NEW kumu Studio Management Software

We are so excited to announce the launch of a new, easy, and affordable photography studio management software—kumu STUDIO. Our goal was to create a fun and intuitive studio management system that provides you with the tools you need to run an organized and profitable photography studio business. kumu STUDIO is powerful, without overwhelming you with complex features. Kumu means teacher in Hawaiian and Kevin designed the software to be easy to use and help you along the way. Many of you saw Kevin demo the software on CreativeLive and the response has been overwhelming. The software fits perfectly with Kevin's workflow and he has been using a similar version in his own studio for years. 

Features of kumu:

  • Manages and links your contacts, jobs, products, and invoices all in one location.

  • Pricing calculator to determine your cost of goods, retail pricing, and profitability.

  • Includes a post-production workflow checklist to keep you on task and on time.

  • Integrates with your image catalogs (e.g. Lightroom or Aperture) for beginning-to-end job tracking.

  • Sales and tax reports to let you know how you're doing.

  • Intuitive and actually kind of fun to use.

  • Currently works on both Mac and PC. (iPad coming soon.)

  • Customer support available from really nice people via email or phone.

  • And too many more to list

Ready to try kumu for free? You can get a 15 day trial by downloading it here. Love it? You can purchase and register it at any time for only $159* (reg. $199). There are no monthly fees or costly subscriptions. For more information visit our website here

*Introductory pricing for a limited time. 


Top 3 Lightroom 5 new features!

Lightroom 5 was officially announced today and we wanted to let everyone know that our existing Lightroom Presets packages all work fantastically with the new update! From our main quiver "Workflow Collection" to our popular and funky "Vintage Delish" set, they all work great and give you popular, beautiful looks with a single click.  

We also have a complete collection with all our popular presets AND our Workflow video tutorial. Anyone who purchases now will get a free upgrade to the Lightroom 5 video when it's released shortly. 

Lightroom 5 has several new features  and our soon-to-be-released Lightroom 5 Workflow training video will cover them all and explain how to integrate them in to an efficient and complete workflow system – as I teach in my hands-on workshops. However, here's a quick rundown of the main features I'm excited about and why:

  1.  Smart Previews – these are essentially larger, more robust previews of your full-sized images that provide enough information to do Develop mode adjustments, even if your master images are offline. This means you can do pretty much any type of editing you'd do with online images, and then you simply synchronize those changes when you re-connect to the master images. This means working on airplanes or away from your master file storage is much more efficient. 

    An added bonus of the Smart Preview is that it is quicker to switch to Develop mode and apply adjustments since you are reading the preview, not the full RAW file. This is fantastic news for owners of the Nikon D800, D600, or other very high resolution cameras as you can edit those massive files very quickly now! (see this post for a review/comparison of the D800 and D600).

  2.  Advanced Healing Brush – adopting more of Photoshop's functionality, the healing brush in LR5 can now follow lines you draw rather than just circular daubs, as in previous versions. This makes healing lines on faces, telephone wires, etc. much cleaner and more efficient.

  3. Radial Gradient – you can apply adjustments through a radial gradient that you position manually. No longer are you limited to linear gradients. This is particularly useful for vignette effects where you want to specify a certain area of the image as the center of the vignette rather than only being able to vignette from the image center, as it currently works.

You can create your smart previews right away when you import a new set of photos via the import dialog box

For existing images, you can generate the smart previews by selecting them then using the menu option

These are my top 3 new features, although there are more.  I'll post some extensive tips and tricks for using the new features in upcoming blog posts. Have fun with it! What's your favorite new feature? What do you wish they would have added?


A free online event for new photographers

I will be contributing a free 1-hour video tutorial on Photoshop Essentials for new photographers as part of the JoyOfMarketing's Newbie event on Nov. 8-11. There will be several qualified instructors doing presentations on all aspects of successfully starting and running your photography business. If you are relatively new, or just need a little boost with some great ideas, definitely check this out! 

Follow this link for more info and to save your spot for the free online event.