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Friday, March 30, 2007
This is a fun picture of Em and I at a party...taken by the Infamous Mark Adams who is below:
Is this guy cool or what...his LaCour crew is amazing and was so much fun to hang with them in Vegas! Hope we can do it again soon...
In this case I hope what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas as I would like to everyone to continue talking about liveBooks!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Will be in Vegas this weekend and for the next week for WPPI. This is the premier tradeshow for wedding and portrait photographers and an absolute must for anyone involved in the industry! I have spent the last couple years there working for Pictage and this year I am very excited to have liveBooks making it's wedding debut there! The liveBooks team is just top notch and full of class, so I am looking forward to see what our draw is there. If you are going please stop by the booth #701.
If you need a tradeshow pass...there is a free one in a previous post!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Me Ra is having a pre-order special on this new DVD set.
For the last nine days of March, we are doing a Pre-Order special! We’ll be giving 10% off to those that pre order! Order DVD 1 or 2 for $29.99 each or BOTH for an even better deal of $49.99! And for those who order their DVD’s before 5pm tonight, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING! **Click here** to order! (I seriously can’t believe I’m saying this b/c we’ve been working on this project for so long!
Me Ra and Brian are such good people and I recently was at their home in Seattle, they have a beautiful family. Looking forward to seeing both of you in Vegas!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Looking forward to seeing what Zack's modification pulls off...
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
"This week's show is a tough one for me. It's tough because I see the wisdom in it and how much room for growth I have in the category of balance. As I think about it, I'm not sure "balance" is the best word for what we're going after but I think you guys get it. We could have easily called this one the "Power of Refining Personal Priorities", but that would have sounded silly. Check out the fourth episode of The Power of the Few series and stay tuned for our final installment next week."
Dane Sanders of SimplePhoto.tv, SimplePhotolife.com and danesanders.com
I personally am taking the idea of balance to heart and will be working on that in my life. I to often find myself working late into the evening and need to take some time off to concentrate on what's important to me. We all can probably look at what we are doing in our daily routines and find places to balance...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Do you have a blog and wonder how you can increase your blog’s traffic? The other night we had the privilege of having Steve Makofsky come and speak to our PUG group on blogging. His website, www.furrygoat.com, gets 100,000 hits per week. Amazing!
Here’s a video with some of the highlights from the night. With four blogging tips, the rest are below!
A few other tips from Steve that have helped us!
#5 Make Categories! This way people can easily find a recent post or have their interest perked at going through your archives. This advice has totally paid off since I know a number of you check the “Photography Tips for Moms” category to find exercises and tips to try. Some of our blog visitors are brides and want to go straight to our Wedding Slideshows, or they want to know the latest on Fabulous weddings. All they have to do is click the VH1 category. Big time saver for your visitors!
#6 Good Titles! Google and other search engines specifically use the titles of our posts. So make sure you title your posts with key words to help those search engines find you.
#7 Link, Link, Link! I know it was said in the video, but it’s such a big deal for your Google rankings. Link to others and have them link to you. Hyperlink words within your blog. All these things get you higher on the totem pole when someone does a search.
#8 Do ads work? From Steve’s experience they don’t do much. He has ads on his archived posts only, and with the amount of traffic he gets, he still only gets a couple hundred a month from his ads. Definitely not something to quit your day job for. :)
These are great tips to take to heart and put into practice...word of mouth advertising is the way to go in the Internet Age! Increasing your website views by blogging only takes a few moments a day.
Thanks for putting this together Me Ra!
Stay tuned for a Photo Blog Party, more details coming soon!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Have been playing with Lightroom over the past couple days and have been quite impressed. You can download a 30 day trial to check it out: HERE.
There are some really good videos posted on Simplephoto.tv on how to use some features and functionality by Matt Antonio:
Viewing Options in Adobe Lightroom
Lightroom 1.0 Library
Lightroom 1.0 Develop
Matt has a few more and I am sure will be making even more soon, so search Lightroom on sp.tv to see more!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Photo Studio Time Lapse
Last weekend, Erin and I photographed the wedding of our good friends, Jen Sens and Eric Larson. Eric and Jen photographed our wedding in August. Check our their wedding photography website.
There were about 50 pro photographers at their wedding - which is always a challenge to shoot, because you feel like everyone is watching what you're doing to see if you're getting the best shot/angle. But it was fun to have so many talented photographers there. The coverage of their wedding should be nothing short of spectacular!
I wanted to share an awesome movie clip that Eric put together and emailed everyone. You HAVE TO SEE THIS! It's hilarious. Cy Cyr set up a photo studio with a remote trigger for the guests to shoot pictures of themselves. As you can imagine, we didn't have to shoot very many group pictures ourselves, we just sent them to the photo studio! The resulting movie clip is a time lapse of all the pictures taken at the photo studio. 1300 images at 10 frames per second.
**Click Here to watch the clip!
Click on the "Play" button for the unveiling!!!
Visit GARY'S SITE
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
16. So many wedding photographers say "we do photojournalism." I don't get it! Are they all photojournalists?
Are we all photojournalists? Would we make it at USA Today or the NY Times?
Or is photojournalism just the catch all phrase right now...I hear a lot of people calling themselves photojournalists---really, what was your training?
There are some true photojournalists in our midst though...see if you can find them!
Monday, March 05, 2007
Version 5 of this Website creation and management system lets you control your own site with sophistication and ease.
This is a great article on a commercial shooter's experience designing his site with liveBooks.
To see more on the functionality of liveBooks: CLICK HERE
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Not sure I will be running out to get one...really like my 5D, but will certainly check it out at WPPI!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen, in conversation with CNET News.com Senior Writer Martin LaMonica, dropped a bombshell this morning: Adobe will release a Web-based version of Photoshop within six months. See the News.com story, Adobe to take Photoshop online, for details.
There are other online photo editors already (see our coverage of Fauxto, Picnik, Pixoh, Pxn8 , and XMG), but an online version of Photoshop is sure to capture a lot of users due to name recognition alone. We hope the online product lives up to the standards that the traditional version has set. The service will likely be free, and have ads in it.
Photoshop online will not be a direct copy of Photoshop. Even though Adobe's Flex technology allows developers to deliver graphically rich applications over the Web, there is still much one cannot do over a broadband connection. The online product is more likely to be a consumer-friendly, de-featured editor, perhaps even less capable than Photoshop Elements, Adobe's editor for consumers.
It will be interesting to see how Adobe begins to blend online and offline image editing. Chizen spoke of "hybrid" applications that are part traditional software and part Web-based. He expects that Photoshop online will eventually compete with a hybrid version of Picasa, Google's photo editor and organizer.
Adobe recently released an online video editor, Remix, via partner Photobucket.