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Is it Time to Turn Your Photography Hobby into a Business?

Is it Time to Turn Your Photography Hobby into a Business?

4 Signs it’s Time to Turn Your Photography Hobby into a Business Are wondering if you should turn your photography hobby into a professional photography business?  It is very common for photographers who have been s...

6 Pet Photography Tips for Beginners

6 Pet Photography Tips for Beginners

5 Top Pet Photography Tips It’s no secret that I LOVE my dog, Huxley.  He features prominently on my Instagram account.  Right after we adopted him, my husband deployed and then a few months later, my youngest kiddo ...

Don't Stop Documenting Your Life

Don't Stop Documenting Your Life

Documentary Photography: Don't Stop Documenting Your Life (Originally published in October 2017) For the past several weeks, I’ve been thinking about what to write about regarding photographing my my military family....

Editing Pet Photos in Lightroom (Like a Pro)

Editing Pet Photos in Lightroom (Like a Pro)

Editing Pet Photos in Lightroom Edit Like a Pro Series (Part 4) I love taking photos of pets - dogs, cats, horses... you name it.  I also specialize in elopement and engagement photography and many times my clients w...

Editing Magical Fairy Photos (Like a Pro)

Editing Magical Fairy Photos (Like a Pro)

Editing Magical Fairy Photos Edit Like a Pro Series (Part 3) Pretty Presets and Actions have completely changed my editing.  When I first started photography, my work was inconsistent and far from where it is today. ...

Replacing a Sky in Photoshop (Like a PRO)

Replacing a Sky in Photoshop (Like a PRO)

How to Replace a Sky in Photoshop Edit Like a Pro Series (Part 2) We're so excited to have Kelly Gladwin with us today for our Editing Like a Pro Series!  Kelly has been inspiring the Pretty Presets and Actions commu...

No Cheese! How to Get People to Smile Naturally for Photos

No Cheese! How to Get People to Smile Naturally for Photos

How to Get People to Smile & Laugh Naturally for Photos Be honest, how many photographers reading this are still saying, ‚ÄúSmile on three!¬† One‚Ķtwo‚Ķthree!‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúEveryone say cheese!‚ÄĚ?¬† While these phrases work wond...

Editing Studio Photos in Lightroom (Like a PRO)

Editing Studio Photos in Lightroom (Like a PRO)

Editing Studio Photography in Lightroom Edit Like a Pro Series (Part 1) Studio photography wasn't always a strong area of photography for me.  It was scary and I felt quite intimidated at first (totally normal by the...

20+ Pets & Their People Photo Challenge

20+ Pets & Their People Photo Challenge

20+ Top Pets & Their People Photos Pretty Presets & Actions Photo Challenge We are so excited to share these beautiful photos with you from our Pretty Presets and Actions photo community.  Below are our favor...

How To Use Layer Masks In Photoshop

How To Use Layer Masks In Photoshop

How to Use Layer Masks in Photoshop Layer Masks are one of the most useful tools in Photoshop and learning how to use them will make your editing so much easier. What is a Layer Mask?  Essentially, a Layer Mask is a ...

What is Exposure Compensation (And How to Use It)

What is Exposure Compensation (And How to Use It)

How to Use Exposure Compensation Exposure compensation is an important photography concept you should understand.  Not only will it help you get your exposure correct in-camera, it will ALSO help you achieve more adv...

How to Edit Color in Lightroom Mobile

How to Edit Color in Lightroom Mobile

How to Edit Color in Lightroom Mobile Mobile photography is one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting fields of photography.  The relatively new capability to both take and edit photos in Lightroom on a mobile p...

Pretty Presets & Actions 2021 Lightroom Scholarship Winner

Pretty Presets & Actions 2021 Lightroom Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to our 2021 Lightroom Essay Scholarship Winner! We received many amazing essays written by some very incredibly talented students from around the world.  It was a pleasure to read all of the creative ...

6 On-Camera Flash Tips

6 On-Camera Flash Tips

6 Tips for Using On-Camera Flash For me, personally, and for a lot of the photographers I know, we all love natural light.  However, sometimes you will find that you just NEED to use a flash.  For example, when shoot...

High-Key and Low-Key Lighting Explained (Simply)

High-Key and Low-Key Lighting Explained (Simply)

Understanding High-Key VS Low-Key Lighting In this post, we will look at two different, yet very popular, lighting techniques: HIGH-KEY and LOW-KEY.  High key lighting is just what you would imagine - very bright and...

How to Use Library Filters in Lightroom (to Sort & Search Images)

How to Use Library Filters in Lightroom (to Sort & Search Images)

How to Use Library Filters to Sort, Search & Manage Images in Lightroom Lightroom is an amazing program, designed to help you manage thousands and thousands of images, as well as quickly edit and process them for...

I Love Pretty Photo Challenge Winners!

I Love Pretty Photo Challenge Winners!

20+ Top #ILovePretty Photos Pretty Presets & Actions Photo Challenge We are so excited to share these beautiful photos with you from our Pretty Presets and Actions photo community.  Below are our favorites from t...

Photoshop Layers (What are They and Why Use Them?)

Photoshop Layers (What are They and Why Use Them?)

Photoshop Layers: The Basics I get asked all the time about using Layers in Photoshop.  What are Layers?  What type of Layers should I use?  How do I effectively use them?  We will answer all these questions but lets...

How to Do a Head Swap in Photoshop (Step by Step)

How to Do a Head Swap in Photoshop (Step by Step)

How to Do a Head Swap in Photoshop Anyone who has ever picked up a camera and taken family or group photos has had to deal with closed eyes, turned heads, unwanted expressions and other things that can cause a great ...

7 Steps to Turn Your Photography Hobby Into A Career

7 Steps to Turn Your Photography Hobby Into A Career

Do You Want to Turn Your Photography Hobby Into a Career? If you’ve been enjoying your photography as a hobby and decided you’re finally ready to take the leap and do it as your FULL TIME job, there are plenty of thi...

Editing with Brushes & Gradients in Lightroom

Editing with Brushes & Gradients in Lightroom

Basics of Editing with Brushes, Radial Gradients & Linear Gradients in Lightroom Lightroom's brush tool, radial gradient and linear gradient masks are the perfect way to add a certain effect to a specific area of...