How to greatly increase your sales and marketing in two years at a very Low Cost!

Let’s Celebrate…how to greatly increase your sales and marketing in two years at a very Low Cost!  A Top Rated Online Proofing site is a huge part of it – just what you need in your photography Tool belt!

In this article:                                                                                                               
How to increase your client data base FAST!
How to increase sales while you sleep.                                                                       How to show clients what you can do for them in another medium.
How to use this to create albums by showing client mock ups for approval.
How to do this at a cost of less than one family meal out per month!                             HOW YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR BUSINESS BY 300% in two years…

Ever wonder how other photographers make it in today’s photography culture?

HOW??? Online Proofing with one of the one of the TOP Ranked in proofing site in the world…that’s where you start.                                             http://www.top20sites.com/top-online-proofing-sites – SeeYourPhotos.net is #4 in the world.

Many pros like to teach about using projection viewing equipment to show & sell images (kind of expensive but functional) and how to up sell to a client in their studio or in person, and yes, that’s all a big part of what works. BUT DON’T LEAVE LOADS OF MONEY AND MARKETING OFF THE TABLE when the tools for the both are still available and at a low cost…How, AGAIN – you guessed it, Online Proofing…I’ll give you all the info you need in this one article to show how can this online proofing works for everything you need.  Let’s get started…

Let’s start with ALL your events you shoot.  How can you Increase sales and build your data base of client contacts thru emails of up to 80%  from clients that view your events you photograph and increase that with very little cost. Start with your online proofing solution to receive all that valuable information. SeeYourPhotos.net is one of the best that can help you out.  Setting up your account takes less than 10 minutes. So once your account is set up you are ready to go. Now, set up your event in advance of the date of shooting.  This way they can pre-register  their emails to view the event.  Create break apart event business cards to hand out  to your event(s) you photograph. Set it up according to the event you are photographing.  GREAT Example below:

At your weddings for instance, create enough so everyone can have one, hand them out to the guests and vendors too who you work with. Use the front to show the basic info ABOUT YOUR EVENT and how to get there and how to view the event from your websiteEVERYONE LOVES getting this at an event. Then show Specials or Discounts or at least your logo and contact information on the back.

They go to your link on your website like this, branded to look like your website.

Now let’s say you have 175 people at this wedding.  If 125 come to YOUR WEBSITE, viewing your company’s brand to visit the wedding, you should consider that 115 have never seen your website…now you have just shown your BRAND and business to 115+ potential new clients per only ONE event.  Take that times 25 weddings a year (on the average of guests) and you have 2875 new people who have seen your website, your brand, and now know what you can do for them.  Add senior shoots, family shoots, and addition jobs and watch the list grow.  Times 2 years and you have over 5000 new potential clients in your data base.  (This is an average, some get more and some get slightly less…and some have more to start with.)

OK, Let’s say it’s a Senior shoot.  Pre-register your event, complete your shoot, up sell at your studio or their home the images they want - NOW you put them online on your website so the other family members can see them and buy what they love – Oh and you also have shown your BRAND and collected all their data for future marketing such as holiday shoots or family photos and the data base for your marketing.  Then you do it all again at the family photo session – sell to them and then put them online – they will buy more and more family members will see them AGAIN increasing your data base.

Now over two years of events you can increase your sales and marketing by 300%!

As you can see in the image below, you collect the email, name, date and time they visited as well as what they put into their favorites folder under VIEW LIST.

In SeeYourPhotos.net you can collect the all names and emails per the allowed Can-Spam laws and build a huge list to market your business to.  Then you can USE THEM and market to many more potential clients.  In the past 5 years, one local company in Kansas City, KC Photo Innovations has collected over 15,000 contacts and emails for their studio.  That comes from weddings, senior shoots, family shoots, birthdays, conventions and everything they shoot.

WAIT…There’s More…Now they are in your event, if using SeeYourPhotos.net, you can show the event in beautiful HTML in (6) six different ways to cover all ages of technology know how.  Set the event to music to create an even more emotional touch.  Everyone can enjoy the wedding day over and over.  You can now sell to clients who do not have access to the wedding couple’s CD or the person’s images who hired you. Yours will look so much better than photos they got with the Cell Phones – Guaranteed – and make many more sales.

