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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/

And don’t forget to add the discount code: AUTUMN21 to get 21% off your order – This offer will end on November 9th 6PM GMT

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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.

Sign up for Your Daily Inspiration Email

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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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.

But what an achievement – it was my most popular project and almost all of the jump photographs have been used in the press, to endorse brands, products and more.13432824175_102d5a855a_z

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” 

http://direct.thebellsisters.com/how-to-365-photography-project

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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 

– Lightroom Preset Spring/Summer Sale 

– Photoshop Actions 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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Explained: How I Processed this Portrait Photograph to Make it Sunny

I always try to plan ahead and work out when the sun is going to be out so I can capture really beautiful light that gives my photographs that special feeling.

But the sun isn’t out everyday and it’s often not even in the right place or at the right time.

So, the question is: How do I add sun to my portraits/photographs?

The anwser is, I use The Sunflares Pack:  direct.thebellsisters.com/the-sunflares-pack

Our treasured “Sunflares Pack” has saved us time and time again on those dull, dreary days, or when we just want to make our portraits look more sunny and exciting!

The great thing about these sunflares is when you apply them correctly they look exactly like the sun – to the point that nobody would know it’s real or not!

For example here is a recent self-portrait I took processed with The Sunflares Pack: direct.thebellsisters.com/the-sunflares-pack/

BEFORE adding “The Sunflares Pack”

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In the portrait above you can see there is light behind me but on the left it’s dark and dull,  the trees behind me were blocking the sunlight.

Now take a look at the portrait AFTER once I added The Sunflare Pack…

AFTER Adding “The Sunflares Pack”

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And there you have it!

Gorgeous sunshine that looks natural, beautiful and makes the photograph come alive with feeling and happiness.

Below is the side by side before and after image of this portrait.

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Compatible with Photoshop & Photoshop Elements:

The Sunflares Pack is compatible with all versions of Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements. It is also compatible with any software which allows you to add layers to an image, such as Gimp and others.

How To Get “The Sunflare Pack”

The Sunflare Pack is available to purchase on our website follow the link for more before and afters and infomation

direct.thebellsisters.com/the-sunflares-pack

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Easter 16% Discount on All Products

For the first time in 6 months, we have a storewide discount…

This Easter you can get 16% off any product.

Simply apply this discount code: HAPPYEASTER16 at checkout and take advantage of this very special offer.

Go to the website: direct.thebellsisters.com

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This Easter offer will end on Tuesday 22nd April – 6PM GMT +1

We wish you all a very happy Easter 🙂

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The Benefits of using Lightroom Presets

Have you ever wondered why people use Lightroom Presets? There are huge benefits and bonuses to using the “Preset” function in the “develop” tab of Lightroom.

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Two of our reasons for using them are:-

  • They save time, so we can spend more time taking photographs.
  • They make processing easier, quicker and much more effective.

Here are some of the benefits you will find when using our Lightroom Presets.

The Benefits for You

  • They work.
  • They save you time.
  • They are easy to use.
  • They are user friendly.
  • They make you love processing.
  • They make you WANT to process you photographs.
  • They are easy to use for a beginner, amateur or pro.

The Benefits for Your Photographs

  • They make processing simplefast and effective. 
  • They make your photographs look beautiful.
  • They “complete” your idea.
  • They flatter your photographs.
  • They work for all different types of seasons.
  • They get the best out of your photographs.
  • They take your photographs from great, to professional.

See what other photographers have to say about our Lightroom Presets on our review page: direct.thebellsisters.com/more/customer-reviews

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Which Lightroom Presets are right for you?

It can be tricky trying to decide which ones to go for, particularly if there is a large range to chose from…

So we suggest you start with The Starter Pack http://direct.thebellsisters.com/the-starter-pack

With this remarkable pack you can have the Luxury of having 1 of our BEST Lightroom Presets, Whipped Cream. In addition you also get 3 eBooks full of excellent techniques which we use day-to-day, that are easy to understand, and will change how you photograph TODAY.

