Jan
28

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Creative Tip: Colorize Your Photos with Slide Transitions

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When it comes to slideshow creation, it seems that there are two distinct schools of thought: a) visual effects can be used to spice up your shows and maintain viewer interest for a longer period of time, or b) your images should be the focus of the show and effects should be used sparingly, if at all.  But there’s nothing preventing you from getting the best of both worlds, so long as you choose your effects wisely. Today I’m going to show you a simple type of effect for ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer that can keep your slideshow visually interesting without detracting from the imagery.

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Jan
26

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Photodex Customer Service Team Nominated as Best in Industry

We are so proud to announce that our customer service team has been nominated for a 4th year in a row in the annual Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world’s most coveted prizes. Other notable nominated companies this year include Adobe Systems, Microsoft, GoDaddy.com and Cisco systems.

The Photodex customer service team has been nominated as finalists in 3 categories including Best Front-Line Service Team of the Year, Best Contact Center of the Year and Best Customer Service Department of the year.

Our Austin, Texas based team handles all inbound communications for the company, including technical support, ordering, and general information. We provide free, 7-day a week phone and email support world-wide to all customers, even those just trialing our software and services.

Vote for the Photodex Customer Service Team

If you’ve ever had a great experience working with our team, we’d be honored if you took a second to vote for us in the People’s Choice category. Please click here to vote.

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Once you click the link, you’ll be prompted to enter in your contact information. We have verified that this will not be used for any promotional emails or advertising, the information is only used to validate each vote. Voting ends February 13, 2015.

 

Jan
22

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The Only Conference in the World focused on turning Memories into Money

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If you enjoy making video slideshows, designing photobooks for family or friends or just love photos and stories then I would like to personally invite you to join us at the APPO conference in Orlando April 9th -11th, 2015. Picture Perfect Profits, APPO’s annual conference is the only educational conference and expo for photo organizers and photo enthusiasts in the world and you do not need to be a member of APPO to attend. The conference features 15 breakout sessions, 6 pre-conference intensives, 8 plus main stage sessions, a photo safari with professional photographer Nick Kelsh and an impressive lineup of exhibitors including Photodex excited to connect with you!

You will learn tips on marketing, branding, pricing and ways to earn more money while connecting with a warm and welcoming community of photo enthusiasts! Watch the video below for an overview of what you can expect.

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Jan
21

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Which Video Streaming Service Is Best For You?

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ProShow has built-in support for uploading your slideshows to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Smugmug. YouTube and Facebook are household names at this point, but Vimeo and Smugmug are two services you may want to look into if you’re not already familiar with them. Today I’m going to give you a rundown of the pros and cons of each service so that you know which one is right for you.

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Jan
15

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Facebook Launches Featured Videos and Video Playlists for Pages

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Facebook has rolled out two great new features for page owners that offer you more ways to showcase your videos to clients. The two new features are:

  1. Featured Videos
  2. Video Playlists

A Featured Video is a video you select to feature on your Facebook page. It will appear in an extra large format on top of the video section and will appear on the front of your Facebook page, under the ‘About’ section. You can see an example of this on the Photodex facebook page. Video Playlists allow you to create custom playlists of videos you’ve uploaded to Facebook.

To access these new features follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the video link on your Facebook page.
  2. Then click the button to add a featured video.
  3. You’ll be able to choose from all the videos you’ve uploaded to Facebook to use as your Featured Video.
  4. To change the featured video, click the edit button and select a new one.
  5. Below the featured video settings you’ll see a second option to add a playlist.
  6. Click that button to create a new playlist. You can add a description and choose which videos to add to your playlist.

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These new video features are incredibly useful if you use video slideshows on Facebook to promote your business. For example, set your featured video to be one of your latest and greatest video slideshows and create playlists for the different types of products or services you offer. Make a wedding photography playlist, high school seniors playlist, family portraits playlist, etc..

Learn how to upload a ProShow video slideshow to Facebook here.

