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25/04/2011 - 4:28 PM


PortraitIs this a self portrait Louise?

The pose is quite good, but the expression suggests being scared or uncomfortable (possible with an SP)

Technically this is very washed out, having very low contrast.

Ive loaded a mod with a curves adjustment, crop and noise reduction that improves it technically. Your shot setting look OK, so I wonder if you wanted this effect, or if the back lighting was just too strong?

Hope this is helpful,


24/04/2011 - 2:50 PM

Gormire Lake

Gormire LakeA nice shot overall Seamus, nice scene with foreground interest. I cant tell where the horizon is, so I assume its level, though in the mod Ive rotated it slightly CCW.

I would have used a smaller aperture than 7.1 for a landscape shop, but you seem to have decent depth with what youve used. Its just needs some sharpening to bring in the distant areas.

I find theres a little too much intensity in the blue in the sky, with the whitest parts of the clouds having a small element of blue, which Ive corrected in the mod.

Otherwise a nice shot.


23/04/2011 - 4:08 PM


MaxHi kevin.

Its a good shot overall, but as mentioned, underexposed. I like the catch lights in the eyes. I notice you selected negative exposure compensation of 1/3 which you could have done without. You shutter speed was too slow for the focal length, but youve likely used a solid support as it worked out with no camera shake. let us know next time which method you used for getting to mono, - camera or conversion, - if converted, which is the best approach, Channel Mixer in Photoshop is a reliable method that provides a lot of control over the result.

I would recommend with shots like this that you get down lower to the baby's level rather than shoot down, - you will get a better shot.

Ive loaded 2 mods for review. Mod1 is your original with the additional brightness needed, and space cropped from the top. You can check this in your histogram on your camera after you shoot, and if the graph falls way short of the right hand side, its under, - then you could shoot again and compensate accordingly. Mod2 is a much closer crop which places the baby's eye on a third, and Ive added a diffuse glow filter to soften, which some people like in a baby shot. Its done using the Diffuse Glow distortion filter in Photoshop on a layer with opacity adjusted to suit.

Hope this is helpful,


21/04/2011 - 2:27 PM


BrotherThe G6 should have shown a small hand in the LCD at this speed, warning of possible blur due to camera shake. This is because the flash was set to off, rather than Auto, where it would have used a speed of 1/60.

So look out for that warning on the screen, and either use a very solid support for the camera, or set flash to auto.


19/04/2011 - 5:39 PM


SarmanIts a decent shot. As a head shot, would be better to use a portrait format, - turn the camera sideways. Colour balance is a little off, - you can see whites are very slightly red.

Corrected colour balance in mod, cropped to a square format (the cat is a little too low in the shot to crop to an 8 X 10 format) and sharpened the eyes.

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16/04/2011 - 10:17 PM

Purple Haze

Purple HazeA very nice shot Lucian. I remember commenting on your very nice Profumo shot a while back.

The exposure is nicely done on the subject, though I would like to see a little less of a red bias in the skin tones. I like the pose and great expression/eye contact.

I have done a colour balance adjustment in the mod, adding some cyan and yellow, and also cropped some of the empty space from the bottom. I dont know what processing you have done, - in the mod I added a little more shading to the rear window area.

refer to mod2, - mod1 didnt have the correct colour profile.

Hope this is helpful,


16/04/2011 - 5:42 PM

Haworth main street

Haworth main streetHi Frank,

Im going to make a guess that you straightened the verticals using the lens correction tool, or similar, and that this caused the top of the shot to compress down. If I look at the lady on the right, she is somewhat squashed, hence the guess. Sometimes its necessary to stretch the shot after a verticals adjustment if the distortion is pronounced.

Ive corrected this in the mod, just estimated what looked right, and a curves adjustment warmed it a little.

Hope this is helpful,


14/04/2011 - 5:25 PM

Lindisfarne in motion

Lindisfarne in motionTry shooting without the lens hood just to see if it solves the dark edges issue, - it might well be that the hood is creeping into the shot. As mentioned above you can use the lens correction tool if you have a version of Photoshop that has it, and it allows you to compensate for a vignette. I would flip the image horizontally first as the tool may be more effective.

Its a decent shot, but on my monitor it appears overly saturated.


12/04/2011 - 12:04 AM

Michelle Spinatto

Michelle SpinattoA nice mysterious shot Alex. I tend to agree with johnnyboy that a little more defined shadow on the left may improve the shot.

I personally dont think the tight black frame suits the image, and would look better in a more open frame.

Ive loaded 2 mods, - first has some more shadow on the left, and in cropped shorter, - with a new frame, - mod2 is just a softer version.


11/04/2011 - 11:48 PM

Fisherman's Grandson

Fisherman's GrandsonA very engaging image, effective use of the fisheye lens, and nicely composed off centre. The exposure on the boy needs to be increased, - there appears to be a lot of light coming from the water that likely caused the metering system to expose for the brightest light. Theres no shot settings loaded, so Im not sure of you tried to address this with some positive exposure compensation, or fill flash. This also might be a case where a mono conversion darkened the boy more than he was in the colour version, and could have been possible to address depending on how the conversion was done.

Either way, - two mods done with the boys exposure increased, especially the eyes, which are quite magical, and a slight crop on the right.

Hope this is helpful,


11/04/2011 - 11:33 PM

The Master & his apprentice

The Master & his apprenticeHi David,

This is a nice moment youve captured. You havent mentioned whether this was a quick candid, or if you had any opportunity to make some changes. if the latter, moving the blue crate and tidying up the foreground would have been worthwhile.

