ZenBlog: Blog http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) ZenBlog (ZenBlog) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:28:00 GMT Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:28:00 GMT Friday Foto Favorites 4.24 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-24

  1. Did you celebrate Earth Day? Here are some spectacular aerial shots.
  2. A rescued bird quickly becomes part of the family.
  3. The photographer that no one knew, but should have.
  4. The beauty of having daughters.
  5. Is it a human? Is it nature? Or are they one and the same

 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-24 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:01:00 GMT
Take Advantage of Mother’s Day to Make More Money http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/take-advantage-of-mother-s-day-to-make-more-money

You do everything right to market your photo business: you send out regular emails to clients, blog about your most recent shoots, and post your work regularly to social media. But there’s more you can do: taking advantage of the holidays. And guess what’s coming up? Mother’s Day!

Holidays are a great time to make more money: you can host a sale on your site for those special days, which could be a discounted session or prints and products. Take advantage this Mother’s Day so clients will have an incentive to buy something for mom. Here are some ideas:

  1. Feature Mother’s Day gifts on your homepage such as a photo mug, photo book, or framed print.
  2. Create a Mother’s Day package.
  3. Discount a family portrait session just for Mother’s Day.
  4. Have a surprise gift that comes along with purchases just for mom.

 

Once you come up with an idea, promote the sale! Read our guide to having a sale on your site in our comprehensive guide.

Oh, and don’t forget to call your own mom and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!

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(ZenBlog) Mother's Day portraits Zenfolio marketing photographer photography professional photography selling http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/take-advantage-of-mother-s-day-to-make-more-money Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Behind the Shot with Jeff Cable http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/behind-the-shot-with-jeff-cable

A picture is worth a thousand words, sure. But have you ever wondered what was reeling in the minds of the photographer as soon as they released the shutter? We asked Pro Team member Jeff Cable to share his personal favorite shots and the stories behind them. Here, Jeff recounts what it took to get that perfect shot.

“Early in 2014, I was fortunate to photograph my fourth Olympic Games for Team USA. I love this shot from the US vs. Canada semifinal hockey game because of how much is going on in this one frame. There is a mass of humanity in front of the net, the goal tender intensely watching the play, and the puck in the frame. The idea of photography is to tell a story, and this single frame shows how hard both teams were fighting to win that game.”

“This race car shot is very special to me because it was taken at the Indianapolis Speedway at 1/40 sec with me panning along with the car. It is tough enough to pan handheld and get a clear shot of the car, but I had never tried shooting a fast-moving race car at such a slow shutter speed. I was happily surprised to see how perfectly sharp the car was, with perfect focus and panning speed. I started panning at 1/100 sec, and then moved to 1/80, 1/60 and eventually tried to push myself to see if I could grab this frame at 1/40.”

“I recently returned from a week of photography in Costa Rica; I went there hoping to get a nice shot of these beautifully colored tree frogs. On my second day in Costa Rica, I was lucky enough to get this tree frog as my subject. After shooting numerous photos of him, he put his hand up as if giving me the signal that he had enough posing. The expression on the frog’s face still makes me laugh.”

 

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(ZenBlog) Behind the Shot Jeff Cable Olympics Photography Sports photographer Zenfolio professional photographer http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/behind-the-shot-with-jeff-cable Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Save 25% on MpixPro Photographic Prints! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/save-25-on-mpixpro-photographic-prints

You work hard to take the best photos, so why choose anything less than professional quality prints? Now through April 22, all MpixPro photographic prints are 25% off!

 

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. This sale ends April 22 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, so be sure to place your orders today.

Important Details Regarding the Sale

  • This sale will be effective from 20-Apr-15 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until 22-Apr-15 at 11:59 p.m. PDT and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to MpixPro prints only. This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.  
  • For more information, please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on how to run a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) MpixPRO sale Zenfolio mpixpro print sale professional photographer professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/save-25-on-mpixpro-photographic-prints Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 4.17 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-17

  1. Don’t have a crew? This photographer got extremely creative.
  2. What it looks like from a drone’s perspective.
  3.  This couple decided to go underwater for their wedding portraits.
  4. This is the generation of beards.
  5. What a lion looks like right before he attacks. 

