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23 presets for creating beautiful vintage, retro, colorful and b-w images


These presets have been created especially for recreating a vintage retro Instagram-ish look. Please check out the samples gallery to see some examples of them in action.

To get them into Lightroom, simply choose the [Load] button in your Lightroom Develop Module.

Hipster[Vintage I] for Lightroom Samples Galleries

Lightroom Presets for creating a variety of vintage, retro, “instagram-ish” images

Check the gallery links to view some image samples for the effects in this preset collection

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Expand Your Arsenal with the 5 Most Popular Photography Techniques Today

Photographyis like anything else in our culture; it tends to hold certain trends for periods of time, then changes based on variables around us.  Some trends can reappear, such as we’ve seen with the influx of “vintage” post-processing in the last few years. The style wasn’t imposed directly during the 60?s and 70?s, it was a result of the…

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Using Multiple Exposures in Action Photography

When you first take a look at photographer Marcelo Maragni’s images, you might think that they’re a product of Photoshop. But the truth is they’re all created in camera. Maragni’s photos are created with multiple exposures. In the film days, a multiple exposure occurred when the strip of film did not advance to the next frame causing the same frame to be exposed twice. This created overlapping images, and while it was originally the result of a mechanical failure or mistake on the part of the photographer, it has become an area of experimental photography:

The great thing about shooting multiple exposures with digital is that you can choose which two photos to combine. Most DSLRs will have a multiple exposure function that will allow you to go through your images and preview how the two would look like combined together. The results can yield unique and unexpected photos.

Perhaps the most fun part of creating multiple exposures is that it means you get to spend more time shooting and less time at the computer. But, like photography itself, creating multiple exposures is both an art and a science. You’ll need to learn how bright areas will look on dark areas, and vice versa, when creating multiple exposures. But seeing as you can’t live view the how the final image will look, a bit of guessing and experimentation will be needed as well.

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It’s not Photoshop, it’s multiple exposures!

How to Create a Black Background Anywhere with this Photography Trick

Many portrait photographers dream of owning a studio with all the bells and whistles. However, some photographers who work on-location in less-than-ideal surroundings are able to make their images look as if they were taken in a studio. One of these resourceful photographers, Glyn Dewis, produces outdoor portraits that have a studio look without using a backdrop. He reveals his secret for creating an invisible black background in this short tutorial:

Dewis effectively produces a studio photography look while shooting outside in a parking lot with just an umbrella and a Canon Speedlite.


Follow these steps to create the look of a black background without purchasing a backdrop or using post-production tricks:

  1. Turn off all of your flashes.
  2. Set the camera and strobes to manual mode.
  3. Choose a small aperture setting, a low ISO, and a shutter speed of 1/250 of a second (or the sync speed for your camera and flash unit).
  4. Take a test shot of your scene, and adjust your settings until the test shot results in a completely black frame (Via Petapixel & ISO1200).
  5. Keep these camera settings and beginning setting up your shot.
  6. Shoot an off-camera flash into an umbrella that’s been closed down to narrow and control the light hitting your subject.
  7. Set the strobe to full power and take a test shot. Adjust the light until you get the desired results. On bright days, you may need to use a more powerful flash or multiple strobes to use this technique.

This is a handy trick that can be used in almost any situation to make your photos look as if they were taken in a studio.

City Photography Techniques for Various Times of Day

Photographer Mike Palmer was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For years he’s been photographing the street of his hometown, and he’s always able to find something new. In the first episode of the new web series, Roaming Focus, Palmer takes to the streets (and the sky) to photograph Toronto from sunup to sundown:

Palmer captures some amazing images of Toronto, and he does it all in one day. But how is he able to do this?

  • He Explores the City – Palmer knows the ins and outs of the city. He’s walked down the streets many times and knows where he can find certain subjects. But more than just walking up and down the same sidewalk everyday, Palmer explores his city and looks for new things.
  • He Shoots at Different Times of the Day – This is a big one. The lighting in any place can change dramatically over the course of one day. We usually go outside mid-day where the light is overhead and doesn’t offer a very flattering look. But during the sunrise and sunset, a scene can have a much more dramatic look.
  • He’s Friendly – Notice how Palmer talks to the people around him and the people he photographs. When the barber comes out to chat with him, he creates a conversation and is invited in to take photos inside, an opportunity that may have never happened had he been dismissive when the barber approached him.
  • He Knows a Guy with a Helicopter – Okay, so maybe we don’t all have access to a helicopter. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create great images. Look for the opportunities that are around you rather than the ones you wish you had.
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You may not have access to a helicopter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore your city


Do You Have a Photography Checklist? You Should. Here is a Quick Start

Modern DSLRs have so many features that it is sometimes difficult to keep track of all the settings. One of my biggest concerns is that a shot will be ruined because some switch was not in the correct setting for what I wanted to create. I don’t want to be like the wedding photographer that shot an entire wedding with the camera set to the small JPEG setting.

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“wedding photo” captured by Konstantin Koreshkov (Click Image to See More From Konstantin Koreshkov)

To help ensure that such things are unlikely to happen, I decided to take a lesson from the way pilots operate. Pilots don’t just jump in the pilot’s seat and take off. Instead, they have a list of items that they check. Similarly, photographers can have a list of things to check before starting a photo session. Thus, the subject of this article is creating a photographer’s list of things to check to make sure that everything is done right.

Camera Items to Check

Sensor: Is the sensor free of dust?

Lens: Are the lenses and filters clean?

Battery: Is there enough power in the battery? Are spare batteries easily accessible?

Memory: Is there enough space on the memory card? Are spare memory cards easily accessible?

Image Recording Quality: Is the image quality set properly?

checklist for great photography

“Morning Glow” captured by Debra Vanderlaan (Click Image to See More From Debra Vanderlaan)

Image Settings: If not shooting raw, are the image settings set properly?

ISO: Is the proper ISO for the shot selected?

White Balance: Is the white balance set correctly?

Metering Mode: Is the proper metering mode selected?

Shooting Mode: Is the camera in the correct shooting mode (e.g., fully automatic, manual, aperture priority, or shutter priority)?

Drive Mode: Is the drive mode set properly (e.g., single or continuous shooting)?

Auto focus: Is the auto focus turned on?

Scene Items to Check

Image Periphery: Are any objects protruding into the image from the periphery?

Objects in the Image: Are there any unwanted objects (e.g., an old beer can) in the image?

Tripod Items to Check

Camera Level: Is the camera level (this is best done with a bubble level)?

Tripod Levers/Knobs: Have all of the tripod levers/knobs been tightened?

Tripod Weighted: If desired, has the tripod been weighted?

Remote Switch: If desired, has a remote switch been connected to the camera?

Mirror Lockup: If desired, has the mirror lockup been enabled?

tripod setup checklist

“Tidal Pools” captured by Debra Vanderlaan (Click Image to See More From Debra Vanderlaan)


That’s pretty much it. At some point, this all becomes automatic. Until then, it is not a bad idea to memorize your list.

About the Author
Ron Bigelow (www.ronbigelow.com) has created an extensive resource of articles to help develop photography skills.