Father's Day Gift Ideas with 2-Day Shipping

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Father's Day is this coming Sunday, June 15, 2014. †If you're a procrastinator, never fear; there is still time to get a great Father's Day gift in time. †Here are ten ideas that are currently available from Amazon that would make any dad a happy dad. Be sure to select two-day shipping at checkout to ensure delivery by Father's Day! #1 - Invicta Men's Pro Diver Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch - $59.99 (Reg. $595) Save $535.01 on this great watch! This watch is water-resistant up to 660 feet, has swiss quartz movement, and comes with a 1-year warranty...

70+ Free Photography Tutorials

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Here's a fantastic opportunity to catch up on some of the photography tutorials you may have missed out on or refresh on some of your past favorites.  Within this list we share a lot of fantastic tips for photographers and hobbyists alike.  Enjoy learning more about adobe lightroom, client shoots, editing, manual mode, lighting, seasonal photography, and so much more! Also, be sure to check out our other resource page if you haven't already.  It's all about saving you time in Lightroom.  Check out our 100+ Free Lightroom Tutorials here.   If you don't have time to read this today,...

100+ Free Adobe Lightroom Tutorials

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We've put together this fantastic resource page for you!  We hope it will help you as you navigate and learn Adobe Lightroom.  This blog post is full of 100+ lightroom tutorials about Lightroom 4, Lightroom 5, lightroom presets and lightroom workshops.  We hope you enjoy and thank you for being here.  Also, be sure to check out our 70+ Free Photography Tutorials that we recently posted.  We hope both of these resources will save you time while using lightroom and encourage you in your photography business. If you don't have time to read this today, you can pin 70+ Free Photography Tutorials and pin 100+...

The Art of iPhoneography: Documenting Everyday Life

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"The best camera is the one that's with you." - Chase Jarvis I believe that 100%.  And many times in my life, it is my iPhone.  I have a feeling you may feel the same. At least consider it. I feel like a need to give just a little back story on my journey into photography.  I will try to keep it short and sweet.  And apologize in advance if it seems like a "Dear Diary" entry. In August 2010, I gave birth to my third (adorably precious) son.  Pretty soon after I began my struggle with depression.  My life in...

Did You Lose Something in Lightroom? How to get it back!

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We love Lightroom here.  But have you ever almost pulled your hair out because a part of it goes missing?  Here are some tips to help you find what might have gone missing! 1. Did You Lose the Toolbar? There is a little Toolbar below the photos or grid of photos in Lightroom.  Depending on the module you are in or the tool you have selected, it shows different things.  And usually they are important things. So you can imagine if the toolbar goes missing, it might be really frustrating.  Luckily, it is an easy fix.  Just press the letter...

Summer Bucket List

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We finished school this week and are pretty excited about what the summer holds.  Family reunions, trips to the river and some fun hikes are a few things on the list.  Sometimes we look at each other though and wonder what to do next.  Here are some fun ideas for the summer incase you find yourself doing the same thing.  Feel free to include your own ideas at the bottom of this blog post.  Who knows, maybe we'll need to create a sequel. :)  Have a wonderful summer!  Thank you for being here.  Laura

What is a Lightroom Catalog?

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The Lightroom catalog is something that confuses many new Lightroom users. Often they ignore the catalog and entire Library module and simply import and edit. My goal is that everyone will come to understand what the catalog is, how to manage it, and how to efficiently organize their images inside Lightroom. So, what is the "catalog?" Simply put, it is a compilation of images you have imported into Lightroom. You can have one catalog or several catalogs. When you first install Lightroom, a catalog is created for you, either from scratch with no images in it or from a Photoshop...

Fixing Under-Eye Circles in Lightroom

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Under-eye circles - everyone has them. Sometimes lighting and/or direction can cause them to look worse than they really are, so a bit of editing is called for to reduce them. I will be honest, I used to take every image that needed under-eye circle help to Photoshop Elements because I didn't think the circles could be helped in Lightroom. Then along came the custom brushes from Pretty Presets, with one specifically for under-eye circles and I was hooked! To reduce under-eye circles on a person first activate your brush tool either by clicking 'b' on your keyboard or by...

Advanced Lightroom Webinar

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Here is a recorded webinar from our Advanced Lightroom Class. We hope you can enjoy it here. During this webinar Amanda discussed more about library filters, metadata, shortcuts that save time, taking pics to photoshop and back to Lightroom, and advanced exporting. You can also watch our Lightroom for Beginners webinar or Intermediate Lightroom Webinar. Thank you for being here! Lightroom for Beginners: We'll cover basic importing, the develop module, simple edit steps with presets and brushes and a basic export.  Intermediate Lightroom Class: We'll cover more about collections, keywords, virtual copies, snapshots, editing with presets and brushes, local adjustment tools, syncing, and exporting.  Advanced Lightroom...

5 Tips for Photographing During Summer Months

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With summer quickly approaching, here are some tips to help you make the most of your time shooting in the warm, summer months! 1. Timing Do not shoot in the middle of the day. You should really try to avoid midday shooting, anyway, because of harsh lighting, but in the summer, you really need to avoid shooting midday. Try to shoot either early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler, and your client won’t be sweaty and miserable.  2. Action Shots! Summer is the perfect time to photograph people at play – whether it be...

Easy Ways to Maximize Your Google Plus Engagement

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  Are you looking for an interesting way to increase your exposure on Google Plus? One technique to consider is launching a mini-blogging campaign with G+. Why is this technique growing in popularity? Basically, G+ posts are treated like web pages on the internet and are not only indexed in search results but also build their own page rank (PR). These G+ posts can attract links and also help drive traffic to your site. It can also help with SEO. Did you know that G+ lets you post up to 100,000 characters in a single post? You have enough room...

Lens Hoods - When, Why and How to Use Them

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Lens hoods are one of those equipment items that everyone has seen, but still cause a certain amount of confusion among new photographers. Here is a brief rundown of what lens hoods are designed for, when (and how) you should use them.  What They DoLens hoods reduce flare, and prevent stray light from entering the field of vision on your lens. While lens flares can often be a fun element of a photo, they can also become highly distracting, so if you want to reduce and eliminate lens flare, use a lens hood. Types of Lens HoodsHoods typically come in...