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Spotlight On: Green Screen Professionals
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September 2011


Insure Your Dongle
A surefire way to protect yourself and your photography business is to make sure you have the proper insurance to cover anything that should happen to your camera, computer, and equipment. Your DARKROOM dongle should be no different!

By including your DARKROOM dongle in your standard plan (some home policies will cover your camera equipment as well), you will be protected if anything should happen to your DARKROOM dongle -- including if it gets lost or stolen. If such a tragedy occurs and your insurance remedies your claim, you will be able to get a replacement dongle directly from us, for the version you own. The new dongle will function with your catalogs and settings as if nothing happened.
Too often we are a sympathetic ear when we hear about dongles being misplaced knowing there is little we can do. Please protect yourself and your DARKROOM investment!


Green Screen Pros
Share Their Secrets!
Easily one of the most popular features of DARKROOM is the green screen dropout. It works great and it is extremely flexible when you know the ins-and-outs of making backgrounds and foregrounds, color settings, and the limits of your own creativity.
Because the world of green screen has so many varieties, we reached out to three DARKROOM green screen experts -– professional photographers that make a living in chromakey -– and asked each the same five questions about how they do it! We were surprised by some of their answers.
The five questions we asked were:
  1. How would your workflow be different from any other event photographer?
  2. How do you create your background and foreground templates?
  3. Which generation green screen tool are you using (1st generation or 2nd)?
  4. What is your best green screen tip that is not about DARKROOM? For example, your choices for lighting, spacing and camera settings.
  5. What is your favorite feature in DARKROOM?
We talked David Finkel of David Finkel Photo Entertainment, Chris Tompkins of Tompkins Studios Old Time Productions, and Scott Proposki of Photos in a Minute. Each have a different and unique approach to green screen and have been using DARKROOM as their primary business systems for well over five years (in Scott's case, over 10)!
Click here to learn more about each photographer, see samples of their green screen work, and read their answers to the "top five" green screen questions.
Facebook give-away this week!
This week we will be drawing a name to win a free upgrade to Version 9.1 this week of all of our "friends" on Facebook. "Like" us to enter!
DARKROOM sponsors a survey. Win $50.
We are currently sponsoring an online survey put on by Photography Technologies and we would love your input. The survey is designed to take less than 10 minutes by asking you what technologies you use. Every participant is entered to win $50 in a drawing at the end of the month. Check it out!
In case you missed it...
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Our interviewee this week, Chris Tompkins, was discovered during a fun chat on Facebook. You could be next! If you are an avid DARKROOM user and you have some great ideas on how the software benefits your business, reach out! Email, Facebook or Tweet us!

   
We will be discussing how DARKROOM helps inspire a very special portrait photographer to branch out by asking them how they plan to sell themselves this holiday season! -- Tell a friend!.


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