As mentioned in our diary entry last month, the Design Aglow team recently made the brave move from south Florida to the land of Portlandia… and Toto, we’re definitely not even in the same galaxy anymore. From cats on leashes, roller derby marathons and virtually non-stop creative inspiration — not to mention the best food and lattes we’ve ever tasted — we’re falling in love with the hip vibe and inspiring attitude of the Pacific Northwest a little more every day. Once we arrived and began exploring our new home, finding the perfect studio space in Portland proved to be a rather challenging task. Finally, after much searching and frustrating dead ends, we stumbled across D Street Village Office Lofts, an old hippie supermarket-turned-beautifully-renovated-space on SE Division... which just so happens to be one of the most happening neighborhoods in all of Portland’s Eastside. We moved in a few weeks ago and feel right at home in this charming little pocket of culture surrounded by the best that Portland’s food & bev scene has to offer: from the original Pok Pok to Roman Candle Baking Co. (where pizza shears are provided for slicing) to scrumptious and Portland quintessential Bollywood Theater right next door. There’s even a Salt & Straw Ice Cream “farm-to-cone” shop conveniently down the street. Foodie heaven, for sure. The last month has been met with a happy growth spurt in our small company, with fresh faces on our team and some exciting new partnerships and projects ahead. As we hang our frames on the walls and the Ikea desks get assembled, we look forward to the inspiration Portland is sure to spark not only in the day-to-day running of Design Aglow, but in our personal lives as well. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress as our new city becomes our new home. Design Aglow Diaries is a weekly note to our readers from the home offices of Design Aglow in beautiful Portland, OR. Follow along on Instagram at #designaglowdiaries to see the day-to-day stuff. We like keeping in touch but love hearing from you even more… leave a comment below!
As photographers, we’re always on the lookout for new tools that will make our workflow faster and easier (while making our images look their best), and when we found Mastin Labs’ film presets for Lightroom, specifically Fuji Pro, Ilford B&W and Kodak Portra, we knew we had hit gold!
We downloaded and installed all three, and watched the included Getting Started tutorials Edit Your First Image and Using Tone Profiles that hold your hand and walk you through the presets and how they work.
The presets are incredibly easy to use, and quick to apply. And, we love that they are designed to replicate the films that we have known and loved.