photography

How To Fake Golden Hour

Hey There! In this post i’m going to outline the best way to “fake” golden hour lighting. ¬†I would first like to add that sometimes harsh daylight makes photos a lot harder to edit, and obviously the real thing is always the best, but sometimes it can be difficult to line up the hours perfectly. ¬†So let’s get into it.

the photo shown below was taken at about 2:00 PM on a very sunny day.  As you can see, the lighting is harsh and washes out the photo entirely!

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STEP 1: raise the brightness of the photo

this will allow you to see the colors you are working with and make the photo appear less washed out.

 

Using Adobe Lightroom CC, I amplified the Exposure by +1.80.  As you can see, the difference is already astounding!

STEP 2: warm the photo up

 

During golden hour, the sun provides a warm and golden light.  To mimic this, I enhanced the Temperature by +20

STEP 3: color corrections

 

Golden Hour tends to wash out greens and enhance golds.  To mimic this look, I changed the hue of the yellow tones -54 and enhanced the saturation by +29.  I also altered the hue of the greens -53 and desaturated them by -54.  If needed, work with the hue of the reds to give them a more orange look.

There you have it: a “faked” golden hour photo! ¬†Feel free to comment with any questions, concerns, or just to chat! ¬†I would love to see edits following these tips ūüôāDSC_0136 4.JPG

*NOTE Adobe Lightroom CC is a free to download application on apple and android devices that provides beautiful edits similar to the computer version of Adobe Lightroom

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photography, Portfolio

Emily

EMILY: SUMMER 2018

Believe me when I say that I had been wanting to schedule a shoot with this girl for YEARS.  Finally, only a week before she left for college, we took these beautiful shots!

Emily is beautiful inside and out; she’s smart, kind, and has the most beautiful singing voice. ¬†I know that she will go far in whatever path she decides to take!

 

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photography

Tips For Taking Better Pictures

1. Angles

When taking photos, angles and positioning are everything. ¬†Simply zooming in on a subject or placing the subject slightly off-center changes the entire composition of an image, making it much more aesthetically pleasing.¬†This is necessary to consider when in the field. ¬†A common rule followed by almost all photographers is the Rule of Thirds. ¬†It states that the subject is to be off centered; usually the main focal point is off to the left or right. ¬† The rule of thirds causes the viewer to see each aspect of the photo’s composition rather than just focusing on the main subject.


As you can see, this photo’s main subject, the leaf, is slightly off centered. ¬†It should also be noted that the camera is close up and focused on the subject. ¬†This creates an aesthetically pleasing image that is much more impactful than a differently composed shot.

2. Comfort is Key

A comfortable model yields more natural photos.  When taking pictures, it is critical to make sure that the model is comfortable being in front of the camera.  If the model or subject feels uncomfortable or awkward, the results will be forced and unnatural.

To Make Your Subject Feel More Comfortable:

  • Music: ¬†most people feel at-ease and even more confident when provided with music. ¬†I always have a portable speaker on hand at shoots; believe me ‚ÄĒ it makes all the difference.
  • Have the subject bring a friend: ¬† A good friend is a great way to lighten the mood of your subject. ¬†If you do not have a personal connection with the subject, it is best to have the subject bring a close friend or family member to the shoot. ¬†Not only does the friend add a layer of boosted confidence, they provide a blanket of comfort for the subject.
  • Make the subject laugh: ¬†Genuine laughter is one of the most beautiful things to capture on camera. When in doubt, make your subject laugh. ¬†The shots turn out beautiful because the happiness is there!

3. Timing Matters

Time of day is easily one of the most important factors in a beautiful photo.  It determines the intensity of light and the composition of photos entirely.

Most photographers enjoy shooting during golden hour, a time of day where the lighting is warm, soft, and provides lovely golden light.  Golden hour occurs about an hour after sunrise, and an hour after sunset.

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4. When in Doubt, Edit it Out

Have you ever taken a photo that’s just not your style? A photo that would benefit from an alteration of pigment? Me too. ¬†If you find yourself with photos that you feel that you cannot work with, or even photos that aren’t quite your style, do not be intimidated by them. ¬†Almost everything can be changed through the use of editing. ¬†Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, I dilute greens in my photos and enhance the golds in order to create a warmer photo.

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When editing photos shot at night, I brighten up the colors and add dimension through intensity.  Never throw away a photo that might have potential through small adjustments!

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There’s no doubt that photography is a learned art; it is crucial to always be on the lookout for new ways to improve your skills and grow as a photographer!

Hopefully these tips and tricks helped! xx Presley

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lifestyle, travel

Small Town Big Beach

The motto, “Small town, big beach”, suits Gulf Shores, Alabama perfectly! ¬†The town is perfectly balanced in family friendly restaurants and adorable and colorful beach houses lining the shore, only about 50 feet from the Ocean. ¬†But if you’re looking for something a little more commercial there’s also plenty of things to do other than the beach!

