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12 Stunning Photographs to Motivate Your Creativity

Do you ever find yourself completely and utterly stuck? Don’t know how to get inspired? Are you feeling unmotivated or lacking in creativity?

This can happen to all of us – so don’t worry, you’re not alone.

What makes it worse is when we silently hope that tomorrow, or the next day, we will feel differently and we’ll wake up the next morning feeling inspired with new ideas.

But the longer we for wait inspiration to “hit us”, the worse it gets.

So what do we do when this happens?

To quote Pablo Picasso:

“Inspiration exists but it has to find you working”

We have found this to be the “secret” to our continuous inspiration, only when you go out with you camera and take photographs do ideas come. Even if you photograph something simple like some flowers or something else that you’ve photographed hundreds of times before, it will get your creativity flowing.

Now with that in mind, here are 12 photograph to motivate your creativity and inspire you.

The Photographs

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Portrait Processing & Equipment Insight

One of the most common emails and comments I get are about processing – such as:-

– What are you using right now?

– What do you recommend for ___ type of photograph?

– What does ___ photograph look like before you processed it?

So today I thought I would share what I did with a recent photograph – from start to finish, including what equipment I used and everything else I did before uploading the final photograph.

Lets get started!

Before Processing:

The photograph below which I took of my sister, Rosanna is before any processing.

For those of you who want to know what equipment I used to take this portrait, I have listed them below:

– Canon EOS 5D Mark II

– Canon EOS 85mm f/1.2 lens

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After The Lightroom Preset

Like all of my photographs I processed this portrait in Adobe Lightroom and I used the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset which is fantastic for portrait photography as well as animals, landscape or nature photographs etc.

This Lightroom Preset will save you a huge amount of time, and gives the photographs a totally unique, completed finish – along with many other bonuses (but I’ll let the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset pack do the talking if you want to find out more…!)

The Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset is also available to get in The Best Sellers Pack

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The Finished Photograph

After using the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset, I added a sunflare from The Sunflares Pack which can be used in Adobe Photoshop.

Compare the photograph below to the one above and you will see the the effect The Sunflares Pack can produce!

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Try “The Sunflares Pack”

If you haven’t already got your copy of The Sunflares Pack, which is compatible with Photoshop, Gimp, Photoshop Elements etc. Then I highly recommend you give it a try.

There is a nice and affordable pack called “Starter Pack“, which you can try, and if you want a larger pack later on, you can upgrade without paying twice (our system will email you with this option after you’ve purchased).

The benefits are endless, but just to list a few, see below:

  • They look like real sunshine.
  • They mimic sun flares and sun bursts
  • They add light to images which are somewhat dull.
  • Easy to use
  • Quick to apply
  • Work on almost any photograph – both indoors & outdoors.
  • Suitable for Portraits, Landscapes, Still Life, Nature, Food etc.
  • Large range of colours and strengths of sunflares
  • Totally unique to you as you can customize them easily (instructions to do this are in our “How To Guide”
  • Excellent High Quality Resolution for Printing
  • Suitable for winter, autumn, spring & summer photographs as there are varied sunflares for each season.
  • Suitable for client work – such as wedding photography, portrait sessions, and event photography.

The list really does go on.

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Order your copy:-

Take a look at the official The Sunflares Pack page for a lot more Before & After examples. Including full details on what’s inside the packages, what options are available to you, and the additional benefits of using a package like this.

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1 Vital Tip for Creativity by Olivia L’Estrange-Bell

Just a little over two weeks ago, I completed my third 365 Photography Project.

This photograph (below) marked the 365th day

it also marked my 1,095th day if you count my two previous 365 projects

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Here I am cantering my horse, Tigerlily without a bridle – showcasing another part of my life, where I spend a lot of time training horses with Parelli Natural Horsemanship. For non-horsey readers, being able to ride Tigerlily like this, with the same amount of control & directional-control is immensely difficult and takes years of training. 

I know, you’re thinking, “THREE?! That’s just crazy!” and it is – I had no idea I could complete one 365 project, let alone two… but three? Unbelievable.

I did a scary calculation, and realised that, these three projects combined, meant that

I had spent 1,095 days thinking about photography

and 1,095 days asking myself this same old question, day in and day out:-

“What am I going to do today?”

