This Photography Offer Is Kind Of A Big Deal

Our friends at Think Eleven have just published a new photography bundle called The Big Deal. It contains over $4,000 worth of photography tools and resources, for only $99.  20% of which gets donated to some amazing charities.

List of Contributors (in no particular order):

  1. Lindsay Adler – Designing an Image & Studio Lighting Guide, Subscription to NEW website
  2. Jared Platt – Comprehensive Collection of 400 Lightroom Presets & Lightroom Webinar
  3. Mylio – 1 Year Subscription
  4. Dave Cross – 1 Year Subscription
  5. Tony Sweet – 13 Videos Covering Macro Photography, Texturing, Infrared, Mirroring plus more
  6. Rick Sammon – Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography Video
  7. Simply Color – Simply Cash
  8. PhotoshopCafe – Photoshop Destination CC LIVE
  9. Lee Varis – Online Course in Mastering Image Creation & Photo Illustration in Photoshop
  10. Bobbi Lane – Posing & Directing Video
  11. Craig Minielly – Retouch Toolkit & BeautyBar Pro set of Actions for Lightroom/Photoshop
  12. Phlearn – PhlearnMethod Bundle, Photoshop 101 & 201, Beginners Guide to Levitation
  13. SharkPixel – Landscape Photography Presets for Lightroom
  14. Lesa Snider – The Skinny Ebooks Series
  15. Scott Wyden Kivowitz – E-Book: Time Is On Your Side: Exploring Long Exposure Photography
  16. Lance Sullivan – Architecture Power Pack of Presets
  17. Tyler Meade – 73 Sports and Commercial Photography Lightroom Presets
  18. Sean Duggan – Photoshop CC Essentials: Selections, Masking & Compositing Video
  19. Nik Pekridis – Video Training Course: Wedding Photography in Action
  20. Gavin Gough – Photographers Workflow: Ebook & Videos
  21. Perfectly Clear – Photoshop and Lightroom Plugins
  22. Cris Duncan – Photography Business Starter Set: Ebooks & Video
  23. Dane Sanders – Fast Track Photographer Audiobook
  24. Andrew S Gibson – Mastering Photography & Understanding EOS Ebooks
  25. ViewBug – 1 Year Membership
  26. Eyefi – 1 Year Cloud Subscription
  27. Peter Eastway – Subscription to Better Digital Photography & Photoshop Layers Class
  28. David Ziser – Ebooks and Training Videos
  29. Stephanie Cotta – Mastering the Art of Newborn Photography
  30. KelbyOne LLC. – KelbyOne Photoshop and Lightroom Creativity Bundle
  31. Richard Sturdevant – SturDaVinci Art Tools Photoshop & Corel Painting Bundle
  32. Photofocus – Develop Great Images in Lightroom & 72 Essays On Photography Ebooks

If this interests you then please head over to The Big Deal website and grab a bundle for yourself!

This Photography Offer Ends In 5 Days

This starts at noon today!

Last year the photography industry was introduced to a new concept called the 5 Day Deal. Some people were turned off by the amount of promotion that came from it, but not everyone. In fact, the 5 Day Deal raised thousands of dollars for charity. So this year the stakes are higher and now the deal is back with a vengeance. The goal is to do far better than last year’s charity donation, with over $100,000.

There are many amazing contributors, including our very own Scott Wyden Kivowitz offering his presets and two of his ebooks. How it works is simple…

The deal lasts for 5 days long (that’s the obvious part), and for the 5 days you have the ability to purchases over $2,000 worth of products for under $100. When purchasing you have the choice to choose which of the charities you would like to donate to. Or you can have the 5 Day Deal team split it evenly between the charities.

There will be a live counter showing how much money was raised for charity. At the end of the 5 days an announcement will be sent to all purchasers with the total donation amounts. It’s pretty cool!

Some of the products included come from photographers like Zack Arias, Trey Ratcliff, Nicole S Young, Joel Grimes, David Duchemin and so many others.


These amazing photographers have compiled together 39 different photography products; including training, tools, and much more, into an awesome deal only available for the 5 days.  Included in the bundle are:

  • Over 70 hours of training video
  • 14 Photography ebooks
  • 300+ Lightroom Presets
  • 500+ Textures

and so much more.

The deal starts today, October 15 at 12pm EST and ends October 20 at 12pm EST.

We really hope that you take a good look at the deal and either pick one up for yourself or gift it to someone because either way you’re donating to charities that could use the donations.

Learn more here.

10 Tips Supercharge Your Photography Website – Free eBook

We are happy to share the release of an eBook.  10 Tips Supercharge Your Photography Website is a free eBook with amazing advice from our friends.

10 incredible photographers shared their thoughts on how you, as a photographer, can improve your website.

10 Tips To Supercharge Your Photography Website

In the eBook, you will learn from:

  • Jamie Swanson
  • Andrew Funderburg
  • Angela Pointon
  • C.C. Chapman
  • Zach Prez
  • Brian Matiash
  • Chris Frailey
  • Justin Balog
  • Rosh Sillars
  • Jodi Friedman
“A highly informative book without being overwhelming. It’s back to basics for the modern age.” – Traci Law

“Great tips for photographers of all sorts – whether you shoot people, artwork, or landscapes, these website strategies will apply to your site.” – Aaron Hockley

“I am now working on a new, and better, web strategy after digesting these tips and tricks for a third time tonight!” – Chris Nitz

Learn more and download your free Photography Website eBook today.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the eBook,

Scott & The Photocrati Team

PS.  If you’re interested in contributing to the second volume of the free eBook, get in touch with us.

