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4 Ways to Compete With Mall and Discount Photography Studio Prices

4 Ways to Compete With Mall and Discount Photography Studio Prices

4 Ways to Compete With Mall and Discount Store Photography Studio Prices Written by guest blogger, Viki Reed, of Viki Reed Photography, a former employee at A Mall Photography Studio Someone saw your website, or was referred by one of your old clients. They want to know: your rates and what packages you offer. How…

25+ Ways Photographers Can Respond to “Your Prices are Too High!”

25+ Ways Photographers Can Respond to “Your Prices are Too High!”

25+ Ways Photographers Can Respond to “Your Prices are Too High!” Every business, including professional photographers, probably has heard a prospect or customer complain “your prices are TOO HIGH” or “that’s more than I want to spend.”  It is easy to quickly get frustrated, angry and even defensive.  If you respond with “they are not”…

Coupon Code for MCP Actions: Black Friday – Cyber Monday

Coupon Code for MCP Actions: Black Friday – Cyber Monday

Thanks to enormous customer demand, MCP Actions offers a “Black Friday – Cyber Monday” sale. This is a rare opportunity to save 10% on any of MCP’s Photoshop actions. But you only have four days to take advantage.  This is our 1st multiple day discount code in our 5 years in business. Don’t miss out!…

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Photographing Silhouettes, a flashback to great tutorials – learn to create your own!

Have you ever wanted to know how to photograph silhouettes?  Do you love sunset pictures with your subjects silhouetted in the foreground? I’m back!  And as promised in an earlier guest blogger post I promised I’d dig up some of Jodi’s previously shared information on silhouettes.  For me, summer is dwindling and I’m playing with…

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FAQ: Answers from a Professional Photographer

FAQ: “Dear Laura” {Answers from a Professional Photographer} Though the names have been changed, these are actual questions that were left in comments or that arrived in my email.  Laura Novak, a well-known professional photographer, is answering some of these frequently asked questions. Question: Dear Laura, I am one of those people that just offers…

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Pet Photography: 7 Surefire Tips for Capturing a Dog’s Personality

Pet Photography: 7 Surefire Tips for Capturing a Dog’s Personality Ahhh…dogs. Those lovable furry creatures who make our lives so full of fun and fur. Where would we be without them? They are so dear to our hearts, yet only with us a short amount of time. Who wouldn’t want a million pictures of the…

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Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions

Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions As I explained in last week’s before and after Blueprint, there are so many ways to edit your macro flower images. From vintage to vibrant, you are the artist in Photoshop. Once you decide on the look you want for your flower photographs, you can locate Photoshop…

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9 Photographer Cartoons to Make You Laugh or Cry!

If you are a professional portrait or wedding photographer, you will probably relate to some or most of these animated cartoons. Even some hobbyist photographers may get a laugh from them. Enjoy – but try not to take any of it too seriously or too personally… Warning: If slang/bad words bothers you, there are a…

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Speed Up Your Workflow – Batch Editing, Presets, and Resizing/Sharpening

Speed Up Your Workflow – Batch Editing, Presets, and Resizing/Sharpening Did you know you can speed up your workflow by editing pictures in batch? When you spend 5 minutes per individual picture, and you are showing 30 pictures in a gallery, that is 2.5 hours of editing time. If you edit multiple pictures at one…

Winners of the Photo Card Boutique Giveaway!

Winners of the Photo Card Boutique Giveaway!

Everyone is a winner!!! Sort of…  Check back tomorrow for your free cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus digital papers and more – ALL WILL BE FREE! Do not miss out on this great freebie. But on a more serious note, the 3 winners of the $50 Gift Certificates to Photo Card Boutique are: #11…

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The Best Photoshop Actions for Macro Flower Photography

The Best Photoshop Actions for Macro Flower Photography There are so many ways to edit your macro flower images.  You can opt for a soft, vintage look, or a vivid, crisp and colorful style . You can use a clean post-processing in Photoshop or add textures for a fine art, hand crafted look. To start…

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Turn Your Photo Into An Oil Painting in Photoshop CS5

Oil Paintings in Photoshop CS5 Have you ever wanted to learn how to create hand-painted works of art quickly?  If so, you may have played with the Photoshop filters.  They typically do not net great results.  So, you either learned the art of painting in Photoshop or another program, which is anything but quick or…

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Giveaway: Win $50 Gift Certificates to Photo Card Boutique

Giveaway: Win one of three $50 Gift Certificates to Photo Card Boutique Photo Card Boutique is a great new resource for photo style holiday card templates, luxe die-cut cards, birth announcements and more. Angie, the owner, is slowly stocking her store with great photo card Photoshop design templates for photographers! I love that she also…

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Professional Photographer Interview: Laura Novak

I am excited to bring you a close up look at professional photographer, Laura Novak.  She has built a successful photography business the past 10 years and has expanded to owning 2 portrait studios with 8 photographers. Laura is inspiring and full of helpful ideas and tips for new and experienced photographers. Please read and…

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Photoshop Actions CS4 & CS5 Troubleshooting: Invert Not Available

Photoshop Actions CS4 & CS5 Troubleshooting: Invert Not Available If you are using Photoshop CS4 or CS5 in 64 bit, and running Photoshop actions that you know worked well in a previous version, you may run still run into trouble.  There are many reasons actions can cause you problems and stress.  Here is a past…

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Use Photoshop Actions to Add Beautiful Directional Lighting

Use Photoshop Actions to Add a Touch of Beautiful Lighting Some photos may have a correct exposure but may benefit from selectively lightening or darkening parts of the image to draw attention in a specific direction.  In this photo taken of Jenna by a tree, you can see beautiful light coming through her hair.  The…

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Contest: Enter to Win Dry Erase Photo Boards from Color Inc.

Contest: Enter to Win Dry Erase Photo Boards from Color Inc. It’s not too early to start thinking of stocking-stuffers, teach gifts, presents and more for this upcoming Holiday Season.  Whether it is for your own family or as an offering to your customers, custom printed photo dry erase boards are fun presents. They range…

Why Discounting Your Photography is Bad For Your Business

Why Discounting Your Photography is Bad For Your Business

Why Discounting Your Photography is Bad For Your Business I see a lot of people panic, wake up one day, and say, “I am gonna have a half price sale because I need business.  I need cash flow. I need the phone to be ringing.” What happens when you discount and especially deep discount is…

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Bag of Tricks Photoshop Action Set: The Contest Winner and Runners Up

Halloween is such a fun time of year.  I love dressing up, and so do my kids. If you missed our 2010 costumes, see us  in our Halloween costumes here. But the real reason you are reading this post might be to see who Ellie and Jenna picked for the winner of the Bag of…

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80s Punk Rocker Meets Toy Story Characters

I had a great idea this year for Halloween. Since my twins love having my husband and me dress up, and since our favorite family movies are Shrek and Toy Story, and we were already Shrek and Fiona last year, let’s all dress as Toy Story characters.  This plan worked great until Ellie said “I…

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