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2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals For Photographers

Every year I like to share some of my favorite Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for photographers. This year I’m happy to share another list and this time also some of my own fresh deals!

My Deals

From November 26 – December 1, 2014 you can save 66% on any of the products sold on my website. This includes my ebooks, presets and the Wedding Photographer Conversion Kit. This deal does not include my ebook sold by Peachpit Press.

Save 66% by using the coupon code GobbleGobble.

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Deals from Work (WordPress!)

The Photocrati theme is normally $89, but from Black Friday through Cyber Monday it’s 50% off at only $45.50 a year!

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NextGEN Gallery has over 11 million downloads, making it the most popular gallery plugin for WordPress.  Normally NextGEN Plus is $49 but during the big Black Friday sales, it’s 40% off at only $29 per year.

NextGEN Pro is the super awesome Ecommerce plugin for selling photographs. Normally it’s $99 but it’s on sale at 40% off making it only $59 per year.

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Deals from my friends

I will categorize each of these to help make reading through the list a little easier.

Legal

Rachel Brenke is offering 40% off at her legal shop, The Law Tog,  between November 26 and December 1 using the coupon code BlackFriday40.

Business

Jamie Swanson has an amazing deal on her products.  Jamie’s marketing course, Marketog, is $499 (half off!). The full course with Q&A won’t run again until January or February and will be full-priced again but you will get access to the study hall group and old Q&A info. One payment  only; no payment plans accepted for the Black Friday deal. This will be the only chance to enroll until early 2015.

Jamie is also offering an “Everything Digital” bundle – All of her products listed below EXCEPT Marketog: $399 (would normally cost $662 for everything)

  • Photographer’s Pricing Guide Workbook (retails for $149)
  • Go-To Guide for Client E-Mails (retails for $147)
  • Easy Client & Money Manager (retails for $129)
  • Easy Client Manager (retails for $59)
  • Profitable Portfolio Builder (retails for $129.99)
  • Client Questionnaire Library (retails for $49)

facebook-adsBy the way… Jamie now has a free eBook on Facebook advertising that is well worth downloading.  It gives a step-by-step tutorial (with over 30 screen shots showing them each and every button to press and setting to select) that helps set up ads that target specific visitors to your website (such as people who visited but didn’t inquire, those that have inquired but not booked, etc).  It talks about what makes an ad effective, what is a waste of money, and how to use this strategy with your photography business (and why it’s cheaper than other methods).

Joy Vertz is taking 50% off her super popular class “3 Weeks to Pricing Perfection” only through December 2nd using the code blackfriday50.

Zach Prez is taking $60 off his Business Planning Cookbook, with no coupon code required.  Pick it up for only $39.

Strategy

Salesographer is the essential in-person sales and pricing strategy for portrait photographers. More specifically wedding photographers, but the idea works for many photography types. The program is on sale for $49 for 12 hours only (Midnight to Noon, on Black Friday) with no code needed

Jenika McDavitt from Psychology for Photographers is offering big savings on her Irresistible Website and Words products from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.  No codes are required as the products will be discounted already in your cart.

  • Irresistible Website – $109 (reg $159)
  • Irresistible Words – $199 (reg $249)
  • Bundle of both $299 (retail for both would be $408)

My friend Angela is offering a huge discount on her eBook, Worth More, which helps photographers strategize their pricing for better profits.  The book is normally $99, but from November 26 to December 1st it is only $19 with no code required.

Matt & Katie are offering 30% off their in person sales guide with and without videos, using the coupon code maytheforceofsavingsbewithyou. The coupon is good from November 28th to December 1st.

General Photography Education

Andy Lim is offering his SimpleSLR Photography Guides at 40% off from November 10th – December 2nd using the code BlackFriday40.

My friends at Photography Concentrate are offering 30-40% off their products with no coupon required.  The deal is from November 23rd to December 2nd.

If you are interested in boudoir photography then check out Boudie Shorts.  They’re offering two big sales for Black Friday.

  • 50% off Model Call ($79, normally $129, no code needed)
  • 50% off Boudoir BUSINESS Camp self study ($249 pay in full only, normally $498, no code needed)

John Dunlop is offering really sweet deals at Expert Photography from November 24 to December 2nd, with no codes required.

  • Beginner Photography ebook $5
  • Beginner Photography video course $47 (down from $97)
  • Landscape Photography ebook $5
  • Landscape Photography video course $47 (down from $97)
  • Website Building Service for Photographers $247 (down from $297)

Susan Stripling is offering 30% all books in her store (most notably, The ThinkBook Compendium, The Business and Marketing Workbook, and Case Studies) with no coupon code needed.

