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Editing Cheat Sheet: Editing Images of Children in Lightroom

Editing Cheat Sheet: Editing Images of Children in Lightroom

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Editing Images of Children in Lightroom Kristen has been sharing fabulous edits with our Facebook Group for many months now.  We asked her to share a few of them with us and include her steps to editing these images.  Hopefully, it provides some wonderful inspiration to you as you edit your own images!  Thanks to Kristen for all her work on this!   Presets Used: Pretty Onyx from the Summer Limited Edition Collection, Graduated Filter Toolbox I started by applying Pretty Onyx from the Summer Limited Edition Collection. I noticed that the shadows were darker than I liked on the...

Editing Fall Images with Pretty Presets

Editing Fall Images with Pretty Presets

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So many have been asking about a Fall Collection and/or how to achieve that warm, earthy fall look. I am just as excited as you are for a Fall Collection *but* that golden look can still be achieved with a little help from the different Pretty Preset brushes! What's awesome about these two edits, is the base preset for both is Peacock from the Pretty Forum Treasure Chest (see special promo below!). Fall Edit #1: Smoothed skin using the PP Portrait Brushes  Peacock from the Pretty Forum Treasure  Adjusted white balance to warm the image (a bit more than the...

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Tina Auten on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Tina Auten on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

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I come from a family of “picture takers” and don’t remember a family get together or holiday when my grandmother didn’t have a camera of some sort in her hand. My great grandfather (her dad), owned a portrait studio in Amarillo, Texas back in the 1930s and 40s so I suspect my love of photography is genetic. My first camera was the Kodak Pocket Instamatic and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen! By high school I was an aspiring journalist and took a photography class as an elective. This was back in the days of the...

Are Your Eyes Focused?

Are Your Eyes Focused?

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When we talk about focus on the eyes, we all know what that means, right?  We want the eyes to be in focus.  Anytime you are doing portraits and you have someone looking at you in the photo, you want the eyes to be in focus unless you are doing something more artistic or are purposely taking a different approach.  Sometimes when you take that shot you are so confident that you nailed it, only to be let down when you get home and are looking at nothing but eyes magnified on your computer screen.  Sound familiar? Here are 3...

FAQ About Joining Pretty Forum

FAQ About Joining Pretty Forum

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If I am a Current Member of Rock the Shot Do I Need to Join Again to Access All the Goodies? Nope!! It is all there just waiting for you to log in and enjoy!  If you are close to the end of your membership, you can take advantage of the special pricing by cancelling your old membership and signing up for a new one! Was Pretty Forum Always Part of Pretty Presets? Pretty Forum (formerly Rock the Shot) was part of Pretty Presets since almost the beginning. Unfortunately, no one really knew. We decided to move all of the sites together...

Why Join the Pretty Forum

Why Join the Pretty Forum

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I love chocolate.  When I’m in charge of baking dessert, it will usually include some form of chocolate.  The richer and darker, the better.  Every now and then, I venture outside what I love and try something new.  A couple of months ago my husband and I were at an auction to raise money.  Several items were up for bid, but there was one item that was up for bid that my husband had his eye on.  A blackberry pie made by Jane Holiday.  I was confused because my husband doesn’t eat blackberries.  Nor does he eat fruit of any...

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

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  Q:  When shooting in RAW is there anything extra that needs to be done when exporting to be sure it has the clarity and sharpness needed? A:  Because RAW files are kind of flat, I always adjust my clarity, contrast and sharpening while editing. Even if the preset sets them to one thing, I usually hand edit those to settings I prefer. I've always had a certain look that I like and part of that comes from how I have those 3 settings, mainly the clarity. I set contrast to about +18, clarity to -12 and sharpen to 36....

Creating Magical Images From Any Location Part Two

Creating Magical Images From Any Location Part Two

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A few weeks ago, we looked at some interesting final image and pull-back combinations. Since then, I've been working on Part Two of this series and I'm so excited to bring you some more fresh insight to creating beautiful images no matter what your surroundings. Like I've mentioned before, it only takes a small area and the right perspective and you can create beautiful images in places others have passed right over. Here we have an image from a recent senior session. This was while we were shooting downtown and had just finished shooting in an alley filled with paintings....

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Kristen Umunna on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Kristen Umunna on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

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  Things I've learned since starting my photography business:  1. KEEP SHOOTING When I first started my business, I was under the (bad) impression that, if it was not bringing me money... I should not waste time shooting it. Of course, I do not do everything for free. I do, however, stay creative and inspired. I feel that I've made the most growth in my photography and business by always photographing SOMETHING or SOMEONE-- constantly practicing, and trying new lighting techniques, edits, creating a different moods etc. Trust me, a big shoot with a client is not the best place to...

Wedding Week: Capturing Wedding Details!

Wedding Week: Capturing Wedding Details!

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When you have a DIY bride, you know you will have plenty of detail photos to take.  This was the case with one of my recent weddings.  Lisa was meticulous about every detail for her wedding day.  The favor she put together for guests of the wedding were succulents that came from a larger succulent her new groom bought for her while on a weekend trip together.  She has gorgeous handwriting and is known for writing fun stuff on chalkboards, so of course that had to be done for her own wedding reception.   As a photographer for this type...

Family Sessions: Shooting on the Same Plane

Family Sessions: Shooting on the Same Plane

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Here are some tips to remember when shooting on the same plane: Keep people close together.  As I am getting a family together, I tell them that we are going to put them in the right spot first, then we are going to connect them.  What I mean by that is we are going to have them physically looping together.  This gives a feeling of love between family members, helps create a feeling of closeness and we don't have to worry about empty spaces between heads. I don't tell a family that we are setting them up to all be...

Pretty Preset Collection Edits: Matte, Film, Summer, Color Luxe & Pastels

Pretty Preset Collection Edits: Matte, Film, Summer, Color Luxe & Pastels

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One of the most common questions asked about Pretty Presets is which collection to purchase and, of course, everyone loves to see a good before and after example. We've put together some various edits from five of the Pretty Preset collections, all with the same image. This way, you can see how various presets from the various sets impact the same image and this should help you to choose which collection will be fit your personal processing style. Stay tuned for Part Two, which will showcase the remaining Pretty Preset Collections.  The Summer Limited Edition Collection Starting Preset: Aurora Sky Adjustments: Skin...