Hipster Effects: it’s 1975 this weekend!

Dig It! It’s a Hipster Retro weekend! So pretend it’s 1975 again – and pay 1975 prices for everything!

Now through Sunday August 3, you can get everything in the Graffishop at an absolutely retro-tastic price reduction of 77% – that’s roughly what everything would have cost were it available back in 1975!


21 Lightroom Presets for that Retro, Lo-Fi look

Hipster [vintage ii] for Lightroom drops TODAY, my friends, with all 21 of its lo-fi retro vintage style presets  - and it partners well with Hipster [vintage i] & Hipster [toy camera]

So you say you don’t have Lightroom, but you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? No worries – there’s a slew of retro vintage lo-fi effects (actions) for you too. You can find them all here

Remember, if you share something using the share buttons on the left side of each page in the Graffishop, you’ll get an ADDITIONAL 10% off – and if you write a review, you’ll get ANOTHER 10% off – and if you share your review, you get YET ANOTHER 10% off- – so stock up!

6 essential Lightroom edits you can apply to every image

In this Adobe Lightroom tutorial we’ll show you six fundamental edits that you can apply to any picture you take.

6 essential Lightroom edits you can apply to every image

One of the main difficulties when learning how to use an image editing tool, a new camera, or almost any new technology, is how to get started. Let’s face it, the best part of having a new thing is using it, not reading about it.

Most of us don’t want to sift through the manual and spend hours learning every feature of our new purchase, we just want to get to grips with a few fundamentals and dive in.

The problem is, how do we know what those essentials are? With Adobe Lightroom, there are so many features and tools that beginners can quickly become lost.

4 Steps to Less Stressful and Easier Photo Editing

Have you ever returned to your computer with a memory card full of photos and become overwhelmed at the idea of going through all of them?

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The thought of sorting and analyzing so many pictures can seem so daunting it’s sometimes hard to even know where to start! Often we find ourselves copying the contents of our cameras to our computers and letting our precious memories collect digital dust, though we promise ourselves we will get around to organizing them – someday. Modern technology has made this task easier, with various software and cloud-based services even promising to find your best photos for you. And while these digital assistants certainly have merit, I like to take a different approach to dealing with all the images I capture.

The following tips will help you streamline your photography workflow and make the task of sifting through your images not only easier, but a lot more enjoyable too. While I work mostly in Adobe Lightroom, these general practices will apply no matter which photo editing software you use.

How to focus a portrait: get pin-sharp eyes in 3 easy steps

Learn how to focus a portrait and capture pin-sharp eyes with our simple step-by-step tutorial and expert camera focusing techniques.

How to focus a portrait: get pin-sharp eyes in 3 easy steps

Portrait photography often means using a wide aperture and longer focal lengths to create a shallow depth of field, throwing the background out of focus.

This makes focusing more important than usual, as sharpness is captured across a very narrow plane, often of just an inch or two.

On top of this, you have a moving subject, so focusing on precisely the right point at precisely the right moment is crucial.

Follow these focusing tips for perfectly sharp portraits every time.

How to Make a Pure White or Pure Black Background in Photoshop

How many times have you photographed something on a white or black backdrop only to find the intended background has somehow ended up in the grey zone? When posted on a website or pure background, the supposed pure white now appears greyish blue, tinted, murky. The black now an ugly brownish grey. If you’re tired of this, there is an easy way to make sure your final images are coming out on a pure white or black background that will blend perfectly with most websites. And, you can do it without losing a ton of detail in the image:

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Step-by-step Guide to Long Exposure Photography

In the past few years, thanks to the diffusion of useful accessories and photographic filters with good quality and low prices, the technique of long exposure has become increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts. Even if this technique can be used both in studio and in an urban environment, the perfect playground of long exposures is landscape photography.

Unfortunately often it happens that the result we get is far from our expectations, and we end up classifying the long exposure as a demoniacal technique. However, following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography, you’ll see how easy it is to get a good result on the first attempt (or almost).

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Capturing Busy Little Ones: Forget the Perfect Pose and Get Photos You Truly Love


If you have ever tried to get a three-year old to sit still for longer than a nanosecond you know what a challenge it can be to get that “perfect” photo. Well, I’m going to be real here, who wants that perfect photo anyway? Okay, I know you may, but maybe I can convince you to let that go. My favorite photos are always the true ones; the ones that make you smile when you look at them, or maybe even cry a tear or two. Sure, it’s nice to get that beautiful portrait, but which photo is going to help you truly remember the fiery three year old who gave you model-in-the-making poses one minute, and wiped her muddy hands on her white shirt the next?

The first thing you have to do, if you want this experience to be fun for both you and the little one, is to let go of expectations. If you have a certain Pinterest pose in mind, and are determined not to be happy until you’ve forced your little tot into it, you’re both going to be miserable. Sure, use those ideas as a starting point, but then go with what is happening in the moment. You’ll be surprised where your wee subject might take you, and you might like the results much better than what you had in mind in the first place.