All Smiles for Lightroom Wedding Presets

Created by Preset Love, “Wedding Smiles” is one of the many Lightroom wedding presets available online. And, mind you, you can get this preset free.

But come to think of it, weddings do give a lot of smiles to everyone, especially to the bride and groom. There may be so many chances for both parties involved after taking the vow, but these changes really are for the better. Two people have decided to become one, and that is nothing short of awesome comparable to that of having a newborn baby.

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“Wedding Smiles” is definitely the one preset for your wedding day photos. It enhances your photo images with a touch of class, bringing out the emotions involved when you uttered that beautiful phrase “I do”, which was intense and exciting at the same time.

The enhancement is clean, crisp, and cool, you can almost feel the vibe of that day, reliving right in front of your eyes. Remembering all the hugs and the kisses you made since taking the vow.

Never mind if you are new to this preset, there is an instructional guide for you on how to navigate its tools. The important thing to remember though is that you now have the preset that will turn your seemingly flat wedding pictures into little masterpieces in their own right.

Lightroom never fails to give a smile on someone else’s face, but this particular preset brings out that big smile every time you look at its results like you want to get married again. It brings out the new you, the new wife, the experience of walking on that carpet all the way to your groom and is captured on camera, enhanced eventually by Lightroom. That alone is a perfect wedding gift for the newly-weds.

That is the essence of having these Lightroom wedding presets in you, particularly “Wedding Smiles”. It makes every event, even more special because it intensifies every detail of it that you want to relive that experience again.

Don’t waste time now and scour for that nearest Lightroom wedding preset on the web. You will find it a joy if you have one, but if you can have in bundles, presets or brushes, that will boost not only the events involved in your pictures but also the memories attached to it, like memories from your wedding day.

Saving Time with Photoshop Actions

One of the benefits of having Photoshop actions is that it saves you a lot of time enhancing your photo images. If you find yourself performing the same task over and over again but still come up with the same mediocre images in return, then it’s about time Photoshop actions will do the work.

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These Photoshop actions provide you with easy-to-use tools coupled with different techniques for you to have that image you envisioned. You can create and install this app in your PC, so can choose from a list of actions to download and use, and they are free.

In creating a Photoshop action, all you need to do is open the “actions” palette and hit the new action. After doing such, you should be able to see a new window containing options for the action. In a set though, you can name the action and the place on it. Then assign a keyboard shortcut to activate the action in Photoshop.

After hitting the “record” in the window, all you need to do is follow the steps you like when recorded in the action. Always be aware of the sizes of your photos and other specific steps that will be replicated in the action. Also, try to make your steps generic in order to maximize the full range of your images. Once you’ve created the steps, press the “Stop” button found in the action menu, then hit “Play”, thus, performing the said action.

This is just a cursory look at how to create Photoshop actions for your photos. No need to wait for hours, you can have the picture you want in less than an hour.

Mastering How To Manage Presets in Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is one of the trusted photo editing software in the market today and one of its biggest advantages is the ability to convert RAW and JPEG files. Photographers choose Lightroom over Photoshop because of its great flexibility and speed while dealing with tons of images at once. However, you wouldn’t achieve this kind of experience if you haven’t mastered the whole Lightroom interface yet.

In this article, we will talk about how to easily manage Lightroom presets. In addition, at the end of this article, you’ll be able to learn the basic controls, settings, and rules of Lightroom such as (organizing in one collection, importing and exporting images, modifying and creating customized presets and more)

What are Lightroom Presets and Why You should Use it for Your Images?

As we all know, Adobe Photoshop would be so complicated without Actions, or those recorded steps with specific effects and styles. Same with Adobe Lightroom, it would be useless and senseless without Presets. It is a collection of filtered images, or photos with corresponding styles and effects (black and white, sepia, vintage, vignette, HDR or panorama).

Downloading or installing free presets for Lightroom 5 is very easy and convenient. Adobe has designed the whole program in a photographer oriented and professional workflow. Moreover, presets are live savers; it helps photographers, artists, painters, graphic and web designers, save a lot of time and effort in their editing process.

Lightroom presets contains huge amounts of different and unique color adjustments. You have to do lots of trial and error before you can actually come up with a perfect set of free presets for Lightroom 5. It’s either you adjust the tone curves, color tones, contrasts, brightness or the exposure of the image to produce a specific preset style for your images.

While mastering the whole process of Lightroom takes a lot of time and patience, you have to bear in mind that once everything is set and you’ve familiarized the entire preset setting, you’ll be able to create more wonderful collections of presets.

Lightroom and Your Distinctive Image  

On the outset, seeing a photo that has its enhancement with Lightroom seemed like it has gone through a complicated process. That is expected since most pictures with a Lightroom touch looked more sophisticated compared to other photos.

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As a start, Lightroom has a list of presets available online. Lightroom is a photo enhancing solution for you to create that distinctive effect on your photo out of your own style and preference.

Aside from its list of presets, Lightroom also has its brushes. These brushes though are unique because it improves your photos more than a preset can do. It enhances specific details: the wrinkles on your face, the hair on your chest, even the sweat on your forehead are details that a Lightroom brush can do wonders with.

