Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

FREE stuff for your PhotoShop toolbox

did u know that they have 3000 free, royalty free, textures??
well now ya do.....
here's the link.....

can be Plugin or stand alone! They Rock...have fun and let's see your stuff!!!!!


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wow a FREE On line DOF calculator

Click here

you can also download files and print them out and make one (a dof calculator) that you can carry in your camera case !!!!!


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Our New Wedding Web Site isNow Live

Spent a few hours over the last couple of evenings
building our new wedding web site
Here is a link to it

As we continue to finish up those last minute Christmas orders we want to take this time
to thank everyone of you, our customers !

This Friday we start our Christmas break, by heading West to Texas
As most of you know that are reading this we often check our email, even when on the road
So if you find a need for our services during the Holiday take a chance and call 318-746-6955
or Email us ( )

Shortly after the new year I will begin teaching again at BPCC
Three courses this coming semester
Two are full semester courses and one is a one day class

The one day class is February 9 and is on Adobe Lightroom
the other two courses are Portrait Photography & Wedding Photography

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing some of you again this coming semester at BPCC


Monday, December 10, 2007

Copyright infringement

It is not perfect but here are a few things we do to try and slow down how much theft we have of our rightfully owned images.....

We do three things...
1) make it easy for clients to do the right thing and reorder from us
by placing our contact info on the back of every print sold and attaching copyright info to any digital files sold.

2) We place road blocks or more precisely speed bumps so that it slows down the amount of infringement of our work, like use of Flash Based web pages versus static html where copy with left mouse click is so easy and we always post images to our site with low resolution.

3) We invoice offenders when we find them, then it is a collection issue.

These steps along with supporting the Professional Photographers of America through our membership helps . Education of our client base with a soft and non big stick approach also helps us keep from alienating our customers

Steven Lott

Your Top Ten list............

A Top Ten list for your business.....

make a list of the top ten things you have done to better your business

an example.....

1. shoot with Off Camera Flash
2. use of Studio Management software (we use Photo One)
3. long glass at reasonable aperatures outside and a 24-70mm for in the studio
4. fast lens shot at reasonable aperature
5. New Camera room (new pictures will be posted soon)


Friday, December 7, 2007

Scams....... Geared towards photographers

here is a typical email that is designed (although the grammar is poor)
to get you excited and contact them
once they have you interested the con begins

I am Thomas, I will like to let you know that I need a photographer who will coverage for the upcoming event which will take place by 31th of this mouth,2007 at California (CA), and I will want you to send the quotation including the transportation charges which will take you to the venue so I will like to read from you so that I can contact my client who also wish to come for the event that I have get a good photographer that will cover the event kindly get back to me with the quote and the payment will be make via cashier's check and let me know the name and address,phone number where the payment will be address to and I will let you know that the event is [meeting]but the event will be 1hour 30mins.So I will contact my client as soon as possible that I have found a good and reliable person to cover the event.Thanks.


The con is rather simply they will offer to pay you and pay you well
the catch is they will pay you with a bank check that is no good
although it will look real and can be deposited into your bank, but the check is worthless
just like any bad check you end up not having that money in your account after a few days

Here is where the con is smart..........
they will ask you to pay a third party, usually their wedding coordinator or even a videographer that they have already "secured"
this third party is part of the scam.

If you do as requested by the time you find their check was worthless
you have already used a check from your account to wire this third person money
and are out a few thousand dollars of your own real money.

These scams have been around on the internet for some time and change in exact wording from time to time

Remember if it sounds too good to be true it usually is not

Monday, December 3, 2007

I never thought I would embrace selling of this.....

As some of you know, I like to concentrate on the fundamental of our profession and pretty much keep our product lines the same.
Portraits in print or on Canvas, with the occasional painting or two
I have recently came to know a fellow photographer that sells Photo Jewelry
Fact is she has such great business concepts and refuses to cater to just anyone and that made me more attracted to her product line, she will work only with Pro's
iow she does not sell to our customer base
O.K. enough rambling on you say
click here to see Heart to Heart Photo Jewelry
I am pretty sure she is accepting no more orders for this year,
but talk about a great product for you to introduce in time for Valentine's day !!!