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  • 17 December

    How to Photograph your Christmas Tree

    The holidays are coming and with them come a lot of photo ops. Want to take them up a notch? How about getting a little star burst on your Christmas tree lights or Menorah candles? This is a fun little trick that will give your holiday photos a little extra sparkle.     It is important that you have a tripod for this, as we will be working with longer exposures. You will also need a camera where you can control the exposure, like a DSLR or a bridge point and shoot. Now, in a semi-dim room with candles or Christmas lights lit, position the tripod where you would like it. Now we fiddle with the exposure. My usual starting place is f/16, ISO 200, shutter speed 15 seconds–see why we need the tripod? I also will put my camera on a 2 second delay, so when I hit the shutter, it isn’t affected by any movement of the camera when i push the button. (If you do not own a tripod, you can also set your camera on a table or s ... read more

  • 24 June

    Newborn Edits on Speed

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by Pure Actions for Photographers. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Pure Actions for Photographers. read more

  • 16 June

    Newborn Editing in Lightroom made easy

    Newborn photography is one of those branches of photography that looks so deceptively simple. There are so many details to attend to, and editing is no small part of the tricky, but essential finesse. These beautiful workflows are so simple to use and get wonderful color correction for your newborn (and other!) images. Please read the instructions for tips and tricks to make these presets and brushes work to their very best. But many are ONE-CLICK workflows. We feel this beautiful workflow, inspired by the Meshelle Newborn Photoshop and Elements actions, will revolutionize editing newborn images! You can get your Lightroom or ACR presets HERE.   here are just a few of the MANY before and afters from the set of presets!  You can view more by going to the product page for the Meshelle Newborn Lightroom Presets product page. read more

  • 5 June

    How to use Brushes in ACR

    Learning how to use your brush tool in Photoshop ACR is important!  The concept is the same for Lightroom, and we will write up a blog post for Lightroom users. When you edit in ACR or Lightroom there are no layers like there are in Photoshop. You can't selectively add or subtract a preset from part of an image like you can with masks in Photoshop, so brushes allow you to target a specific area that needs work, without affecting the entire image.  It is actually really easy once you have done it a few times. To find the brush option, open up an image into your ACR (Adobe Camera RAW--the RAW processing software included with Photoshop) and look at the top tool palette.  You will see something that looks like a paint brush.  Click it, and on the right hand side you will your options pop up.     Lets go over the options in the Brush palette really fast: Temperature - if you need to warm or cool down a portion of your image by adding ... read more

  • 30 May

    Packing Your Own Natural Sunshine--Reflectors

    Sometimes the light is just so magical out there that you just want to cry a little.  It is golden and soft and perfect.  And sometimes the light is drab and dull and it also makes you want to cry a little. Well, we are here to help!  Because yes!  We do sell actions and presets and we absolutely believe that they will save you time and cut down on headaches and leave you with classic, beautiful images...but we also are firm believers that getting it right in-camera will save you time and will lead to the most beautiful images possible.  Don't mess around with trying to save images.  Just edit a strong image to begin with, right?  That's where we're here to help with this blog.  Besides, how much more confidence do you have when you know you can make your light work?  And how much more professional do you appear to your clients?  (Answer:  A LOT.) We've given some lighting tips for flashes already.  But here's some tips on using your reflector.   • Try using your ... read more


  • I LOVE Pure Photoshop Actions! They make my job so much easier! I am an action “junkie” but since discovering Pure Photoshop Actions, I am no longer interested in the others! I love the simplicity of the Pureactions, I love that they are subtle and do not “over-power” but really “enhance” my photos!

    Julie Paisley

  • I absolutely adore these actions! I use them 90% of the time and they are just fantastic. I love that they are subtle actions and add just enough to your images. Keep rocking them out because Alex Michele Photography is a HUGE fan!!!!

    Alex Michele