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IQ Imaging is an Internet business located in Charlottesville, Virginia, that provides digital slide imaging. Digital slide imaging is the process of converting digital files, such as JPG files and PowerPoint files, into 35mm slides.
Our original market was that of research professionals in science and medicine. Our market has grown to include a variety of private businesses, corporations, health care professionals, art galleries, and individuals. Currently, we are very popular among artists, artisans, cinema advertisers, churchs, and museums. Students applying to art school especially appreciate our low cost, high quaility, and fast service as they prepare their art portfolio slides. We serve clients both locally and long distance, nationally and internationally, by way of the Internet. Clients send us their files electronically over the Internet and we ship the finished 35mm slides back by Federal Express or USPS Priority Mail. Local clients can pick their 35mm slides up at our Charlottesville office.
IQ Imaging was founded in 1994 by Steve Donaldson, former Director of Biomedical Communications at the University of Virginia. Steve has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Yale University and a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. In his spare time, Steve enjoys tutoring chemistry and physics at the Univeristy of Virginia - tutor contact here.
Need to convert from 35mm slides to digital, instead of from digital to 35mm slides?|
IQ Imaging does not do 35mm to digital conversion but we can recommend someone who does.
Check out Saugus Photos Online - Slide Scanning Service, owned and operated by Jim Harrington.
Jim is easy to work with and provides great service.
We highly recommend him for your digitizing needs.
Need design work for your cinema on-screen advertising?|
We don't do design work at IQ Imaging, but we can recommend someone who does.
Check out Audio Graphics, Inc., owned and operated by Terry Adams.
Terry specializes in theater slides.
He provides fast service, has really good prices, and offers free test slides.
We highly recommend Terry at Audio Graphics for your cinema advertising needs.
Are you an artist looking for more online resources?|
ARTIST RESOURCE connects, educates, empowers and promotes creative people in the visual and literary arts by providing a supportive community online. They post calendars of shows, events and classes, readings, interactive forums, competitions, jobs, galleries, portfolios, hundreds of art links, art supplies, advice and techniques, and artists' stories. Check them out.
Looking for cinema related resources?|
Check out bigscreenbiz.com, a web site for anyone in the cinema business.
This site is especially popular with small cinema owners and drive-in managers.
They have forums, directories, release charts, tips on running a cinema business, and free classifieds.
Are you an digital photographer looking for more online resources?|
Check out Digital Camera Resources - Digital Camera articles and resources. They have collected many helpful articles and resource links for digital camera enthusiasts of all ages and ablilities.
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Land, Sky, and Water in Soft Pastels
Fine Art by Susan Klabak
Susan Klabak lives in Mazomanie, Wisconsin and maintains a studio there. She is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Madison Art Guild, Wisconsin Regional Artist Association, International Association of Pastel Societies, the Madison Area Pastel Artists, and Wisconsin Painters and Sculptures. Working almost exclusively in soft pastels, the subjects of her landscape paintings are usually found within a 25 mile radius of her home. Susan is represented by the Jura Silverman Gallery in Spring Green, Wisconsin and the Jack Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
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Enthusiastic, detail-oriented and versatile designer,
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She is experienced in the field of graphic and marketing communications
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She is a graduate of Jenkintown High School, Elizabethtown College, and Arcadia University.
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Award winning pastel artist, Barry Jamison.
Website includes Gallery, location of Studio, Class schedules, and more.