SeeYourPhotos.net has more tools for use than most other online proofing website.  It works fast, easy and simple…because it was built by professional photographers and they then listened to the pros about what worked best for them.  Now it is ready for you, and it is more than affordable – try the 30 day free trial – see for yourself how well this can work.  The prices are low and the owners actually answer the phone or return calls…giving you a very good sense about what you are doing and how to improve on it as well.

Don’t get me wrong – education about the use of the camera and lighting is required, and up selling in front of your client can create more sales, but from day one you have so many choices and tools, it’s becoming hard for young & seasoned professionals to understand a solid good direction.

Online Proofing should be one of your TOP TOOLS in your photography business tool belt.  One would be SeeYourPhotos.net ranked #4 for simple and fast usage and client experience. Ranked # 4 in the world http://www.top20sites.com/top-online-proofing-sites

No one can do what SeeYourPhotos.net can do with pure online proofing. Recently re-built to today’s technology standards. Sales, 0% commission is available on all of your sales and more tools for all you need are available, more than any other online proofing site.  For LESS THAN the cost of one meal out to eat, you can have unlimited uploads, unlimited space, and work with a dedicated team who constantly work to improve your bottom line.

Here are some helpful links, click on these to learn more: www.seeyourphotos.net/, www.seeyourphotos.net/ Demos,  FAQs, About us, and more…

A few important SeeYourPhotos.net New Features Include:

*Beautiful HTML EVENT SHOWCASES – in addition to our already popular flash event   sites.  Now everyone will be able to enjoy your photography work in all applications.

* Digital Download, what everyone has asked for, now we have it.  Allow Digital Downloads for free or for a price YOU set for the consumer.

*0% Sales commission – get paid every day!

*Right Click Protected – providing a semi – transparent watermark

*Use your own lab!

*Unlimited shopping cart feature with more tools than most others.

*Ability to have your events listing page look just like your own website, and so much more.   Start your 30 day free trial today!

NOTE: coming later this month, SeeYourPhotos will offering and supporting some of the most BEAUTIFUL HTML Websites available for the best cost around.  Then you will have the best of both worlds!!! 

SeeYourPhotos.net has been completely re-built to today’s standards for fast easy and a simple use giving you more time to shoot and more sales to follow.  You will find SeeYourPhotos.net to be in the TOP 4 online Proofing sites world wide! LISTED HERE:  http://www.top20sites.com/top-online-proofing-sites -

Article by: John Phoenix

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Who Cares if You’re a Skilled Professional Photographer?

by Mark Stall                                                                                         12 November 2013

The state of portrait photography today is a free-for-all. The traditional highly experienced photographer has relied on a known variety of techniques in lighting and posing to achieve successful portraits. The newer photographer can design their portraits based on the newest trends or something they saw by someone else, but only if they have the skills or patience to learn it. Every photographer must use a combination of personal style and well thought out lighting to design a portrait the customer will like.
Customers select a portrait photographer based on a referral, an ad, social media or they’ve always used the same photographer. Photographers need to know what particular style the customer is looking for and what is the reason for the portrait. We all agree the goal of the photographer is to please their customer and do what they’re looking for without sacrificing something.
Years ago I attended a few lectures by the master photographer Joyce Tenneson. Ms. Tenneson will take a limited amount of portraits based on getting to know her subject intimately before proceeding. Upon completion of the session, she will select and present her client with her final choice. Period. Few of us have the luxury of selecting the final portrait without the customers say, but Ms. Tenneson has the ability to create and interpret a portrait through her understanding and commitment to the craft.

There’s more to being a portrait photographer than just taking a picture. And it should be more than just placing your subject or subjects in front of backdrop and shooting. For you to succeed and prosper you must study today’s trends and understand past photographers to become a skilled practitioner. Every successful photographer before 2005 made some major effort to study photography. Starting out, they attended as many workshops as they could and practiced with whatever equipment they could afford to accomplish the job. Passion isn’t enough today to please your customers. We must give this field of photogrqaphy everything we got to remain a respected profession and only the most skilled will succeed.

