ZenBlog: Blog http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) ZenBlog (ZenBlog) Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:03:00 GMT Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:03:00 GMT Supersize Your Savings—50% off Mpix prints 11x14 and larger http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/supersize-your-savings-50-off-prints-11x14-and-larger-at-mpix

For three days only, save 50% on all 11x14 and larger Mpix prints. With savings this big, now is the time to update your home décor with beautiful prints.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order with your Zenfolio account. But hurry, this sale ends January 28 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 26-Jan-15 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 28-Jan-15 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to photographic prints 11x14 and larger from Mpix 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 running a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio half off mpix sale print sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/supersize-your-savings-50-off-prints-11x14-and-larger-at-mpix Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.23 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-23

  1. Life’s a beach, really.
  2. Get this for your tween.
  3. Freezing your buns off? Hey, it’s all for art.
  4. Animals getting cozy with cameras.
  5. You’ve never seen NYC like this before. 
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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/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-23 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Product Spotlight: ProShow App http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/product-spotlight-proshow-app

By Ana Teresa Galizes

I am a wedding photographer, so it is easy to see why an app that allows me to show a video slideshow of images to my clients might come in handy. I installed Photodex’s ProShow app on my iPad and was really pleased with its features. I had just finished editing Isabel and Billy’s photos, so it was exciting to be able to show them to Isabel with this app. Isabel and Billy are celebrating their anniversary apart, as Billy is getting his PhD in Oregon and Isabel is finishing her undergrad in North Carolina. They wanted some nice photos to give to their families, so I got together with them over the holidays for a photo session.

The app is a companion to the full-blown ProShow Web slideshow creation service. With the app, you can log in and access all of your video slideshows. Photographers can make edits, share online, or download and save to the camera roll. There are many, many themes and effects to choose from with this program. Photographers can even import photos directly from their Zenfolio accounts, which is pretty awesome!

It was extremely easy to make my slideshow for Isabel to view, and that was probably because the tutorials on the site were very helpful. I gave myself a lot of extra time because I wasn’t sure how long it would take, but the app is so user-friendly that I finished in no time. Actually, before meeting with her, I went back and made a second slideshow, even snazzier than the first with different effects and music.

One of the features that made the video slideshows easy to build was that I could preview all of the themes, transitions, and special effects before applying them. That way, I didn’t waste any time by applying something I didn’t like. The themes were customizable, giving me the ability to change the special effects and transitions that were paired with them.

The app lets users integrate royalty-free music, which is provided or you can upload your own music. How great is it to be able to set a couple’s slideshow to the tune of their first dance?! The slideshow is programmed to last as long as the music is playing, which is perfect.

Now, what I love about the app vs. using the web version is that I really don’t like to take a laptop with me when I meet my clients. Generally, I don’t show my clients anything on my laptop—they don’t need to see how messy my desktop is. Being able to present this video slideshow on my iPad is absolutely fantastic.

I definitely recommend this app to other wedding and portrait photographers because it’s an elegant way to present the finished product to clients. In the future, I plan on integrating this app into my business model.

 

Ana Teresa Galizes is a wedding photographer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. She loves nothing more than to spend her weekends photographing couples, brides, and people in general. When she’s not doing photography she likes to travel or be in the front row of a good rock show.

 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio app photo slideshow pro show proshow video slideshow http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/product-spotlight-proshow-app Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.16 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-16

 

1.     These maps show where photographers live around the country. 

2.     This studio knows no boundaries.

3.     NASA revisits “Pillars of Creation” with higher resolution. 

4.     25 of the best award-winning wedding photos. 

5.     Embrace the season! How to capture snow like a pro. 

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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/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-16 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Introducing Snapizzi: the Fastest Way to Sort Your Images... Guaranteed http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/introducing-snapizzi-the-fastest-way-to-sort-your-images-guaranteed If you're having trouble sorting through your images, we have the perfect solution for you. Introducing Snapizzi, our newest partner, that will help you transform your post-shoot workflow.

