Category Archives: Partners

New Discount on Canvas Prints

A few months back, I mentioned a deal from Canvas People for getting a free 8×10 canvas print. Well, that offer has passed, but they have another one up for grabs right now.

Canvas People is giving a $25 discount plus free shipping on any of their canvas prints. This evens out the playing field for those of you not living in the US (I’m assuming there are no location restrictions since I didn’t see any on their site). This post contains affiliate links.

8×10 canvas prints start at $50 without the discount, and go all the way up to 18×24 for $100 without the discount. Not bad pricing considering that includes a gallery wrap and protective coating. Frames and photo touch-ups come at an extra cost.

[tweetmeme]Canvas people has also added some features and helpful hints to the upload/order process. They give you a preview of the image as it will appear on the gallery wrap and they’ve added some extra explanations for sizing your images prior to upload.

I don’t know how long this offer will last, but if you’ve been thinking of doing a canvas print, now is the time!

Sponsors for April 2010

Another “thank you” to the sponsors for the month of April. These are the folks that provide the necessary funds to keep the site running, and they provide services and products that are useful to photographers. So here’s the line-up this month:

Online Photography Courses

Proud Photography

Proud Photography hosts an online photography school, currently with two offered courses: Interactive Online Photography Course and The Expert Wedding Photographer. You can also read my brief review of Proud Photography here.


Free Flash Website Builder

Wix

Wix.com offers a free flash website builder that lets you design beautiful websites with no programming required. Using its highly intuitive interface you can pick a template and add or remove components to produce a unique website that lets you share your photographs with the world.

Epic Edits also pulls in some residual from Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates, and various other affiliate programs. Those are helpful to fill in the empty spaces and I appreciate it when any of you pitch in through those avenues.

New Partner: Wix

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Design your own free photography website with Wix’s website builder, and save time and money you would have spent hiring a web designer. With Wix, no programming is needed to customize one of the brilliant Flash templates, designed specifically for photographers. Choose a free template and immediately start customizing it, without downloading anything or even confirming an e-mail registration.

Wix is highly intuitive, and playing around with the design elements is a fun and even addicting process, even for those with no technical skill. The website builder’s user interface is graphic-based, and a simple drag-and-drop process allows users to customize design features. The result is a brilliantly designed, unique website that lets you share your photographs with the world.

Here are a few of the free design elements Wix offers, to create your own Photography Website:

Templates – Choose a template that compliments your photographs. Each template is fully customizable – change the color, texture and layout as well as the content itself.

Galleries – Showcase your photographs by arranging them with one of Wix’s many gallery styles. Each gallery style has its own unique layout, so you choose how your photos are presented. Gallery styles include matrix, slideshow and carousel formats.

Mini Web Pages – Create a separate page for information about the photographer. Another page describes your inspiration or artistic vision. Each collection of photographs, arranged by theme, date, project, etc. can have its own gallery page.

Menus – Building menus into your website creates an enjoyable browsing experience for visitors. Menus are automatically linked to your web pages – all you have to do is customize their appearance. Title your menus with the names of your galleries, your Bio page, and a Contact page.

Widgets – Include a Contact Form that visitors can fill out to get in touch with you, to ask for more information about the photographer and his/her creations.

Music – Add a music player widget to add an audio element to your website. Upload your own music files, and customize the On/Off switch.

Social Media – Add a link to your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace account. Publish your Wix creation on a number of social networks.

Another neat thing about Wix websites is that they are SEO compatible. This means that search engines such as Google and Yahoo are able to index sites created with Wix, so when someone performs a search for your photographs, your Wix site will appear in the search results. Wix’s SEOMyWix blog provides tips on how to optimize your website, to attract the most amount of traffic as possible. There are also plenty of video tutorials and helpful articles on using the various elements of the website builder, in Wix’s online Help Center.

