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A Couple of Quick Announcements

Happy Monday everyone!  Just a couple of quick updates for you:

#1
Our very good friend and partner Jared Platt is holding a couple of workshops this week.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 – San Francisco,  CA
Thursday, January 13, 2011 – Seattle, WA

Whether you are editing your own work or having ShootDotEdit handle your post production,
 you will need a digital image software application to manage your data.  And, well, if you
 are a Lightroom user and want to learn from the best, here is your chance!!!  The Lightroom Workflow Workshop Stops next in San Francisco and Seattle.
  Learn the best Lightroom and Post-Production Workflow from Jared Platt.
  To sign up or learn more, go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com

Have questions or want to contact Jared directly?  Here are his deets:
480-782-9368 or jared@plattphotography.com

#2

We’re going to be selling our Annual round of DotBucks.
Dotbucks will be going on sale next week for 24 Hours ONLY!!  So, be on the look out for out announcement on Twitter, Facebook, and Email.
That’s all for now.  All the best and we’ll look forward to connecting soon!

Cheers to no more editing,
ShootDotEdit

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Happy New Year!

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Before we dive ahead into 2011, I really want to spend a little time (just a little) looking back over 2010.  It was a good year for us, and a good year for the photography industry.  2010 was the year that we launched many “game-changing” services, such as our Web Upload tool.  Now, over 80% of our job submissions come in the form of upload.  We continued to up the bar on what a quality post production partner should look like.  In 2010, we added over 1,200 new photographers, and edited over 1.3 million images! And yet, we learned a lot.  We clearly defined out goal as a company, which is to cure the pain of post production for the professional photographer.  We grew to understand the dire need for amazing customer service.  That means answering your questions and responding to your issues …. fast.  And, through it all, we gained more and more relationships with amazing photographers like you.

Not saying that we don’t have some amazing plans for 2011!  But, its nice to stop and smell the roses sometimes, right?

Cheers to a great 2011!

Jared Bauman

Co-Founder and President

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It’s been almost 4 years now since the official launch of ShootDotEdit. We’ve witnessed the fall of the film lab and the new rise and of the digital era. And, although it has yet to be birthed, the era of The New Work-Flow is upon us. And, we are working tirelessly to prepare for it.

Here are a few steps we have taken this year to support of our industry position:

1. We’ve added a dedicated customer service team.

2. We have established a dedicated logistics team to ensure that quality and efficiency are paramount in our daily commitment to our customers.

3. With the help of our advisors, software developers, and strategic partnerships, we are forging new technologies designed to make your job submission process turn-key and seamless.

4. We have focused our investments in hardware, software, and man power in order to grow with our customers; to grow with the industry.

5. We have committed to pulse and survey our customers in order to diligently listen to your wants and needs.

Our culture – we’ve all heard the wedding quote “a happy wife equals a happy life”. Well we have a little quote here at SDE: “A happy editor makes the work place a whole lot better”. And, that is why we have adopted several different cultural practices found in some of the most successful tech companies to date. Essentially, we all have to work (well, most of us), and so if we are going to be excellent at what we do, ShootDotEdit wants to have a good time doing it!

ShootDotEdit fully supports The New Work-Flow. And, our goal is to cure the pain of post production for the professional photographer in ever city of the world. We realize this to be an ambitious goal. But we are committed to it, which means we are committed to you. Here’s wishing all of you an uber successful 2011. Please don’t be a stranger. Call or email myself or any of our customer support team anytime. Whether you have a concern, a question, or idea that you would like to share…, we want to hear from you.

All the best and cheers to no more editing,

Garrett Delph

COO and Co-Founder

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As we enter the New Year of 2011, I hear a lot of the same things from photographers year after year.  Like “I’m working on my new price list.” and “I’m gonna update my website.” It’s great to hear photographers setting goals and planning ahead.  I’m a firm believer in goals and planning, not only for personal success but also professional success.  It’s tough to make major decisions for your business without understanding what the future will hold.  So here are a few things I think you should consider when setting goals and planning for 2011 and beyond!