 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-17 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Product Spotlight: Lexar Professional Workflow System http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/product-spotlight-lexar-professional-workflow-system

For all the time that we spend scrutinizing our gear and workflow, sometimes our focus in one area can leave a gaping hole somewhere else. The weak link in the chain is not made apparent until the right tool makes it more efficient. Then, like a lightning bolt, you wonder why you didn’t make that change years ago. That was exactly my experience when first using the Lexar Professional Workflow system.

Let’s travel back to a time, not long ago, before I had examined my file transfer and backup workflow. Upon returning from a wedding shoot, I would dump all the cards on the desk, plug the first one directly into the computer CF card reader port and another into a generic USB CF card reader. I’d walk away and come back later hoping those were done, so that I could repeat the process with two more cards until all the cards were downloaded. I then backed up the whole set onto two other external drives—one that lives on my desktop and another portable one that goes with me for culling on the road. In hindsight, it’s kind of sad and almost embarrassing to share my old file transfer flow with you.

Luckily, I had someone show me a different way. Zenfolio Pro Team member Jeff Cable introduced the Lexar Professional Workflow system to me through his previous Favorite Things giveaway since it was one of his prizes. But it got me thinking about my own workflow and wondering why it was one of Jeff’s favorite things. It turns out there are a few obvious benefits that make the Lexar Professional Workflow system worth examining.

1. It has a modular system

Lexar has made the whole system around the Workflow Hub, a 4-bay tower that accepts any of the many types of Workflow units. There are two types of Workflow units: card readers and backup flash-based drives. There are different card readers for your needs, including CF, SDHC, SDXC, XQD, and Cfast. You also have your choice of 256GB and 512GB storage devices. Each of these units can be used directly with your computer without the hub, or you can insert any combination of the units into the Workflow Hub. I’m currently using all CF cards to download my wedding shoot images, and then I’ll slot in a 512GB storage drive to back it all up. Then I take that little storage drive with me to cull the set on my laptop when I’m away from my main workhorse desktop computer.

2. It has fast downloading and even faster file transfer

The first noticeable difference is the blazing speed. USB 3.0 is much faster than almost all other options out there, and it considerably reduced the time it takes for me to download my files to my computer. Transferring files from my computer to the D512 drive unit was extremely fast. This is particularly rewarding when you have just patiently waited for all the cards to download and now the whole backup of the set takes only as much time as a single card. I’ve gone with the HR1 version, which is a USB 3.0 reader, but Lexar also has a version called the HR2 that uses USB 3.0 as well as Thunderbolt 2.

3. It has a sleek design and is lightweight

Using Lexar’s workflow system is not quite as minimal as what I was doing before since I now have tons of extra USB 3.0 cables laying around, but it’s much more efficient and convenient. Those are the two big ingredients I look for to improve my workflow. An added perk is that it’s pretty easy on the eyes—sexy even. If I have to have another tower on my desk to improve my file-transfer workflow, at least it has a sleek design and doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic of the workspace. I also appreciate the lightweight design as I take the units along with me—they are much lighter than my previous drives.

All in all, I’m a fan. It’s certainly another big item to have on the desk, but in the end it’s improved my workflow for file transferring. I highly recommend it—especially to those who, like me, have a functional workflow in place but haven’t examined it in a while. This may be a refreshingly helpful tool that you didn’t know you needed.

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Evan Chung is a San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer and an expert in online web presence. His beautiful and engaging images showcase his love for people and capturing emotions on camera while his photography seminars and workshops display his passion for website excellence. It is easy to see his dedication to his craft and his desire to reinvest back into the photography community. Check out his work at www.EvanChungPhoto.com.

