Archive for June, 2010

3 Ways To Prevent People From Printing Images Off Your Websi...

June 30th, 2010

While there’s no way to make it impossible for someone to print images they see on your website, here are a few ways to prevent some of the most common methods for printing images.  All of these suggestions are javascript fixes, and your webmaster should be able to implement these changes for you.

1.  Context menu for images

When you right click on an image using Internet Explorer, or any other web browser, there will be a menu that normally appears.  This menu has quite a few menu items, but there are a few that are especially important for a user not to see.  There are usually save, print, and properties menu items – all of which mean your image ca[...]

The Importance Of SEO For Photographers

June 26th, 2010

SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization.  It basically means that you work to get your site to show up at the top of Google.  People search for photographers online all the time, and if your site isn’t showing up on top of the results, you’re handing business over to a competitor.

As a photographer, you may be wondering how much business this translates into.  We live in a fairly small city, and showing up at the top gives us about a third of our total business.  With a good website, we get customers ready to book when they call the studio.

We show up for a lot of search terms, which takes time, but you can always start small and work your way to the big terms.[...]

3D Photography Challenges

June 21st, 2010

Assuming consumers start to demand more 3D content from visual media, there are some barriers that will have to be overcome to make 3D photography mainstream.

The way we perceive an object as being 3D is because our left eye and right eye have a few inches between them, and the image in each eye is slightly different.  Our brains interpret the difference in the images and turns the differences into depth perception.  This effect is called stereopsis.

The key to making an image or video 3D is to create 2 different images, one for the left eye, and one for the right. This may seem simple, but there are some complexities that make this task a little harder.  With 2 cameras side by s[...]

PocketWizard Assessment After 3 Days

June 19th, 2010

After going through frustration every weekend with our off-camera triggering system built into the Canon flashes, we needed something that was more reliable to work with.  With the Canon system, the flashes are very particular about having to be seen by the main (on camera) master flash.  The slaves need to be close to the master, and there’s no reliability outisde in sunlight.

After comparing Radio Popper and PocketWizard, we opted to go with PocketWizard for a few reasons.  The one factor that tipped the scales was the ease of installation.  While this may seem like a small thing, we needed a system where we could easily swap out slave flashes.  In addition to the flash swa[...]

Building Photographer To Client Trust

June 13th, 2010

Building trust between a photographer and the client is one sure way to make both the photographer and the customer happy. Trust comes in many different forms, and it’s not always obvious that someone’s trust is on the line.

It’s pretty clear that any time a photographer makes a promise to a client, there’s a requirement to follow through and live up to your word. Missing the mark on living up to guarantees you’ve made will almost certainly mean that you’ve lost all trust, and you can kiss all your other efforts goodbye. Lost trust is hard to regain. So either don’t make the promises in the first place, or go out of your way to make sure you follow[...]

Photo Fusion

June 12th, 2010

With digital cameras now offering high quality video, photo fusion has started to take off.  Photo fusion is the combination of photos with video into a video presentation.  Larissa and I have done some experimenting with integrating video, and it’s been prety popular with our clients.  Here’s a sample video that we put together with photo fusion.  The video is of one of our senior models for 2011, but so far, we’ve seen the biggest demand for these kinds of videos from our wedding clients.