Using Color Luxe Presets and Brushes

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The Color Luxe Collection was the first preset-brush combination collection released at Pretty Presets. The set includes a variety of layering presets plus brushes that were made especially to work in tandem with the presets. This is a quick tutorial to show what is included in the collection and how to use them. A video tutorial at the bottom walks you through two sample edits. The following list shows the various "global" presets, which apply to the image as a whole. The first six are all-in-one presets which give the image a creative look. The next six are different "bases" which give...

Cyber Monday Offer for November 10th

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We wanted to kick off each Monday this month with a fabulous offer that we hope will knock your socks off! Thank you for being a part of our community. Check back on this blog post each Monday for another amazing and limited-time offer. We'll also be posting on facebook, so be sure to follow. Check out our first week! November 10th Maybe you've been holding off on buying the Complete Collection, some of your favorite bundles or are looking to cross someone off your list with a gift card.  Don't wait any longer. With ANY purchase today you'll be...

Understanding Shutter Speed and ISO

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Understanding Shutter Speed Shutter speed is how fast the camera records the picture or how long the shutter is open. You can also look at shutter speed as how long the light is allowed in. To change your shutter speed, there is usually a black dial on your camera. For my Canon, I have a small dial on top for my shutter speed. Turn the dial to the left for a slower shutter speed and to the right for a faster one. When I am shooting portraits, I keep mine around 125. If I’m shooting toddlers, I increase it. Why?...

What Are You Scared Of? Tackle The Exposure Triangle {Part 1}

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I have a secret. Well, after this article it won’t be a secret anymore. But I know I will feel better after sharing this with you all. I know there are going to be some of you that can relate. And then there are going to be some of you that will scratch your head and wonder how I could have been so uneducated. I had a great Canon Rebel for a few years that took photos of my kids that I would frame proudly. With this Canon Rebel, I had been asked to shoot a friend’s wedding and several...

Opening Lightroom Presets After Installation

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So, you purchased your first Lightroom preset collection. You faithfully follow all the instructions and get the preset collection to show in the Presets panel. However, no matter what you do, you can't get the individual presets in the collection to show. What is going on? What went wrong? Nothing! You did great and there is only one last step for you to follow: Click the black triangle that is beside the set name. Many people try to double click on the collection name, and become alarmed when nothing happens. I understand that frustration because on both Macs and PCs we've...

View our Pretty Presets Catalog

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View or share our current catalog of Pretty Presets! Included is our entire store of presets for Lightroom 4, Lightroom 5 and the Creative Cloud. All of our presets work with both raw and jpeg images. This is a great way browse through our entire store. You can click each collection and view about it. Enjoy and thanks for being here. You can download this catalog to a PDF for easy printing.  You can also share this via email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.  This is great for gift giving ideas!  

Taking the Mystery Out of the Graduated Filters

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Graduated Filters Graduated filters are similar to brushes in that they are local adjustments. However, they differ in that brushes are consistent over the area used, whereas graduated filters are strongest at the edge where you start them and then gradually taper off, giving the image a very real but subtle change. The tool is a cross hair that you put at the point you want the effect to start and then pull across. Adjust local areas of an image by choosing the change you’d like to make, then click on the edge of the area (like the edge of...

Fixing Problem Images in Lightroom

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Enjoy the replay of our webinar "Fixing Problem Images in Lightroom".  Here are some additional blog posts we think you'll enjoy. 1. Syncing Edits on Multiple Images in Lightroom 2. Exporting Images for Print, Web and Facebook 3. One Setting in Lightroom That Can Make a Big Difference 4. Using the Spot Removal Tool On Small To Medium Sized Areas 5. 3 Ways to Correct White Balance in Lightroom 6. How to Correct Skin Tones in Lightroom 7. Did You Lose Something in Lightroom? How to get it back! 8. How to Smooth Skin In Lightroom 9. How to Layer Lightroom Presets 10. Snapshots vs. Virtual Copies: When and Why...

8 Digital Cameras for the Hobbyist

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Looking for a camera for someone in your family?  Check out this great list!  Cameras like the Canon 70D or Nikon D5300 make great backup cameras as well.   #1 - Canon PowerShot G16 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video - $499 With performance and creative expression approaching that of an SLR camera, the new PowerShot G16 camera makes unlimited imaging portable and wireless. You'll be eager to share the spectacular images you create with the 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image...

Flattering Angles for Your Clients

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Let’s be honest. Sometimes we head out to a photo shoot and our head isn’t really there. We are just there to shoot, be done and go home. We forget some of the basic skills of a photographer when it comes to making people look their best, or, maybe we just don’t know. One of those skills is knowing about angles. Knowing which angles to shoot from is a huge asset to your business. Why? Because it means that when your clients see their photos, they will be thrilled with them and part of that will be because you helped...

The Secrets to Sharper Pictures

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The Secrets to Sharper Pictures Getting a sharp (seriously in-focus) picture is not as easy as pressing the shutter button. There are several things that you need to do ahead of time, or be aware of while you are shooting. Main ingredients to getting a sharp image: 1. Using appropriate aperture Moving target? Use at least f4  Two people, use f4 / Four or more, use f5.6 or f8  2. Maintaining adequate shutter speed If handholding, keep your shutter speed at least two times the focal length you are using  3. Picking your own focus points Change your camera setting...

Mastering Manual Mode + Getting It Right In Camera (Free Notes)

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The Exposure Triangle This “triangle” is really a balance or formula that gets utilized every time a picture is taken. Like the three sides/angles of a triangle, there are three components to the exposure triangle. 1. ISO—how sensitive your camera is to light 2. Aperture—how open/closed your lens is 3. Shutter speed—how fast/slow your lens opens and closes ISO: International Organization of Standardization For film cameras, it was how sensitive a particular film was to light. For a digital camera, it is how sensitive our camera sensor is to light. Examples: Outdoors in sunshine = ISO 100 Outdoors in overcast light = ISO...