We are busy getting things all set up and ready for our NEW WEBSITE that's coming very very soon! I can't show it to you yet, but I can show you this:
Also, tomorrow (THURSDAY) is the very last day to go on the shootsac site and get a shootsac and a free cover for our APRIL SPECIAL!! Starting in May, things are going to be changing a bit, so you may want to get on that ASAP :)
Last but not least, do you want a little special BIRTHDAY GIFT? If so, we want to celebrate with you and send you one, so click **the birthday list** and add your name, especially if you have a birthday coming up soon! The birthday emails go out the first of the month, so if you don't get on the list in time for that month, you have to wait till next year :(
Happy Hump Day!
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Today's entry comes to us from Tracey Buyce, who decided her shootsac cover would make a fantastic backrest cover for her Harley Davidson! My fathers' birthday was this week (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD), and he has a bike, so this was very appropriate.
And everyone wish my dad a happy b-day!
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**the april blast is being sent as we speak! we have VERY limited quantities of some of this month's blast items, so if you want to buy, get on it quick!**
April Showers Bring May Flowers, as the saying goes! April is normally a dreary month, not quite winter, not quite Spring/Summer, although here in California we've been having quite the heat wave! I was hoping that the weather would stick with the blast theme of the month, however all we've had is drought and heat. Therefore, I had to fake a rainy day to share my empathy with people who are experiencing more typical less-fortunate weather :)
Do you have any idea how hard it is to find rain boots and umbrellas in California? Most of these ended up coming from J.Crew, although I did get one of the umbrellas at the Gap. The boots were all $19.99 at J.Crew and even though I don't need them, I did buy them in my size :)
For those of you who aren't on the mailing list, here is the photo that went out:
A fairly convincing rainy day! Special thanks to Jeffrey Neal for being the garden hose sprayer while I shot safely and dry-ly from the sunny spot immediately to the front of the photo :)
This photo was processed using a few different means. First of all, I believe very strongly in trying to shoot a photo as close to the way you want it to be as possible. Photoshop isn't a way to make a bad photo good, its a way to make a good photo BETTER! As such, I knew that I was going to try to make the photo look as rainy as possible straight out of camera. I didn't do a very good job:
I knew I'd be able to work with it though. I knew I wanted the atmosphere to be darker and the colors to be more popped out. The first thing I did was use the Totally Rad Actions Yin/Yang to even out the exposure. Next, I used the clone tool at 100% to remove the piece of garden hose at the right hand side. Next, I used Jesh De Rox's Enlighten Action "blueberry night" at 62% to darken the photo down and add a purple/blue tone similar to what you might have on a cloudy, rainy day. I used Yin/Yang again afterwards to accentuate some darker tones around the back left of the photo, and used a slight "S" curve in Photoshop to make the colors pop a bit.
I finished it off with "Dappled Shadow", Jesh's darker vignette, and there you have it--this month's blast!
As of next month, all behind the scenes stuff, feature articles, stuff you should know about, and people you should care about will be coming in our free (for now) newsletter! Get on the mailing list before it's too late!
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Happy Monday! Just wanted to give you all a little sneak peek of the APRIL promotion from Shootsac that'll be out to you in the next day or so! We will have VERY limited quantities for this month, so if you want to participate, go to the top of this blog, click "mailing list" and get your name in there so you'll be the first to know!
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I love Fridays! However, due to the nature of my job, I keep forgetting that it is Friday! However, I was just reminded that it is in fact that most wonderous of days with the whole weekend ahead, which means it is time for our weekly FREAKY FRIDAY post! Today's photo comes from Kristen of kristenkay studios! Kristin, your baby is adorable, and we hope you have a good washing machine for that shootsac cover! If not, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you one of your choice from the website!
Hey everyone--we've gotten TONS of Freaky Friday images of your children--they're adorable! But we want you to be MORE creative--send us something really spectacular! Use the weekend to break out of your routine and use that shootsac or cover for something completely new--you may be surprised at what you come up with! Send photos at 850px on the long side to email@example.com for your chance to be posted here and get a free cover!
