How to Create a Golden Hour Effect in Lightroom
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by Gayle Vehar
5d ago
How to Create a Golden Hour Effect in Lightroom Golden Hour is well known among photographers for its enchanting warm glow, captivating highlights, and rich color saturation.  However, the transient nature of golden hour often presents a challenge, as photographers have a narrow window to take advantage of its incredible lighting.  Fortunately, with Adobe Lightroom's powerful features, you can replicate this desired effect anytime. By adeptly adjusting lighting, color, and effects in Lightroom, you can transform your photos into breathtaking images that beautifully capture ..read more
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Pretty Presets & Actions 2024 Lightroom Scholarship Winner
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by Gayle Vehar
5d ago
Congratulations to our 2024 Lightroom Essay Scholarship Winner! We received so many well-crafted essays written by some very talented students from around the world.  It was a pleasure to read all of the creative and informative essays about Lightroom that were submitted to us. We were so impressed by the incredible submissions we received -- there were many favorites, and let me tell you, it was VERY difficult to narrow it down to a single winner. However, ultimately, our Pretty Presets Team selected our 10th scholarship winner. All of us at Pretty Pre ..read more
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Getting Started with Lightroom: A Beginner's Guide
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by Gayle Vehar
2w ago
Getting Started With Lightroom Have you recently installed Lightroom or Lightroom Classic?  Starting out with new software can feel daunting, but don't worry! We've outlined a few simple steps to help you begin editing your photos immediately.  Additionally, we'll provide a FREE Lightroom Hacks download and links to some of our most popular blog posts to further assist you in mastering this fantastic tool! Important Note: In this post, we will reference both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom (CC), as accessing tools on each software version can be slightly different.  Keep ..read more
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How to Take Photos in Harsh Desert Sunlight
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by Laura Thomas
3w ago
Taking Photos in Harsh Light: Desert Edition Photography is an art form heavily dependent on light.  We all prefer to shoot when the light is soft and diffused.  Still, there are times when harsh light becomes inevitable, especially when shooting outdoors during midday—think weddings, elopements, or even portrait sessions. So how do we create imagery that is still breathtaking despite the “difficult light"?  Let’s take a look at what I have learned throughout my career.  And this is the "desert edition," so there are no trees to hide behind! What Do I Mean When I Say: Har ..read more
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How to Photograph the 2024 Solar Eclipse
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by Laura Thomas
1M ago
How to Photograph the 2024 Solar Eclipse Witnessing a total solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring experience that transcends mere observation—it’s a celestial ballet, where the moon and the sun align perfectly, shrouding the day in an otherworldly twilight.  This rare and mesmerizing event captivates not just astronomers, but anyone fortunate enough to stand in its shadow. The next opportunity to be part of this cosmic spectacle unfolds on Monday, April 8, 2024, when the path of totality for the solar eclipse sweeps across North America, gracing skies from Mexico, through the United States ..read more
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Top 15 Maternity Photoshoot Ideas to Inspire You
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by Laura Thomas
1M ago
Top 15 Ideas to Inspire Your Maternity Photoshoot Are you embarking on the magical journey of pregnancy and dreaming of capturing these once-in-a-lifetime moments in a way that speaks volumes about your joy, anticipation, and the unique love story of your soon-to-arrive little one? Whether it’s the anticipation of meeting your first child or the joy of welcoming another beautiful addition to your family, a maternity photoshoot is more than a trend—it's a celebration of life, love, and the beginning of an unforgettable adventure! With so many ideas out there, it can feel overwhelming to pinpoi ..read more
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Maximizing Your Passion: 4 Reasons to Attend a Photography Retreat
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by Laura Thomas
2M ago
Photo by Tina Auten.  Edited with presets from the Salted Evolution Collection 4 Key Reasons to Attend a Photography Retreat Imagine standing atop a serene hill, camera in hand, as the golden hour casts a perfect glow over a landscape you’ve only dreamed of capturing.  Around you, a group of photographers—once strangers connected only by an online forum, now fellow adventurers sharing in this moment of pure photographic bliss! This was the scene at one of my first photography retreats.  It was a moment that transformed online connections into lifelong friendships ..read more
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10 Picture-Perfect Outfit Inspirations for Your Next Photoshoot
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by Gayle Vehar
2M ago
10 Stylish Outfit Ideas for Your Next Photoshoot Choosing the right outfit for a photoshoot can be a daunting task, but it's also an opportunity to showcase your personal style and make a statement. Whether you're planning a professional portrait session, a fashion blog shoot, or capturing memories with loved ones, selecting the right attire is crucial for creating stunning images. To help you navigate through the multitude of fashion choices and ensure you look your absolute best, here are 10 stylish outfit ideas to use as inspiration for your next photoshoot. And to trul ..read more
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30 Most Popular Group Photo Poses
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by Gayle Vehar
2M ago
Top 30 Photo Poses for Groups Photographing groups is fun, but it can also be challenging.  You need to find poses that suit different genders, body types, ages, etc.  Additionally, the context in which the group photo is taken should be taken into account, as the scenarios can range from cozy family gatherings to professional corporate photos. In this article, you will find a great selection of poses to use as inspiration for your next group portrait photoshoot. Family Group Poses These poses are especially suited for groups that include both children and adults.  H ..read more
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Mastering Lifestyle Family Photography
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by Laura Thomas
3M ago
Guide to Lifestyle Family Photography (And How to Capture Timeless Moments) In the dynamic world of photography, lifestyle family photography stands out as a unique art form, one that thrives on the beauty of the unpredictable.  It's not about chasing perfection but about capturing the magic of everyday moments, turning mundane scenes into cherished memories.  This genre celebrates the "slice of life" filled with laughter, love, and the real essence of each family. To excel in this field requires not just a keen eye but also practice and experience, particularly because of its focus ..read more
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