For more information on this Starter Pack click this link:-> http://direct.thebellsisters.com/the-starter-pack

Or additionally visit our Lightroom Preset range here: direct.thebellsisters.com/product-category/lightroom-presets

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The 7 Things Successful Photographers Have in Common

Take the first step to becoming a better photographer, sign up to our most incredible free gift ever.

The value in this gift we are about to give you is worth £61 (that’s $98 USD), but you can get it for free today and immediately start improving!

Click the link below, then you will be on another one of our pages, where you can see exactly what’s inside our gift and download it RIGHT NOW!

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Best Lightroom 5 Presets for Portraits

Portraits are some of the most emotive and beautiful photographs you can take… so why not have specifically designed Lightroom 5 Presets to enhance their qualities?!

We have very specific Lightroom 5 Presets for Portraits, and here in this blog post I would like to share with you what my Best Lightroom 5 Presets for Portraits are, and how I use them every day with my photography.

So, here’s a list of my favourites, the best Lightroom 5 Presets I’ve been using in 2014..

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Here in the UK we have 4 seasons and the light, colours and tones change all the time. This means what presets I choose to use varies, however there are some Lightroom 5 Presets which I use non-stop, throughout the year.

The following presets are aimed at all year round photography, and also more specifically, spring and summer portraits.

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.

The Best Lightroom 5 Presets I use for my portraits:-

This incredible preset has quickly become my first choice, along with many hundreds of photographers all over the world. It is remarkable in the way that it processes, with clean, yet vibrant colours and split colouring.

It works on close portraits, distant portraits, and anything ranging from still life, to mountains… you name it.

This preset pack (which is available in a KING Package) is the most valuable preset I know of – so if you do not have it, I urge you… get it! Your life will be a much happier one!

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The above photo was processed using Whipped Cream / King Pack

Another one of our favourite presets for portraits, is our very  popular Natural Colours Lightroom Preset

It is the best Lightroom 5 preset for portraits, particularly when the light is cold and flat. Take a look at the before and afters you will see how it adds a lovely glow to your photographs too.

Not only will it make your portraits look beautiful, it works for every season i. e. winter, spring summer & autumn photography.

This Lightroom Preset is simply a “must have” it enhance the colours in your photograph to make them look gorgeous while allowing  you to process your photographs with a click of a button.

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The above photo was processed using Natural Colours Lightroom Preset Pack

The name pretty much says it all. I love using it on my more “chilly” photographs because it makes the whole photograph light up and have that wonderful warm-summer feel to it whenever I use it.

The golden tones really adds warmth to my photographs and bring out the best of the tones too.

Here is another recent photograph, processed with the very popular Golden Colouring!

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The above photo was processed with a Lightroom 5 Preset: Indoor Lightroom 5 Preset

More Lightroom 5 Presets, plus Exclusive Presets for Lightroom 5

Take a look at our full range of Lightroom 5 Presets – here you will find many examples of how we use our Lightroom 5 Presets, and every preset comes with 10+ before & after images to share what a particular Lightroom 5 Preset will do.

Alternatively, go straight to our “Best Sellers Pack” if you’re unsure which is the best Lightroom 5 Preset for you.

I hope you enjoy these incredible presets for Lightroom 5 as much as we do.

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The value in this gift we are about to give you is worth £61 (that’s $98 USD), but you can get it for free today and immediately start improving!

Click the link below, then you will be on another one of our pages, where you can see exactly what’s inside our gift and download it RIGHT NOW!

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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.  🙂

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 – King Pack), since releasing it for Lightroom, I have been using it like crazy – on 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!
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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 – as 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 – these presets work on portraits, to food and much more.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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The 7 Things Successful Photographers Have in Common

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The value in this gift we are about to give you is worth £61 (that’s $98 USD), but you can get it for free today and immediately start improving!

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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:-

direct.thebellsisters.com/premium-black-and-white-lightroom-preset

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Get your copy of this fabulous Premium Black and White Lightroom Preset Pack  today

1 Year 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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

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The value in this gift we are about to give you is worth £61 (that’s $98 USD), but you can get it for free today and immediately start improving!

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