If you’re looking for a fun place to spend time with your family and get an awesome meal, visit The Hangout! ¬†The surfer themed restaurant has a gigantic sand pit, live music, and an hourly foam party. ¬†There are plenty of photo opportunities and interactive experiences such as a “wish wall”, where you are able to write down a wish and place it into a slot on the wall, and a large collection of toys such as vintage PEZ machines and Rubber Duckies. I can assure you, it is a memorable experience for people of all ages. ¬†I was excited to jump into the gigantic pit of foam and have a blast with my family. ¬†Surprisingly, the fun doesn’t stop there! ¬†Visiting The Hangout is a dining experience! A DJ plays music while an MC encourages people to dance on the tables of the restaurant! ¬†When a storm blew in, the DJ was quick on his feet and began playing songs such as “It’s raining men” to lighten the mood. ¬†Overall, my experience at The Hangout was absolutely awesome, not to mention their adorable apparel in the gift shop! ¬†If you ever find yourself in Gulf Shores, Alabama, make sure to check out The Hangout!!Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Gulf Shores is home to plenty of adventures such as parasailing and the adorable Dauphin Island, located about an hour away from Gulf Shores. ¬†Dauphin Island is home to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a museum/aquarium devoted to the preservation of sea life, and a military base from the Civil War. ¬†It takes a ferry ride to get to the island, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it! ¬†It was definitely one of the hilights of my trip.

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If you’re looking for a great beach trip that’s fun for the entire family, visit Gulf Shores, Alabama! ¬†From great restaurants to exciting activities to white sand beaches, Gulf Shores is a great place to be!

 

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Fashion, Reviews

Abella Eyewear

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Use Code: PRESLEYREDD for 30% off your ENTIRE order!

Hey everyone! ¬†If you’re like me, you are constantly on the search for a new deal. ¬†This summer, I wanted to find some cute new sunnies. ¬†Recently, I’ve seen ad after ad on Instagram¬†for Abella Eyewear,¬†an eyewear company founded in 2018. ¬†The first ever ad I saw for this company was their request for Brand Ambassadors. ¬†After reviewing the benefits, I was thrilled to see the deals I would receive! ¬†After being accepted into the ambassador program, I was told that if I simply posted a shoutout of the Abella Eyewear website on my Instagram story, I would receive a pair of free sunglasses (shipping not included). ¬†Of course, I accepted this offer and quickly followed the instructions. ¬†Only minutes later, I received a coupon for a free pair of sunglasses. ¬†Though the styles were limited, I was excited about the reward that I’d received. ¬†I quickly decided on the style, “Astley”¬†in Pink and Gold. ¬†After receiving an order conformation email, I was informed that the order would go through a “processing time” of 3-5 days. ¬†I did not question this at first, however, after 15 days without my order being shipped, I became weary of the legitimacy of the website. ¬†I emailed the company several times in which they responded,

“Thank you for reaching out to us and we¬†value your feedback.¬†We source our shades from a number of high-quality distribution partners and orders are shipped directly from them. This means shipping times can vary”.

I’m not sure why this was the site’s reasoning because on the About Us page, the owners clearly state that, “all inventory is managed and distributed from Jacksonville, Florida”. ¬†Thankfully, after several emails back and forth with customer service, my order was prioritized and finally shipped. ¬†On May 27, almost a month after their order, my sunglasses arrived.

Though the shipping time was brutal, I would like to add that the sunglasses are GREAT quality.  They came in a nice case and a soft drawstring bag and seem to be well made.  I am satisfied with the sunglasses, and I will be looking forward to wearing them on beach trips and other summer endeavors.  However, DO NOT purchase a pair unless you have plenty of time to wait on their arrival.  I am very thankful for the customer service team at Abella Eyewear as well as the quality products that they produce, but their shipping time is something to be improved upon.

*UPDATE: in an email¬†received 06/06/18, the company stated that they are decreasing their shipping time. “We’ve moved our stock to the USA. This means instead of shipping some items direct from factory, we now have the capabilities to do what most large brands do. We’ll be storing pallets of products in Jacksonville for quick shipment to our customers in the USA and Canada. If you live outside of North America, we have plans in the pipes so stay tuned”.¬†Hopefully there is some accuracy to this claim because if so, I see the product becoming VERY successful! ¬†Hopefully this further convinces you to purchase a pair!

If you are interested in purchasing a pair of these adorable sunnies for yourself, use my code: PRESLEYREDD for 50% off of your entire order!

Use Code: PRESLEYREDD for 30% off!

This is a great deal, I can assure you!

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Check out Abella Eyewear HERE!

If you’re interested in the Sunglasses above, click HERE!¬†(the color is Pink and Gold)

Enjoy your sun-filled summer! – PresleyRedd

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