Have you ever looked at an image you are editing and think ‘Wow! He/She looks like a plastic doll!’ Generally, that look appears when we over edit/retouch the subject. Today’s Photoshop Tutorial is on how to soften the under eye lines, wrinkles and dark circles naturally.
How are you currently reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and dark circles? Is this method simpler?
Mosaic Albums on SALE!
20% Off thru Dec 4th
Save 20% on our most popular line of albums. The holidays are usually a time when brides are in demand to receive their wedding album and this is a great incentive to complete their orders.
With luxurious single- and duo-leather cover designs, the Mosaic Flush Mount Album is a personal style statement. Select from butter-smooth deluxe or patterned exotic leathers. Album pages are handmade with flush-mounted photographic prints. These thick, rigid pages are perfect for clients seeking traditional elegance and substance.
The Mosaic Wedding Album is packaged in our Premiere Album Box. Your album is custom-made in-house and normally shipped within 5 days of receiving your order. Options such as Two-Tone Covers, Gilded Edges, Cameos and Back Leaf Imprinting are included.
*This sale does not apply when other discount promo codes are used. This sale does not apply to Sample Albums already discounted at 40% off or Companion Books. This sale does not require a promo code and is valid for orders placed in Cascade or Album Manager from Nov 20th thru Dec 2nd, 2013 at 11:59p. You will see your discounted order total in your confirmation email. Due to increased order traffic during promotions we cannot promise our normal production time.
Folio Collections, Wrapping Paper and More!
20% Off thru Nov 20th!
Take advantage of this great offer to impress friends, clients or loved ones with these popular presentation ideas. Our Folio Collections continues to make an impact across the industry for their high-end appeal at an extremely affordable price. Photo Boxes are a perfect way to store prints, keepsake items and more in a designer box. Custom Wrapping Paper is such a unique way to show a gift recipient how much you care.
Full details: This sale is for Folio Collection Boxes, Folio Collection Prints, Wrapping Paper and Photo Boxes (sized for Albums, Books or Prints). Similar items not included in this offer are LOFT Line products, DVD/CD cases or USB cases. These items are located in the Black River Imaging – ROES software. There is no limit to the number of times you order these products during this one week sale. Offer good on orders placed from November 13th thru 11:59p, Nov 20th, 2013. No promo code needed with this one week sale. Cannot be combined with other promo code offers. Due to the popularity of this sale we cannot promise normal turnaround times.
Are Your Photos Working for You? | Optimizing Images for the Web
When you see a great photo on a website do you consider what’s behind it? We’re not talking about the inner workings of your computer screen. There may have been some deliberate thought put into optimizing that picture to help boost the site’s search engine rankings.
Yes, it’s a crazy dog-eat-dog world out there in Internet land, folks, and it gets tougher and tougher by the day to get a website noticed. You may have the best content and most eye-catching photos, but without good rankings you’re pretty much dead in the water.
Every little bit counts when it comes to optimizing for search engines, and that includes making sure your photos are working for you behind the scenes. If you have a website and you haven’t optimized the photos, you’re not doing all you can to advance your search engine ranking. Not to worry though; we’re here to guide you through the photo optimization basics.
When search engine spiders crawl your webpage, they have to be able to recognize what your pictures are depicting. Adding alternate text helps spiders to consider your picture content.
When adding alt text, simply choose a short description of the picture. For instance, if you have a photo of a cat chasing a mouse then ‘cat chasing mouse’ would work as alt text. Not only will the spiders understand what the image is of, but when the photo is not available to web users, the alt text will be there to offer a description.
What’s in a Name?
Naming the photos you upload to your website is also important for web searches. If you leave your files named with a random series of numbers or some nonsensical file name, you are doing yourself a disservice. Use keywords from your site to name your file photos and give Google and other search engines a better idea of what your site is about.
Surrounded by Keyword Love
Be cognizant of where you are placing your images on your page. Surrounding your pictures with text that includes the keywords you have used for your photo file names and alt text helps with the search engine’s assessment of what your page is all about.
