10 Publishing/Printing Solutions For Your Photographs

How do you present your photographs to your clients? Do you hand them a CD – or do you present their images in an album or photo book? Digital technology has made album and book options available in a variety of formats. Take a look at these 10 publishing and printing solutions, and give your clients more options than ever.

Walter’s Publishing
From yearbooks, to prom books, to sports books and posters, to wedding books, you’ll have a full array of options through Walter’s Publishing to help you reach out to your clients.

Mpix
Mpix gives you a variety of options, from online album and sales, to photo books and greeting cards. Mpix is an online division of Miller’s Professional Imaging, and has the resources to help you with all your printing needs.

Black River Imaging
Black River Imaging offers a variety of album options. Check out their Mosaic albums, with color options to match any ideas you or your clients may have.

Black River Imaging

Renaissance Albums
Take a look at Renaissance’s new SOHO albums. Designed to offer panoramic spreads throughout the entire album, they are perfect choices for your coffee table albums.
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Organize Your Photographs With PicsMatch

Have you ever spent more time searching for a file, than actually manipulating it once you’ve found it?

Have you ever put a photograph into a file – knowing its location made perfect sense when you originally put it there – yet even a few days later you have no idea where it is?

PicsMatch can help you find what you’re looking for, and even help you organize based on what your plans are for the photograph.

PicsMatch - photo recognition software for photography studios

PicsMatch is a facial recognition software that assigns an ID for anyone in a photograph, and will sweep through your hard drive finding any other matches for that facial ID.

Once you have your images together, PicsMatch gives you a variety of tools to work with the photos. You can use one of the tools in the Zoom Editing Suite, such as the crop or sharpen edit options, or choose an effect such as the black & white feature.

Once you find your images, create a special album folder with the images you select. You can even share the images using the PicsMatch tool bar, and choose to print, burn to disc, or share with family and friends on your Flickr account.

At $49 for a downloadable copy, it’s a tool that’s easy to use just about anywhere. PicsMatch is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems – so if you are PC, this may be a great tool to add to your toolbox.

Using Reverse Image Search Tools For Copyright Protection of your Photographs

Have you ever been just a bit nervous about putting an image online, not sure who’s going to copy it and claim it for their own? You can head over to Google and search for the file name to find out if anyone has duplicated it. But what about finding an exact match for your images?

Enter reverse image searches. Upload your image into the search tools, and it will scour the web looking for matches without worrying about keywords, copy, or file names.

TinEye is a new entry into the world of reverse image searches, and is by far coming out as the leader in this category.

tineye reverse search tool

TinEye allows you to submit an image and find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or find higher resolution versions. The technology is pretty cool. When you submit an image, it creates a “fingerprint” and then compares that fingerprint to every other image it retrieves through searches. It won’t find similar images – only things that are an exact match, even if its been cropped, resized or adjusted. [Read more…]

Play With Your Photos – 8 Sites To Create Something New

Since its Friday, I thought I would share fun sites where you can play with your photographs and turn them into hundreds of different images. (And maybe you’ll get some ideas to share with your tween and teen customers!)

PhotoFunia

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PhotoFunia is an online photo editing tool that allows you to have fun with your image. Upload your image, than add a cool photo effect. Over 100 different effects to choose from.

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10 Tools To Help You Manage Your Photography Business

Genbook
Genbook is an online appointment scheduling service that makes it easier for you to book appointments with your clients. No more email or phone tag. Customers can now click the “Book Now” button on your website or blog, or other online site, and turn your traffic into appointments.

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PhotographersQuote
Looking for more business? Sign up for PhotographersQuote. This service provides you the opportunity to give quotes to people looking for photography in your area.

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Photography Tools – 21 Firefox Add-ons For Photographers

Firefox is my favorite browser! With so many great features to use, how can it help photographers? We put together a list of our favorite Photography Firefox add-ons to help with your daily tasks.

Cooliris – Full-Screen, 3D — Cooliris is simply the fastest and most stunning way to browse photos and videos from the Web or your desktop. Effortlessly scroll a “3D Wall” of your content from Facebook, Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, and hundreds more.

