Dog Days of Summer on my Personal Blog

June 15, 2011


Over at my personal blog- I’m doing a little summer project.

dog days of summer

Maybe you’d like to  check it out and join me? :D

Also my latest set Monochrome Vol2 will be released Thursday.

YES Thursday (tomorrow)! I am SO excited!

Be on the lookout tomorrow for my limited time discount for current customers in your email.

Not a current customer?

Are you a member of Rock the Shot, Bloom or 4 The Love of Focus?

(all these forum are buttons on the footer of this site- check them out!)

Exclusive discounts are offered to members of these forums.

Look for the discount code in my siggy on anything I have recently replied to. ;)


on the fence about a set of presets?

send me 1 to 2 (but no more) RAW images that are typical of your work. tell me the set you are interested in- and specific preset if applicable.

i will play the preset on the image(s) sent and send them back along with an explanation of any tweaks i made.

this is not something new i do. i have always done this but few people know i do it.

i am not trying to sell a look. i am selling a workflow help. it’s your image. your style. so you should see the preset on your work. i’m happy to do it!

it takes me time to do these so if more than 2 raw images are sent- the email will be discarded. also please give me 48 hours to get them back to you. if you have not heard from after 48 hours- send me a ‘nudge’ email. maybe it got lost in spam, maybe i’m swamped…so many things could be going on. :D

thanks for choosing Olive Juice!

Dog Days of Summer and other News · June 15, 2011 · 1:51 pm · What's New

Apologies for the messy menu bar

June 14, 2011

I am not sure what happened or how long my menu bar has been like this- but this is NOT what it is supposed to look like. Sorry folks!

WordPress update issue that as me all boggled.


I’m on it. So please excuse the menu bar mess while I try to figure it out.


The categories appear to have been dropped into one spot- named PAGES. There you will find allllllll my actions and presets all jumbled up.


Again – I am trying to figure out what happened and how to fix it.

ETA: For those of you swinging by for freebies they are the Haze it, Sweet Summer, Sharpen This and Lightroom Juicy Sampler. To make it easy for locating.

Thank you so much for your patience!



thank you to my awesome friend Heidi the menu is back on track. :D Thank you Heidi!


~amy beth

Apologies for the messy menu bar · June 14, 2011 · 4:18 pm · Uncategorized

Twilight Saga | Raw Lightroom Presets | Exclusive

April 3, 2011

Ok so I am a HUGE Twilight fan.

Movie though. Not books.

I prefer not to read them and simply enjoy the Hollywood versions.

Yes the books are always better. And that’s why I am sticking with the movies.

I don’t have time to get sucked into half a dozen books. But I do have time to watch a 2 hour now and again.

I love the covers of the movies. The colors, mood…love it. I love the different Vamp-ish skin and red lips and white balance that is all shades of off.

These are my interpretations. :)

Now I won’t be selling these.

They will be exclusive to people purchasing/purchased 3 separate sets (free sets are not counted) of my LR presets  my Lightroom Bundle, or the Entire Shoppe.

If you have purchased 3 individual sets – just show me proof (your Paypal receipts are fine) and I will email you the Twilight Saga set.

I mean you’ve spent hundreds on Olive Juice presets and I want to thank you with a special little thank ya for investing in my presets!


(future LR Bundle purchases and whole store purchases will contain the Twilight set as a bonus thank you gift. if it does not- simply forward me the receipt and I will send it to you)

To get this set sent to you- simply send me your Paypal reciepts for one the following (Paypal still has them!):

1) Buy my LR Bundle

2) Buy The Shoppe (elements or ps)

3) or show me your proof of purchase of 3 sets of LR presets. free sets do not count.


If you have any questions just email me at


Surprise Sneak Peek! | Dock of the Bay | Creative Color Raw Lightroom Presets

March 26, 2011



four funky fresh color fun raw presets for Lightroom.


Get the most from Dock of the Bay:

The presets are bright.

Just use the exposure slider to adjust the brightness, the temp and tone sliders to fine tune the overall colors.

If it appears too ‘hazy’ pull back on the fill light slider and push the blacks and/or shadow slider (located in tone curve).

These work best on raw natural light images-

especially landscape and non-people images.

Adjusting them will be necessary.

Good to go!

Use this set with Fader. A FREE Lightroom 3 Plug-in from Knobroom.

You can really intensify the results – like using a grouped layer in Photoshop.

Some of these presets contain a gradient on the left.

