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Free Business Card for Photographers

Business cards are a great way to get the word out about your business.  I'm so excited to be able to offer this two-sided business card for your photography business. This can be printed at any local printer or professional photo lab.  Enjoy!   A couple things to know...  1. You will need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to edit these cards.  2. Don't have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements?  I know a lovely and talented designer who will customize them for you and your business for $7 (most charge $20-$30).  You can contact her here designstudiotwentynine@gmail.com.  Her name is Lisa and she is a very.. - Continue Reading

What is DNG? And Why You Might Consider Using It

If you have imported photos into Lightroom, you have probably noticed the words “Copy as DNG” at the top.  Likely, you have just skipped over this option because a) you have no idea what it is or b) see no need to use it. Today I wanted to let you in on the secret of what a DNG files is and a reason or two why you might consider using it. What is a DNG file? DNG stands for digital negative file and it is an open-source RAW file format created by Adobe. Essentially, it is a standard RAW file.. - Continue Reading

Set Yourself Up For Success

When I was a senior in high school, I had no idea what I wanted to “be” when I grew up. I took all sorts of career placement tests, talked to school counselors, visited career fairs, and talked to my parents, but no one thing jumped out at me. When I left for college that fall, I was still on the fence. In my first meeting with my advisor, I was persuaded to declare English as my major, at his urging – after all, I loved to write! I figured it made sense and went with it. To make a.. - Continue Reading

6 Tips to Photographing Your Clients in Public

If you prefer to shoot in natural light, you may not always have the luxury of photographing your clients in a private space. If you are photographing them in public, though, this can pose its on set of challenges! Here are a few tips on how to make photographing your clients in public a positive experience. Get to know your client. If they are really outgoing, then photographing them in a public area should be a breeze. If they are at all shy or self-conscious in front of the camera, though, they may not enjoy having their photo made in.. - Continue Reading

Replay of Clean and Creative Editing in Lightroom 5

Enjoy our replay of the webinar that we held on Sunday evening!  Our webinar was geared towards new photographers who were looking for the best and most effective ways edit in Lightroom.  Amanda shared some great tips and tricks along with some of our favorite preset and brush collections.  Enjoy and thank you for taking the time out of your day to watch.  I know this webinar will save you lots of time while editing! A few things to know about this replay! This will only be available through Friday at midnight EST. After Friday, this will be put in.. - Continue Reading

Monitor Calibration: Is Your Monitor Calibrated?

  Now, there are many technical ins-and-outs to monitor calibration. Most of us have an average amount of tech-savvy, so I am writing this for people who simply want their images to look better, without having to get too technical.  Let’s look at a few ways to go about calibrating your monitor:  Do It Yourself  First, you will want to let your monitor warm up for about 30 minutes prior to calibration.  Your computer will allow you to calibrate your monitor manually by walking you through a series of steps where you will adjust gamma, brightness, contrast and saturation. You.. - Continue Reading

Editing Newborns in Lightroom using Pretty Presets

I am so excited to have Lisa from "A Piece of Lisa Photography" on the blog today!  If you are not following her already, be sure to follow her today.  She is such a talented woman who loves to encourage others through her work and her page. I'm excited to be able to feature her today and share how she uses Pretty Presets to edit. Thank you, Lisa.  Laura Shooting newborns has been a passion of mine since I had one of my own just over two years ago, and the more I work with them, the more I fall.. - Continue Reading

Lightroom Webinar - 5 Tips for Getting Started With Lightroom 5

  We are so excited to be offering another free webinar to you!  Come learn more about five tips for getting started in Lightroom 5.  This is the perfect class for beginners to Lightroom who are wanting to know more about using Lightroom. We want to see you work more efficiently and save you time while in Lightroom. We are here to help you work smarter, not harder.  Sign-up and reserve your spot today! Click here if you would like to reserve your spot on Sunday, July 21st from 7PM - 8PM Eastern Standard Time 1. The webinar will be held Sunday, July.. - Continue Reading

Replay of Lightroom Webinar Available - Editing in Lightroom 5

Enjoy our replay of the webinar that we held on Sunday evening!  Our webinar was geared towards new photographers who were looking for the best and most effective ways to edit in Lightroom.  Amanda shared some great tips and tricks along with some of our favorite preset and brush collections.  You can also watch it on vimeo here. The products Amanda mentioned were: Pretty Pastels Collection, Workflow Set Collection, Portrait Brushes + Graduated Filters, Fine Art Film Collection Hope you enjoyed!  Be sure to come back and reserve your spot for our next free lightroom webinar.  We will be offering our.. - Continue Reading

4 Things Being a Bride Taught Me about Wedding Photography

My husband and I just celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary. That was before our 1920’s craftsman home, before our second long-haired dachshund, and before my photography business had really taken off. And that was the very day I realized just how stressful getting married can be (seriously… I thought I was going to throw up walking down the aisle). But besides getting a super awesome husband and a shiny new ring out of the deal, it taught me some lessons that have helped shape my own wedding photography business. There are a lot of factors that can stress out.. - Continue Reading

Free Lightroom Webinar for Beginners

Come learn how to edit in Lightroom We are so excited to be offering another free webinar to you!  Come learn more about editing in Lightroom.  This is the perfect class for beginners to Lightroom who are wanting to know more about using Lightroom. We want to see you work more efficiently and save you time while editing. We are here to help you work smarter, not harder.  Sign-up and reserve your spot today! Click here if you would like to reserve your spot on Sunday, July 14th from 7:30PM - 8:30PM Eastern Standard Time 1. The webinar will be held Sunday, July.. - Continue Reading

4 Tips For Sharper Images

Have you ever finished a shoot thinking that your images are perfectly sharp on your LCD screen, only to find that, once they are on your monitor, they aren’t quite as sharp as you thought they were? Here are a few tips to help you achieve sharper images. 1. Your Lens We often read that opening your lens as wide as it will go is a best practice because it lets the maximum amount of light into the camera, and creates a blurred background. However, this is not always the case, and you might want to try avoiding opening your.. - Continue Reading