ZenBlog: Blog http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) ZenBlog (ZenBlog) Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:45:00 GMT Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:45:00 GMT Celebrate 10 Days of Giveaways with Zenfolio! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/celebrate-10-days-of-giveaways-with-zenfolio Zenfolio is celebrating the holidays with Ten Days of Giveways! Join us December 1st-10th on Facebook and Instagram: Each day we'll be giving away fantastic prizes, courtesy of one of our partners. Featuring gifts from Lensbaby, Spiderholster, Miller's prints, and more. See Terms & Conditions

 

 

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Get a New View With Drone Rentals From Lumoid http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/get-a-new-view-with-drone-rentals-from-lumoid  

 

For 15% off your Lumoid rental, use code ZenLumoid15. If you’re looking for a holiday gift to remember, check out Lumoid for great gear: drones, cameras, audio equipment, and more. Click here to explore. 

Interested in exploring drone photography, but not sure where to start? As hobbyist photographers, my husband and I were curious about using drones to capture sky-high shots, when we discovered a drone rental service called Lumoid. Lumoid, which rents out an assortment of drones as well as other photography, video, and audio equipment, seemed like a great way to try out the new tech to see if it would be a good fit for our photography lifestyle. Here’s how it went!

The Rental Process:

Lumoid has an impressive assortment of drones available, with pricing ranging from $5-$45 per day. There’s also a variety of accessories to rent (like batteries and controllers) to optimize the experience. We decided to go with the “AirDog Action Sports Drone,” because as a couple that surfs and skis on a regular basis, we were interested in the “hands free” option for birds-eye-view sports shots.

Ordering was quick, but there are a few steps involved: For first time rentals, you’ll need access to a scanner or camera-equipped smartphone because proof of residence, (like an addressed utility bill) and a copy of your photo ID is required. While it takes an extra few minutes, it’s an understandable and easy way for Lumoid to avoid fraud and theft. The good news is, this info is stored for future rentals. There’s also an insurance collateral of a few hundred dollars that is set aside to make sure the drones are returned from their renter. This is, of course, 100% refunded at the end of the rental.

Delivery

We decided to rent over a weekend so we could get a few days to experiment! The drone was delivered on a Friday, and we planned to ship back on Monday.

What’s In the Box

The kit included the drone itself, detached propellers, charging accessories, and a “leash” for us to carry so the drone could follow our movements. The one thing that was missing was an instructional guide for setup. As a not-particularly-tech-savvy person, this meant that my husband had to do some Googling. It took about 20 minutes for him to figure out the process, which was actually great because we got to watch a few instructional videos that gave us a better idea of what this baby could do. (A support rep later told me that they normally include instruction manuals with drone delivery, but the one for the AirDog wasn’t quite ready yet).

 

Taking It for a Spin

For our first flight, we went to a flat, open area near our home (it used to be a shipping dock). We figured avoiding trees and obstacles was smart for the first pass.

As newbies, it took us a few minutes to figure out how to  “pair” the unit with the leash, but after takeoff, we were TOTALLY on-board with the drone trend!

After playing around with it for a while, I can honestly say that it’s a blast even if you have no intention to use it for photography. The “leash” that you carry makes it follow you around taking continuous footage, so you don’t have to think about it being in the right spot to capture you. We spent the better part of half an hour just taking turns flying it around before we started thinking about getting some shots. When we took a look at the capture, it was really cool to see that bird's-eye view.

 

If we were to do another rental (which we fully intend to do), we would probably go for a model that lets you see what you’re shooting as it flies. That said, I can see us bringing an AirDog up to the mountains when we ski, to catch some footage of our friends on the slopes.

The experience as a whole both with Lumoid and the AirDog was really easy. If you are interested in seeing if a drone is a tool that might work for you, I’d suggest taking a test flight with Lumoid first. It’s a great way to test out a particular drone that you might be interested in purchasing, before committing. If you aren’t looking to own a drone, but enjoy playing around with the latest tech for one-off projects or for shooting special events, Lumoid is a great solution!

 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio drone drones equipment photography rental http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/get-a-new-view-with-drone-rentals-from-lumoid Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Maximizing Your Holiday Marketing With Animoto http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/maximizing-your-holiday-marketing-with-animoto You may have heard of Animoto- the video tool that is changing the game for small businesses who want to make videos to market their work but don't know where to start. We sat down with them to get the low-down on how easy it is to build videos with Animoto, and to hear how photographers are finding success using their tools to land new clients, and boost sales with current ones. 

How exactly does Animoto make video-creation accessible to the average person?  

Animoto makes it easy for anyone make quality video slideshows and marketing videos through a drag-and-drop interface that’s user-friendly and intuitive, as opposed to timeline-based professional editors that require expertise and training. Animoto lets you combine video clips, photos, text, logos, and music together into a professional-looking video.  We’ve done all the fancy design work to create professional transitions and backgrounds for you, offering over 100 templates, or video styles, that will determine how your video looks.  All you have to do is upload your photos or video clips, choose a song, add some text if you feel it needs it, and then hit produce.

What makes video such a compelling media for promotion?

Photographs set to music create a mood and evoke emotion within people, helping them develop an instant attachment to the photographs.  

Also, since the introduction of social media, people are also less inclined to read about a product.  In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Animoto, we found that 4 times as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it.
A combination of these two factors makes video the ideal platform to boost your business, using video as a tool for sales and marketing.

What tools does Animoto have that would help photographers grow and market their businesses?

Animoto itself is a very powerful video tool that photographers have been using for years to grow and market their business. But, under the hood, we have several features that streamline their workflow:

  1. Triple Scoop Music: Animoto offers an extensive library of commercially-licensed music.  Animoto Professional includes over 3,000 songs cleared for commercial use plus over 1,000 from Triple Scoop Music. Triple Scoop Music has been providing world-class music to creative professionals since 2006. They have a diverse and impressive catalog of songs from Grammy & Emmy award-winning artists.
  2. Native export: Once you have created a video, Animoto makes it easy to upload it directly to each social media or video site. You can easily share to Facebook, YouTube, and a number of other sites straight from your video’s play page.
  3. Styles designed by photographers: Animoto has over 100 video styles, or templates, to choose from that will dictate the look and feel of your video. Some are quite animated but, for the professional looking for a simple solution, there are also a number of cleaner styles that allow the images to provide the wow factor.  In creating many of these styles, we teamed up with some of the industry’s best wedding and portrait photographers, including Tamara Lackey, Jerry Ghionis, Kelly Brown, and Jen Rozenbaum.  These Premium styles are specifically designed by photographers for photographers.

What kind of success are your users seeing with their Animoto videos?

For the longest time, photographers have used Animoto in the sales room to reveal the entire collection of images to the client at the beginning of the sales session.  Many photographers also claim that the client will most likely want to take the slideshow home with them, giving the photographer the opportunity to offer it as incentive to upsell.  

More recently, in a world where digital technology, social media and the internet dominate our lives and business, traditional advertising has evolved into the world of content marketing - specifically video content.  Kristina Houser, a  wedding and portrait photographer from Tampa, Florida recently created an Animoto video to promote her headshot sessions and posted it as an ad on Facebook.  She saw an increase of 60% in her headshot bookings that month and 27x increase in traffic to her website.  After creating her first ever marketing video, Australian newborn photographer Carolina Pante posted her video to Facebook and spent a mere $15 to boost it for 3 days. The result was over 5000 video views and 10 inquiries from people  who had seen the video, 3 of which booked a session within those 3 days.

 What advice do you have for a photographer creating videos with Animoto for the first time?  

  • Keep it short. 45 - 90 seconds is usually the optimum length your video should be.
  • Tell a story. You want to keep your viewer engaged and interested.
  • Use text. Text will help you accentuate your message, as well as stand out on social media, where videos typically play silently.
  • Set the tone with music. Choose the right style and pace to suit the message you’re trying to convey.

See how Animoto can impact your business, and get started here. 

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Tips for Shooting in a Cold Climate http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/tips-for-shooting-in-a-cold-climate

By Andrew Peacock

 

A cold environment can be attractive to a photographer for all sorts of reasons, but getting the shot when it’s cold presents a set of challenges for outdoor photographers. Here, I share my tips on how to conquer these challenges.

Landscapes of ice and snow allow for abstract and striking compositions, and often the air is clear and the light clarity can be extraordinary. The accompanying photo I took of the mid-winter night sky above a snow cave in New Zealand is a good example of the sort of image I am talking about.         

Successfully getting that shot meant having control over three aspects of the photo process unique to a cold environment, which on that occasion was definitely below freezing. First and foremost is personal preparation aimed at the ability to function for a length of time in an extreme environment. Second is ensuring the camera can function as it’s meant to. Finally, the ‘in camera’ creative process may need some tweaking in situations where extremes of lighting contrast are at play.

 

Personal Preparation

Rarely does a decent camera fail in the cold; it's more common for the photographer to give up because of personal discomfort. As an Expedition and Wilderness Medicine doctor, I teach about the subject of hypothermia—and I emphasize that prevention is far better than cure. For the photographer handling a cold metal camera on the go or standing still next to a tripod as night falls in winter, the risk of getting too cold is very real, and a drop in core body temperature can begin to subtly affect creative decision making (and the standard of your photos) even before significant signs of hypothermia start to show.

