I Made a Font!

After years of admiring well crafted fonts from a distance, I decided to get up close and personal by creating my own. The result is Happy Thoughts, a hand printed typeface with extras like ligatures, stylistic alternates, and multi-lingual support. You can grab it for just $12 at Creative Market or in my shop. Happy fonting!

Coming Soon to CreativeLive

I've got several new courses in the works for CreativeLive! One is about working with Adobe Spark, another is about creating Stylized Portraits in Photoshop, and the third is about working with Adobe Stock in Illustrator.

Here are a few images from the different projects we'll be creating—I hope you'll join me and follow along! The courses will be broadcast live on Tuesday, September 25th, after which you'll find them among my others in the CreativeLive course catalog.

The Enthusiast's Guide

New Book! Enthusiast's Guide to CompositionGreat news for shutter bugs everywhere, my good friends at Rockynook publishing have put together a series of books specifically for beginning photographers called The Enthusiast's Guide. It includes books on creating multi-shot techniques by Alan Hess, a guide to portraiture by Jarod Fosters, and a book on composition from yours truly. The series will be released this October. Good things to come!

Tackle Album Design Like a Boss

Alright people. It's a new year and wedding season will be upon us shortly (or may be already—depending on what part of the world you're in). The time to get a grip on your design/production workflow is now, before you get bogged down and fall behind, promising yourself you'll do a better next year.

If you're headed to WPPI next week, join me at 3pm on Wednesday for Wicked Fast Albums and get a grip on the chaos once and for all! I'll show you the basics of InDesign so you can rock not only albums (in record time), but studio marketing materials, ebooks, and even ipad apps! (What?!) For real.

And, I have a ton of great prizes from folks like Adobe, MpixPro, Finao, AsukaBook, Triple Scoop Music, Adorama, Kelly Moore Bags, and of course—Peachpit Press, RockYourWorkflow, and Banti Album Proofing.

Plus—free hugs to those who need 'em. Let's do this! Who's with me?

Thirst Relief Mentor Auction

I'm honored to be participating in Thirst Relief International's annual Mentor Auction again this year. If you're not already familiar with Thirst Relief and the amazing work they do, prepare to be blown away.

Their mission is to "overcome death and disease resulting from the consumption of contaminated water by providing safe, clean drinking water to those in need around the world."

Founded in 2005, Thirst Relief operates in nine countries to launch sustainable water projects in impoverished rural areas and urban slum communities.  100% of public donations go to their various water projects and amazingly—$5 provides 25 yrs. of clean water for one person.

Want to get in on the action and give yourself something to feel really great about? Make a donation to one of their projects —OR— get your bidding on to win a 90-minute mentoring session with yours truly (along with a copy of my Wicked Fast Wedding Workflow Guide and my InDesign Tutorial Video)!

Check out this video to learn more about the work they do, then feel awesome while you set the auction bids on fire! I'm looking forward to connecting with the highest bidder!

PS: Better hurry!  Bidding closes Sunday night (Feb. 3rd) at 10pm CST!

Thirst Relief Short from Anton Lorimer on Vimeo.

I'm Hitting the Road... Let's Meet Up!

2013 is off to a busy start! It's conference season in the industry, and I'm thrilled to be presenting at three of my faves. If you have plans to be at one of them—I hope you'll join me and come say hello!

I'll be teaching various combos of my Wicked Fast Workflow and InDesign Basics at the following international photography events:

SWPP | London Jan. 11th & 12th

ImagingUSA | Atlanta Jan. 20th

Also in Atlanta: I'll be speaking at the Mpix Pro booth at 1pm on Jan. 20th and at the SMUG Mug group at 8:30pm on Jan. 20th

WPPI | Las Vegas March 13th

Drop me a note and let me know if I'll get to see you!

ReFocus in 2013: FREE Online Learning Event!

This time of year is the perfect time to make plans for the upcoming season. Looking to turbo charge and ReFocus your business in 2013? Check out this AWESOME and FREE learning opportunity to gleam all kinds of business wisdom from 13 industry leaders.

No hotel rooms to book, no flights to catch. Tune in and get it all from the comfort of home with your wifi connection and favorite pair of slippers. It's three days worth of goodness that's entirely FREE when you tune in on Jan. 8th, 16th, and 24th.

Yours truly will be sharing my big, bold, and simple approach towards package structuring on Jan. 8th. Other speakers include Dane Sanders, Zach and Jody Gray, Jeff & Julia Woods, and Michael Corsentino—just to name a few.