 

 

Snapizzi is all about saving you time and making you more money. Using just a business card, and powered by patented barcode and tagging technology, Snapizzi enables event photographers to quickly, and automatically, match customers to their photos.

Rather than the time consuming methods that you are currently using, Snapizzi is fully automated. All you have to do is simply photograph a specially coded business card before taking the photographs of your subjects and then give them the card. Afterwards, just upload your images to your Zenfolio account and Snapizzi does the rest.

All your customers have to do to quickly find, and order, their images is enter the number from the card they were given on your beautifully designed and branded Zenfolio website.

Event photographers are constantly faced with the challenge of managing hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of images that can result from a single event. The continuous advancements in digital imaging technology only serve to increase the quality, and output, of today’s modern photographer.

As a result, it has become more challenging to keep up with the sheer number of images that a high-volume event photography business can produce. In addition to the costly hours of labor spent matching photos to customers, the workload bottleneck also results in lost sales due to the hours, or days, it now takes to make images available for purchase by your customers.

So, we set out to build a solution that solved these problems. We have been working on Snapizzi for the past year and have been testing it with a small group of photographers for the last couple of months. And today, we're excited to share it with the world. Our recent study revealed that it takes the average photographer 12 hours of labor to post an event for online sales that had 1,000 subjects, and resulted in 4,000 images to connect to their customers. The study also revealed the average photographer valued an hour of their time at $45. Resulting in a cost of $540 of post production expenses.

How long would Snapizzi take to process the same amount of images? Just 25 minutes! 

And the cost to use Snapizzi? Just $39! An average savings of $500!
 
Snapizzi eliminates the need for time consuming manual matching and all that other not-so-fun post production stuff. Snapizzi gives you back the time to focus on the other tasks that are important to the continued growth of your business.

If you value your time, Snapizzi is for you.

Some core benefits of using Snapizzi include:

  • Reclaim hundreds of hours of labor per year.
  • Reduced post production expenses.
  • Increased sales due to faster posting of images.
  • Business cards market your company to all event participants.
  • Integrated with Award-Winning Photo Hosting Website Zenfolio.
  • Save 25% on your Zenfolio subscription (use code: SNAPZEN25).
  • Special pricing from our printing partner Marathon Press.
  • Unmatched dedication to your success by our team of Customer Happiness Officers.
     
We think you're going to love it. Give it a shot and let us know what you think. 
 

Much Success,

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(ZenBlog) Snapizzi event photography photographer photography professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/introducing-snapizzi-the-fastest-way-to-sort-your-images-guaranteed Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Is 4K the Future of Photography? http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/is-4k-the-future-of-photography

By Jae Le (Zenfolio Technical Evangelist)

 

Today we have a new standard of video resolution. It’s called 4K. That means 4096 x 2060 pixels. That means: quite a step up from your momma’s television set.

This higher-than-normal resolution has a couple of implications to the average consumer. It’s not a broadcasting standard. It needs an expensive high-res TV or monitor, and it requires a serious computer to play games in 4K with a reasonable refresh rate. But what does it mean to a photographer?

For photo editing, it means a sharper image on your screen. If you’re shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III camera, the maximum resolution on any photo is 5760 x 3840. A Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 will give you 4608 x 3456. This will require a lot of memory cards that can record quickly and reliably. Then, if you want to view any of those photos on a monitor at 100 percent, you’ll need something that can handle that resolution. 4K gets pretty close to the resolution listed by those cameras, and you can get a camera that can do this for under a grand as long as you have a computer with a video card that can handle it. A more recent MacBook Pro can handle 4K through the Thunderbolt port, although your refresh rate might be somewhere between 15 to 30 Hz. But if clarity is what you want, check out the 27-inch iMac with a Retina 5K display. That’s an amazing 5120 x 2880 resolution. It all boils down to this: if you want to shoot 4K, you need the proper equipment to capture, store, and edit it.

