Listen up, ladies!
You’ve probably heard of the HER Photography Conference, the new pro and social event for up-and-coming women boutique photographers. If you haven’t, check it out and read about the creative power behind this revolutionary new event in the photography world.
HER for Your Business
Pamper yourself this year as it happens at the 4-star Amway Grand Plaza hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. It’s a fantastic opportunity for shooters like you to meet other talented women, network and learn how to take your photo business to the next level. There’s a special emphasis on building relationships with fellow business owners so you can work together and learn from each other.
This year’s conference will feature speakers who will teach topics that you request. Your input combined with the small, intimate atmosphere guarantees that you’ll learn only what’s of value to you, and you’ll go home a better photographer than ever before. Not to mention you may win one of many giveaways and freebies throughout the weekend from the best businesses around.
The conference runs November 1-3, 2011 and you can buy tickets right from their site. Grab your seat now! They’re getting ladies flying in from all over the world, from Europe to Australia.
Enter to Win a Free Pass and Travel Expenses
SmugMug is teaming up with HER to send six lucky women to the conference:
- First Place will get 2 admission tickets to HER Photography conference (one for herself AND a friend or business partner), plus a $200 travel stipend.
- 2nd and 3rd Place will get 2 admission tickets to HER Photography Conference.
Enter your name into the pool:
- Like SmugMug’s Facebook page here
- Like Her Conference’s Facebook page here and click “Enter Now” to enter the sweepstakes.
The winners will be notified by email on Friday, September 2, 2011, and we’ll post the winners announcement on this blog too. See you at the conference!
The lucky winner is Courtney Clarke. Congrats Courtney! Thanks everyone for participating. As always, stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more chances to win big.
Have you ever dreamed of getting published in a magazine? There’s nothing like seeing your very own photo featured in a double spread to boost your business and keep fresh clients coming.
With SmugMug’s new partnership with Two Bright Lights, it’s easier than ever to send your photos out for consideration.
What’s Two Bright Lights?
They’re your personal publicity platform, the folks that do the hard work for you.
Think about it: When you want to submit your photos for consideration, you have to contact each publication individually, find out what they’re looking for, customize your submissions to their specs, in addition to actually submitting your work. And how do you know which magazines are worth your time, anyway?
With Two Bright Lights, all you have to do is tell them what you’re looking for, upload your images and click a button to get your photos onto the editor’s desk. Easy!
How it Works
1) Sign up for an account at Two Bright Lights. They have a free trial so it’s easy to give it a whirl.
2) Once you’re in, create an album depending on what you’re shooting. Example: If you’re submitting wedding photos, they’ll ask for details like the bride and groom’s name, venue and wedding date. For travel photos, tag the location.
Confused? No worries – Two Bright Lights guides you through every step and tells you exactly what the editors want to see.
3) Choose your SmugMug photos. You’ll see a built-in uploader that will help you slurp your pics right from your existing galleries into the album you just created.
4) Pick which publications to shoot for, fill out a few details and voilà! Your job is done.
Tip: It pays to do a little research about your target publications before you submit. Some may have specific requirements or styles that work better for you than others.
Is it just for Weddings?
No! While Two Bright Lights originally started to help wedding photographers get noticed, they’ve expanded to include many other categories like:
- Events and Parties
- Home and Decor
- Styled Shoots
- Detail Shoots (e.g. Invitations and Tabletops)
So if brides aren’t your thing, it’s still worth checking out.
Try It With 20% Off
Ready to start? Go here to start your trial at Two Bright Lights and start getting published now. They’re offering an exclusive discount to SmugMuggers, so try this code to get 20% off your first month’s membership: SMUGMUG20
Good luck and don’t forget to tell the world where they’ll see your photos next!
SmugMug’s default look gives you both big photos and thumbnails, but did you know that we have others that you can choose from?
Four, to be exact.
Where to find them
Look at the top of your gallery and you should see a Style button. Click that to see all of our current gallery styles. Each one is a little different but all are gorgeous! And they all stretch to fit the width of your screen, up to the max size of the photo or the size that you’ve specified.
If you don’t see it, you probably changed your Gallery Settings to stick to one specific style. You can always do this if you don’t want your fans to pick the style, dictating the experience for anyone who visits.
As long as the gallery is set to Viewer Controlled, we’ll remember the gallery style you chose in your browser. It’ll stick that way until you change it again.
This is our default, and the one you probably know and love. It’s a great mix between seeing photos big and seeing what else is in the gallery. Click on any thumbnail to switch the pic and click the big photo on the right to open up the lightbox.