To adjust the brightness of them, simply click the Gradient tool and click on the pin that shows up. Now you can adjust the gradient.

Also MOVE the gradient if you don’t like where it’s placed.

Dock of the Bay is not clean color.

This is FUN color!

Happy fun color playing!

The official release is slated for April.




(future LR Bundle purchases and whole store purchases will contain the Dock of the Bay set as a bonus thank you gift. if it does not- simply forward me the receipt and I will send it to you)

To get this set sent to you- simply send me your Paypal reciepts for one the following (Paypal still has them!):

1) Buy my LR Bundle

2) Buy The Shoppe (elements or ps)

3) or show me your proof of purchase of 3 sets of LR presets. free sets do not count.


If you have any questions just email me at


Mini Tut | Four | Tweakin' A Preset & Adjustment Brush

March 18, 2011

Ok so today we are doing 2 things. We are going to tweak one of my favorite presets [bubbly] and use the adjustment brush. This preset is sooo gorgeous on natural light newborn shots. Gives it a little bit of a peachy tone. Mmm!

We are taking an image of my toddler. I am using it because it’s a close up, good focus, good exposure (raw gives you more wiggle room) and will allow us to work without a lot of zooming for this tut.

I am showing a SOOC image which means straight out of the camera.  I have seen people incorrectly use the term recently. It literally means NO adjustments have been made to it. It means you took the picture, your camera burned it to memory and then puked it out onto your hard drive. :D

* my little disclaimer. i am not a lightroom guru. i’m really not. i have a working knowledge of the develop module. that’s it -really. so i always teach/share out of my own knowledge and how i work in lightroom. nothing more.

Ok -

Now does one NEED presets?

Absolutely not.

But do you know how many darn sliders I would have to move around to do what [bubbly] did in a split second? Nearly all of them. And that, my friends, is exactly why I use presets and make them.

And a little tip for using some of my presets: they generally run bright. Rather than adjust fill light, tone curve or even brightness- hit the Exposure slider FIRST. For me there are no ‘rules’ in Lightroom working with RAW. Whatever gets me in and out and looking good. You can adjust white balance and exposure first- and I would if I were not using a preset. But since I know that many of my presets are bright- I play the preset then adjust. Why? Because I can. I am not in Photoshop so I personally choose not to follow ‘rules’ since – well I don’t have to. It’s not destructive, I’m not hurting anyone or anything and I can SO quickly undo anything. But that’s me. I get that others may like to follow an order of things. I am just showing you ‘my’ order because it’s how I actually work in Lightroom. Doesn’t mean you have to do it my way. ;)

and here’s the part where i drop capital letters…hehe

(i often do fix exposure and white balance sloppily when i first view a session because it gives me a clear view of what i am really looking at)

first up is the sooc.

i like my sooc. i didn’t clip any highlights. but the darks are darker than i want them to be. my newer set shiny happy people vol1 is a bit bright.

and i like the color shifts the set has.  i chose [bubbly] because i love it. :D

this is run untweaked. now some of you might like how airy it is. but i want some more contrast. and it’s a little brighter than i want right now.

so rather than adjusting the fill light, tone curve or brightness:

i want the image to pop a little. that’s why i added contrast and lowered the exposure a little. i use the exposure slider instead of the others because it’s more global and faster.

next up i wanna gently pop the eyes. now everyone’s taste varies with eye pops. some people don’t do them at all. some people do them too much and with a heavy hand.

i like to do them but lightly. the trick is actually to get light INTO the eye. if the subject’s back is to the light source- you are going to have dark caves for eyes and no amount of ‘popping’ is going to make them look amazing and naturally sparkly. in those cases- settle for a gentle enhance and call it a day.

the adjustment brush for so many seems to be a source of intimidation.

don’t let it be that to you! the brush is simply a way to add adjustment layers by painting. that’s it yo!

so eye pop:

click on the adjustment brush

see my settings?

start there for an eye pop.

you might want to add some saturation but i generally do not on close ups. they get fake looking fast. eww

now remember even AFTER painting- you can adjust these sliders to your heart’s content when done.

want to delete the adjustment altogether? click on the silver pin and then tap delete on your keyboard. gone.

need to adjust a diff adjust brush pin? click on that pin and the adjustment box goes to those settings and you can retweak them.

i painted this on the entire eye.

why? because i did a colorless eye pop.

if i had used saturation- then i would have swiped only the iris. if you did saturation- then click NEW and then do a light dodge at .10 to .20 exposure on the eye whites.