Layers of warm clothing (don’t forget your head), good wind protection, warm fluids to drink, and fuel in the form of high-energy snack food to keep the fire burning inside you are all important. So is sufficient protection for your precious extremities. Good insulating footwear and most importantly, warm gloves that allow for finger dexterity are imperative.

In a really cold situation beware of water and wind making contact with exposed fingers, because the time to irreparable freezing will be short. It’s not uncommon for an Everest summiteer to whip off down gloves for an all-important selfie on top of the world only to suffer frostbitten fingers as a result. Gloves that allow for the operation of camera controls are a very useful item. Having said that, if anyone has found the perfect solution in that regard please let me know because I haven’t as of yet!

 

Camera Preparation

There are some simple rules to adhere to so that your camera will behave itself in the cold. Alaskan landscape photographer Carl Battreall (www.photographalaska.com) has spent his fair share of time in the frozen mountains of that beautiful US state. He has one golden rule, “Let the camera stay cold but keep batteries warm.” The primary culprit when it comes to camera failure is the battery.

Carl explains “You don't want the battery to drain prematurely while in the camera in the cold; it is difficult to warm up to an operating level again in the field once it has died. When really cold [it’s a matter of degrees!] I don't have a battery in the camera unless I am ready to take a photo.”

I like to keep camera batteries close to my body where they can stay warm. As a battery in my camera drops to around 50% power I will take it out and rotate with a warm spare. Needless to say it’s important to carry spare batteries with you for this system to work.

To improve battery life become familiar with the camera menu and lens options available to reduce power consumption. Turn off all camera beep functions, turn off screen review after every shot, minimize use of live view, and turn off any lens or camera image stabilizer function (if available). Mirrorless cameras require that you use the power-hungry LCD screen for composition, and for that reason many outdoor photographers I know prefer cameras with an optical viewfinder option that allows you to compose without using power. 

Cameras and lenses at the more professional end of the spectrum (i.e., more expensive end) are better weather sealed and will resist moisture ingress. So in regard to cold weather photography it’s a case of buyer beware when it comes to what you can expect. The danger is that your cold metal equipment will form condensation on and within itself when brought into a warmer environment. Then, if returned to a subzero temperature before that moisture can evaporate, ice crystals may form and damage the sensitive electronics of your digital equipment. Cameras with better weather sealing are less likely to have this problem.

When I’m on a ship in Antarctica, after shooting outdoors I remove the camera batteries to take back to a warm cabin but leave the rest of my gear in a bag under cover outside in the cold. Similarly Carl leaves his gear outside his tent when in the mountains and he also suggests putting the camera in a ziplock bag to help keep condensation from forming on the camera.

 

The Photographic Process

Snow and ice in a scene force the photographer to make creative decisions because there are often extremes of contrast. The bottom line is that we want the snow (and other elements) to look ‘right’ in the final image and to include whatever detail there was present in the original scene.  

Our eyes can see perceive detail in shadow and in bright areas within the same scene that our cameras cannot. What the camera can record is represented by a histogram, which is a graphic representation of the dark to light spectrum of light (from left to right) captured for each photo. Find the menu option to turn on the histogram on your LCD screen either in live view or on the photo review screen to give you feedback.

The lightest part of your photo, snow or white ice, will register on the right of the histogram. The key is to get that edge of the graph to extend to the far right without peaking beyond what the camera can record in the light part of the spectrum—a tall line will appear on the right if this occurs. Then detail in the whites will be retained. I also monitor this by using a menu setting that causes any overexposed areas to ‘blink’ when I review an image on the screen. Note that I’m now recommending using the LCD screen to review image histograms to help your creative decision-making. This will use more power and needs to be considered in the cold!

Importantly, an inherent characteristic of camera sensors is that there is more tonal detail able to be recorded to the right-hand side of the histogram than the left. Any detail on the left side can’t be as easily recovered by post-production software ‘shifting’ of the histogram without compromising the quality of the final photo. So getting exposure correct in camera is important. An underexposed file is not the basis for a high quality photo with snow and/or ice as a main feature.

Exposure compensation for a scene with ice and/or snow can be done via a menu function allowing you to override the camera metering and adjust the exposure upward. Given time to set the shot up I will experiment with just how much I increase the exposure and fine-tune it based on histogram feedback. Once set then I leave it like that while shooting in that environment. Don’t forget to turn exposure compensation off afterward otherwise you’ll find your next set of photos from a more neutral contrast situation will be way overexposed.

One last important point is that I highly recommend selecting Raw file output rather than JPEG in your camera menu settings to improve your ability to get a great shot from a high contrast scene. JPEG files have already been interpreted and processed by your camera, and if you do make a mistake with the exposure on a unique, one-off, shot it’s very difficult to fix it afterward unless it’s a Raw file. Of course that means having the time to first learn and then use a Raw file editor like Adobe Lightroom to process your files.

Photography in cold environments can be fun and very rewarding. With careful planning you and your camera will perform flawlessly, so get out there and be creative.

 

Dr. Andrew Peacock is a widely published adventure travel photographer based in Queensland (admittedly not the coldest of places!) and is a Ted’s Cameras Master and Zenfolio Ambassador. More of his images can be found at www.footloosefotography.com

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Sweet Pup Portraits with the Lensbaby Twist 60 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/sweet-pup-portraits-with-the-lensbaby-twist-60

twist 60 photo by louise zabriskie

The perfect gift for the photographer with a penchant for pups, (or really, any eye-catching portraiture), Lensbaby's Twist 60 lens captures shots with a dynamic bokeh that gives every image a unique spin. Take $40 off the Twist 60 lens through 11/23, and create one-of-a-kind images that really make your subject pop. Get yours today. This post is brought to us by Lensbaby, originally posted on their blog.

twist 60 photo by greig reid

Our 60mm f/2.5 Twist 60 lens makes the subject of your images pop by surrounding them in deliciously twisty, swirly blur and subtle vignette. Twist 60, like any of our lenses, takes a little practice and forethought in order to create those magical images you envision in your head.

twist 60 photo by ben hutchinson

Keep these guidelines in mind, and you’ll get to the magic part quicker! Key ingredients for composing dog portraits like these are:

  • shoot at a bright aperture like f/2.5 or f/2.8
  • position the camera relatively close (a few feet or so) to your subject
  • make sure there are several feet of separation between subject and background
  • place your subject against a background that has plenty of texture

twist 60 photo by ben hutchinson

A pooch adoringly looking up at you (or that treat in your hand) provides natural separation between subject and background. And the ground – be it grass, gravel, or pavement – is naturally textured, making Twist 60 a particularly fun lens for dog portraits.

twist 60 photo by keri friedman

If the swirly bokeh is a bit too intense for you, it’s easy to dial it back. These dog portraits below have less separation between subject and background, and the subject is further from the camera. The background also isn’t as textured. Twist 60’s subtle vignette still makes your subject POP, but without so much swirly bokeh.

twist 60 photo by greig reid

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Optimized Shop Home in the New Shopping Experience http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/update-to-the-new-shopping-experience-shop-home-page Shopping-Update-Header

The New Shopping Experience delivers better selling features for you and a more intuitive browsing and buying experience for your clients. Two updates to share:

 

  1. With a focus on showcasing what you sell, the Shop Home page has been optimized to shorten your client’s path to purchase by listing sub-categories within each category. This update to your Shop Home page makes it even easier for your clients to hone in and quickly make a purchase.

  2. Based on photographer feedback, we’ve removed the client photo behind the packages. This makes the packages section easier to shop with a cleaner look and feel.

 

Driven by your feedback, e-commerce, and marketing best practices, we are progressively rolling out updates in phases. The New Shopping Experience is available to turn on for all Zenfolio accounts in all regions--take advantage of it today!

 

For more details and frequently asked questions regarding the New Shopping Experience, click here.

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio categories marketing new shopping experience photography prints product update product updates professional photography selling shop home page shopping shopping beta storefront subcategories http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/update-to-the-new-shopping-experience-shop-home-page Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:59:00 GMT
Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year 2017 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/pink-lady-food-photographer-of-the-year-2017

 

Now in its sixth year, Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading photographic awards celebrating the art and diversity of food photography and film. With more than 30,000 images and films submitted from around the world since the first awards in 2012, and a star-studded awards evening held each year at the Mall Galleries, London, it isn't difficult to see how the awards have quickly earned their title as the 'Oscars of the food world'. 

 

This year, legendary chef, author and restaurateur Gary Rhodes OBE, and Buzzfeed Global Photo Director Wajmah Yaqubi are just a few of the luminaries on the judging panel, alongside the chair of judges, Jay Rayner (The Guardian, Observer, BBC Radio 4, Kitchen Cabinet, Masterchef, The One Show), and David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer.

 

PLFPOTY's diverse categories are designed to suit all types of photographers—from wedding photographers shooting celebratory images at a reception, to landscape photographers capturing images of produce growing in the field—and have also been expanded for 2017. Now available alongside the previous year's categories are World Food Programme Food for Life—seeking images of the humanitarian aspect of food—and InterContinental London Park Lane Food at the Table, for images of ready-to-eat food in hotels, restaurants, gastropubs and bars anywhere in the world.

