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JDLab 2016 Holiday Hours

December 7th, 2016

holidayhours2016The lab will be closed Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th. We will reopen Monday, January 2nd at 8am.

Even though the lab is closed, you can continue to send your orders online.

Please send your album orders in by December 14th to insure Christmas delivery.

Happy Holidays,

John & Robin Hicks
Tom & Molly Hicks
and all the staff at JDLab


Volunteer Photographers Needed for Imaging USA!

December 1st, 2016

Are you going to ImagingUSA? They are looking for a few STELLAR volunteer photographers to help document the festivities

Duties would include being available to capture some amazing images of Imaging USA speakers, the expo, the Awards and Degree ceremony, and other events and activities.

In exchange for volunteering, you will be granted an All-Access Pass to Imaging USA 2017. Even with your duties, you’ll still have plenty of time to check out the full show.

If interested, please fill out the short form linked below and click submit: https://a.pgtb.me/XKWQDz. And learn all about #ImagingUSA here: http://imagingusa.org/

 


10 Pros Share How They Got the Shot

November 16th, 2016

photographerIf you want to learn a new style or technique, check out the “How I got the Shot” guide from Photoshelter and Tethertools. They partnered to create this 27 page PDF from ten different professional photographers including Clay Cook, Gabriel Biderman, Linday Adler and more. The photographer’s work includes fashion, commercial, product, portrait, fine art and conceptual photography.

Each photographer in the guide shows a different image, a behind-the-scenes video, and a breakdown of how the shot was made. What all the photographers have in common is that they used a laptop tethered to a notebook (hence, the sponsor!) running Adobe Lightroom to set up the shot in stages before the final image was made. If you use this kind of setup, you’ll like the guide. Some of the work was more conceptual than you might use on a day-to-day basis, but there were some cool ideas – like setting a backdrop on fire behind the subject – you might never have thought of. Even if you only get a single idea to try in the future, it would still be worth your time.

The guide is free in exchange for your email, which will sign you up for both companies’ newsletters.

Click here to register and download.


Best Black Friday Deals for Photographers

November 16th, 2016

November 25 is “Black Friday.” Since the 1930’s, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been considered the start of the Christmas shopping season. However, in the 1960’s Black Friday got its name from news reports of heavy shopping and vehicle traffic. It is one of the largest retail shopping day of the year.

But that’s enough history. If you’re a photographer who is always looking for the best kit, what you care about are the deals.

Fortunately, there are several websites who scour all the newspaper shopping inserts to find the best Black Friday deals. Amazon is great, but they don’t have everything.

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A Business Card and Good Conversation

November 9th, 2016

conversationIt’s an old axiom in photography that the best camera you own is the one you always have with you. The same holds true for marketing your photographic business. The best marketing tools you have are the ones you always have with you: a business card, and good conversation.

Business cards are the least expensive, most powerful marketing tools you can use. You should have a professionally designed card you are proud to give to anyone. But just as importantly, you should have them in your pocket or bag 24/7.

Never leave home without your business cards.

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148 Photo Editing Tools and Apps

November 1st, 2016

photo-appsDid you ever wonder if there was a piece of photo editing software or an application you could use to simplify the process of working with images? Or perhaps you wondered what the alternatives were to a program you were using or thinking about purchasing?

Here’s the ultimate list.

Nazar Begen is on the team at photolemur.com, and he decided as part of their marketing to make the definitive list of every photo editing application on the market. The list is being updated continuously, but as of today it has 148 programs with descriptions, links to each, and prices. The list includes photo enhancers, free and paid desktop editors, HDR Photo Editors, cross-platform image editors, photo filters, RAW processors and more.

You can view his most recent list here.

You may never need this list, but if you’re like me, you’ll bookmark it. Someday you’ll have a challenge or want to do something special with an image and think, “I wonder if there’s an app for that?” It probably turn out that there is.


Facebook Adds New Features to Business Pages

October 25th, 2016

facebook for photographersFacebook wants to be the “go to” place for all of its 1.5 billion users. For example, Facebook now includes a search bar so users don’t have to use Google or Bing to search for people, companies or products online. In addition, Facebook recently launched Marketplace, where you can find, buy and sell items with those in your community. The new feature will compete directly with Craigslist and eBay.

On October 19, Facebook announced the introduction of more new features that help your potential clients “… connect with local businesses in easier and faster ways.”

What exactly does that mean for your studio? First, it means your studio can get recommendations from friends on Facebook.

When they write a Facebook post looking for advice on local places or services, they’ll have the option to turn on Recommendations for that post. Their friends can comment on the post with suggestions, and see all of them mapped out and saved in one place. Facebook users can also go to the Recommendations bookmark on Facebook (desktop only) to ask a new question or get help from their friends.

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25% off Sale on Holiday Cards

October 24th, 2016

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Google Possum Update: What Photographers Need to Know

October 19th, 2016

Panda, Penguin and now Possum are code names for major changes Google makes to their search algorithms to determine which websites show up on the first page of Google searches. Each of these changes is designed to give more relevant search results to the user.

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New Photo Dog Tags

October 19th, 2016

photo dog tagsYou’ll be a winner when you offer your clients these handsome photo dog tags! Students of all ages love them. They are great to wear, or to decorate school back packs.

Know a group of friends or employees who just finished a major event or project together? They can memorialize it with group photo dog tags.

Our aluminum photo dog tags have a hard black protective trim and a 20″ beaded chain. They hold a duplicate 1.3 x 2.75″ photo on both sides.

Each dog tag comes assembled, with chain, ready to present to your client. $4.50 ea.

If you want to include a custom message, we also offer 2-sided dog tags with text for only $6.75 for a set of 2.

You can order these in JDLab2You in Specialty Items -> Dog Tags, or in JD Pick-a-Pack in Add-on Products -> Dog Tags.


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