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Dec 31

Exporting Lightroom Presets and Templates

By Amelia Hamilton | Fashion

If you’re a new photographer, chances are you have a lot of photographs that you need to store and manage. Using Lightroom is an easy and intuitive way to catalog your images based on the metadata contained within the picture, and features the additional ability to edit and process your shots.

However, when buying a new computer on which you want to perform your photo-editing, knowing how to transfer your Lightroom templates and presets means that you don’t have to start from scratch all over again. Here, we take you through a guide on how to export your Lightroom presets and templates.

Make sure you have everything you need

Using presets might be new a new concept to the budding photographer. However, the best lightroom plugins will allow you to edit your photographs in post, allowing you to transform them into masterpieces with little editing know-how on your part.

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Before you get set up on your new workstation and import your existing Lightroom presets, you need to make sure that you have everything you need to complete the task. The first step is to get Lightroom installed and setup on the new machine, which should be as simple as the first time you did it. Then, be sure to have a USB drive that has enough storage to transfer your presets, or use a cloud storage solution if that is more convenient for you.

Export manually

Exporting your presets manually may take a little effort, but you will benefit from the experience of knowing how to access your files without the use of specialist software. find out where your presets are stored.

To do this, open up the Develop Module, then right click on the presets you are interested in exporting from the drop down list.

An option called “Show in Explorer” or “Show in Finder” should appear, which will open up your preset folder in your computer’s file manager. You can simply copy the containing folder onto your portable or cloud storage, and import them into your new Lightroom installation.

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You can also access this folder easily using Lightroom’s preferences interface. Switch to the “Presets” tab within the preferences window, and find the button labeled “Show Lightroom Presets Folder.” Clicking this button will take you directly to the location of your saved presets and templates, allowing you to copy the files manually to your storage.

Export presets and templates one by one

As an alternative to finding the presets files on your computer system, you can instead export the presets from within Lightroom. Using the same menu when you right click on a preset from within the Develop Module drop down list, click on the “Export” option.

You can then save the preset on your external or cloud storage device, ready for import into your new Lightroom installation.

This allows you to work on a one-by-one basis, so that you can leave behind any presets that you don’t like or use regularly, freeing up your new system from unwanted clutter and giving you extra storage space for your images.

Export presets and templates with your catalog

It might be more convenient for you to store your presets within your catalog of images. This allows you to separate your presets depending on the type of images they are optimized for. To do this, open up the preferences and switch to the “Presets” tab as we described above, and check the box labeled “Store presets with catalog.” When you save your catalog, the presets will be embedded within the save file and will open when you load your catalog to your new computer.

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If you want to work on more than one computer, or you’ve bought a brand new computer for which you are going to use for editing and processing your photographs, learning how to export your presets from Lightroom is essential. Not only can you retain all of your editing settings, but you can maintain the interface that you’ve gotten comfortable with using. There are many options for efficiently transferring your Lightroom presets, and by using our guide, you will find one that works for your level of experience.

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Dec 26

How to Take Good Photos Using a DSLR?

By Amelia Hamilton | General

Do you own a DSLR camera and at times feel that you aren’t using it to its full potential? Well, this is quite common, especially if you are new to photography. A DSLR camera can help you take marvelous shots. You just have to know how to use it well. The moment you learn how to incorporate the key features of the DSLR and the basic photography skills, you will be ready to go. Below are tips on how to take good photos using a DSLR?

1. Clean The Camera Lens

The reason why dots and smears are appearing on your shots is because your DSLR lens are dirty. Despite most DSLR cameras having automatic sensors, dirt can always find its way onto the lens. The best way to deal with this is by buying a lens cloth that will help you remove this dirt. Make it an effort always to keep the lens clean.

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2. Always Read The DSLR Camera Manual

Is there anyone who reads manuals? Well, if you are going to use the DSLR camera, you must read its manual. Yes, it’s boring, but reading a dslr camera guide helps you understand how to use the camera better. The sooner you learn how to operate it in full manual, the easier it will be for you to take great photographs.

3. Know How To Align Your Subject in The Best Spot

If you have ever noticed, most photographers take some time aligning the subject before taking a shot. Aligning a subject before taking a shot with your DSLR camera guide is essential. It aids in taking of great photos.

