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North Beach Tenby

By chrisheathcote  
Taken from the steps leading down to the beach. The weather was very overcast and somehow I managed to get the only patch of blue in the sky. It was the rock and the contrasting houses that caught my eye. As with all my photos, the only PP I have done was the usual converting from RAW and used basic features to enhance. I would be grateful for tips on PP

Tags: Wales Tenby Landscape and travel Wales beach Christmas 2012 Tenby north beach

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
9 Jan 2013 9:26PM
Its a really nice shot Chris. Very small here though, and somewhat like reading the bible on a grain of rice!

Its underexposed essentially. That blue sky you mentioned only becomes visible when exposure is corrected. Then is a gorgeous colourful and vibrant image.

Mod1 is the modified image with exposure corrected, - and a bit more space added at the bottom.

The key to analysing an image for post processing is to look at the histogram, - which you can also do at the time you take the shot.

I have uploaded mod2, which shows your original shot, and the histogram on the right; you wil notice its compressed, not reaching either end of the bottom axis. Then Mod3 shows what the histogram looks like with the modified shot. You can see its more spread out. if you had checked at the time of shooting, you could apply a -1/3 compensation rather than the minus, to correct the exposure.

This view is curves, - you may have levels only, but it will look similar. In levels, just pull the end sliders in to meet the ends of the graph.

Hope this helps,



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Davesumner 12 28 300 Australia
10 Jan 2013 2:00AM
Hi Chris,

Great critique above from Willie and I second his comments about the image being small, try using the panoramic option next time you upload a shot like this.

I did a quick mod myself because on first look the image seems flat which is generally a lack of contrast and adjusting levels/curves normally sorts this out but I liked the darker sky and thought the image would look better with the buildings standing out more. Therefore, in my mod I have darkened off the sky using the graduated filter tool in Adobe Camera RAW, adjusted the levels but then masked out the sea and sky from the levels adjustement in Photoshop. I then dodged the buildings and sand, the island and headland followed by some slight colour adjustment and sharpening.

I hope this helps

10 Jan 2013 9:09AM
Thanks for that guys, as always some great tips. Apologies about the size, I thought I had checked the panorama button. I'll have a play myself and upload a version in panorama. Seeing your mods is quite inspiring as I when I looked at my version I thought I really like it with regards to composition, but shame about the colours. I know see that with a bit more knowledge about PP, I can get some great pics. Thanks as always for taking the time to help us mortals out. BTW I use LR 3.6 and CS3 (can't afford cs6, would rather spend it on glass)


Edit, don't know why Exp Comp was set to -1/3. I tend not to use it. If I have to adjust from the cameras Tv or Av reading, I use the image as the baseline and then switch to manual and do it that way. Don't know why, I just feel it gives me more control
10 Jan 2013 9:52AM
Taking your comments on board I have uploaded a mod of my own. The changes I made were these. Let me know what you think (not sure if I have over egged the sky).
Increased overall exposure, added grad filter to bring the blue of the sky out. Dodged the water and right hand side of the sky, to bring detail back and also add mood to the sky, (as with Dave I quite liked the darker sky), added colour noise reduction and a bit of sharpening. Opened in CS3 and bought the bought the edges of the histogram in using curves.

Lesson I have learnt, embrace CS3 and don't be scared of it Grin

Thanks again
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
10 Jan 2013 2:55PM
Your mod is an improvement Chris. Its soft though, so you need to sharpen a little before uploading. To upload a pano it must be 2,000 pix wide and no more than half that in height, - so maybe its an E2 option.

CS3 will do everything you ever need.


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2013 7:15PM
There is nothing wrong with CS3, I've used it for years and it does all I need. I still have, and sometimes use, Photoshop 7 on an old XP laptop, and it is plenty good enough for most photographers too. I think Willie covers it all here. Generally a nice shot. If you are early in your learning curve, try shooting in RAW + best JPG.

You must fully understand RAW processing. It is only the best route if correctly used. Compare your RAW conversion to the camera best JPG. Which looks best. Can be an interesting exercise!


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