Size Does Matter
Make no mistake about it; site loading time is a factor in search engine rankings, so keeping your images to a minimum (while still maintaining quality, of course) is a must. Photos around 400-700 pixels wide should work well in most instances. Use photo editing programs to re-size the images before adding them to the website. Allowing your browser to re-size your image does not work, as the browser will still load the original size image to begin with.
While photo optimization may seem like another tedious step in the process of setting up a website, the truth is that it a minimal time commitment and it can make quite an impact toward web search rankings. Remember, your exceptional site content deserves to be seen. Put in the few extra minutes and help make that happen.
Chris Brewer is known as “The Idea Machine” is President of Online Marketing Giant. Chris is best known for growing million dollar companies fast. His past entrepreneurial accomplishments have included an outdoor advertising firm and direct mail company. He regularly coaches small business owners and executives in business and marketing strategy and tactics. He is the author of the book, Does Your Marketing Make You Money: 7 Quick & Easy Secrets to Create A Booming Business Now and resides just outside Springfield, Missouri with his wife of 18 years and two children. Chris Brewer can also be found on Google+.
Metal Prints and More on SALE!
20% Off thru Nov 13th
Choose from our most popular products and get 20% off! For one week only, order Metal Prints (including regular, custom sized, specialty shaped and split image metal prints), iPhone Cases and Metal Ornaments.
Full details: This sale is for Metal Prints (including regular, custom sized, specialty shaped and split image metal prints), iPhone Cases and Metal Ornaments. These items are located in the Press Printed Products catalog of Black River Imaging – ROES. There is no limit to the number of times you order these products during this one week sale. Offer good on orders placed from November 6th thru 11:59p, Nov 13th, 2013. No promo code needed with this one week sale. Cannot be combined with other promo code offers. Due to the popularity of this sale we cannot promise normal turnaround times.
Accordion Books and Stickers on SALE!
20% Off thru Nov 6th
The holidays are approaching fast and we’re announcing this great offer on some gift giving ideas. Specialty Shaped Stickers can be used to decorate a packaged gift. Grandmothers, sisters and aunts love to keep a collection of images in their purse and our accordion books are perfect. The magnetic closure assures they won’t get damaged.
Full details: This offer is good for Accordion Mini Books, Accordion Memory Books and Specialty Shaped Stickers in the Press Printed Products catalog of Black River Imaging – ROES. There is no limit to the number of times you order these products during this one week sale. Offer good on orders placed from October 30th thru 11:59p, Nov 6th, 2013. No promo code needed with this one week sale. Cannot be combined with other promo code offers. Due to the popularity of this sale we cannot promise normal turnaround times.
Never in a million years did I expect to be on the receiving end of a text message where a potential client asked me to photograph them using their camera. Nor did I expect for her to tell me she could process the image files also.
But I was. It happened to me. ME! Not Suzie Photographer up the street, Me.
At first I laughed out loud. Spit soda out of my nose and thought to my self, ‘Seriously? Ain’t nobody got time for that!’
Once I got my wits back, I shared this screen shot in two photography groups I am a part of. I was looking for ideas on how to respond.
I wanted response ideas. I wanted to treat this potential client better more professional than she had treated me. I wanted to educate her that I was not just photographing because I have a nice camera that happens to take nice images. I wanted her to know that I am a professional in my heart and mind even if she does not see me as a professional.
Another reason I wanted to respond to her in a professional manner is because I believe branding is what people say about you when you leave the room. I did not want to leave a bad taste in her mouth by responding with something like, ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’ or ‘I charge double to use your camera’ or ‘Are you kidding me? Now it’s not my camera that takes good pictures?’, or no response at all.
All of those responses would have done the trick but what would they really have communicated to the potential client? Nothing positive for my brand. She would have found some girlfriends to talk to, that would have taken her side. Made her feel better about her question. Then the snarkiness would be unleashed.