 

Credit: Mark Benham - Overall Winner, PLFPOTY 2016

 

Documentary, travel and event photographer Mark Benham was crowned Overall Winner in 2016 with his joyous image 'Flour Frenzy' (above), scooping the £5,000 prize and international media coverage from the BBC, which was shown in more than 200 territories. If you have a taste for food photography, wherever and however the food may be presented, be sure to enter your best food images before 5 February 2017 for a chance at the prize. 

 

 


 

New for 2017: Membership Program

 

PLFPOTY founder Caroline Kenyon welcomes a new member on board

 

Building on the success of the past five years, this year the Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year team has launched their exciting new membership program, offering a great range of industry benefits including discounts on specialist insurance, training, box framed prints, websites, and FIVE free image credits to enter Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year 2017. As an added bonus, there is even an Early Bird Prize draw to win a versatile Elinchrom D-Lite RX One/One Softbox To Go set worth £499 for anyone joining the membership program before the end of 2016. So don't hesitate—sign up today! 

 

 


 

Train with a Zenfolio Ambassador

 

Credit: Jenny Heyworth

 

Need to brush up on your food photography skills? Zenfolio has you covered! As part of our continued support of Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year and our dedication to helping raise awareness of the art and diversity of food photography, this year we have added our first food photographer to our team of Ambassadors: Jenny Heyworth of Aspire Photography Training.

 

Jenny has been making strides in the food photography world this year—not only with her own excellent images which you can view on her website—but by expanding her training courses with Aspire to include dedicated food photography sessions, where you can learn the art of styling, lighting, and capturing food to perfection. 

 

A part of Aspire's award-winning training program, Jenny's courses are sure to inspire and leave your clients salivating at your new-found food photography skills. Book online today, and save 20% with our exclusive discount code 'Zenfolio'. 

 

 


 

Good Luck!

 

Credit: Susan Bell

 

Good luck to all who enter! For those lucky enough to win, we look forward to seeing you at the awards evening in April. 

 

 

 

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Holiday 2016 Shipping Deadlines – Helpful Tips for a Hassle-Free Holiday! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/holiday-2016-shipping-deadlines-helpful-tips-for-a-hassle-free-holiday

The busy shopping and shipping season is here, and the best way for you and your customers to ensure timely delivery of holiday cards and gifts is to plan ahead. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and a list of shipping deadlines from our lab partners to help you prepare and have a stress-free holiday season.

 

*Please note that not all labs are available at all plan levels.

 

Requesting Changes and Cancellations

Our partner labs have the best turnaround times in the industry while maintaining consistent print quality. They work extra hard to uphold this reputation during the holiday season—often printing, packaging, and shipping an order the same day it’s placed. This means that any request for changes needs to be sent within minutes of placing an order or it might not be caught in time.

 

Approving Orders

Enabling Pending Order Approval in your pricelist allows you to review orders and make changes before the orders are sent for printing, but it also delays sending the orders to the lab. Orders are not submitted for printing until you approve them, so we suggest reviewing and approving orders as quickly as possible.

 

Shipping Deadlines

For your convenience, we’ve gathered a list of recommended deadline dates for each of our integrated vendors. Please keep in mind that orders must be placed and approved before the cutoff dates to be delivered in time for the holiday.

 

Labs Shipping from the US

 

 

Miller’s Professional Imaging (including Miller’s Wedding & Portrait and Miller’s Schools, Sports & Events) is the largest professional lab organization in the United States. It has a reputation for having the highest quality products, customer service, and technologies in the industry. Mpix and MpixPro, a division of Miller’s Professional Imaging, deliver professional quality prints and photo products using only the best materials and packaging. To add an elegant touch to your clients’ holiday orders, we recommend choosing MpixPro’s Boutique Packaging shipping method (available for Premium Business and Advanced users only).

 

Product Type

Shipping Type

Christmas Deadline

All

Standard

Friday, December 9 at 11am CST

All

Priority

Tuesday, December 13 at 11am CST

 

Ordering past the December 9 deadline?

Need this order before December 25? If so, we strongly encourage you to select Priority shipping. Priority shipping uses UPS for quick delivery and simple order tracking to offer peace of mind that your order will arrive in time for the holidays. It is not uncommon for Standard shipping to experience longer delivery times during the holiday season, sometimes up to 10 additional business days. Boutique Packaging can be added to Mpix, MpixPro and Miller’s orders. However, Boutique Packaging is not available with Standard shipping.

 

Ordering past the December 13 deadline?

Need this order before December 25? If so, we strongly encourage you to select Overnight shipping. Overnight shipping uses UPS for quick delivery and simple order tracking to offer peace of mind that your order will arrive in time for the holidays. It is not uncommon for Standard and Priority shipping to experience longer delivery times during the holiday season, sometimes up to 10 additional business days.

 

Zenfolio Album Service offers high-quality, handcrafted albums for your clients without all the hard work for you. We work directly with your clients on your behalf and you receive a commission on each order.

 

2016 Design Holiday Deadline

Design approved & paid – Submitted to production by

11/30/2016

Domestic orders ship by

12/19/2016

International orders ship by

12/9/2016

Client receives orders by

12/23/2016

 

Important Notice:

To ensure your client’s album is received by 12/23/16, the design must be approved and paid by 11/30/16.  To allow sufficient time for review and approval of the photo selection and album design, clients should be in the design process by November 11, 2016. Any final orders placed after November 27 are not guaranteed for the holidays.

 

Zenfolio Photo Products US delivers the highest quality photo merchandise in partnership with vendors in the US who deliver the latest imaging and transfer technologies on a variety of surfaces such as T-shirts, mugs, and key chains.

 

Delivery Method

Christmas Deadline

International Orders (Includes Canada and Puerto Rico)

12/8/2016

Ground Service (Includes USPS)

12/10/2016

Two-Day Delivery

12/13/2016

Next Day Delivery

12/14/2016

Holiday Turnaround in Business Days

5-7 Business Days

 

Any orders processed after December 10 at 12:00 am may arrive after Christmas.

 

Zenfolio Phone Cases

 

Product

Christmas Deadline

BakPak3 Phone Case

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Folio Phone Case

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tough Case

Sunday, December 18, 2016

 

All shipments will be sent to US addresses via USPS First Class with tracking as the preferred option. Estimated shipping time For USPS First Class and USPS Priority is  1-3 days. USPS timelines cannot be guaranteed.

PictureItPostage™ turns your clients’ photos into real US postage stamps.

 

Shipping Type

Thanksgiving Deadline

Hanukkah Deadline

Christmas Deadline

New Year’s Deadline

USPS First Class Mail (7-10 days)

Nov. 8

Dec. 16

Dec. 8

Dec. 15

USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days)

Nov. 17

Dec. 23

Dec. 18

Dec. 23

USPS Express Mail (1-2 days)

Nov. 18

Dec. 24

Dec. 19

Dec. 23

 

fotoflōt products are an elegant way to display photos without frames. Your clients are sure to be impressed by the innovative magnetic mounting system, which allows you to avoid glare and enables you to swap photos in seconds.

 

Product Type

Shipping Type

Thanksgiving Deadline

Christmas Deadline

Hanukkah Deadline

New Year’s Deadline

All

Shipments to addresses within the US (50 states)

13-Nov

18-Dec

18-Dec

25-Dec

All

Shipments to addresses outside of the US*

13-Nov

11-Dec

11-Dec

18-Dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labs Shipping from Canada

 

Founded in 2003, PIKTO is comprised of dedicated artists with a shared love of photography, craftsmanship, and quality materials. Since then, they've used their expertise to handcraft millions of prints, canvases, and wall displays.

 

Product Type

Shipping Type

Thanksgiving Deadline

Christmas Deadline

Hanukkah Deadline

New Year's Deadline

Prints

Canada Post Expedited (1-7 days)

 11/9/16

12/13/2016

12/13/2016

12/19/2016

Giclee

Canada Post Expedited (1-7 days)

 11/9/16

12/13/2016

12/13/2016

12/19/2016

Mounting

Canada Post Expedited (1-7 days)

 11/4/16

12/7/2016

12/7/2016

12/13/2016

 

 

Labs Shipping from Europe

 

Picto (France) is a leader among French professional photography labs. Picto cultivates perfection in its images through its historic know-how and in keeping pace with technological change.

 

Product

Christmas Deadline

Prints without any finishing

12/17/2016

Prints with finishing

12/14/2016

 

Shipping method: Priority shipping. Delivery typically takes 2-3 business days.

 

One Vision Imaging, one of the largest professional labs in the UK, provides professional photographers with the highest standards of processing and finishing.