|"The slides are beautiful. Thank you so much. I added you as a link on my website - www.paulapearlart.com"|
|"The package is already here! FedEx was really Express. And the slides are just perfect. Thank you for your excellent and professional service. You have won an overseas client for the future :-)"|
Richmond Hill, ON, CANADA
|"THANK YOU! appreciate the service and like the test slide program..."|
|"Hello, I am happy to start doing business with you..all of your instructions were very clear and helpful:)"|
New York, NY
|"Thank you Steve for being so professional. Your prices seem very reasonable to me."|
|J.L., Photography Student
|"Hi, just wanted to say thank you for my previous first-time free order. You guys did a great job! My dad and I are happy to have found your company, you can expect all our job orders from now on."|
|"Steve- Just got the slides and they look great. Thanks for being on the ball. I will post your link on my site. Thanks"|
|"Hello, The slides arrived and they are great. Hope to use you again. Thank you."|
|"Thanks so much for producing the slides for my daughter's portfolio. Everything looked great and was delivered as promised. You saved the day when our local photo company had an equipment breakdown. I will pass along your information to other art students in our area who may need slides for their college applications. Thanks very much!"|
New York, NY
|"Hi Steve!...I just received them and they look great. Thanks! I filled out and submitted a new order form for 14 additional sets of these 20 slides (280 total slides)."|
|"Hi Steve, ... The quality of the slides is wonderful- you do great work and I appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time to it right! More slides soon."|
New Hope, VA
|"GREAT ORDER FORM!! ... Thanks for the great slides and service ... I will be back! ... GREAT JOB! ... Thanks again."|
New York, NY
|"I got them. They are great. 17 more on the way. Thanks... I Passed the website around to fellow artists, professionals etc. everyone very impressed with quality of work from 3 test slides."|
New York, NY
|"Hi Steve, I got the slides and they look great...Thanks so much"|
|"Thank you for being such good professionals"|
New York, NY
|"Thanks again for always being so helpful. We have love using your company!"|
|"Thanks for great customer service."|
|"Thanks so much. I'll look at the slides and decide. You are great to work with!"|
|"THANK YOU for your kind service...I am grateful that you rushed my order as asked...they arrived today...JUST IN TIME! THANK YOU!"|
|"Thank you! You guys are th best in the biz!"|
|"Great. Thanks for the good service. I look forward to working with you in the future. I will be placing a notice on my website..."|
North Hollywood, CA
|"Thanks a lot, you guys are the best."|
|"Hi Steve, Whatever you did, it worked! I picked up the slides this morning and was able to get my entry (due 3/3) into the mail for the early truck! YAY! Thanks so much!"|
|"I received my slides and I am very satisfied. Thank you"|
|"Thank you so much for getting the slides done & shipped quickly!"|
|M.F., Art Student
Carnegie Mellon University
|"I lost my portfolio containing slides yesterday, and found you today. I need these slides for Monday morning...Thanks so much for having such a simple, clean, interface."|
|"Thanks for great service. We received the slides and are quite pleased. We will definitely call on you again in the future. Thanks again,"|
Stillwaters Glass Studio
|"Hello, I received my slides today and want to let you know I'm very happy with how they turned out. Thank you for the quick service. I will recommend you to friends, family and other artist. Thank you,"|
|"hi, Awesome !!!!!!!!! you guys are great. I never again expected to need slides, but ....................applying for a fellowship in provincetown. thanks so very much, c.a."|
|"Steve- The slides look great, thanks for your help,"|
New York, NY
|"Thank you very much for you help."|
|"Thanks A lot, ya'll have been great!"|
|"Thank you so much. I appreciate you prompt and kind service."|
Leaning Tree Designs
Caroga Lake, NY
|"Thanks for a great job as always."|
|"Thanks! And the slides look great."|
|"Dear Steve: thank you so much for slides and your wonderful job and service...I am leaving to Moscow on 20 July. Thank you very much for kindness and help."|
|M.R., PowerPoint Presenter
|"Hi Steve, Got the slides. Very happy with them. Have definitely passed along your data to two others who use them professsionally."|
|J.K., Theater Advertiser
|"steve~ just wanted to let you know my sister received the slides and wanted to thank-you for the quick turnaround... i will definitely recommend you if anyone needs slides made... :o)"|
|"I got them and will be sending you another order soon. thanks much. I will give your contact information to the Washington Arts Group and CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts)"|
|"Hi Steve, I received my slides today I am very pleased with them. I will definitely use your services again and I will tell other artists friends of mine. Thanks again "|
|"Hello Steve, Just realized you may want to know how the slides arrived. It worked out great, They are beautiful and I received them last Friday! Thanks so much, I will be using you again."|
Mountain View, CA
|"Hi Steve, Thank you so much for my slides. They were fantastic, and I got into the art show!...Thank you again!"|
Flint River Astronomy Club
|"Thanks for the tips Steve...The slides turned out much better than I expected when looking at the quality of the reproductions. You do outstanding work. I was referred to you by the Museum of Arts and Sciences located in Macon, Georgia. They told me that you had done some work for them and that they were well pleased with it...Thanks for an excellent job."|
|"Hi Steven, Just a note to let you know I got the slides OK. They look beautiful! Thank you so much! If the convention asks me to do another slide presentation - you will be my first pic to prepare the slides. Keep up the great work!"|
Mountain View, CA
|"I sent in my files for test slides last week. They came out great! I want to order more..."|
|"I received the package...they look great...I have been so pleased with your service...Many thanks"|
|"thank you. test slides look great."|
Maple Grove, MN
|"Steve, Thanks for the quick return on my slides, they look great. I will be sure to pass on the name of your company to my other artist friends."|
Ellicott City, MD
|"I RECEIVED THE SLIDES AND THEY LOOK GREAT THANK YOU --- "|
San Francisco, CA
|"I can't say enough how thrilled I was when I saw my slides from IQ Imaging. The colors and the details were perfect, and customer service was exceptional. Everything was on time and in order. I would recommend this service to anyone, and as a matter of fact I will. Thanks Steve and the IQ Crew!"|
New York, NY
|"Steve, Thank you for your prompt response. And thank you even more for a job well done. I am thrilled at the color and quality of the slides, and at less than a third of the price of our most highly recommended local processor. You'll be hearing from me again, and I will certainly be sending referrals your way."|
Digital images are electronic snapshots taken of a scene or scanned from documents, such as photographs, manuscripts, printed texts, and artwork. The digital image is sampled and mapped as a grid of dots or picture elements called pixels. Each pixel is assigned a tonal value (black, white, shades of gray or color), which is represented in binary (zeros and ones). The binary digits, or "bits", for each pixel are stored by a computer and often reduced to a mathematical representation (compressed). The bits are then interpreted and read by the computer to produce an analog version for display or printing.
