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Old 07-22-2013, 01:58 PM   #21
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I did a little more that that... look again.
It looks darker, and I notice the grain a bit more.

And the bee looks brighter?
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It looks darker, and I notice the grain a bit more.

And the bee looks brighter?
grain is showing more as it has been manipulated / multiple processing kinda kills the image strength.

also note it is Sharper and the contrast in the wing is more pronounced
the image is also warmer, which brings out the color of the bee and the contrast between the background which makes the subject (bee) pop, so that you almost cant take your eyes off it.

when editing these things, they should be done all at once so the image does not get grainy.

on this one, i bumped the contrast again... you can almost see every hair on the body of the bee.

also removed the boarders and cropped so that the subject is in the lower right quadrant of the photo to enhance interest and perspective:


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Old 07-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #23
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Yea it looks good. What do you use? I just use Iphoto and Fotor. Two free apps...

Do you know of any better photo editing apps or software that are free? Or low cost?
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:17 PM   #24
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get rid of the borders. they are distracting
Ok I give in, from now on no borders.
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Yea it looks good. What do you use? I just use Iphoto and Fotor. Two free apps...

Do you know of any better photo editing apps or software that are free? Or low cost?
I'm at work, so all I have here is Picasa by google... which is really not that bad.

to be honest, I am not a digital guru... my photo work was done with film when I was in the biz.

so I had to do this through, film speed & make, shutter speed & aperture, filters on the lens and then film processing and post / printing process manipulation.

75% of the result was dictated before releasing the shutter .

it was much different then
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Some people swear by Gimp as a photoshop alternative but I never took the time to learn it because I use PS.


Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Understanding Exposure and read it a couple times. Look at photographers who shoot similar subjects and mimick their style. You'll develop your own, but the lessons you'll learn when trying to achieve a specific look will help get you there. A friend of mine couldn't believe that i usually have an image in my head before I even hit the shutter, let alone process the shot later; learn to do this. Once you understand what the controls on the camera do in regard to how they will affect the exposure, you will find yourself wanting to achieve a certain look and know what you will need to do in order to get there.

Try not to fall into the shallow DOF (depth of field) trap, although we've all been there. As soon as anyone gets their hands on a DSLR they crank the aperture down and shoot with an extremely shallow depth of field because point and shoot cameras rarely produce pictures that look like that. But, if you'll look at some of the most famous photographs you'll see that generally there isn't much DOF. The quality is in the composition, subject matter, and the exposure.
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Some people swear by Gimp as a photoshop alternative but I never took the time to learn it because I use PS.


Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Understanding Exposure and read it a couple times. Look at photographers who shoot similar subjects and mimick their style. You'll develop your own, but the lessons you'll learn when trying to achieve a specific look will help get you there. A friend of mine couldn't believe that i usually have an image in my head before I even hit the shutter, let alone process the shot later; learn to do this. Once you understand what the controls on the camera do in regard to how they will affect the exposure, you will find yourself wanting to achieve a certain look and know what you will need to do in order to get there.

Try not to fall into the shallow DOF (depth of field) trap, although we've all been there. As soon as anyone gets their hands on a DSLR they crank the aperture down and shoot with an extremely shallow depth of field because point and shoot cameras rarely produce pictures that look like that. But, if you'll look at some of the most famous photographs you'll see that generally there isn't much DOF. The quality is in the composition, subject matter, and the exposure.

great advice from cowmoo32!
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Some people swear by Gimp as a photoshop alternative but I never took the time to learn it because I use PS.


Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Understanding Exposure and read it a couple times. Look at photographers who shoot similar subjects and mimick their style. You'll develop your own, but the lessons you'll learn when trying to achieve a specific look will help get you there. A friend of mine couldn't believe that i usually have an image in my head before I even hit the shutter, let alone process the shot later; learn to do this. Once you understand what the controls on the camera do in regard to how they will affect the exposure, you will find yourself wanting to achieve a certain look and know what you will need to do in order to get there.

Try not to fall into the shallow DOF (depth of field) trap, although we've all been there. As soon as anyone gets their hands on a DSLR they crank the aperture down and shoot with an extremely shallow depth of field because point and shoot cameras rarely produce pictures that look like that. But, if you'll look at some of the most famous photographs you'll see that generally there isn't much DOF. The quality is in the composition, subject matter, and the exposure.
I do know how the settings work. All the photos you'll see me post after I edit them have been on full manual mode. I know what you mean about the shallow DOF. I do want to keep the F stop as low as possible but know I shouldn't for certain shots.

Do you see something in the pictures I have posted that make you think I don't know how to change the settings to get the right exposure?

Thanks for the advice!
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down the tracks by lowcaligrown, on Flickr
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^ No problem at all. It'll give me more ideas to see how I could edit them. I'm re-editing all of my photos that i've taken. Getting rid of the borders and trying to make it clearer like you made the bee.
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San Francisco.
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wow, what a wealth of subjects you have out your front door!

I'm in the East Bay... btw
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wow, what a wealth of subjects you have out your front door!

I'm in the East Bay... btw
Yea I love SF. I travel to New York, DC, and Pennsylvania a lot also to visit family.

Have you checked out RWB USA yet? I need to go see that.

Newly edited pictures are starting to go up in the first couple posts.
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Yea I love SF. I travel to New York, DC, and Pennsylvania a lot also to visit family.

Have you checked out RWB USA yet? I need to go see that.

Newly edited pictures are starting to go up in the first couple posts.
@ RWB, no I havent... looks cool though.

your Bird photo is better now....I like the pier being visable

the tracks photo seems flat... try to pick up those textures.. there are so many in that photo!



also, sometimes a slight tilt of the camera can make a huge statement

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concrete jungle by lowcaligrown, on Flickr


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The updated images in your first post look a lot better.
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The updated images in your first post look a lot better.
Anything that you would change?
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