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8 Tips for Completing a 365 Project

by Guest Contributor Ashley Spaulding I just completed my second 365 project a few weeks ago. Having two of them under my belt now, I've learned a lot about what it takes to complete one of these photography projec...

Using Reverse Adapter Rings for Macro Photography

Macro Photography Using a Reverse Adapter Ring Freelensing is a fun and popular technique that allows you to create dreamy macro images by taking your 50mm lens off of your camera, flipping it around so that the back...

Tax Tips for Photographers

by Guest Contributor Pat Green Tax Deductions for Photographers Anyone that operates their own business asks the same question throughout the year: “Can I legitimately write this off?” The answer to this question is...

How to Use a Layer Mask in Photoshop

  When I first dove into the magical world of Photoshop, I was very intimidated. In fact, I became overwhelmed when I started exploring all of the buttons and options. For this reason, I would open the software and t...

Digital Camera Buying Guide 2018

by Guest Contributor Zach Egolf A new year means a few new things to a photographer; new clients, new bookings, and most importantly the chance to review the tools with which we hone our craft to evaluate whether...

How to Install Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action Installation Guide Welcome to Pretty Actions for Photoshop!  We have the best Photoshop action install instructions and video tutorials below.  These basic instructions for uploading your Photoshop a...

Changing the Color of Overlays in Photoshop

How to Change the Color of Overlays or Stamps in Photoshop & PSE We love to spoil our amazing photography community with some great freebies from time to time.  We just released a beautiful set of free holiday ov...

Color Calibration 101 for Photographers

COLOR CALIBRATION 101 In this post, we will look at why color calibration is important, and how you can calibrate your screen in order to ensure that your images look their best, both when you share them online and...

Studio Lighting Tips to Avoid the Winter Blues

by Guest Contributor Heather Rodburg I love outdoor environmental portraits—warm, yummy sunlight and lots of beautiful trees and flowers and elegant compositions. I can't get enough of it in the Spring, early Sum...

Blending Sky Overlays In Photoshop

There are so many different techniques to help you achieve more realistic skies when using cloud overlays. This tutorial is about how to blend your overlays with the original image, and assumes you already have a wo...

How to Photograph Snowflakes

by Guest Contributor Laurie Yuenger Several areas of the world are buried in snow right now. Read on for some tips today for how to take great photos of those snowflakes. Gear: For my most recent work I have used a...