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Archive for May 2010

Photographers who think their Web sites are simply online versions of their print portfolios aren’t taking advantage of the way people use the internet to find information, and look for products and services they want, says Allen Murabayashi of PhotoShelter. The co-founder of the Web site design and hosting service offered tips for making your site  a more effective marketing tool…

I just downloaded a video tutorial called, “Your Web Site is Killing Your Business.” On May 25, pdn had a virtual trade show called “Focus on Wedding and Portrait Photography. You can log in for free and watch/listen to many other great presentations.

Murabayashi said that search engine optimization (SEO) does not mean just making sure your name pops up in Google. “The goal of search engine optimization is unsolicited web traffic from people looking for goods and services you can supply.”

He ran through the factors that influence how Google ranks sites, and that can determine whether or not your site appears on page one of a search.  The most important factors are external links to your site, and on-page factors, including titles and other text (via pdn)

At first glance this may seem like a good photo. While it’s not particularly a bad one, there are some things that went wrong and are only visible in the details below the photo. The first thing to notice is that the lens was a 100mm macro lens intended to be used for very up-close details. However, should you find yourself without a zoom and wanting to take photos from a distance (say outside of the arena, instead of inside) the next best thing to use is your macro lens. What happens is you lose quality in the editing because in order to zoom in on just the piece you want to frame, you have to lose a lot of the outside pixels. (Check out the example below to see how much was trimmed)

Next is the ISO. I had been taking photos the night before and set ISO to 400. In bright, sunny daylight, it could easily have been at 100. To learn more about ISO check out wikipedia or this article by digicamhelp.

Location: Springville, California (The Springville Rodeo)
Taken: 25 April 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon 100mm
EXIF: ISO 400; 1/1600 sec at f/7.1

According to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips Jeffrey Friedl is at it again. If you aren’t familiar with Jeffrey Friedl’s export plugins for Lightroom then you really ought to check out his site. I use the export plugin for Google’s Picassa, Zenfolio, Flickr, and Facebook.

According to Kodak, the plug-in will make it easy for Lightroom users to upload their photos to KODAK Gallery where they can order prints and photo books.

Check out Jeffrey’s blog to download the plugin and/or read more.

Popular Photography announces their travel and adventure photo contest. So what is a travelographer?

Travelographers make their travel plans with a purpose. They’re an active group that prefers to visit places that are off the beaten path and don’t mind paying extra to do so. They travel for adventure, photography and to broaden themselves culturally. Does that sound like you or someone you know? Enter your most outstanding travel photographs, sponsored by Popular Photography and American Photo. Winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges and will be published in upcoming issues of Popular Photography and American Photo.

Enter online May 1 – August 30, 2010. There is a ten dollar ($10) fee to submit one (1) photograph into the contest, and a fifteen dollar ($15) fee to submit two (2) to five (5) photographs to enter the contest.

Get more details at PopPhoto.

Photographer Lu Guang of Beijing has won National Geographic magazine’s $30,000 photography grant to support his ongoing project about the environmental consequences of China’s rapid economic growth, the publisher announced on May 27.

Guang’s images depict dramatic scenes of industrial pollution and its ill effects on people.

Read the rest of the article on pdn.

Yes, many professional photographers have seen a major downturn in business as digital enables even rank amateurs to capture some pretty good pictures.  Some disenchanted professionals may even feel that it’s all over for the professional photographer.  They are wrong! They must not know about our ace in the hole: the simple fact that people want to look their very best in photographs, at least for special situations.  People still spend a lot on clothes, they worry about their hair, they spend tons of money on skin creams and makeup, and even expensive cosmetic surgery – all to look better.  When it comes to photographs of themselves, while they may not care about snapshots that are going to go into the proverbial shoebox or stay forever as a digital file locked into some hard drive, they do really care about how they look in a serious lasting image of themselves.  In fact, a major reason many people don’t go to the professional photographer for a portrait is that they fear how bad they are going to look!

Read this month’s issue of the Backgrounder and find out how you can turn this into a business opportunity.

Whether you’re planning a day hike with friends or a 7-day solo trek, B&H Insights has 5 tips to carry you through your journey.

  1. Know your goals.
  2. Take the camera that you’re willing to carry.
  3. Check your gear before leaving the house.
  4. Dress / pack appropriately.
  5. Consider support options

Before you leave the house read about each of these in detail on B&H Insights.

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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn