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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.
Shopping for Photoshop actions can be as difficult as shopping for a new car.
You know what it’s like. You find exactly what you are looking for (or what you thought you were looking for) and then you test drive it. As you are testing driving it, you realize it’s almost perfect but not quite. Maybe the interior is not the exact color you had imagined. Or maybe the way the dashboard is laid out isn’t quite right. It could be that you
need want all the bells and whistles and the one you are driving is anything but top of the line. Simply, it does not fit your vision of who you are (the cool cucumber driving the mini van scenario).
Surely, you have had this same experience with Photoshop actions. An image catches your eye as you are scrolling through Facebook and you think to yourself, ‘Self, I LOVE the look of those actions! So you buy. Once you get it downloaded and are testing it out on several of your images, you realize it’s almost perfect but not quite. It doesn’t mesh well with your brand. Or it does not run consistently or it shuts Photoshop down. Whatever the case it’s not for you. Back on the hunt you go and the cycle begins again.
Stop the action insanity hunt today! You do not need to look any further than Kubota Image Tools! They have everything a discerning professional photographer could ever want! Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, Borders and Textures, and so much more. You really need to check all their products out!
Kubota’s Dashboard 4 Pro is one AMAZING feature! I am absolutely in love with the dashboard! It organizes your actions. You can search from it. Actions can be run from it and the best part is it is FREE and includes free actions!!! (we all like free). If you do nothing else today, click the link and download the Dashboard. You will not be sorry!
I also want to talk with you about Kubota’s Artistic Tools V1. Kubota has four versions of the Artistic Tools. I will talk about the other three versions in the near future.
Artist Tools V1 (ATV1 from here on out) is an amazing set of actions. This set has over 50 actions for you to use. ATV1 is coined the “Classic Film Effects” set. Many of the actions produce an effect you would have gotten from shooting film. For example, below you will find the original image (SOOC) on the left and on the right is the end result after having run Kubota’s BW Grainy Film action.
When it comes to sepia actions, I am hard to impress. Many sepia actions are too yellow or too green in the shadows and highlights. Sepia Deep Black 2 is a wonderful sepia action. Blacks remain black and whites remain white with this action. Skin tones are a creamy white with a hint of the reddish brown tones of sepia. If you are looking for the perfect sepia action, then look no further! Sepia Deep Black 2 is it!
Lastly, I want to talk about ATV1′s vignette action. The purpose of a vignette is to draw the viewers eyes to a specific area in the image. Vignettes however can be over done. What stands out to me about Kubota’s vignette action is you have complete control over the opacity of the vignette. You can customize it to your image. And the best part is you can see the changes in real time! Make a little change, you see it immediately! No guessing!
If you are looking for a solid action pack that you will use over and over, Artistic Tools V1 is the action pack for you! B&W actions, Skin Softening, Sepia, Eye & Teeth Whitener, Sepia and a vignette are just a few of the actions in this must have pack that is perfect for all styles of photography! At $179 for 56 actions($3.19 each), you can not go wrong!
Thank you to Elise Ellis Photography for the use of her images in this blog post.
Now Order Customized Notepads for You or Your Clients
We’re bringing you four sizes of Notepads that are sure to fit anyone’s style. Use these Notepads to show off images of high school seniors, pets, grand kids or favorite vacation pics. Perfect for client Thank You gifts(make sure your branding is on it!)!
Notepads come in options of 50 or 100 sheet pads for the 2.5″x8.5″, 3.75″x6.5″ and 3.75″x9″ sizes, and 25 or 50 sheets for the 8″x8″ size. Choose from various styles including optional covers, layout designs and more.
Finished sizes are 2.5″x8.5″, 3.75″x6.5″, 3.75″x9″ and 8″x8″
Standard Pad paper is a smooth 80 lb Everyday Digital
Each size has an add-on cover option printed on Mohawk 120 lb Superfine eggshell paper
Each pad comes in 50 and 100 sheet counts with the exception of the 8″x8″ at 25 or 50 sheets
Notepads are sold as each with tiered pricing for large quantities
Head over to our website for Notepad pricing.
How To Order: These are available in our Black River Imaging – ROES software inside the Press Products catalog.
How will you use Notepads in your business?
-Use promo code FANS27 to receive 27% off your next order.
-Valid only in the BRI ROES ordering software.
-One time use promo code
-The discount is only valid on one order from one catalog in the BRI ROES ordering software.
-Expires July 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm
I first became aware of StickyAlbums last summer during our annual Summer Sizzler, when my friend Natalie Licini spoke about it during her presentation. I went home and delved into what StickyAlbums was and how I could use it in my boutique wedding business. What I found was incredible!
Over the last few months, we have been working with Nate Grahek, owner of StickyAlbums, to bring you a brand new partnership.
Through a series of 3 blog posts, I will be introducing you to StickyAlbums, how to use StickyAlbums in your business, and how Cascade and StickyAlbums integrate to provide your clients a StickyAlbum of their session album or flush mount wedding album!
Let’s get started!
Word-of-mouth referrals are our most valuable currency as pro-photographers. Smart Phones and Tablets are the fastest growing consumer products we’ve ever seen, and they’re changing how we live and how we do business. StickyAlbums gives you a way to leverage this mobile revolution into wow-factor referrals. StickyAlbums also helps you target clients who can afford premium photography–people who use iPhones and iPads have already demonstrated their affinity for premium/boutique products.
