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Question: Do I Need More Than 1 Lightroom Preset Pack?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “Do I need more than 1 Lightroom Preset Pack?” So here is our answer!

The Lightroom Presets we use always varies depending on what time of year it is and of course what subject we are photographing, for example, some of our presets look great on portraits while others look better for jump photographs.

Finding the perfect preset for every subject isn’t always easy, so we like to have a wide range of Lightroom Presets to choose from so we can be sure to process them the best way possible, in this case.

By not having a full range of presets, you therefore limit the results of the photograph, either with the processing style, colours, range of lighting effects, and so much more.

The reason we have a large range of presets, is because every photograph is different – and therefore, no “one” preset will work on every photograph – but if we have, say a large variety of presets, the ratio is much better, giving you several options and styles.


Are you wondering which Lightroom presets we used to photograph these photographs?

The 1st left photograph was processed with the Rainbow Lightroom Preset

The 2nd right photograph was processed with the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset

The 3rd left photograph was processed with the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset

The 4th right photograph was processed with the Natural Colours Lightroom Preset

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4 Portrait Tips for Beginners

1. Set Yourself up for Success.

One of the many quotes we like to have in the forefront of our minds is to “Set Yourself Up for Success” in other words, prepare and plan so your successful – rather than hope the photographs are going to turn out well, do everything you know you can do before you actually take the photographs.

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2. Use The Right Lenses

For Portraits we are very particular about what lenses we use, because there are many lenses that can distort the way the model looks.

Other lenses are either too close or too far away. So we like to use the Canon EOS 85mm 1.2 Lens on a regular basis because it’s fantastic for many different portraits.

To find out what other lenses we use for portraits, check out this blog post: My Top 3 Lenses for Portrait Photography: http://direct.thebellsisters.com/my-top-3-lenses-for-portrait-photography/

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3. Have a Back Up Plan

It’s good to have more than 1 idea up your sleeve, sometimes no matter how hard we try, things can change… it might suddenly rain and therefore you can’t do your original idea. Although this kind of situation is frustrating, it’s not so bad if you have a backup plan – a 2nd and 3rd idea.

For example, let’s say you want to photograph your sister and your dog together, but it doesn’t work… Try breaking the idea down into something else, like try photographing the dog by itself, or get your sister to hold some flowers in her hands, or photograph the dog lying down near the flowers.

Attempt to juggle your first idea around into something else that still resembles the first idea, that way you won’t feel disappointed because you captured something just as beautiful!

We always work on having a back up plan, so we avoid wasting time, and the effort we put into our first idea, can be utilized and transferred to the second and third ideas.

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4. Post-Processing

Good portrait processing is extremely important because when the processing is bad, it not only detracts from the photograph, it actually makes the portrait look worse.

This is why we have spent so much of our time making processing easy AND beautiful at the same time.

If you want to make your portraits look the best they can with limited time involved. We suggest you try out our ULTIMATE Portrait Lightroom Preset Pack: http://direct.thebellsisters.com/product/the-ultimate-portrait-lightroom-preset-pack-1570/

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Easter Surprise from The Bell Sisters

This is our special Easter surprise for you…

For THIS weekend only you can grab a huge saving…

Just scroll down to see what we have in store for you!

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Save £5 OFF £30 – Use the Code:  EASTER5

Here is what we have found for you:

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Save £30 OFF £150 – Use the Code EASTER30

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The Starter Pack: http://direct.thebellsisters.com/the-starter-pack

Or browse our range of Photography eBooks: http://direct.thebellsisters.com/product-category/ebooks/

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2 Surprising Portrait Photography Errors

If you have been following our photography for awhile, you will know that we photograph lots of different subjects.

We juggle portraits, jumps, landscapes, animals, still life, food, nature and love photographing every single one! Although some subjects are harder to photograph than others, one of which is portraits.

The amount of time it has taken us to master our portraits amounts to endless hours with countless trail and error.

By having tested almost every different portrait angle, expression, and composition, we can teach you first hand what to do. and what NOT to do, when it comes down to photographing attractive, stunningly beautiful portraits.

We have 3 fantastic ebooks dedicated to portrait photography to choose from:

Click on the links below for details on each ebook:

Hot Tips for Outdoor Portrait Photography ebook

Modelling Tips eBook

DSLR Blueprint eBook

In the meantime, you might be surprised or even find yourself making these 2 very common portrait errors that could set you back from taking portrait we know you are capable of.

