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So You Want to be a Photographer?

I remember very clearly when I decided to become a photographer.  I had been working as an aide at my children’s school and due to the state’s budget, cuts were being made.  All aides were being laid off.  I had been working 2 hours a day for the last 2 years and thought that this was my chance to finally be a photographer.  After all, all of my friends wanted me to take pictures of their kids and I already owned a nice camera.  How much work could there be to it?  I felt like the only basic component I.. - Continue Reading

Printing in Lightroom

If you are like me and enjoy printing your images, you are going to love the Print module in Lightroom! The Print module gives you the option to select from a list of print templates, or use your own print specifications. For this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through how to make a standard 8X10 print using the Print module. Select the image you would like to print, and then navigate to the Print module. Select Single Image/Contact Sheet, since we are only printing one photo:Leave the Zoom to Fill box UNCHECKED, as this will prevent Lightroom from clipping the.. - Continue Reading

5 Marketing Resources for Photographers - Including BONUS Downloads

We put together our favorite posts from our site and others into one easy blog post for you.  Plus, we've included some fun downloads of templates, ebooks and lessons!  We hope this will encourage you as you work through marketing your photography business.  1. Let's start here!  This is an awesome video + notes from Elizabeth Halford.  It's called "5 Things To Consider When Starting Your Photography Business".  This is the perfect place to begin before we get into other marketing aspects of the business.  2. Create a marketing plan!  Read more from our blog post "3 Business Mistakes to.. - Continue Reading

Essentials to Editing in Lightroom

This one hour webinar will help you get comfortable with editing in Lightroom by teaching you necessary and time-saving techniques.During the webinar we will cover:Global and local editing in the Develop moduleMaking snapshots for comparing editsCreating virtual copies for multiple versions of imagesSynching edits on similar imagesExporting so edits are applied to imagesDon't forget to sign-up for our last webinar on Sunday + a Marketing Webinar:From Lightroom to Photoshop and Back - This will be held at 5pm EST by Amanda Padgett, our Lightroom Instructor, here at Pretty Presets.Free Marketing Webinar: 10 Reasons Why Your Marketing is Not Bringing In Clients - This.. - Continue Reading

2 Awesome Webinars - Lightroom, Photoshop and Marketing Help

First Webinar: From Lightroom to Photoshop and BackFrom Lightroom to Photoshop and Back - This webinar will be held on Sunday the 27th of July at 5pm Eastern Standard TimeLearn how to make global and local adjustments to images in Lightroom, then take them to Photoshop for further editing, then return the images back to Lightroom for exporting. During the webinar we will cover: Global versus local adjustments Syncing multiple images in Lightroom Opening those images in Photoshop (without exporting) Editing in Photoshop with actions, textures, and adjustment layersTaking back to Lightroom for batch exportingThe Details1. Not sure what time it will be held where.. - Continue Reading

4 Ways to Enhance the Sky in Lightroom

4 Simple and Fast Ways to Enhance the Sky in Your Photos Using Lightroom Sometimes, you just aren’t going to have perfectly blue skies and big, billowy clouds in your photos. Don’t worry, though – there are a few ways to give your skies some zing in a pinch, without having to open Photoshop and make a full-on sky replacement.1. Graduated Filters One of the most popular ways of editing skies in Lightroom is using the Graduated Filter tool, highlighted above. It can be found in the Develop Module. In the image below, we have a typical snow sky – completely.. - Continue Reading

How to Fix Blemishes and Reduce Wrinkles in Lightroom

A common question we get in the free webinars and at the help desk is how to fix blemishes without taking the image to Photoshop. Many Lightroom users do not realize how useful the "spot removal tool" can be for fixing blemishes such as scratches, food particles, pimples, etc. This tool continues to be improved with each Lightroom release and really can handle most of your healing and cloning needs. The spot removal tool is used to remove unwanted objects or blemishes via one of two modes:the clone mode or heal mode. The clone mode is best for hiding unwanted.. - Continue Reading

Using Manual Focus for Sharper Images

In order to achieve sharp focus on your images, you can set the focusing mode on your lens to manual focus. Manual focus is not ideal for all situations, but if you have a subject that is relatively still, you can use this mode to achieve sharp focus. Below are examples of a few scenarios where manual can work to your advantage, and why it can be so effective. First, though, let’s look at how to set your lens:Your lens is set to Auto and Manual focus on the lens itself, not in the interface of your DSLR. The above.. - Continue Reading

Free Social Media eBook

Social Media School  Thank you for being a part of our community.  I hope you enjoy our new Social Media School download. This eBook will encourage you as you use social media to expand your business. And, it's FREE!  You can click "Add to Cart" below to download it to your computer.  Enjoy and have a wonderful day! You can click "Add to Cart" to download the PDF instantly to your computer.  Thank you!  Also, a very special thanks to Lily from Blahblah Bebe Photography for this beautiful cover image. - Continue Reading

150,000 Facebook Friends Summer Celebration Giveaway!

150K Giveaway Celebration!I'm so excited about this giveaway!  There are three ways to feel like a winner during our 150,000 Facebook Friends Summer Celebration Giveaway.  Winners will be announced on Monday the 21st of July!!$200 Gift Card to Pretty Presets for Lightroom$175 Value - Lifetime Membership at Rock The Shot$150 Gift Card to Kelly Moore Bags$100 Gift Card to Photo Deal Cafe$100 Gift Card to Photographer DepotThat's a total of $725 in this prize package!  And, there will be 3 winners!  Congratulations to Jillian Harvey, Robin Golembieski and Rosanna from Rosy Outlook Photography!  Thank you all for being a part of.. - Continue Reading

Editing Skin Tones in Lightroom

Thank you for joining us last night.  It was so good to have you.  If you missed out or simply want to watch it again then please enjoy the recording below.  Don't forget to reserve your spot for our webinars coming up on the 20th and 27th of July.  Also, enjoy FREE NOTES from our webinar last night.  Essentials to Editing in Lightroom  From Lightroom to Photoshop and Back Editing Skin Tones in Lightroom Learn how to identify when a subject’s skin is too cool or warm, and how to make adjustments to correct the problem. During the webinar we.. - Continue Reading

5 More Photo Apps I Love

It has been a year or so since I’ve written a post about mobile photography and editing apps, so I figured now would be a good time to revisit the topic and share with you some of my latest app obsessions. Most of these are available for both iPhone and Android.  1. Instasize Ever want to upload your photos to Instagram as rectangles and not squares (I do, all the time…)? Instasize will do just that! 2. PureShot If you are becoming a serious mobile photographer, you will want to capture and save your images in an appropriate file format, just as.. - Continue Reading