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Slow updates…

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment

I’d like to say Sorry to all my regulars who have been checking the site and not getting the usual amount of updates the last few weeks. I am in the planning stages of my own wedding (to be held in October) and we were behind schedule to begin with and we had a slow start with the planning due to a mix up with the family.

Needless to say, I am still here and still working on updates. I hope to sit down tonight for a bit and cover my experience with my first time in a PPA print competition, what I learned and some tips I feel might help others do as well as I did in judging.

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Facebook Ads for Photographers

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I found this blog post about using Facebook for targeted advertising, specifically written for photographers. For anyone who hasn’t already tried it, this might be worth a quick read before you try out the pay-per-click system on Facebook yourself.

http://jeffsmithbooks.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/facebook-ads-for-photographers/

Happy Holidays in advance!

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

And sorry for the lull in new posts and tips this past week. I woke up a week and a half ago with a severe case of viral conjunctivitis in my left eye which as you can imagine was rather irritating. This, along with a lack of sleep and 60+ hour work weeks for the past month have worn me down causing other virus and “bugs” to come have a free for all in my head. Needless to say, a few days ago the “pink eye” infection crossed over to the right eye despite two different prescriptions to try and clear it up first.

Luckily, I was able to see a specialist that prescribed me a much more effective eye drop that has cleared up virtually all of the symptoms. Though the virus is still there, I am less miserable and don’t look like I am possessed by demons anymore. (I’d post a picture but it is truly scary and/or disgusting to some people. Just imagine both eyes entirely blood red where it should be white.) I do still have some small pockets of inflammation in the cornea of my left eye that needs to be monitored so my vision isn’t completely in the clear yet but the new drops should also clear that up before I experience any permanent vision loss.
As an added sign or relief, the last minute holiday rush has ended so things can finally slow back to a much more normal pace and I can sit down and work on some further tests, tricks, video tutorials and posts.

Thanks for following along and have a great holiday regardless of what you celebrate!

25,000 and Counting!

December 9, 2009 1 comment

As of today, I hit my goal for the year of 25,000 unique hits. Not bad at all considering I started it from scratch out of boredom and frustration that everyone else is out to make a buck for their knowledge. (Ok yea, I might want to charge for something at some point, but until I really hit that mark, everything I share on here will remain free.)

Thanks again to all the regulars who visit, which keeps me going as well. (And I can tell the regular readers are growing in numbers too!)

In any case, less than 8 months have passed since I started the blog. I’ve made exactly 50 posts (51 including this one) and frequently think of new ideas, tutorials, tests and comparisons I plan on doing when time permits. So hang in there, this train has just started rolling.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Just a quick note to say thanks to all the regulars who visit the blog. Also to all the techies, engineers and programmers that make all these great new photography products that I can’t afford to buy. (But drool over in catalogs all day long.) One day…. The Nikon D3x and D3s will both be mine… with the new Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 VR II lens. Yes… One day!

In any case, I’m still testing the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport and will have some thoughts to share on it shortly. I’m also working on getting some other videos together for some of the current tutorials as well as some new ones. But right now, like most photographers, this is the busiest part of the year for me so spare time to sit down and work is sparse.

Lastly, have a great Thanksgiving and don’t forget the extra memory cards for those family moments! (Hopefully good ones.)

Nearly there…

November 14, 2009 2 comments

Just a quick post to thank my regular viewers and all of the new viewers as well. Just over 3 months ago we made the 10,000 hits mark. As predicted we are on a path to nearly 25,000 hits by the end of the year. And with the planned product reviews, tutorials and new video tutorials, we are right on track with nearly 21,000 hits currently.

So keep on coming and I will keep the updates coming.

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Video Tutorials to come soon.

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Including tutorials for some of my previous tips and tricks. I can’t leave those out just because I already blogged them. (Many still get frequent hits from referring sites.)

On that note, i did find a fantastic program for the Mac to record videos of the screen with audio and even a webcam feed if I wanted to scare the world with my ugly mug. It is called ScreenFlow from Telestream Inc. Two thumbs up for this gem of a program! (It’s a little pricey to register, which is why I will be using the demo until I can come up with the $100 fee to unlock the full version. Donations anyone?)

That is all for now.

Edit: ScreenFlow 2 is sweet! Screencasting couldn’t be easier… So I dug up the cash for the full version.

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