Playing with Photoshop

Tonights Royal Variety Show was quite poor and needed very little attention so I spent the time playing with PSE9.

Started cloning out a distracting branch.

Next some adjustments to r/g/b seperatley for shadows & highlights and a tweek on saturation.

Then laid it over a ‘liquid emulsion’ texture before framing.

Think I still prefer the original

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17 Dec, 2010
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david said:

I much prefer the original, too, John, it is beautful! I am just not a fan of things like Photoshop, Picassa, etc. "What you see is what you get", I say. Don't mind adjusting brightness, colour, and cropping, but the rest is, so far as I am concerned, only useful for creating personal stuff, such as cards, invites, etc. Oh Dear! Have I stuck my neck out on a limb here? :-))))

17 Dec, 2010
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johnponting said:

Oh Dear! Have I stuck my neck out on a limb here? :-))))

My neck is out on the same limb with you David. I tend to correct those elements that digital cameras are known to get wrong - colour temperature and a slight unsharpness. Because I know that exposure can be compromised by my framing, I will aften tweak levels. Then crop to the aspect that I want and a pinline or frame.

A camera mag recently named Landscape Photographer Of The Year and detailed the (from memory) 15 stages that his image went through. Corfe Castle looked good but it wasn't what was there to be snapped.

17 Dec, 2010
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littlewren said:

I agree with you about the original.....although I would love to be able to frame and some other little tweaks........but will never fathom it so will probably just use the easier option on windows.

17 Dec, 2010
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johnponting said:

Most weekends I take 200 - 300 shots of junior football. I seldom use PS for these shots, just Windows Gallery. Auto Adjust, Colour Temperature if needed then Crop to 8x10. Then send to the managers of each team or their club websites. The best action shot also goes to the local newspaper with a match report. Current Windows Gallery is very good for editting. Also works well to stich panoramas together.

17 Dec, 2010
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aster said:

I prefer original shot too David :) Some things do need the odd tweak but if the subject is clear as this is, leave alone. The large branch is out of focus anyway and doesn't draw your eye too much.
Agree about tv though so you may as well have a tinker about John :)

18 Dec, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

what a beautiful shot ~ i think its the background colour in the original that makes it!

20 Dec, 2010
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mike said:

Adding another 50 robins where one was - changing the sky or background etc etc - all clever things and if those who do it like it good luck to them. I too am an old fashioned photographer that is try to get everything in the camera not on the computer. However when I have a picture I am happy with "sometimes" I would like to present it better and Alan at times is a good example of that. That is why I got him to teach framing to me and why this past couple of weeks I have used a "flashlight tool" on a couple of snaps. Colour? If I want colour I can put my camera to "vivid" and it comes out like poster paints. (Not good IMHO) I do like saturation though hence you know I use a polariser and set exposure at -0.7 consistently. Sharpness - I would like to know how to do that effectively and will learn but I do know that if your image is not sharp to start with photoshop etc will not make it so without stealing your detail.
I look forward to learning some of photoshop but primarily to do what I cannot do with the camera alone. I love photography - do not like computers much so will not replace my love with my necessity for the sake of an image.
I still want to know how to put a Santa suit onto a Robin though. OR did he dress the Robin then take the picture??????

20 Dec, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

did you find a book to help you learn all this mike?

21 Dec, 2010
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johnponting said:

I've been involved in user training and support for both mainframes and PCs since 1973 and have used rather a lot of software so I tend to just dive in and play. Help screens often include tutorials which can be helpfull. I once advised the Chairman (and sole owner) that a Dummies book was what he needed ... he got the book and I kept the job.

Photoshop Elements for Dummies is clear and concise but is a great starter. Also, many photo mags these days have cover disks with PS tutorials and/or hints.

21 Dec, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

thanks john, i shall look in the library then if i like it i could buy it myself?

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