Looking for a quick, easy way to dress up your slideshows? You’ll love the new instant slide styles that come built-in to ProShow Gold + Producer 6. Enjoy…
One of my favorite new creative features in ProShow Producer 6 is text layers. Any caption in your slideshow can now be converted into a text layer, thereby…
Spring sports are just around the corner! To help you capture the perfect action shots, we’ve teamed up with AP sports photographer, Jose Yau, sports and portrait photographer, Shannon Rowell and portait and event photographer, Dawn Fanara to share some inspiring tips for pro and amateur sports photographers. Also, be sure and check out our Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow. It turns your photos into dazzling sports videos, complete with customizable animated player stats cards, sporty transitions and tons of high-impact sports-themed effects. Watch the sample video featuring Jose, Shannon and Dawn’s images below!
1. Anticipate the Action
Learn a little about the sport you’re shooting. Follow the ball. Follow the action. Be ready. Look at a scenario from lots of angles and be willing to move around so don’t have the same picture as everyone else. – SR
2. Get to Know the People You’re Shooting
I don’t mean go introduce yourself. I mean watch and learn. Who responds dramatically? Who shows focused determination with body language. Sometimes you can get to know the participants when working closely with a group and they get comfortable with you. – SR
3. Get on Their Level
If you’re shooting kids sports, get down on their level for nice, tight action shots. You can see the emotion in the children’s faces as they hit, run and field a ball. – DF
4. Action and Reaction
Two things that make a great sports image are action and reaction. The pitcher throwing the ball or the batter taking a swing – both of these are examples of action images. The emotion on a player’s face after a triumphant home run or teammates celebrating immediately after a winning point – these are examples of reaction shots. Try and capture action and reaction in your shots to help tell a story with your photos. – JY
5. Position Yourself For the Shot
Move and position yourself to capture the best shots ahead of time. If you know the ins and outs of the game, you’ll be able to move yourself to a location where you can get the best shot before the action happens. – JY
6. Eyes and Expressions
Pay attention to where a player’s eyes are focused and use that to help tell a story with each image you capture. And don’t forget about the fans and their colorful expressions. Some of my favorite shots are of the dramatic reactions on fans faces as they root their team onto victory. -JY
Once you’ve captured all those awesome sports shots, show them off in a video slideshow. Our Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow comes with tons of pre-made animations and effects designed to highlight your sports photography. Watch the sample video above and get it today for $19.95. Works with ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web.
We’re thrilled to share that ProShow Gold 6 has recently won the #1 top spot as the best photo slideshow software by the folks at TopTenReviews.com. ProShow beat out the competition with a stellar 9.95 out of 10 rating.
“ProShow Gold has the features you need to create a beautiful photo slideshow that you and your audience will enjoy. This slideshow software is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner because it offers a large feature set, a user-friendly interface and stunning slideshow quality. There are also dozens of input and output options available, which is a great advantage. If you have any questions or issues while using ProShow Gold, the company has outstanding customer service to help you along the way.” – Angie Parkinson, Top Ten Reviews
Today’s guest blog post comes from photographer Kay Eskridge, owner of Kay & Co. Photography portrait studio in Phoenix, AZ. We’re thrilled to have her share her expert tips on getting started in maternity photography on the blog today!
If you have a passion for maternity photography or are thinking about adding maternity sessions to your photography business you have to remember the #1 most important thing…it’s all about ‘her’.
Her comfort, her desires and her connections.
If you can tap into all three of these points you’ll be well on your way to establishing a prosperous maternity division to your business. Here are three easy steps to learn, follow and get you started.
Let’s talk first about her comfort and the elements needed to make your studio (home office or retail location) a place where she feels she is being taken care of. The following are steps you need to consider:
Next let’s talk about her desires and what items you can offer to help your sales averages grow.
Images as Art for the Nursery
One of the most obvious items to present to your maternity clients would be images as ‘art’ for the nursery. Black and white images are always a huge hit as well as a ‘Watch Me Grow’ type option which would carry you into the Newborn and First Year baby years. You could include images from the maternity session, newborn session and the first year of the baby’s life. It is a ‘growing’ type of plan so images would be selected after each session occurs guaranteeing more sessions than just the maternity. These images can be designed as a collage, multiple album options and video slideshow (see a sample of one we put together below).
Beautiful Belly Albums
Another option would be to create and offer a ‘Beautiful Belly Album’ that would include images from just the maternity session. As a follow-up you could offer a second book from the newborn session as well as sub sequential albums from later sessions – creating a library of the baby’s life. Now you have an opportunity to make them ‘Clients for Life’ by introducing them to the many photographic opportunities you offer such as: My First Year, Birthday’s Rock, When I was one, two, three. A Day in the Life or whatever you call the specialty options you provide.
Creative Birth Announcements
Creative and unique Birth Announcements are also an option for you as the images you’ve captured now become a work of art the family would want to share with loved ones and friends. We use WHCC for their press printed products and LOVE the options provided for options of style and shape. The bottom line is that you have to continue the relationship you’re forming with them by giving them reasons to spend their money with YOU!
The third tier of this plan is to tap into her connections so you can reach other expectant mothers. You’ve made her happy and she’s hooked so now it’s time to ask her to refer you!
Many times we fail to do something as simple as this. ASK her for her referrals! Who is her pediatrician, her fertility specialist, where did she shop for her maternity clothes, where did she register for her baby shower… do you see where this is going? Tap into the places pregnant women frequent and that is where you want to spend your time and focus with advertising dollars to make it pay off.