Feel free to move your subject and change angles.

4. Framing is Key To Taking Great Photos

When taking pictures with your DSLR camera, you should learn how to frame your photos. Framing is an essential aspect of photography. It guarantees whether a photo will look good or not. A poorly framed shot can look clumsy. With time, your eyes get used to how a good frame looks like.

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5. Invest in a Quality Tripod Stand

Do you find it difficult to keep still when shooting? Then a DSLR camera tripod can be of great help. Using your DSLR built-in timer can help minimize the chances of you shaking the camera when it is on the tripod stand.

6. Familiarize Yourself with The DSLR Autofocus Capabilities

To take better photos with your DSLR, you need to understand the cameras autofocus capabilities. When you look through the lens, you will notice a couple of focus points the center one should be pointed directly towards the subject.

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To lock on the focus, always push the button halfway in. During this period, you can recompose your shot if you want to. If the subject is at the center, you can be assured of a clear shot. This helps avoid the taking of blurry shots.

7. The Lighting

Similar to framing, lighting is equally important. It helps set the mood and improves the clarity of the photograph. Getting an external flash for your DSLR can help increase brightness at night or in dark areas.

The DSLR is an excellent camera, and you can use it to take amazing shots. The above tips will ensure that your photographs are crystal clear, concise and stunning. Also, learn how to change up the perspective of your photos.

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Dec 13

Best Athletics Shoes for Workout

By Amelia Hamilton | Fashion

It is one thing to decide to go for a workout and another to have the best workout shoes. No matter how many times you hit the gym and how many hours you train, having a pair of good shoes will contribute so much to your goals. So whether you want to get in shape or you want to exercise for strong muscles, start by getting yourself a good pair of gym shoes.

More often than not, many people work out in running shoes, which can be okay. But for someone who is serious about getting fit and staying injury free, you will probably want to have specific workout shoes. In fact, experts advise that you own two different pairs if your workouts are regular so that you can air them out in between the gym. Nevertheless, here are our top picks for the best athletic shoes for training.

1. New Balance Minimus 40

Top on our list is this shoe that is perfect for all workouts. You can use it on the treadmill, the weight room and in aerobics as well. It features an extremely comfortable and well-compressed midsole that allows you to bounce back and leave your body as opposed to your feet.

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New Balance has been in the market for more than a century. So you be rest assured that their shoes are worth recommending. The shoes offer a good grip and stability as well as energy return during your workouts.

2. Reebox Flexweave Fast

Ask anybody how they feel about Reebok shoes, and the answer will be “they are one of the best shoes in the market.” This model offers breathability, stability and a good grip. It is lightweight which allows sprinters and runners maximum productivity.

Plus, whether you are using it on a Woodway treadmill or a weightlifting room, this pair will perform admirably. Additionally, the flexible upper bends in an effort to match the natural movement of your feet during jumping and calf raise.

3. Saucony Kinvara 9 Everun

If you are solemnly devoted to running on the treadmill, this shoe will be the best for you. Most treadmill decks have extra cushioning, so the last thing you will need is that, that offers cushioning again.

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Why? Too much cushion on the treadmill and cushion on your feet equals to a vague feel. So get this shoe that does not come with extra cushioning hence enabling you to stabilize quickly while you are on the run. Plus, they are also lightweight and thin therefore making it easier for you to workout in them.

4. Nike Air Monarch IV Cross Trainer

The Nike brand is the ultimate one in comfortable trainers. With the Air Monarch IV, your workouts will be less strenuous. You can go with it for that spin class, lift more weight than you did last week, sprint on a treadmill and the shoe will admirably perform. It comes with a comfortable fit and provides excellent stability. With this pair, you can maximize your movement since it features different width options. Plus, these shoes are durable.

A good shoe ensures that you remain comfortable during the training and hence productive. Working out with the wrong pair can not only disorient you but can cause your feet to have blisters and bring about other injuries. For athletes looking for good shoes, the above are our top picks, and we are confident that they will keep you functional during the training process since they offer comfort.