Have you checked out the new Featured Video and Video Playlist features for your page yet? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

Jan
13

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7 Tips for Making Any Slideshow Better (in Less Time)

7 Tips for Making Any Slideshow Better

Anyone who makes photo slideshows as a hobby or professionally knows that the quality of the presentations can vary quite a bit — we’ve seen videos range from tacky & over-the-top ridiculous, to stunningly gorgeous. Thankfully, you do not need to be a grand master of slideshows (or have tons of spare time) to turn out beautiful videos with ProShow.

The core principles for making any slideshow better can easily be learned and applied by anyone at any level, amateur or pro. Read on to see what tips our design team has to offer for different aspects of the slideshow creation ‘process’, from content prep to adding finishing touches.

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Jan
12

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Tackling Photo Archiving Projects You’ve Been Putting Off

It’s a new year and it’s time to start fresh and tackle those photo archiving projects you’ve been putting off. We reached out to Cathi  Nelson, the founder and president of APPO to see what tips she had for getting things done and doing a better job of documenting life in the new year.

  1. We all have piles and piles of old family photos that need to be scanned and digital images scattered across multiple devices (computers, phones, etc..). Here are some of the best ways to start getting organizing.
    1. Write out your plan of action. One for digital photos and one for printed photos and remember the saying, you eat an elephant one bite at a time!
    2. For your digital photos, take the time to gather all your photos from your devices into one central location on one computer. Call this your digital hub.
    3. Before you import all your photos create a file structure organized by year, for example 2010 and then within each year create monthly folders. APPO recommends you name your monthly folders either 01 January, 02 February or 2010_03 etc.
    4. It is important you take the time to rename your photos so you can find them in the future easily. When importing your vacation photos from March 2010 name them all using the Who, What, Where, When concept. Example: 2010-03- vacations-nelson –florida. This way you can search your computer in the future and locate your photos easily.
    5. Even though there are varying opinions on the best way to name your photos, experts agree that consistency is the most important detail. Decide what makes sense for YOU and then be consistent.
    6. Next set up a calendar reminder at the end of each month to import your 35 – 50 best photos into your monthly folders, this way you will be up to date going forward.
    7. In addition to digital photos, you likely have printed photos. Gather all your printed photos in one place and start sorting by using the ABC’s of photo organizing.
    8. A – photos are the keepers, B – photos belong in an archival photo safe box, C –  photos should be tossed in the CAN, S – photos – does your photo tell a story, so it goes in the A pile.
    9. If it gets too overwhelming, there are people who will help! Hire a photo organizer. They will be able to assess your entire collection and offer you relief! Many organizers offer three options. They will educate you so you can do it yourself, work alongside you to keep you on track or do it for you saving you time.
  2. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone! The numbers of digital photos taken every day is staggering. A survey of regular photo takers “reveals that Americans now take more than 10 billion photos every month”. That is A LOT of photos!
  3. In addition to digital photos, there are over 1.7 trillion paper photos stored in albums, attics & shoeboxes. All of these photos represent the heart and soul of a family’s story.

In conclusion, why is this so important? Decades of research have shown that most happy families communicate effectively. But talking doesn’t mean simply “talking through problems,” as important as that is. Talking also means telling a positive story about yourselves and the best way to tell a story is with your family photos. If you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s life with slideshows, videos, wall displays and photo books. Those acts alone will increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.

 Guest post from Cathi Nelson. Cathi is the founder and president of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. Learn more about APPO on their website.

 

How-To + Tutorials

Creative Tip: Colorize Your Photos with Slide Transitions

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

When it comes to slideshow creation, it seems that there are two distinct schools of thought: a) visual effects can be used to spice up your shows and maintain viewer interest…

Which Video Streaming Service Is Best For You?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ProShow has built-in support for uploading your slideshows to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Smugmug. YouTube and Facebook are household names at this point, but Vimeo and Smugmug are two services…

Facebook Launches Featured Videos and Video Playlists for Pages

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Facebook has rolled out two great new features for page owners that offer you more ways to showcase your videos to clients. The two new features are: Featured…

7 Tips for Making Any Slideshow Better (in Less Time)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anyone who makes photo slideshows as a hobby or professionally knows that the quality of the presentations can vary quite a bit — we’ve seen videos range from…