As it is, - white balance is a little yellow due to the ambient light, and its a little soft, - can do with a little more sharpening. Somethimes when you re size an image for the web, it may need another sharpening depending on the amoubt of file compression involved, so check the smaller file for sharpness before you upload.

For a better composition, I would suggest cropping a little space from the left.

Loaded a cropped mod, lighting adjusted and sharpened a little.

Hope this is helpful,


09/04/2011 - 3:47 PM

Please God....!!!!

Please God....!!!!Hi Prabh,

The original does have a blue cast, but to be fair theres a blue striped umbrella which is likely involved in coloring the light. I have loaded a mod of the colour version with the cast removed, and cropped space from the bottom, and a little from the top to align the boys face on a third. If you use this in your v1 it may look better. I do like V1 of the three.

A quick way to remove a colour cast, - it doesnt always work, but does mostly, is to go to Image>Adjustments>match Colour; in this dialogue box, click the Neutralize box, and then you can adjust the slider to adjust the amount of the original colour thats mixed in.

Hope this helps,


08/04/2011 - 5:25 PM

The question of beauty.

The question of beauty.An interesting piece of luck. It has almost an old masters appearance, due largely to the flower seller.

The area for improvement is that the dried flowers are dominant, whereas the focus of attention is the seller, and not the flowers, so I would suggest a very severe crop into a portrait format as in the mod to place the vendor as the focal point of the composition. The fact that shes out of focus works for me, though if this has been done intentionally, you may have focused on her face with the foreground a little out of focus.

Ive also sharpened a little and added some contrast in the mod.

Hope this is helpful,


07/04/2011 - 3:20 PM

"swim time"

"swim time"A click for the great timing, but this has the same issues as yesterdays upload, - colour balance is off, and its over saturated a great deal. The mod I loaded has the balance improved, and saturation reduced by - 35 which is a significant amount.

With over saturation the colours start to bleed outside of their pixel areas and look unnatural. The seal will have a bluish sheen, but its overall colour is not blue as it is here.


04/04/2011 - 7:28 PM


FungiIts a nice shot, - perhaps a little over saturated. I have no idea what variety it is. I loaded a mod cropped to make the mushroom the focal point, toned down highlights in the cap, and reduced sat a little in the background.


04/04/2011 - 4:11 PM

Mr Handsom

Mr HandsomHi David,

A good shot under challenging condition with that very bright sun. Your use of flash has given very nice catch lights in the eyes, - dont know if this was intentional or accidental, but its nice. Its happened as youve used Action mode I assume.

The name does seriously detract from the shot, and in the mod Ive shown a better way to place your name or logo by adding a simple frame and using the frame space discretely.

In the mod Ive cropped to place the animal on a third, and added a little more space at the top to maintain the aspect ratio. Ive toned down some of the highlights as much as I could.

The portrait mod by Frank is another good alternative to a landscape format.

Hope this is helpful,


04/04/2011 - 3:50 PM

Killarney 2

Killarney 2Better dynamics in this than the last. The composition shows them swinging into space round the corner. I would suggest cloning out the stuff at the top of the shot as in the mod.

Its the same settings at the last, so some of the same comments apply re spot metering (which spot did you use for a reference, as you used this to set up the camera on manual); I would shoot in RAW always for shots like these as you can adjust so many parameters in RAW conversion its worthwhile, for example the whites in the fairings are slightly blown, and toning this down can improve the shot. You camera likely came with some software that will do RAW conversion?

Hope this is helpful,


03/04/2011 - 10:49 PM


KillarneyIts not a bad action shot, though theres no sense of motion, which is what fans of this type of shot will look for, hence the advice above, - though with a 400mm lens I would be using a monopod, panning and not slower than 1/400th. What you have, especially as you waited for the corner is a stop action shot, - and as such its its quite OK.

You used spot metering, - may have been better with an averaging metering set up; the shot can benefit with the black detail increased and the whited toned down; and for composition, best to leave some room for the bikes to run into, - i.e. more on the left in this one.

Loaded a mod, hope this is helpful, and would recommend you check out the suggestion from Gary also.


02/04/2011 - 4:57 AM

British war machine

British war machineIan, - not saying at all that your image is wrong and mine is right. I sort of expected that you had increased shadow detail, and its likely back where you started now, however I think you may have overdone the shadow detail retrieval and ended up with the plane looking "flat", which is how it appears on my screen. Dont know which method you used to do it, but if its the shadow tool in CS, a Radius of more than about 19% will tend to look a little fake and obvious. Flat means that items that are supposed to be black, are not black, but closer to grey, and if you take the tyre as an example, an item which should actually be black, it is not black in your original. Selectively adding shadow detail may also be a better approach rather than applying the tweak to the entire underside? If you simply open a curves or levels graph you will see the histogram is not even close to the black or white ends of the tonal range, which, even without looking at the image at all, indicates low contrast!

I was not aware that you had added the sky, - that would have impacted how I would do the mod, - so I will load another now that I know that. The plane will still be a little darker, but the shy will be as is from the original.

if you prefer the look you have achieved, with a lower contrast plane, you should be happy with it, - its no problem at all to disagree.

Also keep in mind monitor differences, - you should be using a calibrated monitor, and also your browser has to support colour management. If you use anything other than the latest Firefox or Safari 5 you do not have a colour managed browser, and will not see what I see.

Take a look at the new mod and let me know what you think


01/04/2011 - 4:03 PM

People 4

People 4A fantastic character shot, his lifes history written all over his face. And I do think he likes you and/or likes having his photo taken.

I loaded 2 mods. Perhaps his whiskers are a little too sharp, which Ive softened, and a curves adjustment has slightly shifted the colour showing warmer but less red; mod 2 is the usual eyes on third crop which I think works, but uou lose all that nicely brushed hair.