Scroll down to read what these 2 Surprising Portrait Photography Errors are.

1. Low Point of View

As photographers we are always moving around, changing composition, photographing from different angles adjusting the light etc. But the one thing we never, ever do. is photograph the model from a low perspective. Why?

Well, there are a couple of reasons for this… 1) It makes the models jaw line pretty much disappear, even with someone who has a very obvious jaw line will still struggle to keep it, if you photograph with a low perceptive, which is obviously not an ideal or attractive outcome!

2) By photographing the model with a low point of view, you also look up their nose… Hence, this type of composition is rarely considered a good a idea…!

You may not be making this error to the extent in which I have described – however, it’s easy to do it a little bit without noticing it so try and avoid it all together.

2. Head on Portraits

 

The second error portrait photographers make, are shooting portrait too head on. The ultimate goal with portraits is to make the person look relaxed and gorgeous at the same time. Photographing the model head on looking at the photographer completely straight or with no tilt of their head ends up looking plan boring like a passport photo… Which doesn’t flatter the model or give them a good jaw line.

Just take a look at the photograph above, this is a great example of how to correctly photograph a head on portrait.

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Feel like you’re in a slump? 27 Jump Photographs to Make You Feel Happy

Everyone has those low moments, when you feel like you’re in a slump, and the furthest thing from feeling happy…

Which is why it’s time for a collection of photographs that just make you want to smile! 27 Jump Photographs to get you smiling, and feel like you too, can jump as high as the birds in the sky!

 

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The 3 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

One of the things we’d all love to do, when we take up a new hobby, is to have the insider-scoop on what TO DO, or what NOT TO DO.

Wouldn’t it make it easier, if you just had those few insights, that would jump you up a few levels? Help you avoid those easy-to-make mistakes? Well then take a look at “The 3 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make”

1. Equipment

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Most beginners focus way too much on camera equipment.

In the beginning you only need 1 camera body and 1 lens to start building a good portfolio of photographs. Don’t keep obsessing about what other equipment photographers are using. After all a good camera doesn’t take phenomenal photographs by itself; think of photography as 70% the photographer, 30% camera equipment.

If you want to know what equipment we love, then take a look at our blog post specifically on this.

1. Top 3 Lenses for Portraits – 2. Equipment FAQ

2. Framing

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In the beginning, it’s easy to frame photographs badly. You get so caught up checking the settings on the camera, you don’t focus on how you are framing the photograph to make it look the best possible.

So what we suggest is, take a couple of photographs, then check the framing on the camera and ask yourself if it looks good, or if you don’t know it looks right, keep changing it until you think it’s right.

Remember to keep thinking about the framing when you’re taking photographs and you will soon turn a bad habit into a good one!

When you’re actually taking photographs, try several compositions, and frame closely, further away, and as many combinations as you can think of. Your eye will quickly pick up the right framing, and composition.

3. It’s Art, not a Click

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Photography is about being able to capture and compose a photograph in the most flattering way possible. It’s the thought behind the photograph that makes a photograph – the planning, the combination of thought and light. The difference between a “click”, and “art”.

In some cases, photographs we take can have 20 minutes planning – even if it’s just the location, getting there, organising etc. Other times photographs can have hours and hours of thought and action behind it.

All the planning, all the thought and care behind each photograph, is similar to a painter, standing over their canvas, for hours and hours, creating a masterpiece.

Creating beautiful photographs is more than just clicking the button on the camera. So as soon as you think, and start to think of photography as a painting, with you standing over a blank canvas – that’s when you’ll begin to create really sensational photographs you can be immensely proud of.

There is a big difference between a snapshot and a photograph; you don’t just go for a walk and snap a picture of something along your way.

So start by thinking of adding 2 + 2 — i.e. if you want a beautiful landscape, find some gorgeous landscape, and add good light. The combination of 2 things, can often make a photograph.

Another example is, if you’re taking a portrait – next to roses, then try to set off the colour by adding a contrasting colour, or one which matches the colours. We very often combine colours – so if we’re taking a portrait in daffodils, then we’ll match it up by adding a cute yellow headband.

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15 Inspiring & Most Popular Winter Photographs

Every Winter I get so excited about the endless photo opportunities and the prospect of having snow and/or heavy frosts! Sadly this year we haven’t had any snow yet, but when I checked the forecast recently it said that snow is on its way – which is very exciting.

