2010 July Archive - Redding, CA Photographer | Amy McMaster Photography

Month: July, 2010

AMP Lightroom Freebie | 1978 | Lightroom Preset

July 26, 2010

Be sure to scroll alllll the way down to the bottom to learn about how to win $75 to spend in my store!!


I’m working on my latest Lightroom offering. A set called 1978. A little vintage, a little snappy…a little bit of 1978 in every {aio} preset. So far all my presets are created on Raw images- so your results over a JPG might just be close to a nightmare. I’m just sayin’. 😉

Not all presets work on all images, just as not any action will work on just any image. If my presets could talk- they’d say, “tweak me!”.


  • Amy · Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:29 am · Link · Reply

    Love it! Thanks chickie :)

  • Cheryle · Posted July 26, 2010 at 7:11 am · Link · Reply

    Love all your presets and actions Amy! I’m going to check this one out!! Thank you! :)

  • Melissa · Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks Amy! I’m sure I’ll love it.

  • Amarie · Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Dana Monricelli · Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm · Link · Reply

    Gos…this looks great! I think I need to invest in Lightroom for sure with all these wonderful presets floating around! TFS!

  • Amanda Eller · Posted July 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Anyone that purchases your presets should be SO pleased!! What fabulous sets and how kind to giveaway such a cool freebie! Thank you Amy! :)

  • Mel · Posted July 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm · Link · Reply

    very cool! THANK YOU!

  • Sari · Posted August 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much Amy!! I want to start using LR more and these are great!

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Sneak Peek | Mister N | Little Bits

July 25, 2010

Here’s a quick peek at Mister N. Almost 2, and ALL boy. A little bashful at first but he soon warmed up. I’m irresistible that way. 😉 I think just about every time he smiled or giggled my camera was pointing at the ground- the way of the toddler. 😀 To not be ready the same time you are. 😛

It was fun to have a boy session and fun to use a new lens. So…lots of images to follow. :)

What a fun & cute session!


  • Casey · Posted July 26, 2010 at 12:16 am · Link · Reply

    he’s a cutie and you took some amazing shots!
    I’m so behind on looking at your pictures on facebook :( my computer likes to pick and choose times for me to be able to actually see them now, it’s frustrating and only happens with FB

  • Amy · Posted July 26, 2010 at 4:18 am · Link · Reply

    Insert *big puffy heart* :) Love these– he is adorable! He seems to be so full of personality, and the images are gorgeous!

  • Kelsey Anderson · Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:09 am · Link · Reply

    He is so cute! The overalls and wagon fantastic!!

  • Laura Brett · Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm · Link · Reply

    Love the back lighting, sweet sweet boy.

  • Toni Johnson · Posted August 4, 2010 at 3:14 am · Link · Reply

    What a DOLL! Great photos Amy! :)

  • Cheryle · Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm · Link · Reply

    These are absolutely fantastic Amy! LOVE them!!

  • veronica starr · Posted August 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm · Link · Reply

    i saw these on FB… so cute!!! love the overalls!

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New Presets added to the store! ::: Jewels | LR Raw Presets :::

July 19, 2010

Six lovely jewel inspired {aio} presets. Use the helper presets to fine tune your results. For Raw images only. These presets work a little funny- tweak exposure AFTER you apply it. Sounds backwards right? 😉 Apply an {aio} then adjust exposure, bump the blacks, adjust fill light- you might even need to add a recovery preset. Adjust all the sliders you desire to tweak in the right panel to taste. When you’re all done- adjust the tint slider and warm it up or cool it down. Done. Mere minutes to a masterpiece. 😉

Here is a before and an after with the recipe- just so you can get the most out of these and see how I use them.

And here is the {aio} Jasper preset. {aio}s are a starting point, remember that. For best results- begin with a well lit and not too deeply shadowed image (especially on the faces) and then… tweak using the helper presets and your sliders in the right panel. 😀 If your image has a lot of shadows on the face- you will need to spend some time in the Tone Curve for some more heavy duty tweaking.

In this image I applied {aio} Jasper, {exp} -.69, {recovery} 15, {blacks} 18, {fill} 8 and then adjusted the tint/white balance sliders to taste.

All six presets: Jasper, Malachite, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire and Topaz change up the calibration and hues a bit. Adding a slight Split Tone and really making use of the blacks, contrast and tone curve. Change it up, tweak it, apply your favorite actions over it when you are…most of all- have fun!

AMP :::Jewels::: LR Raw Presets


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  • Natasha · Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:29 am · Link · Reply

    Heey, didn’t know ya had these presets. Man… I LOVE ALL YOUR STUFF!! :)

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| Chalk | life. right now. | 365 Day 2…yes, I am really really behind.

July 17, 2010

So I totally dropped the ball on my 365. I think I’ll cheat…since I rarely can ever post just one photo- posting multiples is about as good right? 😉 I take soooo many images. Usually several times a week. My hard drive is starting to groan and it’s a 1T HD…so….yeah. I do take them. Posting them is proving harder. I will keep on as I am though. When I get to it.

Today’s subject matter is chalk.


  • laura · Posted July 18, 2010 at 2:40 am · Link · Reply

    She is SO SO cute!!

  • Casey · Posted July 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm · Link · Reply

    She is growing SO fast!! goodness

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Announcing: Two New Actions Sets |Photoshop| CS2-CS5

July 16, 2010

AMP has two more fresh and fun action sets to add to the AMP family.


Just Beachy Actions for Photoshop CS2-CS5


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