Designed by pro-photographers in early 2012, StickyAlbums has already taken the photography community by storm. The idea is genius: create a custom photo album app for each of your clients so they can share your work via their mobile device. Clients access their own album—complete with your branding—via their phone or tablet. They can share the album face-to-face, or they can send the app to the devices of their friends and family.
On your end, StickyAlbums’ software makes creating the albums as quick and easy as creating a new blog post. It takes just a few minutes to produce albums that are clean, professional, and guaranteed to wow your clients.
StickyAlbums works best as an add-on premium, a part of top-level packages. Current members use StickyAlbums as the perfect pull-through incentive to get clients to invest in bigger print packages, or print albums.
Create digital mobile app photo albums
Easily update albums at any time
Custom “app” icon for each album
Embed YouTube video in albums
Embed Background Music
Keep private albums secure with passwords
Want more info? Then check out this video!
We had such a blast at Imaging USA this year! Thank you for making it phenomenal!
See you in Phoenix!
We are sending out a BIG hug to each one of you that came by our booth at Imaging USA this week. You made the show for us! Thank you!
We are giving away $1000 of product to one lucky person that stopped by the booth and had their badge scanned! But before we can announce the winner, we need to get some housekeeping out of the way.
We had 957 entires! AWESOME! Anyone who had their badge scanned at our booth during Imaging USA was automatically given a number corresponding with the order in which their badge was scanned.
We used the True Random Number Generator powered by Random.org to generate the number of the winner!
Without further ado, the winner is…..Stacy Humphries of Splash Studios LLC!
Congratualtions Stacy! We will be contacting you!
Day 1 of Imaging USA 13 totally ROCKED our socks off! We absolutely LOVED visiting with each and everyone of you that came by the booth! Thank you!
We want Day 2 to be phenomenal as well! For Day 2 to be fantastic, we need your help! That’s right! We need your help!
Here is what you have to do:
Come by the BRI booth #1743. Head over to the Studio Inspiration corner. Snap an image of yourself doing something FUN and CRAZY in the Studio Inspiration corner. Upload it to Instagram tagging us @blackriverimaging and using the hashtag #IUSA13! Then tweet it out mentioning us (@bripro) and using the hashtag #IUSA13 (you can tweet and post to Instagram at the same time)!
You will be entered to win a $250 BRI shopping spree!
Winner will be announced on Instagram on Friday January 25!!!
Last week, we co-hosted a webinar with Fundy Software demonstrating how to use their Album Builder software to produce beautiful flush mount wedding albums quickly. Many of you were not able to watch the webinar. The folks at Fundy realized this and uploaded the webinar to YouTube!
Find an hour and watch this webinar! Album builder will change your life!
In one short week, we will be boarding a big jet plane that will take us to Atlanta for Imaging USA! Excited does not describe how we are feeling about being in Hotlanta for 5 days! We can’t wait to see all of you again!
Below is a list of the Top 10 things to do while in Atlanta for Imaging USA. Click the links for more info!
1). Grant Park- Atlanta’s oldest city park. With 131.5 acres, this park is sure to have some beautiful photographic opportunities! Bordering the park are 3 more of Atlanta’s hot attractions: Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Cyclorama, and Oakland Cemetery.
2). Centennial Olympic Park- Atlanta was the site of the 1996 Olympic Games. This 21 acre park is the site to festivals, family fun and live music year round.
3). Atlanta History Center- Talk about a photographers dream! The AHC features 6 historic gardens as well as 3 historic homes and 2 museums. What a fantastic place to get those creative juices flowing again!
4). Eddie’s Attic- Looking for a place to enjoy live music after sitting in classes all day long? Then Eddie’s Attic is the place to be. Located on Decatur Square, in Decatur, Ga, an artist friendly community located with in the metro area. Eddie’s Attic was home to artists like John Mayer, Sugarland, Shawn Mullins, Josh Joplin, Billy Pilgrim, Kristen Hall, Caroline Aiken, Michelle Malone, and Matthew Kahler before they went on to become household names.
5). BRI’s Booth Talks!- From Cascade demos to iPhoneography to Photo Video Fusion, our booths talks are gonna rock! You won’t want to miss this!
6). Atlanta Botanical Garden & Piedmont Park- Adjacent to each other ABG & Piedmont Park are two of Atlanta’s most beautiful attractions! If you go to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, you must do the Canopy Walk, a 40 ft high suspension bride that creates a tree top walking trail!
7). Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & Sweet Auburn District – Explore MLK’s birth home as well as the Sweet Auburn District that served as the thriving center for Atlanta’s black enterprise from the late 1800′s to the 1940′s.
8). Platform classes! Where you go to get your learn on!
9). Margaret Mitchell House and Musuem- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a turn-of-the century, three-story, Tudor Revival building where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, Gone With the Wind.
10). Closing night party at the Georgia Aquarium January 22, 8-11 pm!- What a way to end Imaging USA at the worlds largest aquarium!
These are just a few of the hundreds of things Atlanta offers. For more things to do in Atlanta, check out Imaging USA’s website!
What places or activities are on your schedule to see and do?