Full Disclosure

Michael “Nick” Nichols is the Editor-at-Large for photography at National Geographic magazine and is a founding member of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA. Photocrati welcomes Nick on his first post as a special VIP guest blogger.

This past October, I went to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in London. My camera trap image of a black bear in the Redwoods of California had been given an award. Last year, my close friend and former assistant Steve Winter had won the big prize with a camera trap image of a snow leopard. We both have invested years in finding ways to make elusive, wild animals photograph themselves by crossing the path of an infrared beam, triggering a disguised camera nearby.

The awards are presented in the fantastic main hall of the British Natural History Museum, under the giant dinosaur; a fabulous setting with all the mood that a great award ceremony should have. This year the winning image was another camera trap image, an Iberian wolf. Iberian wolves have come back from the brink of extinction and this image had the added energy of the wolf jumping over a fence. I was stunned by the image and immediately asked to meet the photographer.


Jose Luis Rodriguez was gracious and told me he had made the image over many months and many failed attempts by making an arrangement with a sheep farmer. He relayed that he had put “bait” carcasses inside the vacant sheep paddock for many nights while he attempted to get the image he had dreamed of. It is a perfect image. The wolf is in mid-air at exactly the right point. This is very hard to do with camera traps because the beam and the speed of the animal give results that are not perfect. Remember, the photographer cannot be there to adjust anything and most wild animals do not come back and do the same thing twice.I have a well-known image of a wild tiger jumping from a cliff directly into the camera. I got one frame in three months. One.

Leaping Tiger

The jumping Iberian wolf image seemed impossible, but I accepted it because I was proud of the photographer for disclosing that he had “baited” the animal. [Read more…]

Technology doesn’t define us…

…but it is a part of our identity.

I got my first job in this business because the photographer that hired me didn’t understand the concepts behind digital imaging. He knew f/stops and shutter speeds and watt/seconds like the back of his hand. He could estimate flash exposure (without a meter) within half a stop, and his client relation skills were out of this world. But he had just mortgaged his house to buy a digital camera (Kodak DCS460) and he needed help.

That was 15 years ago. Digital imaging was just beginning to become an acceptable alternative to film for some uses. Royalty free stock photography had just entered the market and pulled the rug out from under a lot of photographers. The global economy was finally starting to come out of a recession. Fifteen years later – we’re (hopefully) coming out of recession, microstock has showed up, pulling the rug out from a lot of photographers, and integrated video is once again, to use a phrase from the ’90’s, shifting the paradigm.

Looking at the past few years, newspapers and magazines have struggled horribly as advertisers have cut back ad budgets and shifted to digital marketing. It’s pretty likely that advertising supported print publications are not long for this world. Second, recent product prototypes by publishers like Conde Nast© and Time/Warner show that e-readers are coming fast. And if Apple launches the iSlate (or whatever they decide to call it,) later this month as predicted, and it’s the game changer it’s expected to be, it’s entirely possible that the newsstand and bookstore as we know it are headed the way of Betamax and CD’s. Right now publishers are simply converting their print publications to electronic versions. But that’s soon to change. Audio and video embedded into magazine, book and newspaper articles are only a software upgrade away.

Those photographers outside of the commercial field are by no means exempt. Moving pictures embedded into family snapshots (a la Harry Potter) are currently technologically possible, but economically unfeasible – and we all know how that curve works. Wedding and event photographers are already combining their stills into slide show movies with transitions and background music. Making the jump to embedded video is a logical next step.

As with any monumental change, there will be those who resist, those who adopt early, and those who go with the flow. It’s probably too late to be in on the early adopter phase, but it’s certainly never too late to be a resistor. After all, there are those of us who still shoot film, and are sought out because of it. There are those who make images using oils and watercolors and etchings, and make livings doing so. I expect that there will always be those who make a living exclusively doing still images with a camera, but they’ll be a minority. What’s left is the middle ground of going with the flow. Usually, it’s said, that standing in the middle of the road is a good way to get run over, and it’s true. But what may be worse is not crossing the road in the first place.

A lot of the skills that we’ve learned as still photographers translate to video very well. Composition, lighting and attention to detail are still important. New skills like capturing quality audio, maintaining continuity and compression codecs steepen the learning curve – so get on it and learn. As with still photography, specialized help is needed in some instances. We hire food, makeup and prop stylists all the time in the still world. It’s no different in the motion world, other than you need more people. Freelance editors, script supervisors, line producers and audio technicians may come into play.

ASMP has just published the results of their research here. It’s well worth reading.

Fifteen years ago I got my start because an industry veteran realized that he knew a lot, but didn’t know enough. So he hired some help. That’s a lesson worth taking to heart. We know a lot, but we need to know more. Either learn, hire some help, or get run over.