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Mom's in the Picture: Setting Up the Shot

Mom's in the Picture: Setting Up the Shot

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As a Mom, some of my most treasured photographs are the ones of me with my children. But let's be honest... us Mamma's are not the best at getting in front of the camera. Someone once told me that the pictures we take as parents are really a gift to our children. Moms, it's so important in your documenting of your days that you get in some shots too! Not just for you, but for your children to cherish one day. Last year I set a BIG goal for myself! After noticing how little I was in pictures the previous...

Mastering the Zoom in the Develop Module

Mastering the Zoom in the Develop Module

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  This is going to be a fairly simple and straight-forward tutorial, however many times the simple tips are the most helpful yet often overlooked. When I was first learning Lightroom and I wanted to zoom in on a spot, but couldn't get close enough, it was frustrate me to no end. Over time I learned how to master that feature, so I'm passing what I learned onto you.  Getting Closer When you are editing an image in the Develop module of Lightroom and you need to move in much closer (zoom) to see a particular detail, there are three...

3 Time-Saving Tips with Editing and the Develop Module in Lightroom

3 Time-Saving Tips with Editing and the Develop Module in Lightroom

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3 Time-Saving Tips & the Develop Module We know your time is valuable and are so grateful you took the time to join us.  Let us know if you enjoyed this training.  We're trying to decide if we should continue these into the summer and appreciate your feedback.  Today, Amanda used the Perfect Portrait Retouch and Makeup Brushes and the Pretty Presets Workflow.  THREE TIME SAVING TRICKS USING LIGHTROOM SNAPSHOTS SNAPSHOTS VS. VIRTUAL COPIES: WHEN AND WHY TO USE EACH ONE SYNCING EDITS ON MULTIPLE IMAGES IN LIGHTROOM HISTOGRAMS AND LIGHTROOM SNAPSHOTS, VIRTUAL COPIES, HISTOGRAMS AND NOISE REDUCTION   SUMMER WORKSHOPS:...

Donating Your Photography Services to Auctions or Raffles

Donating Your Photography Services to Auctions or Raffles

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You will not get through your career as a photographer without someone asking you to donate your work or a photo session to an auction. I have several people that ask me to donate photography for their auctions every year. When I first started getting requests, I said yes to anyone who asked me to donate for an auction because I was still developing my business. Giving back to your community is very important; however, there a few guidelines you should follow when you contribute your work to an auction. Donating a photography session is a great way to find...

How to use Graduated filter in Lightroom for Landscape Photographs

How to use Graduated filter in Lightroom for Landscape Photographs

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Lightroom has become the favorite software for photographers who likes to get the job done in a swift manner. In this post let us look into one tool in Lightroom known as Graduated filter in Develop module. Graduated filter is one of the Local correction tools in Develop Module, Local correction tools helps us to adjust part of the image, whereas global correction tools helps to adjust the complete image. Graduated filter tool can be activated by clicking the fourth icon below the Histogram, once you activated the tool there will be a bunch of sliders(adjustable) drops down right below...

6 Tips for Making the Most of your Visit to a National Park

6 Tips for Making the Most of your Visit to a National Park

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Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to a national park. 1) Rise early I am not the best morning person myself but when it comes to catching a beautiful sunrise, I grab a coffee and go! There is nothing that compares to watching the sunrise in a National Park! I love watching the sky change from purple, pink, and then blue as the sun comes up. By rising early you also have a great chance spotting wildlife, since this is a popular time for them to move before the heat of the day. As an...

Photo Challenge: Animals

Photo Challenge: Animals

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ANIMAL PHOTO CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED Thank you so much for sharing all your sweet pictures of your loving animals. We had such a hard time picking images again this week.  So many sweet animals, images and stories to go along with them.  Thank you for joining our photo challenge.  We hope you enjoy the images below and will come back next time to join our fun challenge! Below are our 2 winners and 8 honorable mentions that we fell in love with.  If you were one of the Photographers featured, please be sure to grab a button, showcasing that you were...

Mastering Brushes And Graduated Filters in Lightroom

Mastering Brushes And Graduated Filters in Lightroom

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Free Notes for Using Brushes & Graduated Filters  Thank you so much for joining us today during our Facebook Live training with Amanda Padgett.  We are so excited to offer these FREE NOTES for using brushes and graduated filters in Lightroom.  Enjoy and we hope to see you back next week for another free lightroom training.  Come join our facebook group! Be sure to check out the blog post about managing flow and density in Lightroom. Tonight Amanda used these Brushes, Graduated Filters and Presets: Perfect Portrait & Retouch Brushes Graduated Filters in Lightroom Pretty Film Bohemian Collection Thank you...

Part 3: How to Document Your Children

Part 3: How to Document Your Children

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In the previous posts I have given you ideas on the what’s, where’s, and how’s to document your children. Today, I will conclude with the why’s.   And it is actually rather simple. Why do you want to and even need to photograph your children? Because you are telling their life stories through photographs. You are documenting their changes from babyhood to adulthood and every step in between. From their first smile to their graduation day, you, as the one with the ability to take great photos are responsible for writing this part of your child’s history. Think about all...

Part 2: How to Document Your Children

Part 2: How to Document Your Children

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In the previous blog post I gave you several ideas on how to document your children. Today, I have a little more technical advice. Finding the Light Lighting can make or break a photo. And when you are photographing your children you will come across every single lighting situation. From icky, yellow indoor lighting to the harsh, midday sun to the hazy glow of golden hour, you can learn to embrace each of them. So much of raising kiddos takes place indoors. In the winter, it is too cold and the exact opposite is true in the summer. Finding good...

Part 1: How To Document Your Children

Part 1: How To Document Your Children

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Okay, I am asking for a show of hands. How many of you found your love of photography after becoming a mother (or father)? MEEEE!! Yep, no inspiring photography class in high school or time spent in the dark room developing film for me. So many of us fell in love with taking photos because of the cute little faces of our babes and all the adorable things they were learning to do. And what better way to document all those moments than picking up a camera! I have been a mother for going on twelve years. It was not...

Part 3: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

Part 3: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

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 You have cooked the most beautiful dinner or baked a delicious batch of cookies and now you want to share a photo on Instagram. Instead of throwing your dish on the kitchen counter and snapping a quick picture, take just a few minutes to show off your delectable creation. Check out part 1 and part 2 in case you missed them, then continue reading here. LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING Grab some fun food props, like we talked about in Part 2 of this series, and find a spot with great natural light. Lighting really is everything! I have a great window...