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Work on Images Offline with Smart Previews

Work on Images Offline with Smart Previews

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Lightroom was designed to easily manage thousands of images, but should we be housing thousands of images on our computer hard drives? Most users do not have the space and eventually must move images from their internal drive to an external drive. Some users, like me, cannot even temporarily house the images on their internal drive because they simply don't have the space. Almost every single image I import has to go to an external drive rather than only my internal drive. What is the point to all this? Well, why it matters is because where the images are housed...

3 Reasons Your Photography Business Mistakes Might Be Forgiven

3 Reasons Your Photography Business Mistakes Might Be Forgiven

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I recently wrote about a session where I lost all of the SOOC files.  Then it got worse.  The day of the in-person ordering session came and as I was getting the gallery ready, the files that I had exported from Lightroom were too small.  They were the size of your thumbnail.  I don’t know what I did wrong, but it was a nightmare.  Everything was falling apart minutes before my clients were to be at the meeting.  We met and I told them the truth.  I lost the files and I saved the edits in the wrong size.  All...

Can't Live Without Photo Challenge - Winners Announced

Can't Live Without Photo Challenge - Winners Announced

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  PHOTO CHALLENGE: SHARE YOUR FAVORITE "CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT" PHOTOS WITH US Whether your Can't Live Without item was your family, coffee, nature or your beloved pet, we enjoyed getting to know you a little bit better and seeing what you hold close to your heart. Congratulations to Sara and Carol for captivating us all this week with your beautiful images!  Please email Laura at support@prettypresets.com to redeem your $50 gift card to Pretty Presets or Pretty Actions. WINNERS ANNOUNCED There is just something about your last baby. All of your children are so very special and hold a unique and...

Psst...We've got a secret surprise.‏

Psst...We've got a secret surprise.‏

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Overwhelmed? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a new job? How about starting your own photography business?  Trying to juggle and balance it all, and then BAM! … Life steps in and says, “Well hi there! Remember me?” And, you're back at square one, just like that. Can you relate? Well, you're not alone. The good news is that you've found a community that can relate with these same struggles as entrepreneurs and fellow photographers.  And, a solution we wished we would have been offered as new photographers.  And, the even better news is that is is NOW AVAILABLE FOR...

5 Ways a New Client is Like a First Date

5 Ways a New Client is Like a First Date

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We’ve all been on a first date, right?  It’s a pretty big deal.  You want things to go smooth and hope that you make a good impression.  Especially if it’s with someone that you have had your eye on for awhile.  Let’s compare how you prepare for that first date to how you prepare for the beginning of a relationship with your clients.  We all want to win over our potential clients by giving them a great first impression, but how do we do that? Make an Impression In the early stages of a relationship, you work very hard to...

Favorite Family Time Photos - Winners Announced

Favorite Family Time Photos - Winners Announced

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 PHOTO CHALLENGE: SHARE YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY TIME PHOTOS WITH US I was thrilled when I was asked to choose the theme for this challenge.  I knew right away what I wanted to see.  Pictures of families.  My family is the most important group of people in my life.  I thought this would be a great chance to pull out a family photo to edit or get in front of the camera for a new photo! But I have to say, choosing the winners was hard!  I had to bring in reinforcement to help. :)  Congratulations to Karissa and Tiffany for...

Creating an Exciting Silhouette Sky in Lightroom

Creating an Exciting Silhouette Sky in Lightroom

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Silhouettes are beautiful photos to create with clients.  A dark subject set against a beautiful sky is a stunning image!  (If you need to know how to photograph a silhouette, click over to this post!) But what happens when the sky isn't as exciting as you want?  Can that be helped in Lightroom? It certainly can.  Watch this video to learn how to enhance a silhouette sky in Lightroom or follow the steps below the video. Disclaimer:  This isn't going to work if your sky is totally blown out and there is no information to work with and add color...

Using Lightroom's Hue Panel to Green-Up Grass

Using Lightroom's Hue Panel to Green-Up Grass

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The HSL panel in Lightroom isn't one that often gets talked about or sees lots of use—especially the Hue section of that panel.  Moving the sliders in the Hue Panel can create some interesting color shifts that are unnatural and crazy. But this tool also has some amazing super powers when it comes to subtly changing the color of the grass and sky to better fit your vision for the photograph. Watch this video or follow the steps below to learn how you can change dead grass to a more healthy green or over-exposed mid-day sun grass to a prettier...

The Fun (and Importance) of Beautiful Packaging

The Fun (and Importance) of Beautiful Packaging

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We all know how exciting it is to book a session. That excitement carries into the day of the shoot and increases as we rush home to get those images on our computer for a real look at them. Often we get so excited about the beginning of the process and tend to forget our job does not end there. We still have to show the client the images, and then after they place an order, present them with their goods. To me, this is almost as much fun as taking the shots, I love packaging!  I love all things ribbons, bows,...

Editing Seniors With The Limited Edition Summer Collection + The Color Luxe Workflow Collection

Editing Seniors With The Limited Edition Summer Collection + The Color Luxe Workflow Collection

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This week's Editing Cheat Sheet is all about editing seniors, or any other subject your heart might desire, using the Limited Edition Summer Collection and the Color Luxe Workflow Collection together. I love using the different workflow sets offered by Pretty Presets in conjunction with my other Pretty Presets collections such as the Summer Collection because they really allow you to fine tune your edits to fit your own personal processing style. Here are some incredibly easy and varied edits using these two collections together. Love what you see? Add the Limited Edition Summer Collection and the Color Luxe Workflow Collection to your...

4 Tips for Shooting in Harsh Light

4 Tips for Shooting in Harsh Light

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While many of us love shooting in the soft light of late afternoon (and early morning!) we may often find ourselves shooting in harsh lighting conditions. If you find yourself in a situation with less than "ideal" light, here are some tips to help you make the most of it: WARM IT UP All too often, shooting in harsh light can result in washed out skin tones and surroundings. Adding some warmth in post-processing can help relieve some of the washed out tones, but keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so start off small and work...

Adjusting the Matte and Haze Effect of a Pretty Preset

Adjusting the Matte and Haze Effect of a Pretty Preset

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One of the questions we get asked a lot is about how to reduce the matte or haze effect of a preset. Some of the presets in our collections add a slight matte or haze effect to your image and it is easy to adjust if you know how. You can adjust the these effects using the tone curve!  Watch this video to learn how to adjust this effect or follow the steps below the video! Using the Tone Curve Both these effects are created using the Tone Curve Panel. The Tone Curve Panel is located just below the Basic...