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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.

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: 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: wowApic

wowApic

Please join me in welcoming wowApic as our first “real” publication sponsor! You may have already seen their banner on the site over the last week — they were on a one week free trial. After testing things out, they’ve committed to purchasing a banner spot on the sidebar.

wowApic offers a professional photo editing service for a wide variety of photographers and other clients. They cover everything from minor touchups to serious enhancements to photo restorations. They even have a service for professional photographers and studios.

wowApic’s “partner program” aimed at these professionals allows them to outsource photo processing and focus on the other aspects of their business. And as part of this partner program, new customers will receive 1 order (of up to 3 photos) for free — just for trying them out (subject to verification that the customer is a professional photographer or photography service). Preferred pricing and volume discounts also apply to these photographer accepted into the partner program.

The process of working with wowApic looks to be simple and intuitive. You can upload photos from your computer or tap into one of your online accounts such as Flickr, Smugmug, and others. You tell them what you want done to the photo(s), and you receive an instant quote. Once you place the order, the folks at wowApic go to work.

So if you have an image that you can’t nail the processing on, an old beat up restoration photo, or if you’re a pro looking to offload some work, you might check into wowApic and see what they can do for you. And if you decide to give them a try, use the coupon code “epicedits” through the end of May 2008 and you’ll receive a 10% discount.