People love this style because it’s closest to the proof sheets that traditional photographers are used to. You can click “Show all on one page” at the top and see everything at once, or you can break up the gallery into multiple pages. Either way you’ll be able to quickly preview and click on just the one you want.
Our beautiful, buttery-smooth slideshows are a style all their own. The photos will play on their own at three different speeds or you can click a thumbnail at the top to skip to your favorite photo.
The style that takes “juicy” to the next level. It uses the largest photo size you’ve allowed for that gallery and puts it smack dab on the page, leaving you plenty of room to write as much as you wish in the caption field below it. This style looks particularly jawdropping for landscape-shaped photos and panoramas.
As a gallery owner you can use our older, classic styles, too. Those are tucked away in your Gallery Settings, under Look & Feel > Gallery Style. We’re talking about SmugMug Small, All Thumbs, Traditional, Journal (Old), Filmstrip and Critique. We put those there because some Smuggers still love using them, but we won’t be updating them and they don’t stretch to fit your screen, either.
Play around and we hope that you’ll find a style that suits you (and your photos) best.
Other tricks to easily change up your site:
We bet that you love digital photography just as much as we do here at SmugMug. The ability to upload unlimited photos to safe, archival galleries and share them with anyone in the world is truly an amazing milestone in technology.
But sometimes it’s a good idea to take a moment and get back to your roots. This is why we want to remind you today to stop, take a deep breath of that delicious summer air and consider making your own custom photo book.
If still not sure, here’s 5 fantastic reasons to take your photos to the press.
1. Your hands (and eyes) will love it.
Nothing beats print. Even as technology eats up more and more of our time, you’ll never regret putting the beautiful colors of your life on paper and binding them in a thick, sturdy book. Pick it up, feel the heft and know that you’re looking at a format that’s stood the test of time. It’ll be with you forever. (And they make great gifts, too.)
2. There’s tons of ways to customize to your theme.
Most bookmaking sites guide you through the book building process so it’s easy to drop your photos in, give it a title and send it to print. Our partners at Blurb and MyCanvas go way beyond that and offer not just dead-simple building tools but tons of backgrounds, templates, layouts and even cover and binding options for your finished product. No matter what your book is about or who’s in it, there’s something for you.
3. It’ll make you a better photographer.
As you go through the process of building your book, you’ll get up close and personal with your photos. Think about the images you’ve taken, how you shot it and how it fits into not just your life but within the context of your book, too. All of these things can help you grow as a photographer. Learn from your experiences and make your next book even better!
4. Photo books spark conversations.
Even if your power goes out, your trusty books will be there for you, ready to be shown off, talked about and cherished. Who can ignore the big, beautiful presence of a book that tells your personal story? Your photo book is a special archive of your personal memories, artfully presented to you and your family as you pass it on. They’re always a conversation starter… even from across the room.
5. It’s a luxury you can afford.
Blurb’s books start at only $2.95 and MyCanvas begins at $29.95 . Get started from the Buy button in any of your SmugMug galleries and choose Create a Book. It may take a little time to get your book perfectly organized, captioned and polished but once you have that final work of art in your hands you won’t regret it.
What have you published lately? From family reunions to exotic getaways, we’d love to hear what’s bookworthy to you.
While Get a Link is one of our more popular sharing features for sharing a photo, don’t forget that you’ve got snazzier ways of telling the world what you’ve been up to.
Look under the Owner Only section of your Share button and check out the Show Off options: Badges and Slideshows.
You can drop a mini customizable slideshow into any blog, forum or other website that accepts HTML code. Can you think of a better way to give them a playful, color taste of what’s to come? It’s a portable version of our smooth, deliciously slick slideshows that you’ve already seen as our viewing style or in full-screen mode.
Just customize the settings to taste, click to Copy Embed Code and paste it into your website. You can customize it to open to your gallery when clicked, or you can simply leave it as a standalone slideshow.
Our badges are light on their feet. Not familiar with badges? They’re are dancing mosaics of joy, a veritable kaleidoscope of color that just beg to be clicked.
You can always customize these to your heart’s content, right down to the background color so it blends seamlessly with whatever page you’re dropping it into. We’ll start you off with a standard size, but you can choose one of our preset Sources or Styles and tweak it from there.
Again, you can customize it so that your gallery opens when a square is clicked, or leave it as just a badge.
And if you’re not able to get the code to work, check to see if the website allows embeddable objects. Contact them and ask if you’re not sure.
Show us your Shares!
We hope you enjoy these little treats and that they’ll make it easier (and more fun) for you to share your photos with friends. For more details on the different settings you can apply to slideshows and badges, make sure to read our help pages.
Where have you shared a badge or slideshow lately? We’d love to see where they’re being used and what great pics you’ve shot so far this summer.