit on a CD and therefore they are of no
practical use for making quality prints.
Large, Restored & Enhanced Images
We have even seen one similar seller of a
large quantity claiming each of their "high resolution images" was
300dpi but on examination they each proved to be no bigger than one inch
square! When enlarged to a sensible size physically they were un-viewable. We
at Timecamera however provide
large, value for money images and can claim to offer
the best collections for the price.
Not just an unbeatable price but we also
provide images that have been painstakingly restored or enhanced
specially for digital print making. Very few take the trouble to do this
but we believe it important where the aim is to make quality prints,
whether for your own use or for
commercial use within the
is also important to not go too far with restorations but to retain the old 'vintage' look
of images, and we believe we have struck the right balance here.
ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BUYING IMAGE COLLECTIONS
IF YOU INTEND TO
MAKE PRINTS FOR SALE
don't be lured into buying image collections
where a large quantity is trumpeted in the headline. You can't beat the
law of physics to fit a quart into a pint pot when it comes to good
quality large file size images! It can be very expensive
to ignore copyright laws also, as many amateur fly by night, on-line
sellers commonly do.
Here are a few quick tips:
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 - they are simply unprintable. Thousands
of images on a CD only means wasted money!
Some image collections offered for sale, such as branded advertising
or travel posters, may be still under copyright protection. If a new, unknown seller's
description blithely encourages you to start a business selling such prints be
very wary -
Be sure the antique images have been restored and/or enhanced
especially for digital printing.
This is an essential task that can make all the difference in a print's
saleability or otherwise. If the seller has not already carried out this
it will mean a great deal of extra time for you and affect the viability and the
reputation of your business. The lure of a 'cheap' image collection
usually means money wasted.
Make sure the supplied images are both a suitable size physically for
making prints and also well over the basic 72dpi often supplied. Image pixels
are often quoted as a physical dimension but this can be 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). A high dpi resolution is
only meaningful if it is accompanied by a large enough physical size
too and the original is also of high clarity.
It is easy to create so called high resolution 300dpi images by
reducing poor-resolution images down to small physical sizes or
alternatively by expanding the dpi figure artificially with a graphics
program (without making an actual difference to the quality of the
print) so be wary
of dealers using these deceptions which rely on the ignorance of a
Do resist the temptation of lifting images from the internet. Often this
is simply theft of another's scan or photo which may be copyrighted, or
the image itself may still be under copyright. Remember too that retro
style doesn't necessarily mean the work is actually old and public
domain. Additionally it may be a substantially restored and/or uniquely
enhanced work which, as a significantly improved version of the original
is itself subject to automatically renewed copyright protection.
Even apparently public domain material shown on museum sites may be
protected simply because the scans are another's work (only the original
itself is copyright-free, not the scan).
Several museums now employ the use of agents to track illicit usage of
its material. We are often told "I found a similar image on Google, why
should I buy yours?" Search sites simply trawl for images. Obviously
they do NOT check copyright before displaying them and simply warn the
user that material may be copyrighted (it often is). It's a minefield
that needs to be trod very carefully where the danger is a potential
large financial loss through a big damages suite rather than loss of a
Avoid the temptation at all costs. It simply isn't worth the enormous
risk, especially when better quality, restored image collections can be
had for extremely low cost anyway!
Be careful out there
- or better still order only from Timecamera!