Attract more clients through your blog with the best kept blogging secrets! Come join us for this FREE webinar, supported by WPPI and hosted by our President Jared Bauman and Blogging Pros Jeff and Erin Youngren! During this blogging webinar, Jeff and Erin will unlock the secrets of successful blogging to generate more clients. They will share the tools they use in their systematized blogging workflow that helps them blog regularly and effectively. Some of the topics include: [···]
We live in a world loaded with information and innovation. Our lives have changed drastically in the past few decades with the increase in technology and available data. And nothing has changed more than the photography industry. On the journey from film to digital, everything from gear to capture to edit to share has gotten faster. At ShootDotEdit, we believe the faster we return your images, the faster you can get them back to your client. The faster the client receives their images, the happier they will be, and the more your business will benefit. We believe Fast is Best for your wedding photography business.
At ShootDotEdit, we know that your photography business is as unique as the images you shoot. No two businesses, like no two weddings, are the same. Because of this, we offer multiple pricing plans so you can choose what’s best for you and your business! In order to fully explain the features, advantages, and benefits of our plans, we have gathered insights and knowledge to share with you from our clients: wedding photographers just like you. These professional photographers have partnered with us using our UNLIMITED and our Rollover plans, and they have all agreed that it has saved them both time and money, provided greater image consistency, and even offered them peace of mind! [···]
In our How to Grow Your Wedding Photography Business Guide, we devoted a whole section to systems and ways to speed up your overall workflow. Setting up systems in your photography business will help enable you to build a Fast is Best company. To help get you started, here are 10 programs and apps that will help your business go fast and save you time.
Bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox account will also automatically save to all your computers and devices. Folders can be easily shared to collaborate with other clients and colleagues. You can also connect Dropbox with your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter to share your photos with friends, family, and potential clients. Interested in sharing photos with vendors after a wedding? Dropbox is a great and simple solution!
With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use. Do you keep notes for every client? Evernote is a great place to store them so you can pull them up at any time, in any place. Evernote also has an organization system, allowing you to either categorize your notes into different notebooks, or clump them altogether as “stacks.” Evernote will keep organizing notes simple and FAST as your client list keeps growing.
1Password can create strong and unique passwords for you. Rather than trying to remember all 30 of your passwords for each business-related program you use (along with your personal ones), 1Password will remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser. All you need to do is create one strong password and this program will do the rest! 1Password is a great place to keep them safe and secure so you don’t have to worry about searching for passwords when you need them.
Type more with less effort! TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. Do you have emails that you send to every new client or a standard wedding timeline that you send out before the big day? Text Expander is great for filling out those emails, saving you time!
With Boomerang, you can write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time. Just write the message as you normally would, then click the Send Later button. You might answer all of your emails at 11PM, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your clients know that! You can write an email when you want, then schedule it to send during normal business hours. This helps to educate your clients (even brides!) to respect your business time and personal time.
IFTTT is an online service that links your networks and allows you to create “recipes.” These recipes are rules you create that allow different actions to occur between your different social networks. Some great examples include a recipe that can copy an email with the word “receipt” in the title to a Google doc to help keep track of your expense—or a recipe that links all your Instagram photos with a certain hashtag to a Dropbox folder to download and keep. The possibilities are endless. These recipes can do everything for your business.
Wunderlist is an easy way to manage and share your to-do lists. It works on all platforms and devices. You can create a to-do list for a wedding while you are at home on your computer; then, while you are on-site at the event, you can check items off on your phone. Then, before the night is over, you can review the list on your laptop to make sure you got them all.
Hootsuite is a social media management system that businesses can use to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. You can plan all of your tweets, Facebook status updates, and other social media updates from one place at one time. Hootsuite also allows you to monitor and immediately respond to what people are saying about your wedding images and blog posts.
Developed by photographers for photographers, ShootQ is your virtual studio manager, assisting you from the moment a prospective client contacts you until the final product is delivered. You can use ShootQ to subscribe to calendaring applications like Google Calendar or Apple iCal. It keeps your job leads and workflow organized and always reminds you what needs to be done next.
Asana is a project management software that allows you to share projects among users and to set deadlines. It’s a great tool to keep track of all of your clients and to allow other members of your team access to all of their information. A really nice feature is the ability to set sharing for each individual project. So if you have a few associate photographers, you can allow them to see only the clients they will be helping with, and they will not be overwhelmed with all of your clients or projects.