A digital camera is an electronic device used to capture and store photographs electronically instead of using photographic film like conventional cameras. Modern compact digital cameras are often multifunctional, with some devices capable of recording sound and video as well as photographs. Professional digital cameras, on the other hand, are generally dedicated to photography. In the Western market, both types of digital cameras now outsell their 35mm film counterparts
A slide is a special type of transparency film intended to be projected onto a screen using a slide projector. This allows the photograph to be viewed by a room-full of people at the same time. Slides were at one time the most important medium for presentations, but LCD projectors which are now widely available have replaced many traditional slide projectors, especially for business and science presentations. The traditional 35mm slides are still preferred by many art schools and galleries.
Artists should never give their work away or sell it without first documenting it by taking a photograph or a slide. Slides are a good choice as they will reproduce the work well, but they can be a lot of work. Mark the slides with your name, the name of the piece, medium, the size, and an arrow showing the top of the slide for work where this is not obvious. You may also include a description sheet along with your slides detailing assignments and other information you feel an art school admissions committee should know about each piece. Slides should be focused on your work not on the background. Focus in on the image as close up as possible. One way is to place your artwork on a black cloth that is covering a large chair. Always use a neutral background. Place your work out of direct sunlight but in a light area, and shoot. Be sure to take off the glass or acetate before taking a slide.
An art portfolio is a collection of an applicant’s best work, presented as professionally as possible, demonstrating the applicant’s interests and aptitude. Quality is more important than quantity. Applicants should submit only their best work. The slide portfolio is helpful in evaluating the applicant's commitment to pursuing education and a career in the visual and performing arts, design, the building arts, or the history of art and architecture.
The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit slide portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.
In the United States, Art and Design schools that offer BFA and MFA degrees break down into several basic types with some overlap. The most fundamental is a small, private art or design school. O'More College of Design, Maine College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, for example, would all be representative of that model. Add to that the larger private art schools, such as the Rhode Island School of Design, Art Center College of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Pratt Institute, University of the Arts, Philadelphia and Otis College of Art and Design. Some of these schools belong to a consortium called AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design).
Craft fairs can be the best way to get your crafts business off the ground. Since you are meeting with your customers face-to-face, it is an excellent way to do market research for your work and its price. As you sit quietly by your table, you will receive all kinds of unsolicited advice from the crowds of shoppers passing by your booth. It seems somewhat magical, the minute one walks into one's craft booth, one turns invisible and customers will discuss your products as though you aren't there - what a great opportunity for market research.
The larger craft fairs are generally juried. The jurying process usually involves sending in a portfolio that includes slides of your work and a resume, along with a jurying fee. When you call or send for an application form, all the information regarding the jurying process will be included. Some fairs will have you send in actual samples of your work, however, this is becoming less common. The booth fee for a juried fair is much more expensive, but the number of people who generally attend this type of show is much greater. Juried shows start at about $100 and go upwards to as much as $3500 depending on the size of the booth and the type and duration of the show.
Cinema on-screen slide advertising has fantastic benefits as an advertising medium in that the audience is affluent and dynamic, they pay to be entertained while seated in a darkened auditorium with no distractions, and the screen is larger than life with all eyes focused on it. All these factors combine to make cinema advertising the one of the most effictive ways to communicate your message.
More and more churches are using 35mm slides to project the words to their church music. This has proven more cost effective to maintaining, storing, updating, and replacing traditional hymnals. Worshippers also find it more convenient than searching through the hymnal for the right page.
Do you have some tips, techniques, or trivia you want to add to the list? Any ideas or fun facts about how to transfer art to 35mm slides, working with digital images, art portfolio slides, gallery applications, craft show preparation, PowerPoint presentations, cinema advertising, digital photography, or related items you want to contribute? Maybe you know where to get cheap art supplies or have a favorite digital camera to recommend. Share your knowledge in the box below.