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Learning to Critique Your Own Photos

Learning to Critique Your Own Photos

Learning to Critique Your Own Photos One of the biggest times of improvement in my photography skills came after I learned to give myself Constructive Criticism (or CC).  Now, when I talk about criticism, I don't mea...

What Do I Need to Start a Photography Business?

What Do I Need to Start a Photography Business?

What Do You Need to Start a Photography Business? So you’ve decided to step out of your comfort zone and take the bull by the horns and make your dream of a photography business a reality!  Now is time to get yoursel...

How to Handle an Unhappy Photography Client

How to Handle an Unhappy Photography Client

How to Handle an Unhappy Photography Client “I like the photos, but…”  Nothing hurts more than hearing that your client is unhappy with the photos you’ve given them. Your first response may range from crushed, to con...

Creating a Backup Workflow for Photographers

Creating a Backup Workflow for Photographers

Are You Backing Up Your Photos? I'm writing today to share a cautionary tale about a certain woman (who worked as a Photoshop and Lightroom instructor, as well as a photographer on the side) who failed to make sure h...

Lightroom’s Magic Targeted Adjustment Tool

Lightroom’s Magic Targeted Adjustment Tool

How to Use Lightroom's Targeted Adjustment Tool As with most post-processing programs, there are multiple ways to do everything.  Most of Lightroom's controls consist of sliders which are generally pretty easy to use...

How to Create a Panorama in Lightroom (by Merging Photos)

How to Create a Panorama in Lightroom (by Merging Photos)

How to Create a Panorama in Lightroom As photographers, we delight in finding and photographing landscapes all around us.  Unfortunately, sometimes the full beauty of an expansive landscape can't be captured by and w...

Best Presets & Tips for Photographing Dark Skin Tones

Best Presets & Tips for Photographing Dark Skin Tones

(Image courtesy by Mar Loes at PhotoFlash edited with presets from the Clean Edit Portrait Workflow Collection) Skin tones come in such a wide variety of shades and undertones that it is almost impossible for a one-s...

How to Edit Beautiful Instagram Photos in Lightroom

How to Edit Beautiful Instagram Photos in Lightroom

How to Edit Beautiful Instagram Photos in Lightroom Instagram is one of the most important and popular places to share and interact with images! So of course we all want our Instagram page to look its very best! One ...

Should You Sell Unedited Images to Clients?

Should You Sell Unedited Images to Clients?

Image above edited with Reverie Preset from the Dark & Moody Millennium Preset Collection. Should You Sell Your Raw Unedited Photos to Clients? There always seems to be a lot of debate amongst photographers abou...

Photography Contracts (Payment, Prints & Digital Files)

Photography Contracts (Payment, Prints & Digital Files)

The Importance of Having a Photography Contract for Your Business As a photographer and business owner, one of the most important details of your business is your contract!  Not only do your contracts protect you, bu...

How to Use Lightroom's New Texture Slider

How to Use Lightroom's New Texture Slider

How to Use Lightroom's New Texture Slider Lightroom is constantly upgrading and adding new features to help photographers edit quickly with beautiful results.  The brand new Texture Slider is the first slider that Li...

5 Lighting Tips for Better Photos

5 Lighting Tips for Better Photos

5 Lighting Tips to Improve Your Photography One of the most important aspects of any photo is LIGHTING! If you get that wrong, you can easily ruin your image. But if you get it right consistently, you will take your ...

How to Edit Sunrise & Sunset Photos in Lightroom

How to Edit Sunrise & Sunset Photos in Lightroom

How to Edit Sunrise & Sunset Photos in Lightroom The natural beauty of a sunrise and a sunset is quite difficult to capture in photos due to the contrasting exposures between a bright sky and a dim foreground tha...

Pretty Presets & Actions 2020 Lightroom Scholarship Winner

Pretty Presets & Actions 2020 Lightroom Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to our 2020 Lightroom Essay Scholarship Winner! We received many amazing essays written by some very incredibly talented students from around the world. It was a pleasure to read all of the creative a...

5 Essential Newborn Photography Safety Tips

5 Essential Newborn Photography Safety Tips

Newborn Photography Safety Tips Newborn photography is one of the most rewarding types of photography in the industry, yet it is one that you NEED to be experienced in to ensure your little subjects are completely sa...

Focal Length Comparison (Which One is Right for Your Subject?)

Focal Length Comparison (Which One is Right for Your Subject?)

Focal Length Comparison (Which is Best for Your Subject?) Whether you just picked up your first camera last week or you’ve been shooting for years, focal lengths can be tricky. Not only is it important to understand ...

Jana Gaston (Photographer Spotlight)

Jana Gaston (Photographer Spotlight)

Jana Gaston - Photographer Spotlight Jana Gaston is a professional photographer who has inspired us for years with her newborn, senior, wedding, and family photography in the Pretty Presets Facebook Group. She always...

Kelly-anne Gladwin (Photographer Spotlight)

Kelly-anne Gladwin (Photographer Spotlight)

Kelly-anne Gladwin - Fine Art Photographer Spotlight Kelly-anne Gladwin is an exceptionally talented pet and portrait photographer who has inspired us almost daily in our Pretty Presets Facebook Group. She always get...

4 Ways to Boost Your Photography Income (When You Can't Shoot)

4 Ways to Boost Your Photography Income (When You Can't Shoot)

4 Ways to Boost Your Photography Business (When You Can't Shoot) In the last few weeks, our world has been turned upside down. We are each struggling to find a new normal. However, we also know that these times will ...

3 Social Media Tips for Photographers (During Hard Times)

3 Social Media Tips for Photographers (During Hard Times)

3 Social Media Tips for Photographers During COVID-19  We are living through a pandemic. Just writing those words makes my body rigid with anxiety and my heart heavy with emotions. A few weeks ago I was on top of th...

How to Make a Photo Gallery Wall in Your Home

How to Make a Photo Gallery Wall in Your Home

How to Create a Photo Gallery Wall in Your Home When I dreamed up my perfect photo gallery wall, I had no idea that everyone would love it as much as I do. I always get a ton of questions about the details and dimens...