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I work as a free-lance web designer and SEO specialist with a specialty in portrait photography for business executives and performing artists

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I study ratiing services like google analytics, ALEXA, and other services in my work, so I not only make you look your best, but help find ways for others to find you.

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13 Reviews by Bertrand

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Anthony Robbins Company

Anthony Robbins Company

1/20/18

I have read a couple of books by Tony Robbins, which were OK, but then I saw the documentary "I am not your Guru." I was really shocked at how poor the filmed segments of the workshop were in terms of providing any evidence that what is done there has any lasting impact. It seemed extremely bogus to me. Even if Tony Robbins believes he is helping people, it doesn't mean that he is. It could be the placebo effect or just coincidence. But in terms of the messages and interpersonal behaviors and communications between and among the participants, I was truly shocked by how little Mr. Robbins or his staff had to offer.

MyPerfectWords

MyPerfectWords

1/19/18

I'm not sure if it's fair to judge a service by its website, but I reviewed this website since I have a graduate paper that needs editing and I found a grammatical error on the FIRST page of their sample edited paper! That is really poor business practice. It turned me off immediately. I'm going to look elsewhere. You might not have such a negative reaction, but I did.

Lands' End

Lands' End

11/27/17

I've noticed the quality of the men's products has gone down, specifically their cordoroy and other 'lower end' pants. They often have clearance sales, which have excellent discounts, but the quality of the products on them seems to be really poor. Maybe that's why they are placed in the clearance section.Here are two pluses regarding the clothes. The men's sweaters are reasonably priced and well made. The pants (other than clearance or jeans can be ordered with lengths tailored to within 1/4", not the usual inch, so you can get a more accurate length. Another good thing about their pants is that they have long length options. Since I'm 6'3", I sometimes have trouble finding pants long enough. No problem here. I've never had trouble with returns--just cut out the return label and paste it on the package. Luckily I've never spoken to customer service. I can't vouch for how good or bad it is. Additionally, the standard shipping takes about 7 to 10 days, so if you need something in a hurry, you'll have to pay a premium for the shipping, which can be expensive: in other words, you should plan ahead.

Shop.com

Shop.com

10/4/17

Shop.com is really a vendor marketplace made up of any company that is offering products for sale. You don't actually purchase anything from shop.com. It's just a 'middle-person' and not a good one.

Chances are if you order something, you'll get no communication about delivery time or whether there's a delay in ordering. You just have to wait, and eventually your item is delivered.

Some of the products are 'generic' brands that are of suspect quality. They may be OK, but there isn't much description of what you're planning to buy, which raises issues of trust.

Snapfish

Snapfish

8/21/17

For prints up to 5 x 7, you may save money with snapfish, but anything larger has a good chance of being of poor quality with dull color, very cheap paper, and lousy packaging.

Mpix

Mpix

8/21/17

First, I get all my MPIX prints through zenfolio, which is a photographer gallery website. If you buy a year membership in zenfolio, you can purchase prints and other items from Mpix at cost, which is about 30% less than retail. However, once in a while, they have a half-price sale on prints starting at 8 x 10 in size. Then it's really a good deal, because you're paying 50% of an already discounted price. Now, here is where you have to use some common sense or better, have some knowledge of photo printing. Mpix will lock you out of ordering a print that's too big if your pixel count for any jpeg file is too small. BUT, you also have to use some judgment. If you have an out of focus photo, or a photo with poor contrast, poor color, etc., mpix can't help you that much, even though they do have a default for color correction. Make sure your photo doesn't just have the minimal file size for a print, but more than the minimal. You can find the file size to print size math on lots of websites. It also pays to pay the extra for their smear proof coating; it's about $1 to $2 dollars depending on photo size. It is worth it. Every handle a photo and then see fingerprints on it? Good luck. Another bit of advice: if you have very vivid colors in your images, say, from photographing flowers or other very colorful objects, I'd be careful and make sure the file size is large enough to result in vivid print color. Remember, the larger the print, the duller the color. A print at 8 x 10 is going to be brighter and sharper than a 13 x 19 print. If you calculate the square inch total of the paper it's easy to tell. You are spreading more ink over a larger surface, and pixel density can impact very large prints. I know this stuff because I did my own printing for years, and decided it wasn't worth the time and expense. It might cost $2.00 to print an 11 x 17 photo at home, but it might take four or five tries, not to mention a host of other things that can go wrong. For monochrome photos, I'd definitely go with Mpix. Ink printers only use a couple of cartridges when mixing b&W or sepia. Mono- or duotone images look great from Mpix.

