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3 Great Ways To Use The Sunflares Pack

Since releasing The Sunflare Pack we have received some fabulous feedback and reviews along with a few questions asking us how best to use them on certain photographs

This blog post should help you see the many different ways you can use  The Sunflares Pack to create different effects that add more feeling and realistic depth and vibrancy to your images.

The aim of  The Sunflare Pack is to create realistic sunflare results, when there wasn’t any – or to enhance what was already there.

1. The Sunburst Effect

In the “after” image below I used a sunburst from The Sunflares Pack and then placed it in the light-gap to make it look realistic, I then added a rainbow flare in the bottom right hand corner.

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Sunburst Example Two:

Here is a another example of placing a sunburst in a photograph where there is a gap of light.

If you compare this image to the one above you, then you will see I used a much stronger, more orange sunburst. Because every photograph is different, I like to make sure to try several sunflare variations until I find the sunflare that best suits that particular photograph.

I will sometimes add a big sunburst, then a golden globe on top of it afterwards to create the perfect effect.

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 2. Create Rainbow Flares

Adding rainbow flares is very easy with The Sunflares Pack. They can look amazing when applied to photographs that already have sunlight in them or photographs with natural brightness.

Here are two examples to give you an idea of how they look and where they should be placed i.e. in the bottom corner where they would naturally appear if you got sun or lens flare from.

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 3. Use “The Multiply Effect”

What we mean by “The Multiply Effect” is setting the blending layer(s) in Photoshop (or any other software program which allows you to add layers to an image, such as Gimp and others) to multiply.

“Multiply” is one of the darkening modes – so if you’re using any other program, set the layer to a darken mode if the word “Multiply” is not there. 

Once you have done this, you may want to lower the opacity to make it less strong, this effect works very well for photographs with a white sky or are looking quite dull and colourless.

The Sunflares for this type of effect are included in the Queen/King Pack with all sort of shapes and colours to keep things interesting!

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How To Get The Sunflares Pack

The Sunflares Pack is easily available to get on our website, and you can start with our very popular “Starter” pack if you’re nervous about trying something new. You can always upgrade at any time without paying twice.

Click the link below to get it and to see MORE before and afters:

direct.thebellsisters.com/the-sunflares-pack

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However to give you confidence in purchasing from us, we have a 100% Satisfaction or Money-Back-Guarantee which can be taken up with us in the first 12 months of your purchase.

So just like all of our products, The Sunflares Pack comes with a 1 Year 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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BlueBell Woodland Photo Series

A few weeks ago we found this beautiful bluebell woodland, which is just stunning! Especially when the sun is out…. and when it’s not, we add some of our Sunflares from the The Sunflares Pack, which is our newest processing tool to add realistic gorgeous sunlight to your photographs.

For more information on The Sunflares Pack and before and afters images, click this link: direct.thebellsisters.com/the-sunflares-pack

Because this location is so amazing, we went back a few times, hence we thought we would share the photo series with you!

The Photographs

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Dreaming

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The Processing

All of these photograph are processed with Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset Queen/King Pack which is also available to get in The Best Sellers Pack along with the Soft Afternoon Glow Lightroom Preset

Equipment Used:

Cameras:

– Canon EOS 5D Mark II

– Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Lenes:

– Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II L,

– Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L  USM

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Spring/Summer 2014 SALE on Aperture Presets, Lightroom Presets & Photoshop Actions

For the first time ever we have our first Spring/Summer Sale!

This 2014 Spring/Summer Sale includes all Aperture Presets, Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions.

Each spring/summer product has been discounted by £5 ($8 USD)

So you can get £5 ($8USD) off every item you purchase.

All the products on sale are processing tools which are perfect for spring & summer photography.

So get a head start on summer, or start processing your gorgeous spring photographs today with some new processing presets or actions!

There is NO code to add, all the products for sale can be found here:-

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2 Top Tips to Capture Golden Hour Photographs & Process Them Effectively

We love taking advantage of  golden hour light which we get in the spring/summer time.

It is a great way to create some relaxing, summery evening photographs.

What you probably don’t know is, it can be pretty challenging to get the photographs to look right, the tricky part of this photography is getting the focus right along with the exposure and good processing.

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Last Momments of Sunshine

How To Get Good Focus

To get the right light, the way I angle my camera, I let in a lot of the sun rays. The sun-rays hit my lens almost directly, so when I look through my camera, I am overwhelmed by, very simply, blinding sun light.

This doesn’t hurt my eyes, but it does make auto-focusing almost impossible as the lens attempts to focus on the sun-rays, which leaves the subject (model) out of focus. So, not ideal!

Instead of auto-focus, I use manual-focus (MF). This means I have control over the focusing, however as I said, the blinding sun-rays do make it very difficult to see anything. Therefore manual-focus can be difficult as you cannot be 100% sure whether the subject is in focus 100%.

So, a lot of fiddling is required when it comes to getting good focus. 

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How To Correct Exposure

Assuming I have the focus correct, the next challenge is the exposure.

When I take a few test-shots to see how the exposure looks (remember I only use manual – so I manually set the settings on my DSLR, such as Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO and White Balance) my immediate reaction is to correct the exposure, because it  is almost always over-exposed.

However, strangely enough this is exactly what you want. But you also want to be careful you’re not overexposing too much.

Important note: if you’re photographing in these sorts of situations then your photograph will look over-exposed, your challenge is finding the balance between good over-exposure and bad over-exposure.