The faster you can utilize any of these programs and apps within your workflow, the faster your wedding photography business will grow. Discover additional ways to speed up your workflow with our Guide, 27 Simple Hacks to Transform your Business!
At ShootDotEdit, we believe Fast is Best. We polled our post-production specialists and trusted professional photographers to find 6 ways to help you improve your workflow speed.
1. Use Photo Mechanic for culling
As mentioned in our “How to Grow your Wedding Photography Business” Guide, Photo Mechanic is a great tool for viewing and culling through your images quickly and efficiently. Touted as the “fastest view for digital photos,” it can save you hours from your culling time and can then be exported to your editing program of choice.
2. Use Lightroom 5 with Smart Previews for Faster Upload & Download Times
The Smart Preview technology that was introduced in version 5 of Lightroom is revolutionary. It allows you to create a Library and render Smart Previews from your full resolution images. Smart Previews allow you to share your library and rendered previews without having to worry about attaching the large source images. Because of this, the Smart Previews can be sent to a trusted partner like ShootDotEdit in a fraction of the time.
The Smart Previews can then be edited here at ShootDotEdit and sent back to pair with your high resolution images for export to clients. The upload and the download back can all happen in under an hour, compared to a full 8 hour overnight upload/download (or even longer in some cases)! Jared Platt does a great job explaining this further in our Lightroom webinar.
3. Use Quick Develop to Add Edits on Top of a Group of Images
When you receive your images back from ShootDotEdit, we always encourage you to add your own Signature Style on top of the custom color correction. Using the Quick Develop module in the Library tab in Lightroom allows you to make these signature changes to a group of images relative to the edits already made. You can make these changes much more quickly with Quick Develop than you could if you had to edit each individual image in the Develop tab.
4. Create Presets for your Actions and Workflow
If you utilize the same actions and/or edits over and over, you should create presets to help streamline the process. You can create presets in most editing programs, but we highly recommend utilizing Lightroom to create and use them. Combining the power of the Quick Develop module with custom presets can allow you to work at the fastest speed possible, all while maintaining your unique style and vision.
5. Keyboard Shortcuts & HotKeys
While we highly recommend editing in Lightroom 5 for speed, you can find Keyboard Shortcuts and HotKeys in all editing programs. In our Aperture webinar, Sara France gives a great description of how to create your own customized shortcut guide for Aperture. In Lightroom, you can find the Shortcuts under the menu “Help -> Lightroom Module Shortcuts.”
6. Take Fast is Best through your Entire Client Workflow
By choosing to partner with ShootDotEdit, you know the custom Color Correction portion of your overall client workflow will be back in as fast as 48 hours. Take our Fast is Best mentality and extend it throughout all of your tasks. Assign specific time limits for yourself. Consider the different tasks within your client workflow, and assign each of those tasks a specific time limit. For example, after a shoot, give yourself one to two days to cull and submit to ShootDotEdit. Once you receive your images back, allocate one day to add your Signature Style, 3 days to upload to your proofing site and deliver to client, and then one week to blog. You know how great it feels to get your images back from ShootDotEdit? Your clients will be just as thrilled with that fast turnaround time. Because nothing makes clients happier than getting their images back. The faster, the better.
Becoming a Fast Is Best business starts with finding ways like this to speed up your business workflow. Once your workflow is optimized, stick to it for every client. You will be amazed with what a consistent system will do to make you and your clients happier. You will immediately see the benefits of doing quality work fast.
Discover additional ways to create a fast workflow with our Guide, 27 Simple Hacks to Transform your Wedding Photography Business!
Book more weddings and increase web traffic to your site with 10 simple ideas! Come join us for this FREE webinar, supported by WPPI and hosted by our President Jared Bauman and Marketing Pros Justin and Mary Marantz! During this webinar, Justin and Mary will share with you 10 simple action items to help you book more weddings. These small yet impactful marketing tasks can be implemented immediately, allowing you to experience the results right away. Some of the topics include:
* How to create stories for your clients to tell about you
* Hosting a blog contest to create tons of web traffic
* Creating vendor cards to explode your vendor referrals
Did you know that ShootDotEdit has over 100 different color profiles? With so many different options to choose from, the ability to satisfy everyone is there. Our goal is to help you make the best selection as easily as possible. The tool that ShootDotEdit developed for this is the DotPreview.
We think of DotPreviews as free insurance for your job. We select 10 images from your event that display different lighting conditions and color correct them according to your chosen color profile. This will give you a great overview of how the entire job will look, and it is your guarantee that you will like the way your images are edited.
