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Share some thoughts with me and win a Tamrac camera bag!

I'm diligently working to get ready for a program I'm doing on creativeLIVE in a couple weeks and wondered if I could ask you a small favor? Over the years I've had so many people come up to me at trade shows and workshops, etc. and tell me what an impact my workflow system has had on their business – giving them time to spend with family and making them more money. I've loved hearing all the comments and it's a huge motivator for me, so thank you! But, now I really want to share those stories, with a photo of you, on my creativeLIVE program. If you've used my workflow training videos or attended one of my workshops, and have some nice thoughts to share, I would be super grateful!

All I need is a quick paragraph, or a short video (nothing fancy), and a photo of you so I can share your story to help and inspire other photographers.  My program is going to be on Lightroom and Photoshop workflow, step-by-step, so comments and testimonials relating to my workflow training or products would be perfect. 

My creativeLIVE program is on April 28-29, so I'll need your thoughts and photo in the next few days so I'll have time to incorporate you. 

I know you'd be doing this out of the goodness of your heart, but we're still going to do a drawing for Tamrac's latest compact camera bag, the Apache Series. Everyone who sends me something is entered to win and you'll be notified via my blog and email by 4/28 if you win.

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By the way, if you have used and loved our previous Lightroom Workflow training video, we have an updated version that just came out. It covers Lightroom 5 and may have some new tricks & tips for you to add to your system ;-)

Just fill out the quick form below to share with me! Thank you, thank you :-)

The Kubota DASHBOARD on CreativeLIVE

Many of you have been watching our friend, Matthew Kemmetmueller aka Matthew the Body, on CreativeLIVE teaching “How to Build a High Volume Senior Photography Business.” He demonstrates the Kubota Action DASHBOARD 4 and how it fits into his speedy workflow. Some of his favorite actions that he mentions are KPD Magic Sharp, Pow Wow, Starburst Vignette, Daily Multi Vitamin, and Crème Brulee. In case you are interested in learning more, we recently completed a quick video by our own Clare Kubota on how to get started using the Kubota Action DASHBOARD 4. This covers the most basic features of the DASHBOARD 4 and is perfect for those just getting started, or who are just wondering what the heck the DASHBOARD does!

Once installed into Photoshop one of the coolest features, I think, is the ability to try every single action we have on your OWN image. How many times have you bought actions just to find out they weren’t quite what you wanted or weren’t adjustable? You will find all of ours are adjustable: You can layer or removing a layer, remove the color in a texture, or change the opacity in an action. How great is that? 

Clare walks you through how to search for actions using keywords like wedding, black and white, seniors, color effects, or you name it. We’ve keyworded every action in the DASHBOARD so you can pull up all the actions that have that keyword associated with it. Or you can just use the drop-down menu to select black and white, image correction, retouching, color effects, basic tools, edges & vignettes and more.

You can also “favorite” actions by right-clicking them in the DASHBOARD, which will put a star next to them so that later you can sort by “favorites,” and your DASHBOARD will show only those.

An additional feature that Clare covers is the ability to paint in a variety of actions. You’ll know if the action is paintable because the paint button next to “apply” is highlighted.

We offer 48 FREE actions with the DASHBOARD that include some basic tools, prepping for FaceBook, black and whites, as well as some fun ones like Just Pop.

If you haven’t already, we hope you will download the DASHBOARD here and give it a spin. We have no doubt you will quickly realize how much faster working in Photoshop and post processing your images can be with all your actions at your fingertips. Let us know how the DASHBOARD has improved your workflow in the comments below or email us info@kubotaimagetools.com We love to hear from you!