  • Article by Mark Stall, http://www.prostudiousa.com/blog/
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“Rockstar” – Most of the time it’s just a word! Skip Cohen

Here’s the type of “rockstar” nobody will argue about taken for Sekonic by SCU Faculty member and one of the industry’s very best lighting educators, Bobbi Lane.  Please Read on…Picture

by Skip Cohen

In the DWF Newsletter a couple of years ago there was a link to a discussion about the word “rockstar”.  It went on for over a year and just recently it came up again in one of the forums I follow. How long this silly discussion will go on is irrelevant.  What is important is the topic itself.  What I just don’t get it is why so many people get hung up on a word.  I especially don’t understand the cyber space venom that gets people’s blood boiling in the discussions.

Are there people who misuse the word?  Of course there are, but we’ve always had that challenge. How many times have you ordered something in a restaurant because somebody told you it was amazing, only to be disappointed? Or, how about a movie the critics loved, but you were underwhelmed? It concerns me more there are people calling themselves “professional” photographers who are anything but professional.  Why doesn’t that provoke the same kind of response?

With the energy those people who want to argue over the misuse of the word “rockstar”, they could accomplish so much more promoting education in technique and marketing to elevate the word “professional” instead.

For me personally, “rockstar” is a word of respect and I use it all the time.  Joe McNally is a “rockstar” and the reference is related to a great photographer, who’s got something to say, concepts we can learn from, is entertaining when he presents and like a “rockstar” he packs the house!

But the use of the word “rockstar” is a cultural thing, not exclusive to photography.  In every profession there arerockstars.  My wife, Sheila, worked at Akron Children’s Hospital and there were a number of people who wererockstars, because they were the best in their specialty and the word is used in admiration.

In photography we’ve lost a lot of “rockstars” over the last decade…Dean Collins, Don Blair, Monte Zucker, Henry Froelich, Richard Avedon, Eddie Adams, Arnold Newman and Herb Ritts,  just to name a few.  All of them wererockstars in their own right, we just didn’t use the word then.  They left behind a legacy of concepts and standards we all aspire to achieve, which in a way makes many of you “aspiring rockstars”.

For me, it’s just a word used appropriately sometimes and at other times it’s not. Regardless that doesn’t change my opinion that arguing about the word itself is as relevant as the old battle between wedding photojournalists and traditional wedding photographers. Better yet, how relevant is the ongoing battle between Canon and Nikon owners, when you’ve got products like Panasonic’s LUMIX GH3 and GX7?

And if you honestly want to argue with me, check out the expansion of the gear landscape over the last year with  new products from Panasonic, Fujifilm, Sony and Samsung. We’ve all got a front row seat to a paradigm shift!

See more of Skip Cohen’s Blog here: http://www.skipcohenuniversity.com/

You’ll be glad you did!  John Phoenix

Pro Studio Supply Providing Great Service with Great Products

Pro Studio Supply or www.prostudiousa.com is a pro dealer of products and supplies to photographers that’s been running 45 years strong. With fierce competition from companies like Amazon and B&H, Pro Studio Supply made it all these years with Top Notch customer service and proven products.  Besides great service, how did this happen…?  Well, it started long before the internet existed as Photographers Specialized Services in Oconomowoc, WI. A long name in as tough a city to pronounce, Oconomowoc, WI. but that hasn’t stopped them all these years.

PSS was started by Betty Lensmith and her husband, Gene, who ran a portrait studio in Oconomowoc. But with Gene Lensmith’s failing health, Betty realized something had to be done. Most portrait photographers of the time needed assistance in marketing their business to the public. In 1967, after some intense planning, Betty attended a PPA national convention in Chicago to introduce a new concept. She put together a membership program that photographers could buy for $100.00. It consisted of three books: The Guide to Lighting, Posing and Composing,  Selling the Name of the Game, & Profitable Promotions and Merchandizing Techniques

She sold 18 Charter Memberships and the first personalized training manuals for portrait photographers were published. From there PSS added Victorian furniture manufacturers, posing props, photo mounts, wedding albums, picture frames and equipment. The company grew quickly by attending national & regional photo conventions, doing mass mailings and one of the first outbound telemarketing departments for a photo supplier.