So, with that in mind – one of my favourite things to do is to plan my winter photographs – unlike in the summer, it’s usually very cold – so I try and plan everything I want to photograph beforehand, to make sure I spend as least time as possible in the freezing cold…

A great way to get my inspiration flowing is looking at some of my old/popular winter photographs – which I’m sharing with you today, so we can get inspired together!

Additionally – it’s always good to be prepared to process your winter photographs to brighten them up… Here are 3 winter lightroom presets we use to achieve a winter wonderland effect in our photographs:-

Winter Lightroom Preset

Blue Haze Lightroom Preset

Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset

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Storewide SALE – Get 21% off This Autumn

We haven’t had a  sale on since the spring/summer so we are thrilled to offer you all this opportunity to add to your collection or try something new as it is the perfect time of year to do so, autumn is a very photogenic season. So make the most of it with our processing products that will dramatically improve your photographs with a click of a button!

Storewide SALE on this Autumn.

Get 21% off everything this Autumn using the discount code: AUTUMN21 

Select one of the links below depending on what program you use to edit your photographs:

— Aperture Presets —

— Lightroom Presets —

— Photoshop Actions —

Or if it’s photography advice you are looking for we have a fabulous collection of easy to understand photography ebooks that are designed to kick start your photography skills within hours of reading them. Click the link to view all of our ebooks: http://direct.thebellsisters.com/product-category/ebooks/

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NEW: Daily Inspiration Emails

We are very excited to share something new with you all… a special new free-service called “Daily Inspirational Emails” where we hope to inspire and motivate you with an email every morning with a quote & photograph (take a look at the image below…!)

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We are constantly looking for inspiration, motivation and wise words from successful people… we very often find this in quotes, which give us huge inspiration when we’re needing a boost – or just to help us get into the right zone every morning.

To help inspire and motivate you, we have finally put this together! “Daily Inspirational Emails” is a free ‘service’ where, all you need to do is, sign up to receive emails, and we will email you every morning, with a beautiful photograph, and powerful quote to help you each day.

* Start your day feeling inspired with an email each morning filled with happiness and inspiration, delivered to your inbox daily, directly from our incredible repertoire of powerful and inspirational quotes.

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Our Goal with “Daily Inspirational Emails”

Our Goal is to always try & help people be the best they can be.

Now with these Daily Inspirational Emails, we hope to inspire you with valuable, inspirational, motivational and insightful emails with a quote & photograph. Titled “Daily Inspiration” – we hope to help and inspire you every day to you reach your personal goals; whatever they may be.

Comments & Testimonials

“Part of my morning ritual is to go online and look at your newest photograph- no matter whats going on, your photographs and words and happy feelings make me happier and that follows me through the day… I can’t thank you enough for that extra happy feeling I get looking at the photos you create.” – Stephanie

“I’m so thanksful for finding your work- the photos make me smile and feel happier and the quotes you attach give me a sense of powerfulness and hope.” – Mika
“Every day I come and look at your photographs, and they make me just a little bit happier. Thank you for sharing your photographs with us all and making my day happier.” – Michelle
“Your quote photos have to be the most powerful and inspirational works I have found online. I view the gallery almost daily and cannot begin to say how much they have helped me, Thanks so much – yours Min” – Min
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13 Rainbow Photographs with Before and Afters

Ever wondered how we get that incredible light in our photographs? Sometimes we even get magical rainbows?

Well rainbows flares can be naturally produced with the right lens…… but the right lens, can often cost thousands and even then it takes certain type of light to achieve this.

So… we’ve spent months putting together the equivalent – but totally controllable by you, and it won’t cost you £1,000+ to get the same effects.

So in this post I thought I would share some NEW before & after examples of these Rainbow Sunflares:

use the arrows on the left & right of the photos to click forward & backwards

Why We Love Them…

  • They make photographs look more exciting.
  • They look completely natural due to the way they were made.
  • They make the photographs look more colourful.
  • They create a deliciously, dreamy fairytale feel to the image.
And… lets not forget, they are rainbows, so…. what’s not to like!?

All the details of what’s inside The Rainbow Sunflares Package is available in the link below…

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The Rainbow Sunflares Pack can be used in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, and any other program which allows you to edit layers on your photographs!

How To Get The Rainbow Sunflares Pack

The Rainbow 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:

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

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