The flip side is what video can do for you as a photographer. Previous HD video often meant 720 x 1280. More recently it’s been a standard 1920 x 1080, the same resolution as most monitors. Today you can get a GH4 for less than $1500 that records video 24fps at the same resolution as still images. That’s more than 4K. The GoPro HERO4 for less than $500 shoots at ultra high definition 3840 x 2160. This all translates into the ability to pull some amazing shots from frames of video. Previously you couldn’t use video frames because lower resolution wouldn’t be high enough quality. 4K changes all of that. Why miss a second when any one of those 24 frames could be photographic gold! Talk about a new crazy culling workflow.

4K isn’t a necessity. In some cases it’s just plain overkill. I’d never call 4K a game changer for photography and won’t be running out to get my hands on a camera or monitor that can handle it quite yet. The technology is improving and prices are going down. However, 2015 might be the year for 4K.

 

 

 You may have seen Jae on various Zenfolio training videos, webinars or training photographers at a tradeshow. This jack of all trades lives and breathes the newest photographic technology and is part code nerd and gear geek with one mission: to make sure Zenfolio users understand how to maximize all the features and functionality available to them. If you spot him, don't be surprised if he has a Mountain Dew in hand.

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(ZenBlog) 4K Jae Le Zenfolio photographer photography professional professional photography video resolution http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/is-4k-the-future-of-photography Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:01:00 GMT
Ring in the New Year with 40% off Photo Books and Free Shipping http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/ring-in-the-new-year-with-40-off-photo-books

Photo books are a one-of-a-kind way to display your treasured holiday, wedding, baby or travel photos. For one day only, save 40% on photo books from Mpix and MpixPro (Signature Albums from MpixPro are not included in the promotion). Order on January 13 between 12:01 a.m. PST and 11:59 p.m. PST to take advantage of this sale (no coupon is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account).  

In addition you’ll get free USPS shipping on all Mpix orders placed on January 12-14 with a base cost of $15 or more. No need for a coupon; the free USPS shipping option will automatically show up in the checkout process when a qualifying order is placed. Take advantage of these savings and place your orders today.

 

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

  • The photo books sale will be effective from 13-Jan-2015 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 13-Jan-2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to photo books from Mpix and MpixPro only. This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • The Mpix free USPS shipping promotion will be effective from 12-Jan-2015 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 14-Jan-2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame.
  • 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.
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(ZenBlog) Mpix MpixPro Zenfolio free shipping photo books photobook professional photography sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/ring-in-the-new-year-with-40-off-photo-books Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.9 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-9

1.     How to transform just about anyone into a professional athlete using lighting.

2.     How tall are Dubai’s buildings, really?

3.     Behold, the world’s oldest trees.

4.     This brilliant ad campaign pokes fun at the history of the selfie.

5.     This crafty photographer finds and snaps her identity thief

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio favorites galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio professional professional photographer professional photography selling weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-9 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Photographer’s Corner: Working in Multiple Markets http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/photographer-s-corner-working-in-multiple-markets

With so many photography genres out there, sometimes it’s hard to pick just one. We interviewed three professional photographers who have added multiple genres to their resume and learned why they chose to forgo specializing.  

Where in the world do you work?

For events, I mainly shoot in the San Francisco Bay Area since it’s close to home, but this year I have also photographed in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Costa Rica, Seoul…

Why shoot different genres?

I just love the challenge of photographing something new. I am so ADD that shooting the same type of subject all the time bores me.

 

Do you have a favorite genre or location?

The most exciting job for me is when I photograph the Olympics for Team USA. The energy is so electric, the subject matter is cool, and the pace is nuts. I love that!

How do you advertise?

I am really lucky in that I don’t have to advertise much. I rely mostly on word of mouth and my website to get my work. The website is so important to me, since this reflects who I am, what I photograph, and it represents my brand.

