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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...

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Jessica Foreman on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring Jessica Foreman on Pretty Presets for Lightroom

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My Journey to find the Photographer in me… I have never met a photographer (whether professional or a hobbyist) who is not completely passionate about this form of art. This passion I have for photography has been the driving force behind my tremendous growth over the past couple of years. I started out, as most professional photographers do, pursuing photography as a hobby about 6 years ago. My amazing husband bought me a Canon Rebel T2i for Christmas and I remember thinking it was the most awesome thing in the world. I began taking pictures of EVERYTHING! Shooting only in...

Understanding Depth of Field on A Live Shoot

Understanding Depth of Field on A Live Shoot

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Amy Phipps brought us out on a live shoot with her to share tips on depth of field.  Enjoy and special thanks to Amy for putting this together for our page.  More coming soon. This was my gorgeous model tonight! f/stop 2.0 ISO 250 SS 125Shot with my 85mm about 90 minutes before all light was gone.Edited with Boho Chic II, Sharpened Eyes and added contrast.   BONUS VIDEOS: Good Shade vs Bad Shade   Framing and Shooting Through Branches   Choosing a Location For Your Next Photo Shoot      Amy Phipps is the photographer behind On the Phippside...

Pet Photography: Inspiration for Stepping Outside the Box

Pet Photography: Inspiration for Stepping Outside the Box

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When I was first starting out on my photography journey, I would use my children to practice on, so much so, that they were not having it on the best of days!!  With my camera in hand and ready to go, I figured my pets would be the next best thing and this is how my inspiration with pet photography came to life!  It does, however, require a lot of patience as with many other things that go with photography. I started out with some basic poses of our dog sitting on a chair to literally taking newborn puppy pictures...