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7 Clues to Ignore in an Email (if You Want a Virus)

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Viruses are fun! Who doesn’t want some foreign teenager remotely controlling their PC in order to sell Viagra online?

Unfortunately, it is harder to get a virus than you think. You have to randomly click links in suspicious emails that,  if you had actually read the email, you’d normally delete.

So to help you out, here are 7 clues to ignore in an email if you want to get a brand-new virus on your PC.

1. You don’t know who the email is from. AutoFacebookReminder has the word Facebook in it, and you use Facebook, so it must be from Facebook, right? Ignore this.

2. The email is personally addressed to you. Actually, it is addressed to your email name, but that is just like your name. Close enough to ignore.

3. The sender’s email address is nonsense. Facebook is in California, but their employee named Vvmtxcnf is from the Austin, Texas office. It could happen. I’d ignore it.


Smart Marketing for Photographers Feb 18th

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

photographer marketing detroitProfessional photographer and studio owner Karen Goforth will hold an evening seminar titled “Smart Marketing for 2014″ on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Livonia. Directions here. The event is hosted by the Detroit Professional Photographer’s Association.

Karen, along with her husband, Buddy, own and operate Irresistible Portraits. IP is one of the most successful studios in North Carolina. Now in its 24th year, sales annually reach more than $600,000. Find out what IP is doing to stay fresh and offer new ideas, promotions and products to entice their clients to visit them again and again.

According to Karen, ” In this ever changing industry, we all are trying to reinvent ourselves and keep our clients coming back for more. Being focused and persistent is key to continually getting clients in the door. Because of the economic situation and competitiveness of our industry, you have to work harder than ever to prove yourself to your clients.”

Learn how creating a plan for the year can help to create repeat business. Karen will explain how to plan your marketing strategy with little to no expense, using the tools you already have!

Registration begins Feb 18th at 6:30pm. The seminar starts at 7pm. Cost is $29 for DPPA members and $45 for guests.

For more information, contact Greg Ockerman @ 248-946-1193 or Info@DPPA.net.

Jeff Gump Sports Photography Seminar Jan 21st

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

dppa-sports-photographyJD is proud to be a co-sponsor of Geff Gump’s Sports Photography Seminar on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Jeff is one of the top photographers in this market. He’s figured out the “secret sauce” to shoot high-volume sports profitably. His staff shoots dozens of sports teams in a day. He will share what had made him one of the top youth sports photographers in the nation. Don’t miss this money-making opportunity! Click here to learn more.

The seminar will be held at Holiday Inn in Livonia (directions here). Registration begins at 6:30 pm, the seminar begins at 7 pm. Cost is $29 for DPPA members, $45 for guests.

Cool Gift for a Young Photographer

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

bigshot-cameraRemember Heathkits? Nobody does anymore. But back in high school, Billy Maxwell and I built a Heathkit Computer kit from a box of parts. As a result, I got an early start in computers that has benefited me for years.

The BigShot is like a Heathkit digital camera.

You buy a BigShot (or give it to your kid as a gift), assemble it with a screwdriver, and when you’re done you have  a real, working digital camera. As you put it together you follow the descriptions, illustrations and demonstrations on the website to learn technical concepts like optics, mechanics, electromagnetism, electronics and image processing.

In other words, you will learn how your DSLR actually works. (more…)

4 Steps to Increase Self-Confidence

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Have you ever found yourself “tongue-tied” in front of a potential client? Do you get nervous when it is time to talk about your fees? It may be because you lack self-confidence.

According to Nicole Glaros, Managing Director at Techstars.com, we can train ourselves to improve our self-confidence using a simple technique similar to visualization used by professional athletes. During a talk I attended at Brand Camp in Detroit, Nicole claimed she had taught it to dozens of professionals over the years, and each was able to drastically improve their self-confidence.

Here are the 4 steps:


Sam Sarkis – Preparing Your 2014 Wedding Season Success Sept 16th

Monday, September 9th, 2013
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Sam Sarkis will give a talk titled, “It’s A Go for Launch.” Preparing Your 2014 Wedding Season Success at the regular monthly meeting of the Professional Photographers of Western Michigan on September 16th at 7pm at the Comfort Suites, 350 Dodge Street, near Grand Rapids (directions).

According to Sam, “Every success begins with detailed and specific preparation. NASA doesn’t just roll the Space Shuttle out on to the launch pad and light the engines! They have specific and detailed preparation protocols that they must go through to ensure a successful launch. So should photographers!”

During the evening, Sam will walk through the essential checks a photographer should go through to ensure the launch of their wedding business success in 2014.

Essential “checks” include:


Professional Photographers of Ohio Photo-U Nov. 2-4th

Monday, August 19th, 2013

photoUlogoFLATThe Professional Photographers of Ohio will host their 2013 Photo-U November 2-4, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio.

JD Photo Imaging is proud to again be part of this event.

The weekend starts off on Saturday Nov. 2nd, with a Print Competition, a reception and Kick-off party. Sunday and Monday Nov. 3-4 will showcase several nationally recognized speakers, “how-to” workshops, and a trade show. Click here for a complete list of all the events.

As part of PPO’s continuing efforts to meet their member’s needs, they plan to focus on offering even more exhibitors to showcase new products for the professional photographer.

Cost for the event is included in your PPO membership.

Click here to become a member. New members may register for $135 with coupon code Drive13 (reg. $225) before August 31st.

Click here to register for the event. Use code GRAPH20 to save $20.

Click here to reserve your room at the Embassy Suites.

Half-off Trade show coupon. Click on it to open full-size and print:


PPM Fall Focus PhotoShop Techniques

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

ppm-photoshopSue Brown, Melonie Walker and Ed Westwood will combine their Photoshop talents into a single night of Photoshop training on Monday, September 23 from 8-9:30pm at the PPM’s Fall Focus Event.

Sue Brown will talk about using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance her images and complete the vision she originally started at the photoshoot. Melonie Walker will show how to easily create amazing and unique composite “Sizzlin’ Sport Images”. Ed Westwood will use his images of the history and beauty of Detroit to show how he is able to create HDR-like images from a single exposure with our without a portrait subject.

Registration and more information is available online at www.ppm.org.


PPM Fall Focus Seminar

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

PPMLogo2Professional Photographers of Michigan will hold its annual PPM Fall Focus September 21-24 at the Crossroads Conference Center in Grand Rapids Michigan. Again this year, JD is proud to co-sponsor this outstanding event.

The PPM Fall Focus is one of the premiere photographer events in the state. It is a great mixture of education, a trade show, competition, and just plain fun.

In addition to Guest speakers on Photoshop and photography and marketing by experts like  Bob Coates, Amy Parrish, Bobby Carlsen, Carrie Perez and Charlie Mosher, classes will be taught by Michigan’s own Ed Westwood, Melonie Walker and Sue Brown. There will even be a cell phone image competition!

An optional PPA Merit Class on Tuesday with Helen Yancy (extra fee required) is available.

Click here for more information about the PPM Fall Focus.

Click here for registration.

Make your Hotel Reservations at the Holiday Inn Express on Clay Ave in Grand Rapids and use the discount code PPM to receive a $79 per night room rate.

Wedding & Fashion Workshop with Sam Sarkis Aug 13-14th

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

993613_10151468414077551_113482Sam Sarkis will hold a wedding & fashion workshop titled “It’s a Go for Launch: Preparing your 2013 Wedding Season for Success” on August 13 through August 14, 2013 from 9am to 5pm in Farmington, Michigan. Price is $295 before July 26th, or $395 after.


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