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Best Lightroom Presets for Portraits

I love taking portrait photographs – taking portraits is so much fun I’m always surprised how even when I go and take portraits in the very same place, it always looks completely different. ¬†ūüôā

Some of the questions I get asked a lot about my processing is…
  • What am I using at the moment?
  • What do I suggest using for portraits?
  • What my favourite Lightroom Presets are for portraits

So, here’s a list of my favourites…

What Lightroom Presets I use…

With each season the light changes, which means the processing changes too.

So the processing products I use will change from time to time.

However, everything I use, and my sisters use, is available on this website – ¬†after all,¬†“we only sell, what we use”… so if something doesn’t work for us, we won’t release it!

Portrait Photography – Top 3 Lightroom Presets I use:

Has quickly become a HUGE favourite of mine. Originally for Photoshop (see Whipped Cream Photoshop Action РKing Pack), since releasing it for Lightroom, I have been using it like crazy Рon all sorts of photographs, from portraits, to landscape, to indoor shots too!
Here is one of many photographs, processed with the delicious Whipped Cream!

Glorious Sunshine

Soft Afternoon Lightroom is our #1 bestselling preset if you look at the before and afters you will see how it adds a lovely glow to your photographs which is quite unique to this preset.
It’s beautiful for spring and summer photography.¬†I usually go straight to it when I’m processing, because I know the results will be great!
Spring Girl

 

The name pretty much says it all. I love using it on my more “chilly” photographs it make the whole photograph light up when you use it and give it that wonderful colour of warm, golden tones.
Here is another recent photograph, processed with the very popular Golden Colouring!

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Lightroom Presets for Portrait Photography and MORE

Take a look at our full range of Lightroom Presets Рas I demonstrate day in, and day out, they are really invaluable to me, and I absolutely love these Lightroom Presets for all types of photography, as shown here Рthese presets work on portraits, to food and much more.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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How To Create Beautiful Black and White Photographs

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Have you ever taken a photograph, only to find all the normal colour processing techniques just don’t bring out its best qualities?!

Sometimes we find that photographs can look ten times better in black and white… of course this varies depending on the light/the colours in the photograph,¬†but when black and white “works” it can look absolutely stunning.

However, it’s not necessarily easy to process a photograph in black and white beautifully…

In fact I often see poorly edited black and white photographs… many of them are missing certain editing techniques which bring out the fantastic life of black and white photography.

Now¬†you might think black and white is simple but it’s just as much of an art as colour processing. Possibly even harder, because the eye is¬†so very critical.¬†

When we create our Lightroom Presets we spend hours and hours to get it 100% perfect and therefore make each photograph look the best it possibly can.

We took on the challenge of creating a truly remarkable Lightroom Preset pack , which is titled “Premium Black and White Lightroom Preset Pack” which now processes all and any of our photographs that we process in black and white!

This is our most advanced Black and White Lightroom Preset Package – with a total of 21 versions it will give you the “click and finish” I. e. with one click your photographs will be processed and finished with no additional editing needed.

What This Lightroom Presets Looks Like…

Below our a few of many photographs processed with this Lightroom Preset Pack.

To see the before and afters of this Lightroom Preset Pack go to it’s page:-

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Summertime Love

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Dancing in the Air

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Black and White

Smile

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Like all of our products, this Lightroom Preset Pack comes with a 1 Year 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Рfind out more by clicking the link here: direct.thebellsisters.com/product-guarantee

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My Top 3 Lenses for Portrait Photography

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We often get asked what lenses we use for our portraits and why. It’s a good question and a lot of you said you wanted to know. So here is it!

* It’s important to state that we use full frame DSLR’s – so these recommendations are based on that.

My Top 3 Lenses for Portrait Photography are:

– Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens

I love using this lens for portraits, the focal length is perfect, it’s not too close or far away. The 85mm f/1.8 is also great but I find myself always using the f/1.2 because it lets so much more light in and the wide aperture allows me to get a lot more light in my photographs without having to use lots of ISO which is great. Plus it’s deliciously smooth!

