I would suggest that you not consider the cost of the mat, in the same way you likely don't consider the cost of the box you ship it in.
What you are selling is the image, everything else is immaterial.
Ran a photo station not long back - decided to use the back wall of the barn as the backdrop rather than dropping in a white background or something. It was a risk, but I'm happy with how it went.
More on my photography blog (it's a post or two back)
So, as a reminder: go with...
No you don't. You only need CCP if you care to control the camera from the computer. If all you want is to be able to press the shutter and have the file go to the computer, you don't need CCP.
Set the camera to be a 'mass storage device' and have the watched folder be the CF card in the...
It is called Camera Control Pro.
Technically, you don't need CCP to shoot tethered (unless you want to control the camera from the PC as well). All you need is a program that does 'watched folders' - which can be done by a multitude of different programs.
Yeah, normally the other option is "mass storage device" or something similar.
Basically, it just has two options that has the camera:
1) Pretend it is a external hard drive / card reader
2) Actually be the camera
It needs to be on 'actually be the camera' mode for tethered shooting...
I find only certain images work well on metallic - but for those that work, they REALLY work. B&W and rich Sepia almost always rocks the house - 'portraits' don't always look 'better' (though rarely significantly 'worse') than normal prints.
Mettalic is much more contrasty, as well as loses...