Chewy.com

Chewy.com

11/8/16

If chewy has a sale, I take advantage of it. I've never had trouble with an item being out of stock or a delivery being late, which is important if you're buying cat food or cat litter. I regularly check out their site for special sales.

Adorama

Adorama

11/8/16

I've bought photo paper and some camera accessories from Adorama. I've also ordered some photo prints from them. I have been happy with their business. However, they are very busy and if there's a glitch in your order, you could have problems. My advice is to patronize them if you have a non-glitch type order (although that is fairly impossible to predict).

Photo.net

Photo.net

6/16/16

photo.net is a very 'robust' website for photographers and anyone else connected with photography. They have loads of specific forums, like 'digital darkroom,' forums devoted to specific camera companies, forums about lighting, etc. They even have a beginners forum which is great for duh, beginners. There are some world class photographers and photography experts on this site, so a question you raise is often answered very thoroughly. Now here's the rub. Sometimes the responders are very technical and will even argue among themselves. They also have an entire library of articles, and the site allows you to upload your own photos for critiques. The free version of the site gives you a limited portfolio space. The paid subscription (which is very cheap) gives you unlimited space for portfolios. I could mention all the other positive aspects of the site, but the best thing to do is to check it out for yourself. Now, I have heard some photographers claim the members of the site are too parochial, but you'll have to decide that yourself.

dpreview

dpreview

1/11/16

The forums on Dpreview are really good. People really know their stuff, and consistently give good advice on cameras, lenses, accessories, and the site regularly provides professional reviews of all the newest equipment

BetterWorldBooks

BetterWorldBooks

1/31/14

This site is supposed to give part of its profits to charity, but they don't seem to be too altruistic with their customers. I ordered a book from them that I needed in a hurry. A week later, hey sent me a notice that it was out of stock. I ordered another book from them, and got a message, stating that the copy of the book I had ordered was damaged so they were cancelling the order. Maybe they should change the site's name.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt

1/31/14

This is a photo sharing site that used to be good, but is getting a bit out of hand. At first, it was a good site for photographers to have their photos critiqued. But lately, it has been overloaded with lots of semi-porno type images, which seem to be the most popular. That's not so bad, but it seems a lot of those 'adult photos' have links to websites that are more x-rated related than photo related.

WyzAnt

WyzAnt

2/2/14

1) First of all, if you see five star reviews on this site for Wyzant, they are most likely fake. You'll notice they are aggregated together on certain days, as if all of a sudden a bunch of people decided to give this company 5 stars. Hmmm....Also, if you check those 5 star reviews, you'll see that the rater has only rated Wyzant. Take a look at 5/1/2017 for example. By coincidence five or six people provided 5 star reviews and then the next review jumps a few weeks. And those 5 star reviews? They are often just a few words long. If you really have a good experience with a company, don't you usually write more? The company has brought in a few marketing consultants whose sole goal is to drum up business, not to provide quality tutors.

2) This company not only is a ripoff, the information on the website and info you will get if you talk to their customer support team is B.S. They are now charging an extra 5% fee for each hour you get tutored. Why the new fee? They simply are trying to make more money (or making up for the fact they are losing money) since you're not getting anything extra for the five percent.

Ironically, Wyzant boasts about having so many available tutors, but if you think logically, that simply means they will accept just about anyone. If they had a more limited pool of tutors, that could be evidence they have students and parents interests in mind. It's pretty sad to consider that they don't even realize the poor image they are presenting to the public.

I think two stars is appropriate because you MIGHT get a good tutor. You might get a great tutor. But you should be cautious and ask a tutor questions about background and experience. However, that great tutor is great because she/he is talented and concerned. It has nothing to do with their listings on Wyzant.

Tip for consumers: Contact a few five star reviewers of Wyzant before trusting them. BTW, want to have a good laugh? Scroll down to the reviews around May. Then notice there are no reviews until July. Then see how starting in July, there's one five star review after another.

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Bertrand H.'s review of MyPerfectWords earned 2 Very Helpful votes
Bertrand H.'s review of Lands' End earned 3 Very Helpful votes
Bertrand H.'s review of Mpix earned 2 Very Helpful votes
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Bertrand H.'s review of Photo.net earned 2 Very Helpful votes
Bertrand H.'s review of DeviantArt earned 5 Very Helpful votes
Bertrand H.'s review of dpreview earned 2 Very Helpful votes
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