4 Secrets to a Faster Lightroom Workflow

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As much as I love photography and Lightroom, I don’t want to spend endless hours editing there.  I am a busy mom and my time is valuable. Today I want to share with you 4 secrets I have discovered for speeding up my photo editing workflow in Lightroom. 1.  Pick your Favorites First!   The VERY FIRST thing I do after I shoot a session is come home and pick my favorites.  For a typical family portrait or engagement session, I am looking for 25-40 favorite images (depending on the session) that I will show to my client.  When I...

Can You Help Our Community with 3 Minutes of Your Time?

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We would like to create a resource guide for photographers to share with our community here at Pretty Presets. We know that YOU are our best resource and would love to have your recommendations for services you have used in your photography or in your business. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us in this brief survey! Thank you for being here! Create your own user feedback survey

Backing Up Your Pretty Presets for Lightroom

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I love my Lightroom presets.  I use them everyday. I never want to be without them. So I give them a little TLC and choose to back them up so they will always be there for me when needed.   Here are some tips for backing up your Lightroom presets and a step-by-step for guide for doing it. Why Should I Backup My Presets? Because thousands of computers crash everyday.  And thousands of people change computers everyday. Approximately 6 of those are Pretty Presets users.  How do we know that? Just guessing. (Actually, we field your support questions.) ;) When...

Workflow from Start to Finish

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We listened to your recommendations!  Thank you so much.  This is the first webinar, stay tuned for the second webinar announced next week. Join us for the one hour workshop that will illustrate an efficient and effective workflow for a batch of pictures.  Workflow from Start to Finish With one small group of images we will: ○ Go through the import process ○ Add keywords and make collections in the Library ○ Edit images in the Develop module with presets, brushes, and other tools ○ Go through the export process for the web and print RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE! 

Mastering Lightroom in 7 Days: Developing Your Photos

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Exporting Your Photos for Print

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Exporting images can sometimes get confusing.  Let’s face it, there are lots of different settings to choose and endless combinations of numbers to input. So today I am going to break it down in an easy step by step and let you know exactly what you need to do to export photos for print. **Please Note: When I say print, I mean anytime you are giving files to clients or sending them to a lab/printer for print. Opening For Export You can get to the Export dialog in 3 ways.   The first is just highlight/select any photo from your...

Facebook Groups: Love Them or Leave Them

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Awhile ago, I talked about how important it is to find a forum online to join in order to help you grow as a photographer. This was vital to my growth and connecting with peers in the industry. Another way to connect with others on a deeper, more personal level is to join one of the many Facebook groups that are available. Most have a very specific purpose, such as In Person Sales, Marketing, Photographing Newborns…there are so many to choose from. Some groups are public, where anyone can see the group, its members and their posts. The majority of...

Mastering Lightroom in 7 Days: The Develop Module

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The develop module is where you will be developing your photos.  This is the the most exciting place to hang out in Lightroom.  There are so many options for editing your photos and when you are finished here your photos will look fabulous. There is lots to know about this section, so lets dig in and get you oriented! Navigator We covered this in the last lesson, but as a review, this is where you will see a preview of your image.  As you use the zoom tools above this small view of your photo, a rectangle will appear and...

Free Lightroom Templates for You (Facebook Timeline and Blog Templates)

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Free Lightroom Print Templates For You Something I appreciate about our private group on Pretty Presets (which you should join HERE) is the feedback we receive.  So many great ideas are shared on how we can enhance your business.  Whether it be through blog posts, the webinar material or through products.  One idea that was shared, was the idea of Lightroom Print Templates.  These templates are not only fun to use, but will save you the time of having to run to Photoshop.   Click on the button below to download them.  It will take you to a page to checkout,...

Snapshots, Virtual Copies, Histograms and Noise Reduction

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Lightroom Webinar Recording + Free Notes We had such a great webinar and wanted to split it up so you could enjoy each part individually. Amanda shared about histograms, virtual copies, snapshots and noise reduction in lightroom. Also, be sure to download our free notes!  Thanks for being a part of our community.   Histograms and Lightroom   Snapshots and Virtual Copies in Lightroom     Noise Reduction in Lightroom

10+ Tutorials to Help You Master Light

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If you have been photographing for any amount of time, chances are you have wanted to learn how to better use and photograph in all sorts of light. Use these tutorials to help you begin to master light in your photography. Lighting Basics 1. 3 Tips for Finding the Light 2. Lighting Basics: Cloudy and Shade (Free Printable) 3. Lighting Basics: Backlight and Sunlight (Free Printable) 4. Lighting Basics: Camera Settings (Free Printable) 5. Lighting Basics: Window Light (Free Printable) 6. Lighting Techniques: High Key and Low Key 7. Lighting on the Go 8. Getting Started With Off-Camera Flash 9. Getting Started with Off-Camera Flash (part 2) 10. 6 On-Camera Flash Tips...

Export Your Lightroom Photos for the Web

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Exporting images can sometimes get confusing.  Let’s face it, there are lots of different settings to choose and endless combinations of numbers to input. So today I am going to break it down in an easy step by step and let you know exactly what you need to do to export photos for the web. **Please note: When I say web, I am including Facebook, blogs, and pretty much anywhere you post on the web!  The setting will all be the same or very similar. Opening for Export You can get to the Export dialog in 3 ways.   The...