 

Product Type

Shipping Type

Christmas Deadline

New Year's Deadline

Prints, Fine Art Prints, Collages

Standard Letter (1st class)

19 Dec

19 Dec

Courier (to UK)

20 Dec

20 Dec

Courier (to Europe)

15 Dec

15 Dec

Courier (rest of world)

9 Dec

9 Dec

Framed Prints, Box Frames, Coloured Edge Blocks, Canvas Wraps, Calendars, Illusion Frames, Shadow Boxes, Trinity Frames, Framed Canvas Wraps

Standard Letter (1st class)

N/A

N/A

Courier (to UK)

14 Dec

14 Dec

Courier (to Europe)

8 Dec

8 Dec

Courier (rest of world)

2 Dec

2 Dec

Acrylics, Metallica Framed Prints

Standard Letter (1st class)

N/A

N/A

Courier (to UK)

2 Dec

2 Dec

Courier (to Europe)

23 Nov

23 Nov

Courier (rest of world)

17 Nov

17 Nov

Cards, Postcards, Invitations, Bragging Books, Photo Books

Standard Letter (1st class)

15 Dec

15 Dec

Courier (to UK)

16 Dec

16 Dec

Courier (to Europe)

9 Dec

9 Dec

Courier (rest of world)

7 Dec

7 Dec

Mouse Mats, Jigsaws, Keyrings, Mugs, Place Mats, Coasters

Standard Letter (1st class)

15 Dec

15 Dec

Courier (to UK)

16 Dec

16 Dec

Courier (to Europe)

9 Dec

9 Dec

Courier (rest of world)

7 Dec

7 Dec

 

 

Zenfolio Photo Products Europe delivers the highest quality photo merchandising in partnership with state-of-the-art labs that produce beautiful prints as well as the latest imaging and transfer technologies on a variety of surfaces such as coasters, mouse pads and cushions.

 

Product Type

Shipping Type

Christmas Deadline

New Year's Deadline

Prints, Collages, Canvas Prints,

First Class (UK)

12/19/2016

12/23/2016

Courier / Special Delivery (UK)

12/20/2016

12/23/2016

International Airmail

12/12/2016

12/15/2016

International Priority

12/13/2016

12/16/2016

Acrylic Prints, Aluminium Mounted Prints

First Class (UK)

12/16/2016

12/22/2016

Courier / Special Delivery (UK)

12/19/2016

12/22/2016

International Airmail

9/12/2016

12/14/2016

International Priority

12/12/2016

12/15/2016

 

Labs Shipping from Australia

 

Nulab and NuShots offer Australia and New Zealand customers high-quality prints, gallery wraps, and much more.

 

Nulab and NuShots will be closed Friday 12/23/16 at 12pm and re-open at 8:30am Monday 01/09/2017.

 

  • Last ship day for interstate and New Zealand clients is Wednesday 12/21/16.

  • Last ship day for Victoria clients is Thursday 12/21/2016.

  • Local pick-ups can be made until 12pm Friday 12/23/2016.
     

The following dates are to be used as guides for ordering specific products & services. Orders must be received by 12pm (noon) on the day listed. If your order requires retouching please allow three extra days.

 

 

Product Type

Christmas Deadline

Photo Books and Albums (except Sprint books)

08 December

Sprint (Express) Photo books, cards & calendars

15 December

Press Event Products

15 December

Metallic Prints w/Acrylic Mounts

08 December

All Prints w/ mounting (non-acrylic)

14 December

Canvas Matte Boxes

08 December

Canvas Wraps and Fine Art Prints

14 December

Framed Prints

14 December

Nudirect (Inkjet) Acrylic Mounts

14 December

Digital Proof Portfolios & Super Proofs

15 December

Metallic Prints

16 December

Lustre, Gloss, Matte and Oyster Pearl Prints

20 December

 

Happy Holidays!

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Hello! New Customizable Phone Cases http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/hello-new-customizable-phone-cases

Smartphone cases are now available in the US*! Your clients can personalize their mobile phone case with their favorite photo from your gallery to create a stylish accessory to carry with them always. Perfect for personal use or to give as a gift, these easy-to-create cases are sure to become a client favorite.

All cases are made using the highest quality materials, inks, coatings, and decoration processes available, and are backed by a lifetime warranty that covers defects/product failure. These customizable cases are designed with access to ports for easy connectivity, and are created using processes that embed inks underneath coatings so they last longer, resist scratches, and don’t fade or rub off easily. A three-step quality control process ensures a consistently great product that you—and your customers—can show off to the world.

There are three different case styles for iPhone and Galaxy devices.

 

Tough Case

 

Vibrant hi-res imagery blends together with a clear, protective finish to prevent scratches and fading.

An interior layer helps protect devices against mild shocks and impacts to deliver a gorgeous and tough case that reflects your client’s style and personality.

 

  • High-resolution decoration (300+ DPI print quality)

  • Dual-layer for extra durability and protection

  • 100% of outer surface is decorated

  • Made from lightweight, durable space-grade polymers and cushioned TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane)

  • Created with industry-leading 3-D decoration systems, inks, and processes

  • Rich, vibrant colors embedded deeply into the surface of the case

  • Protective finish resists scratches and prevents image from fading, rubbing off, or blurring

  • Available in both matte and gloss finishes

 

Available for

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6 Plus (only available in Gloss finish)
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S7 Edge

 

BakPak 3 Case

 

Pristine quality and vibrant hi-res imagery deliver a gorgeous case with a rear storage compartment that holds up to two items like credit cards, business cards, cash, or ID. Your clients can show off their style and personality, and travel light at the same time.

 

  • Sliding storage compartment in back allows user to carry cards, cash, and ID

  • High-resolution decoration (300+ DPI print quality)

  • Additional interior TPU liner offers added toughness

  • Created with industry-leading 3-D decoration systems and processes

  • Rich, vibrant colors embedded deeply into the surface of the case

  • Protective finish resists scratches and prevents image from fading, rubbing off, or blurring

  • Three-point quality inspection process

  • Available in gloss & matte finish

 

Available for

  • iPhone 6

  • iPhone 6S

 

Folio Case (Satin Finish)

 

 

This gorgeous case offers an inspired way to express individuality while providing full-frontal screen protection and interior storage pockets. Decorated with high-resolution artwork that seamlessly covers both the front and back, the Folio becomes your clients’ personal art canvas. Printed artwork is not only high quality and sharp, it’s also clear-coated with a proprietary dual-layer satin finish that resists damage, scuffs, fading, and transfer of ink. A clear shell case protects the phone and attaches to the folio with an adhesive strip on the interior. This solution locks the phone in place, provides cover around the edges of the phone, and does so without leaving residue on the device.

 

  • Clear shell case included—can be detached or attached with folio

  • High-resolution decoration process on front and back preserves bright, sharp colors

  • Conveniently stores cards, cash, or ID inside interior pockets

  • Faux-leather material with textured surface

  • Three-point quality inspection process

  • Stand feature for watching media

 

Available for

  • iPhone 6

  • iPhone 6S

  • iPhone 6 Plus

  • iPhone 6S Plus

  • iPhone 7

  • iPhone 7 Plus

  • Galaxy S6

  • Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Galaxy S7

  • Galaxy S7 Edge

 

Add to your pricelists today!

*Shipping (which includes packaging/handling) is available only within the United States.

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Buy a Canon Professional Series imagePROGRAF PRO Printer and Get a Free Year of Zenfolio! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/buy-a-canon-professional-series-printer-and-get-a-free-year-of-zenfolio

 

 

We are excited to announce that beginning November 18, 2016, Canon and Zenfolio will offer photographers a 1 year Advanced Zenfolio membership free ($360 value) with the purchase of a Canon imagePROGRA PRO- 1000, 2000 or 4000 Series Printer. For more than 10 years Zenfolio has been the premiere provider of an all-in-one online solution for professional photographers around the globe. Zenfolio provides beautiful websites, powerful e-commerce sales tools and marketing services to help photographers grow their business.

 

The Canon Professional Series printers are designed to meet the needs of photographers who obsess over the details. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series offers a line of wide format printers from 17” to 44”. With features like the LUCIA PRO ink system that help you recreate every detail from capture to output, to the FINE print head with anti-clogging technologies, to advanced media handling for trouble-free media feeding, these are some of the best printers Canon has ever engineered.

 

Jeff Cable of Jeff Cable Photography is thrilled to hear about the new Canon and Zenfolio offer. "It is a great feeling to know that I am covered from start to finish with the highest quality products in the photo industry," he said. Jeff and other professional photographers now have all the best in class tools to run a successful photography business in this increasingly competitive marketplace.

 

Take advantage of this new partnership by visiting your local authorized Canon retailer or shopping online at www.usa.canon.com. Current Zenfolio customers may contact Zenfolio support with your promo code to redeem your free year.

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(ZenBlog) Canon Canon Professional Series Printer Zenfolio photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/buy-a-canon-professional-series-printer-and-get-a-free-year-of-zenfolio Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Fine Art vs Traditional Prints http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/fine-art-vs-traditional-prints

The title of the blog tends to suggest that there is some sort of competition between the two mediums - that one is better than the other. While some could argue this is true, it would be more pragmatic to say that the most suitable paper type for any given image depends greatly on the subject matter.

 


 

Fine Art Prints

 

Fine Art ‘Giclee' (aka Inkjet) prints are super-popular right now, and have been for a while. Why? I believe because they offer photographers a greater choice and enables you to align a paper to your brand or style of photography. Depending on the surface texture, Fine Art prints can give a beautiful, painterly effect to your images. The paper itself is also thicker and more tactile, with some providing slight colour casts that can add extra atmosphere to your shots.

