User’s Review: Why I Love Adobe Lightroom

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  • November 25, 2015
  • LR 24Adobe Lightroom is a very popular photo editing tool in the market today. The software was also considered to be one of the most influential tools ever created. It was intended to guide and help young and professional photographers organize and modify their hundreds or even thousands of images. Unlike other software, Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use tool that contains features which can help users save time and effort with their editing tasks.

    Personal views about the program

    One of the things I love about the program is that it contains a lot of useful features, and one of it is, it allows us to create Lightroom presets or filtered images used to apply to one or more images at once. When I first bought the program, I noticed that there were only few default Lightroom presets included. However, it is enough for me to explore the presets and create my own customized Lightroom presets. Creating presets are merely adding styles and effects that are suitable for the images.

    I have been using the program for quite some time now and I am still amazed with how Adobe enhances the whole program. In addition, more and more wonderful Lightroom preset bundles are being added into the preset market. I usually refer to an  infoparrots guide to best free lightroom presets whenever I don’t have enough time to create my own Lightroom presets.

    Although there are a lot of preset bundles available online, I suggest that you should be really careful in choosing preset packages since some of it contains presets with bad effects and styles.

    Installing downloaded Lightroom presets is very easy. I regularly download Lightroom presets online since I don’t have much time and talent to create more presets. Overall, creating Lightroom presets is one of the best things I like about Adobe Lightroom.



    Pros and Cons of Adobe Lightroom 6 and CC

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  • November 23, 2015
  • LR14Earlier this year, Adobe announced their latest version of Lightroom and it can be acquired through straight payment and creative cloud system subscription plan. Adobe decided to create that option to make sure that everyone will be happy. Basically, Adobe Lightroom 6 is for both amateurs and professional photographers who want to save money while Lightroom CC is intended for professional photographers who want to use other Adobe products.

    This article will mainly discuss the pros and cons of both Lightroom 6 and CC:


    • Contains a lot of new editing features for landscape and portrait photographers.
    • Very easy to use
    • Help save time and effort
    • Fast and consistent interface
    • Give more emphasis on modifying images, creating Lightroom filters, sharing images online, create a slideshow program and more.


    • Not open for video modification
    • Adobe Lightroom Mobile is not accessible Like Instagram and VSCO
    • Few default Lightroom presets
    • Should improve and enhance retouching and other minor editing tools

    New Added Features

    HDR Tools – This feature allows users to merge their images into one single HDR file while preserving the two original images unharmed.

    Facial Recognition – Adobe Lightroom can now recognize faces from the image, but will keep the privacy unless the user will tag and add keyword for faster file transfer.

    Panoramic Merge – Merging a panoramic image in Lightroom was made possible. Whether it’s in horizontal or vertical, Lightroom can merge two panorama image.

    Speedy GPU – This feature allows user to use the program without speed issues.

    Overall, Lightroom 6 and CC is a better version compared to Lightroom 5. Although there are some features that needs improvement, Adobe will surely note and improve it in the next Lightroom version. The new changes in the program is a good move to help photographers with their workload.


    Understanding the Parts of DSLR Cameras

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  • November 11, 2015
  • pic222With so many digital cameras available in the market today, understanding how all the features and specifications work out is very confusing and complicated. In this article, we will mainly focus on discussing the basic parts of the cameras or DSLR cameras. We will also talk about basic photography tutorials that will help you take more beautiful shots.

    The Basic Parts of a Camera

    Basically, your digital camera is made up of several parts and features, but there are only few parts that we want to focus on. Listed below are the detailed explanations of the basic functions of every part of the camera.

    The Body

    Generally, the body is the main housing of the camera. While it has no major effect on the quality of the images from the camera, it does affect the performance of the photographers. It is advised that it is better to use handy cameras than those bulky ones.

    The Lens

    The lens serves the eye of your camera. Behind the simple lens that we see outside of it are complex materials composed of pixels, light and etc. Every lens has its own level of pixels, that’s why it is important to know and understand the difference between lenses.

    The Sensor

    Essentially, the sensor is equivalent to the film that we used before digital cameras. It is exposed to light during pictorials and records level of exposure. The size and feature of the camera’s sensors are also very significant as these have greater impact to the quality of the images.

    The Battery

    This one is the most important part of the camera. Without it, cameras would be nothing but mere displays. Professional photographers tend to buy extra batteries for them to use if one is already used.

    Overall, understanding the basic functions of the camera will help you in doing your photography tasks. After doing so, you can proceed in using post processing tools to modify your images from the camera. You can also use lightroom presets that works or download it online.


    James & Allison’s Wedding Photos at Selsdon Park in Sanderstead

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  • November 4, 2015
  • You might meet Allison if you fly with Virgin.  She probably spends more time in the air than on the ground , but she’s very down-to-earth type.

    Her wedding day was hence, very chilled and relaxed as she got hitched at Selsdon Park in Sanderstead to James.

    I was sad to hear following the wedding that the videographer on the day had gone out of business and taken her video footage with him.   Thankfully,  she informed me recently that she managed to recover the footage and edit it herself!

    We got some lovely shots at Selsdon,  and Alli loved the photos.  Customer satisfaction is what it’s all about.

    A few teaser shots of their wedding day below with more to be found on Facebook, feel free to check them out if you are also looking for a Kent wedding photographer.


    Nicholas & Rachel’s Wedding Photos at The Red Barn in Tonbridge

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  • Rachel’s Dad is a well known football ref and can be found on YouTube for a certain pitch incident – but we’ll leave it at that :)

    St Stephen’s Church is big on the inside but small on the outside for photo opportunities, and it started to rain just as the ceremony came to an end in typical fashion.   With some lighting trickery I managed to make the gloomy weather look nice and cosy for the group shots,  and by the time we had moved onto The Red Barn in Tonbridge,  the weather had cleared up.

    Luckily,  The Red Barn is very photogenic indoors – so worst case we still would have got nice shots inside.   Always keep in mind when booking your wedding venue what it’s like indoors,  it’s easy to get carried away with venues that have nice grounds when you go visit them in summer. Try and visit your venue at the same time of year you are getting married.

    A few frames from this wedding are below as usual and some more of my favorites over on Visualsnap Facebook.


    Edward & Charlotte’s Wedding Photos at The Bickley Gastro in Chislehurst

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  • The organ player at Holy Trinity Church in Sidcup actually did a decent job of staying in tune.  I don’t know if playing a church organ is particularly difficult,  but usually those guys sound like they could do with a lot more practice.

    Later on I was fighting off the bees at this wedding.   Nature seemed to be out to get us at the reception venue of The Bickley Gastro in Chislehurst.  Inevitably one of the guests got stung right during the group photos. Ouch.

    I think the highlight however,  was when the guests took their seats for the reception meal  –  and one of them fell right thought it.  It got the laughter going anyway.

    Other than that it was just a good old jolly gathering.   Enjoy a pinch of their photos below or on Visualsnap Facebook.