2 Free Pretty Presets for You!

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We're so excited to give away two Pretty Preset favorites!  Introducing "Dove" from our exclusive member-only download at Rock The Shot and "Aquarius V2" from our retired Retro Portrait Collection.  We hope these two unique presets will make editing just a little bit more fun today!  Join our private Pretty Presets group to instantly download now. Inside your download, you'll receive: Dove and Aquarius V2 Instructions for downloading and installing, possible speedbumps  Special Offer For You IMPORTANT: These will only be available until Sunday, April 26th at midnight EST.  Make sure you download today.  When clicking "DOWNLOAD HERE" you will...

20+ Webinars for Lightroom 5 {With Bonus Webinar Notes Included}

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  Learning Lightroom can be a daunting task!  We love to help you learn and have provided MANY webinars over the years to help you do just that.  The good news is that these webinars are available for you whenever you need to learn.  Scroll through the ones below and find the topics that you need to learn more about!  Happy LEARNING! Lightroom for Beginners   Editing in Lightroom 5    Workflow from Start to Finish   We have FREE NOTES for you!  Click on the button below to download.   Mastering the Brush and Graduated Filter   Free Notes...

7 Days to Mastering Manual Mode: Understanding ISO

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What is ISO? ISO measures the sensitivity of the camera sensor to light.   The term ISO is from the days of film.  Film is made up of little crystal grains.  At ISO 100 or 200, those crystal grains are very tiny and need more light to expose them.  With ISO 1600 or 3200 film, the crystal grains are larger and thus need less light to expose them. The trade off is that the larger crystal grains are more noticeable and photos are less smooth. Digital cameras have ISO equivalents.  However, with digital cameras it isn’t crystal grains that become...

Mastering Skin Tones and Brushes in Lightroom

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Mastering Skin Tones and Brushes in Lightroom Thank you so much for attending.  We had such a wonderful time and enjoyed all of the fantastic questions at the end, too.  Be sure to watch it through to the end, so you can check out the Q&A session also.   During the webinar Amanda shared about how to create natural skin tones in Lightroom, how to take advantage of the Pretty Presets brushes and graduated filters and how to enhance your images in Lightroom.  She used the Perfect Portrait Brushes and the Graduated Filters for these edits. Be sure to click...

6 Questions About Lightroom's Brush Tool You're Too Afraid to Ask

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Asking questions is hard enough.  But asking questions that you think most everyone else already knows can be even harder.  Today, I wanted to answer some of the questions about Lightroom's Brush Tool you may be asking in your head but are too afraid to ask! Where is the Brush Tool? Lightroom’s Brush Tool is located on the right-side panel of Lightroom.  You’ll find it with all the other Local Adjustments Tools in the Develop Module.  It is a paint brush with a dotted circle around the brush.  (However, as Amanda pointed out in one of her webinars, it also...

7 Days to Mastering Manual Mode: What is Shutter Speed?

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What is Shutter Speed? Shutter speed is another way to let light in the camera.  I think shutter speed is a little more straight forward than aperture.  The shutter is what “clicks” when you press the button to take a picture.  Basically, it is a little curtain in the camera body that opens to let light in and then closes to stop the camera from recording more light.   The speed that it opens and closes is what determines how much light the camera records.  A shutter speed of 1/60 will record more light than a shutter speed of 1/1000....

3 Ways to Help You Find Your Editing Style

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There are a few questions that I get asked a lot by new photographers.  They have to do with editing and style.  If the questions below sound like the same questions swirling around in your mind and you can’t find the answer to them, then this is just the right article for you.  I’m going to break this down for you so that it makes sense and you can decide how to move forward as a photographer. Should I have a certain way that I edit even though I’m just starting out?  How do I know what my style is?...

Editing Skin Tones + Using Lightroom Brushes

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Editing Skin Tones in Lightroom + Using Lightroom Brushes (6:45pm EST - 7:45pm EST)  During this free training we'll discuss: - Tips for better skin tones in camera- Fixing exposure and white balance- Correcting small color casts- Fixing blemishes and smoothing skin Reserve your spot for Sunday, April 12th! Be sure to reserve your spot today! Our last webinar filled up quickly, with over 500 on the waiting list. Thank you!   Once you've signed up for the class, click here to come join our private group.  It's a fantastic community to learn more about Lightroom, Pretty Presets and encourage one...

7 Days to Mastering Manual Mode: What is Aperture?

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What is Aperture? Aperture is like the pupil part of the eye.  It can be opened up or closed down depending on how much light you want to enter the camera. When you are in a low-light situation you want the aperture opened up as much as possible. In bright situations you have the option to close the aperture down to let in less light. F-Stop An f-stop is the number on your camera that tells how open or close the aperture is. The most confusing thing about aperture and f-stop is the smaller f-stop number the larger the aperture...

5 Tips for Composing Better Photos

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Good composition can take an average photo and make it GREAT!  Today I am sharing 5 tips to take your photos to the next level!  The wonderful part of this is that each of these tips are simple to do and will quickly improve your photography. Rule of Thirds You’ll find this artistic rule applied to almost every area of the visual arts.  Basically, this rule requires you to imagine dividing your viewfinder into thirds both horizontally and vertically--making nine sections.  Where the lines intersect are great places to place the focal point of your photo. Shooting Perspective Finding a...

Free Resource Guide for Photographers (Limited Time - $20 Value)

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Starting out in Photography?  Save yourself the time and find your answers here.  We've put together a list that we know will save you hours of researching.  Find the answers to some of the most popular questions here.  There are 20 questions about starting a photography business answered! Thanks for being a friend of Pretty Presets.  We are so grateful you are here! 1. Print Labs (can be used by Photographers) 2. Consumer Labs (can be used by anyone) 3. Camera Straps 4. Camera Bags 5. Photo Books 6. Photo Rentals 7. Monitor Calibration 8. Photo Hosting 9. Computer Backup 10....

Free Resource Guide for Photographers for a Limited Time

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Want the resource guide?  Come join our group to download it for free ($20 value)! Starting out in Photography?  Save yourself the time and find answers here.  We've put together a list to help you get started and save you from having to research it all yourself.  Find the answers to some of the most popular questions here.  There are 20 questions about starting a photography business answered!  (Free through April 2nd, get it today!) 1. Print Labs (can be used by Photographers) 2. Consumer Labs (can be used by anyone) 3. Camera Straps 4. Camera Bags 5. Photo Books...