Website created with Wix

I recommend using Wix if you are new to web design but still want to achieve professional results. Websites created with Wix are completely free, with the option to upgrade to a Premium accounts for users who wish to gain control over their domain. Upgrading also allows you to insert a Shopping Cart widget onto your site, so that clients can purchase photographs or service packages directly. There are a few Premium packages from which to choose, but each one is much cheaper than hiring a professional web designer.

Check out examples of photography websites made with Wix by visiting Wix.com, and clicking on “Explore” at the top of the homepage. Go to the Photography section. Or, start browsing the entire gallery of Wix photography templates by choosing “Create” from the home page, and opening the Photography category. Find a design that will illuminate your artwork, and make it yours with customized, easy and fun web design. Give your photographs the brilliant web design they deserve.

Sponsors for March 2010

Another “thank you” to the sponsors for the month of March. These folks provide the funds to keep the site running, and they provide services and products that are useful to photographers. So here’s the line-up this month:

Online Photography Courses

Proud Photography

Proud Photography hosts an online photography school, currently with two offered courses: Interactive Online Photography Course and The Expert Wedding Photographer. You can also read my brief review of Proud Photography here.

Epic Edits also pulls in some residual from Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates, and various other affiliate programs. Those are helpful to fill in the empty spaces and I appreciate it when any of you pitch in through those avenues.

Sponsors for February 2010

Another “thank you” to the sponsors for the month of February. These folks provide the funds to keep the site running, and they provide services and products that are useful to photographers. So here’s the line-up this month:

Online Photography Courses

Proud Photography

Proud Photography hosts an online photography school, currently with two offered courses: Interactive Online Photography Course and The Expert Wedding Photographer. You can also read my brief review of Proud Photography here.

Epic Edits also pulls in some residual from Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates, and various other affiliate programs. Those are helpful to fill in the empty spaces and I appreciate it when any of you pitch in through those avenues.

Some of you will recall that I added a member to the Epic Edits team for the position of ad manager. Well… unfortunately, unforeseen events (not at the fault of Randy or myself) caused that partnership to dissolve. It’s too bad, really. He was just getting settled in, but Randy runs his own business and he had to part ways in order to look after his main revenue generator.

So… I’m not sure what to do with the ad manager thing at the moment. I should just do it myself, but I don’t have the bandwidth. If anybody out there was considering the position, feel free to contact me. And if you need a little monetary inspiration, this position (right now) could pay out over $500/month for less than 20 hours of work/month.

[UPDATE 2010-03-29] The open position has been filled.

Sponsors for January 2010

Since a lot of the regular Epic Edits readers utilize the RSS feed, I think it would be handy to give a shout out to the sponsors each month and say “thank you” for partnering with us. These folks provide the funds to keep the site running, and they provide services and products that are useful to photographers. So here’s the line-up this month:

Online Photography Courses

Proud Photography

Proud Photography hosts an online photography school, currently with two offered courses: Interactive Online Photography Course and The Expert Wedding Photographer. You can also read my brief review of Proud Photography here.

Epic Edits also pulls in some residual from Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates, and various other affiliate programs. Those are helpful to fill in the empty spaces and I appreciate it when any of you pitch in through those avenues.

Also… stay tuned for an announcement in the next few days that should help fill out the remaining ad spots — but I’m going to need some help on this one.

New Partner: Proud Photography

Online Photography Courses

Please join me in welcoming Proud Photography as a sponsor to Epic Edits. You can see their banner (shown here) filling a sidebar position for the month of November.

Proud Photography is an online photography school currently offering two courses: General Photography and The Expert Wedding Photographer. Additional courses and resources will become available in the near future.

The General Photography course is organized into 13 interactive units developed by professional photographers and prize-winning enthusiasts. But this is more than just a collection of lessons to consume — you’ll have homework and quizzes along the way to supplement your course and gauge your progress. Some of your work will be graded by the tutors, and you have the opportunity to receive photo critiques. And though you can’t move on to the next lesson until you’ve completed each previous lesson, you can work at your own pace.