ColorZilla – Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies.
With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes. DOM spying features allow getting various information about DOM elements quickly and easily.

fox FoxSaver – Turns Idle FireFox into a ScreenSaver and Photo Viewer! Nice non-offensive pictures updated daily! Or your own pictures. FullScreen. Works great on Linux or dual monitors! Resouce Efficient! Support Media RSS. Recommend your own favorite pictures! [Read more…]

Use Fotomoto To Sell Your Photographs

Do you sell your photography online? How difficult is it to set up?

A new entry to the photography world is Fotomoto, an e-commerce system specifically designed for photos. No matter how large or small your photograph database is, Fotomoto lets you sell your work directly from your own website or blog. And it’s a free service to start – you only pay a fee after you create the sale.

While many systems out there are linked directly to your professional lab, or require you to take on a monthly fee, Fotomoto makes it easy. With a couple lines of code dropped onto your site or blog, you can begin selling your images immediately right from your own community.

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Some of the things I really like about this service:

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9 Sites Every Photographer Should Know About

1. David Bergman
Truly inspiring photography. I loved his work in January at the inauguration. And through this blog, you can share in a world of interest.

2. The Pioneer Woman
She has a very inspiring blog series. From home schooling, to photography, to living on a ranch, you’re sure to be inspired by her work.

3. The Big Picture
Their tagline – news stories in photographs. That’s the reason I love this site. Truly inspiring.

4. Twitter.com
Twitter is the fastest growing, amazingly simple site that can really give your business a boost. If you haven’t set up your account yet, do it now. Then start following photographers. @LoriOsterberg @PhotoshopTips @digitalps

5. Search Twitter
Once you’re on Twitter, you have to start following and connecting people. Use Search Twitter to find people to follow. Two recommendations: type in “photographer” and type in your city and state. You’ll find a ton of people quickly. (Follow a few at a time. Nobody likes an excited “spammer” who follows 1,000 people their first day out.)

6. Photo Editors
Okay, this isn’t really a site. But I found this article very interesting, and thought I’d share. We all use Photoshop. But what else is out there? What can you use for different photographs, in different situations? This compares 15 online photo editors.

7. World Hum
I love this site because of the beautiful photographs, and the chance to travel from the comfort of my home office. Use this site to get inspired.

8. Slideshare
Slideshare is a place for you to put all kinds of presentations. Even photography. Check out these amazing images.

9. Dieppa Photography
Aaron Dieppa has a wealth of information on his site/blog. I love his video blog posts, and his work is fresh and exciting. Make this one of the sites you visit regularly to stay inspired.

Learn From The Best Through Alltop

The Internet has made learning a lot easier. Simply type into Google (or your favorite search engine) what you want, and you’ll be handed instant results to thousands of resources.

But having access to a ton of information can also be what’s holding you back. How do you read everything? How do you know what’s good? How do you find the best in any given area?

For quite awhile now I’ve used Alltop.com to find resources and websites on, well, just about everything. Pick a topic and you’ll discover some of the best sites out there related to alltopwhat you’re searching for.

As of yesterday, our own VirtualPhotographyStudio.com blog has now made it to Alltop.com as a recommended resource under the Top Photography News section. We’re so excited to be a part of this site.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Photography.Alltop.com yet, head over and spend some time looking through the sites. I guarantee you’ll find a ton of information that can help you grow as a photographer, and as a business owner.

A Blast From The Past

Well I just noticed I reached a milestone. I have 340 posts on the VirtualPhotographyStudio blog, and well over 150 pages of articles, information and resource pages. Which means with over 500 pages of content – there are A TON of resources for you to go through to help build your business.

But as I reflected on my milestone, I also got to thinking about the amount of overwhelm you may be feeling if you’re new to photography, or looking for ways to build up your photography business.

So I went through my most popular posts, and I’ve linked to them here. Enjoy.

Do The First Thing First – In this post I talk about how to prioritize your day according to what will help grow your business most.

Is A Studio Necessary To Start A Photo Business? – In this post I talk about getting around the idea of needing to have a physical location to run your photography studio.

Mindset Your Way To Success – Do you hate selling? There is no such thing as a born salesperson. In this post I look at how to change your mindset, and make your business more successful.

The Pendulum Swing Of Photography – From the best of times to the worst of times, I discuss how to create a business that can weather both.

10 Ways To Grow Your Senior Photography Business – If you photograph high school seniors, take a look at this list and start the new year out right.

The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals – If you have decided to make photography your career, make sure you’re on track to showcase yourself as a true professional.