Ask for the name of the owner or manager of the stores she shares with you and then use a letter of introduction with her name on it so you have a verified connection method instead of a cold call. Follow up with a phone call to arrange a ‘person to person’ meeting and then show them how this relationship will benefit both businesses. Talk to them about partnership marketing cards you can share as well as the option of displaying your work in their business. A Partnership Marketing Campaign is a win-win in today’s economy when everyone’s bottom line advertising dollar has become smaller and more guarded.
The next step is to ask your happy clients for referrals to their group of friends. Using facebook, Twitter and blogs you can post images and video slideshows that your happy moms will be able to brag about and send new clients directly to you. They’re proud of the blessed life they are now experiencing and if you can give them a photographic reason to share you’re setting yourself up for a gold mine of other expectant mothers.
As a wrap up, remember it’s her comfort, her desires and her connections. Hit all three and you’ve reached the tri-fecta of maternity photography. Implement them effectively and you’re sure to move this portion of your photography business into a successful direction!
Video made in ProShow Web using the ‘Sweet Pea’ theme.
Photodex’s customer service team brought home high honors at this year’s Stevie Awards for sales and customer service. Thanks to our fans and customers who took the time to vote for us, we really appreciate all your support! Our team was on-hand to accept an award at the gala event in Las Vegas over the weekend.
The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world’s top sales awards, contact center awards, and customer service awards. The awards were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Friday, February 21 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. More than 400 nominated customer service and sales executives from the U.S.A. and several other countries attended.
Photodex has been nominated and awarded 3 years in a row for Best Customer Service Department of the Year in the computer software category.
Customer service is a huge part of what we do at Photodex and being acknowledged as having one of the best customer service teams in the industry means the world to us! We’ll continue to work hard each day to provide the best customer service in the industry!
Are you making video slideshows to sell to clients or promote your business?
If so, consider taking advantage of the built-in watermark feature available in both ProShow Producer and ProShow Web. Watermarks are an excellent way to advertise your business for free and build brand awareness.
Let’s look at 3 ways adding watermarks to your video slideshows can help you promote your business.
If you do a search for “should I watermark my images” you’ll see that current pro-photography trends lean toward NOT adding a watermark to your photos. The primary reason given is that you want people to look at your images, not your logo. It’s a very valid point, but one that you can easily overcome when making a video slideshow.
For example, instead of posting a notice all over a photo like this:
You can add a simple, non-distracting watermark that shows off your untouched images, while also adding your logo to your video.
This let’s your audience enjoy your imagery as well as demonstrate proper ownership. If you end up selling a video to a client, one click removes the watermark from your entire show and you can publish a watermark-free version for your clients to enjoy.
Once your videos are presented to a client or posted online, they will be seen and shared by countless others, many of which are being introduced to your work for the very first time. Adding a watermark to your shows gives your brand extra exposure, and lets viewers know who you are and how to find you.
You never know which video will go viral next, so be prepared in case it’s one of yours!
Every day, people spend tons of time online watching funny cat videos and “backyard bloopers “. Most of which are poor quality, shaky-cam, windy-sound videos.
When you add finishing touches like watermarks to your videos, it makes your work look more professional and more valuable. It’s these kinds of subtle extras, that will clearly differentiate your valuable skills and services from the rest of the pack, and help steer potential customers your way.
Making a video for a client or to promote your business? ProShow Web is not only a great tool for making videos slideshows, but it also lets you easily upload your logo and use it as a watermark throughout your show.
Under the Settings dialog, go to the Watermark section and upload your logo in either jpeg or png format. It will automatically appear semi-transparent in the bottom right of your show when your video is being played back.
It’s a simple way to add your logo to your slideshow and adds an extra level of protection when sharing your videos online. Watermarking is a feature available to Premium ProShow Web subscribers.
A few months ago I was out on a walk with my niece and my sister and a beautiful light started to peek through an otherwise dull day. My adorable niece started giggling and dancing around and I just WISHED I had my gear to capture some images!
Reaching in my back pocket, I pulled out the only camera I had (my iPhone) and started shooting. The photos turned out great because of some basic techniques I was able to use from my training as a photographer.
With an impromptu backdrop and some great outdoor light you can capture beautiful outdoor portraits with only your camera phone. It’s no replacement for my full set up, but in a pinch I was ready! Check out my tips below.
There are a handful of camera apps I use consistently on my iPhone. Camera + and Camera Awesome both provide excellent quality tools and are easy to use. There are a ton of built-in effects, but I mostly stick with subtle brightness adjustments and cropping. Pick a great camera app and set it as your default camera on your phone so you don’t have to fiddle with starting it up each time you want to snap a photo.
Anything with a solid color or consistent pattern in the background will allow you to keep the center of focus on the subject of your photos. It’s also great for creating a series of shots for a video slideshow like the one I put together below. Everything has a consistent look and feel that adds a touch of professionalism to your images!
For Candids, cell-phone cameras score over the DSLRs by being unaggressive and friendly. The tell-tale sign that you’re lining someone up to photograph them is putting the camera up to your eye level. So if you don’t want them to think that, leave the camera low.
One way to be seen yet ignored is to take the time to blend into the background. What I do is find somewhere out of everyone’s way and stand or sit for a few minutes. It doesn’t take long before I become part of the scene. Less of a deception but relying on a shift of attention away from you is to wait till your subject’s attention is distracted by something else. Here it’s handy to have a friend engage your subject in conversation.
Overcast day? Sun blaring down your subject? There’s not much you can do when mother nature is in the driver’s seat. Try different angles and move your subject around to find the best, most flattering light you can. Watch that your subject doesn’t get thrown into a shadow due to the sun being directly behind them. Try moving them to the right or left of the light source and see how their new position affects the photo.
My sister loved the photos we captured that day, so I turned them into a cute video slideshow that we’ll present to her over Valentine’s Day as a surprise!
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