Gossip , I mean, through word of mouth, my name and brand would be drug through the mud. My business would die.
What did I do? Well, I messaged her back and asked for her email address. Why? Because I do not believe texting or iMessaging is the most appropriate place for me to respond to someone. I debated calling her. I also knew that calling her would be VERY awkward. So I opted for email.
Here is my response:
Thank you so much for contacting me about professional family portraiture!
I appreciate your offer to use your camera and for you to edit the images. Realistically, I can not take you up on your offer. I am in a relationship with my equipment. I love it and it loves me back equally. I know exactly which buttons to push to make it do exactly what I need it to do. The funny thing is my camera does not mind when I push its’ buttons (unlike husbands lol). In fact, it encourages me to push its’ buttons more and more!
Also, the city of Springfield has instituted a $25 an hour fee that photographers are required to pay to shoot in any of the city parks. In response to that fee, I have been shooting in not park settings. If a client is set on being photographed in one of the city parks, I require them to pay the fee.
Currently, I am running a fall family portrait special: up to a one hour session, one outfit, 25-30 fully edited images on a personalized jump drive, a private online ordering gallery and a $50 print credit for $XXX plus tax.
I am attaching a copy of my current pricing for your to review. I am happy to extend to you the neighborhood discount, no session fee.
I have an opening this Saturday October 19th at 11 am. Will this work for you?
Let me know what questions you have!”
Eleven days later and still no response from her. I am okay with not hearing from her or not booking a session with her. I am not the photographer for everyone.
Have you had a situation like this arise? How did you handle it?
Photo Book Sale – 25% Off! Use code: FS42PB
One of our most popular specials of the year is here! This week’s sale is for 25% off our regular Photo Book line, the new seamless Picture Book or our Custom Magazines! BRI is widely known for our quality photo books and we invite you to take advantage of this discount offer to get one in your hands. This sale is for one week only so don’t wait and miss out!
Details: This promo code offer is for 25% off all Press Printed Photo Books with Hinged or Non-Hinged pages, The Picture Book and Custom Magazines. This offer does NOT include Preview Booklets, Accordion products or Albums. Discounted prices for this one week promo code offer are NOT published on our website but they will be applied at billing when the promo code is entered. This offer is ONLY applied when ordered with the promo code: FS42PB in Cascade or Albums & Books – ROES. This offer is ONLY valid on orders received from October 23rd through 11:59p (CT) October 30th, 2013 and cannot be combined with other discounted promo offers. Due to the popularity of this offer, we cannot promise our normal turnaround times.
Have you always dreamed of attending WPPI? Here is your chance to go on us! We are giving away a Full Conference Pass to WPPI 2014, February 27-March 6, 2014!
Click here to enter to win!
Winner will be announced on Tuesday November 12 at 2 pm cst.
Want more chances to win? Enter each day to increase your chances of winning! Head over to our friends at Fundy Software to enter to win!
*Winner receives Full Conference Pass only. Winner responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
New Envelopes Now Available!
Now is the time of year when choosing and designing Greeting Cards is on everyone’s mind. We are so excited to offer a host of new envelope options in time for the season.
Returning Standard Options:
Linen White (Included with all standard, art or linen cards)
Pearlized White (Limited Time Offer: Free with orders of Pearl paper cards thru 12/31/13)
New Color Options:
Return Address Option:
You may choose to print a return address on all envelopes for a charge of $0.30 each.
Details: These envelopes are available for our Press Printed Greeting Cards, Specialty Shaped Greeting Cards, LOFT Greeting Cards and LOFT Shaped Cards. You can select these options in the Black River Imaging ROES software in the options palette of the type of card you have selected. These new envelope choices will not be available in the Cascade ordering software for up to 2 weeks. After 12/31/13 the Pearlized White envelopes will no longer be included for free with pearl cards. Please contact customer service at 1-888-321-4665 M-F 8a-10p for any assistance with these new additions.