The Ultimate Guide to Lightroom Presets (+ Free Presets!)

The Ultimate Guide to Lightroom Presets (+ Free Presets!)

Editing an image is an important part of the photography process, but if you are anything like me, you really don't have a lot of time to spend at your computer playing with your photos.  Using Lightroom is relatively quick and easy anyway, but there is a way you can save even MORE time by using helpers such as presets. 

A preset is simply an edit that has been "recorded" so that you can apply the same steps to any image you wish, with just one click of your mouse. This can save you a lot of time processing your images, as all you need to do is click on the preset and leave Lightroom to to do rest of the work moving all the sliders etc for you.  Kinda like having an editing servant 😄

5 Ways to Level Up Your Skills This Year

5 Ways to Level Up Your Skills This Year

Let's get 2017 off to a kickin' start shall we?!

I don't know about you but I always think that the start of a New Year is a great time to focus on the year ahead, and what we want to achieve. 

If getting better at photography is on YOUR list of things to do this year, then check out these 5 ways to level up your photography skills this year!

Creativity Exercise: Photograph A Day In Your Life

Creativity Exercise: Photograph A Day In Your Life

Want a creativity exercise that not only helps improve your photography skills but also helps you capture memories that you'll treasure? Then you'll love doing a "Day in Your Life" Project! 

Before I get into how to carry out this creativity exercise, I want to let you know that this is the first of a series of "challenges" that I'll be sharing right here on the blog, every month for 2017.  So, if you like the idea of a monthly short project, make sure you come back at the start of every month for your assignment.  (Read on the end of the post to see what to do for this one for January!)

How to Make Time for Learning Photography

How to Make Time for Learning Photography

A few days ago I asked a question in my Facebook group about what was the number one thing that was holding them back from learning photography.  Several of the answers that came up said an issue was they simply did not have enough time. 

Now, that is something I can totally relate to!

Time is definitely my most precious commodity these days, so I have to try to work smarter in the hours that I've got. I can't add any more hours into the day (although that would be nice!) - all I can do is make sure that I am being productive in the hours that I do have, and that I using the time to get the things that matter most done.

That's what I am going to at least attempt to help you with today - make more time for learning photography, and how to work smarter with the limited time that you do have.  

8 Reasons to Love Lightroom (even as a hobbyist)

8 Reasons to Love Lightroom (even as a hobbyist)

I have to say, it took me a looonnnng time to wake up to the benefits of using LIghtroom, but now it's an integral part of my workflow and I freakin' love it.  It is one of those programs that you don't really appreciate until you have been using it for a while and get to know all of the features, but once you do, you are golden! 

I know many people think of Lightroom as only being useful for professional photographers, but I can tell you that it is just as useful for a hobbyist.  Today we are going to have a little chat about the eight reasons to love Lightroom, even if you only take pictures for yourself.  

Oh, and you can also snag yourself a free Lightroom editing checklist! 

How to Choose A DSLR Camera (+ FREE worksheet!)

How to Choose A DSLR Camera (+ FREE worksheet!)

There are a few questions I see time and time again, and one of these is about which camera to buy. It doesn't matter whether it is for buying your first DSLR, or you are looking to  upgrade and getting the next "step up" up:  buying a new camera is a big commitment so it can get a little nerve wrecking to know which one to get!  It's also damned confusing out there, with so many options, and all having different prices and benefits, to know which is going to be best for YOU. 

Photography Case Study - Menucha Korik

Photography Case Study - Menucha Korik

There has been so many positive comments and responses to the last two photography journeys I shared (from Briana from Northern Way of Life and Jan Johnstone if you missed them) that I am back with another one! Menucha Korik was a reader of Live Snap Love way back when it was first created, and I was so excited to find her again recently, and discover that she has gone on to set up her own thriving photography business, specialising in newborn and child photography. Talk about a success story! I'm truly delighted to welcome her to the blog and to share her story with you. Over to Menucha....