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20/07/2012 - 9:23 AM

Tranquil

TranquilHi,
It is easy to fault someone elses image, its not so easy to come up with the sort of image that you have produced.
I think that the idea is really good and the effort that you have put into it is teriffic.
Now for the silly bits:
The rails on both sloping sides of the bridge have been sliced off showing that the bridge is a cut and paste job. Mabe you could remove them?
The top of the right hand side of the bridge is partly missing.
The way that the dog is positioned looks as if its laying on a slope,
The slanting line of the grey tiles draws the eye away from the image, it could be cropped out.
The image is very good, please do not let my comments put you off. I believe that making an image on a computer is just the same as making one in a studio using props. The image has to be seen in the mind first. Something that many people can not do.
I hope that I have helped.
Michael.
10/06/2012 - 12:01 PM

Portchester Castle

Portchester CastleHi,
I mostly agree with Frank except I would have used an F22 with a tripod. I have put up a mod but really the work that I have done on it should have been done in the camera. By selecting each group separately I have used the sharpened tool in Photoshop filters. I like the tree on the left but I have thinned that top branch down a little. I then darkened the sky at the top left a fraction, and slightly darkened the whole image.
I hope this helps,
Michael.
06/06/2012 - 9:07 AM

Holly

Holly"Talk to her, get her laughing and taking part in the session. Get her to enjoy the experience - it will show in the image."
Hi,
Paul is dead right, if you are going to start using models then you need to become a chat-up merchant as well as a photographer. You model is in front of your camera with light shining in her face while you fiddle about with your equipment. If you do not talk to her then she will start to feel uncomtable and start getting agitated. All this will lower the quallity of the final image. A one to one photo session can be a bit intense for an amature model, it may help if she has a friend with her that way she could relax and enjoy the shoot.
Hope this helps.
Michael
20/03/2012 - 11:01 PM

Breed ???

Breed ???Hi,
I do not know the butterflys name either. You have managed a nice image, with only a couple of things that could be better. The blooms are a little out of focus in places which distract the eye, slightly smaller apeture would have given a larger deapth of field without bringing the green background into focus. The way that you have composed the image is good apart from the fact that all t5he space is behind the main subject.
I have put up a mod with the butterfly facing the other way to show you what I mean.
I hope this helps.
Michael
19/03/2012 - 1:36 PM

help

helpHi,
Nice image nicely framed.
A circular polarised filter is normaly used to reduce reflection in glass or water also to increase the colour in skies. People use them for many other things as well, you will find out by trial and error what works for you. Just remember that it will cost you two stops making your exposure longer. I have put up a mod, all I have done is darken the image a bit and sharpend it a little.
I hope that I have helped.
Michael
13/03/2012 - 4:59 PM

Bled Lake

Bled LakeHi Sandra. A good image, yo did well to hand hold. I have put up a mod to show the alterations that I have made. Your image is a little on the dark side so I have made it a tad darker also I have sharpend it to make the buidings stand out.
I hope this helps.
Michael
12/03/2012 - 10:03 AM

River Side

River SideHi,
What I am about to say is only a general guide to taking landscapes. Rules in photography can be broken and sometimes that will lead to a good image other times it does not work. Landscapes are best taken with a good strong tripod as you will need long exposures. Use a small aperture around f16 or f22 this will give you a good depth of field. Sky should start about 1 third from the top. The ground should consist of three parts and ideally each will contain something of interest. They are Fore ground, Middle ground and Far ground.
With landscapes you need to study the light and the colours that are displayed in all three grounds, This will take practice and patience. After going though all that look at the way the ground is and try and find something that will lead the viewers eye to the centrue of your image. I would suggest a stream, road, line of pylons, railway line, valley or a line of bushes. Finally before you press the shutter look round the edge of your screen to make sure that there is nothing that will draw the viewers eye out to the edge of your finished image.
I hope that this helps.
Enjoy your photography.
Michael
10/03/2012 - 5:30 PM

save the children

save the childrenHi,
We all look at photos with different eyes. I believe that you image contains a good simple statement. The youg girl with the baby is the only part of the image that to me is important. The eyes, face and body shape to me say it all. If the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is right then surely this image proves it. I have put up a mod. I cropped out everything apart from the girl and baby. I then brought up her eyes a little and finally I sharpend the image. This is just my opinion, I think that you have a good eye for this type of photography.
I hope that this helps.
Michael
04/03/2012 - 5:46 PM

Pumpkin

PumpkinHi,
Cats are very relaxing to watgh and they are so laid back that they make really good subjects for people like us with cameras. You have produced a good image. I have put up a mod to show you my view. I have cropped it so that the cats left eye is in the rule of thirds and its right eye is in the centre of the frame. I have also brought up the eyes so that they look brighter.
I hope that this helps.
Michael
08/02/2012 - 8:31 AM

Wooden bridge

Wooden bridgeHi,
We all have to learn, and when it comes to P/S there is so much to learn. Skys, There are different ways to add skys and everyone has threir favorite. I have put up a mod for you to look at.
Start with your image in layers. Double click the layer and rename it, This will unlock it and you can move it up and down in the layers palate. Make a new empty layer by clicking on the icon next to the dustbin.
Open the image that you wish to take the sky from. Capture the sky, copy it in the edit menu. Close the image. Paste the sky into your empty layer and adjust it to cover the area that you need. In the layers palate move the main image above the new layer. Go to the blending dropdown list and select darken. The old sky will be replaced by the new sky. By clicking on either layer you can adjust it .Once they are how you want them flatten the image and recrop it.
Job done.
Hope this helps.
Michael
06/02/2012 - 10:54 PM

