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Print Competition DVD Now Available

Ready To Up Your Game? There is no question that photographic competitions are one of the best ways to improve your photography. The bad part is, there can be a bit of a learning curve. I’ve seen both sides of the process, both as someone who enters competitions and as someone who judges competitions. After several years of judging, I’ve noticed that new photographers tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. I put this video together to help you get a good start.  Basically, it is all the stuff that I wish I knew when I was starting out.  Trust me, if you watch these videos – and follow my advice- it will save you a LOT of frustration! Check it out and let me know what you think!   Print Competition 101 DVD on Square Market
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Have Phone Makers Gone Crazy?

Last year I wrote a post about the Death of the Point and Shoot where I talked about how the Point-and-Shoot camera was going the way of the dinosaur. I mean, really- when was the last time you saw someone shooting with one? It makes sense really. Why carry along an extra camera when you can just use your phone? Nokia Goes Crazy Recently, Nokia has decided to take this concept to the extreme.  They have come out with a 41 megapixel camera on their Lumia 1020 phone. Really?  41 megapixels? Well, lets start with the obvious:  I don’t care if a camera is 100 megapixels, if it is shooting through a lens that is 8mm wide.  It just doesn’t work that way.  Even if it did, do you really need a 10MP image of your kid blowing out candles at their birthday party? Camera vs Phone Whether or not it takes good pictures is not my point.  I’m sure it does just fine.  My question is, how far will it go?  How long do we have until someone comes out with a DSLR body that has a phone attached to it.  I mean is that REALLY that far-fetched?  In
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How To Take Awesome Photos With Your iPhone

Say Cheese! Don’t look now, but your phone is your new point-and-shoot. At least, that’s how it is for me. I still love my Canon S90, but I never seem to have it with me. What I always have with me is my iPhone and it has proven to be a worthy substitute. If your phone has become your “go to” camera, then here are a few tips to help you get the best images possible. Apps Galore! The supply of camera apps available for the iPhone almost seems unlimited. Best of all, many of them are free. The other day, I did some spring cleaning and removed a few of my camera apps, but I still have almost half a dozen- and that isn’t counting video cameras! Why do I have so many? I guess I’m just a camera hoarder – but why not? They all have little things they do better than each other, so I like to mix and match them. One of my favorites is TrueHDR. I reviewed it a few months back if you are interested -> TrueHDR review. It allows you to take some truly unique-looking images. Of course, Instagram is a favorite as
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Why Enter Photography Competitions?

ARE YOU READY? Late next month, registration starts for PPA’s International Photographic Competition – a chance for photographers to enter their best images and see how they stack up against the best photographers in the world.  Will you be entering?   You might be surprised to find out why it is so critical to your success. THE CONCEPT Art competitions are nothing new.  The concept is actually very closely based on the Paris Salon.  During the 1700s, the Paris Salon was what every artist aspired to do.  If your work was accepted by the Salon, and displayed in the Louvre, you had truly made it!  Print competition works in much the same way.  A group of masters judge your work and if it meets a certain standard, it is accepted into the show. Why PPA? There are hundreds- probably thousands- of photographic competitions every year, but the one sponsored by Professional Photographers of America is the gold standard.  The judges are put through a rigorous training system that ensures a fair, consistent judging from year to year.  Trust me – I’ve gone through this process and it is no easy task.  Because of these high standards, the PPA competition attracts
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Easy HDR On Your iPhone

Another Awesome Photo App! We all carry our cell phones everywhere and they are slowly replacing the point and shoot for day to day photographs.  Luckily, there are tons of great apps that can really take your iphotography to the next level.  I’ll even give you a chance to get it for FREE!   True HDR I came across True HDR sometime last year and love it.  It was created by the folks at Pictional and it really rocks!  They were even kind enough to give me a free copy of the app to give away -more on that in a sec. What Is HDR HDR stands for high dynamic range.  You basically combine several images- each with a different exposure- to create stunning and unusual photographs.  For a more in-depth explanation of HDR, you should check out Trey Ratcliff’s site and his HDR primer. What does TrueHDR Do? Ok, here’s how it works.  The app will basically take a series of pictures at different exposure levels, then merge them together.  All you have to do is compose the shot and hold the camera still while it is taking the pictures. As an example, I’m going to photograph this tank,
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Death of the Point & Shoot