Each project was different, some parts were easier, some harder. However…14436550704_114f4b40c5_z

the constraints of the project meant I pushed my own boundaries, and did things I wouldn’t have thought about…

Which brings me to the point of this post… Boundaries, constraints and restrictions.

Constraints Create Creativity

First let me just say that I’m not suggesting you take on your own 365 project – but if you do want to, then I suggest getting this eBook to help you.

What I am suggesting you do, is try to look at your constraints, and love them… and if you don’t have any real constraints, create them.

How Constraints can Help you

Embrace your constraints – may they be physical, economic, or self-imposed. They will challenge you, and push you, and help you to see and do things that you may not ever do, or may have missed if you had all the freedom, equipment, and locations in the world.

Constraints are challenging, and really provocative. They make your mind stretch and work harder than if everything was handed to you on a silver platter. So, love your constraints. Embrace them. They made me better, and they will make you better. Beyond belief.

My restraint was that I forced myself to capture 1 photography every day for an entire year – and two more years thereafter.

also branched out and constrained myself to a limiting 100 Jump Photographs Project which meant I had to make jump photographs look creative and different, 100 times over.

What a challenge.

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Our Self-Imposed Constraints

We have tried NOT constraining ourselves, and have found that it’s a bit of a disaster – lack of inspiration, lack of motivation kicks in, because there’s no focus, and no real goal, other than the basic “improve” goal… which is ok, but not very provocative.

So we have stuck to constricting projects, of which are:-

  • 365 Photography Project (6 in total, divided by 3 of us – Olivia = 3, Sasha = 2, Rosanna = 1 )
  • 260 Photography Project (5 photos per week, 1 year. Sasha = 1 *in progress)
  • 100 Jump Photographs Project (No time limit, but 100 photographs of people jumping. Olivia = 1)
  • 50 Autumn Photographs (Capture autumn in 50 photographs. Sasha = 1)
  • 100 Quote Photographs Project (Inspiring quotes matched with photographs for a visual impact. Sasha = 1 *in progress)
  • 70 Summer Memories Project (title speaks for itself. Olivia *in progress)
  • 104 Photography Project (2 photos per week. Rosanna = 1 *in progress)

Along with these projects, we’ve also limited ourselves to certain photograph locations. Part of this is because of a time-constraint. We don’t have so much time that we can travel all over the country all the time – so we stuck to a few good locations, which actually helped us, because we learnt about the weather, how you can use it to impact your photographs, and get creative in one spot.

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Self-Imposed Constraints – Ideas for you

So, although it’s contradictory – constraints do help you to become more creative, and do more, even though you have less, or have less options. Whether you apply this to a location, equipment, timeframe, models… the options are endless, but the opportunity is boundless.14745913281_e05cf424c2_z

A way to impose some constraints on yourself is by doing set projects. Here are a few ideas you can work from:-

  • Theme based project, such as “Fairytale” restricted.
  • Number based project with specific subject, such as “30 Self-Portraits’
  • Consistent project, daily, weekly, monthly – such as “52 Project, 365 Project”
  • Equipment Constraints (such as a series of photos only taken with a particular lens)

Whether you restrict yourself to a certain timeframe, subject, or equipment, the idea is that by constraining yourself, you will get more creative.

Trust me, it works.

But it isn’t necessarily easy. But the results are ten times more productive, and powerful than when you don’t try this method.

Try it, and let us know how you get on.

Need help with a project you’re doing?

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If you’re about to attempt a 365 project, or something similar, as mentioned above. Or if you’re already doing one, then take a look at our 365 Photography Project eBook – it’s a guide to challenging yourself with a constraining project, whether you do an actual 365, or something else, the eBook is packed full with valuable information we have gathered over the past 5 years of project experience.

Check out “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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10 Advantages To Using “The Sunflares Pack”

Advantage 1: Better Sunsets

A great advantage you get with The Sunflares Pack is you can create better, more powerful looking sunsets.

Below are two images that were taken at sunset, however we added the sunflares to them to increase the strength of the sunset – so they look bigger and more vibrant!

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 Advantage 2: No More Dull Light

No longer do you have to settle for photographs with dull light, you can simply add a burst of natural looking sunshine to an image that has flat light that can look so much better  and exciting while still looking real.

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 Advantage 3: 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.

The photographs below are a prime example of what the effect looks like – the ideal place to position a rainbow flare is the bottom right/left corner of the image like we have done.

