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The Secrets to Sharper Pictures

The Secrets to Sharper Pictures Getting a sharp (seriously in-focus) picture is not as easy as pressing the shutter button. There are several things that you need to do ahead of time, or be aware of while you are shooting. Main ingredients to getting a sharp image: 1. Using appropriate aperture Moving target? Use at least f4  Two people, use f4 / Four or more, use f5.6 or f8  2. Maintaining adequate shutter speed If handholding, keep your shutter speed at least two times the focal length you are using  .. - Continue Reading

Getting It Right In Camera

The Exposure Triangle This “triangle” is really a balance or formula that gets utilized every time a picture is taken. Like the three sides/angles of a triangle, there are three components to the exposure triangle. 1. ISO—how sensitive your camera is to light 2. Aperture—how open/closed your lens is 3. Shutter speed—how fast/slow your lens opens and closes ISO: International Organization of Standardization For film cameras, it was how sensitive a particular film was to light. For a digital camera, it is how sensitive our camera sensor is to light. Examples: Outdoors in sunshine = ISO 100 Outdoors.. - Continue Reading

Photographer Spotlight: Anna Gay

I'm so excited to share more from Anna Gay, the woman behind so many of our blog posts and tutorials, today on Pretty Presets.  Anna is such a talented writer and photographer.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with her.  Enjoy this interview!  Thank you, Anna. When did you decide to pursue photography? Photography has been a gradual progression in my life for about six years now, but I never really had a defining “this is what I want to do” moment. I sometimes feel as though photography decided to pursue me, and not the other way.. - Continue Reading

10 Gifts for the Photography Pro

#1 - Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only) - $6,496.95 This camera features a 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, as well as noise-free shooting from ISO 100 to 25,600. This camera has all of the professional video and audio capabilities that you could want out of a camera. It weighs around 3 pounds and has received 5 star ratings. #2 - Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full.. - Continue Reading

Take Advantage of the Lightroom Book Module

Lightroom has a super-user-friendly book feature that not only allows you to create photo books quickly in Lightroom, but you can also export them to the web to either print through Blurb, or download the PDF from Blurb to print on your own.  Below are a few tips and tricks for creating a great photo book in Lightroom. You will see the Book module tab here: Okay, before we get too involved in this tutorial, I want to stress that photo books are not only a matter of personal preference, but the style of your photo.. - Continue Reading

Editing Newborns in Lightroom + Managing Files In Lightroom

Thank you for joining us! Thank you for joining our  webinar.  If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again then please enjoy it below.  We covered two different topics during the webinar and have split the videos up for you below.  Also, we've included notes to help you as you listen.   Notes We want to go above and beyond when we can.  A huge thank you goes out to Amanda for putting these notes together.  You can click the link below and the notes will instantly download for you.  1. Organizing Files.. - Continue Reading

Everyone is a winner!

Canon 5D Mark III Winner Congratulations to Lois Campbell!  We're so excited for you. Please email me at laura@lightroompresets.com with your mailing address. Can't wait to send this Canon 5D Mark III out to you. Thank you all for being a part of our giveaway. We look forward to doing another one again soon. We've got a great freebie for you below!  You can also click here to download it instantly. a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you for joining our giveaway - Available for 24 hours! Enjoy these 3 amazing downloads.  These will be available for the next 24 hours through this link.  Click here.. - Continue Reading

How to Use Library Filters to Sort and Manage Your Images in Lightroom

Lightroom is an amazing program, designed to help you manage thousands and thousands of images, as well as quickly edit and process them for web and print. If you are like me, your catalog has 10,000+ images in it. How can we quickly find the picture(s) we want, when we want them? Fortunately Adobe built in multiple ways for us to organize, sort, and search our images. Keywords - if you aren't tagging your images with keywords, start TOMORROW! Collections - a much smarter and more efficient way to organize your images than by folders. Filters - sort, search, and.. - Continue Reading

Syncing Edits on Multiple Images in Lightroom

Syncing Settings and Presets Once you have edited an image and made it the best it can be, you may want to apply those same changes to other images from the same shoot or batch. The easiest way to do this is by using the "sync" option that is at the bottom of the Develop panel. When you "sync" you are copying one, two, three, all settings from the "anchor" image onto the other images you have selected. If you edit via presets, which is how I edit 80% of the time, you can sync those changes also. Steps for.. - Continue Reading

Camera Giveaway, Free Webinars and New Lightroom Presets

We've had a lot going on in the last week.  We held our first webinar in the series, launched a camera (Canon 5D Mark III) giveaway and also released our Color Luxe Workflow Collection.  To make sure you're not missing out on any of it, I thought I'd add everything you needed in one place.  Sign-up for the free webinars, enter to win the Canon 5D Mark III and then check out our newest Pretty Presets collection which includes 40 presets and 25 brushes for ONLY $19 during our pre-release! Camera Giveaway - Canon 5D Mark III School is in full swing,.. - Continue Reading

We have so much to tell you...

Introducing Color Luxe I'm so excited to share our newest Pretty Presets Collection with you TODAY. The Color Luxe Workflow, an amazing workflow collection, that offers a solution to all your editing needs!  You will enjoy 40 Pretty Presets and 25 Brushes all within one easy download.  This is the first Pretty Presets release to include both presets and brushes in one collection.  We believe this workflow set will be the best solution to all your editing needs!  Our goal is to exceed your expectations and we hope this set will do just that. What is different about this set? You may.. - Continue Reading

Free Inspirational Printable for Photographers

Looking for some inspiration?  Enjoy these photography inspirational posters!  Special thanks to Rissa from Riss Design for designing them for our page.  Check back often as we update this blog post with more.   Special thanks to Rissa for putting these beautiful printables together for us!  You can find more of her work on etsy or follow her on Facebook. - Continue Reading