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By xwang
It was a failed snap which was taken a few years ago.It didn't match what I saw.I can not do anything about it.I wonder if I can make it look better and what I should consider when I try this kind of photo again (without tripod).I reduced the noise, darkened the light and sharpened a bit.Thank you.Setting:S1/40sec;F3.5;Focal length9.4mm ISO1600

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
28 Jul 2010 7:07PM
Hi Xialoli,

Youve raised a good point. The eye and the camera always see 2 different things. The brain uses the eyes input to create an imge which has mood and emotion affecting it, whereas the camera records what it sees. Therefore, using aperture speed, light, white balance and post processing can help in producing what you saw, and not what the camera recorded.

I going to try an experiment with the mod Ive loaded, and ask is it closer to what you saw?

What Ive done is to try to visualize what this would look like to me, and modified it. Nothing at all wrong with the original shot. I would "expect" to see a warm glow from inside the shop, and a generally glowing feel to the scene.



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xwang 9 56 8
28 Jul 2010 10:16PM
Thank you very much Wille.Well done,You made my day.I can have a good sleep tonightGrin
I tired before,I couldn't do it, and today I thought I'd search for help here.Excellent! I'll see if I can get it or not.
Thank you again, best wishes to you.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
28 Jul 2010 10:17PM
I've brightened this up a little, although I think I prefer the warmer effect that Wilie's achieved, cropped the right hand side and cleaned up a bit using the clone tool.

xwang 9 56 8
28 Jul 2010 10:24PM
Thank you Jestertheclown, I can't find your PF. I went the "search" part on my PF's, I didn't get any result.
xwang 9 56 8
28 Jul 2010 10:26PM
Oh, it was the delay.Thank you very much JesterSmile.
xwang 9 56 8
29 Jul 2010 10:48AM
Thank you very much Frank.
Because Willie told me about filter last time, so I went filter directly yesterday...
I noticed that the door frame part was not right, I tried vertical perspative but it didn't work out, I don't know what exactly the disturtion is.The photo was taken a few years(2008) ago, it was too 'tight'.Nowadays after I started to learn software, I realised that I should always leave a space for further editing.
Thank you again and best wishes to you.
P.S. You give me a very good idea, I should use the name on the top of the shop as title.I was going to call it as "Music instrument workshop",or "String instrument workshop" but I thought there are too many words,so I simplified it as "Workshop".How wonderful your idea is, it says it all..Smile Thank you.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 8:06AM
I took a while to spot the chap inside. I would leave the colours alone - entirely satisfactor for low light. I would correct the verticals on this one and i would brighten a bit, but without brightening that little bit where the light is.

Then you need little more sharness - it's not bad, but I would sharpen a little more. Crisp grain is always better than a smooth blur. Older cameras were not so good at high ISO settings, but it's worth a try.

xwang 9 56 8
30 Jul 2010 11:56PM
Thank you very much, Paul.Apart from what exactly about this picture,I'll remember that "Crisp grain is always better than a smooth blur..".
I saw several real monopods in a camera shop todaySmile. Not sure about the
Thank you againSmile

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