 

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(ZenBlog) Evan Chung Zenfolio file transfer lexar product spotlight professional photographer professional photography professional workflow workflow http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/product-spotlight-lexar-professional-workflow-system Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Save Big and Earn More Cash with Free Mpix Shipping http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/save-big-and-earn-more-cash-with-free-mpix-shipping

Get ready to fill up your shopping cart! From April 13-15, get free standard shipping on Mpix orders with a base price of $15 or more.

The $15 minimum applies to your base prices, and the free standard shipping option will appear during checkout. This special offer will automatically be applied to your clients if their orders exceed $15 of base lab cost.

Plus, if you’re a Premium or Premium Business subscriber, you can also extend the sale to your clients to make more money! There are several ways you can offer the sale to your clients, including creating a coupon, creating a banner on your site, sending out a promotional email, and more. We walk you though all the options and details in our print sale guide.

If you have order approval turned on, don’t forget to approve all orders during the sale. Learn more about hosting sales by reading our Sales FAQ.

Spread the news and make more money!

Important Details Regarding the Sale

  • This sale will be effective from 13-Apr-2015 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until 15-Apr-2015 at 11:59 p.m. PDT and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to prints and products from Mpix only on orders with a base lab cost of more than $15.
  • Only orders with a destination address in the United States are eligible for free USPS shipping.
  • This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount will be visible to both photographers and their clients in the shopping cart if the order is valid for this promotion.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created.
  • For more information, please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on how to run a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) Mpix Zenfolio mpix mpix sale mpix shipping photography professional photography sale shipping sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/save-big-and-earn-more-cash-with-free-mpix-shipping Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 4.10 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-10

  1. Surf’s up!
  2. What turning 30 means to these individuals.
  3. This photographer let his imagination come out into his art.
  4. From Eric Clapton to Joni Mitchell, Lookout Mountain proved to be the sanctuary where music magic was born.
  5. How to overcome the social obstacle of photography.

 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-10 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:01:00 GMT
Travel Series: Going on Safari http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/travel-series-going-on-safari

Spring has finally sprung, and you know what that means: travel season is here. In this series, we take a look at the lives of travel photographers who climb, crawl and photograph their way to the ends of the earth to feed their biggest passion.

We begin with award-winning photographer and founder of Aperture Academy, Stephen Oachs, as he details his excursion on an Africa safari.

How long have you been going on safaris?

This will be our fifth year going to Africa. I’ve been myself about a dozen times outside of the workshop on my own, but a typical photo safari is about 10-14 days long.

What made you realize you wanted to lead these safaris?

I started Aperture Academy because when I was in my learning curve, there wasn’t anywhere for me to go; there was no concept of a workshop. Fifteen years ago the only way to get any kind of education was to go to a community college or take night classes or something, which requires a pretty big investment of time and money. So after many years of teaching myself everything I could, I found a passion for teaching others. Here we are in 2015 and we do photography classes and workshops every year. We take into account what customers want and take their feedback to schedule these trips.

What kinds of animals do you see?

For Kenya and Tanzania we go in August, which is called high season, and we go during what’s known as the Great Migration. That is the time of year when all the gnu, which are wildebeest, and the zebra are migrated off the Tanzania plain into Kenya into the Mara River. It’s a very big river that runs through Kenya down into Tanzania, and it is a major hurdle for the wildebeest as they move into more fertile plains for eating. We will sit and park by the river and photograph tens of thousands of them trying to swim across the river all at one time, and there will be crocodiles in the river snapping at them and sometimes catching some of them. It’s really a sight to be seen. There were millions of wildebeest, millions of zebra, tons of lions, and a fair amount of cheetah and leopard. And lots of other animals: baboons, pumbaa, which is a warthog. We always call the animals by their Swahili name, so if you’ve ever seen the movie “The Lion King” you’ve learned a little Swahili. We see a lot of water buffalo, black and white rhino, and a lot of giraffe. Different reserves have different populations, so of course we see elephants. And there are a lot of smaller, rarer animals that we’ll see on occasion, such as a small bobcat—it’s pretty rare… they’re just strikingly beautiful to photograph if you can find them.

Can you take us through a typical day on the trip?

