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Test, Test, 1. 2. 3….Testing ProPhoto2 blog theme for WordPress

Ok gang. This is fore-warning that my blog may be doing some freaky things in the next days and weeks ahead.

I’ve been selected to test a new WordPress Blog template that is currently in Beta. This should be fun!

So, if you happen to see something you like please leave a comment, if you see something you don’t like…well you can comment on that too

Keep checking back, cool stuff is on the horizon!

Update: Mission complete. Prophoto2 will release officially next week. What an amazing opportunity to be part of this beta-test.

Check out the promo video!

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February 10, 2009 - 12:20 pm

markgardner -
Use promo code MGARDNER232

February 10, 2009 - 1:10 am

Steteratatmon - Nice template. Where can i download it?

October 8, 2008 - 11:07 pm

markgardner - Ah cool, the smilies are fixed!

October 8, 2008 - 9:26 pm

Nicole Polk - ooh, exciting! can’t wait to see what’s in store!

October 7, 2008 - 11:58 pm

markgardner - Nope. Just in the main post content.

October 7, 2008 - 11:57 pm

markgardner - a test comment to see if there is a ’stroke’ around the smilie

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.

Photography Classes

Coming soon: 2nd Shooter Workshop

Taught by some of the regions most sought after pros. We’ll show you all the things you can do (and not to do) to command higher rates, get better gigs, and build a killer portfolio. This workshop will get you in a position to create a market for yourself as a in-demand wedding photographers assistant and/or 2nd shooter. Limited to 20 attendees. Call for more information.

Coming soon: My New Camera!
Classes for Mom’s (and Dad’s and teens as well), that just want to learn how to get the most of their new digital camera. Call. We CAN help.

Coming soon: Intro to digital image editing
A class for the hobbyist to do it nice, or do it twice…or thrice.

Coming soon: Taking a better digital picture

Get a better image in the camera, not in the computer.

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david williams workshop

It’s official, We are hosting David Williams- Almost Alone “Baltidephia” (pretty catchy name if you ask me)

ABOUT: Three Days of practical professional photographic enhancement and education for Wedding & Portrait Photographers.

Nothing but lighting & existing light technique, de-posing, detail minis, twin-flash, single studio light, Sensible digital stuff, beautiful inkjets, profiling, free-hand designing, shooting, fun, equipping yourself with the right, simple tools. Making ‘real world’ locations work. One-on-one appraisal and assistance, art influences and what you really should be studying. Thinking analogue in a digital world. Working quickly and accurately for quality.

Click here to register: The Official site of the David Williams- Almost Alone in “Baltidelphia”

WHEN: November 11th-13th 2008

WHERE: Home of Mark Gardner / Studio of Mark Gardner Photography
Located in North East, MD 21901 5 miles south of Exit 100 off I95 (Rt. 272)


Best Western North East Inn – 39 Elwoods Road, North East, Maryland 21901 (Brand New hotel) Hotel Front Desk: 1-410-287-5450 | Hotel Fax:1-410-287-5090

Holiday Inn Express – 101 HOTEL PLAZA NORTH EAST, MD 21901 UNITED STATES Hotel Front Desk: 1-410-287-0008 | Hotel Fax: 1-410-287-7722

What’s to do?

Not much really, small town stuff. I’ll list a few: WalMart, lots of antique shops, a couple of small bars and great little jass & blues joint, a great crab house (they serve burgers and steaks too), McDonalds, Burger King, etc.

Attending Photographers:

Julia MacInnis / Northern Virginia
Julian Kornacki / Philadelphia
Mary Ann Burns / Glen Gardner NJ
Jen Seay / Salsbury MD
David Wong / New Hyde Park, New York
Lisa Harsh / Hoboken,NJ
Erik Matey / Warrington, PA
David Pearce / UK
Rob Garland / Charlottesville, VA

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