Trung Phan

Blog Archive (2020)

  • Technical Preset

    Sometimes I get to make the choice of taking photos for a purely technical reason. Two years ago I made a cardinal sin of photography. I left my lens out in the rain. It was a wedding day and everything was going well. The getting ready was almost complete, and we were just about to start the ceremony. If you have not been to too many weddings then I can tell you that it's a huge day of push and . . .

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  • Cafe Window Preset

    Hey everyone, Trung here! We are super excited to be releasing not one but two free presets this week! This preset, “Cafe Window Preset,” is focusing on my experiences going to cafes and the shots I’ve taken that tend to sink more into the background. The second preset will be put out after this one so keep an eye out to download that new one as well! I am equally attracted to spaces as much as the cup of coffee . . .

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  • Aubrey in the City Preset

    Hey guys, Trung here! So we have another free preset up and ready to go for all of you today! We’re briefly moving away from the food series to give out some more free presets that have more personal stories attached to the photos and inspiration behind our newly developed presets! This one is called “Aubrey in the City Preset,” and is made in honor of my friend Aubrey. The photos used with this preset are from a photo session . . .

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  • Blueberry Nodes Preset

    Hello everyone! We are happy to announce the release of our third installment of the food series preset pack! This week’s free preset is called “Blueberry Nodes,” and is available for download now, so remember to sign up your email to get access to this latest preset and to be the first to get our food series pack that we hope to be released soon! As a co-owner of a coffee roaster company, photographer Trung Phan became inspired to create . . .

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  • Mountain Cake Preset

    Hello everyone! We are very excited to announce our latest free preset, Mountain Cake Preset, is now available for download! This is also the second installment of the food series preset pack that we will be releasing in just a couple more weeks, so be sure to sign up your email so that you’ll get notified as soon as the pack becomes available! Playing off of the last preset we published, which used a chiaroscuro effect inspired by Rembrandt’s works . . .

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  • Fruits and Table Preset

    Hello everyone, we are happy to announce our latest free preset, Fruits and Table Preset, being put out today. Even more exciting news, in just a few weeks we will be releasing our first preset pack! This pack will be a food series pack that will include this preset along with two other free presets that will be individually released over the next two weeks, and four presets for purchase. This will all be available for the low price of . . .

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  • Riverside Portrait Preset

    Hello everyone, we are pleased to announce our latest free preset, inspired by the changing of seasons and colors, to use with all your fall photoshoots. As we begin to fall into Autumn’s more bleak times, photoshoots in the woods contrast from brighter days of cheerful times to something more somber. Summer dies away with the dried and decaying leaves scattered across the forest floor, blending with the ever fading green of warmer days with oranges, reds, browns, and yellows . . .

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  • Cityscape Preset

    Hello everyone, I am happy to announce that we are putting out our newest preset for you all to use and enjoy! I wanted to make this preset as a sort of dedication to Portland, Oregon. The city of Portland is a beautiful place full of funky and diverse people, good coffee, and amazing structures, as well as many other important and unique elements that make Portland what it is. With this preset I especially wanted to focus on my . . .

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  • Roadtrip Preset

    I have been hard at work creating new presets for you guys to enjoy, but I had to pull from my past road trips in order to really show you a different perspective, and ultimately how I am as a photographer today. This preset is Created from a photo that I took my road trip from Tennessee stopping in Denver Colorado, going to Utah, and then finally ending up in Portland Oregon. A lot more happened in that time, but . . .

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  • Trung Phan Photography Introducing Presets

    Hello, my name is Oliver Hiller. I am going to be guest posting here occasionally as Trung and I work together on creating and putting out presets. The presets we will be creating will be predetermined settings for your photos to create a unique look. Being predeteremined, you will no longer have to worry about the hassle of adjusting any individual settings yourself. Presets are somewhat like filters and just as easy to use. Instead of using up a lot . . .

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  • Should you make your website yourself?

    There are plenty of options when I began to make my website. I was stubborn enough to make my own and that was both great and terrible. The biggest benefit was the opportunity to learn how to communicate with a web designer and also know when they are making things harder than they should be. The downside was that the possibilities stopped at my inexperience. So I looked again at my options and the biggest around were Squarespace, Wix, and . . .

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  • Mosaic sets of images

    Mosaics are a great way of getting a ton of photos out into one place. But the creation of one can get tricky. Most automated designs will servierly affect the quality of your output. But I thought it was too good of a concept to stay away from for big companies so I looked around to see what was available. Adobe Spark is an online service powered by Adobe. One of their options is to upload a dozen of photos . . .

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  • The first photos in non-weddings

    To make sure that I give everything to equal opportunity to be worked on, I have both a wedding and non-wedding collection of photos. And I actively add to both. Maybe not at equal rates, since the wedding catalog is three times the size as mine on the wedding catalog, but there is still an undeniably large amount of photos that I possess that have nothing to do with work. Here are some stories of those first edits. To really . . .

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  • Intro to the Blog

    I say that if we are going to start a blog, I think you guys should really know who is talking. My name is Trung Phan, I am the editor-in-chief, owner, and founder, and the guy behind the camera at Trung Phan Photography. We can go ahead and start on why I chose my name to be part of my business. When I began photographing over a decade ago at this point, I really wanted to build something that I . . .

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