РCanon EF 135mm f/2.0 L 

This lens is really good for portrait photography, the quality is amazing. I love being able to take a close up portrait with it. It’s not at all heavy – in fact it’s lighter than the above lens¬†– and it’s surprisingly cheap considering the¬†quality of the lens and the photographs that it produces.

РCanon EF 100mm f/2.8L USM 

My 3rd top lens for portrait photography is the 100mm. Not only does it create beautiful portraits, it’s a great lens to have whenever you want to photography other subjects¬†really¬†close up. This lens will capture details with exceptional focus.

Here are 3 different portraits each taken with one of the above lenses.

Portrait using the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens

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Portrait using the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens

Portrait of Girl in Sun Hat

Portrait using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Lens

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There isn’t really any reason as to why you shouldn’t buy it unless you are content to be an OK photographer…

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A Truth: A Common Story, The Solution

When someone picks up a DSLR for the first time, there’s this amazing feeling – the thought and belief that you can do anything with this amazing piece of technology, and capture the most phenomenal photographs with it, whatever they may be.

!!jumpThis feeling lasts for all of 30 minutes. Why?

It starts to disappears when the camera doesn’t capture what you see… but that feeling hasn’t totally disappeared because you hope you can get it right… So you fiddle with the DSLR, tweak a few things and try again.

This process repeats over and over again, until you get fed up, and put the DSLR down, feeling frustrated.

If you’re persistent, you will probably go and seek advice in the form of books, or online, courses etc…

However there is so much jargon out there – not misinformation, but technical talk-talk, which means little to anyone, unless you’re a professional.

Technical jargon is what stops so many potential photographers reach their goals — whether your goal is to capture fabulous portraits, landscapes, or great family photos — or even create a photography based business.

The thing that is largely missed is that photography is art.

It’s ART – not mathematics or some other form of calculation!

The first, and most important thing to do is work visually — rather than talk about the numerous settings you can use, talk first about what 3 settings you need to adjust (easily) to capture photographs that are aesthetically pleasing.

No amount of explanation on how the camera works, will make you capture fabulous photographs.

What¬†WILL help you, is knowing exactly which settings to use to get the correct light balance, and colour tones. Then what to do if they’re wrong — then additional advice for when you’re ready to explore and push your photography further.

We originally started to help photographers and teach beginners that learning how to become a great photographer is not as hard as it seems with our eBook Photography Tips. The Photography Tips eBook was a huge success and an international hit since it was released in 2010.

Four years on, with 4 more years of knowledge, and the platform of Photography Tips eBook, we started working on a new, far superior eBook, which we released after months of work.

The NEW eBook is:¬†The Bell Sisters DSLR Blueprint eBook¬†— which now covers more areas of photography, a greater explanation on the basics, and professional levels of photography, what not to do, what to do, how to become a professional, how to sell your photographs, and how to capture brilliant photographs in all types of niches – like portraits, still life, food, landscape, action, jump photography and more.

The Bell Sisters’ DSLR Blueprint eBook:-¬†direct.thebellsisters.com/dslr-blueprint-ebook-1573¬†is going to be one of the most invaluable items in your ‘camera bag’ — it will save you thousands of hours, and an unbelievable amount of money on equipment, and more than anything… the sheer pain of not being able to capture what you see.

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7 Unique Ways to Photograph Blossom

Spring is officially six days away for us here in the UK, but it appears to have arrived early!10716078735_63132f295c_c-1

Daffodils are popping up all over the place, and the blossom is out and looking phenomenal.

If you haven’t seen the first signs of spring yet, then keep a close eye on trees – it’s surprising how quickly spring pops up.

It’s also amazing how one area can have blossom on its trees, and another one – only a few miles away – has no sign of spring yet.

So don’t fall into the trap of thinking it hasn’t arrived, only to look again and find it’s already over…!

7 Unique Ways to Photograph Blossom

Now for the important stuff – how to photograph blossom when it’s out! There are a surprising amount of ways to capture it, so lets go through the different ways of photographing blossom to capture it beautifully.