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Advantage 4: Replacing Dark Areas with Sunshine

Another advantage to using The Sunflares Pack is replacing dark backdrops/areas with sunshine. This picture I took of our whippet lying down by the flower bed was pretty much “picture perfect” she looks great, composition is good etc but I wasn’t happy with the dark background in the right hand corner so I added a sunflare to it.

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 Advantage 5: Golden Hour Effect

The golden hour effect can be achieved using the “The Multiply Effect” which 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 photos which 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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 Advantage 6:  The “Peeking” Effect

Don’t you just love it when the sun peeks through the trees, behind a door or through a window? It’s pretty irresistible! This effect is easily achieved with The Sunflares Pack, along with all the previous effects mentioned so far.

Here are two pictures showing you what we mean by the “peeking” effect:

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Advantage 7: Gorgeous Sunrays

To keep mixing up the effects, so the sunflares look unique, here is another thing you can do – daylight sunrays.

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 Advantage 8: Bright Portraits

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 Advantage 9: Beams of Sunshine

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 Advantage 10: More “Feeling” In The Photographs

Not only do the the Sunflares improve the light in the photographs and make them look more beautiful, they also add a lot of atmosphere and feeling to each picture. You don’t have to wait for the perfect moment, with The Sunflares Pack you can take the moment and make it perfect.

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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 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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23 Beautiful Portraits to Inspire You this Summer

Summer is a fabulous time to take portraits, but it’s easy to feel uninspired sometimes, or even overwhelmed when there are so many different options – so here we have collected 23 Beautiful Portraits to Inspire You this Summer.

Scroll down to see the photographs and start getting portrait inspired!

Feeling Cheeky

Golden Hour Self-Portrait

Lying in the Warm Grass

Summer Slumber

Playful Skipping through Fields

Embrace Summer - Day 316/365

Windswept

Windy?

Early Morning

I'm in a haze... Day 81/365 (explore highest pos #5)

Running Carefree

Embracing Life - Day 332/365

Playful

Puppy Cuddles - Day 8/365

Enjoy the View

Timeless View - Day 275/365

Friendship

Best Friends

Capture Freedom

Summer Freedom - Day 104/365

Enjoying the Beach

Watching The Waves

Sunny Glow

Sunkissed

Embracing the Summer Rain

Still smiling, even in the rain - Day 209/365

Thoughtful Pose

Summer Warmth - Day 204/365

Enjoy a Book

Summer Reading - Day 216/365

Bicycle Ride

Summer Walks

Savouring a Moment

Time for Reflection - Day 323/365

Love is… Family

Sisters - Day 334/365

Sunlit Portrait

Summer Glow - Day 54/365

Cosy with Nature

Summer Time - Day 87/260

Laid Back

Sunbathing

Love the Rain

Rainy Days - Day 280/365

Sleepy

Cuddle Time - Day 327/365

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My Newest Photographs, with The Sunflares Pack – Before & After Examples

With my third 365 Project (i. e. take a photograph everyday for a year) still going on, I’m constantly uploading new photographs, and recently there’s been a trend where many of those photographs are edited with the newest addition to our product range; The Sunflares Pack.

It’s something I’ve been using on and off for the past two years, spending many hours experimenting with the effects and how to get the best results.

As I post these new photographs online, I’m inundated with requests to see the before / after examples, and requests for tips on how best to apply the sunflares to images to make them look as best as possible.

So in this short post I thought I would share some new before & after examples, and some older ones, which are rather dramatic…!

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

All of the photographs “before” the sunflare have been processed in Lightroom – so they’re not totally raw. However this is pretty much my routine:-

1. Import my photographs into Lightroom

2. Edit them

3. Export the photographs into a dated folder, such as:- 2014_01_01

4. Any photographs I think would suit a sunflare, I open in Photoshop.

5. I then go through the sunflare images I have, and try a few, until I find the one which suits the photograph in question.

I’ll even add 2-3 sunflares, depending on what type of effect I want – what I love about the sunflares is that they’re totally customizable – one sunflare is nice and subtle, another is seriously powerful.

Then there are different types, so you can add a little warm glow, and then some rainbow flare as well – which means every sunflare on every photograph can look unique and as realistic as possible.

