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Oct 9, 2012

why i love action sets

in case you didn't know this about me, i love photography.
it's become a little hobby of mine over the past few years.
my senior year of college, i decided to take a photography course at an art school near gordon.  i was totally out of my element, but i loved every second of it.  we spent half the semester in the darkroom and the other half in the digital lab.
that's where i learned my way around photoshop, and my life of editing in iphoto was over.

now, i do most of my edits in adobe lightroom.  it's just easier when you're handling a few hundred images from a shoot.
and believe me, i'm no photoshop expert, by any means.

but can i share a little secret that will change your life if you're a ps user?
action sets are the best thing that ever happened to me.

action sets are these little bundles of ps joy that you can create for yourself or download from other ps geniuses and literally edit your image with the click of a button.

for example:
this was edited by running yellow sky action's morning sky & crack boom pow action sets, which add warmth, and edit the levels on a contrast curve and a color curve.

and another thing I love about them is that they're like these little built-in tutorials.
if you like the way an image looks, you can expand the set and see exactly how the image got that way.  you can pretty much teach yourself how to create the edits that the action set does for you, if you're like me and want to be able to do it yourself. 

my absolute favorite action sets are from the pioneer woman.  and joy of joys, they're FREE!
if you become a fan of yellow sky actions on Facebook, you can get a little four-set package free as well!

do you use photoshop actions?  or lightroom presets?  what are your favorites?  any secrets?

you can see more of my photography here.

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