The downsides are that they are slightly more expensive, need handling with care as they can scratch quite easily ,and they don’t produce quite the same depth of detail in shadow and highlight areas as photographic prints. To some, these prints can look flat, almost ‘wrong’ because of this ‘blocking up’ of the image. Every time we show fine art papers, we always hear plenty of “Oos!” and “Aaahs!” as people express their delight at the textures… They look amazing with the right image – perhaps more ethereal portraits, backlit in sunlight. Lifestyle images work well, as do abstracts, nature and landscape images.

 

 

We offer six different Fine Art papers at OVI, all available for you to buy and sell through Zenfolio: Photo Rag, Bamboo, German Etching, Portrait, Smooth Art Silk, and Museum.

While there arguably isn't ever a 'right' or 'wrong' paper for a given image, careful paper choice can help bring out the qualities in the image you're looking highlight. For example, you may want the warm tones in your abstract landscape photo to shine through on a smoothly textured surface - in which case Bamboo would be a good choice. Or perhaps you're looking to showcase your prize portrait study in a painterly way with truer-to-life colours - in which case a more heavily textured paper like Portrait or German Etching would be more suitable. 

Each paper has its own unique character and strengths, so the best way to decide which you prefer for your style of photography which is by getting hands-on with a few samples.

 


 

Traditional Prints

 

Traditional (aka C-Type) prints on the other hand - particularly when printed on our Lightjet - have a deep contrast, punchy, accurate colours and razor sharp resolution. After all, the technology was invented by NASA to chart the stars with laser precision. There are many different surfaces and textures to choose from, but here at One Vision we produce our lightjet prints on three types of Fuji Professional DPII gallery grade papers: lustre, gloss and metallic.

 

 

Lustre, by far, is the most popular as it has a more matt look and it resists handling and finger marks brilliantly, yet still has all the technical qualities a professional lab needs – longevity (30 years) and precision.

Gloss, though stunning has dropped in popularity in recent years. One of the issues being finger marks, the other when framed is Newton’s Rings, the weird petrol spill-like distortions created by reflections in the acrylic ‘glass’.

Metallic paper and gloss are similar in their look, until closer inspection where you see metallic-esque highlights; the paper appears to have a ‘depth’ to it. Black and white images look amazing on metallic, as do bright, contrasty portraits.

 

 

It’s easy to assume that photo paper is just paper, and that fine art papers are the answer to all our woes. However, you need to choose carefully and pick the paper to suit the mood and style of the shoot. You may not ruin the shot, but you could spend more than you need or reduce the qualities/style you have spent valuable time and effort creating. 

 


 

Adam Scorey is a professional photographer, ex photo-magazine editor and now Product and Marketing Manager for Zenfolio partner lab One Vision Imaging

 
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(ZenBlog) Adam Scorey OVI UK e-commerce fine art gloss glossy integrated lab lightjet lustre marketing metallic one vision one vision imaging printing prints products professional sales selling zenfolio http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/fine-art-vs-traditional-prints Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Should Photographers Ever Work for Free? http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/should-photographers-ever-work-for-free This post is written by Pixsy, one of the leading reverse image search platforms that helps photographers find and fight image theft. You can use this invite code to try it for free: PIXSYZEN

Every photographer knows the drill: “It will be a great opportunity to build your portfolio,” and “We don’t have a budget for photos.” Given the strong competition in photography, it’s tempting to accept requests for free work. We strongly discourage working without compensation, but when a Pixsy employee was recently asked by a friend to do a small shoot for free, we wondered how photographers should handle these situations. So we gathered a panel of industry experts and asked then one question: Is it ever OK to ask a photographer to work for free?

The consequences of taking unpaid photography work

Photography is your business. It’s a product and service that others will either buy or pass up on.

Professional photographers constantly get emails asking them to shoot for long hours and provide top-quality images—for no payment other than “exposure.” Any mention of a fee (or lack thereof) is buried under several paragraphs of praise and flattery, and when they try and quote a price, the response can sometimes be hostile.

The Association of Photographers has plenty to say about the common “marketing” promises that come with working for free:

“Too often, work opportunities are presented to photographers on the basis of garnering ‘great exposure’ in return; the opportunity to have your work seen far and wide, the oft-heard line, ‘It’ll be great PR for you!’… Trouble is, it rarely pans out that way. There are so many avenues for publicity these days that aside from some major brands perhaps, that ‘great exposure’ will be meaningless.”

Filing yourself into the “will work for free” category is not good publicity; it’s bad networking, and ruins your own perception of value. When you agree to shoot or produce photographs for nothing, you’re essentially locking yourself out of your own price range.

After all, how can you expect to turn your photography into a profitable, sustainable business if you aren’t able to set your own price? Unpaid commissions can sometimes offer more creative control, but is that really worth undermining the economic value of creativity?

Pixsy1 Photo: Julia Anna Gospodarou

Julia Anna Gospodarou is a multi award-winning black and white fine art photographer and architect. In her workshops, mentoring programs and best-selling books, she emphasizes the business and financial side of photography alongside the artistic.

“My work is my passion, but it also has to provide me with financial support for myself and my family. There is a creative part that goes into it that is very energy consuming, and there is also the investment the professional photographers have to make in their gear, studios, electronic equipment, professional trips, education, bills, taxes and everything else.”

From a practical point of view, working for free creates an awkward expectation of quality:

  • If the “client” isn’t happy with the photos, do they have a right to complain?

  • When you’re shooting photos as a favor, what standards are you working to?

It’s hard to get honest feedback for free work, and it doesn’t matter whether they love or hate your finished photos, everything you produce gets stamped with a “freebie” level of quality.

 

Working for free is an expensive risk. In gear costs alone, photographers need to replace older cameras, order new lenses, and invest in specific tools so they can shoot in all conditions. || Photo: Jakob Owens

Tiffany Mueller is a professional photographer who also writes tutorials and guides for DIY Photography and Light Stalking, and her work has also appeared on the Pixsy blog! She says that if someone with a budget asks you to work for free, they’re not complimenting your work—they’re devaluing your skills. “Whether they realize it or not, they’re basically saying, ‘We like your photography, but not enough to pay you to do it.’  These type of people are the bane of the industry. I try not to waste too much time on them, but if I’m feeling snarky, sometimes I’ll send them back a playful email.”

Unpaid assignments are even worse in the long term, Mueller adds, as you only drag other photographers down with you.

“Each time a photographer takes an unpaid job thinking they’re jump-starting their career, what they’re actually doing is destroying any hope of job security. If we all started saying no to unpaid gigs, we’d all be asked a lot less.”  

Remember when you agree to work on a handshake instead of a contract, you get none of the protections of regular photography work:

  • Whoever you’re shooting for will want license rights to the images, and no serious photographer would give those away for free.

  • If shooting an event and something happens to your gear, your penny-pinching “client” isn’t going to foot the bill.

Members of the ‘Stop Working for Free’ Facebook page regularly post job listings where photographers are asked to shoot for free.

We often see such stories on Stop Working for Free: a Facebook group where freelance creatives share their experiences of being asked to work for little, if any, pay. The founder, Mark Pringle, is very direct about the effect unpaid photography jobs and internships have on the job market:

“The willingness of (increasingly) young middle class people, frequently supported by their parents, to work for nothing — this is turning photography and other creative professions into a middle class ghetto,” he says. “It’s people’s willingness to work for little or nothing that is creating the situation whereby existing professionals are finding it impossible to find work.”

Robert Kenney, a professional photographer and regular contributor to the group, posted this statement in regards to dealing with unpaid internship and job offers: “Be on your guard for people who act with a sense of entitlement. It’s a mind game. They act as if there is something wrong with you because you do not want to work for free. It is a deliberate trick. View them as con artists, used car salesmen, politicians and the like. It’s not worth arguing. There is no paid work in the future. JUST SAY NO.” 

Why are photographers asked to work for free?

Photographers aren’t the only creative professionals getting these requests. However, there are specific reasons why if you can take a professional-looking photo, you will at some point be asked to work for free.

“Because photography is so popular and everybody can do it, many think that professional photography is just as easy as picking up a camera, shooting a few photos and that’s it,” says Julia Ann Gospodarou. “This is a distorted perception, and it is happening because many don’t know what goes into doing photography as a profession.”

The commoditization of photography means that every person walking has a camera in their pocket, and less will appreciate the skills and services of a professional photographer. || Photo: Jay Wennington

“I even hesitate to say we enjoy photography, because of Snapchatting, Instagramming and Facebooking,” says Bryan Caporicci, a wedding & portrait photographer and host of the Sprouting Photographer podcast. “We take the image, we share it quickly, and then it’s on to the next one almost as quickly as that one came to us,“ he said.

An entrepreneur before becoming a photographer, Bryan believes many photographers simply don’t have the necessary passion for business:

“We need to be embodying professionalism, because if we don’t it’s easy to see why a lot of people see what we do as a glorified hobby.”

“If we start running our business like a proper business, with processes, systems, expectations and policies… I would never walk into a cafe and say “Hey, can I have a coffee for free?” I understand this is a business; they have a shop, they have employees, and they have prices listed. Most photographers don’t have that level of infrastructure.”

