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How to Brighten Shadowed Eyes in Lightroom

Sometimes when taking a photograph, your subjects eyes can end up looking too shadowed, possibly because there wasn't enough reflective surface bouncing light back on his or her face. Or, perhaps the overall image wa...

Embracing Soft Focus Photography

Soft Focus Photography The first time I created a softly focused (ie out of focus) image, it wasn’t on purpose, but my heart skipped a beat when it popped up on my computer screen. I could barely contain my excitemen...

Shooting & Managing RAW+JPEG Files in Lightroom

Should You Shoot in RAW + JPEG? Before I discuss the best ways to handle RAW+JPEG files in Lightroom, let's go over some RAW+JPEG basics. All cameras come with the ability to shoot and store a RAW file AND a JPEG fil...

RAW vs JPEG

RAW vs JPEG A common question that many photographers have is "what is the difference between shooting RAW and shooting JPEG". It's a common misconception that the only benefit of shooting RAW is the ability to "resc...

4 Tips for Shooting and Editing Light & Airy Photos

Light and airy images are a lovely image style that is VERY popular right now!  If this style is one you love, then the following tips will help you create a beautiful light and airy image in the simplest way possibl...

How to Edit Newborn Photos in Lightroom

Newborn photography is more popular than ever and is one of the more challenging types of photo sessions for photographers to pose, shoot AND edit. But it can also be one of the most rewarding! I used to struggle wit...

5 Tips for Mastering Indoor Backlight

There’s a lot to be said about the natural beauty of backlighting. The drama of a backlit image can add an extra level of depth that make the shot interesting, unique and capture the attention of the viewer. So, how ...

Best Family Photos - Photo Challenge Winners!

Best Family Photos - Pretty Presets Photo Challenge We are so excited to share these beautiful family photos with you from our PRETTY photo community. This was such a fun challenge and we loved hearing more about you...

Tips for Organizing your Presets (UPDATED)

How to Organize Your Lightroom Presets I recently revised the way I organize my Lightroom presets.  And when I say recently, I mean yesterday.  As I was organizing mine, I thought I would share some tips for organizi...

5 Reasons to Network With Other Photographers

Why You Should Network With Other Photographers I have a lot of friends who are photographers. It hasn't always been this way, though - I only had one or two photographer friends before I got into photography myself,...

3 Tips for Taking Better Black & White Photos

A simple, black and white photo is timeless, and an art-form all its own. Here are a few tips and techniques for taking black and white photos, as well as some of the reasons why black and white photos remain a stapl...

5 Tips for Finding Your Photography Style

Finding Your Photography Style I have loved photography for many years, and even before I started taking photos of my own, I had an appreciation for what was, in my opinion, great photography. When I first started ou...

How to Edit Black & White Photos in Lightroom

I love a good black and white photo! And the last couple of months I have been in a black and white mood. Nice black and white photographs are fun and easy to make in Lightroom. I'll share with you how I change an im...