looks pretty good so far eh?


now i want to burn the background a little bit. it’s blending in with her face more than i want.

now into photoshop i go to finish this up. all i really want to do is tweak the skin tones a little bit.

and now i am happy. it’s cleaned up, the color is pretty to me- i like her skin tones. she does not look like an alien, her skin does not look pasty or look oversmoothed like plastic (it’s naturally smooth because she’s 2 lol).

there are no clipped highlights on her skin (nothing overexposed)

so a quick before and after to see where we started and where we ended up:

Mini Tut | Three | Clean It Up

March 3, 2011

I know some people do video tutorials and I thought about it. But decided to keep it like this for now. Unless y’all are dying to hear my sexy man voice. :P Ok not really mannish- but I’ve had many emails saying that many of you much preferred to go the snip route than video route. If I get enough feedback in the future swinging towards the other way- I am happy to do video. :D I am also considering offering up an image with my tutorials so that you can literally play along- please let me know if you’d be interested in that. <3

So here we are with a step-by-step. If you have any questions about this tutorial or do not know how to use something mentioned in this tutorial- please ask in this post so that others can be helped. No such thing as a stupid question! There is a lot to read, so grab a cup of coffee!

So here we are going to take a purposefully overexposed image and show how amazing it is to 1) fix this in RAW and 2) how to edit so thoroughly in Lightroom that you only have to move to Photoshop to play for some fine tune tweaking. And that, my friends, saves you a whole lotta time if you have a set of images to work on. In a future tutorial I will cover batch processing a little bit but won’t touch on that here.

So here is my image:

Totally overexposed right? Let’s fix that little problem.


In this next step- I not only fixed the Exposure (see slider) until she was completely exposed correctly with no red blinkies (that shows clipped highlights), but I also warmed up the image some. I liked where my tint was but felt it was too cool – so I warmed it. You may need use the dropper to fix your white balance.

Lightroom has a little quirk that I found a work-around for. Even when you have the highlights marker checked (in the Histogram box), Lightroom still sometimes has some blown Reds (or greens or blues) even though it doesn’t show (but it shows in PS by passing the dropper over especially the cheeks/nose/forehead but other places too and seeing 249+ in the Reds/Greens/Blues). I automatically use the Recovery slider at 10 after adjusting the Exposure itself. Sometimes I use more but I personally never go over 30 (skin tones get gross and weird). We want NO blinkies on the face. Lightroom doesn’t have RGB the same way PS does so you can’t just ‘check’ like we do in PS. Annoying little quirk that I hope Adobe fixes one day but it’s not enough to make me stop using it!

Also for adding color globally- I use the Vibrance slider. It is so much kinder to white folks skin. We have a tendency to get orange faster (bleh) and Vibrance saturates color minus the extra orange. For people of color- I actually often prefer the Saturation slider. Play with it and find what suits you best. Just be warned that going over 10-15 in LR can sometimes blow the Reds out and make them look like hot molten neon magenta- especially for us Nikon folk (Nikon thing). So find a happy place with saturation/vibrance. And remember if you bump the color in Lightroom- take it easy in Photoshop with adding color.

I adjust the Tone Curve, Contrast, Blacks…I really bump up my Darks AND Shadows in the Tone Curve and rely on Contrast and Blacks to add contrast and pop. Take it easy with the Blacks and Contrast though ok? if you like crisp images- using a heavy hand on the Blacks, Contrast and even the Shadows (going – not + with the slider) can make the image look very heavy especially around the eyes. Remember you can always burn those lash lines later if they need more pop.

Next we are going to do a simple simple eye pop in Lightroom. So many people think it can’t be done- but it so can and EASIER than in Photoshop (depending on your methods). I turned my mask on in LR so I can see exactly what I’m ‘painting’.

So here was an eye pop in Lightroom.

You can actually go EVEN simpler than this by swiping the entire inside of the eye but you need to be careful of the Saturation setting.

If the person has some red eye (red veins etc) going on- you make them more red. Ewe.

Now let’s pop the background. Now THIS part is cool. No multiple layers one swipe! If you REALLY want to make the background pop urban style really push the Saturation, Clarity, Contrast and Exposure (to the negative) and paint it on. Adjust the sliders as needed even after painting. Super cool thing about doing this in Lightroom! Easy to adjust! If you need to vary up the effects of what you’re doing- simply click NEW every time you need to do a different effect with the Adjustment brush (it’s sorta like starting another mask layer in Photoshop).

