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Keeping Your Camera's Sensor Dust-Free

Keeping Your Camera's Sensor Dust-Free

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WHEN AND HOW TO HAVE YOUR CAMERA SENSOR CLEANED A common question that comes up in regards to gear maintenance is when to have your camera cleaned. Keeping your camera's sensor clean and free of dust will help you have sharper images, and avoid the dreaded black spots that appear (usually near the edge of the frame) on your image and require lots of time to clone out, or they'll end up in a spot that can completely ruin your image! While there are at-home sensor cleaning kits available, and many people have had success with these kits, if you...

Photographer Spotlight: Ines Schaefer Photography

Photographer Spotlight: Ines Schaefer Photography

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When did you start your photography business and what inspired you to start? I officially got my business license in October 2015.  Every now and then I would do a photo shoot for fun on shoot and burn basis, but wanted to go legit after we moved to the US due to an assignment from my husband in summer 2014. You specialize in photographing women and do such an amazing job. How did you decide on that niche? Thanks for these kind words *blush*! Before I rebranded in that specific genre of "Portraiture for Women" I photographed pretty much everything....

Three Time Saving Tricks Using Lightroom Snapshots

Three Time Saving Tricks Using Lightroom Snapshots

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UNDERSTANDING SNAPSHOTS Snapshots are this ingenious little feature in Lightroom, which is unfortunately often overlooked and unused, which allows you to kind of bookmark an editing moment-in-time so you can quickly and easily get back to it, either to continue editing, or to use as your primary edit. After explaining the basics of snapshots, I'll share the three cool things you can do with snapshots: You can update a snapshot should you make a few addition tweaks. You can use it for comparison purposes, either comparing the edit to the original image or comparing two different edits to see which one...

Are Lightroom Presets Cheating?

Are Lightroom Presets Cheating?

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I saw this come up in a conversation in the Pretty Presets Facebook Group the other day.  It isn't the first time I have seen this conversation happen.  So let's address it clearly! Are Lightroom Presets Cheating? Absolutely NOT!  What they are is efficient editing!  If you knew a shorter way to divide two numbers would you still copy out the long division each time? Lightroom presets are shortcuts like a calculator is a shortcut.  They save time like a calculator or a computer save an accountant time.  The same result can still be done one slider at a time....

Valentine's Day Giveaway For YOU and Your BFF

Valentine's Day Giveaway For YOU and Your BFF

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VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY WITH PRETTY PRESETS, PRETTY ACTIONS, EPIPHANIE AND ANAYA We're so excited to join with our sister company Pretty Actions, Epiphanie and their sister company Anaya, for a special Valentine's Day giveaway! It's too easy to enter. Just tag your BFF on Instagram or Facebook to let us know who you'd like to win this prize package with you!  Have more than one BFF?  Each day you can enter for another chance to win, just tag another amazing friend. Our Valentine's Day Giveaway ends on Tuesday, February 7th at 11:59pm EST. The winner and his or her BFF will be...

WIN $300K in Prizes Through Shoot & Share Photo Challenge

WIN $300K in Prizes Through Shoot & Share Photo Challenge

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JOIN THE 2017 PHOTO CHALLENGE Pretty Presets is partnering with Shoot & Share to bring you the 2017 Photo Contest! We have an incredible opportunity as a community to rally with many others in the industry to honor and celebrate photographers on a local and worldwide scale! It is a completely free and fair contest that gives everyone a chance to win. Submissions end this Friday, the 27th of January, at 11:59PM PST.We’re so excited to be partnering with some incredible companies to give over $300k in prizes. Cash prizes, free memberships, and workshops are included in this years prize...

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...