Lightroom comes in bundles and collections, with a variety of forms and styles, from HDR presets to workflows that deal with artistic effects, thus, improving your image and look online.

And as soon as you download these presets, you need not worry on how to go about it on your photos because it has in itself user-friendly tools, and that Lightroom tutorials can be viewed on its social media page.

These Lightroom tutorials has its comprehensive steps to follow, from downloading the said app to the enhancement of your photos.

Lightroom is the perfect tool for your online photos. You will even be amazed even at how these presets can do to a blurry image. Digging into it, Lightroom will turn that photo as if it’s been taken just a few minutes ago.

It is about time that you consider these presets for the enhancement of your photos. Instead of relying solely on those old templates that are quite limited, Lightroom gives you a free rein out of the flexibility of its presets and brushes, so you can improve your photos with your own unique touch.

Download these Lightroom presets now and experience the beauty of it, as it will give you an edge unlike anything you have seen on a photo before.

Great Qualities of Lightroom Presets

You might ask yourself, what are the elements of a good preset, or better still, what constitutes for a great Lightroom preset? Although the responses of this question might vary over time, but those who know their Lightroom can determine at least what constitutes a great Lightroom preset.

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Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we have been hearing that phrase every time we judge something beautiful, and judging a great photo is no exemption, even if Lightroom is included in the discussion.

Others would argue that compatibility makes Lightroom ahead of the pack. Yes, these presets are compatible with Lightroom 4, 5 and 6, and not only with its software considerations, even in its hardware, Lightroom works efficiently with both your Mac and your PC. This particular element enables some to conclude that the efficiency of work done is what makes Lightroom great.

Others, however, choose Lightroom’s tools as its most enticing feature. It’s ability to create a variety of effects like those works done by professional photographers and designers is the thing that drove many to choose Lightroom as their partner in photo-enhancing. Its easy-to-use tools makes for a convenient way of dealing with complicated enhancements. It has the ability to improve an old photo into a new one (for list of samples, see Presets here).

But more often than not, many choose Lightroom because of the quality of photos it produces. There are Lightroom presets that create a cinematic feel to a photo; it is as if the images in it move. It creates a 3D effect unlike anything you have ever seen with a photo. It can turn a banal image into a lively one, turning a boring scene into a dynamic interplay of images. Such is the quality of photos you can have with these Lightroom presets (for more of these images, see Presets here).

It isn’t so difficult to see why many choose Lightroom for the improvements of their photos, because it has the tools to deliver more than what is expected, producing pictures that generates so much, even beyond the confines of your imagination.

So all these photo features, qualities that make up a great photo, from compatibility to its tools to the quality pictures produced, is just a click away with these Lightroom presets, it brings with it the total package for you to have that photo you’ve always dreamed of.

On Becoming a Photographer with Adobe Actions  

It is almost unthinkable for any photo posted online, especially those used by professionals, without the aid of a photo-enhancing app, almost like a standard operating procedure already that as soon they are about to post pictures online, these images would have to go through the tools of a photo app.

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Now there are barrage of photo enhancing apps/solutions online. So varied and diversified are these programs that there’s always a corresponding preset or action for every situation, face or event, such as these Adobe Actions at Sleeklens website.

Sleeklens offers more than your ordinary photo-enhancing program. It has a list of collections for your photos, regardless if you have portraits or postcards that need enhancing. There is always “action” for that.

These Adobe actions at Sleeklens website is what you need for you to have that edge online. Your photos will have an even greater range because it doesn’t look like your just posting a static, lifeless image on your page; you are posting an image that can literally jump out of your site.

The 3D effect of these actions make for an interesting view. The light of the sun is more prominent, the texture of one’s skin lifelike, the glow of dawn is so cool to the eye that even seasoned photographers would be amazed at the effect these Adobe actions can do to a photo image.

Check more of these Adobe actions from Sleeklens, and experience a user-friendly photo solution that you can experiment with your photos. And find out why more and more photographers are into this thing since it became an integral part of photo enhancing.

Be like a professional with these Adobe actions and you will benefit from it, not just with “Likes” on social media, but that people will treat you as a seasoned photographer in your own right.

Kris Holm Fusion Street Saddle Review

I picked up this saddle almost a year ago when I bought my first trials unicycle.  I have been using it since then and have had no problems with it so far.  It comes with the new Kris Holm seatbase that replaced the classic Velo seatbase.

When I first started riding I did not know a lot about unicycles, and had heard that seats with plastic seatbases would break quite easily, so I assumed that at some point I would break the seatbase like everyone else seemed to.  After about 4 months I started to realize that this seat must be a lot stronger than the old seats, since it showed no obvious signs of breaking.  In fact, I ended up breaking my metal seatpost before my plastic seatbase.  I now have a unicycle that came with a seat with a Velo seatbase, and there is a huge difference between the two seats.  The Velo seatbase is extremely flexible and feels very weak.  The Kris Holm Seatbase is the opposite.  It is stiff and strong.

