What happens when you take a few peeps from our Team, go outside for a little Friday ‘recess’, and throw a camera in the mix? An SDE Photo Adventure, with a twist!
The staff was divided into teams of two – one person controlled the camera but couldn’t look, and the other person was the ‘eyes’. They directed their teammate as to how and what to shoot. Each team had 5 minutes to shoot a total of three photos…and the laughter ensued! Our illustrious leader Garrett Delph and Customer Experience member Rachel Edwards documented the outing for our clients’ entertainment, with Rachel on the timer to keep the teams in check.
Garrett and Kevin had the challenge of being the first team to go.
Kim and Jake learned from watching the previous team; Jake took advantage of Kim’s height and was able to look through the viewfinder to compose a little better!
Our last team, Lisa and Travis, had a little extra time to think about what they wanted to shoot and got creative with their compositions!
Aside from being fun and giving everyone a break to do what they love most (photography and post production!), it also helped the team learn to work together better and work through communication and leadership issues.
Once back in the office, we narrowed it down to our favorite photo from each team, and then voted on our top favorite from the entire lot. Now, we are passing the torch on to you, our talented customers, so that you can use your artistic eyes to tell us which photo is YOUR favorite!
Peruse the photos below, and then head over to our Facebook page to vote on the images below!
ShootDotEdit and Zenfolio
Post production and image hosting go hand in hand, so it is no surprise that ShootDotEdit and Zenfolio have partnered to bring photographers the best tools. For those of you who are not familiar, Zenfolio is an all-in-one portfolio site, photo hosting and shopping cart service for professional and aspiring photographers. With Zenfolio and Shootdotedit you can go from shooting to selling quickly and seamlessly.
Whether you are switching from a different service or it is your first time setting up a website, Zenfolio makes the process effortless. Upload directly from your photo management application, with integrated upload tools, or easily transfer photos from another service. Rest assured knowing that your photos are safe with our impressive amount of back-up online storage. Backing up your image library can really be a money saver, time saver, and in some cases, a lifesaver.
Your website is often the first thing a prospective client will see and with Zenfolio you can make that first impression noteworthy. From the homepage to checkout pages we make it easy to customize and control the look and feel of your site. You can easily brand your portfolio and shopping cart so that everything is seamlessly integrated under one roof.
Features like contact lists, email invitations, and social media integration help you market your photos and drive traffic. And with coupons, expiring galleries and gift certificates photographers can encourage clients to buy and boost sales. Through
Zenfolio photographers can sell over 500 products and orders can be fulfilled by the Zenfolio partner labs and drop-shipped directly to clients or sent to you to be self-fulfilled.
How it Works
With new features and enhancements made on a regular basis Zenfolio is one of a photographers lower business expenses. And now that we are partnered up with ShootDotEdit you can have an integrated post-production service upload your editing JPEGs directly to your Zenfolio account – saving you time and money. You send your RAW or JPEG files to Shootdotedit, they edit your files based on your chosen profile and upload the edited photos to the gallery you specify. The edited photos will take on the price list assigned to that gallery, so your photos are up for sale right away. Whether you are using ShootDotEdit for color correction, image renaming/renumbering, custom categorization, artistic editing, retouching or clinical Photoshop work they can quickly upload completed files to your Zenfolio account.
Once you have a Zenfolio account you can add the ShootDotEdit add-on service for $50 per year and receive:
– 10% off discount on all orders placed with ShootDotEdit
– Free RAW to JPG file conversion (normally $0.04/image)
– Free direct uploads of processed files to your Zenfolio account (normally
With ShootDotEdit and Zenfolio you have more time to focus on what you do best – photography.
Jared Platt has been traveling around the country for the past two years teaching his Lightroom Workflow Workshop. Now he’s bringing it to Las Vegas, during WPPI. If you have missed it in your city or just want a refresher, this is the perfect time to do it! Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop will change your life! His techniques and methods will cut your post-production workflow in half. For more information about the workshop and to sign up go to www.thelightroomworkshop.com.
We have a LUCKY TICKET just for you! Visit our booth #1326 at WPPI and get your LUCKY TICKET to either session of Jared Platt’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop on Tuesday, Feb 22.
