Monthly Archives: August 2008

Portraits of Jordan

Here are a couple of images of Jordan during a recent trip up to Valley Forge State Park.

This last one was a technique called Painting with Light.

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August 30, 2008 - 11:01 pm

Jordan - so cool im so happy with the work from this shoot!

August 29, 2008 - 7:10 am

Erik Matey - Mark,
Great stuff! The last one is a piece of art… well done!

~Erik

Powerful images

So as I go about my duties of editing weddings I often notice my expression changing as I view the images, lots of laughs and smiles as I replay the days events back in my mind. Today was no different, except I ran across this image of David and his daughter prior to the start of the wedding… I’ll let the photo do the rest of the talking.

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September 1, 2008 - 7:49 pm

David - Hey… I got something in my eye!!! Mark, it was great working with you.. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos..

August 28, 2008 - 4:17 pm

Karen - Mark, Thank you for taking such a wonderful picture of my new family!

August 28, 2008 - 2:51 pm

Rachel Toner - talk about a priceless moment Mark! Wow.

Krista and Chris’s Engagement session

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Digital Photography Workflow

This post is geared to my fellow photographers who ask quite often about my workflow and methods I use to speed things up without sacrificing image quality.

I’m not talking about actual Digital Asset Management (DAM), but rather individual image editing and album page layouts. I’ve always known that being efficient when working images will greatly reduce the amount of time spent at the computer, but it wasn’t until I purchased a set DQ Quikeys that I realized how much more efficient i could I could be. This tool has simply made my life easier, and given me more time to work on my business, meet new clients, foster relationships with other wedding vendors, planners, photographers, etc.

DQ Quikeys leverages the power of keystrokes already available in Adobe Photoshop (most I don’t know or cant even remember) to the simplest of tasks as well as running the most complex actions with the simple press of a button.

I’m also using DQ Quikeys to speed up my album design workflow. Quikeys has a second set functions which allow me to seamlessly switch between Adobe® Bridge® and Photoshop® and turn these images into beautiful album spreads, quickly.

I’m excited for the future of DQ Quikeys as they are soon to even further increase the speed at which I can edit my RAW image files using Adobe® Lightroom®. This most likely will require me to modify my DAM strategy yet again, but it will be for greater good.

So if your a active professional photographer looking for a way to get out from behind the computer at the same time as making your images look better, you owe it to yourself to check out DQ Quikeys.

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November 25, 2008 - 7:42 pm

markgardner - Hi Jen-

I’m using the Pro Version of Quikeys!

November 25, 2008 - 2:49 pm

jenberry - which DQ quikeys did you buy? just the keyboard?

September 8, 2008 - 4:17 pm

Lorrie - Beautiful job Mark the pictures are GREAT!!!!! Thank you. I can’t wait to see the wedding photographs.

Photographing Musicians

It’s not often I get to photograph musicians, but when I do, I’m looking for something different. Here are a few from the jam session last night at The Pickled Herring Pub here in North East, MD.

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