Try “The Sunflares Pack”

If you haven’t already got your copy of The Sunflares Pack, which is compatible with Photoshop, Gimp, Photoshop Elements etc. Then I highly recommend you give it a try.

There is a nice and affordable pack called “Starter Pack”, which you can try, and if you want a larger pack later on, you can upgrade without paying twice (our system will email you with this option after you’ve purchased).

The benefits are endless, but just to list a few, see below:

  • They look like real sunshine.
  • They mimic sun flares and sun bursts
  • They add light to images which are somewhat dull.
  • Easy to use
  • Quick to apply
  • Work on almost any photograph – both indoors & outdoors.
  • Suitable for Portraits, Landscapes, Still Life, Nature, Food etc.
  • Large range of colours and strengths of sunflares
  • Totally unique to you as you can customize them easily (instructions to do this are in our “How To Guide”
  • Excellent High Quality Resolution for Printing
  • Suitable for winter, autumn, spring & summer photographs as there are varied sunflares for each season.
  • Suitable for client work – such as wedding photography, portrait sessions, and event photography.

The list really does go on.

Order your copy:-

Take a look at the official The Sunflares Pack page for a lot more Before & After examples. Including full details on what’s inside the packages, what options are available to you, and the additional benefits of using a package like this.

A Bluebell Jump Photograph - edited with The Sunflares Pack.

A Bluebell Jump Photograph – edited with The Sunflares Pack.

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My 3 Favourite Tips for Golden Hour Portraits this Summer

It’s that time of the year again… golden hour light couldn’t be more sensational and summery!

Something about the soft, warm dreamy light makes taking portraits so much easier – everything just feels perfect. But it’s not always easy to capture the perfect light, as the golden sunlight can sometimes be so overpowering, it’s easy to create a sunlit, washed out portrait…

So here are 3 Top Tips for Golden Hour Portraits which you can implement right now – today, and capture your own golden hour portraits.

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Tip #1 – Pick the Right Lens

Picking the right lens for your portraits can make a big difference to your portraits. Mainly because certain lens lengths can make your life a lot easier, as it’s easier to focus the light, and channel it – rather than let it overpower your shot.

I would recommend lenses such as:-

  • 85mm
  • 100mm
  • 135mm

These focal length will create the same effect as the photographs in this post.

However, if you use a wider angle lens, then the sun isn’t as easy to capture, like we have done here.

My 3 Favourite Tips for Golden Hour Portraits this Summer

 

Tip #2 – Composition

The second, and most important thing you do is compose your photograph, so you get the right balance of light.

If you take a look at the portrait above, then you can see how I’ve angled the shot so the sun is coming in from one corner, and lighting up the girls’ hair. I always prefer back-lighting, as it creates a wonderful, soft, dreamy feel and embrace the warmth of the summer.

So when you go out and try this yourself, try to copy what I’ve done — place your models with their backs to the sun, and position yourself so the sun comes in from one corner.

How much sun you let in is up to you and the light you have — try angling the camera so you let a lot of light in, and then if you see the photograph is washed out by the sun, try angling the camera so there is less light coming in.

It’s a juggle between too much, and too little. But if you try my favourite technique of “too much”, and then “too little” you’ll find the happy medium.

My 3 Favourite Tips for Golden Hour Portraits this Summer

Tip #3 – Feeling

This tip is nothing to do with the technicality of your DSLR, or what other equipment you need… but something we’re renowned for. “The feeling” in our photographs. The photographs aren’t supposed to look like photographs. But rather moments, and feelings we all have, or wish for.

When you take golden hour portraits, these sorts of portraits should feel carefree, thoughtful, happy, joyful etc. but mostly, natural.

Ask your model to just pretend she / he is on their own; laugh, be playful, enjoy the warmth of the sun etc. Your goal is to try and capture the fleeting moments, whilst getting the light balanced, and focus.

It’s not an easy balancing act – but with a few trials, you’ll get it and find it easy. Just practice, and you’ll get it.

One last tip — wear clothes which will enhance the warmth vibe of the light. Such as light and pastel colours – try to ditch the dark, contrasting colours as these can cause a distraction from the overall image, and feeling you’re trying to capture.

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Equipment & Editing FAQ with Olivia L’Estrange-Bell

 

Whenever I see a photograph I love, I always want to know more about it. Things like…

  • What camera did they use?
  • What lens was used?
  • What software did they process with?