 

What is the most rewarding part of running a split business?

Having the ability to capture history in so many different ways. My blog has a really strong following now, and I love sharing my experiences with everyone.

What’s next for you?

So many people have asked me to teach workshops—I hope to announce a partnership with a photo tour company in the next couple of weeks.

 

Where in the world do you work?

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Georgia, North Carolina, NYC, Costa Rica, Ireland, Barcelona, London and Paris.

 

Why work in different genres?

I think it’s because of my background in newspaper photography. We got to shoot everything: sports, food, portraits, news and a lot of features. I liked that you never really knew what you’d be shooting. It made it more challenging.

What are your favorite places to shoot?

Ireland and the Northern Coast of California are still, to me, some of the most beautiful places. The Irish people are so welcoming and friendly.

 

How did you start working in multiple genres?

When I moved back to Florida from California I really wanted to try something different. Through a chance meeting at a seminar I got involved with golf, of all things. So I started shooting a lot of golf, and from there started shooting a lot of resorts all over the country and then in Ireland and several other places around the world. Simultaneously, I started teaching at an advertising school in South Beach, which kind of launched my work in advertising. When 9/11 happened, travel came to a screeching halt, and so I went back to shooting newspaper stuff again.

That’s how I ended up having clients from all kinds of genres. If you keep those relationships alive, then as people move from different jobs, they usually keep calling you. That’s why networking and keeping your working relationships in good order always amounts to about half of the business you get and keep.

 

Anything you might add to your list in the future?

I’m more and more interested in video—short films—and I’ve always loved documentary photography the best.

 

What’s your consensus on working in multiple genres?

I think it’s all visual storytelling, really. No matter what you are shooting, you’re telling a story with an image or images. If it’s advertising, portraits, travel—you’re telling stories with pictures. To me it’s that at the core.

 

What’s next for you?

I’ve gotten very much into teaching and charitable work. I have always donated a lot of my photography, but I have one charity I’ve been working with for a few years now called The Raw Beauty Project. Recently, we teamed up with The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and have been spreading the project to major cities.

 

Where in the world do you work?

Portraits have taken me to New York, Chicago, Orland and Toronto. Weddings have taken me to Boston, Portland, Albuquerque and Belize.

 

What do you shoot primarily?

The majority of my work is portraiture. I shoot all kinds of personalities from celebrities, to professionals, to actors and musicians and other creative types. I also shoot around 8-12 weddings a year.

Why shoot different genres?

Fear of commitment, maybe? Honestly, I thrive on the variety and find inspiration going back and forth between intimate portrait sessions and the celebration of a wedding.

 

Favorite shoot destination?

For weddings, my favorite location that I’ve shot at so far was at a Mayan temple in Belize—pretty spectacular. For portraits, my favorite studio is Madera Design House in downtown Los Angeles.

How do your clients differ in each genre?

My portrait clients are mostly using my photos to promote themselves or their business. They are coming to me to help convey a message of who they are and how they want you to feel about them (love them, respect them, trust them).

My wedding clients want photos that tell the story of the day they celebrated their love for one another and celebrated with all of their family and friends. At the end of the day, all my clients want are photos that capture their personality in an eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing way.

 

Would you recommend young photographers choose one market and stick to it, then expand into to others, or try doing more right off the bat?

Do what works best for you. I’ve done well for myself with the help of a loyal client base who send me to their friends and peers. I am focused more on portrait business, which means I’m not shooting as many weddings as I could be, but that’s the way I like it. Build a business model that works for you.

