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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo Preset

Hi Everyone!!

It's been a while since I posted a Lightroom tutorial so I thought I'd get one out to you all!!  Today I'll show how you can use Adobe Lightroom to turn an ordinary photo into a vintage-looking photo AND show you how to create a preset to apply to all your photos! 

Below is the before/after of how the vintage photo preset will look like.  Normally, I 'm not a big fan of lots of photo processing but for this one event it was a hotel re-opening in our historic "Old Town" and everyone dressed up so I thought this style would be perfect!  If you'd like to view the rest of the photos of the event you can take a look at that blog post

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


OK, first let's pick a photo to start with.  First, you'll want to get all of your foundational settings dialed.  If you don't know how to do that, check out this earlier blog post on that

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


For this photo I actually nailed the exposure so I didn't make any adjustments other than changing the white balance.  After that, I used the Adjustment Brush (K) with the "Brighten Eyes" setting to, well, brighten the eyes a bit.  Just that adjustment alone can really make portraits pop! 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Next up, I scrolled down to Split Toning and applied a subdued yellow to the Highlights.  (My settings are 70 for hue and 33 for saturation). 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Then for the shadows I chose a darker orange to help give even more depth to this "sepia" look. 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Then I shift the balance a little more toward the shadows with the "Balance" slider to "-20". 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


To get that grainy, old photo feel I go to the Effects panel and add some grain.  My settings there are 44 for amount, 61 for size, and 68 for roughness. 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Finally to add just a little more punch and effect, I boost the curve to "strong contrast" and add a post-crop vignette.  (Amount -56, Midpoint 70, Roundness -42, Feather 64, Highlights 0)
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Here you can see the before/after.
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Now that I'm happy with how the vintage photo looks, I'll create a preset.  By only checking certain items, I can now "stack" this preset onto my photos and this preset will "add" to a photo.  For example, if I need to change the exposure for one photo, I can still apply this preset and it won't override that exposure adjustment.  Neat, huh!!
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Here you can see that I have five photos from this event that I want to apply this vintage photo effect to.  I will select all five photos and hit (D) to go to the develop module. 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


Make sure you have the Auto Sync turned on.
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo



Now all you have to do is apply your "Vintage Photo" preset...
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


And voila!  All your photos now have that vintage photo look to them! 
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Photo


OK, so there were several different concepts going on here in this tutorial that I grouped together into a working example.  Creative uses of Lightroom settings, presets, and applying presets to many photos.  I used specific examples to walk you through how I set this up but I encourage you to do your own experimenting to create and setup your own photo styles and make your own presets.  Now, you won't ever have to buy a "premade" preset again!!

Dominos Pizza Contest

So if you haven't heard, Dominos pizza started probably one of my favorite marketing campaigns.  They want their customers to take photos of their pizzas and submit them to win a contest and for those photos to be used to showcase their pizzas.  http://www.showusyourpizza.com/  I think this is genius.  It definitely got me to order a couple extra pizzas to snap some shots of.

Here are my entries!  And of course, a special guest appearance by Pancake! 

dominos pizza


dominos pizza


dominos pizza


dominos pizza


dominos pizza

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My First Bridal Show!!!

Last Sunday I was a vendor at my first bridal show ever!  In fact, it was the first time I've ever even been to a bridal show.  It was AWESOME!!  I had sooooo much fun meeting all the brides and grooms and other fun vendors and even other photographers!  One of my friends, Julia, was there to help me out and I coudn't have done it without her! 

For my booth, I decided to do something totally different than most vendors. So I brought in basically my entire living room!  It was really cool to kick back and sit on the couch while talking to potential brides and getting to know them.  Things moved pretty quick so I wasn't able to get to know them as much as I really wanted to and I felt like I had to be "salesy".  I feel so weird when I have to sell myself (ok...Michael Scott/The Office moment right there). 

I'm still recovering from the show and trying to sort through everything in my mind.  Since it was my first show I have absolutely no clue how well it went. But I've already been in contact with a few brides already and it's been super fun getting to know them better.  I'm still in the beginning phase of my business so I think it was great to get my name out there. 

bridal show - photography booth


bridal show - photography booth

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Engagement Session

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO stoked about this couple and these engagement photos!!  They didn't want their names to be shared so I'll keep that mum.  Since both of them are super fit (can't you tell from their photos?) he actually proposed to her at the end of a run down at La Jolla beach.  He picked the top of the stairs at the silver bridge right above La Jolla Shores drive (which, by the way, is my new FAVORITE spot for doing romantical coupley shoots).  For the engagement session we decided to go back to that memorable spot and re-create that magical moment!

natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session



natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session



natasha ej engagement session


natasha ej engagement session

Monday, July 26, 2010

Venue Spotlight: Palm Restaurant San Diego

Happy Monday everyone!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I had some AWESOME shoots and events over the weekend that will fill up my blog for quite a bit!

But for today I want to share a little about one of my favorite restaurants - the Palm Restaurant in San Diego!!  If you follow my tweets or Facebook at all you'll probably notice how often I'm down at the Palm.  That's because I LOVE the food and the people there!  If you're ever there for dinner here are the people you need to know: Bryan Lytle is the General Manager.  Rob Katz is the Assistant GM.  Shawn is the Beverage Manager. And John Reynolds is the Executive Chef. 

But what I REALLY want to show off is the entire space at the Palm. I mean, check this out.  Can't you totally picture having your wedding reception here with a dancefloor instead of the six round tables??  I think it would be soooo cool to rent the entire restaurant and have your reception there.  A few weeks ago I held a Lightroom class for some local photographers in one of their rooms and it was perfect.  We had a nice little room closed off to ourselves with a flat screen.  Food of course was amazing.  If you want to take a look around call the Palm at 619.702.6500 and ask for Cathy De Leon or send her an email at cdeleon@thepalm.com.  She's the sales manager there and is BOMB-TASTIC.  You'll absolutely adore and love her. 

Palm Restaurant San Diego



Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego


Palm Restaurant San Diego

Friday, July 23, 2010

$1100 Engagement Session Giveaway

In celebration of the July 25th Carlsbad Bridal Show I will be giving away an engagement session valued at $1100!! All you have to do is text "CELEBRATION" to 53137 and you'll be entered to win!

The grand prize winner will be picked at random on August 15, 2010. The grand prize consists of a $1100 engagement session will include a two hour engagement shoot along with an 8x8" Memory Book that you can use as a guest sign-in book or just to keep on your coffee table to show off to your friends and family.

The more people who enter, the more prizes I'll give away! So make sure you tell your friends!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ComicCon 2010 - Marvel Comics at the Palm Restaurant

Today the Palm Restaurant in San Diego invited me down to take some photos of Marvel Comic artist Reilly Brown add a new cartoon to their famous wall. 

ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


Here is Reilly being interviewed for the Marvel Comics Web site. 
ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


Aren't they hilarious?
ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego


While I was there, setup began for another event.  An event with an AWESOME CAKE!!!  This "sweet" cake was made by Elaine of the Sweet Cheeks Baking Company.
ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego - sweet cheeks baking company cake


ComicCon 2010 - marvel comics at the palm restaurant san diego - sweet cheeks baking company cake