Tips for Organizing your Presets

I recently redid the way I organized my presets.  And when I say recently, I mean yesterday.  As I was organizing mine, I thought I would share some tips for organizing or RE-organizing your Lightroom Presets just in case yours are as big a mess as mine were! First Things First Before I went ahead and started reorganizing/moving around/deleting my presets, I made DOUBLE SURE that I had my original presets backed up somewhere. I mean DOUBLE SURE!   If you don’t have them backed up anywhere right now, check out this post about backing up presets, or follow these.. - Continue Reading

5 Posing Solutions for Every Photographer

In the past, before my sessions, I would look for fun poses that fit my client.  I would then get to the session and remember about 20% of them.  I finally started writing down different ideas to carry with me.  However, not everything can be solved by writing it down.  What happens when your clients picks a location that doesn't inspire you?  Or what if you client wants to take their pictures out on main street and you have to work with the public, too. I'm hoping these posing guide ideas and solutions will be helpful to you this year... - Continue Reading

5 Photography Tips for Beginners: Part Two

The world of digital photography is vast and exciting, but if you are new to photography, your camera manual alone may seem overwhelming, much less all of the information you’ll find online about digital photography. Here are a few tips to consider when you are new to photography.  Click here to view the first 5 tips! 6. Photograph Your Surroundings This idea relates back to carrying your camera everywhere, but instead of becoming aware of how to operate your camera, as photographers, we need to learn how to understand our surroundings. We need to develop a certain awareness of things.. - Continue Reading

5 Photography Tips for Beginners

The world of digital photography is vast and exciting, but if you are new to photography, your camera manual alone may seem overwhelming, much less all of the information you’ll find online about digital photography. Here are a few tips to consider when you are new to photography. 1. Take Your Camera Everywhere The more you use your camera, the better you will understand its modes, functions, and all of the amazing things it can do! When the camera is new, it may seem cumbersome, and it may also take you a bit of time to learn how to adjust.. - Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Choose Brushes Whenever Possible

Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush is an invaluable tool that I use all the time.  Can you believe that at one time Lightroom didn’t have it? Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush is the best way to avoid taking photo into Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  And if that isn’t enough, these 3 reasons should make you want to pull out the Adjustment Brush whenever you possibly can! 1. You Can Be Specific There are times that I want to apply changes to the entire photo that I am working on.  But there are even more times that I want changes to just affect a certain.. - Continue Reading

Sassy Spaces Giveaway!

We don't want you to miss out on an amazing giveaway going on at Sassy Spaces!  You may be familiar with Terry from Sassy Designs.  Well, the same amazing woman is behind Sassy Spaces and has a huge prize to give away.  Don't miss out on this opportunity. The giveaway is running through January 31, 2014. And, there are $3,000 in prizes up for grabs including new backdrops, a custom branding package, and keys to the Sassy Shop. Also for the month of January I am offering FREE U.S. Shipping OR 25% off any purchase at   FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING  If you're.. - Continue Reading

Getting Started with Off-Camera Flash: Part Two

In my previous post, I showed you the equipment you would need for a basic lighting setup using your Speedlight and Cactus Triggers. For this post, I will show you how to get everything in place before you begin shooting. Now, this is a tutorial on the absolute basics of getting your flash and triggers set up. I definitely encourage you to read the manuals on both your triggers and your flash, as well!   Attach one of the triggers (it does not matter which one) to the flash hot shoe mount on your light stand. In the meantime, make.. - Continue Reading

Getting Started with Off-Camera Flash

When I first became interested in experimenting with off-camera flash, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of information I found online, and didn’t even know where to begin! While off-camera flash techniques are many and varied, I thought I would share the way in which I put together my first studio lighting setup, in the hopes that it will help some of you figure out how to go about creating your own set up.  Like I said, there are plenty of options out there, but this is a good solution if you already have a flash for your camera... - Continue Reading

12 Free Digital Papers for Valentine's Day

I realize this is a little soon, but I just had to share them with you now.  February is just around the corner and I thought you may be able to use these for something fun! Valentine's Day gives us a great opportunity to remind those closest to us just how much we appreciate them.  What a great opportunity for me to remind YOU how much I appreciate you. Thank you for being a faithful follower of the Pretty Presets blog.  I am so thankful you are here.   I hope you enjoy this exclusive set of 12 digital papers,.. - Continue Reading

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Lightroom Presets, Photography Tutorials, Freebies for Photographers and more!

Thank you for being here this year!  Our goal here at Pretty Presets is to help you work smarter, not harder. There have been a lot of great blog posts this year and there is a chance you may have missed out on one or two.  Here are some of my favorites from this year that I think you'll enjoy.  Enjoy these blog posts and please join our mailing list if you haven't already.  Thanks for being the best part of our job.  Lightroom 5 was released and so were these great Lightroom 5 tutorials. 3 Tips to Improving Your Workflow.. - Continue Reading

Free Client Tracker Worksheet for Photographers

Free Client Tracker It's a new year and we're here to help you get started off on the right foot!  This is a great tool to have to help keep your clients sessions and orders organized. Click "Add to Cart" below to download it for free. Happy New Year! Includes: Client Name Referred By Session Date Contract Signed Amount Paid Client's Order Amount Due Date Delivered Thank You Sent Referral Name(s)   - Continue Reading