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The Art of Composition and Cropping in Photography

Today’s guest post comes from SCU President and founder of Marketing Essentials International, Skip Cohen and Hybrid Photographer Suzette Allen.

Intro by Skip Cohen

In 2009 I spent three weeks at Hallmark Institute doing public portfolio reviews. One of the other “judges” was Gregory Heisler. The process was pretty basic. Each of the almost two hundred students, one at a time, would put up their portfolio (actual prints), and each of the judges would critique the work.

The three judges approached each student’s work from a different perspective. For Gregory, it was often about the power of the images. Over and again he’d show how changing the composition and cropping of an image would add impact and completely change the story. Each time Gregory would critique a portfolio, I often learned as much as the students.Continue reading

Making a Picture Book Trailer with ProShow


Slideshow made in ProShow Producer 8

Today’s guest post comes from photographer and author David FitzSimmons

The key to launching a new book is widespread media presence. While reviews in magazines, newspapers, and trade journals are important, many publishers introduce new titles with a book trailer, something that can be easily created with ProShow.

Like a movie trailer, a short focused video about a new title can capture people’s attention and motivate them to pick up a copy; the key, however, is telling a bit about your work but not too much, and doing it in an engaging, dynamic way.Continue reading

It’s Summer Time – Great Memories Start with Your Family!

Today’s guest post comes from SCU President and founder of Marketing Essentials International, Skip Cohen.

Intro by Skip Cohen

When my kids were younger, my mother was always complaining about not having enough up to date pictures of her grandchildren. Here I was in the photo industry and playing out a true-to-life scenario of that old expression, “the shoemaker’s children need shoes!”

Suzette Allen is back this week with eight different short videos to remind you some of the best memories you can capture this summer are of your own family! Plus, capturing those special moments with family and friend also gives you some great material for marketing your business and your skill set.Continue reading

Spotlighted Show: Margaret Goodwin Photography

This week’s spotlighted show comes from Margaret Goodwin, a Vancouver Island based fine art photographer. She is inspired by the natural world, and particularly flowers, her work has a soft and dreamy aesthetic.

As a photographer and photo artist, Margaret created this video as an eye-catching way to present her portfolio of art.Continue reading

“Follow Your Bliss” with Gareth Rockliffe

Photo by Gareth Rockliffe

Today’s guest post comes from landscape and portrait photographer Gareth Rockliffe.

“Follow your bliss” it’s advice given out all the time. Find what you love and pursue it with all your heart. I have tried to live my life by this, not always succeeding; sometimes, like others, I’ve fallen into doing work just for the dollar. The reality is though when I look back; all my best work has been when I shoot what I love.Continue reading

Spotlighted Show: Gareth Rockliffe Fine Art Photography

Photo by landscape and portrait photographer Gareth Rockliffe

This week’s spotlighted show comes from soulful landscape and portrait photographer Gareth Rockliffe. Gareth and his wife/business partner were recently offered the opportunity to capture the beauty of Prince Edward Island for two weeks. They had total creative control over this project. Continue reading

Customizing! The Reason ProShow Shines Above All the Rest

Photo by Suzette Allen

Intro by Skip Cohen

Suzette Allen’s slideshow above is the perfect example of how ProShow gives you the ability to customize your presentations without going overboard.

Think about it for a second. If you’ve been in the industry ten years or more, you can see the transition of trends in creativity thanks to technology. Wander back a few years and we saw a trend of too many artists becoming filter junkies. Images, that might have been fine with the simplicity of the quality of the photograph itself, were being overloaded with filter effects. Continue reading