New BVB Workshop Scheduled!

Pilot Imaging & Nikon Present

Doug Gordon
Make More Money NOW!
Thursday February 28th 4pm-7pm

Learn from an expert how to build a relationship with your cleints, pose and shoot with speed and ease, sell more effectively, and make your workflow more efficient….All while increasing your bottom line!

Pilot Imaging along with Nikon are happy to provide this educational opportunity at an unheard of low cost of Only $5!

Please join Pilot Imaging, Nikon, Montgomery College, Doug Gordon Workshops, PictoBooks, Kubota Actions, Mac Business Solutions & Studio Plus for this exciting, motivating event to help kick off the year!

The event will take place at:
Montgomery College
Theater Arts Arena
51 Mannakee St.
Rockville, MD 20850-1195

Go to for updates and to register today!

New Blog and Website Overhaul

Welcome to the new Pilot Imaging blog, we hope you enjoy! We will be adding new tutorials and news updates on a regular basis so stay tuned.  We also want to give you a heads up that we are currently working on a complete makeover for our website!  We are anxious and excited about the upcoming change and can’t wait for it to be ready to launch!

Bringing the Value Back to Photography


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Registration is now open for the May 12th Workshop.

Help Bring the Value Back to Photography!
“Pricing out of Fear” has plagued the photographic industry, causing many to feel that photography is losing both it’s monetary and artistic value. Join Pilot Imaging for ” Bringing the Value Back to Photography,” an exciting day of training, motivation and roundtable discussions on Wednesday May 12th, at the VisArts Center in Rockville, Maryland.
Join our star studded lineup, including Doug Gordon, Clay Blackmore, Vanessa Joy and Rob Adams and others for a day packed with programs and information sure to motivate and inspire all photographers to realize their true worth in a sustainable fashion.

Space is limited to 250 registrants, so please sign up quickly!

As always, feel free to call us with any questions you may have at 301-838-9006.

Click here to Register Now.

PPNC 2010

Wanted to let everyone know that we had a wonderful time at PPNC in Durham, North Carolina. We met amazing people and we were treated with true southern hospitality. Special thanks to Stacy Evans from Capri albums for all your Pilot Imaging support. In addition to Stacy we also want to thank Loretta, Tim, Neil, Madina, Captain Morgan, the snack bar from heaven, the waitress who really couldn’t care less and all the fantastic folks down South. See you next year!!!

Tip #4 – Renaming

Hello everyone and happy belated holidays. The year has started off beautifully here at Pilot Imaging and we are looking forward to a great 2010. We hope we can share it with you.

Now, onto our Lightroom tip. Get ready, because it’s a lot of information. Today we will be going over renaming. But Robert, you might say, I’ve spent all this time setting up a custom naming system on my camera and every shot I take gets numbered sequentially in the camera, why would I want to rename? Well, imagine if you will our previous Lightroom tip where we time-synced all of our cameras with multiple shooters. You can set Lightroom to show them all sequentially by setting your “sort” to Capture Time, but now what? If you export your images with the original file name, wherever you put them, outside of Lightroom, they will be seen in alphabetical order. That’s no good for anyone, unless your time-sync order is the same as your alphanumeric order. Luckily Lightroom makes renaming a breeze. Let’s assume you time-synced all your photos and sorted them to Capture Time. Make sure you are in the Library module and in Grid Mode. Select all your photos (Ctrl+a on a PC or Command+a on a Mac). In the menu bar, click “Library” and then “Rename Photos”. A new window pops up with a File naming option. Click the drop down menu and choose “Edit”. Here you are presented with a File Naming Template Editor and you can choose many different file naming options. Your template is in the white box and if there is any information in it, delete it by clicking in the box and hitting the delete key until everything is gone. Now you have a blank slate to work with. As you look at your options, you will see that there are many ways to set up your template. I usually like to have some kind of custom text, unique to each client and then a sequential number. To make this happen, I choose “Custom Text” and hit the insert button. You should see the words “custom text” appear in the white box. That means it worked. Next, in the white box, I would put an underscore to separate from your next item. Now I would choose “Sequence #(0001)” by clicking the drop down menu in the sequence box. Click insert. The reason I choose Sequence #(0001) is because when there are many files, between 1,000-10,000, choosing 0001 will keep all your files in the correct order. If you just chose “Sequence #(1)” file number 1, 2, 3, etc will be placed before 10, 20, 30, etc. If you don’t believe me, and it makes no sense, check out how binary works or just trust me. Now that you have your template set up, it’s time to save it and come up with some clever name for it. Click the drop down menu next to the words preset at the top of your File Template Editor window. Choose “Save Current Settings as New Preset”. Here is where your creative juices come into play. Name away. I came up with the name “Custom text_Sequence 4″…I’m good. Click ok and you’re done. Because you just created this new template, you will be presented with it in your renaming window. In the custom text box, write anything that is unique to your job and in the start number box, choose “1” or whatever number you would like the renumber to start. At the bottom left of that window, you will see an example of what your new renamed file will look like. If you’re happy with it, click ok and now you are really done. You now have all your photos renamed and in a time-synced order. Every application that can sort alphanumerically will see your event shot from many different cameras, in the correct order.
It’s now time for some shameless lab promotion. On Tuesday, January 26, Pilot Imaging is hosting a free Album Building Workshop. It’s great that all your images are now in order because it will make building that album so much easier. Good for you!!! As for the workshop, we will be showing photographers how to use LabPrints Album Building software to create beautiful, everlasting, life changing albums. We will also be joined by Stacy Evans from Capri Album Company and she will be showing us tons of samples and as well as answering any questions you may have. LabPrints Album building software is a perfect addition to your workflow and we will show you how.
That’s it for now FOPs. Have a great day and we hope to see you on the 26th. As always if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, email, skype or just drop by. We are always here to help. In the eternal words of Vidal Sasson, if you don’t look good, we don’t look good. Lots of love, your friends at Pilot Imaging.

