Good Morning All!
I'm making a calendar of the Prudhoe Bay, Alaska Oilfield and it's being printed now. This calendar is mostly a photographic explanation of what Prudhoe Bay is like. This is a first for me and a great learning experience. So far, I've only talked to co-workers about the calendar. From the response, I'm thinking of asking the printer to do a second run.
Should I have started a small business to do this?
Lesson learned so far:
1. Whatever format you need, think and shoot in that format if you can. So many of my favorite photographs didn't make the cut because they wouldn't fit the 8" x 10" calendar format.
2. If you are going to shoot a calendar, or use some of your "stock" for a calendar, print the photo's on plain paper and lay them out on a table or counter to get a feel for continuity and cohesiveness. You have no idea how many I printed and swapped/moved to get the final calendar. :-)
3. If you are going to make a 2013 calendar, don't start in late September. :-) Printing prices had risen considerably from earlier in the year. Printers are busy and it would've been nice to have the calendars done and on hand in September.
4. Finding a good printer is GOLDEN! I was sooo discouraged with the high prices and the unwillingness to customize or stray from their standard format.