Marketing and advertising are vital for a successful photography business – more so than taking photos || Photo: Matt Druin

One photographer who certainly does is Matt Druin. He put himself on the map by offering free travel on all his U.S. destination wedding shoots. Hardly another photography freebie, he turned his love of traveling and easy-to-fly-from Atlanta location into a key selling point: “I use it as marketing; I put it everywhere. It’s all over my website, it’s all over our social media posts every time, just because it’s something unique.”

“Obviously I would make less on those weddings than I would a local wedding. At the same time, it shows too how much we’re invested in our clients, that we’re willing to do that for them and not take as much money to work with them. I think it’s all about showcasing value” he said.

Photographing for your own benefit

Sometimes photographers will waive their usual fee for personal reasons. Perhaps the client is a friend or family member in a really desperate situation. Maybe they have a beach house that you hope they will lend you for the weekend. Or, you just owe them a lot of money and want to stop the crowbars coming out!

When it comes to larger businesses, here are some scenarios where our photography panel have offered their services strictly for their own benefit:

If new to the field, some work for the sheer experience of shooting an event or in a studio to build their portfolio, and to start establishing industry contacts.

“If you want to start a portrait studio you can start building up your portfolio by shooting your friends and acquaintances for free so you can show your skills,” says Julia Anna Gospodarou. “Same thing for real estate photography. You could ask some building owners to shoot their buildings and give them some photos for free in return for you being able to showcase this work.“

Photo: Matt Druin

When an experienced professional wants to move into a new field of photography, they may not charge initially if they don’t have working shots or a strong list of clientele in that industry. However, that doesn’t mean the client/company can’t cover additional costs.

“When I got into doing destination weddings, my very first one I ever did I did for free, in exchange that they would pay for my travel expenses,” says Matt Druin. “Once I had that one destination wedding, and I was able to showcase that to other people on my blog, and start really marketing, doing the SEO and have visual representation… you’ve shown “Hey, I have travelled before, and I have the experience,” and that eases things on their end.”

Some feel justified photographing without compensation if it’s for a worthy cause or campaign. But note that charities and NGOs often do have the budget to pay photographers.

“I’ve done pro bono work for local animal shelters and low income families who aren’t in a position to have professional portraits taken and found the experiences to be rewarding in ways outside of finances,” says Tiffany Mueller. “If you’re really passionate about a cause and have the opportunity to help by using your camera skills, go for it. Just make sure you’re actually helping someone in need and not being taken advantage of.”

Photo: mikebaird // CC BY 2.5

Experienced photographers may want to develop their portfolio and diversify their collection. Rather than taking free work, you can always ask customers if they’d be willing to stay a little longer after a shoot to help you with your experimental photography. You can even offer the prints as appreciation for their time.

“I have no problem publicly announcing things like that to my Facebook page,” says Bryan Caporicci.“But I set the expectation that it’s for a specific purpose. Obviously I’m happy to collaborate and take input on things, but this is not you hiring me as a photographer; this is me hiring you as a subject to photograph. When you frame it that way, I think it really helps keep that value really high.”

Shooting for ‘payment in kind’ as opposed to ‘for free’

If you want to provide your camerawork for something other than money, here are some ways you can make it worthwhile:

Agree on some kind of goods and or services trade. For example, is your client a web designer who could help design your webpage?

Bryan Caporicci said “When we were looking to do some container gardens for our home, there was a local florist that specialized in doing beautiful urns and all these great things with outdoor florals. So she came over, realized I was a photographer, and said “I actually need pictures…” I told her: 'I want to talk about everything I need as your client, and I want you to give me a price on that. And then I’m going to talk about everything you need from me as a photographer, and I’m going to give you a price on that. Then let’s actually just pay that difference.'”

Set out how much work you’ll do: Make sure your client understands you won’t work a second longer or take a single photo more than what’s required.

Matt Druin said "Just be very clear of the process and expectations of everything. For example, 'I’m gonna shoot for exactly eight hours on this specific day, it’s going to be consecutive time,' because you don’t want to get into a situation where they say 'well we had eight hours and only used five on this day, so can we use three for the next day?'”

The Association of Photographers said “If the brand/company/organization in question are capable of paying for professional photography (and indeed, seem to be paying for everything else but), then why should the photographer be the one to succumb?”

Don’t accept any vague promises of exposure. Sort out something concrete, like setting up a stall with your portfolio, prints and business cards, or putting an advertisement on their website.

Photo: Bryan Caporicci

Bryan Caporicci said,“If I’m photographing for a magazine that I was already hoping to advertise in, and I was already looking to spend $2000, that for me seems like a fair trade… I always use magazines, because in the wedding industry it’s very prevalent. They’ll ask you to shoot a free creative in exchange for advertising or for photo credit, and I often say ‘that’s nice, but photo credit doesn’t feed my family.'”

Regardless of the money, always sort out a contract. This negotiates what’s expected from both parties and can guarantee that you’ll be able to use the images in your portfolio to potentially land some paid work down the line.

Matt Druin said, “All the free shoots I’ve ever done, even for my own personal stuff, there’s always some kind of contract that outlines the who, what, when, why and how things can be used.”

Tiffany Mueller said, “I got my first photography job by pitching a photo shoot with a local band I had already done as a personal project to a local entertainment magazine. Sometimes people don’t know they need a photographer until it’s suggested, so don’t be so quick to reduce yourself to working for nothing.”

Explaining why you won’t work for free

When the person asking you to shoot for free is a close friend or family member, the situation can get awkward… sometimes even ugly.

You don’t have to take it personally. Non-photographers don’t always understand or appreciate the amount of work that’s involved, and may not fully recognize that this is your business. Instead of typing up an angry email or burning a few bridges, you can gently decline their request for unpaid photography work in the following ways:

  • Make them understand that your camera work is not just about “taking photos and sending them to print.” Explain the time commitments, the cost of gear, studio rent and expenses, etc.

  • Compare shooting for free to them offering the same priced service to you. For example, if your friend makes designer cakes, ask them to imagine the time and money they’d lose out if they were to plan, bake and decorate a cake to your specifications, free of charge.

  • Gather and present price quotes from other photographers for the same amount of work. It doesn’t matter if they charge more or less than you; the point is to demonstrate that there is a standard cost for what’s being asked.

  • If you’re attending a wedding and suddenly you’re asked to be the photographer, explain that you won’t be able to enjoy the ceremony and occasion when you’re working.

  • Tell them that you have a strict “I don’t mix business with family/friendship” rule (in practice, this is probably a good thing to have).

 

This post was originally posted at Pixsy.com, here. Pixsy fights on behalf of photographers to fight image theft. You can use this invite code to try it for free: PIXSYZEN

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New Products to Increase Your Holiday Print Sales! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/two-new-ways-to-increase-your-print-sales-this-holiday-season

New Monthly Wall Calendars!

 

You asked for it, you got it! We’re excited to announce the immediate availability of a brand new monthly wall calendar. Now your clients can easily create one-of-a kind wall calendars to adorn their home or office, or give as a gift. Your clients can upload a different photo for each month and personalize the front cover with a photo and customized title.

Product specifications:

  • 12” x 18” trim with top spiral binding

  • 13 photos: One per month plus a cover photo

  • Customizable front cover title: Up to 18 characters

  • Paper type: Mpix 130# Signature or Pearl paper

  • Center edge hanging hole on each page

 

New Holiday Card Designs!

Your clients can now choose from an additional eight holiday card templates to brighten anyone’s holiday. These 5” x 7” two-sided flat cards include flexible templates for one, three, six, or 10 photos—depending on the design—and can be personalized with a short greeting.

 

 

Created by Mpix’s top-selling designers, the new cards are available in packs of 5-25 and include envelopes.

 

For selling accounts, if you have already enabled "All Available Templates" for holiday cards in your pricelist, then no action is required. If you have chosen "Selected Templates," then you will need to manually add the new designs to your pricelist.

 

Never Sold Before?

Create a pre-filled pricelist, available in your account, to add year-round top-selling items, including the new holiday card templates and monthly calendar.

 

If you have any additional questions, our Customer Support team is happy to help.

 

Happy Selling!

 
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Latest Updates to the New Shopping Experience http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/update-to-the-next-phase-of-the-new-shopping-experience

The New Shopping Experience makes selling, browsing, and buying easier with a more intuitive shopping experience for your clients. The New Shopping Experience is now available to turn on for Zenfolio Pro and Advanced users in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Coming shortly to all Selling Plans in Spain, Germany and France.

 

Latest Updates

We are progressively rolling out updates in phases based on e-commerce best practices and your valuable feedback. Here’s a short list of new notable updates with more to come!

 

  • Your client’s portrait or landscape photos will auto-orient itself in category products with orientation detection

 

  • Plus, categories have been simplified to be more shopper-friendly


 

  • Greater CVV (Customized Visitor View) controls for layout settings and options

 

  • Select a dark or light background to better fit your unique photography brand to showcase your galleries and sell your photos


 

  • Digital downloads are available for One-click Shopping (Quick Shop)

 

  • Newly equipped with a currency selector, you can set up your storefront to sell in multiple currencies based on your price lists (per gallery or photo). Your client will be able to see which currency options you have enabled to pick from to make purchases.*

 

Haven’t enabled it yet? Give your clients a better shopping experience in seconds!