As business grew the company needed to expand and buy equipment to print and publish materials. During this growth period the economy turned for the worse in the 1980′s and the business headed into trouble. In 1988, Mark Stall, an entrepreneur and business owner from the Milwaukee area discovered the company was for sale after selling his video production company. Mark bought the business and took on the challenges of recovering a struggling company and still keeping it growing. Mark continued with the proven areas of the business while constantly acquiring new products. The mailings and telemarketing kept sales growing while continuing its close relationships they built with its customers. They still maintain a one-on-one relationship with any customer that calls or emails them with questions.

When you call Pro Studio Supply, you usually get through to one of their staff or Mark who personally handles the sales department. ”Besides managing my operation, I speak to my customers about technical questions on lighting, equipment and albums.” ”I have over 40 years experience in photography and visual communications, who better than me to answer our customers’ needs and take their orders.” This field has changed dramatically in such a short amount of time.

About the photography industry.  Photography has become so massively popular, but most have no formal training or learned from mentoring. They can count on our advice to set them apart from others. We carry many items they can use for branding like photo bags, boxes and photo folders. Pro Studio has the ability to add personalized logos, studio and graduation names on photo mounts, premium boxes and leatherette folios. This branding adds credibility and leaves an impression when presenting the customers images. It’s a needed reminder where their customers’ great images came from. And with so many internet companies hawking a startling variety of lighting and equipment, Pro Studio has handpicked very affordable items with solid warranties that put every customer at ease. Plus, a live person to contact if anything ever need resolving. So in this world of changing trends in photo supplies, you can count on one of the most experienced and trusted companies to provide honest answers and quality products. After 45 years in this changing field of pro photo, Pro Studio Supply is among the few long-time survivors offering support to anyone who calls them toll-free. Pro Studio Supply combines knowledge, quality products and close personal care in a world of impersonal mass merchants and internet stores.

For more information about our company and how we can help every photographer from the armature to the true professional photographer, please contact us:

Pro Studio Supply, where customer service and photography knowledge makes your job easier. Come see all we offer today.

 

Digital camera battery use knowledge

When using a digital camera saves the battery power used as far as possible. First is avoids using the nonessential focal variation operation as far as possible, if wants the focal variation really, suggested that moves camera’s position to obtain the same focal variation effect. is avoids using the flashing light frequently, the flashing light consumes the electricity, if not has no recourse should better not use. Furthermore when adjusts the image should better use the viewfinder, but do not use the LCD display monitor. The LCD display monitor’s energy consumption is astonishing, therefore best little uses, because the ordinary photography work may complete through the viewfinder. Certainly cannot to save the electric quantity to force out it, for instance when short distance photography the LCD display monitor is the indispensable important part. Finally is remembered, when not in use digital cameras to turn it off.

When use the digital camera battery for a long time, the ACER aspire 3050 battery needed to be clean. Many people may focus only on digital camera lens and body clean, but never thought the battery should be cleaned. To avoid power loss problems, be sure to maintain the battery contact point of both sides and the battery cover’s interior is clean. If necessary, use a soft, clean cloth and gently wipe dry. Can not use chemical or other cleaning of the cleaning agents have solubility.

pay attention to use the correct method in the process of charging Digital camera batteries. Best to use the original digital camera battery charger, which will help extend battery life. The charging time depends on the charger and the battery used, and the use of voltage stability and so on factors. If this is the first use of the COMPAQ Presario r3000 Battery (or batteries for months not used), to remember, lithium battery charging time must be more than 6 hours, Ni-MH battery must be more than 14 hours, otherwise, will be shorter battery life.

If digital camera battery has residual power, try not to repeat the charge to ensure battery life. If you charge Ni-Cd battery for a while only to stop charging power and then recharge it, doing so is the battery can not be filled. This is what they call the “memory effect”, this effect would reduce the battery’s total capacity and the use of time. Over time, less and less stored charge, the battery will also use more and more quickly.

If planned does not use the digital camera for a the long time , Should take out the digital camera battery from the digital camera perhaps the Dell inspiron 1501 Battery charger, and discharges it completely.For a long time stored in the digital camera battery charger, or within, may leak and damage.Deposits the battery in the dry and cool environment, moreover do not deposits the battery and the general metal goods together.

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How much time to allow for Wedding Photography?

How much time to allow for Wedding Photography?

One of the more popular questions I am asked is, “how much time do I need to allow for wedding photography?” The answer to that question hinges on what you wish to achieve with your photography, and how much you are willing to collaborate with your wedding photographer.

