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Self Portrait Photo Challenge Winners

Self Portrait Photo Challenge Winners

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SELF PORTRAIT PHOTO CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED We thought it'd be great to start out 2017 with a SELF PORTRAIT Photo Challenge! We hope you'll take a moment to enjoy these images and the stories behind the self portraits. If you're interested in learning more about taking your own self portrait, take a moment and read all about how to take a self portrait here. Congratulations to those featured and a big thank you to everyone who submitted their self portrait. Below is the winner, Karissa Collins, and 6 honorable mentions that we fell in love with.  If you were one of the images featured,...

2 Tips For Your Folders and Keywords in Lightroom

2 Tips For Your Folders and Keywords in Lightroom

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If you are anything like me and you easily forget when and where you saved a set of photos, you may benefit from a little extra organizational control in Lightroom. While I am a big fan of folders and key-wording, both in Lightroom and on my hard drives, having subfolders and keywords within keywords helps me keep track of everything more easily than saving everything to large, general-themed folders. In this tutorial, we will look at how to quickly add subfolders in Lightroom, and how to add a keyword within an already existing keyword.  SUBFOLDERS Let's start with subfolders. First, make...

Christmas Tree - Photo Challenge Winners Announced

Christmas Tree - Photo Challenge Winners Announced

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CHRISTMAS TREE WINNERS ANNOUNCED For the past two weeks we've loved seeing your beautiful Christmas tree pictures! As always, it's never easy to pick just a few. Thank you for sharing with us. We're so grateful you took the time to not only share your images, but the stories behind them also.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Below are eight images we fell in love with.  If you were one of the images featured, please be sure to grab a button, showcasing that you were featured on our website or group page. Thank you for sharing your talent with us today.  Enjoy browsing through...

Photo Bomb and Photo Bloopers - Photo Challenge Winners Announced

Photo Bomb and Photo Bloopers - Photo Challenge Winners Announced

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PHOTO BOMB AND PHOTO BLOOPERS WINNERS ANNOUNCED Have you ever had that special moment, during a session, where you're just left speechless? That blooper that you couldn't have planned if you tried? Or maybe, that special person that made it into the picture, but you're not sure how or why? This week, we thought it'd be fun to have a challenge focused on making you smile! As always, it's never easy to pick just a few. Thank you for sharing with us. We're so grateful you did! Below are our 2 winners and 5 honorable mentions that we fell in love with....

5 Ways to Add PUNCH to Your Photos in Lightroom

5 Ways to Add PUNCH to Your Photos in Lightroom

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RAW files come out of the camera a little flat and lackluster.  Adding a little bit of "punch" or "pop" to your photos is something that almost all RAW photos need.  Here are the top 5 ways to get your images looking bright and lovely in a just a few clicks! Add Contrast One of the easiest ways to add a little more life to your photo is to increase the contrast. Most RAW files have very low contrast so an increase in contrast is in order. The Contrast slider can be found in the Basic Panel just below the...

Looking to Your Own Work for Inspiration

Looking to Your Own Work for Inspiration

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I sat at my desk and did something I haven’t done in a long while. I started looking back through my older work. Not last year’s work, or even the year before that. No, these were images from six years ago that haven’t seen the light of day in at least five years. These images flooded my screen and brought tears to my eyes. I was immediately struck by the emotion in the images. No, they weren’t technically perfect. I had only just purchased Lightroom and begun my foray into editing. But still, they captivated me.  And in that moment...

Free Lightroom Training Series

Free Lightroom Training Series

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We're trying something NEW and think it'll be a great benefit to you. Sign-up for just one training and it'll sign you up for all three.  These will take place over the course of 1 week. And, they come at the perfect time as you edit through the busy fall season. With this new information about getting it right in camera, Lightroom and skin tones, we hope you'll have even MORE PORTRAIT SALES! JOIN US HERE Dates:Sunday, October 23rd at 6pm ESTWednesday, October 26th at 1pm ESTSunday, October 30th at 6pm EST Subjects:23rd: Mastering Skin Tones in Lightroom (watch pre-recorded +...

Someone You Love - Photo Challenge Winners

Someone You Love - Photo Challenge Winners

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SOMEONE YOU LOVE PHOTO CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED There is so much love in this community!  Thank you for being involved in this weeks photo challenge.  It was beautiful to read about those closest to you and what makes them so special.  As always, it's never easy to pick just a few. Thank you for sharing with us.  We're so grateful you did! Below are our 2 winners and 8 honorable mentions that we fell in love with.  If you were one of the images featured, please be sure to grab a button, showcasing that you were featured on our website or group...

4 Steps to Picture Perfect Skin in Lightroom

4 Steps to Picture Perfect Skin in Lightroom

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We all want to look our best in our portraits. As a woman and a photographer, one of the important parts of my photo is my skin. I want my skin to look beautiful and possibly have a few less wrinkles or acne than I have in real life.  I don't want to look like someone else, just the best version of myself that I can.   If you are wondering how you can help your clients/portrait images have picture perfect skin in Lightroom, just watch the video or follow the few steps outlined below. Exposure One of the most important parts...

Use the Clone Tool to Correct Blurry Eyes

Use the Clone Tool to Correct Blurry Eyes

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It happens to every photographer, hobbyist and profession alike, when we capture a wonderful image to only find later in post processing that one of the eyes is "soft" (i.e. a little out of focus). If the eye or eyes are only a little tiny bit soft, that can usually be saved via a Lightroom brush - I recommend the Perfect Portrait brushes), but if they are really soft a brush won't solve the problem. What can we do? In the first year or two of using Lightroom, I would take images like this one to Photoshop to fix. However over...

3 Best Lightroom Preset Collections for Editing Newborns

3 Best Lightroom Preset Collections for Editing Newborns

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One question we see come up all the time in our groups and forum is the question of what preset collections are best for those who shoot newborns.  Editing newborns comes with it's own set of challenges.  Below are the 3 best Pretty Presets collections for editing newborns! Newborn Brushes No matter what precious newborn you are shooting, it is highly likely that they will have some skin issues.  It just comes with the territory.  Between redness in the skin, yellow in the skin and eyes, flaky skin, and baby acne, you are likely to spend significant time editing each newborn's skin....

Find FRESH Inspiration for Your Photography

Find FRESH Inspiration for Your Photography

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Where We Began For most of us we began our photography journey as a hobby, a side job, or just for love of it. Many of us decided to turn this love into a real job. Some of the first advice we may have received was to figure out what our market and area call for and to really specialize in one aspect of photography. We may even get to the point where we turn down jobs that are not our “specialty”.  I do agree that as a business you do have to carve out your spot and really show potential clients a...