Learn more and sign up here.

 

Book Giveaway!

I recently had the honor of announcing the re-branded, special edition of Your Camera Loves You that has been re-released exclusively to Barnes & Noble under the title, "Getting Started in Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Greatshots." Now I can also tell you that I will be giving away some signed copies—and one of them could be YOURS!

To enter, tell me why you want the book in any of the following ways and be sure to copy & paste this link so it's included: http://bit.ly/UMPb02

  • A post on FB. Be sure to tag me so I see it!
  • On twitter. Tag me with @kplicanic

I'll choose/draw winners on Thursday!

Workflow + Album Design: creativeLIVE Wrap-Up

Wow. The entire crew over at creativeLIVE is on their game like nobody's business. They make magic happen on a daily basis, and—they make it look easy.

For those of you who aren't familiar with creativeLIVE and how it works, they offer entirely FREE online workshops, broadcast over the internet to anyone in the world with a connection. If you enjoy the course and want to keep it for future reference, you can purchase it for immediate download (which often includes some bonus goodies too).

They're quickly taking the whole world by storm, and I am beyond honored to have had the opportunity to be part of the fun and witness their collective genius in action. (Group hug!)

I shared my approach to wedding workflow and album design, detailing how for the past 3 years, I've managed to edit a full wedding (and design the album) in 8 hours or less, getting everything back to clients within a week of their wedding. I've been teaching variations of this topic for a few years, and there are always some folks who think I'm making the whole thing up. :) To put an end to any doubts you may have, at the end of Day 2, you can watch  me design a full 40-pg album (entirely from scratch in InDesign), start to finish—in 35 minutes. LIVE and on-camera.

Think I'm kidding? Get the course and see for yourself! ;)

Here's a wrap-up from the end of Day 1: (Huge shout out to the entire creativeLIVE crew and everyone who tuned in to be part of the world-wide magic... Collective happy dance!)

Join Me on creativeLIVE (for FREE!)

Wedding Album I am crazy excited to be making an appearance on creativeLIVE and will have the opportunity to help photographers around the globe whip their workflows into shape!

The 2-day workshop will be broadcast on-line for FREE on Sept. 27th & 28th and you can sign up to watch here. (If you're in or plan to be in the Seattle area at that time, fill out this form for a chance to join me in the live studio audience. Selectees will be notified on Sept. 17th, so get the form in no later than the 16th!)

Here's an overview of what to expect—don't miss this!

Holiday Gift Idea: Learn to Love Your Camera!

Your camera loves you. Yes, it's true. And if you're still looking for a great gift idea, you should know that you (or the shutterbugs in your life) can learn to love your camera back for less than $20! Available at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon, it's easy to ring in the holidays with better photos!

Here's an excerpt from the most recent review: "It's funny how many photo guides and books are out there, but when it comes right down to it, only you will know when the book in question is "the" book for you. Like that crush you had in grade school.... you didn't know what was happening, but it just felt right. Well, Your Camera Loves You should be your crush of the season." You can read the rest of the review here.

PS: If you already have the book, let others know how much you've enjoyed it and write your own review here!

Peachpit Photo Club: A Webinar with Yours Truly!

The incredible people over at Peachpit Press have put together a great (and FREE!) learning resource available for anyone who wants to make use of it. It's called Photo Club, and it's an entirely free series of webinars from their extensive collection of authors and industry leaders. I'm honored to be presenting next Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 7pm CST (5pm PST/8pm EST), and you're invited to join the fun! Register here!

Get Better Photos with any Camera

Your Camera Loves YouMy new book, Your Camera Loves You: Learn to Love it Back! ships next month! (Eeeeeeeek!) The idea for it started years ago while teaching an introductory class about photography and digital cameras, and has blossomed into a full-blown book published by the incredible team over at Peachpit Press (seriously—they are sensational!).

You can get your hands on a copy by pre-ordering from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or Peachpit. The best part? You don't have to wait long before it ships—it's coming out in less than 4 weeks! (You can find and like it on Facebook too!)

Also—the next two editions of the camera class (the one that inspired the book) are coming up!

Friday, Aug. 12 from 1-5pm Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5-9pm (This one is a special edition evening class—don't miss it!)

Mark your calendars! Contact SCC's Continuing Education Department at 402.437.2700 to sign up!

Here's a video to give you an idea of what to expect in the book. Enjoy! :)

Your Chance to RockYourWorkflow for only $39!