DotPreviews are automatically applied to the first few jobs you submit when you begin working with ShootDotEdit. It is a great way to get to know how the color profiles will look on different skin tones and lighting styles, and it’s completely FREE! If it doesn’t look exactly how you want it to the first time, you can request another DotPreview. Our experienced Color Consultants are also available to connect with you to help in finding the right profile for your job. You can go back and forth with the Color Consultants as many times as it takes to get it right!
It can take a few jobs to figure out the best color profile that matches your style – that is why we require DotPreviews for the first two jobs. After that initial period, you are welcome to request a DotPreview for any job, though if you are comfortable with how to select a color profile, you can continue with the submission process without a DotPreview. We recommend choosing DotPreviews for events with unusual lighting situations or with mixed skin tones. Any time you have an event that is outside your normal shooting environment, the DotPreviews are available to make sure the color correction still matches your vision.
The best part about DotPreviews? They are returned to you in one business day or less. “Fast is Best” applies to everything we do. Our only recommendation is that you view the returned DotPreview on the color-calibrated monitor that you edit on. We know it is tempting to open the link on your phone or tablet, but viewing it on your primary workstation is best!
Remember, if you are happy with your DotPreview, you will be happy with your job, so use them to your advantage! Your happiness with the color correction we provide is our main priority, and DotPreviews help guarantee that our editing matches your style!
If you would like more information about how to integrate ShootDotEdit into your workflow, please access our Free Guide below!
As a photographer and business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. Between setting up strong systems and workflows, posting social media, increasing SEO, and networking, growing your business is no easy task. That is why we created a guide just for you!
– Setting goals you can achieve
– Becoming unique and specialized
– Creating fast and effective systems and workflows
– Building your website, social media, and blog to reflect your brand
– Developing relationships and making meaningful connections
– Trusting specialists so you can become scalable
Our next partner spotlight shines on Zenfolio, an all-in-one solution for photographers to display, share, and sell their work online. We spoke with Brittany Nelson, a valued member of the Zenfolio team, to learn more about the company.
How did Zenfolio begin?
“Our about page says it best: [Zenfolio] began in the cradle of so many great ideas: a coffee shop. Four friends with a passion for photography, a shared background in technology, and complementary skills had a goal. They wanted to create an all-in-one Web solution for photographers—both amateur and professional—to organize, display, and sell their images with uncompromising quality.”
How does Zenfolio work with ShootDotEdit?
“ShootDotEdit will cull, color correct, and then upload a completed job to a photographer’s Zenfolio account. This takes away one additional step for the photographer and cuts down on the time it takes to get the event online and published.”
What is your favorite part of your partnership with ShootDotEdit?
“I love that the partnership between Zenfolio and ShootDotEdit takes away pain points for photographers and makes it easier for them to edit and upload their weddings after they are shot. Using ShootDotEdit is a great way for photographers to partner with a Specialist in post-processing and save themselves a huge amount of time in not only editing but also posting the wedding.”
What is your favorite part of working with photographers?
“They are creative, artistic, and really great people.”
What do you wish photographers knew better about Zenfolio?
“Zenfolio caters to every type of photographer, not just professional. That’s why we have several plans: basic and unlimited to those who do photography more as a hobby, and then Premium and Premium Business plans for those who are looking to sell their work. We also have a high-volume plan for businesses that have lots of clients, such as photo studios, schools, sports photography, and more.
Also, our support team is fantastic. They are available seven days a week, 365 days a year and are here to answer all of our users’ questions or for people who are thinking about joining Zenfolio. Our support team consists mostly of enthusiast and professional photographers (wedding, landscape, editorial, etc.), so they know exactly what photographers need.”
Describe a day in the life at Zenfolio…
“Drink coffee, eat onions, and drink lots of coconut water. Oh, and get daily delicious lunches delivered from waiter.com.
The ongoing (funny) story at Zenfolio is the office is split on onions. Half of them love it, half hate it. It started with one of the founders being highly sensitive to onions (aka repulsed), so it is now an initiation if you will to ask new hires what their stance on onions is and to share an embarrassing story of course.”
If you could be any piece of camera equipment, what would it be and why?
“A telephoto lens so I can see far into the distance, in focus.”
Thank you, Brittany, for taking the time to talk with us! Learn More about ShootDotEdit’s Integrated Partnership with Zenfolio!
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