Turning on the New Shopping Experience is easy. Click “Turn on” in the Zenbar link (located at the top of your Dashboard) to turn on the new shopping experience immediately. You can easily turn it off and revert back to your original storefront by simply clicking “Turn off” in the Zenbar link again. For more details and frequently asked questions regarding the New Shopping Experience, click here.

 

Stay in the know!

Continue to check your email and login notifications in your account dashboard for the most up-to-date news and updates. Special thanks to all who shared their excitement and feedback. It has been absolutely invaluable and utterly awesome! To share feedback specifically about the New Shopping Experience, please connect with us at shoppingbeta@zenfolio.com.

 


*Note: Once your client selects one currency and adds a product to their cart, the currency selector will not show up again until the cart is cleared to ensure that the transaction will be completed with one currency at a time to avoid confusions later.

 

 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio marketing new shopping experience photography prints product update product updates professional photography selling shopping shopping beta storefront http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/update-to-the-next-phase-of-the-new-shopping-experience Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:50:00 GMT
How Customizable Magazine Templates Can Grow Your Photography Business http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/creative-ways-to-use-customizable-magazine-templates-to-grow-your-photography-business Zenfolio is always on the lookout for the best new tools and tricks to make our photographers successful. Magazine Mama shares some great advice on how printed marketing tools can make a big difference in your business. Use code: ZEN20 for 20% off your Magazine Mama template order, today!

Welcome guides have fast become an essential marketing for photographers. They’re a great tool to use in meetings to get client bookings but there are several other ways that you can use these guides that you might not have thought of yet.

Here are a few creative ideas for getting more mileage out of your welcome guide so that you can grow your photography business.

1.  Generate revenue with a custom magazine add-on product for clients

Custom magazines are an excellent add-on for clients. With an average cost starting at $4.00 - $5.00 each, a magazine allows you to provide a larger selection of products for a smaller amount of time and money. Custom products also provide that wow factor when meeting with clients. For example, you could create an engagement magazine for your wedding photography clients. You may already be bundling an engagement shoot with the wedding day collection to create a higher perceived value for your clients. However, with so many photographers offering this already, it’s no longer as unique as it once was. So other than your featured work, what are you offering to potential clients that someone else isn’t?

A custom engagement magazine is a simple and unique way to tip the booking odds in your favor. This particular magazine can be used by the couple as a:

  • Save the date
  • Invitation
  • Out of town guest welcome packet

Brides are always looking for ways to make their event as unique and memorable as possible, and a custom magazine fits the bill. Use the magazine to feature their engagement photos, bios of the bride and groom, the bridal party, a cute infographic that shows how the couple met, an area map, wedding program, information on the wedding registry, and an RSVP tear off. Not only you’re your brides be happy but this can also double as a take home marketing piece for everyone that’s invited to the wedding. It’s a win for your client, their guests and your photography business.

2.  Use magazines as a booking incentive

When you use magazines as a booking incentive, the key is to make sure that you attach a value to them. So let’s say a 5.5 x 8.5 magazine consisting of 8 pages costs you $5 to print, mark it up to $8 - $10.  A bundle of 100 copies would cost you $500 but you can display the value as $800- $1,000.  

If the magazine is an add-on product as mentioned in point 1, you've just made an additional $300 - $500. Not only have you increased your revenue, but if this will be used for a wedding, all the guests become potential clients when they take it home with them. It’s as if you’re getting paid to market and advertise your business instead of paying someone else to do it for you.

How many copies should you include as an incentive? 

When you’re putting your offers together, you don’t necessarily need to include a bundle as large as 100 copies. You could make it 25 copies if they book your smallest package, 50 if they book your middle package and 100 copies if they book your top package. If it's for a wedding, keep in mind that they don't need a magazine for every single guest as most people come as a couple so bargain on one copy per couple. Remind your clients that they have the option to upgrade their incentive bonus.  So if they get the bonus that includes 25 copies and they need 50, just charge them an additional fee for the extra copies.  This same idea can be used in Senior photography by creating a magazine personalized around your senior photography client.

What about a digital incentive? 

Maybe you like the thought of offering a booking incentive but you’re looking for something even more cost effective. Well I've got you covered!  Convert your custom magazine into a .pdf instead. This way you still have the novelty of offering a custom product but you don't have to worry about the printing cost.  

3.  Use welcome guides to define yourself as an industry expert

Content is indeed powerful when it comes to marketing your photography business. But content doesn’t always have to be in the form of a blog on your website in order to attract leads. Content in a client magazine or welcome guide can be just as effective at getting results. 

We spoke about the importance of differentiating yourself from your competitors. If you want to be seen as a leader in a particular niche, you need to show your potential clients that you have the necessary knowledge to fill those shoes. A welcome guide helps you step out of your competitor’s shadow and speak directly to your prospects. Clients are looking to do business with a photographer they can trust. They want someone who will answer their questions and give them an honest opinion. Your clients want to make sure that they not only get their money’s worth, but that they receive all of the knowledge they need to make their experience as successful as possible.

4.  Provide useful information to clients to achieve better results

The information you include inside your welcome guide magazines is very important as well. A few topics you may want to cover are Why hire a professional, What to wear for your photo shoot, What to Expect, Tips for how to look great in photos. These topics not only build trust among potential clients but they also help you:

  • Answer frequently asked questions
  • Provide useful information to client on topics they might not have thought about
  • Give clients helpful advice to achieve better photos

5.  Network with other vendors 

Most welcome guides will include pre-written articles to help save you time.  Additionally you could reach out to other vendors and ask them if they'd be a guest contributor for your magazine. Perhaps it's a florist who shares tips on how to choose flowers for a wedding or a D.J. who talks about song recommendations. You could even put a styled shoot together to feature images along with the various vendor articles.  Offer to give each vendor some images and/or printed magazine copies in exchange for contributing.  Make it a win-win for everyone involved.

As you can see, there really is no need to spend a fortune to get your name out there as a photographer. With a little creativity, some out-of-the-box thinking and using the resources around you, you will be able to grow your photography business easily. 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio marketing photography professional photography selling http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/creative-ways-to-use-customizable-magazine-templates-to-grow-your-photography-business Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Scenes of Maine Photography: A Zenfolio Photographer Spotlight http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/scenes-of-maine-photography-a-zenfolio-photographer-spotlight As the leaves start falling and the change of seasons presents with a stunning array of autumn colors, we are always pulled to the beautiful landscape photography that captures this time of year. At Zenfolio, it is our privilege to support some incredible photographers as they pursue their art and develop their businesses. Today, we are shining the spotlight on hobbyist photographer Stephen Beckwith and his website, Scenes of Maine Photography. His portfolio is full of poignant captures of the incredible landscapes to be found all over Maine. We were pleased to be able to take some time to hear his thoughts on his work and process.

1) Tell us a little about Scenes of Maine Photography. What does your work entail and what has been most challenging for you?

I started shooting landscapes when my wife and I moved to the small western Maine town of Harrison. It seemed like there was a beautiful scene to capture around every corner. Even though I have a full-time job that has nothing to do with photography, I wanted to share the beauty of western Maine with people, so Scenes of Maine Photography was born. I spend my weekends planning and shooting landscapes, mostly in the form of sunrises and sunsets. Probably the biggest challenge I face is as simple as deciding where to go. Not from a lack of wonderful scenes to capture; on the contrary, I often wish I could be in many places at once with my camera.




 

2) You mostly shoot landscapes and outdoor scenes. What inspired you to begin this style of photography, and how do you choose your subjects?

Growing up in Maine, my family used to go camping quite a bit. As an adult, I have continued to do so. I love getting away from the usual stresses and strains of everyday life to enjoy the peace, quiet, and tranquility that can come from being out in the woods, small ponds, and lakes of Maine. The change of colors in the fall, the sound of loons on a small pond, the beauty of absolute quietness that a remote location can bring, and even the stark nature of winter can be very soothing and therapeutic for me. I will find scenes that are good for sunrises and other scenes that are good for sunsets and use this to help me determine where to go when I go out to shoot.


 

3) What have been some of the most joyful or unexpected moments in pursuit of your photography?

Most of the time when I shoot in western Maine, I am the only photographer around, which I enjoy very much. However, I also shoot coastal scenes, particularly the many lighthouses that Maine has to offer. When I go on these photo shoots, I hardly ever have the place to myself, but I have learned to embrace this and enjoy meeting people with a similar passion for capturing the stunning Maine coast. We tend to be like-minded in that respect. To be standing on the rocks at Portland Head Light next to someone else who may have gotten up long before the sunrise just to arrive there early enough to capture it, there is usually an instant bond and respect forged due to what it takes to get out there so early.


 

4) What has been your favorite place or type of scene to shoot? What spot would you suggest to other photographers?