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio multiple genres photographer photography professional photographer professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/photographer-s-corner-working-in-multiple-markets Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.2 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-2

1.     New Year’s photos from all over the world.

2.     Flowers frozen in ice look like watercolor paintings

3.     Enjoy these absurdly expressive dog portraits.  

4.     Ceramic poppies surround the Tower of London.

5.     This rescued blind owl has stars in his eyes.

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio favorites galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio professional professional photographer professional photography selling weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-2 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
We invite you to try Flixel. Create one and enter to win an iPad Air 2 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/flixel

 

Create Living Photography and Win an iPad Air 2

  Photography and digital art are constantly evolving, and we want you to have the chance to try the latest innovation, Flixel, a unique mix of photography and videography, also called living photography.

We invite you to attend a live tutorial session on living photography featuring Cinemagraph Pro for Mac where you can enter your most creative Flixel in our “Moving Moments” contest for a chance to win an iPad Air 2!

Cinemagraph Pro, Flixel’s 2014 Apple Design Award winning application, is a tool specifically designed for the easy and intuitive creation of living photos. Living photography is a new form of visual storytelling and unlike a still photo; a living photo seamlessly combines the effects of video capturing and still imagery.     To enter to win an iPad Air 2:  
  1. Send an email to marketing@zenfolio.com with “Attend Flixel Webinar” in the subject line by January 9, 2015
  2. Flixel will send you the webinar invite
  3. Attend the webinar on January 13, 2015 to learn how to create a Flixel
  4. Submit your Flixel by January 23, 2015 for your chance to win
  5. The selected winner will be announced on February 6, 2015
      To create the Flixel with Cinemagraph Pro, 20 lucky webinar attendees will snag the software free! All other attendees will save 20% on Cinemagraph Pro.     Start creating living photography and win!

Sincerely,
The Zenfolio Team   Official contest rules are available here. Please note the license provision in the rules. By submitting your artwork, you agree to give Zenfolio and its affiliated companies a broad, royalty-free right to use the artwork. We hope to use the contest submissions to promote the market for living photos. No promises, but maybe your submission will earn you some fame. Who knows?  

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(ZenBlog) http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/flixel Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:00:00 GMT
2014 Office Achievements http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/2014-office-achievements

We are saying goodbye to another great year, and hello to our ever-growing staff. We polled the Zenfolio office to see what makes us tick, our drink of choice, and who (dead or alive) we’d want to have lunch with.

10 cat owners

11 dog owners

3 professionally trained signers

19 musicians

Our favorite TV shows: New Girl, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Big Bang Theory, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead

Most popular music to listen to: rock

13 professional photographers

20 people have been taking photos for more than 10 years (as a hobby)

21 people prefer Canon to Nikon

32 people prefer Coke to Pepsi

27 red wine drinkers

33 people enjoy eating onions

22 multilingual people 

Some of the people we want to have lunch with: Marty McFly, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Joe Strummer from The Clash, our Grandmothers.

What do we love best about working here? The people.

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio office achievement photographer photography professional photographer http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/2014-office-achievements Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:01:00 GMT
Save 25% on Your Holiday Prints http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/save-25-on-your-holiday-prints

The holidays are a time to celebrate, get together with loved ones, and of course, take photos. Turn your holiday memories into beautiful photographic prints from Mpix and save 25% through December 29.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. This sale ends December 29 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 28-Dec-2014 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 29-Dec-2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to photographic prints from Mpix 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 on running a sale on your site.

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(ZenBlog) Mpix Zenfolio holiday photos marketing photography portfolio prints sale selling http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/save-25-on-your-holiday-prints Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 12.26 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-26

1.     Gorgeous underwater photos.

2.     Cameras taking portraits of….themselves?

3.     A breathtaking x-ray photo of the sun.

4.     We’re not so different, you and I.

5.     Santa gets a makeover.

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio favorites galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio professional professional photographer professional photography selling weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-26 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:01:00 GMT
Product Spotlight: Drop it MODERN Velvet Backdrops http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/product-spotlight-drop-it-modern-velvet-backdrops

Review by Amiee Stubbs

As a pet photographer, I typically do the bulk of my sessions outdoors to utilize as much natural light as possible, and I always try to use locations that offer interesting textures and bright color contrasts. I don’t work in my studio very often, but when I do, I want to be able to give my clients images that are just as unique, current and fresh as they’ve come to expect with my outdoor and on-location work. I was thrilled to find the Drop it MODERN velvet backdrops allowed me to do just that.