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YOU WILL PROBABLY WANT TO GET ON OUR MAILING LIST ASAP
See that bar right above this post? There's a little button that says "mailing list"? You'll probably want to get on that right now for at least two reasons:
1. Our APRIL promotion will be email blasted out to that list next week. We have very limited inventory for this month's program, so if you aren't on that list, your chances of being able to participate are slim. This past month, we completely sold out in like, three days, so if you even want the CHANCE, you should get on it!
2. I am starting our brand spankin' new NEWSLETTER next month! The newsletter is going to be the long version of this blog, where every month I'll be sharing a new tip or idea in details, featuring an amazing photographer, giving you the inside scoop on items to watch out for, including our new LAUNCH ONE NEW COVER EVERY SINGLE MONTH program! If you are not on this list, you may never get the info or new covers, because they will be limited runs that will go very quickly.
Hopefully that's reason enough to click that little button and sign up now! Feel free to pass this to a friend :)
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Today we are going to be shopping for new cover fabrics at the LA Textile Show! Doing that selecting is one of my absolute favorite parts of having Shootsac. I love choosing beautiful new fabrics and colors for the bag, and seeing what trends are hot now.
I'm very interested to know what YOU think is hot! What colors are you loving right now? What patterns would you like to see on your bag this year?
This is what the fashion world says will be hot in 2009/2010. Do you agree? Personally I like colors that "pop" a little more:
What do you think?
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**I WILL BE ACCEPTING ENTRIES ALL THE WAY THROUGH TODAY (MONDAY) DUE TO PEOPLE BEING AWAY OVER EASTER! SO POST AND COMMENT AWAY!!**
Wow, has this ever been a freaky week! This is the case on several accounts:
1. The post I set to auto publish today mysteriously disappeared.
2. Um, engagement?!!!!
3. Mom in town visiting all week
4. Printer able to print wirelessly (GOOD freaky!)
5. Two new episodes of the office but seemingly no Greys Anatomy
In all, just a little odd. So instead of posting a photo for todays Freaky Friday. I will give a shootsac cover to the person who comments with the best freaky story of their week or weekend. You have till Monday morning. Happy Easter!!
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Yay for SHOOTSAC!!
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I've been thinking a lot lately about photography and what separates GOOD photographers from GREAT photographers. Is it just the photos? Is it attitude?
And what about creativity? Is it more important to be creative, or to be consistent?
I've built my business on consistency. I know other people who have built their own businesses on being 100% creative and never doing the same thing twice. Neither group seems to be on the whole more or less successful than the others, which makes me think that there must be some other formula to determining which is right!
I'm a believer in finding a happy medium, but I realized the other day that it's been a long time since I did anything other than shoot right there in my happy little comfort zone, doing what I'm good at and ignoring the creative aspect. So I decided to shake things up a little bit, and bought this:
I'll be honest with you--I have basically no idea how to use this thing. Business wise, I'm sure it's a terrible purchase, but I just couldn't resist it's solid build, Zeiss 80mm 2.0 lens, and the dream of getting buttery, beautiful, film images. I'm almost positive I DIDN'T get any buttery, beautiful film images this time, but the sound of the shutter when it advanced the film sure was nice!
More importantly, it gave me something NEW to be excited about! As you can see, I didn't ditch my handy staple, 5d, but for 45 frames yesterday, I felt like a completely different photographer. It inspired me to see things in a different way, and to break out of my comfort zone. I don't think that can ever be a bad thing.
Plus, this photo shows my shiny new bling!
To see the images I got on film (whether they turn out good or not) and to hear the backstory behind them, you need to JOIN OUR MAILING LIST RIGHT NOW!!! We are going to be starting our new newsletter this next month, and that's where you'll get all the juicy, behind the scenes details and info from us!
*this post brought to you, of course, by SHOOTSAC*
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