October 16th, 2013
We wanted to update you on a couple of new features. You may have recently noticed that every page uses https and a small lock icon shows in the URL bar, which means AlbumExposure is now even more secure! We’re always being mindful of your security, so we’re excited to have made this improvement.
Another feature we added is the ability to indicate whether the first and/or last spreads of an album are actually representing the front and/or back cover. If either of these are marked as a cover layout, they will be indicated as such in the spread/page count during presentations. The benefit here is that your spread/page count will remain accurate, rather than including covers in the count.
There are currently two ways to create a front cover for an album. One, you can design a spread with the left-hand side blank and the right side as a mock cover (flat color or leather texture). If the cover has an inlayed image, include it at the appropriate size and in the proper place on the right side, as a layer on top of your texture. Two, if your design software forces you to export as individual sides, you can still design the right side as the cover and just ignore the blank left-hand side. Then, when uploading sides instead of spreads and converting all sides to spreads in AE, don’t forget to indicate by checking the box that says ‘Album Starts on Right’. This will create an appropriate spread for your album’s dimensions with the cover on the right side as desired. If you’re including a back cover, you’ll want to take a similar approach, but with the opposite orientation. Design your layout with a blank right-hand side and the back cover design on the left-hand side. Again, if working with sides, rather than spreads, upload your cover as the last side in your set of layouts and it will convert to a spread, leaving the right side appropriately blank for a back cover.
See below for an example of what this looks like, both in your account for choosing cover layouts and in the presentation view for your client’s experience:
We know this will clarify page counts for your clients and hope this streamlines your process even more. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions – We’re here to help :)
The AlbumExposure Team
May 30th, 2013
Hope this finds you well as you’re busy preparing for the upcoming summer shooting season! Many of you have asked for more education on AlbumExposure’s features, so we’ve created a new Tutorials section for you on our website. We want you to get the most value out of your AE account and this is a perfect way to learn about things that will improve your album proofing and sales, starting with this summer’s events. You’ll find videos for both Photographers and Design Studios, covering an array of features and functions, such as setting up preferences & branding, creating new albums, managing communications, promoting your work, managing multiple designers, as well as general workflow tips. If there’s a topic you’d like to learn more about, and don’t see it, simply click on “Request a Video” to let us know what subject you’d like us to cover.
Start watching: http://albumexposure.com/tutorials
We’re here to help make your life easier and keep your album workflow smooth, so please don’t hesitate to send us an email at email@example.com if you need anything or have any questions.
The AlbumExposure Team
April 29th, 2011
After you’ve created your album, make sure you take advantage of the features we’ve built into AlbumExposure to promote yourself and sell more books!
The public link under “share” is a great page to encourage your client to share their album with friends and family. It’s a great opportunity to get your work in front of more people. You could also send that link to parents or extended family for the opportunity to sell an additional book to them. We’ve heard of lots of creative ways people are using the public page!
Last week we added a couple little items to make sharing your albums on AlbumExposure even easier. When you click to share an album, you’ll see two new share buttons that you can click to quickly tweet or post on facebook about your album.
We also added buttons to the public page so that people who come to view your album can share it on twitter and facebook as well and do some of that promoting for you.
January 19th, 2011
Check out the Ultimate Photographer’s Source Book, a great resource that’s full of tips, tricks, discounts and freebies for taking your photography business to the next level.
If you order by Sunday January 23rd, you’ll also save $40 off of the retail price!
Spoiler alert: we’re in there ;)
March 18th, 2010
One of the most exciting things that we announced at WPPI this year was integration with PhotoJunction. We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Danny and the rest of the PhotoJunction team. Check out the video below, it’s pretty slick.
July 3rd, 2009
We just added two screencasts to the homepage of albumexposure, and they’re pretty slick. The first demonstrates the functions and features of albumexposure to better communicate the value to people who are just checking it out.
The second walks through customizing albumexposure to match your branding via logo, background color, and masking your url.
Hope you like them!
February 13th, 2009
This week we launched the auto resize feature, eliminating the need for you to choose an album size or to resize any of your existing images before uploading them to albumexposure.
Here’s how it works: albumexposure resizes the images for you to be no wider than 1000px and no taller than 600px, detects the dimensions of the image after resizing, and automatically fills in the size for you.
Of course if your images are already in those sizes, uploading and processing will be faster, so you can still resize if you would like. (A photoshop action or droplet makes this a snap.)
We hope you enjoy the new feature!
In the next couple weeks we’re going to be working hard on improving albumexpoure performance and reliability.
February 21st, 2008
Here is an album link so you can try it out yourself (the password is test). It’s set to default to book view so you can flip the pages, but you can always switch it to slideshow view by clicking the middle button on the bottom right. The song that plays while in slideshow view is “Thinking of You” by Molly Jenson and it is one of the songs that available to use royalty-free by all users. Enjoy!
February 8th, 2008
Our friend, Jessica Claire invented this really cool bag for photographers called the ShootSac. If you haven’t seen these yet … then you’re missing out on a great way to carry your gear and do it in style. We’re all about doing things in a way that’s consistent with your brand experience so we thought we’d share this tip with you … because after all you are your brand. In fact, we love the ShootSac so much we’re going to be giving some away later this year to AlbumExposure users.
October 21st, 2007
We know that many of you will want to use the features of AlbumExposure as a component of your website. Frankly, we agree! Your brides should be reminded of your brand every time they interact with you. In theory, we could install the software on your own domain. Practically, this doesn’t work because the system requires an advanced architecture that would be too expensive for you to maintain.
But have no fear! It is actually very easy to have your cake and eat it too! By a technique known as masking you can have AlbumExposure working on your domain in a matter of minutes. If you don’t understand the article ask your website guy or contact us and we would be happy to help walk you through the process.