 It’s very structured time-wise, but once we get out in the field, anything is game.

  • 6 a.m. Meet in the kitchen for coffee, tea and pastries.
  • 6:30 a.m. Leave camp. That’s when the sun rises. In Kenya and Tanzania, the sun rises and sets right at 6:30 every day, so it’s a very set 12-hour day.
  • We usually have three to four vehicles so we’re able to radio to each other. If we find something that’s really great we’ll give them our location and they’ll come to us.
  • 11 a.m. Return to camp. We’re out for about four to five hours in the morning and return for two to three hours to have lunch, download, charge batteries, and do a lot of post-processing. We’ll get together and do Lightroom and Photoshop lessons for those who brought a laptop. If the place has a projector, we’ll do slideshows and that kind of thing.
  • 3 p.m. Leave again to go shoot.
  • 6:30 p.m. This is sunset, when we leave and return to camp. We go to dinner and happy hour. The night is a really great time to recap the day, celebrate what we saw and share images—it’s very much a group comradery thing.

Is there an intense safety protocol while on the field?

Safety is obviously a concern because these wild animals are very predatory, whereas North American animals are a lot more timid and they run away. These kinds of animals will not run away, so there are safety precautions we take. The vehicles we use are called Land Cruisers, and they’re great for safaris. The roofs open up about a foot or foot and a half, and that allows the photographers—one in each row—to stand up and shoot out of the top of the vehicle. The roof acts to protect them from the sun, and there’s a nice cool breeze. They have a perfect vantage point to photograph 360 degrees around the vehicle.

The other thing about Africa is that these animals are very habituated by the vehicle, so there are many times we can drive within 100 feet or so in the front of a lion and it won’t even flinch or wake up. A lot of these lions first saw the safari vehicle when they were cubs, so from a photography standpoint it makes an excellent opportunity for great up-close images. Now, if you get out of the vehicle and they see you out in the field—that would be a game-changer. We never, ever get out of the vehicles when we’re out in the field. All the camps we stay in and the lodges have an electrical fence and are fully gated.

Do you interact with the locals?

Yes. The people are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met on the planet. They’re highly impoverished and have very little, but they don’t know any better. They’re very happy to have what they have, and they’re very giving people; they’re willing to share anything with you. The people really have a big impact on you and the experience. We visit some of the local villages like the Samburu and Maasai tribes, and these are the people who practice traditions that are more than a couple thousand years old. They drink cow blood mixed with goat milk, and they live in homes made of sticks and cow dung. They don’t have money and exchange cattle and women. It’s a very, very old-world mentality, but that’s still how they live today. They are accepting of outsiders to come in, and I built rapport with some of the villages by going. We always ask our guests to bring gifts whether it be clothing, shoes or school books for the children. They’re very appreciative of that. Plus it’s a big gesture to the village chief, so he lets us into the village and we see how they make fire and all the things that they do—it’s pretty cool.

Do you have any crazy safari stories?

There’s a couple that come to mind. From a funny standpoint, in some of the camps we stay in, they’ll be troops of baboons that hang around—they’re kind of a nuisance and always looking to grab something. So, we always tell guests to make sure to keep their tents zipped up or the lodge doors closed at all times. We had a couple of ladies leave their tents unzipped, and when they came back midday for lunch the baboons were in their tent and had taken all of their luggage out. There were clothes, underwear and socks all over. It looked like a tornado had come through. It didn’t do any damage, but it was quite funny.

What’s your advice to someone interested in going?

Do it. Africa will change your life. I don’t say this to fill workshops, because I don’t have any problem filling them. I say it because when I went to Africa, I had the mentality of ‘Hey, I want to go take pictures of wildlife.’ But now, I go to Africa because it kind of gets into your soul—it’s one of those places where if I knew I was going to die next month, there’s no place I’d rather go.

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To learn more about Stephen’s safaris, trips and workshops, visit www.apertureacademy.com.