While the candid, unobtrusive style of wedding photojournalism still remains popular, the wedding photos that my clients respond to the most are the stylized, directed shots. The “artistic shots” as the brides and grooms often refer to. These shots involve private time alone; away from the family and friends.

The photographic environment is utilized as a stage setting. This setting creates an atmosphere for the wedding couple to step into a fantasy world where they become whoever they wish to be. The couple is often directed through various poses and creative ideas at the gentle coaxing of the wedding photographer. Soon the camera is forgotten about and the magic happens.

Pure emotions emerge that bring out the sexiness and playfulness, the glamour and sophistication, the serenity and mystery, or the love and passion between each couple. Not only do these wedding photographs yield beautiful shots, they also provide a moment of quiet time in the midst of a busy day that races by so quickly.

The price however, is time. If you want these images, be forewarned that you should allot at least an hour specifically for this style of work. In other parts of the world, it is normal for the couple to take a couple of hours during the wedding day to go to one or several exciting locations for their portrait time.

If these images matter the most to you, consider when you could devote the extra time. Do you meet before the ceremony? Do you miss your cocktail hour? Do you take time off at some quiet point during your reception? Perhaps it necessitates scheduling some portrait time on a different day. Keep in mind, it is your day and the scheduling and timing is in your control. In my experience, I have found the minimum of one full hour to be extremely beneficial.

Common Scenario - All in One Wedding Venue

Couples often had their wedding ceremony and reception in one location which enabled us to spend one solid hour doing photography. The scheduling is straight forward, and no extensive planning was required. We were able to do intimate portraits as well as utilize the setting that drew them there in the first place.

The Adventure – Embrace the Offsite Scenery

In one of my experiences, the reception was a forty-five minute drive from the ceremony site. During our drive, we made a few stops along the way. Not only did we manage to get some wonderful shots at a local train station and park, we also had a great time doing it! Because of the unobtrusive manner in which I shoot, the additional benefit to the couple was some quiet time together before regrouping for the social activities of the night.

Go with the Flow – Prepare for Hard Pressed Wedding Photography

On the other hand, some wedding couples prefer not to invest a specific schedule dedicated for portraits, or to prepare for wedding photography in general. In this case, I advise my clients to allow five minutes per grouping for the “traditional” formals and an additional fifteen minutes for shots of the couple alone. If time is crunched, I will often photograph the family first and then request about fifteen minutes with the couple privately at a quiet point during the reception.

The flow of this type of photography arrangement demands the ability to adapt to situations, and often presents great challenges for the wedding photographer. At one particular wedding I had a window of thirty minutes before the ceremony to photograph the bride and groom, wedding party and family members. As the minutes ticked down with no key players to be found, a growing congregation of family members began to appear. As I started to photograph the family, the list seemed to grow rather than recede, and still without a full wedding party or bride and groom. When the bride finally arrived, we were down to ten minutes before the ceremony time. Ten minutes to go and a bride and groom greeting guests that arrived from out of the country, we were very hard pressed to accomplish what was requested. In the end we had to schedule some additional time during the reception to finish shooting.

Conclusion

When you are looking through samples of photojournalistic work, or viewing wedding portrait of other couples prior to your wedding day, be aware of what you are drawn to. Feel free to show samples to your photographer and discuss how much time would be necessary to achieve the images you like. The more communication you have between yourself and the photographer, the happier you will be with your results.

The Art of Digital Photography

Digital photography: The art of digital photography

Many of the techniques used in traditional photography also apply to digital photography. The composition of the picture, use of light, line, shape, pattern, etc. also apply to digital photography. Three elements that are different in digital photography are white balance, picture resolution, and digital effects.

White Balance

In a traditional camera, film records and determines the colors of the scene captured in the photograph. As digital cameras have no film to interpret color, they use white balance settings for this purpose. These settings (called Kelvin temperature ratings) are represented by symbols for sun, indoor light, clouds and shade on most digital displays and can be manually selected. The Auto function, however, enables the camera to adjust the settings automatically. For most non-professional needs, this is quite satisfactory.

Some digital cameras contain a histogram function that will also help you adjust your light exposure.

