Archive for ‘Actions’

June 20, 2012

Lexington VMI Wedding : Mallory + Andrew

The first time I saw Mallory was when I walked into the room full of girls, wedding attire, and champagne to celebrate her big day. I didn’t know who Mallory was until I shook her hand for the first time the morning of her wedding day but I noticed something about her the instant I spotted the girl with the green robe and the veil.  She was the girl getting married and she was one happy happy girl.

I noticed how her face would light up every time Andrew’s name was mentioned and how her eyes would slightly squint with an ecstatic smile every time someone talked about their love.  Besides her name the only thing I knew about this happy happy girl, was that she was excited beyond words to marry the man of her dreams…  And that made me one happy happy girl.

On a slightly different note…  In the earlier posts about being a back-up photographer for the very first time, I mentioned how it gave me time to focus on my style of photography and think about myself as a person first.  I loved having that opportunity.  So in the below pictures, hopefully you’ll be able to notice a “pattern” in my images and style of shooting that I was aiming for.  If you figure it out, let me know if I’ve succeeded :)


Happy Happy Wednesday!

March 26, 2012

Totally Rad Photoshop Actions

The post that I did about Lightroom Presets HERE, awhile ago, didn’t include any Photoshop Actions.  I said I’d do it later and finally got around to it.  I apologize for the “same” photos, unfortunately I have no new RAW files to work with.   You’re photos will look much nicer, crisper, and fresh if you apply them on a RAW file, keep that in mind when you’re working on your pictures.  The actions are by Totally Rad.  I applied them through Photoshop CS5.  Actions and Presets are not the same thing.  

These were put together just for fun and to show you what you can do with actions.  They are very customizable and are sort of easy to use.   The first two are more of a natural and realistic way of editing.  A simple boost of color and contrast and a classy black and white.  The rest are more “artistic”  for those of you that like to get super-duper creative with your editing.  I tried to use different actions on each shot to show you that there’s really a TON of them in the pack.


Dodge – 27%

Born – 16%

Grandma’s tap shoes – 100%

Detroit (B&W) – 100%

Oh, Snap

-Contrast – 19%

Get faded (Winter) – 53%

Get faded (Summer) – 62%

Lights on – 20%

Boutwell Magic Glasses – 100%

Flare-up (faded) – 49%

Contrast – 100%

Flare-up (golden) 53%

And this last one I really had fun with trying to make it look like it’s raining.

Antiquing tone – 100%

Cool as a Cucumber – 54%

Claire-ify – 37%

Grunge Rock – 100%

Oh, Snap – 100%

Dirt bag – 34%

March 5, 2012

Free Lightroom Presets + First actual snow fall of the season.

So, in simple words…  I’m pretty excited about this post.  It’s the very first time I’m blogging about Photoshop actions and it’s sort of a big deal in this generation as a photographer.  Today I will discuss Lightroom Presets.  And Photoshop Actions will be for another time.  Many might not know what they are or how to use them and the first step is to have Lightroom installed on your computer.  If you have either LR2 or LR3 you’re good to go.

On a short side note, the Valley awoke to 6 inches of snow this morning!  It’s 4:30 right now and the snow is gone!  There’s something really weird going on with Mother Nature this year.  Anyways…

Some FAQ’s ::

What are Lightroom Presets?  They are series of recorded steps by the designer or photographer to help the editor achieve a look without having to manually apply each process. It allows the editor, at the click of a button, to enhance and enrich their photos in a fast and efficient way…  In the simplest words possible, they are short cuts to an automatic process.  

How can Actions help me as a photographer?  What are some advantages in using them?  

– Saves time.  

– Speeds up workflow.  

– Gives you a variety of looks by trying new actions.

– Makes editing a breeze and way more fun.

– They are customizable!

– Just to name a few…  But there’s really thousands of reasons and advantages in using Actions.

How to download my Lightroom Presets?  (These downloads that I have provided for you below are tested only on Mac’s.  If you have a PC I don’t guarantee the same easiness.)  Lightroom presets are as easy as 1-2-3 to download.  Simply click on the link.  

After it has downloaded, double-click on the .lrtemplate file, your computer will understand what you want and it will open up Lightroom for you automatically.  Once it has opened up LR it will ask you if you want to install your action.  Click install and it automatically transfers your preset to your LR presets table.

 And all your downloaded presets are right there…

So I know you’re wondering why I have all these effects on the photos below, when I never use them…  Well I know and respect other photographers out there that have their own style and I’d love to help them out by getting their hands on these cool free actions.  Every photographer has their own editing process that they like and are used to, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  So if you’re someone who likes to get all funky and creative with your editing process feel free to download these 16 awesome Lightroom Presets that I have posted especially for YOU!


Brightside | Lite

Light Leak + Grain 

Kiss Me Sunshine


Feeling Peachy

Boring B&W

Exaggerate it

Dirty Money



Soft Light-Bulb

Make Belief

Blue Crystal

Human HDR

Boring Sepia

Warm Horror

Sepia Faded Me

These first 8 presets work best if your original photograph is taken in good lighting, color, and focus.  (You may click on the image to get a better and larger view of these examples)

These next 8 presets are designed for the accidents that every photographer makes…  If your original photograph came out to be under-exposed, these are for you. ;)

I do hope you guys enjoy these and keep coming back for more. :)