Announcing a guest, portrait photographer for the CCS summer seminar

I would like to announce our guest photographer, Meo Baaklini. Meo is (in her own words) an Intimate Wedding and Portrait photographer based in the San Francisco Bay area. She formally trained at the Academy of Art San Francisco and runs her own studio in Benicia, CA. Read more [...]

Do you know your tools of the trade?

The number of cameras available to photographers is staggering.  The lines are becoming blurred between what constitutes a pro camera and an amateur camera.  Entry level cameras today have more capabilities than pro cameras from 5 years ago.  Most pros only utilize, at best, about 25% of the available features.   So, this brings up questions.  Are there features in your camera (and flash) that would enable you to take better quality photos?  Are there features that would enable to you to take Read more [...]

Using a Camera Simulator to Supplement Training

Over the past 12 years with the proliferation of digital cameras, a new crop of photographers have surfaced that extensively use the “P” or “Auto” setting on their high tech, ultra cool cameras. It’s quick; it’s easy and, for the most part, will deliver acceptable images. Read more [...]

Maximizing Candid Prom Photo Sales

Prom season is right around the corner so here’s a look at a way to maximize candid photo sales! PhotoMatch, a CCS software solution, can be used in Proms where hundreds of students are being photographed multiple times. This system allows students (and their parents) the ability to easily find their pictures online. This system also gives photographers the option of sending home printed proofs of each student’s candid photos! Read more [...]

Shooting Outdoor Sports with a Direct Flash

When shooting outdoor sports it is important to use a direct flash to fill in the shadows caused by harsh sunlight. Even on cloudy days it is necessary to use a fill flash to ensure consistent lighting. CCS has developed several techniques for shooting outdoor sports, from a simple direct flash to using a scrim or cutter to shade the individual. Read more [...]

CCS Annual Winter Seminar in Puerto Rico!

Here at Candid we pride ourselves on being involved with our customer base, by watching for changes in the market place and finding solutions to assist our customers in growing their business. Candid’s Seminars are just one way we reach out to teach our customers about best practices, innovative ideas, and new trends. This is also a chance for us to hear from you! This year, CCS’ annual winter seminar is in Puerto Rico. Our staff will be covering a wealth of information on a variety of markets including; Schools, Sports, Proms and Events. Topics include Software Training, Sales Calls, Green Screen Photography, Digital Photography, Marketing Your Images – Your Best Options, and what’s New at CCS. Read more [...]

Strategies for Posing Teams

There are several strategies that can be used when posing teams. We have provided simple diagrams that are a good guide for posing teams up to 20 people. It is important to state at the beginning that there are always exceptions to these arrangements; smaller venues, subjects of extremely varying sizes, and the position of the photographer can all change the situation. Read more [...]

Sports Photography Part Three

View video from the CCS Summer Workshops last July. Brian Allan is presenting Outdoor Sports Photography. From posed shots to simulated action, camera and lighting setups, and tips and tricks for marketing to customers. There is a lot of information in his presentation so we have broken it up into three parts. Read more [...]

Sports Photography Part Two

View video from the CCS Summer Workshops last July. Brian Allan is presenting Outdoor Sports Photography. From posed shots to simulated action, camera and lighting setups, and tips and tricks for marketing to customers. There is a lot of information in his presentation so we have broken it up into three parts. Topics covered in part two: basic and action posing, camera capture settings, camera positioning and lenses. Read more [...]

Head to Puerto Rico this February for CCS’ Annual Winter Seminar for Customers

Tough economic times are a staunch reminder that we should all be taking a hard look at our businesses. Continually focusing on innovation and learning best practices to implement are keys to success at all times, but are especially important in today’s economy. CCS is committed to bringing customers the latest information to help maintain and GROW their photo businesses! This year, we are heading to Puerto Rico for 4 days of presentations and networking among photographers. This seminar is FREE to CCS customers! Read more [...]