Resolution

Digital cameras record images in pixels. If you expand a picture on your computer with graphic software by zooming in on the picture, you will eventually see the picture rendered as a series of colored dots. The more dots per inch in a picture, the higher the resolution. High-resolution photos have better image quality and bigger file sizes as well.

Many digital cameras on the market allow the user to select the low or high-resolution settings. Since resolution affects file size, more of the photos taken in low resolution can be stored in your camera at a time. High-resolution images may saved in BMP, TIFF, or RAW image formats. These are large file type images. High resolution settings vary with each camera. A low resolution setting on one camera is a high resolution setting on another. It all depends on the camera’s megapixel resolution that could be anywhere in the range of .1 megapixels to 9.1 megapixels.

Resolution is an important consideration when buying your digital camera. If you are only going to be using your images on the web, very high-resolution images will not be as mandatory for you (although high resolution graphics allow more manipulation of the graphic in graphics software programs). Web images are typically lower resolution images since file size is a consideration for the web. If you are going to be printing your images, however, high resolution is necessary for a quality print. To be able to expand an image for an 8×10 print is going to require a high-resolution graphic for a good quality photo.

Digital Effects

Many digital cameras also have built-in effects that can be used to change the presentation of your photos. Fisheye is an example of one such feature that will reshape an image giving it a totally different effect. Soft-focus, Portrait, Scene, Landscape, and Wide-angle are some of the focusing effect capabilities that your digital cameral may have. These are nice features to have fun with. If you have a graphics software program, your images can be further manipulated once you have downloaded your images to your computer.

By: Vicki Zolenski

Kirk Voclain speaks out about Online Proofing

“I Love Everything About
SeeYourPhotos.net…”

Mark Baltzley sits down with Kirk Voclain to talk about online proofing and SeeYourPhotos.net

By Mark Baltzley

Recently, I had a great opportunity to sit down with a well known and highly respected photographer, Kirk Voclain who is also the owner of the Pro4uM. I wanted to talk about online proofing and SeeYourPhotos.net – todays internet abilities and useshere is what we discussed:

Mark-You recently were invited to try out SeeYourPhotos.net, a Gold Sponser with the Pro4Um, by the owners, John Phoenix and Lisa Catera. They have been working on this site for a long time and asked me to get your impression on their online proofing site. Kirk, I want to thank you for taking the time today to talk about SeeYourPhotos.net.

First of all, how long have you been in photography?

Kirk- Long I think over thirty years. I did my first wedding when I was 15 and I’ve been photographing I guess you could say professionally ever since then. I got my first camera when I was eight years old; just forever you know.

Mark- How long have you had your own studio?

Kirk- Let’s see, I’ve been married for 22 years so, since then.

Mark- Good, can you tell us about how many senior sittings you do a year?

Kirk- I usually do about 150 seniors a year, I do very limited weddings, I do some families, I do some babies, you know that kind of stuff, but I mostly make money from high school senior portraits. The weddings and the babies and all the other good stuff is fine- it makes money I’m not against that stuff. It’s just that I kind of run everything so to speak based on senior portraits and the thing is I’m getting close to a 2000 dollar average for senior portraits these days. If the dynamic of that should ever shift I would shift with it. But, for right now I’m going to ride that wave.
Mark- So for your weddings, what do you do for those events?

Kirk- With weddings, I have found that the bride of course, they just want to see them online. So, my thing with weddings are I actually design everything the book, the parent book, I design everything and it is put together before the bride sees picture one. At which point, they want to know if they can put it online and I’m like “sure we can put it online. I’d love to!” and we put it online and we give them a thumbnail book, one of those H & H thumbnail books. We tell them if you need to place an order at a later date the pictures are online, you can still place an order online at the discounted price.

Mark- That sounds great! I do a lot of corporate work and shoot for a lot of major corporations around the United States where we do events. What’s nice about that is the people who come to those events can go back home to any state in the country where they live. Then they go online and order extra photos for themselves. For us, for the way that I use it, it’s been a blessing.

Kirk- Yes, I can see where photographers in a large city need this kind of online service.

