David Ziser Wins Sunset Award for Print on Sunset Photo eSatin

Award winning wedding photographyYou may know David Ziser from such pro photo educational venues as his popular Captured by the Light seminars and his DigitalProTalk.com blog. Ziser is also renowned, and originally renowned, for his just-right wedding and portrait photography.

At the recent PhotoPro Expo held on Super Bowl Sunday weekend in Covington, Ky., just across the river from Cincinnati, Ziser won the coveted LexJet Sunset Award, the first awarded this competition season, for his remarkable print on Sunset Photo eSatin Paper.

The image, from a recent wedding photo shoot, is entitled Can’t Take My Eyes off You. It’s an appropriate moniker for the shot, which makes the bride front and center.

As with all of Ziser’s photography, the award-winning ingredient is in the subtleties that make the photo so strong and rich. While the lighting on the bride is picture perfect, all lines point to her: the railings and fences converge naturally where the bride is posed.

While this may look fantastic digitally, the trick in competition is to translate the digital image to print. That’s why Ziser chooses Sunset Photo eSatin Paper. He says his studio uses it exclusively for all of their album printing.

“The heavier weight and wide color gamut of eSatin is exactly what I’m after in a print; I just love how that print medium presents,” says Ziser.

Look for your opportunity to win the LexJet Sunset Award at upcoming competitions across the country. We’ll preview most of those competition opportunities here at the LexJet Blog, and post follow-up stories on the winners.

Banner Profits for Special Events

Printing banners for a celebration with an inkjet printerDavid Ziser, well known for his Captured by the Light seminars and expertise in all areas of professional photography, also knows how to turn an ordinary celebration into something special with large hanging banners.

Ziser has photographed a half dozen or so Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs over the past few years, including one in the past week, incorporating 4×8 banners as a value-added piece for the occasion. Ziser takes fun photos of the kids who are officially coming into adulthood, applies backgrounds where needed and prints the photos with his Canon iPF8100 44-inch wide inkjet printer on LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene.

Adding profits with banners for special events“All told I’ve made 52 banners for this family for their events. They look so cool hanging from the ceiling at these venues. We’ve been printing everything on our Canon printer and love it, and the Water-Resistant Polypropylene from LexJet prints nicely, it’s scratch-resistant, easy to work with and quite economical,” says Ziser. “We printed all eight of those in three hours on the Canon printer. Not too long ago that would have taken at least a full day on our older printers. From a production standpoint, including retouching, I probably only had four hours into it and that makes me a happy camper.”

The speed of the printer and the low cost of materials provides a nice profit on each piece, plus a true keepsake and highlight for each event. Ziser works with the lighting tech at the venue to make sure the banners look their best. After all, Ziser’s specialty is lighting.

Inkjet printing banners for special occasions

To find out more about David Ziser’s methods and madness, you can catch him at his next Captured by the Light seminars in San Diego (Oct. 19), Los Angeles (Oct. 21) and Napa-Sonoma (Oct. 26). Also, be sure to visit his blog at DigitalProTalk.com, which includes more information about his recent projects and how he did them.

Photographer David Ziser Starts His Captured by the Light Seminar Tour Sept. 7

LexJet is proud to be a sponsor of David Ziser’s 20-city 2010 “Captured by the Light” Seminar Tour. The tour kicks off Tuesday evening, Sept. 7 in Phoenix, AZ and runs through Nov. 4, visiting cities throughout the US.  (Click here for a complete list of dates and cities.)

Each fast-paced, entertaining evening runs a full 4-1/2 hours and is jam-packed with practical advice for wedding and portrait photographers, photography students, assistants, emerging pros, and anyone else who wants to expand their knowledge of digital photography, beautiful lighting, image composition, and sensible posing.