Are Lightroom Presets Cheating?

Is using Lightroom presets cheating? I'm going to say no. No, it isn't.

So how about Lightroom and Photoshop themselves, and all the other photo editing software out there? Is that cheating? Nobody wants to think an image has been, gasp, 'photoshopped', do they?

Of course, some dishonesty can happen when processing your images. But in most cases, I don't see it as cheating. Come read and learn why.

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Why Nobody Cares About Your Street Photography

Nobody cares about your street photography. Not your friends or family, not the people who only 'like' your Instagram posts because they want you to check their work out, and certainly not the general public who have no idea who you are.

But if you do street photography, you probably do want people to care. The question is, how?

The answers lie in this post. Come read. Come learn. Come get people caring about your street photography.

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Vintage Film Lightroom Presets Pack

Looking to give your digital street photography a cool, classic film style? Then you should probably come check out this Vintage Film Lightroom presets pack.

Featuring 30 colour and 30 monochrome presets, it allows you to achieve the look you want within minutes of downloading.

They're not free, but at just £12 they're a bargain compared to the time they'll save you.

Come take a look.

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Yuhuan – a Film Photography Essay

Yuhuan is a small, industrial city on China's east coast. I don't think many people go there for the sightseeing.

I went there for a Chinese New Year and took my charity shop film camera and two rolls of Ilford Pan 400. I wanted to tell a story. I wanted to present Yuhuan as I saw it.

This film photography essay is the result of that. Come take a look.

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Why Use Lightroom Presets?

Post-processing. How do you do yours? For me, it's all about the Lightroom presets. If you've never tried them yourself, I think you're missing out on something that could transform your workflow.

That's quite a bold statement, but this article explains all, with the main points being that Lightroom presets can save you time, help you find consistency and your own style in your work, and actually improve your editing skills.

Why wouldn't you want to do all that? Come read to learn how. To learn exactly why you should use Lightroom presets.

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Where to Buy and Develop 35mm Film in Shanghai

If you're a travelling film photographer, finding a place to buy and develop your rolls on the road can be tricky - especially in a place as big and confusing as Shanghai.

So to make your life easier, I'll tell you where I go. A place called Weima Professional Photo. This post includes directions, maps, and my thoughts on what you can expect there.

Come read, learn, and not waste any more time researching where to buy or develop 35mm film in Shanghai.

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Why I Use Lightroom to Edit My Photographs

If you're a photographer or blogger, or even a photography blogger, you probably want to use photo editing software that you know gives you the best results.

I certainly do for the images I post on here, which is why I use Lightroom. It's not free, but it does save me time and gives me peace of mind. Both of which I value highly.

Come learn more about why I use and recommend Lightroom in this piece here. If you're struggling with some other software, it might just change your whole workflow.

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Shooting Ciqikou with the F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8

I'll always say the F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 is a great vintage lens for your street photography.

It's small, which keeps it discreet. It's inexpensive, which means you can pick one up without feeling guilty. And the image quality is really good, which is really the most important thing.

I shot with mine in Ciqikou, in Chongqing, China. Come see how it went here.

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Loving the Yashica Yashinon 45mm f1.7 in Wuxi, China

A short trip to Wuxi seemed like the perfect chance to get some more shooting in with the Yashica Yashinon 45mm f1.7.

Still getting back used to the focal length, I needed the practice as much as I wanted photographs I thought good enough to post here.

I got both, and with a lens that I loved shooting with. Come see, come read, come find out more. :)

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3 Photography Quotes and My Rambling Take on Them

Anyone can compile a list of 10, 20, 50 photography quotes only. Many people have. They make for very thin blog posts.

So I've picked fewer and thought about them and what they mean to me, from a street photography angle.

Depth, not width. Stream of consciousness. It got long and winding. Come dive in.

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Yashica Yashinon-DX 45mm f1.7 Lens Review

Look at this lens, sitting there all shiny and chrome and making even the old Sony NEX-5N look sexy.

There's no doubt the Yashica Yashinon-DX 45mm f1.7 is a handsome bastard, but how does actually it perform on your digital camera? What's the build and image quality like? Is it easy and enjoyable to use? And why doesn't it need an adapter like most other vintage lenses?

The answers to these questions - and more - can be found in this review. Come learn!

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The Most Important Camera Setting for Street Photography

If you're new to street photography or have been shooting in 'Auto' mode, there are probably more settings on your camera than you know what to do with.

It's useful to learn what they all do, but not all of them are essential for what you want to achieve.

So to save you time, I'll tell you which is the single most important camera setting for your street photography.

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Why You Shouldn’t Watermark Your Street Photography

To watermark or not to watermark. That is the question... that seems to never go away in the world of online photo sharing.

I have a simple rule that I came up with while writing this post. If not watermarking your photography is losing you money, then watermark it. If that's not the case, then don't.

Most street photographers will fall into the second group, but there's a further reason why I don't think you should be watermarking your decisive moments. It's because you need to be better than that. Want to know what that means exactly? Come read and I'll tell you.

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12 Things You Can Do With Your Old Cameras and Lenses

Got any old cameras and lenses you never use but don't know what to do with? Having them take up space in your home in some sort of forced retirement seems a waste, doesn't it?

So what should you do with them? What can you do with them?

I believe the best thing to do, for your gear and for the photography community as a whole, is to get them into the hands of people who will use them. You could even help out a charity while doing so. There are plenty of options. Want to know what they are? Then come on in and read.

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Testing the Olympus Supertrip in Shanghai

Another new old camera, bought for £1.99 in an English charity shop, and a roll of the only film they had in Tesco. Taken to Shanghai and tested out in the winter sun.

The images I got are presented in this article. There aren't that many of them but what is here is worth seeing. I wouldn't have shared them otherwise.

So come take a look and see how a camera that cost less than the roll of Kodak ColorPlus inside it fared on its first outing (I presume) in China.

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