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Processing Sun Flare Photographs

Once you’ve worked out how to get the correct focus, and the tricky balance of exposure, then you’ll find taking these sorts of photographs so much easier.

However, how do you process these photographs? Normal processing usually falls totally flat – the colours are all wrong and I’ve been frustrated one too many times… so needless to say I’ve found some great techniques and now find processing very easy!

Here is a list of my favourite Lightroom Presets to process sun flare photographs with:-

Rainbow Lightroom Preset

Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset (this is also available for Photoshop CS2+ here.)

Natural Colours Lightroom Preset 

These presets are designed to save you hours of time editing – but at the same time, guarantee you get the results that you would get had you spent hours of your time processing the photographs. With these processing techniques you will get the photographs perfectly processed.

It may sound difficult, which it can be, but it will get easier the more you try and the more you practice. 🙂

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3 Aspects of Portrait Photography I Wish I Knew When I First Started.

1. How To Get Good Focus

Watching the Sunset ♥

Getting the focus right for portraits can be tricky, so often I would think the model was in focus, just to find out later when I downloaded my photographs that they weren’t quite 100% in focus.

If you can’t get the focus right quickly you will probably miss out on a special moment, and get hugely frustrated as well. So when you look through your camera, and focus – give it that little bit more thought, and try to focus on something which is important. Such as the person’s eye or eyelashes… that tends to get the best results.

For more detail and tips on how to hold your DSLR, and what settings to use on your DSLR to get the fastest reaction from your camera, take a look at HOT Tips for Your Outdoors Portraits eBook direct.thebellsisters.com/product/hot-tips-for-your-outdoor-portraits-ebook/ – the tips recommended in this eBook can also be applied to indoor portraits.

2. The Right Lenses To Use

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It is essential to use the correct lenses for portraits, so you get the most flattering photograph of your model. In the beginning I tried many different lenses for my portraits, but if I had known from the start which ones to use, it would have made everything a lot easier. Plus when starting to purchase equipment, this can be a huge help.

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3. How To Get Dreamy Light

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Don’t you just love portraits with dreamy, golden light? It makes the portraits look much better, warmer and with more feeling.

I often get asked how I get such pretty light in my portraits, the answer is I use “The Sunflares Pack” direct.thebellsisters.com/the-sunflares-pack/ which is a fantastic way to add warmth to a portrait, when the light was flat and dull.

I also go outside in the late-afternoon, just before the sun goes down. Usually the sun can be beautiful then in portraits, and really soften the mood.

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Question: “How can I look better in photos?”

We receive emails on a daily basis about all sorts of things – many of which are questions about photography and modelling.

Today we received this one which we thought we could share with you.

It’s a great question, and also quite a common one – we hope it will help you and answer some queries you may have.

The Question

“Whenever I have photographs taken of me, they always turn out to be very ugly. I know how I look in the mirror but what comes out in a photograph is the complete opposite!! Any suggestions on how I can look better in photos?”

Our Answer

This is funnily enough one of the most frustrating things we found ourselves in the beginning.

We remember years ago having photographs taken, getting really excited, waiting for the photographs to be ready so we could see them, and then… feeling really disappointed.

None of the photographs looked like “us” – it was usually because of bad posture, or because the eyes were sleepy or our smiles looked ridiculous!

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How To “Manipulate” the Camera

One absolutely basic thing you need to understand is that you have to manipulate the camera to make it, make you, look like YOU…

Read that line a few more times until you understand what we mean.

The funny thing about the camera is, technically it’s supposed to capture exactly what it is pointed at – however due to the 2D effect it has we have to manipulate the camera so we create a 3D effect and we look ‘normal’.

This may sound complicated but it really isn’t – once you know how to pose and position yourself in front of a camera, then you’ll see it’s actually very easy – when it’s explained to you properly…!

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Modelling Tips

So, call it whatever you want, but essentially if you want to look better in photographs, and you’re standing in front of a camera, then you are modelling. This can obviously go to a more professional level, but it all starts somewhere.

Don’t think of modelling as the industry. Think of it just as positioning yourself in front of a camera and  working yourself in a way to bring out the most ‘you’ that you can.

To learn how to model as quickly as possible, then I suggest reading Modelling Tips for Models & Photographers.

You can read the reviews for it from other Models, Photographers and Magazine Editors. 

Modelling Tips for Models & Photographers is a digital PDF file which can be downloaded in just a matter of minutes once you complete the checkout process and you’ll be learning in just minutes from downloading! It also comes with a fabulous video which demonstrates how to pose in front of the camera. With a large range of poses from close ups, to body poses, and more!

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Once you’ve read Modelling Tips

Once you’ve read Modelling Tips eBook you’ll find it a lot easier to stand in front of the camera – you will find you’re more comfortable in front of the camera, particularly because you know what to do with your hands, eyes, face, body to make you look like ‘you’.

If you read the eBook and put the tips into practice, and then keep practising you will find modelling SO much easier. You will be comfortable and confident, just like I am when I do go in front of the camera.

You’ll also find, that if you see photos of yourself, and they’re no good, you will know what to correct instead of just hoping that something will happen!

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No more “Lucky Shot”

No more ‘lucky shot’ – if you put Modelling Tips into practice you will have photograph, after photograph that you LOVE because you know what to do in front of a camera.

More importantly, you’ll have fun instead of feeling disappointed every time you have photographs taken!

Buy Modelling Tips for Models & Photographers today and start practising now.

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