March 3, 2011

Playing with Presets

I finally broke down and got some good portrait presets from Pretty Presets yesterday. I had been using free presets I’ve found around the web but hadn’t come across anything that fit my editing style enough to really save me any time processing my photos. I’m really pleased with the set I got. Lots of good stuff!

I wanted to try them out so I took a few pictures of the girls playing outside yesterday. I’m not totally happy with the pictures, my aperture was a little too wide so they’re not as in focus as I’d like, but they’re still cute and show off the presets well enough.

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I know a lot of people like minimal editing with portraits. I like to keep things natural looking a lot of the time, but sometimes it’s great to change the look or mood of a photo by using an action or preset, or adjusting the levels. I guess my opinion on whether SOOC or heavily edited is better depends on the picture and how I want the person viewing it to feel. What do you prefer?

15 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

I love what you're doing - these shots look absolutely beautiful!

Helen@Soft Leather Baby Shoes said...

I love these photos. Especially those of the two girls together.

Mom of M&Ms said...

Love these shots... and I am big on SOOC, ( i lik eputting the camera through its paces,) but I too use presets at times... It makes it fun and different!

Brandi said...

Awesome and super gorgeous! I make my own but I'm sure it would be nice to buy some. Maybe I should? Which one do you like best?

brandi : )

Brandi said...

very cute pics :)

b. lee said...

gorg' pics!!! even prettier little ladies * *

Carol said...

These are splendid! I agree with you, and sometimes I use the free presets and then adjust them to my liking. I'm going to have to check out the ones you purchase - they are good!

Susie said...

Such cuties!! Great pictures!!

Kristine said...

They look great! Your girls are too cute. Wish my girls could hang out with them, lol!

I mostly prefer clean processing and I find almost all of my clients do too. But for my personal stuff, I love playing around. Sometimes a photo just screams for a preset! LOL

Jamie Rubeis said...

You did an awesome job! I especially love the rosey colored one! So precious.

Lindsay said...

Oh my gosh Stephanie. These photos are beautiful. I love the last two of the girls together.

Dana said...

You take beautiful photos!! And of course your daugthers are gorgeous!!

The Clip Cafe said...

I love them all your take awesome shots! Just joined your blog :o)

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Those pictures are very pretty!

Carol said...

Question for you - I'm interested in purchasing a preset package. Does the portrait package work on jpeg files or RAW?

Please reply via email, or comment on my blog (it took me forever to find this post of yours).

Thanks ;)

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