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Is Someone Using Your Facebook Account?

August 24th, 2016
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Want to know if someone is logged into your Facebook account without your permission? This well hidden feature makes it easy to find out. The trick is, you have to know where to find it!

1. Select the options “down arrow” on the far right of your page.

2. Select the “Settings” menu option on the right.

3. Select the “Security” menu option on the left.

4. Select “Where You’re Logged In” from the Security Settings. Here you will find all your active Facebook log-ins from desktop or mobile. It will (usually) provide data on the location, browser, and device.

5. If something seems fishy, click “end activity” from an individual or a device.

6. Click “General” on the left and “Edit” to the right of “Password”. Immediately change your password. Make it a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers. The longer the better.

TIP: a longer, easy password is harder to crack than a short, complicated one. For example, “MyFirstDogsNameWasSpot” is harder for a computer to crack than “Px5#Re!”

7. While you’re in the “General” menu, if you believe your Facebook account has been compromised, click the “Download a copy of your Facebook data” link and follow the directions. This will download every post, every image, every video, every message, and chat conversation to your hard drive. While images will not be full sized, they will still be available.

Here are 2 things you can do to protect your Facebook account:

1. Create a 2-Step Verification Login. This setting will only allow your Facebook account to be opened on a new browser after you enter a special code sent to your phone. To enable it, go to Settings > Security > Login Approvals. You’ll be sent a test code to verify your device’s authenticity. Once it is enabled, you’ll get a new, random code on your phone you must enter before you can log into your FB account. Yes, it is a hassle, but 2-step Verification Logins are required by large corporations, the FBI, CIA and more.

2. Create Trusted Contacts. Trusted Contacts are Facebook friends who can securely help you regain access to your account if you forget your password, lose your mobile device, or if someone changes your password and locks you out. To enable this function, go to Settings > Security > Trusted Contacts. You can change your Trusted Contacts at any time.

Free PPA Webinar for All Photographers

August 24th, 2016

ppa-logoThe Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will host an online webinar titled “Email Best Practices: Power, Peril, and Productivity” on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 2pm EST. This webinar is FREE, and is open to all photographers regardless of skill level.

These free webinars are an opportunity for non-members who may have considered joining PPA, but didn’t know if their educational programs were worth the cost. Here’s an easy way to find out.

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New Sports Artwork in JD Pick-a-Pack

August 17th, 2016

sports-coverJDLab has added a new line of artwork for our sports products in JD Pick-a-Pack for School, Sports & Events.

The Champion line of products include drag-and-drop templates for traditional items like memory mates, calendars, trader cards, tickets, magnets, magazine covers, and teams. In addition, we have templates for popular add-on products like water bottles, bag tags, coffee mugs and mouse pads. New products in this collection include an 8×18″ pennant, 10×20″ and 16×20″ posters, and car flags that can display the team name and logo.

Because you asked for it, for the 2017 season we even have Champion templates for the iPhone 6!

Champion templates are available for Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Hockey, Softball, Soccer, Swim  and Volleyball. Need templates for additional sports? Just let us know.

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The Secret to Improving Online Print Sales

August 16th, 2016

cartMany photographers who try to sell prints online have become discouraged by the low volume of sales. Some of them even give up. They’ve decided that the effort to set up online albums and distribute marketing materials, combined with the cost of hosting the images, isn’t profitable.

While print pricing and marketing have an impact, one of the most important reasons for lack of online sales is referred to online as shopping cart abandonment.

Let’s say you have 100 clients visit an online print album (wedding, event, team) to look at photos. According to online sales statistics, about 30 of them will place a print in their shopping cart, 10 of them will get to checkout, and only 2 of them will complete the purchase. The drop from 100 potential sales to 2 actual sales is shopping card abandonment, and it has been heavily studied by online marketing experts over the years.

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New Facebook Cover Image Size

August 10th, 2016

facebook-cover-imageOver the next several weeks, Facebook is rolling out a new 828x315px image size for the front cover photos. You’ll know if these image sizes are available on your Facebook page by seeing the profile photo to the left of your cover photo instead of being in the lower left corner.

This new 3-column layout is designed to make your website’s Facebook page look better on smart phones and tablets.

To help you redesign your cover photo, we found this great Facebook page fbsd by yoconta. Make sure you’re logged into Facebook. Then click this link and download the July 22nd .PSD file to use as a guide for lining up your photos so the subject looks good on both the desktop and mobile.

We’ll be updating our image guide soon. In the mean time, this will help get you started.

Why Buying Links is Bad for Your Business

August 10th, 2016

google_logoProfessional photographers wear 2 hats: they not only do photography, but are also local business owners who need to market their business. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who prey on photographers, hoping that while they might know their way around a camera, they are less knowledgeable when it comes to marketing.

One of the worst mistakes you can make is to work with someone who offers to sell you links – also called backlinks –  to your website. You should avoid them at all costs.

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PPA Super 1 Day Workshops October 3-17

August 9th, 2016

ppa-logoFor two weeks in October, dozens of studios across the country will invite attendees to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. It’s a chance you won’t want to miss—a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. All photographic classes will be held October 3-17, 2016, so you’ll be able to find one that fits your educational needs and your schedule!

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Embed Copyright Information Inside Your Images with Exif Data

August 3rd, 2016

exit-4A client recently asked about strategies for protecting your images online. One of the ways is to add Exif information to your files. Exif won’t stop determined thieves, but it will give you some “ammunition” by storing your personal information inside your photographs online.

What is Exif Data?

Exif stands for Exchangeable image file format. It is a standard that specifies the formats for images, sound, and ancillary tags used by digital cameras (including smartphones), scanners and other systems handling image and sound files recorded by digital cameras.

Exif works by storing text inside a PSD, TIFF or JPG image in a standard format that can be read by programs that allow you to view an image. Since the Exif data format is standardized, you can add Exif data from your camera, Photoshop or Lightroom to an image, then read it in other image viewers.

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Flow Training For School & Sports Photographers August 17

August 3rd, 2016

flowlogoJDLab will host an in-lab Flow® Training class on Wednesday August the 17th from 9am – 5pm. We will be doing Flow-Basic training in the morning, and Flow-Advanced training in the afternoon. We will also be doing a breakout session to go over the Opticon scanner workflow.

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Facebook Live: What You Need to Know

July 27th, 2016

fb-liveWith the growing importance of video as a way to market to clients, Facebook has released a new feature called Facebook Live. With Facebook Live, you can live-steam a video from your smart phone directly to your Facebook page, and have viewers type comments you can see on-screen as you video in real time.

While the live streaming trend is relatively new, it is growing fast. The popular live streaming app Periscope (Facebook Live’s biggest competitor) registered 10 million users in 4 months. To put that in perspective, it took Snapchat 12 months to gain 10 million users. Today, about 2 million active users stream about 350,000 hours of video per day.

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