The other day, we drove through Dallas, for example, and I can see where a photographer in Dallas, man if you don’t have some sort of online ordering in my humble opinion you’re in trouble. Because to get from one end of that town to another end of that town is like a whole other country, you know, compared to Louisiana. My mom and dad all the time complain because I don’t go visit them enough. Well, dog gone, you guys live 20 minutes away. Now, compare that to some town like Dallas and that’s around the block. So, I can appreciate how that can also be the situation with me. I’m right in the middle of Houma, LA, so I’m right in the middle of everything. So, for someone to come to me to physically walk in is not that difficult. Parking that’s another thing, — I’ve got my own little parking area. People drive in and park in and it’s just wonderful.

Mark- Now when you first saw SeeYourPhotos.net what was your impression of the site, since you have actually looked at some other sites?

Kirk- Well I thought everything worked pretty fast number one, and that’s always a big deal with me. When it comes to anything online it’s like to me it’s gotta work, it’s gotta happen quick. I just don’t know too many people that like looking at their computer waiting on stuff to load!. Everything loaded fast. Everything was right there in front of me and it was easy to navigate. Once I understood the thinking of the whole thing, it seemed to navigate very easily and operated very quickly. Which for me was a big positive. One thing I have found in the other proofing sites was they have so many problems–I haven’t seen that with SeeYourPhotos.net.

Mark- Now, are you currently using SeeYourPhotos.net and what is your relationship with them?

Kirk – I do use them and I love the service. I’m not a big heavy hitter yet you know, I don’t use it with every customer. I intend on using it and we are going to use it more because we just kind of got on-board there at the end of this past senior year. So I think if you check my name out I think there is like two or three listed because that was at the end of the season.

But, next year it will be a whole different deal. Everything we do will get uploaded that way. SeeYourPhotos.net–I love it, I love everything about it. I love the way the interface works, it’s fast and simple to use…with internet stuff, if it is not easy – I won’t use it. Plus, my events page on my website looks the way I want it to look–which I like by the way. They do like to hear from everyone about how to improve the site, they may or may not do it, but at least they want to hear it from us and that is very important.Mark- Well, as you may have seen,
SeeYourPhotos.net is an established business started by two photographers who own the site – then, added enhancements and upgrades by the comments and needs of all the members. Even though, they are not the biggest in the industry, they work very hard to
make sure the site is user friendly on all levels, not just for the photographer, but for their clients viewing the events as well. So, how do you think they fit into the industry so far?

Kirk- I think that its just one of those things that there are so many proofing companies out there that they need to keep doing what they are doing to keep being, you know, keep providing a great service at a great price, and continue to be customer service oriented and it will happen.

Mark- You’re right Kirk, they really are customer service oriented. I’ve talked to many photographers at trade shows and so many people have been burned by other online proofing companies especially, by some of the early onset of proofing sites that were out there almost ten years ago. I think SeeYourPhotos.net is a great site.

Kirk- I know exactly what you’re saying.

Mark- I really appreciate your time Kirk, and what we talked about today. Like I said before, my first impression of you was you have a great passion for what you do in photography. I look forward to getting to see you at the WPPI show next year–and thanks again for your time today!

My overall observation with talking to Kirk Voclain today is that online proofing has it’s place in our industry, and although it may be different for every photographer, Kirk really likes what he has seen so far using SeeYourPhotos.net—or hear him say it—”I Love everything about it”.

Kirk Voclain is the owner and webmaster of a great professional photographer’s forum The Pro4uM. He has spent many years making great photography information available thru the forum for thousands of photographers.

Please take an opportunity to check out Kirk’s website for professional photographers,

The Pro4uM @ http://www.pro4um.com

Kirk’s Photography studio is located in Houma, near New Orleans, Louisiana.

Visit Kirk’s photography website to view some of the most amazing Portrait and Senior photography at http://www.kvphoto.com! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

You can go online to see for yourself how SeeYourPhotos.net can improve your photography business @ www.seeyourphotos.net. You can also give them a call to ask any questions you may have about their online proofing service at 1-866-523-6463.

Mark Baltzley
www.yourweddingimages.com

The Rise Of Digital Photography And Photo Editor Software by Andrew Winthorp

With the growth of digital cameras, digital photo editing is being embraced by home enthusiasts who have been gripped by the digital bug. In the past, photo restoration services have attempted to restore ripped and torn images to their former pristine glory. Thanks to the advancements in digital technology, modern manipulation and storage capability no longer requires third party intervention. Software has now taken over as the photo editing tool of choice.

