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It's All In The Light: 5 Tips To Mastering Light Today

It's All In The Light: 5 Tips To Mastering Light Today

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One of the most important aspects of any photo is LIGHTING. Get this wrong, and you could ruin a photograph. Get this right, and it can take your photography to another level. With that said: lighting can be complicated. Here are some things I have learned about lighting.  1. Avoid sun spots. In harsh midday sun, try to avoid the shadows of leaves and trees and the sun splotches on clothing and faces. Try to find a fully-shaded area where your subject is completely covered in shade. 2. Check all angles. There are all kinds of tricks you can use to...

6 Tips For Photographing Children

6 Tips For Photographing Children

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Having six children, I feel that I have somewhat mastered this area of photography.  Children's photography is not easy. Telling a child how to stand, where to put their hands, which way to look...it is not for the faint of heart. My children have learned that their mom is a photographer and taking photos is just not optional...it is required. And daily. Yes, I take several photos every single day. This not only allows me to have memories of each day but also gives me a lot of practice. I find the more I practice, the better each photo becomes....

Making Manual Adjustments in Lightroom's Lens Correction Panel

Making Manual Adjustments in Lightroom's Lens Correction Panel

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Because of your (the photographer) position to the subject, and sometimes the lens you are using, the captured image can have its perspective skewed. You can fix this by making manual adjustments in the the Lens Correction panel in Lightroom 4 and 5 or the Transform tool in Lightroom 6 and CC. Last spring Tammy recorded an awesome video, below, showing how to use the "Manual" feature in the Lens Correction panel (before the Transform tools were pulled out of the Lens Correction panel) to bring one side of an image closer, so that it matches the opposite side. I have...

Photographing More Than Just Faces During an Engagement Session

Photographing More Than Just Faces During an Engagement Session

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Engagement sessions for me can sometimes feel like a 2-hour pressure cooker where I’m constantly trying to figure out what’s next—what location, pose, and lens can I use to create as many unique photos as possible? But not every photo has to include your clients’ faces. In fact, taking a few non-traditional photos is a great way to add interest to the set, and draw inspiration from new places. Here are a few ideas that run through my head every time I’m out shooting an engagement session: Affection Through Body Language When you’re photographing an engaged couple, a good number...

7 Steps For Turning Your Photography Hobby Into A Business

7 Steps For Turning Your Photography Hobby Into A Business

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If you’ve been running your photography as a successful hobby and you’re ready to take the leap of faith and do it as your job, there are plenty of things to be aware of before you take the plunge. Photographing as a hobby can be a brilliant way to make some extra cash here and there, but there is a whole lot more to it if you want to set up a business and get into photography as your line of work without the safety net of a full time job in the background. While the idea of taking the...

Using the Brush Tool to Selectively Correct Clipping

Using the Brush Tool to Selectively Correct Clipping

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  "Clipping" comes in two forms - highlight and shadow. More people know about highlight clipping, when an area of the image is so bright the color is "blown out" (which is term synonymous with highlight clipping."  Local Corrections of Clipping The only way to target specific areas of an image, for any problem, is with the local adjustment tool, like brushes, filters, spot removal. Last fall Leah recorded a short video showing how to eliminate clipping with a local adjustment brush (video below). Global Corrections of Clipping Gayle did a lovely tutorial about clipping last year, what it is...

5 Lightroom Develop Module Shortcuts You Should Use Now

5 Lightroom Develop Module Shortcuts You Should Use Now

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When you are first learning Lightroom, it seems to take so long to do anything because you are still trying to figure out how to use it and where everything is. Once you get the "lay of the land" then it's time to start learning shortcuts so you spend less time moving your mouse to different areas of the screen to click on tools or options. Below are a few of my favorite shortcuts for the Develop module. Next week, I will share some of my favorite Library module shortcuts. In case anyone is wondering, this image was edited with...

Adding Light to Shadowed Eyes in Lightroom

Adding Light to Shadowed Eyes in Lightroom

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Sometimes when capturing a photograph, the subjects eyes can be shadowed because there wasn't enough reflective surfaces bouncing light back to her or his face. Or, the image overall isn't exposed enough, making the eyes even darker. The easiest fix for this, honestly, is in camera, by slowing down the shutter speed, or increasing the ISO, or opening up the aperture more. Also, using a reflector or something white in front of the subject will reflect light back onto her or him.  Once the image is taken, though, we have to do what we can to make it the best...

Where Do I Find The Best Deal For Digital Camera And Lenses?

Where Do I Find The Best Deal For Digital Camera And Lenses?

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We were headed to Scottsdale and I was debating on whether or not to bring my camera, that felt like a 20-pound carry-on camera bag.  I decided last minute to go ahead and rent the Canon 5D Mark IV and 70-200mm lens from Camera Lens Rentals. I asked that the rental be sent to a UPS store (one of many) in Scottsdale. This allowed me to travel light and also gave me the opportunity to try out the new Canon 5D Mark IV, too. Well, I was sold!  I currently have the Canon 5K Mark III and have loved it....

Simple Color Pop in Lightroom

Simple Color Pop in Lightroom

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I have done many, many Lightroom webinars and online workshops, and one of the most common questions I was asked was how to make colors in a picture "pop." It is a fairly simple process in Lightroom, one you can do yourself with individual tweaks, or with the help of a preset. Honestly the hardest thing about adding color to make the image pop is to not overdue it - which is an easy thing to do. Let's get started.... Below is an untouched image that is precious but has a bit of haze and is quite dull. The image...

PHOTO CHALLENGE: GREEN

PHOTO CHALLENGE: GREEN

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GREEN PHOTO CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED We thought we'd try a new twist on our photo challenge this week and pick just one color to focus in on! If you're like me, just the thought of green plants sounds so exciting right now (it's been a long and cold winter).  Thank you for submitting your photos this week. We loved seeing all your beautiful edits in Lightroom and seeing how you use Pretty Presets to edit. We look forward to our next photo challenge in just a couple of weeks!  Hope you'll come back and join us then. :) Below are...

Happy 7th Birthday to Pretty Presets for Lightroom

Happy 7th Birthday to Pretty Presets for Lightroom

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 Do you ever look back and wonder where the time has gone?  Me too!  It's incredible to look back and see how Pretty Presets has grown over the past 7 years.  This business began out of my own desire to save time while editing sessions (especially weddings).  Not only to save time, but also to work from home, so I spend more time with my family. As Pretty Presets grew, so did the vision.  Not only did we want to save you time, but we also wanted to build a community to encourage our fellow entrepreneurs.  Here are some fun...