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This is how I do it.

ckristoff 13 994 Wales
2 Jul 2007 8:26PM
I'm a 50year old dude, not 100% computer literate and I have photoshop CS, of which I am still a novice. Indeed, I consider myself a relative beginner with photography, although I'm improving slowly.

My aim is to attempt to take a good photograph, at the time I'm using the camera, remembering to bracket sometimes. There are times I don't use any filters apart from the UV filter I use to protect the lens.

I don't mind sitting in front of Mr.PC, as long as I achieve an end result. Sometimes I get frustrated with my scanner. Then I'm not too clever with photoshop, although I've received enormous help from my fellow members. As I've said, and I'm probably expecting too much, my aim is to get the image onto film, scan image into PC, open up in photoshop to check it over, then bingo - if I feel it's satisfactory, upload to my EPZ portfolio.

Right, this is what I do. Find a good image to open in photoshop, repair some dust spots and minor scratches.
Then I use all 3 auto functions within Image Adjustments, then if necessary ( again, I don't know what necessary means! ), sharpen and sharpen more. All this I do with the original file! Don't shoot me down - this is how I'm doing it for the time being. I can always scan it again if I get it wrong, I've got the time guv.

Then Image resize, save for web and upload to my EPZ profile.

Job done mate! And I've done this for all my images uploaded so far.

Thanks for reading this.


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lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2007 8:37PM
Hi frank,

What are the auto adjustments you do?

Sharpen & sharpen more are complete rubbish. Try instead not doing any sharpening until after you have resized then use the unsharp mask as this will give you more control.

ckristoff 13 994 Wales
2 Jul 2007 8:42PM
Hello Chris,

I use Auto Levels, Auto Contrast and Auto Colour, because mainly I'm just a lazy boyo! Smile

Er, I think I understand what you say. So how do I decide when to use the unsharp mask, and what does it do? I'm sorry for being dim. Sad

Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
2 Jul 2007 8:43PM
and save the original as a copy and work on the copy.....
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
2 Jul 2007 8:44PM
Tony thank you for that. Do I copy as a layer?

I'm sorry, I'm not very good at this stuff.

lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2007 9:27PM
To save a copy just use File>Save As and give it a different name.

Unsharp mask sharpens your image (confusing aint it) you move the sliders till the image looks sharp! there is a sharpening action on my blog that will do the work for you.

Also on my blog is a quick tutorial on levels - I'll PM you some links.

ckristoff 13 994 Wales
2 Jul 2007 9:50PM
that's great! I think my Monty Python brain understands that! To sharpen an image, you have to unsharpen it. Why aye man!! It makes perfect sense to a boyo like me! Ha ha!

I've received your message. Thank you.

GPTek 12 454 1 England
2 Jul 2007 11:12PM
Frank, you could also check out this book by Scott Kelby, who has written many books on the use of Photoshop. There are also tutorials available on this site in the techniques section.

looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2007 11:48PM
This is how I started a few months ago, little by little one picks ups a few tricks here and there, don't know if it has improved my photos, but they seem to look better to me Smile

Just keep on trucking you will get there in the end!
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
3 Jul 2007 12:01AM
Hi Frank
Like Luis I've only been into this since March this year - - the tutorials on here are gr8 and you can find an answer to just about anything in the forums - - I look at how far I've come and it's amazing - - thanks to all the helpful people here - - can't offer any technical advice - still a novice myself at that, but

compose it well. expose it well - - - - and there won't be a great deal of post production work to do!!! Smile


Fran x
Davidmet 13 209 1 England
3 Jul 2007 12:21AM
Make a copy and convert to Tif file as this will not degrade like a jpeg when you work on it. Add duplicate layer and try high pass sharpen and play with it until you are happy.
Convert tif back to jpeg for upload to site. I tend to save a tif copy. Have fun Wink
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
3 Jul 2007 4:56PM

thank you all for your kind advice. I almost didn't post my message last night, as I thought I would get trashed. Thanks for proving me wrong!

Fran, my aim is always to get the image spot-on when exposing it onto film. I don't always get it right! But I'm slowly improving.

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
3 Jul 2007 5:02PM
Me too, Frank, me too!! Would estimate 1 out of 8 spot on at the mo - - thank goodness for digital Smile
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
3 Jul 2007 6:35PM
I'm well pleased for you, those odds are great.

Still, I have lots of film to waste! I'm getting quite good shots lately, perhaps what lets me down, is the simple fact that I'm too lazy to experiment with my filters.

Digital will have to wait till at least Christmas, by which time, if Sandra isn't looking, I'll treat myself to a Canon 5D - 'cos my friend has got one!

Frank. Smile
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
3 Jul 2007 11:53PM
Spent my 1st four months as a member messing about with a Pnasonic Lumix 200 - - which then broke!!!!
After that I spent the next three months borrowing cameras from VERY nice people on the site!!
Finally got MY VERY OWN 300D a week ago - - ain't life grand!! Smile


Fran x

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