Wedding Photography: Creating Memories that Last a Lifetime

Wedding Photography: Creating Memories that Last a Lifetime

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Creating memories is not an easy task; it requires dedication, talent, and good communication skills. The demand for wedding photographers is higher than ever, but with so many choices on the market, couples can get overwhelmed and make the mistake of choosing the cheaper option. This becomes a problem when they don’t get the photos they expected after their wedding. The Importance of Wedding Photography A wedding is a special day that people want to capture and remember forever. A good photographer will try to get great shots of the couple and guests as they are relaxing and enjoying some...

Photographer Spotlight: Elisa Cogotti

Photographer Spotlight: Elisa Cogotti

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1. Where did your inspiration for photography begin? I've been an artist since I was very young and have always loved paint, music, colors and forms.  But my passion was always photography.  I began my career as a child photographer after my son was born.  I studied by taking workshops with Ana Brandt (California) and by following Kelly Brown on Creative Live. 2. How would you describe your photography style? I feel my style is very eclectic: I observe, ask a lot of questions, and draw inspiration from my subject's personality.  After that, my own creativity will move me towards...

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Shoot

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Shoot

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“We’re all mad here.” -Cheshire Cat, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -The Queen, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Curiouser and curiouser!” -Alice, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “ Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” -Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland...

Valentine's Day Giveaway For YOU and Your BFF

Valentine's Day Giveaway For YOU and Your BFF

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VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY WITH PRETTY ACTIONS, PRETTY PRESETS, EPIPHANIE AND ANAYA We're so excited to join with our sister company Pretty Presets, Epiphanie and their sister company Anaya, for a special Valentine's Day giveaway! It's too easy to enter. Just tag your BFF on Instagram or Facebook to let us know who you'd like to win this prize package with you!  Have more than one BFF?  Each day you can enter for another chance to win, just tag another amazing friend. Our Valentine's Day Giveaway ends on Tuesday, February 7th at 11:59pm EST. The winner and his or her BFF will be...

Choosing Unique Outdoor Locations for Your Professional Photography

Choosing Unique Outdoor Locations for Your Professional Photography

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Some days it feels like everyone with a fancy camera is hanging up a shingle and trying to start a professional photography business. So, how do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Especially if that competition is priced significantly lower? Your talent and experience are worth more of course, but let’s face it, for families just looking for a cute Christmas card photo, the lower price point is likely to win every time - unless you can offer them something truly different. When you can’t compete on price point (and I really urge you not to try), you need to...

Understanding Your Lens: Numbers, Letters & Symbols Explained

Understanding Your Lens: Numbers, Letters & Symbols Explained

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  If you are new to photography, you might find yourself wondering what all of the different numbers, letters and symbols on your lens mean. They may seem complicated on first glance, but they're really easy to understand once explained. In this post, I will show you a few examples of standard lenses, and explain to you some of the most important numbers and letters you have on your lens. FOCAL LENGTH The standard unit of measurement for the focal length of a lens is millimeters, so when you see "mm" following a number on a lens, you will know that the...

Pretty Retouch & Makeup Collection

Pretty Retouch & Makeup Collection

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Our BRAND NEW Pretty Photoshop Actions Retouch & Makeup Collection is a comprehensive editing suite for all your portrait retouching needs.   Our retouching actions allow you to fully customize your look.  We've included soft, natural skin smoothing options, as well as, professional level retouching using frequency separation techniques.  All-in-one, and "magic" actions help you save time and dramatically speed your workflow. Change eye color, enhance hair color, and so much more!  Quickly and easily enhance your images using the included makeup palettes.  Applying foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, bronzer, highlighter is just a few clicks away! We've also included TWO...

Understanding the RAW File Format

Understanding the RAW File Format

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At some point, you are going to be introduced to the RAW file format, whether it is through an online forum or website, or face-to-face with your photo buddies. Many photographers approach shooting in RAW with fear and trepidation - I see it every day, and I also remember how confused I was by the concept at first. I wasn't necessarily afraid, but I definitely did not understand what RAW was and how it could help me. In this post, I am going to unpack the mystery of shooting in RAW and show you that not only is shooting RAW...

Create a DIY Rainbow Lens Filter for Unique & Groovy Light Effects

Create a DIY Rainbow Lens Filter for Unique & Groovy Light Effects

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A while back, a photographer friend of mine made a really neat DIY lens filter using diffraction glasses, and I wanted to give it a try myself so that I could show you how. Let me tell you, making this little filter and shooting with it have been so much fun, so I encourage you to try it if you are looking for something new! Here's how to make your own... WHAT YOU WILL NEED First, you'll need a pair of diffraction glasses, and a lens filter that you don't mind putting a little bit of tape on the edges....

PRO CAMERA GIVEAWAY: CANON 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA {$3500 VALUE}

PRO CAMERA GIVEAWAY: CANON 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA {$3500 VALUE}

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The team at PRETTY wanted to make this giveaway unforgettable with the latest and greatest camera! We know your busy season is ahead, and what better way to enjoy it, than with the BRAND NEW Canon 5D Mark IV. That's right, enjoy all 30.4 megapixels on this full-frame camera with 4K video recording.  Not to mention, this Canon 5D MARK IV is worth $3500!  Check out some of the AMAZING features on the 5D Mark IV: 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor DIGIC 6+ Image Processor 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab 61-Point High Density Reticular AF...

Spruce Up Your Vintage Family Photos Using Photoshop & Pretty Actions

Spruce Up Your Vintage Family Photos Using Photoshop & Pretty Actions

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Something that has come up a few times among our readers in the community is how to digitally restore family photos that originated on film. We all have them: cherished family photos that have lost a little bit of their luster over time, whether it be dust spots, fading, or in some cases, a bit of damage.  A lot of us are in the process of digitizing our family photos for safe-keeping, and in doing so, a little bit of digital restoration in Photoshop can really enhance our memories. In this post, I will show you a couple of easy...

Storing & Backing Up Your Photoshop Actions

Storing & Backing Up Your Photoshop Actions

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When it comes to Photoshop actions, you will need to back them up and take care of them in the same way that you do any other file. In this tutorial, we will show you two methods on how to make sure you always have a copy of your actions on hand. First, we will look at cloud-based storage options, such as Google Drive, iCloud, and Dropbox. Keep in mind that a lot of these companies provide FREE storage up to a certain amount of space, which is often plenty of room for a backup copy of your Photoshop actions....