In the colder months, I do more work in the studio than any other time of the year. I recently ordered two Drop it MODERN velvet backdrops and was eager to try them during my first studio session this winter. I used Vixen, a deep red design on black fabric, and Mother Nature, which had a darker velvet peach pattern on a lighter peach material. Over the course of the evening, I had four dogs and a cat in the studio. All of my clients were very impressed with the vivid color and contemporary designs. The backdrops have such a rich texture that they also work very well for classic black-and-white photographs.

I ordered the Vixen design in the 4.5’ x 9’ and the Mother Nature design in the 9’ x 9’ size. The smaller backdrop was a good size, and worked perfectly to photograph two small dogs at once. For anything more than two dogs, the 9’ x 9’ was a better fit. With a typical vinyl backdrop, it’s a little easier to sweep off dog hair, but I found that a lint roller worked perfectly to clean it up for my next client. If most of your subjects are human, you probably won’t have to worry about that!

I love that these backdrops have a loop sewn in. It seems like I’m never quite coordinated enough with the clamps when I’m trying to hang traditional vinyl or canvas backdrops by myself, so the loop completely eliminated that problem.  This also made it very easy to change the backdrops quickly, and make adjustments to my setup without sacrificing the attention span of my four-legged clients.

One of my favorite things about these backdrops is that I can fold them up and transport them more easily than a typical rolled backdrop. Because they are so easily transportable and easy to set up, the backdrops will function well both in studio and on-location. Since I don’t spend a whole lot of time in studio, I’m excited to see how easily I can use these backdrops to add another option for on-location work.

Amiee Stubbs is a pet and music photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee, where her life-long love of animals led her to become Nashville’s leading pet photographer. Having five dogs herself, Amiee deeply understands the complex relationship between pet and owner. She also serves as Official Photographer and Photography Teacher for the Nashville Zoo. 

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(ZenBlog) Amiee Stubbs Drop it MODERN Zenfolio backdrops photographer photography product spotlight professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/product-spotlight-drop-it-modern-velvet-backdrops Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 12.19 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-19    

1.     Photos that prove the world is truly majestic.

2.     Turn your iPhone photos into art seamlessly.

3.     What chairs would look like if they were people.

4.     Here’s the breakdown on the five new Instagram filters.

5.     Some of the 2014 National Geographic Photography contest winners

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio favorites galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio professional professional photographer professional photography selling weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-19 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:00 GMT
Just in Time for Christmas Print Sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/just-in-time-for-christmas-print-sale

There’s still time to get something for everyone on your list, and we’ll sweeten the deal with a 40% discount. Today and tomorrow only, all prints from Mpix and MpixPro are on sale.

All print orders placed and approved by tomorrow, December 18, and shipped via FedEx Next Day will arrive in time for Christmas. So don’t delay, place your orders today.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. When choosing a shipping method, select FedEx Next Day at checkout. Some oversized products will require FedEx 2Day shipping. Please note that FedEx does not deliver to PO boxes.

For a complete list of shipping deadlines, check out our Holiday Shipping Deadlines blog post. Be sure to place your orders today!

 

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

•   This sale will be effective from 17-Dec-2014 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 18-Dec-2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended to orders placed before or after this time frame.

•   This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.

•   The following vendors are participating in the promotion: Mpix and MpixPro.

•   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 on running a sale on your site.

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(ZenBlog) Christmas Mpix MpixPro Zenfolio gifts photography prints sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/just-in-time-for-christmas-print-sale Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:01:00 GMT
Behind the Shot http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/behind-the-shot 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 several photographers to share their personal favorite shots and the stories behind them. From pulling all-nighters to capture the best lighting to traveling the corners of the globe to touching life tales of their subjects, here’s proof that there’s much more to a photo than simply pointing and shooting. Here, three seasoned photographers recount what it took to get that perfect shot.