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Oct 16

How To Find Open Casting Calls & Fashion Auditions

By Amelia Hamilton | Casting Calls

On the outside looking in, fashion seems like a world where everyone is connected and must be in the know. In a lot of ways, it is. The fashion world does run on a “who do you know” system. It’s best to have inside connections and people that you’ve networked with to give you information. You’ll have an easier time booking jobs and getting opportunities by being known in this world However, if you’re a nobody looking to break in to this world it is not impossible. You can become somebody. With the right amount of dedication and research you can become a part of the fashion world. You just need to advocate for yourself.

AuditionIn today’s time, the age of technology, finding things has become so much easier. Technology has made the fashion world so much more accessible. Grab your device of choice and commit to researching calls and auditions.

Backstage.com is the perfect website to find auditions. They show all types of modeling calls for professional fashion, fitness, commercial and plus size models. The details for each posting has the age and look that the host is going for, whether it is union on non-union and of course, if it is paid or not.

Event Bright is often filled with open calls and audition opportunities for models. Some of these require you to register. Some are posted to simply give a time and date. It seems as if most Event Bright opportunities give a lot more information about their events than the ones on Backstage. Before you go make sure that the location is somewhere reputable.

Fashion-auditionAs said earlier, the age of technology is really revolutionizing things and making things easier. You can now audition virtually! These proposals are often found on Event Bright. However, you can go to google and type in “virtual model audition”. Before you send photos or videos of yourself, try to make sure that the person, agency or company that has posted this opportunity is legitimate.

Modeling agencies often hold open calls for aspiring models for a few hours each week. However, if you don’t live near a major fashion area, this can be difficult. If you are able to do one of these walk-ins make sure that you take proof of your best work and arrive alone.

When you go to these auditions and open calls you want to make sure that you are dressed appropriately, polite and on time. To dress properly, dress as simple as possible. This is not the time to wear your brightest, loudest outfit. It is best to arrive a little early, waiting until the last minute will not give you good results. Remember to be confident, you will do fine. A no won’t be the end of the world either, you’ll just have to keep trying.

The search for open calls and auditions is easier now more than ever. You just need to put forth the effort and put in the time to secure an opportunity for yourself.

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Oct 16

What To Wear In New Orleans

By Amelia Hamilton | New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana is known for its colors, music, food and people. This is a travel destination that finds itself high on a lot of lists. New Orleans is in the southern region of the United States and stays warm for majority of the year. The lowest annual temperature is on average 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a place that is best to visit year round, regardless of the events going on, based off the food and culture alone.

When you go to New Orleans it is in your best interest to put your best fashion forward. This city is picturesque and when you’re walking down memory lane (flipping through your phone gallery), you’ll want to looks as good as the background, if not better.

New-OrleansIf you are visiting during the summer, you’ll want to have clothing that won’t smother you. New Orleans summers can get scorching hot. The ideal clothing items you’ll need to pack will be long flowing dresses, flowy tops, linen pants, sandals and sun hats. If you really want to stand out, find comfort in patterns and bright colors. Simple clothing, too keep you cool from the weather paired with statement pieces will photograph well. If you want affordable options for all of these suggestions, target’s clothing section is stylish and budget friendly. Zara is an affordable to mid-range price point, retailer that has fabulous items to select from.

If you’re visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras, which typically takes place in February, you’ll want to dress comfortably. It will be a safe choice to pack some outerwear, as it can be slightly chilly or the night can get cold, depending on your tolerances for temperature changes. Purple, green and gold is perfect during this time as these colors are prevalent during the holiday celebration. Loose fitting trousers and comfortable shoes will be great for celebrating the holiday in style. For shoes that don’t sacrifice style for comfort, Nordstrom has a nice selection.

WInter-outfitIf you have trouble piecing outfits together and need visual inspiration, Pinterest is your best friend. Consider making a board that pieces together the style that you’re going for. Best of all, when you see things that you like on Pinterest, you can click the photos and be directed to where you can buy it.

Style blogger, Finding Paola (@findingpaola), really dressed like she was in a magazine while she vacationed in New Orleans. As we suggested earlier, she wore bold colors, statement jewelry and of course, sandals. She embodied the tips that we given in this article. If you aren’t a fan of Paola’s style, Aimee Song (@songofstyle) is a popular fashion influencer, however it is uncertain if she has been to New Orleans.

The most important thing to wear while you are in New Orleans is clothing and footwear that keeps you comfortable. After all, you’ll be doing plenty of exploring around the majestic city of New Orleans.