 

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(ZenBlog) Africa Safari Photography website Stephen Oachs Zenfolio aperture academy online portfolio professional photographer professional photography safari photos http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/travel-series-going-on-safari Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Photo books are fun, easy to create—and on sale! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/photo-books-are-fun-easy-to-create-and-on-sale  

Photography is your passion, so don’t keep your photos hidden on your hard drive. Put them on display in a beautiful photo book. Now through April 9, Zenfolio is offering 25% off photo books printed by Mpix and MpixPro*.

With the photos already on your website, the books are a breeze to create. Simply select the book design of your choice and drag and drop your photos into the professionally designed templates.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. This sale ends April 9 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, so be sure to place your orders today.

 

Important Details Regarding the Sale

  • This sale will be effective from 06-Apr-2015 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until 09-Apr-2015 at 11:59 p.m. PDT and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to photo books from Mpix and MpixPro only. *Signature Albums from MpixPro are not included in the promotion. 
  • This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.  
  • For more information, please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on how to run a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio mpix sale mpixpro sale photo book sale photobook sale photobooks professional photographer sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/photo-books-are-fun-easy-to-create-and-on-sale Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 4.3 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-3

  1. Coal miner becomes seascape photographer.  
  2. Children playing all over the world. 
  3. Are you a Hobbit fan? Here’s the real-life version.
  4. This proves just how quickly animals can become apart of the family. 
  5. An unlikely scene: cows on beaches
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/friday-foto-favorites-4-3 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
What’s in Your Camera Bag? http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/whats-in-your-camera-bag

As a photographer, it’s essential to sport a stylish, light and most importantly—durable—bag to stow and transport your precious cargo. Here’s what three professional photographers carry inside their trusty camera bags.

Bag(s) of choice: For photography, I store and transport my gear around in a Think Tank Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag. It’s big enough to hold everything I need, yet small enough to fit under any commercial airline seat (which comes in handy when the gate agent wants to check my precious gear!). I use the Airport International™ V2.0 Rolling Camera Bag from Think Tank for filmmaking—I often need a bigger bag for this.

What’s in her bag:

  • 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II – It is a versatile lens with very high image quality. The image stabilization helps me make crisp photos, even in lower light. I use this almost exclusively when photographing horses. The image stabilization also makes it a great lens for filmmaking.
  • 35mm 1.4L – This is my storytelling lens. It’s wide angle, without being too wide. I like to work close to my subjects and layer compositions with this lens.
  • 85mm 1.2L – This is my go-to portrait lens. It keeps facial features proportional and offers a lovely depth of field.
  • 24-105 f4L - I could make a whole film just with this lens (and I have!). It’s light, has a great zoom range, and the image stabilization lets me hand hold it without a lot of jerky camera movement.

Her workhorses:

When I first started photography, I chose Canon for my camera gear. I have slowly built up my stable of camera bodies, lenses and accessories, so changing brands never appealed to me. Now that I am entering the world of filmmaking, I am glad I stuck with Canon, as they are committed to growing the cinema side of their product line, and it’s great to be able to use the same gear for both photography and video.

My workhorses are my 5D mk III camera bodies. I have two, which allows me to have both a wide and telephoto lens immediately available to me at all times without stopping to change lenses.

Bag(s) of choice: Lowepro Pro Roller x300 AW – I can trust that my equipment will not get damaged during my travels. I also use a Lowepro Pro Messenger 200 AW as my walking-around bag. It’s very well made and provides plentiful space for pro-sized camera gear and accessories.

What’s in his bag:

  • Nikkor 28-300mm
  • Nikkor 200-400mm VR II
  •  Nikkor 14-24mm
  •  Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8
  •  Nikon SB900 flash
  •  Spare AA batteries
  •  PocketWizard Mini TT1s and MultiMAX,
  •  Spare NiCads
  • Lexar Professional CompactFlash cards
  •  Earplugs
  •  Nikon WT-4 transmitters
  • Op/Tech USA camera strap
  •  Nikon D3s, Nikon D3s, Nikon D3. Bodies are equipped with Op/Tech USA Uni Loop Connectors.