Dawn and dusk have always been my two favorite times of the day, long before I picked up a camera. The transition of light from day to night can bring about amazing colors, hues, and brilliance… all naturally born from the wonders of a rising or setting sun. The advice that I would give other photographers is an old axiom I learned long ago about writing: write what you know. So for a beginning photographer, I would say start out shooting what you love. You know what scenes have caught your eye, so concentrate on places you find beautiful, not worrying about whether or not other people may find them beautiful. Your passion for a scene will come through your lens, and you may just open up other people to beauty that perhaps only you see.

 

 
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Update to Orders Sales Reports Improves Your Workflow http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/improved-workflow-with-update-to-orders-sales-reports The most recent update to Orders Sales Reports for Pro and Advanced plans improves your order management workflow by making it easier to monitor and organize your client orders. A column has been added that enables you to select Gallery, Event, or Group from a drop-down menu to easily view the gallery, event, or group the order was placed from. You can then click the link and go directly to the specified gallery, event, or group for each order.

This useful sales report for orders includes the following information that will help you maintain a fluid workflow as you manage client orders:

  • Date the order was placed
  • Order number
  • Client’s name (‘Customer’)
  • New drop-down menu with clickable links to Gallery, Event, or Group per order
  • Order Status
    • Waiting for Acceptance: Your order was received and it is waiting to be accepted by photographer
    • Waiting for Approval: Your order was received and it is waiting to be reviewed and approved by photographer
    • Pending: Your order was approved and it is being prepared to be submitted to the vendor for processing
    • Processing: Your order is being fulfilled
    • Shipped: Your order was completed and shipped out
    • Cancelled: Your order was cancelled
  • 'Customer' Paid Amount
  • Profit Amount (profit made from the sale)

Just getting acquainted with your Zenfolio storefront? Check out this Selling Overview article to quickly get you off the ground.

 
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5 Top Tips for Better Wildlife Photos http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/5-top-tips-for-better-wildlife-photos

Will Nicholls, award-winning wildlife photographer, film-maker and Zenfolio Ambassador, shares his top five tips for taking better wildlife photos. 

 


 

I’ve always had an interest in wildlife, but I never thought I would end up as a biologist and photographer. Yet here I am: 21 years old and making my living from wildlife photography. It’s something I am heavily invested in, and I love it.

I am soon to graduate from university with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. It’s my passion for wildlife and the environment that took me on this path, but I would much rather spend my time outside with my camera than stuck in a laboratory studying microbes.

I’ve been taking photos since the age of 12, and my aspirations are to become a filmmaker and create natural history documentaries for television. Stills have always have been, and will always be, a big part of my life though.

Wildlife photography is arguably one of the harder genres of photography, relying heavily on incredible patience and dedication to get the shot. I remember too well the frustration when starting out, suffering from limitations of equipment, time and experience. Here, I offer my top five tips for wildlife photography that will help you improve your images.

 


 

#1 Get Down Low

Do you think about your angle of view when taking a photo? If not, you should. Getting down onto eye level with your subject makes a big difference to the impact your photo has. It immediately transports the viewer into the world of the animal, rather than looking down on it from an unattractive viewpoint. It also helps you create that soft bokeh that isolates the subject, by extending the distance between the subject and the background.

 

#2 Think About the Story

Maybe it’s a bit of a cliché point, but keep in mind the scene you are trying to convey in your photo. You’re not just recording the species as being there but instead trying to show its behaviour and its life. You can do this through a series of shots, or one particular image.

 

#3 Use Light to Your Advantage

Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you see light coming in from a low angle, try to line it up behind your subject. With a careful exposure, you’ll be able to backlight your subject and create a beautiful halo. Light is one of the most important ingredients to a good photo, so make it count!

 

#4 Use Humour

Try something funny. Animals are quirky creatures and they often have interesting personality traits. Capture a funny movement or position that allows the viewer to relate to the scene.

 

#5 Fill the Frame

Filling the frame with your subject is a great way to record the details in an animal. It might be the fur, the eyes or some other aspect you want to highlight.

 

Wildlife photography is a great genre of photography to get involved in. It’s the best excuse for getting outside more, and you get to enjoy the world around us in a way that not everyone can. It’s definitely not going to come easy, but stick with it—persistence and patience is key in this field.

 


 

Will Nicholls is an award-winning wildlife photographer and film-maker based in Northumberland, England, and is a member of the Zenfolio Ambassador team.

See more of Will's work on his website, and read more great tutorials and tips from some of the world's leading photographers on his blog at Nature TTL.

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Jeff Cable's Olympics Coverage Recap http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/jeff-cables-olympics-coverage-recap

Photographer Jeff Cable has shared some of his amazing photos from shooting the 2016 Summer Olympics on his blog. The Zenfolio Ambassador has photographed every Olympics for the past 8 years and continues to capture breathtaking images. Read on to learn more about his experience.

"Spending almost a month in Rio de Janeiro photographing the Olympics was a really long and exciting time for me. Even though it was my fifth Olympic Games, during the two year breaks in between I tend to forget just how exhausting it is to photograph the Olympics. I would typically work from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. each day, shooting, editing, retouching and blogging. A photographer once described photographing the Olympics, saying it was like covering the Super Bowl every day for three weeks straight. And that is pretty accurate. There is not much relaxation time, but trust me, I am not complaining. I was able to wake up in the morning and pick which events I want to cover, and when I showed up, I had the best seats in the house." 

"It has been quite exciting to shoot for Team USA, supporting the most dominant team at the Games. Each day provided intense action and high and low emotions for me to capture in camera." 

"My favorite moments were capturing Michael Phelps in what will likely be his last individual Olympic event, and photographing the women of USA Water Polo winning the Gold Medal."

Be sure to follow Jeff’s blog, and see the inspiring shots from this year’s Olympics!

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Sell More New Products from One Vision Imaging http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/sell-more-new-products-from-one-vision-imaging

 

New products and product updates from One Vision Imaging are here!*

In addition to adding four stunning new wall-display products to buy and sell, we've also made several improvements to some of the most popular existing products.

Read on to see what's new, and click the images for a larger preview!

 


 

New Products

 

Illusion Frames

Illusion Framed Prints are a masterpiece in contemporary dynamic design. Your professional colour-corrected print is suspended within crystal-clear acrylic seeming to hover within the frame, leaving the viewer intrigued as to the magic behind it.

 

Trinity Solo Frames

Trinity Solo Framed Prints offer an exciting new way to display images in a multi-layered framed product. Your print is showcased on a bevelled-edge block dropped into a deep-set frame, lending it the appearance of floating. Trinity Frames come in your choice of black or white. 

 

Framed Canvas Wraps

Framed Canvas Wraps represent the perfect marriage of framed prints and canvas wraps, embracing One Vision Imaging’s decades of experience in creating industry-leading wall art for both these product lines.

 

Shadow Boxes

Shadow Box Prints present an evolution of the standard framed prints available from OVI. Offering a deeper-set frame moulding and crystal-clear acrylic glazing, Shadow Boxes come with a lightly grained wooden frame in your choice of black or white.

 

 


 

Product Updates

 

New Frame Mouldings

We have updated the range of frame mouldings available for framed prints to be in line with the current range offered by OVI directly. Now you and your customers have even more choice when creating wall art to suit your home. 

 

​More 3:2 Framed Print Sizes

Until now if you wanted a 3:2 ratio framed print at a larger size than 12x8", you would have to settle for a print without a mount. No longer! We've added several larger framed print sizes with mounts for 3:2 ratio prints, ranging all the way up to 36x24".

 

More Multi-Aperture Framed Print Sizes

Further, larger sizes have been added to our range of Multi-Aperture Framed Prints from OVI, which also take advantage of the new frame mouldings now available for single-aperture framed prints.

 

More Fine Art Papers

In addition to the Museum and Portrait papers already available, we have added the rest of the range of One Vision Imaging Fine Art papers. You now also have these new Fine Art Papers to choose from: Smooth Art Silk, German Etching, Photo Rag and Bamboo. 

 

Photo Book improvements

The ever-popular Lay Flat photo books are a marvel, with images spanning a double-page spread absent of any visual gutter. We noticed we were missing a single image double-page layout for the 8x8” book and have now made this available!

 

 


 

Top Tips

Make The Most of Printing

 

Even in our digital age, professional photo prints remain the ultimate way to showcase your photography. Here are some top tips for ordering prints, selling prints, and maximising your sales for the holiday season. 

 

Order free One Vision Imaging Test Prints

One Vision Imaging offers a class-leading complimentary colour correction service on prints. Your free OVI Test Prints help you decide whether you prefer your prints with or without colour correction. 

 

Order through your own account

Your Zenfolio website isn't just a storefront for your clients; it's also the easiest way to order prints for yourself from your favourite partner lab. Decorate your home or present a gift to a loved one, all at base lab prices. 

 

Add products to your Price Lists for selling

Once you’re ready to start selling, you'll need to create a price list. Simply add your chosen products, set your pricing, assign the price list to your galleries and you're good to go! 

 

Maximise your sales

As we approach the busy holiday shopping season, make sure to prepare by updating your site, planning your promotions and formulating a marketing strategy in advance. Also check out our free Marketing & Selling Guide for some great tips.

 


*One Vision Imaging products are available for Pro and Advanced accounts only. 

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