Here’s a quick overview of the 13 units in the course:

1. Introduction to Photography — Overview of cameras, lenses, and other gadgets, and what you’ll need to achieve certain types of photos.

2. Digital Photography — Film vs digital, technical aspects of digital images, and working with digital files.

3 & 4. Exposure: Shutter Speed & Aperture — Detailed explanations of these two very important exposure controls and how to use them effectively.

5. Composition — Rules of good composition, perspective, and viewpoint.

6. Light — Working with natural, artificial, and mixed lighting in various situations.

7. Shooting Black and White — Comparison of film vs digital, black and white films, and lens filters.

8 & 9. Travel Photography I & II — Sunrise, sunset, filters, landscapes, extreme weather, seascapes, reflections, capturing local people, architecture, still life, and more.

10. Portraits — Formal, informal, backgrounds, viewpoints, makeup, and lighting.

11. People and Their Environment — Utilizing natural light, working in weather, candids, close-ups, young folks, and old folks.

12. Insiders’ Tricks and Techniques — High ISO, fisheyes, macros, filters, flash tricks, panoramas, and lots more.

13. Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them — How to avoid improper exposure, flare, bad framing, poor focus, camera shake, reflections, sensor dust, and more.

While I haven’t been through the course myself, I’ve seen multiple reviews from photographers who have and they’ve all been quite positive. I think the main attraction to a program like this lies in the organization of content in addition to the content itself. Having one-on-one interaction with the tutors, doing homework, and taking quizzes are all icing on the cake.

I would recommend this online photography course from Proud Photography to beginner/intermediate enthusiasts. If you’re still a bit rusty on the technical details of photography, wanting to learn more about the many facets and styles of photography, or if you just don’t know where to start, this course might just be for you. And while it isn’t free, it’s much cheaper than most camera equipment — plus, this is one tool in your camera bag that won’t break or wear out with use.

The Expert Wedding Photographer course is aimed more at those looking to get into the wedding photography business. It covers the topics of setting up and running your business, equipment needed, how to capture formal and informal shots, post production work, and presenting photos to your clients.

If these courses sound at all interesting to you, I encourage you to visit their website to learn more: www.proudphotography.com

New Partner: Wix

Wix

Please join me in welcoming Wix as our newest blog sponsor! They’ll be filling the home page banner for at least the next month, and those of you who visit the blog via the web may have already seen their banner displayed.

Wix offers up a simple and powerful online platform for creating Flash websites — and for free! They also have a premium service that allows you to use your own domain, display your Wix-created site without ads or Wix logos, extra storage, premium support, and a few other goodies.

As photographers, you may be asking yourselves “How is this relevant to me, and why is Brian taking on a Flash website generator as a sponsor?” Yeah, just hear me out. Visit their sample websites and click on “Photographers” (2nd link down on the sidebar). Go ahead and flip through the sites and tell me that isn’t cool! These are all very unique sites and quite professional in appearance — definitely worth a look.

Wix.com

My thought is this… If you want to put together a portfolio or a photography website to display your work, but you don’t have the know-how or funds to create something on your own, Wix is the place to go. Hey, if nothing else, start off with a free site and build it up until you’re satisfied. When you get the dough to upgrade to the premium package, go ahead and get your own domain. At that point, you’ll have an awesome display of your work.

If you want to learn more about Wix or about how their site works, be sure to check out their FAQ in addition to the main site. They cover topics such as search engine friendliness, PayPal integration, stats packages, and more.

So who is this online service for? I’d say it’s a very good option if you don’t already have your own photography site or portfolio, you don’t want to spend a bunch of money to get your site going, and/or you don’t want to deal with the technical side of website creation. Hell, even if you already have a site, you’ve got the money and know-how for a custom site — you still might get a kick out of creating a Flash site through their platform.

If any of you out there already have a Wix-generated website, let us know in the comments so we can check it out!