This is my basic equipment I use as the Cleveland Cavaliers team photographer that I bring to NBA games.

His workhorses:

During games I shoot with Speedotron strobes that are positioned up in the building catwalks. Strobes and remote cameras are fired with custom channeled PocketWizards. Once the game starts I have a floor position on the court, and my images are sent to the NBA photo desk as shot (no editing) and transmitted through Nikon WT-4 transmitters that are connected to Ethernet cables that are with me. Since I shoot with strobes I have to use single shot and wait about three seconds before I can take the next image. The strobes give me better image quality and enable me to shoot at 200 ISO at f5.6. While positioned on the floor I shoot with two Nikon D3s camera bodies equipped with Nikkor 28-300mm lens and a Nikkor 200-400mm VR II. I hand hold both lenses. 

Other accessories are my Op/Tech USA camera straps. Since I am sitting during games I do not use camera straps because they are not necessary and just get in the way. The Op/Tech straps have quick and easy system connectors so the strap can be easily attached or reattached as needed. I like their Uni-Loop connectors on my camera so I can connect them together and they are out of the way when I am grabbing the cameras.

Although my images go directly to the NBA I still have to provide images to the team. That is why I love the reliability and speed of my Lexar Professional 1066x CompactFlash cards. Images are quickly downloaded and burned to DVD at the half and after games.

Bag(s) of choice: Think Tank Airport Security Rolling Bag – I love this bag because it allows me to pack so much gear into it (I’m even surprised by what I can sneak into it!). It is also very convenient for travel, as well as for rolling around location to location on a wedding day.

What’s in his bag:

 Generic LED Video Light – I have used this in so many scenarios from ring shots to lighting a couple in a dramatic fashion. I love this little guy.

 Nikon 85mm 1.8G – Yes, its not the top-tier lens, but I've tried both the 1.8 and 1.4 from Nikon... Bang for the buck, its beautiful bokeh and its sharpness led me to purchase the 1.8. I love it.

 Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR – This is a staple for me during a wedding day. This lens multitasks as a portrait lens, and it allows me reach (to capture up close emotion) during a wedding day. Sharp and beautiful images. An all-around great lens.

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(ZenBlog) Pro team Zenfolio camera bag gear gear bag professional lenses professional photographer what in your camera bag http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/whats-in-your-camera-bag Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 3.27 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/friday-foto-favorites-3-27

  1. Brilliant nighttime aerial photos of New York.
  2. No special glasses are needed to view these solar eclipse photos.
  3. Santa who? This group in Mongolia domesticates reindeer.
  4. Chicago sculpture literally rejects the local weather.
  5. Are these insect macro photos beautiful or creepy? You decide.

 

 

 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/friday-foto-favorites-3-27 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:01:00 GMT
The Secret to an Award-Winning Customer Service Team http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/the-secret-to-an-award-winning-customer-service-team

Zenfolio has been recognized with multiple awards as of late, most recently Best Professional Product, Best Professional Website Provider and—for the first time—Best Professional Customer Service at the 2015 Societies Photographic Convention.

In addition to providing a great service for photographers, our customer support is what sets Zenfolio apart from the rest. Many companies ask the question: what is the secret to building a successful customer support team? For us, the answer is a commitment to timely responses, boatloads of photography experience and a Zen approach.

On any given day, most emails are answered within two hours, and in a recent survey, 84 percent of users reported that the customer support team resolved their issue quickly and completely in the first response, and nine of out 10 were satisfied with email response time. Zennies frequently write us to let us know how pleased they are with our customer service. One Zen user, Greg Johnstone, says, “You have the best customer support of any company that I have ever dealt with.”

“Our team, made up entirely of talented people with a passion for photography (it’s a job requirement), has the drive and expertise to help the full range of all our customers—from hobbyists to pros,” says Director of Customer Support, Peter Hayes.  “We love providing answers to all the questions that come our way, and helping people make improvements to their sites.”

When it comes to experience, our support team has it in spades. We asked each member of the Zenfolio support team how many years they have been taking pictures, and the average number was an impressive 18 years. They have an average of three years working at Zenfolio and boast a quarter of a million resolved cases and 18,000 live chats.