Photography Apps & Software

SmugMug is offering 40% their plans during Black Friday week only.

Preveal is normally $75, but the super awesome iPad app is $24.99 for 12 hours only (Midnight to Noon on Black Friday) with no code needed.

Swift Galleries, the web based version of Preveal will be available for pre-purchase for $50/yr, and only 500 spots are available, with no code needed.

As a super big fan of YouProof I’m excited to share that their iPad proofing app will be on sale on November 28th for $14.99.  Then from the 29th to December 1st the price will be discounted at $24.99 before going back up to the regular $34.99 price.

MacPhun is offering a super awesome deal on their Creative Kit Plus bundle.  It will be on sale for just $129.99 — which is $80 off purchasing the products separately — And each buyer will get their choice of either a $20 iTunes or $20 Amazon gift card. Offer good in North America only.

Black Rudis is offering 25% off his Zone Editing System Friday through Monday with the code black25.

The guys at OptinMonster are offering 35% off their optin plugin, using the coupon code BF2014 of course. The sale is from November 24th and will go until December 1st..

Design

Stacie at Colorvale Actions is hosting a variety of deals this month.

  • November 1 – 30 – 20% off all digital items – Code: November2014
  • November 22 – 28 – 1 Week Giveaway with amazing vendors such as Colorvale, The Law Tog, Marie Masse Photography and more!
  • November 28 – 30 – 40% off all digital items – Code is:  ThanksWeekend2014

Website Hosting

WP Engine CyberHosting14 Special Offer My favorite host, WP Engine, is offering 4 free months of hosting using the code CyberHosting14. The offer expires on December 2nd. The offer is only valid for new customers with Personal, Professional, and Business Plans.

How Photographers Can Find Their Vision

Vision PathA common thread amongst newer photographers, and photographers looking to grow, is vision.

I’m often asked about how to find vision. The answer isn’t simple, and I have actually written about it in the past.

I don’t think it can be taught because a photographer’s vision isn’t black and white. There are so many colors and variances. The only thing we can do, as educators, is to offer guidance to push people towards finding their own visions. Using challenges that are broad so the photographer is forced to think using their creative brain. Or specific as we discover the photographer’s strengths and nudge them forward.

For the past few months I have been mentoring photographers at The Arcanum. It’s been an amazing experience, but with the cost of the daily personalization it’s not something that everyone can afford.

So I decided to create a product that is more affordable for people. Something that can help photographers find vision. Through it you will be faced with weekly challenges which are structured to help you find your own vision through researching, trying, doing, gathering feedback, rinse, recycle, repeat.

Vision Path is not as time intensive as The Arcanum but personalization still exists through public (social) feedback and a few detailed critiques from me. Check out this video talking more about it:

Think of it as a crash course to help you think deeper about your photography.

I hope you’ll check it out and start exploring the path towards your vision.

Scott

Vision Path Video Transcription

  • I suck
  • I am nobody
  • I can’t figure it out
  • I don’t know where to go

But I am always always learning, and I don’t care about being famous, and I strive to better myself, and I love being inspired, and inspiring others, and teaching others to also better themselves.

For over a decade I have been making photographs, growing as a photographer, improving my work, and doing it for myself.

I think doing it for yourself is the key to successful photography improvement. Loving the art, bettering the craft and absorbing as much knowledge and light as possible.

That’s why I created Vision Path. To help others achieve their goals through challenges and advice and critiques.

I don’t care what kind of gear you use, or what techniques you think aren’t worth your time. I care about what you think is best for you.

Vision Path is a place for you to be you, learn, and grow.

I have been told I am not good enough, but I keep going. I keep growing. I keep learning and making a difference.

So I’d like to encourage you to take off that hard hat and stop listening to those who say no. Start believing in yourself and put the desire to do better into action. Sign up for Vision Path and in 16 weeks you’ll have a clearer vision than ever before.

Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond is beautiful location tucked away in Acadia National Park in Maine.

It is a location where you can see mountains in the distance.  The mountains are called bubbles because the are extremely round and resemble bubbles.

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I love scenes like this for a few reasons. The rocks and driftwood in the water sits perfectly so when doing a longer exposure their peak through the icy water perfectly.  Then the trees in the distance pop off the lighter mountain background.  To top it off, it was a very foggy morning so remains of the fog floats above the trees.

