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Feeding time

By Dackj
Ive been trying to get shots of the cardinal and I caught him feeding his juvenile daughter but I only has a few seconds and the garden hose was right behind them which spoils the photo. I知 just starting to learn post production and I have Photoscape but not Adobe software. What tools are needed and what is the best software for a casual photographer?

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
8 Jul 2019 2:05PM
Theres Photoshop Elements; Affinity Photo that I would recommend. Both one time purchases, no subscription. I use Affinity Photo and I find it good, its reviewed here on EPZ. Its very reasonably priced and you can download a fully functional free trial also.

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dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
8 Jul 2019 5:31PM
I agree with Willie - either of these packages will do all you need, and cheaply.

Don't get lost in editing - the answer to many problems is in meticulous preparation and careful camerawork.

Here, if you were looking to take a good wildlife picture (for which the usual standards are incredibly high), you'd need to make sure that you have cleared the decks (no hose lying around, trim plants that intrude into the line of sight), and shoot in decent light - 8000 ISO works, but it's starting to be a push.

That is all tricky stuff, and requires a lot of time and effort - which the professionals always put in, as do the most serious amateurs. Note that for many wildlife competitions, editing things out would earn instant disqualification.

It's not a problem if you're dabbling a bit, recording visitors to yrou garden. But for sale or competition, it's a different story.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2019 7:30PM
Better to get it right in-camera, Dack, or at least as right as you can manage.
Sometimes it will take several attempts, but you will get better all the time. There is a lot of pleasure and satisfaction to be gained.
The number of deletions will decrease because you are making the effort to avoid as much post-processing as possible.

Wildlife pictures inevitably have distractions, but these will usually be "natural" distractions, and part of their natural environments. Garden hoses don't count as natural. Like the boy scout, be prepared. Set up your stage as you would like it, and wait for the actors to appear.

Don't get me wrong, post-processing is an extension of and compliments what we do with a camera, and is part of the creative process of a photographer.
I read this:- Pressing the shutter and capturing that moment in time in a photograph is only part of the process for creating an image. However, photographer extraordinairre Zack Arias said, “If you find yourself out shooting and you’re saying in your head ‘oh I’ll just fix that later in photoshop’, then stop what you’re doing and slap yourself as hard as you can”. In other words, you should never set out to take a picture thinking, "Now what I really want to do is spend a few good hours at my computer with this one!"

I appreciate that this picture is one that you may never manage to capture again, and we have all been in the same situation, which can be so disappointing. Sometimes we have to learn to reject an image that doesn't come up to scratch because no matter how much processing we do, it doesn't get much better. In the meantime, enjoy learning about processing, do some trials and don't decide too soon.

What is important is that you understand what your camera is capable of, and how to get the best out of it, and then you will be more pleased with the results and won't need to process too much. The danger is that you jump into photoshop (or any other editing software) before you have mastered your technique as a photographer.

Pamela.


8 Jul 2019 7:37PM
Take note of what Dudler says, above.
This is a hasty grab shot of an unexpected moment, and I'm wondering what its purpose is. Your settings seem reasonable under the circumstances, and if it's just a quick capture of some natural behaviour that you'll end up deleting, then fair enough... but as an actual image that someone might actually want to look at it's a non-starter.
There's no composition to speak of... the intrusion of the green hose and the whatever-it-is that's out of focus close to the lens and covers the bottom right corner and most of the left half of the frame, the scraggy bits of grass, rule out any consideration of it as an actual picture.
I loved your dog portraits, which were full of emotion and affection, but frankly this is just a mess. Delete it.
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2019 8:48PM
A decent image to keep but with a few technical issues. I use post processing as I would in the darkroom. There are other advantages such as a need to master cloning, but the main thing is tone and density correction, sharpness, exposure and other controls to produce a good technical image. Some go in just too deep and fr most purposes, it's not needed.

Paul

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