Can I fix a little scratch or pimple here and there in Lightroom? Why, yes you can!

We’re ready to leave Lightroom!

Now I personally export as TIFF (you can do PSD too) and then pull it into Photoshop/Elements. After I am done editing in PS/PSE I do NOT flatten my image. I simply hit SAVE (not save as since I exported as PSD or TIFF) and it saves alllll my layers open.

Why do I do this? In case I or a client needs some little thing fixed. If it’s on a certain layer- isn’t it easier to go to the layer and tweak than RE-EDIT the entire thing? ;)

Now here I check my skin tones. Making sure they are pleasing to me. Orange skin is yuck. Red is skin is yuck. It’s not at all flattering to the person in the image. This is the reason why I took the time to learn how to edit nice skin tones. <3 I’m not covering skin tones in this tutorial, other than to check them. Elements users disregard this portion.

I could tweak the skin tones a little more BUT this is close to her real skin tones and I prefer the person to look themselves even if that means the numbers are slightly ‘off’.

Now I check around for ‘hot spots’ or areas of overexposure.

When processing bright (like I often do) it’s important to do these AS YOU WORK so you can nip it in the bud as you go.

Elements users you CAN check this part!


So that’s a basic edit for me. I could leave it alone and be happy. But I want to play.

Now I run a simple action for fun, because I can. And my results:

See that wasn’t so hard was it?

Start to finish this took me less than 5 minutes to accomplish.

Once again if you have ANY questions about what I’ve covered in this tutorial, please ask! Preferably here, not in email so that your question can help others.

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  • Kristy · Posted March 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm · Link · Reply

    Amazing, great work :)

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Mini Tutorial | One | Ode to White Balance

February 17, 2011

Thank you Destiny for your wonderful image submission! <3 xx


I saw this image and noticed 2 things. One- adorable little baby boy. Two- this needed some white balance help.

Fixing White Balance in RAW is not only fixable but easily fixable. It’s forgivable. Shooting JPG and setting White Balance…well you get some wiggle room. But if you mess it up- it’s harder to fix and sometimes you can only make the best of the bad white balance. In RAW, you can fix it. In 2 shakes of a lambs tail. ;) I try to find white or black and use that as my anchor. I sometimes even have my kids hold a white piece of paper up (when we’re in the shade) and just take a picture of them holding the white piece of paper. Doesn’t have to be perfectly focused or anything but at least I have a white object to use for that session. I’m not gadgety enough to buy a white balance disk like some. I like using paper. :)

So here is a RAW image. Focus is good. Exposure is good. White balance not good. Watch what magical thing happens when we click the white bal dropper and click the little baby boy’s sleeve on the white stripe.

So here is the SOOC RAW file.

Cutie little guy!

Now watch this bit of magic….

Yes. All I did was fix the white balance at this point. Amazing right? This is but one reason I love RAW.

Moving on….

I simply applied one of my all time favorite, most used and beloved (by me) preset I have… [bubbly]. *sigh*

and then…

The adjustment brush in Lightroom is like being able to use 6 layers at one time. It’s pretty awesome.

I often have 4-7 or so Adjustment Brush anchors (see that tiny little button looking thing about the little boy’s head? That’s the ‘anchor’.

I drop a new one, like I would a new layer in Photoshop or Elements.

And here we are all done. Now admit- that didn’t look hard at all. You know why? Because it wasn’t. :P

The really smart thing about Lightroom? Copy ALL or a few or just one of the settings (white balance, exposure, color, blacks etc ) from one image and Sync them to another image or 100 images…in seconds. You can’t do anything like it in Photoshop and certainly not in a seconds.

And the Before and After one last time.

Gorgeous shot! Thank you so much Destiny Frye for the wonderful submission!

My Processing | Mini Tut One

February 16, 2011

I can edit without presets. But I prefer to edit using presets because it helps keep my images uniform in color and processing. Even when the light changes- the same general flavor follows throughout.


a sooc (cropped)

My steps in Lightroom:

the following assumes you have already culled your sessions images and kept the best of the best and removed rejects.

1. Adjust White Balance and Exposure Slider. I personally shoot a little bright and often pull back about -.25 to -.69or so in LR with the Exposure slider. I also do this because my presets are often on the bright side, so this helps. For white balance I try to find something white or black (I seldom have grays in my images to use). I don’t trust LR to get it right. I use my eyes to judge in the end. I calibrate my monitors- if you don’t- do it. Otherwise trying to get pleasing skin tones is pointless. I sync settings as much as I can to apply these settings to my session images. Saves a TON of time.