Besides the seatbase, there are many other good things about the Kris Holm Fusion Street Saddle.  It is quite comfortable to sit in and hold for seat in front riding.  It utilizes a special groove down the center that improves comfort provides a spot for your thumb when holding the seat in front of you.  The foam is comfortable as well, it is not to hard and not to soft.

Another feature is the removable seat cover.  Instead of being stapled and glued on like many other seats, the Kris Holm Fusion Street Saddle’s cover is held on by drawstring system.  This allows it to be taken off or replaced if need be.  The cover is quite durable, although after a while the Kevlar material at the front and back of the seat may start to wear through.  This is easily fixed with a little bit of glue.

Conclusion:
The Kris Holm Fusion Street Saddle is a very good saddle, possibly the best out there.  I ride flatland and some street, both of which require a strong seat.  This seat will deliver.  If you are looking for a great seat at a reasonable price, I could not recommend the Kris Holm Fusion Street Saddle more.

Jelly Lens “Close-up” Review

I stumbled upon this little toy while searching for lenses for my Kodak Playsport Zx3.  It is a very small macro lens that is made of plastic.  It uses a ring of sticky jelly to attach to a camera.

When I first saw this lens I have to say that I was a little skeptical.  After all it is plastic and costs $2.50.  I watched a few demo videos and it looked fairly good, so I thought I might as well order one since it was so cheap.

After a few weeks of waiting for it to ship from China, I received it.  I opened it up and put it on my camera to give it a test.

My first impression was that it was too small.  When placed on my camera, The orange of the lens would show on edges of the image.  I was able to fix this through careful alignment.

Being a very cheap and simple lens with fixed focus, the image will be completely blurry if you are closer or farther than about an inch from an object.  That being said, when you get the lens focused in on object, it will show it with incredible detail.  It is also surprisingly good quality, producing very nice quality footage on my camera.

The only real problem with the lens is the method of attaching the lens to the camera.  The jelly will only stay stuck for about 3 minutes, then it will fall off of the camera.  Other than this there are no real issues that wouldn’t be expected on a lens this cheap and small.

Pros:
Very detailed macro
Good quality Image
Very good price

Cons:
Fixed Focus
Jelly will not stay stuck for long

Conclusion:
The Jelly Lens “Close-Up” is a cheap and effective lens for focusing in on objects.  I highly recommend this lens, especially if you have a pocket HD camera like me.  When used in the right context it can produce some very good results.  And for a price of $2.50, it can’t be beat!

Odyssey Twisted PC Pedal Review

I bought these pedals almost a year ago and they are have proven to be a very worthwhile investment. I will be reviewing these pedals from the perspective of a unicyclist, but the review will still apply to those looking to use them for biking.

The first thing you will notice when you look at these pedals is that they come in a wide array of colours.  Besides the translucent colours shown above, they are also available in many other solid and translucent colours.  They are even available in glow-in-the-dark and “Chameleon” (Changes colour when exposed to sunlight).  So if you need a pedal of a certain colour to match your unicycle, you’ll have no trouble finding it.

Besides being aesthetically pleasing, these pedals are also strong, light and have good grip.  I will break my review up into these categories.

Strength:
Throughout the time that I have owned these pedals, they have taken many hits.  My unicycle has been knocked to the ground, landing hard on the pedals, many times.  These pedals have stayed intact, and are still great to ride on.  The molded pins have hardly worn away at all.  The spindles aren’t bent, and the pedals still spin well.  I am using these pedals for flatland only and I believe that they will last for many years if I continue to use them the way I currently do.  The only issue I have had is a small amount of play in the right pedal, however this does not affect riding.  If I were riding street or trials, on the other hand, then they might not last so well.  Any plastic pedal will break eventually if subjected to grinds, drops and pedal grabs.  Although if you did use these to ride street and trials, I believe they would last at least as long as other plastic pedals.

Weight:
Weight is one of the main reasons why people ride with plastic pedals, so it is very important that the pedals are light.  While there are lighter pedals, the Twisted PC’s are quite light at around 400g.  They are nearly half the weight of comparable metal pedals.  If you are looking to shave a bit of weight off of your unicycle or bike, these will definitely help.

Grip:
Grip is obviously very important in pedals, but it is sometimes hard to find the right balance between too much grip and not enough grip.  I feel the Twisted PC’s satisfy this balance.  They feature 16 molded pins on each side of the pedals, giving just the right amount of grip.  The pins are rounded, so they allow you to adjust your footing, while keeping your feet from slipping off. The grip will decrease over time as the plastic wears, but after almost a year mine still feel great.  These pedals also won’t destroy your shins if you mess up. That being said, you should still wear shin guards when using these as they will draw blood and leave nasty bruises in a serious slip up.

Conclusion:
If you are looking for some new plastic pedals, these are a great choice. Besides being strong, light, grippy and available in many colours, they are also very cheap, often being available for $10.  They will last you a very long time under flatland use, and could be a viable option for street or trials.  They would also work well for distance riding or Muni (Mountain Unicycling).  I highly recommend these pedals and will likely pick up a second pair myself.