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Understanding (and Using) ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed

Understanding (and Using) ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed

Understanding what ISO, aperture, and shutter speed are isn't essential in making good photographs, but it can help you to make better ones.

However, for that to happen, simply understanding what they are isn't enough. You'll need to know how to use them too.

In this actionable post, you can learn both. Grab your camera and a cup of coffee and come follow along.

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How to Install Lightroom Presets

How to Install Lightroom Presets (And Also Make Your Own)

Lightroom presets will dramatically streamline your post-processing workflow. However, before you can use any you've bought or downloaded, you'll have to install them.

The good news is, that's pretty simple to do so. All is explained in this post. And because installing them is so easy, I felt guilty about only giving you that information.

To remedy that, I'll also tell you how to make your own Lightroom presets. Bonus! Come read, come learn.

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How Can Lightroom Presets Improve Your Photography?

Looking to improve your photography? Who isn't?! But seriously, we'd all like to be better at what we do. The question is how.

Pounding the streets and shooting often is one way to improve your photography. It's the hard work - the graft - that we all need to put in.

Using Lightroom presets to improve your photography is smarter. And it works. Want to know how? Come read, come learn.

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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 photography a cool, classic film look? Then you should probably come check out this Vintage Film Lightroom presets pack.

Featuring 10 colour and 5 monochrome presets, it allows you to achieve the look you want within minutes of downloading - so long as you have Lightroom, of course.

And if you don't have Lightroom, maybe you should get that too - because then you'd have access to awesome preset packs like this one.

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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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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3 Photography Quotes and My *Street* 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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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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What Is the Point of Sharing These Photographs?

I've got three old photographs doing nothing on my hard drive. I don't want to just delete them but I have no story to tell about them. So, what to do? What is the point of sharing them?

The truth is, there's always a point in sharing your work. If you don't blog yourself, some of them may seem a little calculated. A little cynical even. But there is always a point. Always.

And now you're intrigued as to what the point of sharing these photographs is? Yes? Then come on in and find out.

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Let People Judge Your Street Photography

If you want to get a better idea of how good your street photography really is, you're going to have to ask someone. And the more people you ask, the better idea you're going to have.

The easiest way to let people judge your street photography is to put it online. Instagram, Flickr, 500px, your own blog. Anywhere that allows you to get honest feedback on it.

What you think is good might not be well received. What you think is below average might be loved by your audience. You never know unless you let people form their own opinion of it. And the best thing about this? You're going to learn just as much from the reaction to your work as you do from creating it.

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What’s Your Street Photography Style?

Questions: do you know what your street photography style is, and do you think it's important to even have a clearly defined one?

I believe it is, and I'll tell you why in this article. I'll also give you the chance to leave your own thoughts on what your style is and why, why you don't have one (if you don't), and why you think it is or isn't important to have one.

Come take a look, read my own ideas on this, and be ready to tell everyone yours in the comments section at the bottom. I'm looking forward to hearing them! :)

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Book Review: Create or Hate by Dan Norris

Create or Hate, the 4th book by Australian entrepreneur Dan Norris, has been written with one goal in mind - to get you to create something today.

The titular Hate (with a capital H) isn't the kind that's directed at other people. It's an internal self-hate that creeps up if we let it and stops us from creating the things we say we want to create. The key is recognising and suppressing it.

Motivational media has perhaps never been as popular as it is now, so what did I take from this book? Come find out in this review.

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