Blue Tits nesting

Mainly in response to welcome comments from mike – not a lot of Photoshop adjustment really: crop, levels, saturation, sharpen.

Original images and enhanced posted versions.

Original images were approx 24cm x 36cm @300dpi
Crop to A4 @300dpi
PSE9 Auto Levels
PSE9 Saturation
PSE9 USM
PSE9 Resize to A5 @300dpi <2Mb

The final image was processed in free version of Picnik instead of PSE9.

Comments

25 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

too technical for my old grey matter John....but do know they are lovely photos...

25 Apr, 2011
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eje said:

Super photo's John but like littlewren I tend to K.I.S.S

26 Apr, 2011
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donna said:

great photos John

26 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

LW it's not too techie for you - you are already doing most of it with Picnik. Next time the weather stops you sitting in the privee you should pick an image and play with the advanced buttons, make some huge changes to see how they look then pull them back bit by bit until you find a setting you like. It's how we all learn best I think.

Keep posting (even the Yellowhammers).

26 Apr, 2011
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mike said:

Glad I could help John but I am really not sure how I did. Alan and Mark mentioned "unsharp Mask" when we were at Martin Mere and I am reading up about it for photoshop - I know it would help.
Do not recognise your colour variations page at all - will look for it. Thank you

26 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

I said "welcome" not "helpfull" mike although even welcome can be helpfull if it encourages. lol

Are you using PS Elements or PS full? I know the facilities are quite similar with PS having more options. e.g. Saturation is a slider in PSE but (I believe) PS allows a %age to be offered. PSE default is half slider which I assume is 50%. I generally click it back a bit to guess at 20%-25%.

I still can't decide if I prefer Sharpen or USM as both get to a similar result. If you find anything that explains when one might be preferred over the other I'd appreciate a link.

26 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

Oh no - I've just seen Local Contrast Enhancement while reading about USM from wet dark room processing through to digital.

26 Apr, 2011
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mike said:

John
I have Photoshop 9 and wish to learn that. Alan gave me a copy of CS5 but frankly it is way too complicated.
I also use a freebie from Nikon but that gives me one touch stuff and precious little of that but enough.
I do not know what USM is.
Glad I could "welcome" you then - still do not know what I did. I thought I asked a question.
Sharpening - I can give you something else I do not understand and I have tried to follow it. It is in May Digital Photo. It advises do not use Un sharpen Mask (hey - is that USM) BUT INSTEAD USE "SMART SHARPEN"
I just cannot follow what it is saying. It says "Click on the Advanced button with Smart Sharpen Filter" (I do not have that.) You get access to shadow and highlights. The rest is double dutch but when you are in WH Smith have a look it is page 46.

26 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

Mike Ignore my childishness, I thanked you for liking the result and tried to respond to your question in a single sentence.

I'm fairly sure Smart Sharpen Filter is a full version PS CS4/CS5 tool not yet in PSE9. Adobe help looks like there could be 8 options instead of 3 in USM and just 2 in Sharpen.

26 Apr, 2011
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mike said:

thanks John - yet again I have no idea what you are talking about - I guess I just do not get you youngsters lol

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