Tip #3 – Time Sync

Gobble, gobble FOPs. I’m hoping that everyone has had his or her fill of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and that you all had a great Thanksgiving. This year I am very thankful for many things: my family, my friends, good health and of course time syncing. What is that you may ask? Here’s an example of what used to drive me crazy in the good old days of film. After getting a job back from the lab, I had to organize all my photos in the order in which I took them. It wasn’t very hard, but it still took valuable time away from my “me” time. If there was more than one shooter, organizing these pictures was more time consuming. Then along comes digital. Now all my files would be in order because they were created sequentially. That’s fantastic!!! But wait a minute, my assistant who shot with me, forgot to change the time on his camera. It’s still set for daylight savings time. Damn him!!!! Don’t worry, here is where Lightroom tip number 3 comes along. Did you know that you can sort your files many different ways in Lightroom? Yes, it’s true. You can sort by file name, file extension, file type, aspect ratio and my favorite, capture time. To sort by “capture time” make sure that you are in the Library mode. Then go to “View” and then “Sort”. Let’s suppose your assistant’s files are all set one hour earlier, so when you choose to sort by “capture time”, all of the files are before yours. Lightroom can save the day! Choose all the files where the time is set incorrectly. If I know before loading the photos that my assistant’s time was off, I will put all those files in a different folder and then move them back into the original folder after I make the necessary changes. Now, make sure that you are in Library mode and choose “Metadata” from the menu bar. Then choose “Edit capture time”. Here you are presented with three options. While you can choose the option that makes sense to you, I usually choose the first one, “Adjust to a specific date and time”. Here you can change the actual time the photo was taken. For example, if you know that the photo was taken at 5:30 PM instead of 6:30 PM, you can now change the time. Click on “Change” and you will receive a message that the metadata is being changed and that the other photos will also be changed accordingly. It’s very important that the photo in the preview window is the main photo for which you know the time. Usually I try to find two photos that were taken at the exact same time from the two different cameras. Then I look at the metadata and calculate the time difference.

I hope that this tip was helpful and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
On a side note, are you looking to have holiday cards made for you or your clients? Go to and download ROES. Not only does ROES make ordering reprints easier, but you can also create holiday cards. If you have problems, please call us and we will be more than happy to walk you through it.

Your friends at Pilot Imaging.

Tip of the Week #2 – Lightroom 3


Greetings again my fellow FOPs (Friends of Pilot Imaging). It is I, your “Lightroom/Photography/Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing” tip guy. That really does not roll off the tongue nicely, does it? I’ll have to come up with something else soon. I’m also running out of space on my business cards.

Hopefully all of you have been out shooting like you’ve never shot before. Let’s get those creative juices flowing again. How about this time you try to shoot something that is nothing? Shoot shadows, try negative space, whatever you think is nothing. Once you’ve gotten really good at that, try it on a job. Instead for shooting your bride and groom dead center of your photo, try shooting them in the bottom right corner with tons of sky and grass in the background. Or try to have the sun blow out your background so that there is a faint vision of your bride and groom. Then take your photos back to your studio and turn one into a black and white, or punch up the contrast for your colors. Try something different and see what you get. I realize that some of you are old pros and this tip may seem rudimentary, but some of you newbies may find this tip helpful. So forgive me old pros if I am telling you something you already know. Now that that’s off my chest, let’s get on to tip number two.

This is not so much of a tip, but more of an announcement. Lightroom 3 beta is available here:

Here’s some of what’s new:
• Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
• State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
• Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
• Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
• Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
• Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
• New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
• More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)
Does that sound professional? Well it should, it was pulled right off of Adobe’s website. Give it a try and let them know what you think.
As for a tip, I’ll give you a quick shortcut. For those of you who like to see the long journey you and your photograph have taken, from regular photo to your final work of art in Lightroom, there is a quick and easy way to do this. To see your before and after in Develop Mode, just hit the backslash key, “\”, and you will see it. I always love to compare my befores and afters. Sometimes I get really stuck on a photo because I think the color or contrast is not right. After looking at the original photo my mind is always put at ease and I can look at my final product with a better perspective.
That’s it for now guys. Hope you have fun with the beta and our shortcut tip.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.
Until next time,
Your friends at Pilot Imaging.