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I remember when I took my first photography class, I was probably about 10 years old. It was one of those summer courses put on by the city so us kids didn’t die of boredom (or heat) during those long summers in Arizona. Or, more likely, it was to give our parents a break from hearing us ask every ten minutes if we could go swimming and eat more popsicles. We all lined up that first day of class to take some portraits (which turned out more like mug shots) and then spent the rest of the summer developing them in a darkroom. I took another class in junior high that was more about taking pictures than developing them, and though I continued to have an interest in photography, I didn’t spend much time behind a camera until the last year or two.
The photography element has been one of my favorite (and yet most frustrating) aspects of creating this travel blog. If you ever wonder why your travel photos aren’t turning out like the ones you see on Instagram straight out of the camera, I’ve realized no ones are. Even with amazing light and the appropriate ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, the digital negative could still probably use a little enhancing.
Creating my own Adobe Lightroom presets has been the best way to develop my editing style and theme and speed up the photo editing process. Though some photos still require fine-tuning, these presets serve as a great starting point for me, and I’m excited to share them with you now. Check out the before and after for each preset below!
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Laguna Sunset Preset
It’s a Jungle Out There Preset
Into the Woods Preset
Beach Days Preset