Flamingos in Lake Nakuru by Bala Murali

“The 24th of February in 2011 became an unforgettable day in my life. I live in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. On the 24th, I went to Nakuru for a business meeting. Nakuru is about 140 km from Nairobi, and it has a beautiful bird sanctuary called Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is situated right inside the park, which is a home for thousands and sometime millions of flamingos. 

Usually I travel with my camera wherever I go, whether it is an official tour or a personal one. Therefore, I decided to visit the park for bird shooting as soon as I finished my meeting. I entered the park around 2 p.m., and was looking like a good location to park my car and shoot the flamingos and white pelicans.

All of the sudden, I saw lot of smoke spreading throughout the park. It took me a few minutes to realize that there was a wild fire in the park, and the smoke was spreading fast. For a moment, I thought of leaving the park to get to a safer place. Then, while looking around I happened to see hundreds of flamingos and white pelicans trapped in the park amidst the fast spreading smoke. From their movement I could feel that they did not realize what was happening and they just got confused and started gathering at one spot. I immediately dropped my plan of escaping and started shooting them with the smoke in the background.”


Cape Town Mama by Tracey Hill

“I took this photo in Cape Town, South Africa. It's not perfectly composed, and the camera was not perfectly set up, but I love it and have a large metal print of it in my studio. Here is how it happened.

While on holiday in Cape Town I saw this lady walk by and grabbed my camera and ran after her, but she refused to have her photo taken as everyone always asks her to pose. I begged and pleaded, eventually explaining I was born in South Africa myself and she would remind me of home. Local street traders who I had brought goods from earlier started helping and begging her. She suddenly said, ‘you get one click, quick!’ and this was my one click.”

 

Aldershot Memorial by Andy Taylor

“While I was still as serving soldier I was taking a City and Guilds course in photography as part of my resettlement back into civilian life. It was raining, and as I drove back I noticed how fantastic the sky looked behind this memorial and Normandy Barracks (closed down by then) in the background. I could even see my old office.

I had a limited angle to take this from as to one side there was a parked van and the other was an open trench for the water main repairs. Behind me was a busy road (at rush hour, of course). The weather was changing, so I had to take this quickly before I lost the drama in the sky. I used on-camera flash to fill in the details on the memorial.

In the end this photo got me my first digital wedding shoot as the bride and groom met in Aldershot in the barracks behind the memorial. The memorial reads:

In memory of 

Leut Reginald Archibald Cammell

Air Battalion Royal Engineers

Who lost his life

while flying an aeroplane at

Hendon

on the 17th September 1911

This Obelisk was erected by his

brother officers 

in recognition of his services to military aviation

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(ZenBlog) Andy Taylor Bala Murali Behind the Shot Tracey Hill Zenfolio behind the scenes cityscape photography galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio portrait photography professional professional photographer professional photography selling wildlife photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/behind-the-shot Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 12.12 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-12

1.     Here are some of the runners for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

2.     Swirling paint photography is candy-colored and beautiful.

3.     14 important things this photographer learned throughout her career.

4.     How to take stellar Christmas tree photos.

5.     Photography is not an art, claims this writer. 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio favorites galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio professional professional photographer professional photography selling weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-12 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:26:14 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 12.5 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-5

1.     How photography has gotten so much better just in two years.

2.     At artful illustration at what grief looks like.

3.     Wrestling isn’t just for young men. Here’s to breaking stereotypes.

4.     What breakfast looks like all over the world.

5.     LEDs in long exposure prove to be quite beautiful. 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio favorites galleries marketing photo photographer photography portfolio professional professional photographer professional photography selling weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/friday-foto-favorites-12-5 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:20:16 GMT