Today in the garden testing a minor change to camera setup.

I’ve been feeling mildly despondent over some of pictures recently. Now have a hacking cough and my brains are running out of my nostrils so maybe it was me all along.

After examining a couple of Mikes pictures at 3:00 am this morning I made a couple of minor changes to my camera setup and waited for daylight to test them out.

The pictures I’ve posted today really are almost ex-camera with just levels and cropping for the Robin and a hint of Saturation in PSE for the others before framing in Piknic.

What did I change? I changed the in camera Sharpen from default +2 to +5 and Saturation from 0 to +2. I had completely missed the detail Picture Control had and normally just used Standard or Vivid.

a) excam resized to <2mb

b) then PSE auto levels

c) then +10% lighten shadows

d) then +25% saturation

e) then +50% saturation

f) d croped

g) e cropped

Comments

21 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

how could you be despondant over your photos....all lovely as are these....the cropping takes nothing away from the originals ...I think #3 is a female blackbird...markings are beautiful....

21 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

Thanks LW - you know how it is with Man Flu !!!

21 Jun, 2011
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robashfield said:

Hi john, Love your pics.Always have my "in camera" set at +3 sharpness & + 3 for saturation. I think it is a personal thing,but I prefer the outcome of these settings.

21 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

John....sorry forgot to say....get well soon.....

21 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

Cheers Rob, I have experimenting to do as I had completely missed these options up to now.

21 Jun, 2011
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saucy said:

Sorry to hear you have been ill. Hope you get well soon.
I`ve resorted to getting the instruction disc out for my camera.

These pictures are awe inspiring. :0)

21 Jun, 2011
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donna said:

John I look at your photos and just when I think I am getting it right I realise I have a long way to go xxxxxxxxxxxx ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

21 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

> Saucy - men don't 'do' instruction manuals

> Donna - So do I

21 Jun, 2011
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donna said:

John more ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR LOL

22 Jun, 2011
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Great John although your exp,anation of your current health has put me off my toast LOL

22 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

Sorry Alan - normal tostage should return in a couple of days.

22 Jun, 2011
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phili said:

I tend to use normal settings on my DSLR,and add in saturation/sharpness in PSE,as I shoot mostly in raw with This.However,with the bridge camera,[FUJI hs 10],you can increase the dynamic range on board if you like,which I do occasionally if the lighting dictates.I suppose its all down to personal preferences.I think all the shots are fine by the way.

22 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

Cheers Phil. I mix and match raw-jpg; generally jpg/large/fine for my youth soccer shoots where burst speed can count, general bird shoots are also generally jpg. Rather more static or difficult subjects like landscapes, churches etc get raw.

Because I like control (O.K. I'm a control freak and I'm a Virgo accountant/IT manager) I also tweak in PSE but find I'm often making exactly the same tweaks. I've set VIVID in my Nikon to slightly different settings and added it to Fn button so will play around a bit.

I'm off to Luxembourg next week for a few MG days so will take 1 camera, 1 lens, 1 polariser to reduce my 'thinking' time.

23 Jun, 2011
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mike said:

John = for me
The clarity is excellent and I will think on your settings for my "in camera" sharpness is "0" - no bias I only bias exposure. I once tried vivid and it was lake poster paints - horrible so again I do not enhance.
Again the clarity is excellent but for me your colours are over bright on the blue tit - nice on the Robin and about right on the full frame blackbird.
As "pictures" I like and enjoyed every one. Thank you for posting.
I would also say that your pictures through these latter times have sharpened and composition is more appealing but as always it is in the eye of.......... My son thinks my photos are "cxxp" - he likes a pastel look and hates sharp detail.
HOPE YOU ARE MUCH BETTER.

23 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

Cheers Mike.

23 Jun, 2011
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andybam said:

John hope you get better soon, I`ll be looking at my eos 60d manual to see if that will do in camera sharpening it seems to be the bees knees. regards from Andy Bamforth

23 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

Andy, worth having a look in the manual. I have found that most of my images from my Nikon D90 need a small amount of sharpening in PSE. I now know this can be applied in camera by changing defaults. I shall be playing further.

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