Archive for the ‘Photography Product Reviews’ Category

Smugmug Order Fulfilment Advanced Options

August 31st, 2012

For a while, I’ve been using my lab’s online photo order fulfilment system, but I’ve recently switched completely over to Smugmug’s order processing system. Smugmug had some of the options I was missing with the ordering system I was using previously.

Studio logo on prints Believe it or not, customers want your logo on your prints, or at least most of them do. With our old ordering system, there was no option for having a studio logo on the prints, and customers actually voiced their request that our lab add that as an option. That didn’t end up happening with the old system, but luckily, Smugmug does have an option to include your studio logo on pr[...]

The Ice Society 2.0 Review

February 28th, 2012

For almost a year now, I’ve been soaking up teaching from Jerry Ghionis on the original Ice Society. Jerry is truly a master at both photography as well as teaching. Who knows how many hours I’ve spent watching Ice Society content, and I still pick up new stuff every time I watch. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Jerry rolled out The Ice Society 2.0.

Improved navigation The old navigation system was functional. Find the chapter you’re interested in, expand the chapter, and click on the section title to open content. After so long, I had gotten used to it. With the new layout, it’s easier to browse because each chapter has a thumbna[...]

Teri Quance Photography Workshop Review

February 22nd, 2012

Teri Quance of Quance Design and Photography brought a little Texas up to Illinois a couple days ago, and I was lucky enough to catch her workshop. In fact, her class was held in room A at Studio M, our photography rental studio in Belleville. Bonus! Plus she presented some great ideas.

Where we’re meant to be Right away Teri took off in a soul-searching morning filled with new ideas, group discussion, and worksheets. The bad news is now a room full of photographers know that I wanted to be a firefighter ninja when I was a kid. The good news is that I did also think back to times in my childhood where I experimented as a writer, musician, and videographer. At the end of[...]

Smugmug Order Fulfillment Review

January 10th, 2012

When Larissa and I first started our photography business, she asked me to geek it out and program an online ordering system to let our customers see their pictures from their session and place their order online. The online ordering system I made has worked out well for us, but it still takes work to place the orders through our lab after the customers have entered their order online. It would be a gross understatement to say that I really don’t enjoy manually ordering prints, so when I heard about Smugmug’s online order fulfillment option, I jumped at the chance to try it out. Let someone else do the work and I just collect a paycheck? Sign me up.

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PPA Online Learning Pass Review

December 13th, 2011

I’m WAY behind the times. Or at least I was. PPA has been offering their online learning pass for 2 years now, and I just found out. I’m sure I missed the frequent announcements from PPA about the online learning pass. Larissa says I can tune out pretty much anything – babies crying in the middle of the night, requests to pick up milk from the store, and apparently important announcements from Professional Photographers of America. Scratch that last one off the list because I finally got the message: “PPA Online Learning Pass rocks the house”.

Pass To What? PPA’s Online Learning Pass is like having a membership to the PPA webinar library. T[...]

Get In Motion Tour Review

October 11th, 2011

Last night I attended the Get In Motion Tour on the St Louis stop. In case the name threw you off, the tour is not a row of exercise bikes that wives force their husbands to go ride for 5 hours. Seriously, why would you think that? The tour is about transforming boring photographers into superhuman videographers. How much more exciting is that? My heart rate is already in the cardio zone just thinking about all the idea candy they were tossing around last night.

Jeff And Ross I’ve found that it’s tough to learn from someone you don’t like. Good news for me – I liked both of the tour presenters. Jeff seemed like the kind of guy you could call up any ti[...]

Rebekah Albaugh Photography Workshop Review

September 23rd, 2011

At our last Southern Illinois Art League meeting, we had the pleasure of having Rebekah Albaugh spend a day with us teaching us her tricks for running a successful photography business. I don’t know about the other photographers, but Larissa and I enjoyed quite a few laughs and had a great time learning from Rebekah! We’re planning to catch up with her again soon because she seems like such a great photographer to know.

Instant connection Larissa and I both felt a quick connection to Rebekah. Maybe it was her style of presentation or just that she seemed to enjoy living life. Whatever it was, she did a fantastic job building a relationship bridge in the workshop. I[...]

Fast Track Photographer Review

July 23rd, 2011

Dane Sanders’ Fast Track Photographer book claims it will help you “unlock the photographer you were meant to be!” That’s quite a claim, but I think Dane actually does a pretty good job breaking down life as a photographer so it’s easy to compare which path fits you best. Any book that has an endorsement from Seth Godin has got to be good, right?

Grumpies I’m just going to say, “The Grumpies” cracked me up. It’s the name Dane gives to the group of stuck up photographers who feel the industry has been infiltrated by amateurs, and there’s no hope for the industry unless they are brought to their knees begging the “t[...]

SmugMug Custom Website Review

June 28th, 2011

After recently writing a review on using SmugMug with ProShow Web, I found out about SmugMug’s custom website service. I was pretty interested in trying this out since it seemed like it would be a great fit for photographers who wanted a simple way to use the images they already had in SmugMug galleries as an online portfolio they could show to clients.

Using SmugMug galleries From my perspective, being able to dynamically add and remove images from the galleries is probably one of the most compelling reasons to use SmugMug custom websites. Keeping images on a photography website fresh is always such a chore, but with the ability to add and remove images using your SmugMug [...]

My Wedding Workbook Interview

June 22nd, 2011

I recently got an email from Jeff Kear of My Wedding Workbook. He had a product he felt might be useful to photographers, so I asked him if he’d like to do an interview for the blog. He agreed, and here it is:

TJ: Could you give us a general idea of what My Wedding Workbook Professional Edition does? Jeff: It’s essentially online software for wedding planners that gives them the tools they need to run their business, plan their events and collaborate with clients more efficiently. Wedding planners tend to be very creative people, so sometimes all the details of running a business can bog them down and get in the way of what they really enjoy. So we built My Wedding Wo[...]