And with additional languages added to Zenfolio sites this year, the team is able to help people not only in English-speaking countries but all over the world.

“We are especially excited to now be able to offer support in multiple languages (German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch), and across multiple time zones,” says Hayes. “We will continue to strive, every day, to provide the best possible support.”

Zenfolio love is meant to be shared. Read what our users have to say about us and leave your own note on our Testimonials Page

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(ZenBlog) SWPP Zenfolio Zenfolio FTW awards best online website support best professional customer service best support ever customer service customer support recognitions winner http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/the-secret-to-an-award-winning-customer-service-team Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:01:00 GMT
25% off nearly all prints and products! http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/everything-is-on-sale

Save 25% on prints, frames, photo books, mugs, mouse pads, shirts and more for three days only. Everything from Mpix, ivoke, Imagine Your Photos, One Vision Imaging, PhotoBox, Nulab and NuShots is on sale through March 25. With so many items to choose from, now is the perfect time to purchase personalized photo gifts for your loved ones.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. This sale ends March 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST, so be sure to place your orders today.

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

  • This sale will be effective from 23-Mar-15 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 25-Mar-15 at 11:59 p.m. PST and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to everything from MpixivokeImagine Your PhotosOne Vision ImagingPhotoBoxNulab and NuShots only.
  • This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.  
  • Please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on how to run a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) 25% off Mpix prints Mpix sale OVI Zenfolio Zenfolio print sale imagine your photos ivoke nulab nushots one vision imaging online portfolio photobox professional photographer selling photos online http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/everything-is-on-sale Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 3.20 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/friday-foto-favorites-3-20

  1. Psychedelic candy art—what’s not to love?
  2. A brilliant re-creation of famous photographs.
  3. One photographer, road trippin’ on a freight train.
  4. Outdoor photography for a cause.
  5. Rainbow clouds fill the sky. 
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/friday-foto-favorites-3-20 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:02:44 GMT
6 Devices to Complete Your Photography Workspace http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/6-devices-to-complete-your-photography-workspace

We know that a successful photo shoot starts with your camera… but it doesn’t end there. Several peripheral devices can help improve the quality of your images, your editing workflow, and your comfort level while at a desk. Read on to discover some devices you should consider adding to your photography workspace to maximize productivity.

1. Card readers

Some computers have card readers built right in. Mine has a SD port, but my primary camera uses CF cards, which requires me to have a card reader to transfer files to the computer. Card readers come in all shapes and sizes, but I recommend choosing one that reads multiple types of memory and has a fast file transfer rate, either through USB 3 or another fast port. I have a card reader that reads SD cards and CF cards. That way, I can transmit multiple data at once if I’m using both types of memory. Make sure the cable is long enough to be convenient for you to use.

2. Pen tablets

I use a large Wacom tablet, which connects to my computer via USB. I mostly use it with Photoshop to give me the maximum level of control and comfort when I’m performing edits or retouches to photos beyond Lightroom. The pen is very responsive to my movements and helpful for masking and blending layers with precision. It also helps reduce fatigue from using a mouse for a long period of time.

3. Color calibrator

Color calibration measures the accuracy of the colors and brightness of your image. Computer monitors and cameras can skew color temperature, affecting the way you color correct images in programs such as Lightroom or Photoshop. A properly calibrated monitor is essential to ensure that my final images look the way I want, with especially accurate skin tones, when they are printed or otherwise displayed.

4. Second monitor

If you work on a laptop, use many palettes at once, or simply want more room to work on images, a second monitor may be the best solution. For minimal cost, you can separate out your digital desktop and also have a new way to present work to clients. Just remember to use your calibrator so you have matching monitors!

5. External hard drive

Hard drives are helpful for backing up files, taking files with you, or having added storage space. Flexibility is key in this job, so having my office with me wherever I go is really helpful—and external hard drives make this possible. I’d recommend buying a case for the portable ones, though—they are fragile!