Isn’t curiosity fun?!

Your Questions for Me

So when I receive similar questions, I try my best to answer them.

To answer the best I possibly can, I thought this blog post would do the Job. That way, I won’t miss anything out!

If I have missed anything out, leave me a comment below or email us. 🙂

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Note: this was processed in Lightroom with Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset. 

What Camera (DSLR) do you use?

I use the lovely Canon EOS 5D Mark II for most of my photography. Other times I will use the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, which I use primarily for action shots – such as my jump portraits.

Earlier on, in 2010 I was using a Canon EOS 5D, which is also super!

What Lenses do you use?

At the moment my most favoured lens is:

  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L

It’s my general “go to” lens – particularly when I don’t’ quite know what I’ll need.

Also because of it’s size – not tiny, but not huge, it can fit into my handbag without too much effort. Unlike a longer prime lens, such as the CanoN EF 135mm f.20 L.

After the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L, I also love:

  • Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L
  • Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM

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Note: this is a before & after image of how The Sunflares Pack can enhance your photograph – like it did with ours!

What Software do you use to post-process (edit)?

I use Adobe Lightroom – it’s fabulous, easy to use, quick to use and the results are fabulous. I also like Aperture, but it’s my secondary choice.  

I also use Adobe Photoshop, but not nearly as much as Lightroom this is because Lightroom is a lot quicker to post-process multiple photographs.

I also love how it keeps a record of my processing. I can go back to January and see how I processed a photograph, and edit it if I need to.

If you’re starting out, I’d highly recommend it. If you’re using Photoshop, and you’re looking to save time, Lightroom really helps do the job.

The big bonus is the “Presets” section. Photoshop does have a similar section, with their “Actions”, however with Lightroom it’s so much easier to edit your photograph, even if you’re applied a preset, if you find it’s too light, dark, flat etc, it takes seconds to adjust, and you can easily go backwards or forwards to see how you changed things.

If you use Lightroom, then you should take a look at the Lightroom Presets we have spent the last 4-5 years developing and using ourselves, and which give us the results you now see in our photographs. See the full collection here:- http://direct.thebellsisters.com/product-category/lightroom-presets/

However, I do use Photoshop for any editing, such as removing objects, blending etc. I will also use Photoshop when I want to add a lovely sunflare to my photograph, which is when I use The Sunflares Pack.

sunflareimage5Note: this is a before & after image of how The Sunflares Pack can enhance your photograph – like it did with ours!

What Camera (DSLR) do you recommend?

It’s always difficult for me to recommend what DSLR to buy, mainly because ones budget is usually the challenge — and so many new DSLRs come out, I know I don’t keep as up to date as some.

I’ve only used Canon, so I can’t recommend Nikon, or another brand, but I can say that I love Canon.

So, I would recommend buying the best you can buy, within your budget. The easiest thing is just to look at Canon’s range and work with your budget. A second thing I would say is – find what you ideally want, then go to eBay. It’s amazing what you can find on there when many photographers look to upgrade, they usually sell their “old” equipment – much of which is almost brand new!

If you want tips on how to use your DSLR, download my Photography Tips eBook, or The Bell Sisters’ DSLR Blueprint, both of which will hugely help you with your technique, and know-how of your camera.

What Lenses do you recommend?

Once again, I find it difficult to recommend lenses, I feel equipment is so personal, but if I was buying my kit all over again, this is the order I’d do it in. So therefore what I recommend, based on my experience…

  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • Canon EF 25-70 mm f/2.8 L
  • Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L

If you want tips on how to use your DSLR, download my Photography Tips eBook, or The Bell Sisters’ DSLR Blueprint, both of which will hugely help you with your technique, and know-how of your camera.

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Note: this photograph was processed in Lightroom with Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset / Queen Pack.

More Questions?

If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below and I will edit this post accordingly or email you if the question is more complicated!

I hope this post was informative and helpful!

– Olivia

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Note: this photograph was processed in Lightroom, with Natural Colours Lightroom Preset, then finally edited in Photoshop, with The Sunflares Pack

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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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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:-

– Aperture Preset Spring/Summer Sale 

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This Easter offer will end on Tuesday 27th May – 6PM GMT+1

– Aperture Preset Spring/Summer Sale 

– Lightroom Preset Spring/Summer Sale 

– Photoshop Actions Spring/Summer Sale 

 

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