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Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up with the daily tasks that demand our attention as photographers that it is easy to forget to smile. Here are 5 reasons for you to smile, because you are a photographer! 1) Toys are tools Let’s face it. Photographers can buy some of the coolest toys […]

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Have you ever found a tool that you know is going to change your life? I found one and I am pretty sure that it will change your life too…

The tool is called BlogStomp. BlogStomp has been around for a while now in the form of Photoshop Actions. I never really bothered with it it too much (partly due to my ‘anti-love’ for Photoshop), until they released the desktop application version.

If you are bloging your images, you know how much time and effort it takes to prepare the images for your blog – resize, add logo, add border, design layout, sharpen, export etc. BlogStomp makes all of this simple and fast! Seriously very fast!!

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Iaan and I spoke about systems and processes on KIKI TV the other night (if you missed the episode, check it out here). I talked about the Workflow board that I use and I received some emails about it, so here is a post I did long ago on FB, but I think it’s worth re-blogging it here on KIKI, so that you guys can see what I was talking about. It might just help you :)

The people that know me, know I’m a bit of a neat freak! I can’t operate in a mess and to be honest it drives me mad! A few years I made myself a visual workflow system and it works like a bom!

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As some of you might know, Iaan proposed in Munich last year. And in the background without me knowing was Carmen & Ingo, from Caringo Photograpix, shooting the whole thing! This was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. Firstly, I didn’t know a thing about the proposal, and then secondly there were two awesome photographers capturing the whole thing!

Join in on KIKI TV tonight at 8pm to meet Carmen & Ingo & feel free to ask them questions :)

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We want to extend a very big thank you to all the photographers that have been helping with Meet Ups in their areas, as well as welcome the new photographers that will be hosting Meet Ups in May and June.

Here at KIKI we believe that Meet Ups are very important as this give you as photographers the opportunity to meet others. Ask questions, learn from one another and make friends within the industry. The Meet Ups have been extended beyond the borders of South Africa and we’re very excited to announce the first Meet Up in Switzerland coming in June!

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Anelle from Seven Swans made another great download available to those of you who want to create your own price list.

Remember your price list is very important as it communicates what you offer, to your potential client. Think of it as a menu in a restaurant. The layout, simplicity and communication is very important.

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Today I want to share with you how to save your images for the web. Every now and then I go to a photographer’s blogs where their images take forever to download. It’s very important to remember to save your images for the web specifically, which means the images are compressed and are much smaller than the original size. A smaller image size will results in faster download speeds and this means happy viewers :)

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Some time ago iaan and I received a very exciting email from Anelle (Seven Swans). Anelle is a great graphic designer with super cute ideas! She mentioned to us that she receives quite a lot of requests from photographers and thought it will be a good idea to contribute to KIKI. We are very excited to have her on board!

The first few weeks, we will be uploading some FREE digital design templates and posting them on the blog . Pretty soon, Anelle will also be contributing some more elaborate designs that you’ll be able to purchase from the KIKI tool section.

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One of my favourite tools in Adobe Lightroom is the soften skin tool. Today we bring to you a post by German photographer Jennifer Henja. She also loves the soften skin tool and wrote a lovely post to explain how to use it.

Sometimes you have clients with very difficult skin. This often happens in portrait and baby photography. Lightroom offers a great an easy tool to soften the skin of your model without using Photoshop or any other program or plugin.

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Damon Pijlman

Last week I saw a gorgeous photo on Facebook. I left a reply for Damon to tell him how much I loved the photo. He then soon replied and told me that he edited the photo with the KIKI Adobe ightroom presets which he totally adores! I asked him to send us the details of how he created the photo. I’ve also included the before and after for you to see the difference.

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I received an email from a photographer today that I thought might be a good topic to discuss and share about on KIKI. The photographer has been shooting weddings for some time now, but she still feels stressed. She asked my advise and wanted to know how I go about not stressing and enjoying a wedding :)

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While editing a wedding I came across some interesting things that might sound really basic, but I believe it’s worth sharing. When I started out as a photographer I was so worried about the background and my camera settings that I forgot to look at the light. After a few weddings I realized that light was the most important, not the pretty fountain or the pose, but the LIGHT was key!!

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