Dorset in late summer

Dorset in late summerNice image, just a couple of things that I personally would alter. I have put up a mopto show you. I find the image a little flat,so I have brightend it a little. The geay sky keeps drawing my eyes to the top so I cropped it out. The hills in the far distanthad no life in them so I put a little bit of colour into them. I keep using the word little and I do mean it when I say "a little" Ibelieve that this image is only just short of being really good.
I hope this helps.
Michael
04/02/2012 - 1:58 PM

Volcanoes

VolcanoesHi,
Capture the piece of sky that you want to use, on you sky I used the rectangulat marquee tool. Copy it and paste it , you will now have a piece of sky with a bounding box around it. Using the move tool place it just outside one of the corners of the box, as you start to move it away you will see the arrow change from a straight to a bent arrow. If you hold down your left mouse key you can then drag the sky round until it is facing the other way. Once its in the right place you can then settle it in by adjusting the join with the clone tool.
Give it a try. Photoshop takes a lot of time to understand but any time that you spend learning will be well rewardedwith time saved later. Having said that I am of the old school that believes that it is better to get the image right in both your mind and camera first.
Michael
02/02/2012 - 11:15 PM

Beach walk

Beach walk[quote]Composition isnt the real problem here, - its exposure Steve. The shot is very much underexposed.
Hi,
I think that Willie has said all that needssaying about the image. As for cloning you will probibly find that there are many ways to get that job done. I have put up amod with the extra space on the left, I also put the exposure as close to right as I could without spoiling the image.
My methot of adding the space on the left. I used the crop tool to add a bit of canvas to the leftside. Then I enlarged the image(had to as eyes are getting bad) I then used the clone tool with a fairly large soft brush, For the sea and sky I set my pick up point between lights 2 & 3and filled in the spare space by starting at the top and just draging straight down. The rocks etc I picked different points to clone from and dragged out. While I had the clone tool I also got rid of that small boat as it keptdrawing my eye. Once that was done I recropped the image. Once you get used to photoshop a job like this will only take a few minutes. CS3 is a good program but like all skills you must practise.
I hope that this helps.
Michael
16/01/2012 - 5:11 PM

TIME IS MONEY

TIME IS MONEYHi,
Coins laid on a flat surface can become a problem to a lot of people. The lighting needs to be directly overhead and so does the camera. What you need is a light splitter. A lot of time can be spent making one or you canspend a lot of money buying one. But if you get a mate to hold a piece of plain glass at an angel of 45degrees ffom the table and place your coins under the glass. then shine the light throug the angel of the glass you will find that the glass splits the light.some light will go straight through the glass but about 50% will be directed downwards. You can then capture the image from directly overhead. Nice lighting little shaddows, Job done.
Ihope that this helps.
Michael
15/01/2012 - 5:52 PM

Hannah

Hannahhi,
The photographer takes the portrait the model make a photo into a picture. I am afraid that this time it is only a photo, your model really looks as if she would rather be elseware. The capture is very good.
The models stance is very clumsy. Her right arm is at such an odd angle and the red handle in her left hand draws the eye into the bottom corner. The look on her face seems to say "come on get on with it." I am sorry to be so negetive about one of your images, the others in your p/f are so good. I hope that this has helped and not offended.
Michael
01/01/2012 - 9:53 AM

twin 'grand' sons

twin 'grand' sonsHi,
Two boys and a camera I believe that you are going to be busy.They both have the cheeky look in their eyes that says they are a handful. A few things need attentiod. With a portrait background is so imprtant . A background showing a mans work place adds inforemation, a flower sticking out of someones head detracts from the image. Small things like the little bit of white T-shirt on the smaller boy and the little bit of black sticking out from the small boys arm . The biggest problem is the fact that the image is very flat. I have put up a mod trying to address what I think is wrong also I cropped out a lot of spare space. This is only my way of thinking I hope it will help you enjoy a wonderful hobby.
Michael
20/12/2011 - 10:53 PM

Me

MeHi,
Nice image. I have put up a mod. One of the important things with potrait photography is to look around to check what background comes with the image, if it is going to give you trouble then either move the subject or learn how to put it right on your computer. The more that you can get right in the camera the less work you have to do on the computer.
I wish you well and hope that you enjoy your time here.
I hope this helps.
Michael
19/12/2011 - 9:08 AM

Twang

TwangHi,
DoF Things to remember. If you focus about 1/3 from the nearest end to the camera your DoF will be 1/3 in front and 2/3 behind. How big those 1/3s are depends on the size of your aperture. If you use a wide open lens your DoF will be shallow. If you use a smaller aperture then the DoF will be larger. It would be wise to use a trypod.
Hope this has helped.
Michael
11/12/2011 - 10:37 PM

Armeria Maritima

Armeria MaritimaHi,
I like the basic image that you have taken. I have put up a mod showing my personal ideas on it. I thought that the sky was wrong for the image so I lightened it a little.The large rocks were a bit flat so I have darkened them to bring out the texture at the same time I put a bi of light in the hollow under them. Your image has a lot to offer.
Hope I have helped.
Michael
11/12/2011 - 9:54 AM

Moody Daintree

Moody DaintreeWith a tripod and a f16 or f22 aperture this would have had the making of a spectacular image. Still life does not always go the right way.You still have a very good record shot. I have in my mod tried to bring out some of the reflection. If it were possible you could re shoot, I am sure that you would end up with a shot to be proud of, For a hand held landscape in bad weather you have done well.Hope this helps.
Michael