Warning:  This might get a little geeky. 😉

· Social Media ain’t going anywhere anytime soon folks.  I keep a close eye on Indeed.com’s “Trends” to see what the newest and hottest jobs are. These trends helps me gauge the new technologies and how they will drive our industry. Wouldn’t you know it, four out of the top ten job trends are Social Media related.  Even some of the most recognized brands in the world are embracing Social Media as a way to engage with customers and humanize their companies.

· Mobile Device usage is on the rise.  Last I read, Apple was forecasted to sell over 8.5 million iPads in the US by the close of 2010.  Many of the major news and media companies are moving their content online.  In addition, PayPal announced that its payments business has flourished throughout the holiday shopping season, with a 300 percent increase in mobile payments!

· Cloud Computing has been around for sometime.  It first hit my radar when Apple packaged it up and delivered it as their MobileMe subscription.  Fast forward 4+ years, and Apple completes their brand spanking new 500,000 square foot $1 billion data center in North Carolina, which will be a server data farm. Hmmmmm…makes ya think huh?

Good luck to your success in 2011 and beyond!

Rob Ninja Nicholson

VP of Marketing


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ShootDotEdit & Zenfolio Integrate!!!

Announcing the FIRST EVER integration of its kind!!!!

At ShootDotEdit, our goal is to cure the pain of post production for professional photographers. And, many of you have told us that eliminating steps along the way in your workflow would be a huge help. With that in mind, we have integrated our system with the image hosting site Zenfolio! (insert Zenfolio description here).

With this integration comes some great benefits for YOU!
Zenfolio photographers can now add the SHOOTDOTEDIT package to their yearly plan. For $50/year, Zenfolio photographers will receive the following:
– ALL images submitted for color processing will receive FREE processing to JPG (normally $0.04/image)!
– ANY order (image processing or album design) will receive 10% off!

2. ShootDotEdit will gain the ability to securely store your Zenfolio credentials, which makes for an easy and quick upload of your completed job.

If you’d like more information on Zenfolio, click here.
And, to sign up for Zenfolio, or the SHOOTDOTEDIT package, click here.

Jared

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Jared Platt Workshops & Partner Con 2010

As many of you know, we have partnered with Jared Platt, a leading thought leader for the Adobe Lightroom application. Chosen by Adobe to Alpha test their Lightroom product and all future updates they are considering, Jared is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to work flow and understanding this application.

For those of you who use Lightroom and are struggling to understand better ways to use, manage, organize, and/or apply the work the ShootDotEdit returns to your studio, we highly recommend getting into one of Jared’s workshops.

For starters, why not catch him at this years Partner Con in New Orleans, November 8 – 10, 2010!!! Jared has been chosen as one of the Keynote speakers. Or, you can always catch him at one of his more than 25 U.S. City Tour workshops taking place this year and early 2011!

Here is more information for you:

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Jared’s Schedule at Pictage Partner Conference in New Orleans, so far…

Catch Jared at the following events in New Orleans this year:

The Lightroom Workflow Workshop

Monday November 8th
9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel
FREE (with PartnerCon registration)

Lecture: The Photographer’s Eye

Tuesday November 9th
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel
Part of Partner Conference

Photo Workshop: Shooting with Socrates

Tuesday November 9th
8:00 am to 10:00 am.
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel
A nominal additional fee (still Part of Partner Conference)

Partner Conference is a great opportunity for learning and making life long relationships with your peers. Weather or not you are a Pictage Member, you should not miss Partner Conference!

SIGN UP FOR PICTAGE PARTNER CONFERENCE HERE.

THEN

Register for THE LIGHTROOM WORKFLOW WORKSHOP. Seating is limited in the workshop, so sign up now.

The Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour 2010 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

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Our newest partnership….Album Exposure!

Late last year, we realized that we needed to be providing Album Design to all of our photographers.  The natural progression of post production takes you straight from image editing to album design.  And, we wanted to continue to remove the pain caused by post production!  So, in March we launched our Album Design service.

BUT …. How do we showcase your album designs?  Sure, we send you the .pdf files.  Or, we could create some preview software that would get the job done.  But all of this seemed ridiculous …. We wanted to just partner with the best.  And we’ve done it.

