Author Archives: Mark Mizen

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.

What You See Is Not What You Get

I completed my second photo book with Shutterfly, and I now understand more about how the Shutterfly process works and why I had difficulties with my first book. This book also required two reprints and it’s still not perfect, but … Continue reading

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Better Photo Books Will Increase Sales

I recently surveyed consumers familiar with photo products to better understand their attitudes toward photo books and long-term preservation. I ran the survey in a photo-related group on Facebook in October 2021 to get a variety of responses from customers … Continue reading

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Forever and PDF File Size Limits

One of my goals is to always preserve the photo books I create on my Forever site. I don’t always care about individual photos, since in the absence of specific information about the photos and a system to organize them, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Reprints

Shutterfly offers an automatic photo book creation process. I created my photo book but when it was time to order, I suffered a case of severe case of photo book sticker shock. No problem. I could easily wait to place … Continue reading

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Shutterfly Wins at Automatic Photo Book Creation

After my previous post on creating a photo book at Shutterfly, I received multiple suggestions from readers of this blog to try Forever’s automatic photo book creation process. I decided to give it a try and see how it worked. … Continue reading

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Photo Book Creation at Shutterfly

I recently finished creating a photo book using Shutterfly’s online photo book creator. I had various reasons for selecting Shutterfly, but the primary reason was the need to deal with an overwhelmingly large number of photos from a family trip … Continue reading

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Neil James Mizen

Remembrance of Neil Mizen (May 21, 1932-April 6, 2021) April 14, 2021 Thank you for the opportunity to say a few words about my father. I would like to share a little bit about his background and how it affected … Continue reading

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The Problem with Flattened PDF Files and Text

PDF files are incredibly useful. They are used for everything from industrial production of photo products to archiving digital files for preservation. The problem is not all PDF files are created equal. Text, in particular, relies on sharp, high-contrast edges … Continue reading

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Effective Photo Editing

I’m three photo books behind and everybody want the photos from my last vacation. The problem is that photo editing is tedious and I don’t like to distribute photos until I have had a chance to go through them and … Continue reading

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Creative Memories Announces Memory Disposal Service

Creative Memories has announced a new service, Memory Flush™, to help customers deal with unpleasant memories. In partnership with Kohler and American Standard, Memory Flush will safely dispose of failed relationships, former friends, and flawed family members. The new service … Continue reading

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