AFTER adjusting White Balance and Reducing Exposure slider:

2. I look at the image- gauge the feel, the color, the lighting, location, clothing etc and decide where I want to go. I know my presets. I usually know which 2 or 3 I want to try on a set. After I try one- I reset using one of my preset resets (not the reset button) before trying another preset. Why? Most of my [resets] won’t reset white balance or exposure nor adjustment brush/gradient applications but WILL reset vital things like vignettes, brightness and tints. I pick the preset I want to use for the session/set.

3. I apply the preset to my images in the set/session using Sync, which is generally the fastest way.

4. Now I go image by image. Using the adjustment brush I: do eye pops, burn, dodge, selective saturation, remove red eye, whiten teeth, smooth skin, add or remove vignetting, adjust white balance (yes again). These are things I do not Sync (except the white balance- if I tweak it again I will usually reapply it via the Sync function on the images that share similar lighting).

5. I recheck my images. Do I still love them all? Need to crop a little? Tweak this or that?

6. If I am going right to a gallery for a client- I don’t go to PS. I will adjust white balance further only on images ordered. I export setting Lightroom to apply a Proof watermark, set the longest edge to 600, sharpen high for web and send to a Proof folder for that client. Images ordered get passed through Photoshop for sharpening and a final check on skin tones/white balance since it’s more precise than LR.

7. In Photoshop after Lightroom: If the images are getting posted for a tutorial, on my blog, Facebook or getting printed then I still prefer to pull them into Photoshop to check my CMYK on skin tones (and very quickly check, I simply pass the dropper across the forehead, chin and neck and glance at my numbers). For me this means: Generally keeping K at 0 in midtones, Y and M within 10 of one another with yellow equaling or being more, and C being 1/3 of Y. That’s my general check. I don’t find I usually have a lot of major skin tone issues once I get out of LR- I still sometimes find that I need to add more Reds because my Cyan is a bit high. I am not a skin tone nazi though. So if you are, this part would be picked apart more and you would likely disregard this portion. I aim for pleasing skin tones in general and I don’t always process ‘cleanly’ so skin tones won’t be perfect. I use the check to make sure I am close, use my eyes and let the rest go. In Elements- you can’t check the way we can in PS, so you may want to research another way.


ended up warming slightly in Photoshop. all else was done in Lightroom.

i went a little color happy here using [sweet color] as my base

This is my process. Which varies from Photographer- and I would hope so. We’re like snowflakes.

No two should be alike. ;)

If you found this post helpful…please tweet it or like it or even comment on the OJS FB page. Your ‘feedback’ shapes what I share and how it’s shared in the future. No likes or tweets or even comments will eventually result in removal of that tutorial. I want to make sure that all content on my Shoppe site is relevant and useful. <3 xx

My Processing | A Mini Tut · February 16, 2011 · 11:47 am · Mini Tut,

Before & After | One

February 15, 2011

With just a little know how in Lightroom you can do a complete edit.

Now if you want to play a lot or add textures and special effects- then you will need to move over to Photoshop or Elements for that.

Here I have a lovely image courtesy Michelle.

Using her Raw file taken with her Canon (first time I’ve ever worked on a raw Canon file)…here is a clean and pretty simple edit.

Using my all time favorite preset Bubbly, tweaked and then using the adjustment brush for the rest.

This edit was remarkably simple and fast to do. From start to finish it only took me a couple minutes.

One of the wonderful things about this? I don’t have to ‘save’ it. Lightroom automatically saves the ‘edit’ for me. And does so without changing the image- so you lose no data.

If you have Lightroom 3: Export for whatever medium you need to. Even rounding corners and sharpening. No need to keep a duplicated PSD or TIFF file. (Well unless you move to Photoshop and I still do that at times)

Add a watermark and export for web. Upload where you need to and delete the web file after you’re done uploading (easy enough to do it again if you need to).

Saves you room on your hard drives since you have only that one RAW file. And by making virtual copies (ctrl + ‘) you can have multiple edits without taking up tons of hard drive space.

And here is my final edit a little bigger.

Olive Juice Shoppe | Actions & Presets

January 31, 2011

Olive Juice Shoppe | Actions & Presets · January 31, 2011 · 1:05 am · Uncategorized