How to Improve Your Photography and Save Time (+ GIVEAWAY)

I know some of you found me through my series on photographing interiors from last summer (start the 5 part series here if you’re interested).  It explores equipment, staging, composition, lighting, and editing…  If you read that series, you know that I am passionate about photography education – I love helping people improve their skills in any area.  So I’m excited to share a great new resource with you today: The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers.

Amazing and easy-to-use 1 click Lightroom presets! Make editing photos easy and create gorgeous photos |

My friend Aniko from Place of My Taste is an excellent photographer.  Her images are bright, clear, and crisp, and she is sharing her secrets with you.  If you’re a beginner, it has an excellent and simple explanation of the concepts of lighting and how to approach using a DSLR camera.  If you are more advanced, you can still benefit from her tips and suggestions.  Even more, if you are a Lightroom user, you can purchase (or win below!) her Master Package and enjoy her Lightroom presets.

If you are not a Lightroom user but would like to try, you can actually sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud; I’ve been using this for quite some time now, and I love it!  For just ~$10 per month, you can use Lightroom and Photoshop on your desktop and mobile.  If you’d rather purchase Lightroom outright, you can do so here.

I’m telling you, these Lightroom presets that Aniko created have been amazing.  If you read my Lightroom tutorial from last summer, you know that I generally used the sliders to adjust my images.  It’s an excellent process, but it can be time consuming.  Who doesn’t need some time savers?  Aniko’s presets allow you to transform images in Lightroom with just the click of a button.

Here, with just one click, I used her “Clean” preset and gave this image the boost it needed.

Amazing and easy-to-use 1 click Lightroom presets! Make editing photos easy and create gorgeous photos |

Here is another shot (an iPhone shot, nonetheless) edited with the “Clean” preset (and a touch of straightening to correct my awkward angle!).

Amazing and easy-to-use 1 click Lightroom presets! Make editing photos easy and create gorgeous photos |

This one needed a deeper effect, so I used “Rich” and then lightened a bit (using one of her 1-click layers).

Amazing and easy-to-use 1 click Lightroom presets! Make editing photos easy and create gorgeous photos |

This image needed life and vibrancy, so “Color Happy” was the perfect touch.

Amazing and easy-to-use 1 click Lightroom presets! Make editing photos easy and create gorgeous photos |

Can you believe all those edits were made with just one or two clicks?  Such a time saver for this busy lady!

So whether you are looking for basic photography tips or more advanced tools, The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers could be an excellent resource for you.  And, because Aniko is wonderful, she is offering one of you a Master Package for free!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway ends Monday, March 28 at midnight.

If you’d rather not wait for that, you can get $10 off the master package right now with the code MAISONDEPAX (good until March 28).

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Amazing and easy-to-use 1 click Lightroom presets! Make editing photos easy and create gorgeous photos |

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Disclosure: I received the book and presets free of charge for review, and I earn a commission from affiliate links, but all opinions and love of beautiful photography and time-saving devices are entirely my own!

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  1. These look amazing!

  2. Krystle Lynch says:

    I am new to photography as I am starting my own styling blog (, so right now I am a smartphone photographer!! I read your 5 part series as well and it has a lot of great tips and resources. Would love to win the Ultimate Photography book for bloggers!!!

  3. Wow, what a difference…I know next to nothing about editing, but how convenient! The images all look clear and bright.

  4. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much for offering!

  5. kristine says:

    Shoot…the master package links lead me to a “page not found”. I’ll try again later. Thank you!
    PS Your photography is beautiful! :)

  6. I love your posts on photography. They have helped me so much.

  7. I absolutely loved your series, I learned so so much! Honestly, I used to get so frustrated with my camera but after I read your series I was actually excited to take pictures. I still have lots to learn but thank you for writing those posts. I can’t wait to get this book!

  8. What an easy way to improve photos! I have tried Lightroom before and found it much easier than Photoshop! I will have to check out this book, I need all the help I can get! :)

  9. Jayne Slovick says:

    I always enjoy the beautiful photographs you show us.

  10. Nikki Andal says:

    Love this! Hoping to win! With a toddler and baby I’ll take all the time savers!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Lovely images! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lightroom.

  12. I’m a huge lover of pre-sets, but so many of them are tailored to portrait photography. It’s so great to find a bundle that works so well for still-life.

  13. It is remarkable. The photos are so much clearer and defined.

  14. I can’t wait to utilize your tips. I’d love to win the master package! I could definitely use some help in this area! I’ve stopped taking pics bc I don’t have simple ways to edit them and they end of living forever confined on my computer! What a sad habit!

  15. So happy I found you!!

  16. I have always used PSE, currently using 12. I love how easy it is to use and that it comes with an organizer. I also have saved presets from Pioneer Woman and Totally Rad that are my go to edits when I don’t just adjust the levels myself. I need these that you used though, my iPhone pictures don’t clean up like that.

  17. I love your tutorials on photography! I feel that mine has changed dramatically because of it!

  18. I loved, loved, loved your 5-part photography series and it finally gave me the push to use Lightroom (that had been sitting on my desktop unused). It has been such a time-saver to use Lightroom in general and the quality is amazing, BUT now I can’t wait to save even more time with these presets. I really want to keep working on my photography, so I’m like a sponge willing to learn! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Thank you for the opportunity to win this. I would love to learn how to improve my very rudimentary photography skills.

  20. this is a GREAT giveaway especially for those of us who are learning!

  21. Wow, those changes are amazing! I am still using PicMonkey, I couldn’t figure out Lightroom, LOL This might just be the boost I need to figure it out. :)

  22. I got a new camera for Christmas, definitely looking for ways to improve my photography, thanks!

  23. Shut up! I cannot believe how crazy that editing is!

  24. Wow! I use Photoshop but I have to manually edit every single photo. These look amazing!

  25. Beautiful photos, and how convenient to use the lightroom action!

  26. I love photography and am pretty good now, but can always learn and improve!
    Thanks so much

  27. I am new to photography! I learn a lot from your beautiful posts!

  28. I just started using lightroom at the beginning of the year and love how easy it is and how much time it saves! I would love to try out the presets!

  29. Such an awesome opportunity!

  30. Such an amazing opportunity!

  31. Torri Mahoney says:

    I don’t even know how to to edit photos but would sure love to learn!

  32. Just started blogging and so excited to read of this resource!!! Beautiful job.

  33. I love Photoshop for photo editing!

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