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Has the fun of photography been taken over…

24 Aug 2021 2:09PM  
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Has the fun of photography been taken over by the mobile brigade.

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Like a lot of us older picture takers on this site I grew up learning all about speed, F stops and focus range. Along with the many other do’s and don’ts that many well meaning people wanted to pass on.
This was followed by years of photographers that only wanted to talk about gear or the techinical side of picture taking. Well meaning as they were, they stopped seeing the picture for itself, and camera clubs became the shrine for these people to meet.

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Camera, lenses and software got better and better in the digitial age but these people will always go on about don’t use auto this or auto that. Real photographers shoot in manual.
Then along came the smartphone producing great images with built in software to do the hard work.

To the old school photographers this is just a passing phase.

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Then the mobile camera started killing of the camera sales of the compact market, which is the main money making parts of a lot of camera companies. (How did they get that so wrong.)
The biggest thing that happened was social media and the fun everyone had with that.
No more stuffy people talking about the rule of thirds, golden spiral or placement in a frame, it was all about the fun no matter how they got the image.

Every rule was done away with and people just really enjoyed taking pictures again.

This takes me back to when I started and why…

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When is our images over saturated ?

13 Aug 2021 8:35AM  
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Ever wondered if the colours are a little to strong or one colour is ?
How can we check this and even fix it.

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Here is a classic pin up which by there very nature were always over saturated but will demo what we can do.
1. Open image.
2. Open an “Invert” adjustment layer. Change the blend to “Color” and the opacity to “50%”.
3. This should now be black and white. If you see any colours they are over saturated.

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4. Go below the “Invert” layer and open a “Hue/Saturation” adjustment layer.
5. In the panel click (or double click) on the finger with arrows on either side.
This will change the cursor to an eye dropper.
6. Move ove the image and click on any colour you see.
7. Now move the saturtion slider down until it just takes away the colour.
Repeat for any other colours.
8 Turn off the “Invert” layer to see results.

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This is very quick and will help you to control those colours.
The opacity slider on the Hue/Saturation layer can always be decreased if you want to push that saturation.

These are quick tips to try help people understand PS as it can be a bit overpowering at times…

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The tie in between images, songs and one liners.

25 Jul 2021 8:27AM  
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This is something I have to admit I do a lot and I was wondering is others are so inclined.
I will often see an image and a song, lyric or song title pops into my head. This is very much the same feeling with one liners from tv or films and I was wondering how much this has to do with the way that these have been instilled in our heads. We listening to music and if it’s something we like we often something we play over and over again. How many of use can sing every word to an old Beatles song or are they still getting no satisfaction (Rolling Stones). This repeats it self with films we watch with classics like “We will always have Paris” or I’ll never go hungry are” and Michial Caine is “Still blowing the bloody doors off”.
So the question I ask is often is this the trigger for an image title, puts a music worm into your head for the rest of the day or the image is the trigger to other things…

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Is It Time To Start Shooting In The RAW…

19 Jul 2021 3:40PM  
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As much fun it may be to shoot naked this doesn’t need for you to take all your clothes off.
This is about taking the step to shoot in the RAW format and time to ditch the JPEG. For years like most I shot in jpeg which allowed me to shoot more images on my SD card. Now the price of all these cards have come right down, is it time to switch.
This may sound like a major step for most but with Adobe Camera Raw as a free download and all the updates they have done it’s a good time to switch or at lease give it a try. Just change your camera over to shoot in RAW and after you have taken a few images open them in camera raw.
At the top there is an auto button which now does a great job (at last) and something you can use as a starting point if you want to make further changes, it’s only pushing a slider. If not press Auto and save.
Your find I hope this will make a big difference to your images and something you wish you had done years ago.
Below is an image of Kinston Lacystraight out of camera shot in raw, below is the Auto adjustment in camera raw. Looking at the image I think it was a good shot to start with and the Auto only made some very minor changes.

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If or when you starting using the other adjustments in camera raw you will also be able to use Lightroom as they are very much the same now.

So now you can all put your clothes back on and go and give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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