Tip 1: Use Dark Backgrounds

Sometimes blossom can be found near shrubs, or cascading over fencing – so if you see something like this, instead of getting close, or taking the blossom from the side, focus into the dark area. It’s amazing how the contrast can really make a beautiful blossom photograph.

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Tip 2: Get Close Up

Take a close up of some blossom — it’s important to not get TOO close so as to lose detail though. This photograph below is a good balance, close, but not too close.

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Tip 3: Befriend Blue Skies

Blue skies as a backdrop can really make you feel like spring is here and it’s refreshing if – like us in the UK – you’ve been far too used to grey skies!

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Tip 4: Golden Hour – Golden Shot

Blossom with sunlight behind it, can be exceptionally beautiful – just watch out for your exposure because it can change very quickly and become easily under, or over-exposed before you realise what’s happened.

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Tip 5: Take a Step Back

Get a broader view of the blossom – while also making sure to focus in on some of the beautiful intertwining branches. These are surprisingly more difficult than they seem, but worth the effort!

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Tip 6: Zone In

Similar to a close up, but more like focusing in on someone in a crowd — here the blossom is blurred in the foreground, and the background, while focusing in on one part of the blossom. It creates a feeling of vastness, which is great.

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Tip 7: Blossom Portrait

And just when you think there isn’t anything else you can do… take a blossom portrait! There are so many ways to do these – so get creative and use the blossom in the foreground and background as much as possible.

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Question: How long did it take you to get past the beginner phase?

The other day someone asked me “How long did it take you to get past the beginner phase?”

They went onto ask how long I thought it might take them to get as good as me – or at least good enough to get decent photographs.

So, I answered their question:¬†2-3yrs.¬†It took me…

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Love Leaping

2-3yrs to get past the beginner phase. However, it took my sisters (who learnt directly from me) about 6 months.

Doesn’t that sound crazy?! How did it take my two sisters¬†just 6 months¬†to get to a competent level, when it took me 2-3yrs?

Good question…

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No… it wasn’t the equipment, because we all use the same equipment.

Well, the¬†bonus¬†was, they had was me… I had spent 2-3yrs translating technical jargon and putting it into practice.

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Running with Puppies

That is why it took me so long. No one could explain¬†photography to me¬†simply.¬†They would talk about¬†theory and what the camera does, but they didn’t tell me¬†what to do.

Half the time I was confused, because books and magazines all wrote about the technical aspects of photography, not what to do, to take a good photograph. 

I wanted to know¬†how,¬†NOT¬†why, when, who, what etc…

So when my sisters wanted some help, and wanted to understand how to take beautiful photographs, I simply took the technical jargon and filtered it for them. I explained what they needed to do.

Don’t get confused here… it isn’t that I didn’t explain the technical aspects ofphotography, but I explained first how they could get stunning photographs.

From then on they were at a level where they could find their own unique style and experiment further, because they had a foundation. 

Once they knew how to take beautiful photographs, THEN they began to pick up the technical terms, and understand the mechanics of photography.

It’s a bit like learning to drive… you get taught how to drive by a parent, or instructor.

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Once you’ve learnt how to drive, you pass a test, and then after that you¬†may learn¬†about the mechanics of the car, how it works etc.

But learning about the mechanics of your car isn’t going to help you pass your driving test… only¬†active practice¬†teaches… which is exactly what I did with my sisters.

Even now, my sisters are better¬†hands on¬†than talking about photography mechanics… but which one is important? The skill of being able to¬†talk¬†about the mechanics, or the skill of being able to take¬†breathtaking photographs?

You tell me… which would you rather be able to do?¬†I opted for breathtaking photographs and my sisters did too…

So if you want to know how to take¬†just breathtaking¬†photographs in as¬†little time as 6 months, take on my challenge for you…

Take on my challenge for you…

Buy The Bell Sisters’ DSLR Blueprint eBook¬†– it is just what you need. If you are serious about being a¬†good photographer this¬†eBook¬†is an¬†essential item.