My Guide to a Wickedly Fast Workflow has been flying off the shelves our server since I launched it last January. If you've been waiting to get your hands on a copy, now is a great time! For a limited time, it's available for only $39 (regularly $89) courtesy of the folks over at PhotoDough. I've gotten a lot of questions about the software I use and recommend. My favorite combination includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign. But the guide is about so much more than software—it's about the philosophy of building a wedding package with your clients' best interest at heart, ultimately making their lives (and yours) easier. It's about setting up a system so that no one (you or your clients) has the chance to drop the ball and delay the process. And it's about the potent combination of efficiency and effectiveness.

You can download the first 2 chapters to see for yourself, or you can hop on over to PhotoDough and get it while the gettin' is good! :)

I hope it truly changes your life! Here's what other folks have had to say:

“I thought my workflow was ok—but after reading the guide’s tips on how to cut images down, how to design and set up a winning wedding package, my workflow has been blown completely out of the water! No wonder I hated the whole process before!” —Carly Rodgers

“Being new to the business, I was overwhelmed at what seemed like never ending post production.  I’ve read about photographers finishing in 8 hours… but no one was telling me *how* to do it…  Until now! Khara’s guide laid out everything… from leaving the wedding, to ordering the album. She even talks about the steps she takes before the wedding to make sure everything afterwards is seamless.  My New Year’s resolution is to have proofs and album design back to the client in one week!” – Lauren Mingus

I just put the finishing touches on the edit from this past Saturday’s wedding thanks to Rock My Workflow this season!” —Sandra Regier

Workflow Guide Sale

The Book! Available for Pre-Order

As some of you may know, I've been taking some time off to focus on a very exciting project: My first book! Written especially for beginners, it's called, "Your Camera Loves You: Learn to Love it Back." The message is: cameras don't take great photos—people do. If you want better pictures, don't buy a new camera—learn to use the one you've got!

This ain't your average camera book! Believe it or not, I've found a way to combine Law & Order, sumo wrestling, cookie dough, and a chapter called, "Death by Cropping," into a fun and snappy book to help you get the most from your camera—whichever one you already have. But you'll have to get the book to see what I mean… ;)

It recently went live on Amazon and is available at a special price for pre-ordering, so treat yourself, your family, your friends, and learn just how how awesome your camera truly is!

 

"A" Stands for "Auto" (Not "Awesome")

Lots of folks have been asking me all kinds of questions about the book I'm writing, and while I'm over the moon with excitement, I haven't gone into a lot of public detail yet. BUT--I thought I'd share part of the overall concept with you. :) (The name of the book is NOT the same as the name of this post—in case you wondered!) [Editor's update: The book is out and it's called "Your Camera Loves You: Learn to Love it Back!"]

The book is based on one of my favorite classes that I teach on a regular basis (at least 4-8 times per year). It's a super basic, start at the beginning, sort it all out digital camera class embracing the premise that any and all cameras are capable of being pretty rad... if you know how to work them.

The problem is that most people don't.

They buy a camera, set it to "auto" and keep it there until they become frustrated. Eventually they hunt around for a newer model with hopes that the fancier camera will magically make their photos look better. Of course, it doesn't... and they don't... and the poor sap ends up back at square one, with only a bruised bank balance to show for it.

In an effort to break the cycle, I teach folks how to get the most they can from the camera they already have. You don't have to have a fancy-pants pro-level dSLR (or any dSLR) to get great shots--You just have to know how to work it. (As I tell people in class, "Don't be afraid to get bossy!")

To prove it, I thought I'd share with you a couple of sample photos I shot for the book while Emir and I were camping in Morocco's Sahara Desert. These were both captured (only moments apart) in the black of night with my Canon S95 (a super compact point & shoot camera retailing for less than $400).

This first image was captured with the camera (and flash) set to "auto." Needless to say... it looks awful. Where were we? The Black Hole?

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This is literally the same scene, captured with the same camera only a few seconds later in a different shooting mode (in this case, manual mode). It is not a product of Photoshop, but rather... something much better. I like to call it... knowledge. I simply canceled the flash and increased the exposure time (by slowing the shutter waaaaay down). And... BAM!

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The book is slated to hit the stores sometime this summer (I will definitely keep you posted!). In the mean time, the next class is on the calendar for Friday August 12, 1-5pm. Contact SCC at 402.437.2700 to get signed up!