Morgan & Bradley {2013 Seniors}

Morgan and Bradley were in the same senior class and decided to have their portrait sessions together.  They are both basketball players, which made for some pretty cute images as a couple.  Bradley is also a very talented baseball player and we were lucky enough to have an amazing stormy sky for his session (but not lucky enough to stay dry the whole time.)  Morgan looked stunning in her outdoor session, don’t you think?!

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Lightroom .PNG Export (sort of) for Facebook

How to Make .PNG Images for Social Media from Lightroom in Three Clicks

As many photographers users know, FB butchers image files.  By uploading a .PNG smaller than 1MB to a business page (not a personal page, unfortunately) you can keep your image uncompressed.  Since Lightroom doesn’t have a .PNG export yet, here is a workaround that I use with pretty good success.   Once you set it up initially, you will be able to quickly and easily export as .png files.

Summary:  Create an action in photoshop to save a copy of the image as a .png file.  Save that action as a droplet.  Create a Lightroom export preset that creates a jpeg of your image, then runs the droplet after export to make a .PNG version.  Saving the .png file in a dropbox folder on your hard drive will make instantly accessible from your phone, tablet, or any computer to share on instagram or anywhere else.

Note:  All your .PNG files will be in the SAME folder initially.

Another Note:  I use a PC and have no idea how to do this on a Mac.  Hopefully it’s pretty much the same

Last note (for Windows users only):  If you don’t already use droplets you might come across permission issues.  Just Google it 😉  There is also a limit to how many images you can export with a droplet at once, so if you get a communication error, that was too many.

Step 1.  Create a folder to store all your .png files.

The action you create will put a copy of your image in a specific folder.  I have a subfolder in my dropbox folder so that all my images will be available from my phone.

Step 2.  Create the action in Photoshop

Open a copy of an image file.  Start recording a new action.  Select File/Save As and pick .png as the file type.  Pick the folder where you want to save the image.  Don’t change the file name.  Select your compression options  (I do smallest/slow compression.)  Close the image.  Stop Recording.

Step 3.  Find your Export Presets folder in LR

In Lightroom, click on any image, right click, click Export/Export to open the export dialog box.  Scroll to the bottom and click on Post Processing/After Export and click on “Go to export actions folder now.”  Copy the path to this folder, make a shortcut, or remember where this is.

Step 4.  Create a Droplet

In PS, Select your new PNG action.  Go to File/Automate/Create Droplet.  Click “Choose” and navigate to the Export Presets folder from Step 3.  Make sure your action is selected under “Play.”  If not, select your action.  Click OK.

Step 5. Create your LR Export Preset.

Open the export dialog box.

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Pick a folder to save your jpegs that you will export from LR.  I like to rename the images with the folder name and the image name because my folder always is the client name.  I also have a separate preset for square images that adds an “S” to the filename.   As a result, all the .png files will have a unique name and will be in alphabetical order.  This is NOT the folder where your .PNG files will go.  That is determined by your photoshop action.

I resize to max size of 780 px on the long side for square images and 900 px for rectangular images.  This usually ensures that the final .png image will be less than 1 MB.  I also add my watermark in this step.

Click on “Post Processing” and select your droplet from the dropdown.  It should be there if you saved it into the right folder.

Click “Add” and save these settings as a new preset and name it whatever you want.  I call mine “PNG Watermark” and “PNG Watermark Square” .  I have a preset folder named with a number so that it shows at the top of the list for quick access because I have LOTS of presets.  If you don’t have a lot of presets this won’t be necessary for you.

Now you are ready to save .png files in three clicks!

1. Right click on the image

2. Click Export

3. Click on your new PNG preset name

If you are saving to your dropbox folder, it should be there all ready for you to Instagram!

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Recommended Wedding Vendors

All of the vendors below I have worked with and can personally recommend.

Florists and Decor

Fleur de Lis Events & Design
Alex Hunnicut

Flourish Decor

Lavendar Hill Florals

Makeup

Samantha Michaels

Hope Curtsinger
http://hopemitchell.com/

Wedding Planners

Weekend Wedding Warrior
http://www.myweddingwarrior.com/
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Maggie Heely

Videographers


Antonio Pantoja

Manis Productions
Brian Manis

ICVideo
Chuck Biddle

DJ

Party Zone Productions
http://www.pzpentertainment.com/Home.html
Cory Leonardo

FeelGoodMusik
http://www.feelgoodmusik.com/
Adam Pryor

Cakes

JuLi Creations
http://www.julicreations.com/
June Meredith

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Abigail + Ryan {First Baptist Church of Jeffersonville Wedding, Kye’s Reception}

Abigail and Ryan were one of the cutest couple’s I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph.  We started the day at her grandmother’s condo on the Ohio River.  Bad weather was approaching but we were able to get in almost all of the photos we wanted before the rain hit…and the impending storm also gave us some amazing clouds to work with.  I’ve come to love the “First Look” as one of my most favorite parts of the day.    Ryan’s expression when he saw Abigail for the first time was priceless!  They also win the prize for the “Best First Kiss Ever.”  The Crazy Cam photo booth at the reception was a hit with the guests, but my favorites were definitely the ones of the newlyweds having a little fun at the end of the night.  I loved working with both of the families and we had an amazing day!  Below are highlight videos of the wedding day and of the crazy cam, followed by some of my favorite images.

Wedding Day Highlights (Mobile Friendly Version Here)

Crazy Cam  (Mobile Friendly Version Here)

 

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