Atmospheric Reentry Into The Blogosphere

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Hey everybody!

Long lost Matt Kaiser here. Apologies for falling off the face of the blog-Earth for a while there. But I’m back now and we’re gonna have some awesome times together from here on out, promise. :)

I don’t even know where to begin, there’s so many cool things to talk about. This was my last semester in the photography program I’ve been a part of (I’ll be receiving an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Photographic Technology from Washtenaw Community College) and man was it a great semester. The entire past two years in the program really have just been a fantastic experience. There’s a lot of good people there and I’ve made some great memories and great friends that I know I’ll keep with me forever. In general I’m not a very touchy feely type person but I hate goodbyes and leaving the school and everyone on Thursday, potentially for the last time ever, hurt a lot more than I was expecting. But let’s talk about all the fun, not sad stuff I’ve done lately.

Student Exhibition

This past Wednesday (April 30th) was an exhibition of student work for all those graduating from the Digital Media Arts department, including myself. It was a long day but I ended up really enjoying it. Everybody had a few people from the industry come around to review our portfolios and later in the day the public was invited to come through to take a look at our work as well.

Exhibition Table

My setup at the exhibition

I was displaying my portraiture and product portfolios, which you can find here in my galleries, along with giving away business cards and some 3D printed trinkets I made for the event (more on that in a bit). On the right side there are some metal prints I ordered and believe me, the hype surrounding metal prints is completely deserved. They look absolutely fantastic in person. Rich tones and ready to hang with a float-style mounting block on the back offers a really nice presentation and can definitely be worth the (often) higher price tag.

Moo Business Cards

My business cards I got from moo.com* and I’m really happy with how they turned out. The photo doesn’t really do them justice. Initially I hadn’t planned on using Moo due to the fact that they cost more than some other places. However, their pricing includes more premium features upfront, like full color double-sided printing and really nice cardstock, and they have this really cool technology called Printfinity. Basically it lets you print up to 50 totally different and unique front designs in a single order for no extra charge. I got 6 different images printed on the front and I ordered 200 cards total, so I got approximately 33 cards of each design. Pretty cool, no? Here’s what I ordered so you guys can get an idea of their pricing, if you’re interested in getting your own cards through them.

  • 200 rounded corner business cards, “classic” card stock, satin/matte finish (feels really nice to the touch) – $80
  • 1 Showcase business card holder; it fans open to display 3 cards (aka 3 different designs) at once – $10
  • 180 mini stickers; vinyl stickers with a glossy finish that have my logo on them, because who doesn’t like stickers?! – $20

You can see it cost about $110 total, which definitely isn’t the cheapest out there. But the quality and general friendliness of the company is more than worth it in my opinion. However, you can get 10% off your first order if you click on the moo.com link marked with a * up there. Full disclosure though, that’s my referral link so you’ll save 10% on your first order and I’ll get some Moo credit when you order. It’s a win-win for both of us and don’t worry, I wouldn’t have used up two paragraphs talking about the company if I didn’t think they were worth it. 😀

3D Printing

At the beginning of March I got my first 3D printer, a Printrbot Jr V2. Knowing practically nothing about the world of 3D printing before getting it has made for quite the adventure. I think that’s one of the most fun ways to do things though; dive in headfirst and either sink or learn how to swim.

One of my initial plans for it didn’t work out so well but, as I mentioned earlier, I ended up using it to print little trinkets to give away at the student exhibition. Since my branding, Intergalactic Photographic, is space-themed and spaceships are cool anyway I printed off little ships with the letters “I” and “P” stamped on the wings.

Click anywhere in the picture to interact with it

A lot of people were curious about the ships and I got the chance to introduce and explain some 3D printing technology to them (at least the little bit I know anyways), which was really fun. It’s always cool to share interesting new technology with people. Probably my favorite part though was when I told the little kids (and even some adults) that came by that they could keep one of the ships and getting to watch their faces light up. One little girl even came back a couple of minutes later with a picture she drew of the ship; it was really sweet. So look forward to hearing about more adventures in 3D printing!

 To The Future

I’m still not sure how exactly photography is going to fit into my future and where I’ll be going from here. All I know is that I love doing it and am gonna keep doing it in some way or another for as long as I can. I’ll be keeping the blog updated more consistently with what I’m working on and not disappearing for 4 months again. It was just a crazy semester. :) And if you didn’t get a chance yet please do check out my portfolios. Some of my best work from the past 2 years is in there and I’m pretty proud of what was created.

Finally, to all the people who helped me out either through modelling or something else: I seriously can’t thank you enough. I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as far as I did without all of you and I look forward to the day we get to work together again.

See you soon,
Matt

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