Announcing our partnership and integration with Album Exposure!  Known for their simple and elegant album proofing system, our partnership allows you to not only get a great album design, but elegant proofing straight to your client.  With Album Exposure, you can take a ShootDotEdit album design, and preview it straight to your client.  Any and all changes they request are seen in real time by both you and ShootDotEdit, and changes are quick and easy!  Because of this partnership, you’ll have the opportunity to proof 2 Designs with Album Exposure for absolutely FREE!

So how about giving it a try?  Through the end of the week, we’re offering 30% OFF album design services!  Just use code: AEandSDE

To learn more about the partnership and the details behind how this partnership will powerfully effect your business and workflow, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about Album Exposure, CLICK HERE

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We have a new BFF! Album Exposure.

ShootDotEdit Design is officially announcing its partnership with Album Exposure.
Album Exposure is a simple & elegant album proofing software that is unlike any other.
The interface is easy and intuitive.  And, to top it all off, it SAVES LOTS OF TIME!!!!

This unique integration between ShootDotEdit and Album Exposure is going to enable professional
photographer’s to streamline and expedite their album design work flow process in a way that has never before been possible.
Imagine, if you as a photographer had ONLY 2 steps in the process:

Step 1:  submit your images to ShootDotEdit for album/book design
Step 2:  deliver a finished wedding album to your customer

Obviously, based on the degree that a photographer wants to be hands on, there are plenty of options and choices
that allow the photographer to participate.    The bottom line is this:  it is streamline, cost effective, and simple.

To read more about Album Exposure, CLICK HERE.
And, of course, if you would like to know more about ShootDotEdit and our Album Design Process, CLICK HERE.

We’ll see you around the way, and cheers to no more design or editing!

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It’s Friday! That means Donuts, Donuts, Donuts!

Well, it’s Friday 🙂  And, usually, we try and do a healthy round of donuts + coffee in the a.m.   And, well, Chris (our Shipping/Receiving guy) went for the gusto today and brought in a flying saucer disguised as a donut!  LOLOLL!!!  Happy Friday everyone.  PS, this was shot on a high-end 1st generation G1 phone that delivers about .05 megapixels per image.  Ahhh to the yeah!

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“XMP Only” Service = NO MORE Shipping & Handling Fees!

Hi everyone,

Over the next couple of months you are going to SEE and EXPERIENCE a whole-lotta game changing service introductions here at ShootDotEdit.
These changes are coming as a result of our customer feedback/wants/needs along with the growing changes and needs of the pro photo community.  We can’t wait to share!

In the meanwhile, for those of you have abandoned the time consuming and money demanding protocol of sending your jobs via SNAIL MAIL (ie.  FedEx, USPS, UPS, Walk-In , etc.),  you are going to LOVE this.  Starting June 1, 2010, if you are submitting using our WEB UPLOADER and want ‘RAW Color Correction ONLY’ service, you will no longer be charged a ‘Shipping & Handling’ Fee!!!!
THAT IS RIGHT!!!  See ya later, buh-bye.

To confirm: If you submit your job via our Web Uploader and request RAW Color Correction Only (do not need ShootDotEdit to do anything else), we will no longer charge you our standard $10 or $15 Shipping & Handling Fee.  We will simply complete your order, .ZIP up y our XMP’s and email them right back to you!  Not sure how to marry your XMP’s to your original data?  If you are a LightRoom user, CLICK HERE.  If you are a Bridge user, CLICK HERE.

For those of you who are submitting small ‘portrait’ OR ‘e-session’ jobs, this will provide you in some cases 50% in SAVINGS!!!!  So, don’t hold back!  We have NO MINIMUM requirements on jobs.  If you have any questions or need help with anything, just CLICK HERE and let us know what is on your mind!

Cheers to no more Editing or Album Design,

ShootDotEdit

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How to Grow your Wedding Photography Business

The ShootDotEdit blog is a resource for aspiring wedding photographers as well as professional wedding photographers. Photographers can learn how to grow their wedding photography business and sustain a thriving business by outsourcing wedding photography editing to ShootDotEdit.