Talk about a beautiful view.

Scott

My Friend Daryl

This is my friend Daryl. He and I met via social media many years ago. One day he said to me that he keeps struggling to join the photowalks I was organizing on a regular basis.

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So my reply to him was something along the lines of… “then let’s plan one together so you have no choice but to attend.”

And that is what happened. Over the years Daryl and I have become super close friends.

This photograph was made at my recent headshot photography meetup. It shows Daryl’s natural smile and that’s what these past 5 days have been about.

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 5 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Justin Balog for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the last few days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you,

Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

Headshot With A Splash Of Color

This is Erin.  I met her via The Arcanum as she is one of the apprentices I’m mentoring.

I had the pleasure of meeting Erin in person during a headshot photography meetup I organized.

During our time making photos and sharing headshot photography tips and trips, my friend Joe decided to set up a backlight with a purple gel.  This was the result of the light. It added a really nice purple tint to the black background.

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I decided to share this photograph because it is one of my favorites from the day, and Erin’s smile is extremely natural.

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 4 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Jeremy Cowart for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next two days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

I had the fortune of meeting Jeremy recently at PhotoPlus Expo after years of interacting through social media. So Jeremy, I’m calling you out. Bring on the smiles!

Thanks,
Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

One Is More Than A Number

The number one means so many different things depending on what its referring to.  For a one year work anniversary it is a pretty neat deal, but not one often celebrated.

I rarely hear of anyone celebrating one year of retirement.

But a first birthday is huge.  It is a giant milestone for the parents and the child.  One that needs to be celebrated, and admired.  One is a beautiful thing, but it is much more than a number.

A one year old with a smile is even better.

One Is More Than A Number

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 3 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Alan Shapiro for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next few days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you,

Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

The Look Back

The couple here had their baby a few weeks later.

I have photographed many couples, their children and even maternity photos in the past.

But now that Melissa is having our first baby I see maternity photos differently.  To me this photograph speaks more about what I would like to do for my clients maternity photos from now on.

It says more about the couple and their love for each other.

And it brings out more smiles.

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I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 2 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Karen Hutton for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next few days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you,

Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

Smiles & The Start Of Something Amazing

Today I am happy to share a new challenge among the photography community.

You see, two weeks ago I was challenged by my friend Matt to participate in the 5 day Black and White challenge. It was a fun challenge, but I also felt there could be more things like that with strong purposes.

Smiles & The Start Of Something Amazing

So I excited to introdude to you the 5 Day Smile Challenge.

There is so much negativity in the world. You see it in local, national and international news on a daily basis. So why not brighten the Internet up with smiles. For the next 5 days I will be sharing photographs that include one or more smiles.

Each day I will also nominate another photographer to keep the challenge going. With a little luck and the love of smiles and the feelings you get when seeing someone smile, I hope to lift the spirits for people. I also hope to take your mind off of all the negativity going on around you, even if for a moment.

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 1 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Jeff Revell for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next 5 days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you for reading,

Scott

If you are a photographer and want to take on the challenge, simply follow the instructions I just shared and then include a blurb like this in your blog article or social share:

I have been nominated for the smile challenge by _____. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day __ of 5 for me. Today I will nominate ____ for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next 5 days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

5 Day Smile Challenge

Smooth & Foggy Days

On our way up to Acadia National Park we stopped at two lighthouses and a cove.  We were hoping for the rain to break, but it didn’t.  So we sucked it up, put on our rain gear and made some magic.

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The photograph you see here is actually one of two lighthouses in this area.  We didn’t realize that the first lighthouse had another in the distance, but apparently it did.

When photographing such a foggy day it’s hard to break through that grey tone.  It takes a lot of post processing.  From what I have seen, Adobe is working on new algorithms to make processing scenes like this even easier.  I know I’m excited for when that’s available.

But for now, after spending a good amount of time transforming a very flat, barely visible scene, into this – I can surely say I’m happy.

Now to soak in the experience and embed it into the memory banks.

Scott

Rick Louie

For the past few years I have seen Rick’s website many times.  He and I have many of the same photographer friends, and he happens to also be a Photocrati customer.

But my recent trip to Maine was the first time I got to meet him, and turns out he’s an awesome person to know.

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Rick is super talented, smart and fun to hang out with.  He uses the Fuji mirrorless camera system, and more specifically the XT-1 currently.

In addition to his photography services, Rick also hosts workshops and tours and partners with The Photo Frontier for big photo jamborees.

His website is definitely worth a look.

Scott