LUCKY TICKET DETAILS:
The Lightroom Workflow Workshop is $200 at the door, but we have LUCKY TICKETS that will get you in for $120, $60 or even for FREE. But you have to visit our booth #1326 at WPPI to get one! For more details, go to www.thelightroomworkshop.com.
So PartnerCon 2010, in New Orleans, was awesome! We had a blast meeting so many great photographers and being a part of the fab Pictage Community. There was some mystery around where PartnerCon 2011 would take place. Weeeeelllll it was just announced that PartnerCon 2011 will be hosted in San Diego, which is our back yard!!! We are so excited that Pictage is bringing ParnterCon to our beautiful city! Mark your calendars! [Yes, I over used “!”…but do you blame me? Haha.]
Below is a recap of our PartnerCon 2010 schedule to show you how awesome it was:
We have a very busy and fun filled schedule for PartnerCon. We would love if you’d swing by the booth and/or dropped in on some of our friends’ presentations/workshops!
November 9th 2010
Pricing and Packaging | Astor 3 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
In this session, Jared will explore pricing and packaging for professional photographers and how important it is to the success of your business. Jared will reveal the secrets behind pricing and packaging, the basics to each pricing strategy, and the science behind effectively setting up your pricing.
From White House to Weddings | Astor 3 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Learn from former White House photographers how their experience as photojournalists has directly translated to their wedding photography business and how you can learn from that experience and translate it into your business.
Exploring Light with Video Lights | Shooting Workshop | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
November 10th 2010
Building your map to Biz Success | Grand Ballroom D | 8:00am to 9:00am
Learn the tools to create a success map for your business, ensuring that every step that you take gets you closer to your goals without wasting valuable resources. Jeff will discuss the true value and application of outsourcing, positioning, sales techniques, and content strategies.
Apple’s Aperture and Apple Workflow | Astor 1 & 2 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Manual Shooting: Learning to Control Your Camera | Shooting Workshop | 8:00am – 10am
Understanding what gear to use, and how to use it, is essential for a successful studio. I have developed this class to educate photographers on understanding their cameras, so they can get the results they are looking for. Photographers will learn what gear is needed for more professional results, and how controlling camera settings. Attendees will also explore how lighting can effect your overall images. This class will be dedicated to small lectures, and demonstrations; the remainder of the time is spent practicing live shooting techniques on location. Participants will leave this workshop with a new passion for photography, and new techniques that will help grow their business.
If you wanna keep up with what we are up to at the show via Twitter, make sure to follow @shootdotedit! 😉
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.
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!
Here are just a small handful of quotes that our crew and customers have shared with us.
If you have any others, please share with everyone and leave a comment below! Enjoy and stay inspired!
“ You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
“ Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham
“ You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” – William Albert Allard
“ If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.” – Garry Winogrand
“ Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams
“It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.” – Timothy Allen
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams
“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams
Alright…, it’s time to showcase one of our many uber talented customers, Amy DeYoung. She is a stellar photographer with accolades ta’ boot! But, don’t let all the ‘Features’ and ‘Covers’ from top industry magazines fool you. If anyone ‘really’ knows photographers after all the smoke and mirrors subsided, we do. And, Amy is a ‘what you see, is what you get’ kind of girl.
Amy is married to her best friend Paul and resides in San Antonio, TX with her son and 2 dogs. She is passionate about capturing real moments. And so, it’s probably safe to say that being a professional photographer was not chosen by her, but rather received as a divine gift and then fanned into flames by her well suited passion. It is ‘behind the lense’ that she finds her inspiration. And, with her pursuit to create timeless works of art, she finds inspiration in the nuances that happen with people in real moments (ie. a blushing bride, a newborn baby, a family strolling through the park, a child full of innocence, or a man winking at the woman he loves, etc.).
Also, ShootDotEdit applauds Amy for taking steps to set herself and her brand apart. Recently, she launched her brand new website that incorporates ‘Fusion’ and also incorporates the fantastic product by David Jay, Show It Sites. Amy, very well done 🙂
If you would like to check out Amy’s work, CLICK HERE. In the meanwhile, here are a few clips from her work we thought we would share! Oh, Amy, you rock. Keep up the good work!!!