There isn’t really any reason as to why you¬†shouldn’t buy it¬†unless you are content to be an OK photographer…

Start your journey today with photography, who knows where you might go with it…

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Going Somewhere

Buy¬†The Bell Sisters’ DSLR Blueprint eBook¬†and trust me, you will feel like I am standing next to you, holding your hand throughout this learning process.

I cannot wait to see your results, I know they’re going to be great!

Until next time… Happy Snapping!

Olivia Bell

Ps. here is the link to Photography Tips eBook again.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn directly from me.¬†http://direct.thebellsisters.com/dslr-blueprint-ebook-1575¬†

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3 Life Altering Reasons to Start a 365 Photography Project now.

1. It’s The FASTEST Way To Improve

When we look at the beginning of our 365 project(s) it’s unbelievable how much this project transformed our photography at an extremely ¬†fast pace. When you take photographs everyday it improves your photography skills like nothing else…

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2. Endless Inspiration

It’s so easy to feel uninspired, ¬†it happens to all of us…

The great thing about a 365 Project is it gives you endless ideas and inspiration, of course there are days when you might feel completely stuck, but that’s why we wrote “HOW TO: 365 Photography Project eBook” – it’s there to help you¬†conquer everything.

But the main thing about a 365 Project is that it helps you like you won’t believe. You’ll “understand” what we’re saying, but once you see it for yourself, once you experience it, you’ll know what we’re talking about…!

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3. It Will Build Up Your Portfolio

If you want to QUICKLY build up your portfolio, this project is the best way to do it.

When you complete the project not only will you get 365 photographs,  it is more like 500+ photographs because there will be days when you will most likely take outtakes from each or every other day.

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Start Your Own Project! Just jump in…

So, if you’re like me, and you want to build up your photography portfolio, challenge yourself, and give yourself an opportunity to ¬†try new things, then I cannot recommend a photography project more.

Whether you want to take on the big challenge of a 365 Days Project, or so365bookcover-border-2mething a little less time-consuming, such as a 260 Days Project, or 52 Days Project… it’s all possible!

If you’re looking for help, and advice on how to go about doing one of these projects, and all the many things you should, and should not do, how to get through a long and lengthy project, while still staying inspired, plus all the many important tips and things we’ve learnt over the course of many 365 projects, then I highly recommend you grab your copy of “How To: 365 Photography Project” eBook.

This will really help you to avoid those sticky situations when you have no clue what to do, or what the best composition is, or what to photograph, or how to photograph something. It’s a complete guide to photography, and a challenging project.

I’ll let the page do the talking; find out what’s inside the eBook, and how it can help you, even if you don’t want to do a big project like we have – it’s a total guide to your DSLR, how to use it to the best of anyone’s ability, and how to dramatically become a stunning photography, in any field of photography.

“How To: 365 Days of Photography Project”¬†

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1 Great Way To Spice Up Your Food Photography

Do you ever get stuck with your food photography? Do you ever wonder how you can spice things up?

Well, what we are about to share with you is going to make all the difference to your food shots!

In our Food Photography Inspiration eBook we go into great depth showing you  how to EASILY compose your food photographs, and reduce 50% of your composition time. With simple and easy to understand tips, you can immediately start creating gorgeous food shots.

If you want to take your food photograph to the next level this eBook  is for you.

Now onto the serious #1 tip…

The #1 GREAT Tip for Food Photography

When you photograph the same subject frequently, it’s easy to run out of ideas, what we do to make each food photograph look unique, is we use different surfaces. Here are some example for you:

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When you photograph light coloured food, set it off by using a wood surface.
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You can use napkins like we did for this photograph.
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Wrapping paper is also great to make food photographs look different.

Other Surfaces you can use…

There are always lots of surfaces you can use, many of which are already in your house! The catch is looking for them, and making them work…!

So start looking, and taking some test shots so you can see what works and what doesn’t work.

Do You Have Any Questions?

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful ‚Äď if you did, feel free to leave a comment below or ask us any questions you might have so that we can answer them in a another blog post for you and everyone else!

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