Tag Archives: Professional Photographers

Risking the perfect shot: What’s your extreme?

Every summer, a new trend arrives to the world of wedding photography. Trending in Summer 2014 is an ode to Mother Nature that has seen, twisters, fires, and thunderstorms, punching up the backdrops of traditional wedding photos. As all trends go, two things are certain: 1) This fad, like all others, will eventually fade out (remember wedding parties jumping in the air?), and 2) before that happens, photographers will compete to push the limits and get their work noticed.

Necessity became the mother of invention of this trend, when Colleen Niska incorporated a brewing twister in the background of her clients’ wedding photos. And it worked. With the unmatched backdrop, Niska’s photos went viral, and one can only assume (and hope) the couple loved their images. This photojournalism style captures the day as it really happened, and does not view the weather as an imperfection to conceal.

tornado wedding photo

Source: Colleen Niska 

Now back to point #2 above. There have been stunning natural events caught on film; more extraordinary when occurring on a person’s big day. And it’s a great idea to work with what you have, taking Tim Gunn’s (Project Runway) advice to ‘make it work’. But when it comes to natural disasters, these shots imply stronger risks. And if the competitive landscape of photography is to push the limits, then it begs the question: at what point is the risk too much?

Josh Newton Wildfire Wedding

Source: Josh Newton

As a photographer, you’re probably a bit of an adventure/ travel/ adrenaline junkie to some degree. Travelling to foreign destinations willingly (preferably!) to shoot weddings is part of the job. Do we reach a moral dilemma risking not just natural events, but (gulp), natural disasters? In this kind of trend, how far are you willing to go and at what point do you draw the line on risk?

Are you willing to shoot outdoors near a tornado, monsoon, or lightning in an open field? How about at the edge of an active volcano?

Shooting on a volcano

Source: D Smith Galleries

 

Would you battle a fear of heights?

Red Sphere Studios

 Source: Red Sphere Studios

What about your subjects – do you push them to stick it out for a great shot?

T-Rex Wedding Photo

Source: Quinn Miller Photo + Design

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DigiLabs Pro Photographer Web Gallery Plans Updated

DigiLabs Pro is committed to photographers, providing professional services for photographers to show & sell their work. We take care of the hosting and the selling; you get more time to create images that make a difference.

Our web gallery plans include:

  • 15% commissions (down from 17%)
  • Unlimited image storage
  • Unlimited customer support
  • Free Amazon Cloud Drive backup

We also offer sophisticated, stylish, photo albums and flush mount albums with maximum design flexibility. The album design software is free and part of your DigiLabs Pro software.

For any questions related to web galleries, plan options or our flush mount albums, contact us at support@digiLabspro.com

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Child Photography Tips From Marmalade Photography

 In the years since I started Marmalade Photography, photographing primarily children and families, I’ve come to figure out some tried and true techniques that I do session after session to create expression filled, fun and interesting children’s photography.

Child Photography

Because my clients tend to seek a more emotive style of photography and being a bit of an observer in life I find that this type of photo style suits me very well.  However I do love giggles and smiles, silliness and playtime so I will share with you a few quick tips on how I operate before, during and after the session to create really fun and expression filled captures with the littles set.

Most photographers (at least in the child/family photography genre) can relate with this scenario: meet a family at a location and the mom looks stressed out, the dad looks like he’s checked out, their 3 year old is acting up pulling on mom’s pants and wanting attention, the 5 year old is running around totally hyper, and the 6 month old, while adorable is screaming his head off.    What do you do here?  I mean it’s so easy to get frustrated because the harsh emotions of stress do rub off on everyone that comes in contact with a stressed person.   Add a screaming baby, recipe for disaster, right?

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New Product: Photographic Proof Books

Back by popular demand:  We have added Photographic Proof Books to our software!   Our Photographic Proof Books showcase your photos and give your client an amazing customer experience.

To get this update, simply open up the software and go to “Help Menu” and then “Check for Updates”…

Photography Software Update

The software will let you know of any updates available.

To order this style proof book, simply select “Proof Book”, click “Create New” and select Photographic Proof Magazine located at the bottom of the list.

Enjoy and let us know what you think!

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Imaging USA 2011 Recap

Earlier in the month our team went  to San Antonio, Texas for Imaging USA.  It was a great show – we saw current customers, potential customers and people that are active in our community.  We really enjoyed seeing everyone and hearing how much people enjoy our services, our people, our products… and even our FOTO Fridays!

Besides meeting our customers, one of our other favorite things to do at shows are our promotions.  If we caught you on the floor with the limited edition “I <3 DigiLabs” button, you could have won a prize.  The problem was, it was so popular, we ran out of buttons by the second day!  We had to think fast and we changed the promotion a bit – not only could you win if we saw you on the floor with the button, but we also pulled names from our badge scans.

It is official, we have the results.  Drum roll please!  The winners of our badge scans are:

12 Month Free Web Gallery Services: Vincent McVay of McVay Vision Photography

Free Anza Photographic Album: Sara Cline of Sara Cline Photography

$200 Apple Gift Card: Courtney Tompson of Courtney Tompson Photography

Congrats to all the winners!

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