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Open Yourself to Inspiration

Last week we took delivery of a very special book called “Inspire.” It’s a celebration of you, the Pictage community of photographers, and the incredible work you do to capture memories and convey emotions through extraordinary images. The book has been a passion project for the Pictage team for the last few months. Included in its pages are images from a number of talented Pictage photographers. Some names you will recognize, others may be new to you. Each image was selected for the unique expression of each moment and the composition of the story to be told. The book is the first volume of a new way of communicating at Pictage, so get those images ready for submission for number two! It’s called “Inspire” because

Shoot, laugh, cry, stretch, learn, try, play, cuss, whine, yell, fly …

I spent this afternoon wandering cobblestones laid in the 1700’s.  I had an incredible dinner at a restaurant that was someone’s house in the 1800’s.  I walked the streets and heard the sounds of live jazz and revelry before falling into a chair in a bar with friends to talk about whatever comes to mind and watch the night deepen.  Where am I?  Where you should be too during the first week in November, in New Orleans. We’re here to scout the locations and venues for PartnerCon.  We became familiar with the primary venue site, walked the locations for the shooting workshops, and did some on-the-ground planning for the ‘Katrina Families’ charity shoot. New Orleans is a backdrop.  I can’t wait to see you all here.  You

Photography Applications for Your iPhone/iPod Touch

If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, do you use applications for your photography, your business, for fun? I recently came across a bunch of photography app’s for my iPhone (some have been mentioned recently on the Pictage forums) and I can’t seem to decide which ones to use. I have gathered together the following applications that look fun and useful, they are listed along with their price and star rating according to iTunes. Which ones do you use and why or why not? I have started a thread on the forums like this, check it out and let the Community know what you think! In no particular order… ColorSplash $1.99…….. 4 Stars ColorSplash lets you quickly change any of your photos into a

Images and Stories — Photographer Images Adorn our Walls: Phase 1

Recently Pictage CEO Jim Collins posted on the Pictage Forums asking photographers to send in images that we would be able to hang on the Pictage walls. He asked for images that the photographers felt were not typical wedding or even wedding at all, but most importantly had stories behind them. We are in the process of putting all of them on the walls, but want to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos… we love them and can’t wait to put them up. Here is the first batch that we want to share with you. Matthew Grazier of Grazier Photography While shooting Justin Marantz and his groomsmen at Justin and Mary Marantz’s wedding, Justin showed me an old 4×5 camera in the back

Announcing Partner Conference Video Contest

One lucky winner will go to Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans for free! Don’t miss out! Are you Partner Con’s biggest fan?  Do you want to experience 3 days of amazing speaker sessions, shooting workshops, newtworking and fun … on us?  We’re really excited to launch our Partner Conference Video Contest — providing the winner with a free Partner Con registration. Here are the details: To enter, create and submit a video promoting Partner Conference in a unique and entertaining way. Use your creative side; we know you have it in you!  Never been?  Attended every show? Either way, tell us why you deserve to go for FREE!  The first place winner of the contest will receive a free pass to Partner Con NOLA (registration for all

Partner Conference 2009 Speaker Schedule is Set!

Partner Conference, New Orleans is shaping up to be our biggest show ever. We’re ecstatic to announce our extraordinary lineup of 29 speaker sessions and 10 hands-on shooting workshops led by some of the biggest names in our industry! Check it out: All new speaking sessions from Joe Buissink, Me Ra Koh, Mike Colon, Kevin Kubota, Dane Sanders, Skip Cohen, Carlos Baez, Jeff & Erin Youngren, Jason Aten, Jared Bauman, Scarlett Lillian, Will Jacks, Amber Holritz, Liana Lehman, Justin & Mary Marantz, Jenn Lindberg, Steve DePino, Kevin Meyers, Grant Oakes, Jared Platt, Michael Kress & Jamie Karlin, Frederick Van Johnson, Melissa Jill, Jay Goldman, Roberto Valenzuela, Mark Zucker, and Shari Zellers. Featuring instructional, hands-on shoots and 2-hour workshops led by David Beckstead, Jules Bianchi, Mike Larson,

“Admired by Beckstead” Newest Winners (and bonus Honorable Mentions)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 7th round of “Admired by Beckstead,” our twice-monthly David Beckstead image contest! We are so excited to announce this round’s winner… FIRST place goes to Don Bryant of Annapolis, MD. Congratulations Don! David’s Comments on the winning image: The compositional elements work together perfectly in this shot! The clouds mock the angle of the car. The leading lines of the car move your eyes eventually to the subjects. The depth is just great putting the original hard focus on the front of the car then gently going out of focus (but not too much) to the subjects. The colors are just great! The angle the photographer chose was interesting and different. Reflections, points of interest, story…all there

The Pictage Community Forums: Are you there yet??

My first week at Pictage, I spent most of my day browsing the Pictage Forums trying to get a feel for Pictage and Pictage photographers. As I read thread after thread I was amazed at the sincere community that was available within the forums. I noticed the questions posted, the instant genuine responses, the ability to candidly share to a group of people that truly understand, the opportunity to showcase images with peers as they critique and affirm, and so much more. I learned later that the Pictage Forums are designed to let you learn, network, and grow within your community and industry. They are convenient, insightful, and beneficial to all members, whether just starting out or seasoned veterans. As a member of the Pictage

An Amazing Opportunity!

Pictage photographers Mike Colon and Jim Davis-Hicks of Thirst Relief are partering with Grace Ormonde on a once-in-a-lifetime Tanzanian benefit shoot — and you can be a part of it! Click HERE for all the details. You and twelve other photographers can join Mike and Jim shooting designer gowns on location in Tanzania to benefit Thirst Relief. Help build and deliver the life-saving Thirst Relief Bio-Sand Water Filters. Top it all off with Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine featuring the whole trip in her Spring/Summer 2010 issue! Here’s how you can get involved: Join in the RAFFLE now until June 11! Bid on the auction on June 8 – 9

More WPPI Photos!

Thank you to Kenny Kim and Leo Flores who sent us photos from WPPI!  Our official photographers, David Esquire and Brian Hancock, did an amazing job with our booth speakers and at the party. Photos by Brian Hancock Photos by David Esquire Photos by Kenny Kim We have added all the photos to six new albums on our Facebook page, including all the jpgs from the Foto Cabina Booth at Studio 54!

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The NEW ShootQ is Complimentary while in Beta mode for the next few months.  Enjoy!
The NEW ShootQ is Complimentary while in Beta mode for the next few months.  Enjoy!