Gone are the days where sophisticated software was the domain of professional photographers and the graphic designer. With the growth of the internet, online tutorials, educational services and streaming media presentations provide the ability for anyone with the desire to learn to acquire the skills in a minimum amount of time.
Whether you want to repurpose existing photos, remove blemishes, reduce redness, compile a slideshow or export the finished production to a range of media friendly formats, photo editing software can help you to achieve your goals. With such a diverse range of options, securing software doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, you can get free software by downloading it from the internet. In most cases, the help files are self explanatory and you can bring yourself up to speed in no time.
Online photo editors also provide versatility to edit images on the move. You can upload images to the net, repurpose and distribute via email. For enthusiasts who want to share with family and friends, online photo galleries provide the means to do so. Print Your Photos Online @ Printyourphotosonline.com, Google picasa and photobucket are popular websites that provide a range of digital editing and sharing solutions.
The advancements in photo editing software also provide the ability to create professional grade DVD presentations for personal or commercial use. Burning images to DVD for storage purposes or displaying them as a DVD or slideshow is a quick and convenient way to store and display images. With advancements in printer capability, printing out your own images , either straight from the digital camera or after software repurposing is now a practical reality.
The trend in digital camera use is set to continue and digital photo editing is set to grow in importance as more people discover how easy photo manipulation has become.

Photography 101: Creating Mood With Color by Domen Lombergar

Just as music builds mood, colors can also help create mood. A lot has been written on what each color denotes, what emotions it evokes. Colors also have an impact on one’s health. Did you ever think that the colors in a photograph can actually make someone look at it over and over again or probably turn-off the viewer. In fact the colors in photographs can set the pace and mood of your surroundings and impact you deeply.

Let’s understand the core of a photo or a painting for that matter. Human subconsciousness readily sees things in symmetry. Therefore, a symmetrical figurine or view would register faster. Asymmetrical view (in this case a photograph) would also catch attention but with some portions drawing more attention than others.
Next comes the color and texture. Colors in your photograph can have an impact in two ways. One, through the contrast created by using colors of �cooler hues’ along with colors of �warmer hues’. Second, through the use of a color-type in dominance you could create vibrance, tranquility or royal elegance. Red, Orange and Yellow of the spectrum are warm colors. Blue, Purple and Green on the other hand are cool colors
If a photograph is created with a contrast, the warmer tones need to be occupying less space as these colors draw away attention. They have an effect of warmth & excitement, which when used in excess can also be agitating.
Red is the best choice for creating warmth & passion in your photo. Why on earth did you think that Valentine’s Day is all about red flowers, red balloons and a long flowing red dress? Red with a background in white adds drastic contrast but has an element of grace to it.
Orange is a mixture of yellow and red. It therefore, brings in enthusiasm and warmth. Nature’s best hues are when the sun goes down and colors the sky in a confused array of pink, orange and yellow.
Yellow reflects most of the light and thus draws lots of attention; too bright a shade will leave you irritated. Prolonged exposure can also have a tiring effect. It is best used in down-tones; as background for white articles/figures.
Green is the color of tranquility and vibrance. It’s nature’s color and often gets used in pro photography for food advertising. It seems perfect when paired up with yellow. They have opposite impacts on your mood. Though it may sound like a garish combination, when used in equal proportions it has lasting impact on your photographs.
Blue produces a sense of calmness, which edges more towards sadness. Someone once said-�I am felling blue’. Blue is also a very responsible color, very corporate and powerful, when paired with black.
Black has varied meanings in different cultures across the globe. Universally, it’s the color of choice for most formal occasions equally for men and women. It magically makes your outline look much slimmer. It takes in all the color and should be used sparingly in photos. Most welcome to be used with warm colors or when the sentiment is serious..
Use white and pink to create a softer look. White creates a sense of space and is ideal to give a deeper look to your photograph. And if you got a flared pink dress , just sit on the green rug across a white background to get clicked�.you will appreciate and cherish that photo hanging on your wall for years and years to come.
Now that you are aware of what colors can do to the photographs! Now go enliven yourself with those snazzy snaps in the living room or retire in that lounge area with cool blues. Ah! and not to forget the right kind of shades.