How Much Are Lightroom Presets Worth?

Here’s the truth. The real worth of Lightroom presets is governed by how much value the buyer will get from them.

That means, depending on the type of photography you do and how it rewards you, any given pack may be worth more to you than it is to me. Or less. I can’t possibly say.

But I can get you to ask yourself some questions to help you figure out if that Lightroom presets pack you’ve got your eye on is really worth the asking price. Come read, come learn.

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.

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.

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.

Be a Factory, Not a Warehouse

You often pick up the best advice from the most unexpected places. I was listening to a podcast today when that exact thing happened.

Steve-O was never my favourite person on ‘Jackass’ but I gave his interview on the Joe Rogan Experience a listen. And I am so glad that I did.

A wholly surprising and inspiring life story for sure, but it was one statement in particular that moved me to write this post. The title is paraphrased, but I think anyone who sees themselves as a creator needs to hear the message. And that includes you.

Playing is Winning (a.k.a. the process is the result)

I like the maxim ‘the process is the result’. Playing the game, rather than worrying about who wins and loses, is where the value is.

Going out with your camera and enjoying your day, rather than coming back with a slew of keepers, is what brings the most benefit to your mind and body.

Writing this blog post probably did me more good than posting it will. Reading it will do you more good than if you don’t. So come on in and give yourself the gift of both the process and the result.

Why Learn Photography?

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Why learn photography? I can’t answer that for you, but I can answer it for me.

It was to get myself closer to where I want to be in life – the same as when you learn anything, really.

Come read and learn more and try to figure out the answer to this too – why do *you* want to learn photography?