6. Printers

Photography requires printing, whether it’s a shot list or a photo from a recent event. I have multiple printers available—the main one is a standard inkjet printer/scanner that is good for labels, proposals and records. I also have several smaller photo printers for glossy prints. Printers give you flexibility when you don’t have time to develop photos in a shop and are necessary to the basic functions of the photography business.

 

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Nicholas Donner is a Washington, DC-based photographer and artist who loves expanding his knowledge of light and composition, and trying out the latest technology and software. His portfolio includes portraits of star athletes and musicians, magazine covers, destination and U.S. weddings, landscapes and architectural photos. 

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(ZenBlog) How to set up your workspace Nicholas Donner Zenfolio craftsy photography workflow photography workspace professional photographer http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/6-devices-to-complete-your-photography-workspace Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 3.13 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/friday-foto-favorites-3-13

  1. A brilliant way to call attention to our weekly waste
  2. A VERY nontraditional wedding. Sparking a new genre, perhaps?
  3. Sony’s 2015 mobile photo award winners.
  4. Don’t be confused; this isn’t the universe. It’s in your kitchen.
  5. Gorgeous gypsy portraits
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/friday-foto-favorites-3-13 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:23:25 GMT
Introducing the app made for your clients http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/introducing-the-app-made-for-your-clients

We have always focused our efforts on serving you, the photographer, with our website functionality, storage and apps. Now, we have decided to extend that reach to your clients. Say hello to our first client-facing app: Photo Moments—Your Digital Photos Delivered, where clients can instantly gain access to their digital photos right on their phone.

How does it work?

Clients can download the free app at the App Store or Google Play Store when they are invited by the photographer via a special URL, add the gallery their photographer sent them via a special URL, and images are readily available to save, download and share with family and friends.

What are the features?

The extensive and powerful features available through Zenfolio will be carried over to the app, including:

  • Gallery password protection
  • Ability to download and save one or all photos, including different resolutions
  • Option for the photographer to disable full-resolution original photo downloads for extra protection
  • Gallery expiration dates
  • Client sign-in
  • Watermarks
  • Sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email

How can clients view their photos?

Clients can view photos in a slideshow mode or regular photo browsing. If they want to save a photo, they can download a photo and it will be automatically saved to their phone’s camera roll.

Download the free app today at the App Store or Google Play Store.

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio Zenfolio app client app digital images downloading photos google app ios app mobile device mobile friendly photo moments professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/introducing-the-app-made-for-your-clients Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:01:00 GMT
Showcase your Photographer Central listing http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/showcase-your-photographer-central-listing

Are you looking for an easy way to link to your Photographer Central listing from your website? Well, we’ve added this ability into your customization options to make it as easy as linking to one of your social media channels.

Adding a link to your Photographer Central listing has multiple benefits. Not only will clients be able to visit your page with a single click and read your testimonials from Yelp and Google Business, you’ll also be improving your SEO. Backlinks from a high traffic and reputable source will give your main photography website an extra boost that search engines recognize as factors for increasing your overall rank. 

Simply follow the steps below to add a custom Photographer Central icon to your contact page.

  1. Log in to your Zenfolio account and go to ‘Settings’ in your Edit View
  2. Click on ‘Social Media & Networks’ and fill in the Photographer Central field with the URL to your listing

And voila, that’s it! Once your Photographer Central listing is entered, a special icon and link will automatically appear alongside your other social media networks on your contact page. 

If you don’t already have a Photographer Central listing, you can sign up for one today to build your all-in-one reputation page and help more prospective clients find you. With a listing, you can:

  • Create an all-in-one listing for your business with high-resolution images, pricing information, contact information, client reviews, Yelp rating and review, and Google Business rating and review
  • Boost your SEO with additional online presence
  • Offer special deals to attract even more clients

For more information, visit Photographer Central.

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(ZenBlog) Find a photographer PC badge Zenfolio local photographers photographer central photographer directory professional photographer search for Photographers http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/showcase-your-photographer-central-listing Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:00:00 GMT