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3 Quick Steps to Customize the Bokeh Presets in the Summer Limited Edition Collection

3 Quick Steps to Customize the Bokeh Presets in the Summer Limited Edition Collection

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The Bokeh presets included in the Summer Limited Edition Collection are a fun way to add another dimension to your photos.  They work best on outdoor photos that already have some bokeh in the background.  But what do you do if the bokeh in the preset happens to fall in a distracting place or if you just want to move the bokeh's location? The good news is that is it is super simple to customize the bokeh presets! 1. Choose your Preset The first step is to choose a bokeh preset to apply to your photo.  I like to hover over...

5 Ways to Store and Use Your Photos

5 Ways to Store and Use Your Photos

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Where Are Your Photos Now? I recently ran into a friend at Target.  She was at the photo kiosk with the memory card from her camera getting a few photos printed.  She went on to tell me that she has every photo of her 2 year old taken on that little memory card.  I’m pretty sure I gasped out loud.  I couldn’t help myself.  What would happen if she lost that tiny card or it became corrupt or her camera was stolen?  All those memories from the first couple years of her daughter’s life would be gone.  I know firsthand...

3 Tips for Using Pinterest to Boost Your Photography Business

3 Tips for Using Pinterest to Boost Your Photography Business

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We all know Facebook is a tool we can use to market our photography businesses. Most of us have business pages and are actively sharing our work there as a way to get noticed and get new clients. But did you know there are other social media tools that can be just as powerful, if not more powerful, than Facebook? Pinterest is an amazing tool for marketing your photography business and it is FREE! I have used Pinterest as a tool to build my business. When I research where most of my blog traffic comes from, it's Pinterest! By a LONG shot!  3 Tips for...

How to Clean Your Camera Lens

How to Clean Your Camera Lens

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  I will be the first to admit that I'm a camera gear junkie. I love my camera gear, old and new, and I totally baby it. Just like your monitor, your TV,  or your glasses, sometimes, you need to clean your camera lenses. Unless you have a filter on your lens, the glass is going to get dusty, and eventually it may even get some filmy grime on it (yuck, but pretty normal, too). This is a short tutorial on one way to clean your lenses! STEP 1: BUY A LENS CLEANING KIT There are a variety of lens cleaning...

Landscape Challenge Winners

Landscape Challenge Winners

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  Wow!!  We had so many incredible submissions to our Landscape Challenge within the Pretty Presets group. Thank you for being a part of it.  Below is our winner and 7 honorable mentions that we fell in love with, too.  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 these images.   We can't thank you enough for entering our challenge in the Pretty Presets group.  It was so fun to see...

10 Things to Include in Your Client Welcome Packet

10 Things to Include in Your Client Welcome Packet

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When getting an inquiry from a client, I like to be as organized as I can be.  Most of the time, an inquiry wants to know about pricing.  I have my session fee listed on my website but that is the only pricing I have listed.  I do this because I want clients to contact me.  This opens the door of communication.  I don’t want them looking at pricing and then talking themselves out of booking a session.  I want them to email or call me so that I can start a conversation with them.  By doing that, they get...

Common File Type Abbreviations & Definitions

Common File Type Abbreviations & Definitions

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Between Lightroom and Photoshop, we see quite a range of file types - from our original RAW files, to TIFF, JPEG and PNG. If you are wondering about the characteristics of each file type, and when you should use them, this post will get your started.  Below is a list of some of the most common file types found in photo editing including the abbreviation, file name, and its characteristics.  RAW These files are produced in your camera. They are considered lossless, which means that they are not compressed in any way and give you the maximum amount of information...

Learning to Give Yourself Constructive Criticism

Learning to Give Yourself Constructive Criticism

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One of the biggest changes for me in my photography journey is when I learned to give myself Constructive Criticism (or CC). Not to be confused with negative feelings or thoughts about my photos or my performance, but looking at them as the viewer instead of as the photographer. Try to change your perspective and look at the photos as a stranger, even your own friends and family, use an outsiders view.  Think of it as though you are a teacher and these photos were turned into you for grading, the test was on focus, exposure, composition, and color.  If...

Classic Editing for Every Photographer

Classic Editing for Every Photographer

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Have you ever had time to look back through old photos, or gotten some new editing tips or products and want to go back and re-edit some of your past work? As you’re scrolling through year by year, you start to wonder “what on earth was I thinking”? It can be quite funny to see what you chose “back then” and what you would do with the same image today.  Doing this myself has made me really question, what makes a photo “classic”? What is it about certain images that seem to be timeless? And, yet, others you can laugh...

Your Guide to Getting Into Fine Art & Stock Photography: Part IV

Your Guide to Getting Into Fine Art & Stock Photography: Part IV

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  For our final installment in our series about marketing yourself in fine art and stock photography, I want to talk to you about two things that might not seem like a huge deal on first glance, but they can actually be the difference between having your work selected to be exhibited in galleries and accepted into exclusive stock agencies, -OR- prevent you from getting very far in your pursuits. The two topics are 1) screen calibration and 2) printing. If you are primarily displaying your work online, you'll want to edit on a calibrated screen. Doing so will ensure...

Training Replay: Mastering Skin Tones in Lightroom

Training Replay: Mastering Skin Tones in Lightroom

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Mastering Skin Tones in Lightroom We're so excited to share the replay from Sunday! We hope this will be an encouragement to you as you use Lightroom to edit and improve skin tones.Start to 31:15 Editing Skin Tones and White Balance including fixing reds on faces, blemishes and using the clone and healing tool.31:22 to 36:03 Adding Color Splash to image, showing how it improved skin tones to image and learning about snapshots36:36 to 45:00 Working with presets and adjusting presets (temp, tint and white balance)45:02 to 49:04 to Soft Proofing, Histogram, Shades of skin, Red, Blue and Green values49:05...

Your Guide to Getting Into Fine Art & Stock Photography: Part III

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. For our third installment in our series on how to market yourself in fine art and stock photography, I want to talk about a few of the many resources that are available to you as you begin your journey. I will touch on a few of the ways that you can find opportunities to reach out to potential clients and galleries. WHERE TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES  Fine Art Photography If you are a fine art photographer, there are many opportunities and venues for you to showcase your work. In fact, there are often so many opportunities out there that...