Understanding Depth of Field on A Live Shoot

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Amy Phipps brought us out on a live shoot with her to share tips on depth of field.  Enjoy and special thanks to Amy for putting this together for our page.  More coming soon. This was my gorgeous model tonight! f/stop 2.0 ISO 250 SS 125Shot with my 85mm about 90 minutes before all light was gone.Edited with Boho Chic II, Sharpened Eyes and added contrast.        Amy Phipps is the photographer behind On the Phippside Photography, located in Stockton, California.  Amy has been married for 21 years and has 4 children.  When she’s not trying to decide...

Pet Photography: Inspiration for Stepping Outside the Box

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When I was first starting out on my photography journey, I would use my children to practice on, so much so, that they were not having it on the best of days!!  With my camera in hand and ready to go, I figured my pets would be the next best thing and this is how my inspiration with pet photography came to life!  It does, however, require a lot of patience as with many other things that go with photography. I started out with some basic poses of our dog sitting on a chair to literally taking newborn puppy pictures...

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Jesse Blake on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

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Nearly four years ago, I went to Walmart and purchased an entry level DSLR on nothing more than a whim. I was 20 years old, feeling particularly melodramatic that day, and envisioned I would easily create masterpieces that spoke to my soul. Needless to say, things didn't turn out quite how I planned, and the trade proved much trickier than I could have anticipated. Quickly, it became apparent this wasn't going to be an overnight journey. Now, things are about to get real vulnerable here, because, let's face it, these early pictures were not-so-fabulous. But, all too often, a fellow...

7 Tips Every Photographer Should Know

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Photography. The art or practice of taking and processing photographs. Oh my gosh, this can be so overwhelming! I know when I started out I thought I would never be able to achieve the images I wanted. Even now there are some days that I still wonder if I can get there. But, every day and every time I photograph I get a little bit closer to achieving that goal. Here’s some simple advice to encourage you not to give up and to keep working towards the images you want to capture. 1. Don’t rush to buy the most expensive equipment....

Free Training: Lightroom Basics 101 (Exporting, Print Module and Editing)

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Free Training Lightroom Basics 101 Class We asked for suggestions for our next free online training webinar and received so numerous thoughtful ideas, which made it hard to narrow down. This next webinar will cover using appropriate presets and brushes to remedy problems in an image, navigating and using the print module, and exporting correctly for the web, Facebook, and print.  We'll be showing you how you can apply the free promotional png files to your images as well.  If you haven't downloaded those, be sure to check them by clicking here on the image below. View all 9 marketing promotions...

I Purchased Some Pretty Presets. What Do I Do Next?

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Congratulations on your new Pretty Presets purchase. You've likely seen some of the amazing images shared around our Facebook Page, Facebook Group, and Instagram and decided that they were just right for you.  But now that you've made a purchase, what should you do next?  Here is a list of things that will help you take your investment to the next level! 1. Back up your investment! Whatever you do, please don't skip this step!  It may seem like a tedious step.  But we have answered LOTS of sad emails from people who have had a hard drive failure or...

The Editing Cheat Sheet #2: Includes 10 Recipes for Editing in Lightroom

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Last week, we walked through ten easy editing recipes and this week we are going to do ten more, so sit back and enjoy. Of course, as I've mentioned before, it is important to remember that presets will act differently on various images. By that I mean, the quality, color, and direction of your light, the choices you make during exposure, and the true-to-life colors existing in your original image will all play a role in how a preset impacts your image. However, these weekly Editing Cheat Sheets should shed some light on how presets, workflow sets, brushes, filters, and manual...

Free Gift: 9 Instant Marketing Promotions for Your Photography Business

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The busy season is upon us and we want to help you maximize your sales during this time!  Enjoy these 9 instant marketing promos for your photography business ($49 value). They include promotions that: Grant Special Offers Advertise Mini-Sessions Reminder to Book Now! Thank You Notes Offer Discounts We hope each will help you serve your existing in new clients in a new way.  We look forward to hearing how these encourage business for you this season.  Please write us at feature@lightroompresets.com if you'd like to share with our PRETTY community!  Thanks for being here with us.  We're so grateful for you.  Enjoy and...

Wedding Week | The First Look

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To do a first look or not to do a first look, that is the question.  When I sit down with my couples for our very first meeting, I bring up the subject of a first look.  Some have heard of a first look and some haven’t.  I explain to them what a first look is and how I like to do them.   I don’t ever pressure a couple into doing a first look.  I know there are many photographers out there that really push for the first look because they do make for great photos, but if your...

The Editing Cheat Sheet: Includes 10 Recipes for Editing in Lightroom

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Everyone loves a good before and after example, but sometimes, they can leave you wondering exactly how a certain edit was achieved using a particular preset. In this blog post, I'm going to dive a bit deeper into several edits and tell you exactly how I came to a final image. Of course, it is important to remember that presets will act differently on various images. By that I mean, the quality, color, and direction of your light, the choices you make during exposure, and the true-to-life colors existing in your original image will all play a role in how...

#PrettyPresets : What are you editing today?

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Wedding Week | Getting Ready

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  Photos of the couple getting ready are often part of what the bride wants on the day of the wedding.  Notice I said what the bride wants!  Generally the groom doesn’t care! When this is requested, your timeline will begin here.  I am a huge fan of getting these pictures.  This is why: Using this time before the ceremony gives you a chance to bond with the bride and her bridesmaids You get a chance to add more detail shots This feels like a warm up before the ceremony, so you get your jitters out HAVE A PLAN I...