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JDLab2You Get Started Video

February 26th, 2015

Here’s a short video that shows how easy it is to send your first order.

Use Match Color in Photoshop To Create Interesting New Images

February 23rd, 2015

merged-pallettesOne of the challenges I have in Photoshop is that for every option I know about, there are a dozen I have never tried. That’s why I was fascinated to learn about a PhotoShop feature called Match Color.

Match Color lets you insert the color palette of one image into another one, creating a new combined image. In this case, color palette doesn’t mean SRGB, or Adobe RGB. Instead, it refers to the overall colors or hues in an image.

By replacing the hues of one image with another, you can create some interesting effects.

Here’s how to get started with Match Color:

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New iPhone 6 Cases Protect iPhones in Style

February 23rd, 2015

iphone6-backiPhone 6 and 6+ cases are now available at JDLab.

Custom iPhone covers with your pro images are a great product for you or your clients. Unique and durable, these 2-part cases protect iPhones with style.

Create an image from your photography, designs or text using our easy Photoshop templates, then order it in JDLab2You.

Each cover is vibrantly printed on durable metal, then affixed to a raised black poly frame that protects the edges of the phone. The inner soft-boot cushions the phone, while the outer poly frame protects it from drops and damage. Boot and frame are both black to frame your custom artwork.

These iPhone 6 and 6+ cases will be an amazing gift for any iPhone owner. They are compatible with all the carrier’s models of the iPhone 6.

Covers are $17.95 each. Similar covers sold online retail for $35-40 each. Start your order today!

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Marketing Business Portraiture

February 18th, 2015
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Images with consistent backgrounds make websites more professional. Photos by Tom Kaza.

Every professional business person needs a portrait or head shot for their website, their printed literature, and for social media. But offering business portraits is different from successfully marketing them.

That’s why we’ve collected several ideas for marketing business portraits. No one single way is right or wrong, but we’ve seen all of them work. The trick is to actively market them during your slow season, and not simply wait for the work to come along.

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SEO Trends for Professional Photographers in 2015

February 18th, 2015

SEO for photographers

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important because the majority of your potential clients will search for professional photographers on the internet before they call.

SEO is the process of affecting the visibility of your website in a search engine’s un-paid (“organic”) search results. Essentially, it is content you add online to:

1. Make your studio’s website visible to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo
2. Make your studio’s website display higher in the search results

It makes sense. First, search engines have to find you, and second, they have to think your site is important enough to display higher on the page than your competition for the same search keywords.

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New ImageQuix Best Online Photo Ordering Software for Pro Photographers

February 18th, 2015

ImageQuixImageQuix version 9.0 is now available. ImageQuix is designed to streamline the online sales of photography for weddings, portraits, sports, seniors and underclass photographers. See the demos here.

Beginning this week, the new version of ImageQuix has several improvements including:

  • New Smart Templates – Create jobs faster with reusable templates for job settings, custom data collection, price sheets and discounts!
  • New Smart Assistant – Say hello to IQ’s new mobile app! Access your jobs and orders remotely from your mobile device.
  • Smarter Price Sheets – Mix and match products that automate to your lab, custom products you self-fulfill and digital downloads ALL ON THE SAME PRICE SHEET with even more buying incentive options.
  • New Smart Products – We now offer products that allow your customers to choose multiple images. Now you can automate orders for products like collages or holiday cards straight to your IQ Pro Lab Partner.
  • New Smart Discounts – Create general and single-use discount codes, along with gift certificates to boost sales and build customer loyalty.

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Join JD at PhotoBlast March 13-15

February 11th, 2015

vendorsquare dateThe Professional Photographers of Ohio will host the PhotoBlast Convention and Trade Show March 13-15 at the North Pointe Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

JD Photo Imaging is proud to again be a sponsor for this event.

The PPO Photoblast convention includes a dozen seminars and workshops on Friday through Sunday, a trade show 11:30-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and a District Print Competition. In addition, a gala night is planned for Saturday.

Click the image to the right to print two coupons that you can use to attend the convention. The trade show coupon is good for Saturday March 14 or Sunday March 15. The 2nd coupon entitles you to $40.00 off the full convention registration price. We suggest you pre-register for PhotoBlast here and enter the coupon code JD40. There is no pre-registration required for the trade show.

Add Pizazz to Your Portfolio with Levitation Photography

February 11th, 2015

levitation photographyLooking for something new to add to your website image portfolio (and to share on social media)? Why not try adding levitation photography?

Levitation photography basically means an image who’s subject appears to defy gravity. If you’ve looked at enough wedding photography, eventually you’ll see the most basic kind: the mid-air jump. Clients seem to like these, so if you shoot weddings, it might be worth having one of these in your portfolio.

However, if you shoot seniors, sports, products or still-life, levitation photography is best done using masks in Photoshop. This seems to be much easier and more realistic than green-screen or cutting out objects and placing them. Here are some great examples that show how these shots are taken. Imagine a baseball player in mid-air sliding into home plate!

How easy is levitation photography using masks? I did a bit of searching and found this page with more examples, including some video tutorials on how to use layers and masks to create the effect using Photoshop.

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Research Confirms Professional Photography Recognizable by the Public

February 4th, 2015

nppa-logoA new study reports what photographers have always known: professional photography is instantly recognizable by the public.

The study, funded by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), included 100 photographs made by professional journalists and 100 photographs submitted by members of the general public. The photographs were arranged in a random order with their original, published captions.

The researchers found that study participants were able to tell whether a photograph was made by a professional or an amateur 90 percent of the time.

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MyJD Makes it Easy to Get Invoice Totals at Tax Time

February 4th, 2015

order-trackingMyJD – our online order tracking software – makes it easy to get a complete record of your invoice totals for tax purposes.

To get started, log into MyJD from our home page JDLab.com. Use the same user ID and email used to open JDLab2You or JD Pick-a-Pack. You can also use MyJD from your smart phone.

If you cannot log into MyJD from our website home page, log in directly at my.jdlab.com.

Once you’ve logged in, simply click the “2014” button to see all the invoices for last year. If you have more than 1 page of invoices, you can click the 10-25-50-100 to see them all on the same screen. Click any of the column headings to sort by that column (for example, Invoice Date) and click the column again to reverse the sort order.

Searching for something specific? Type in the “search” box above any of the columns to only show orders that match your text. Note that as you type each letter into the search box, MyJD will start the search automatically, making it easy to see what you’re looking for.

When you’re ready to make a copy of your invoices, you can print the page or export it as a comma-delimited CSV file you can open in any spreadsheet program.

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