Remember when the top of the line DSLRs were 6MP?  Now most cell phone cameras have more than that.  As cell phone cameras get better and better, why will people even need a separate point and shoot camera? The DSLR Nothing compares with the power and versatility of the DSLR.  Sure, you could drop $15,000 on a digital back for your Hasselblad- if you really think you need to be taking 50MP images.  Aside from that, the good ol DSLR is the king of the hill.  If you don’t mind lugging around the extra lenses and accessories, you just can’t beat the image quality. The Allure of the Point & Shoot The beauty of the point and shoot is that it is easier to carry around.  You drop it in your coat pocket or your purse and it is always with you.  Even if the image quality isn’t the same as your pro camera, at least you always have it with you.  The problem, of course, is the lens.  Most point & shoots have such a small lens that the image quality is always going to suffer.  However, if it is just a shot of you and your friends in
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Ready to Launch?

Could you use more visitors to your website or more customers walking in your front door?  If you are struggling to get the word out to potential clients, you might want to consider a more “space age” approach. Last week, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Launch by Michael Stelzner.  The book equates marketing a business to launching a spaceship and the focus is on helping you create the “fuel.”   I’ve been a fan of Michael’s Social Media Examiner website for the past year or so and found it have a great deal of info, so I knew the book was a safe bet as well!  The book is very easy to read, as Stelzner has broken the information down into pretty simple parts. Now the whole spaceship theme was a bit of a blessing and a curse – at least for me.  At times, it got a little repetitive – but it DID help to keep things straight.  For better or for worse, you were constantly reminded of the big picture and how each component contributed to the goal.  What I really liked was how the book provides several specific examples of how
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Guest Post: 7 Considerations before you buy that DSLR

( Note:  This week, we have a guest post from Atlanta-based photographer Ingrid Owens.  Enjoy! ) Are you on the verge on taking your photography to the next level?  Thinking about making the jump to a DSLR?  It’s a big investment and one that will impact your photography for sometime to come.  I get asked all the time – “which camera should I get?” and as someone whose sold cameras in a retail setting for many years I know the answer to this question is not straightforward.  Otherwise there’d just be one camera type right?  Here are some things to consider to help you make your buying decision a little easier. 1. Full Frame vs Crop sensor The first big thing you’ll notice about the various DSLRs on the market is that they are separated into 2 types. Higher end DSLRs such as the Canon 5D Mark ii are considered Full Frame Sensor cameras.  This means that their sensor is equivalent in size to traditional 35mm film.  This also means that the focal length of whichever lens you are using will also be the equivalent to the “true” focal length so if you have lenses that you used previously with
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5 Reasons Why You Need A Pro Lab

With the age of digital photography, it seems that there are more “pro” photographers than there are Starbucks locations.  While the line between “professional” and “serious amateur” has been permanently blurred, I think the lab is an essential part of any true professional’s workflow.  If you take your craft seriously, here are a few reasons why you need a pro lab. 1.  Let’s start with the most obvious – better prints!  While many amateur One Hour-type labs use similar equipment to the pro labs, the personnel running the machines can be quite varied.  One week you have someone very good and very detail oriented… the next, someone who isn’t quite into it.   Consistency in your prints is something that is important, so why throw a variable into the equation? 2.  A pro lab will also offer specialty high end products that consumers can’t generally get.  I’m not talking about keychains or buttons – everyone can order those.  I’m talking about having a wide variety of finishes, canvas wrap styles, etc.  The more options you have available, the more you can customize your company’s product offerings. 3.  There is a great deal to be learned from other pro photographers and a
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Killer Point & Shoot

The thing about cameras these days is that no matter how much you spend, you will likely be in the market for a new one in a couple of years.  If you are looking for a new point & shoot for the holidays, this just might be the ticket.  It looks like a nice compromise between size and performance.  Check out this review: SX30 REVIEW What do you think?  Any other suggestions for the Ultimate Point & Shoot?
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