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 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 
This is an easy and extremely useful tip for highlighting specific color ranges in your images. I can't believe I went this long without exploring the color range slider in the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. [Sean]
 
From the Phlearn.com YouTube Channel:
 
In today's episode, we show you how to select a specific color range and make those colors come to life! The images we used were from 2 of our awesome fans, Dusan & Morey Spellman!
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:16:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how get a still image from a video in Photoshop.
 
You can get Photoshop CC as part of the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite for only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:02:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 11, 2014
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $319.99. Compare at $476.95 new.
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Post Date: 8/11/2014 6:00:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kim Frick-Welker in the Lounge Chair
By Sean Setters
 
I run a small photography business and typically shoot high school senior photos, family portraits, maternity sessions as well as the occasional corporate work.
 
Last week I was hired by the Cookeville Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Program Assistant, Kim Frick-Welker, to shoot headshots to be used as promotional material for an upcoming show. After completing that assignment, Kim invited me back to CPAC to shoot another round of headshots for her own portfolio (Kim wanted various headshots because she occasionally acts in or directs theater performances).
 
Kim asked that her headshots be photographed using a black background. As she was wearing a black shirt, this requirement made the setup a little challenging. I had to push quite a bit of light onto the black curtain behind her (as well as use a hair/shoulder light) in order to provide enough separation between the subject and the background. Overall, Kim was happy with the images we got. The following was my personal favorite:

Kim Frick-Welker Headshot on Black

After shooting the headshots with the black background, Kim had what she had asked for. But the last time I was on stage, I was captivated by some of the set pieces being prepared for the upcoming play. I had imagined using the lounge chair as a prop and the understated, yet beautiful wallpaper as a backdrop. And I couldn't get that idea out of my head. So after we wrapped up the headshots Kim had asked for, I suggested we take a few more minutes and try something completely different. I explained to her what I was thinking and she readily agreed to extend our session a little longer. She decided a change of clothes might work better for the new setup, and I agreed.
 
Setting up the shot (seen at the top of this post) took 5 - 10 minutes. I used nearly the same lights and light modifiers that I had used in the previous setup, so it was merely a matter of moving around some furniture, a few light stands and my tripod.

Kim Frick-Welker Lounge Chair Setup

It only took a few shots to dial everything in. And after that, we captured some of the best images of the day. No, they weren't the images Kim had asked for – but she liked them even better (as did I).
 
So what did I take away from this experience? When clients hires you, they may have a set of guidelines (or restrictions) for you to follow in order to achieve specific goals. And there's nothing wrong with that. You have to give the client what they need.
 
But many times it's difficult to create the image that's in someone else's head, no matter how well they communicate it to you. So you do your best to give the client what they've asked for.
 
It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list. And then maybe both of you can walk away from the table getting more than you bargained for (in a good way).

Post Date: 8/11/2014 12:12:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 08, 2014
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CanvasPeople is featuring special deals on most of their standard gallery wrap canvas print sizes. See below for pricing details.
 
Standard Gallery Wrap Canvas Print Sale

SizeOrig. PriceSale Price
8x10$49.00$10.00
11x11$68.99$15.00
11x14$69.99$15.00
16x16$82.99$20.00
9x27$86.99  
16x20$91.00$20.00
18x24$104.99$25.00
20x30$129.00$30.00
24x36--
20x48--

Post Date: 8/8/2014 3:11:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4 DSLR Camera available for $4,399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,499.96 refurbished.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. The auction advertises that a 3-year (third party) warranty is included; check the auction listing for details.
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Post Date: 8/8/2014 10:04:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From KickStarter:
 
A paper USB business card with full analytics and remote access. Meet the new standard for premium business cards.
 
What is a swivelCard?
 
A swivelCard is a premium paper business card that includes a USB drive--a smart business card. It includes analytics and can be updated even after giving it out.
 
What Can swivelCard Do?
 
We patented a system for turning regular paper into a USB drive. Now we've included this technology in a business card. When you own swivelCard, you own the premium business card on the market.

  • Paper comes alive with embedded USB technology. Imagine giving your business card with pictures, videos, presentations, and websites for the recipient to interact with!
  • Analytics through a back-end software interface will allow you to access helpful information about your cards and how they are being used.
  • You can edit the destination you've selected remotely. Remote access to your swivelCard gives you many opportunities to continue interacting with the card's recipient. With the back-end interface you'll be able to log in to your account and remotely make changes to the destination. Plus, this can be done individually for each specific card. Want that potential client to go to a list of testimonials instead of your standard video greeting? You can make that change on the fly after they've left with the card!

Check out SwivelCard's Kickstarter Page for full details.

Post Date: 8/8/2014 7:09:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 07, 2014
Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens
B&H has the Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens (All Mounts) available for $329.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $379.00.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 2:53:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $349.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 2:13:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $892.82 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 8/7/2014 11:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of Prospectives, Robert Rodriguez Jr shares with B&H his artistic process toward photographing landscapes. Based in the Hudson Valley area of New York, Robert emphasizes some key elements to maintaining inspiration and experimenting with the landscape through focusing on familiar scenery.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 10:03:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
692 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony cameras.
 
To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):
 
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Olympus | Pentax | Samsung | Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/7/2014 8:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Use coupon code SAVE20NOW at FractureMe.com to receive a 20% discount on your next Fracture purchase.
 
About Fractures: Fractures are different from traditional pictures and frames. Instead of printing on paper, Fractures are printed directly on glass. Instead of separating the picture, frame, and mount, a Fracture combines all three into a beautiful, lasting, final product.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 8:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 8/7/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Hoya 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
B&H has the Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $219.00.
Post Date: 8/6/2014 3:03:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
What words would you use to describe your photography brand?
 
Fun? Reliable? Adventurous? If you struggle to answer, our guide, 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers, will help you define and build a strong brand that will set you apart from the competition and attract the clients you want.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:

  • How to communicate your photographic style and personality
  • How to determine what aspects of your business are unique
  • Why developing a strong name, logo and aesthetic across all platforms is crucial
  • Why a consistent voice and style must be part of everything you do - including your website, social media, and business cards
  • Plus more!

Use these 10 secrets to build a brand that attracts your ideal market, accurately communicates your specialty and creates unique experiences for your clients.
 
Download 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers

Post Date: 8/6/2014 12:55:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Microsoft Word 2013 Software
Adorama has the Microsoft Word 2013 Software Product Key (for electronic download software) available for $49.99. Regularly $69.99.
Post Date: 8/5/2014 1:51:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Are you using Instagram and Facebook the right way to grow your photo business? Finding success through social media is not just about amassing followers. Instead, learn how to build a strong brand and increase potential work opportunities by sharing content that sparks engagement, including likes, shares, comments, and the most coveted – visits to your website.
 
In this upcoming webinar our own Amy Fitzgibbons, Director of Marketing at PhotoShelter, and Nathan Latka, Founder and CEO of Heyo, team up for a must-watch webinar on The Top 3 Ways to Get More Engagement with Your Imagery on Instagram and Facebook.
 
In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • 3 ways to get likes, comments, and shares on every photo you post
  • How a photographer generated 2100 engagements on a simple photo concept you can copy
  • 3 creative ideas to get your visitors to check out your website and purchase your work
  • Plus more!

Details:
 
Thursday, August 7th
3:00pm Eastern
2:00pm Central
1:00pm Mountain
12:00pm Pacific
8:00pm GMT
 
Register for the Free Webinar

Post Date: 8/5/2014 10:37:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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