New Partner: Image Keyworder

Image Keyworder

Please join me in welcoming Image Keyworder to our list of publication sponsors! You’ll be able to see their banner at the end of each article (aka the “premium” spot).

For those who have been with the blog for a while, you’ll recall that we’ve explored and discussed the Image Keyworder software (be sure to read this to learn more about their software). I’ve tested the software, and I have absolutely no problem promoting their product. It’s a great tool for anybody requiring in-depth photo keywording — especially those involved with stock photography.

Image Keyworder has also been getting some upgrades since I reviewed the software. In May, they added support for Alamy contributors. And now, they’ve added a “keyword suggest” feature:

Singapore, August 2008 – OnAsia has announced the release of a new upgrade to its Windows-based Image Keyworder software. The new version, currently available at www.imagekeyworder.com and as a free upgrade for existing users, includes a ‘suggest’ function which will allow users to propose terms for inclusion in the program’s comprehensive controlled vocabulary.

The new functionality is designed to enhance the depth and breadth of Image Keyworder’s controlled vocabulary, which comes bundled with the software and is one of its most valuable features. Image Keyworder’s controlled vocabulary is already over 40,000 terms strong, including synonyms, alternate forms, spelling variations and singulars and plurals.

“We are aware that one of Image Keyworder’s greatest strengths is its controlled vocabulary,” said Yvan Cohen, a Director at OnAsia, the company which developed the software.

“We have a team of people who are working to expand and enrich the thesaurus, but users occasionally still find a gap in our coverage especially if the terms they wish to add are specialised. With our new ‘suggest’ function they can send their suggestions directly to our team for review,” he added.

Accessible as a button on the toolbar at the top of Image Keyworder’s workscreen, users can add lists of terms that they would like to suggest for inclusion in the controlled vocabulary accompanied by notes as to their meaning and relevance. They are also able to see if the term has been accepted or declined and any relevant comments from Image Keyworder’s in-house team.

Image Keyworder has been developed in close collaboration between OnAsia’s IT and keywording teams who have considerable experience and understanding of the challenges involved in indexing and keywording large volumes of imagery. “The software is an ongoing collaborative development effort aimed at taking the pain out of keywording and making it more efficient,” said Mr Cohen. “We believe that our first hand knowledge of keywording and image management has helped make Image Keyworder a more effective tool.”

One of the most comprehensive and competitively priced keywording programs on the market, Image Keyworder’s controlled vocabulary means that, with a single click, users can add several relevant terms to an image. The structure and depth of a controlled vocabulary help make an otherwise random and error-prone process more efficient.

Having grown out of OnAsia’s experience as a professional keywording service, Image Keyworder also offers users a number of features aimed at combining comprehensive keywording with productivity. Groups of images can be processed in batches, templates can be created and saved for repeat image types and keywords can be selectively added and removed from sets of images.

Image Keyworder can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial from www.imagekeyworder.com. The trial includes full functionality and access to Image Keyworder’s comprehensive built-in thesaurus.

An Image Keyworder license for two computers costs just US$ 79.99 including a 12-month thesaurus subscription valued at US$ 39.99.

For more information contact support@imagekeyworder.com

New Partner: CheckCost

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Please join me in welcoming CheckCost to our list of publication sponsors! They’ve decided to grab a sidebar position and the only spot on the home page!

CheckCost deals with consumer goods, including many electronics items (plus a lot of other stuff). They provide a central location for price comparisons, reviews, and ratings of the items found on their site. For each item on their website, multiple vendors are shown along with the price they offer, availability of the item, a vendor rating, and more.

The main category of offerings that we’re probably interested in is photography, but CheckCost has a few others you might want to search through. Computers, software, and other electronics are just a few of the other categories that may be useful for us photographers.

So next time you’re in the market for some new photography equipment (or anything else you can buy online), head over to CheckCost and take a look at the prices and vendor ratings. Paying too much for something is never fun, and dealing with sleazy vendors is a nightmare — so let CheckCost be your guide.