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10/04/2010 - 11:59 PM

Lady Bug

Lady BugI agree it's a good shot, but perhaps needs a bit of tweaking.

In the mod I've uploaded for you I have (selectively) brightened th ladybird, used the shadows/highlights tool to tone down the flower very slightly, in order to bring out detail and sharpened a bit. Hope that helps.
10/04/2010 - 2:31 PM

Nutty II

Nutty IIGood capture here Jonah! Photo arguably needs a little lift, via levels and curves adjustments. The problem is that the background then becomes bright green: so you may want to consider desaturating that selectively.

I've uploaded a quick mod for you just to give an idea (more work would give a better result). See what you think. Smile
06/04/2010 - 12:35 AM

Normanton, Rutland

Normanton, RutlandA decent effort albeit the church is really a background item and the foreground rocks dominate. However it is actually rather refreshing to see a different treatment of a well-known subject.

The photo is however a bit murky and needs brightening plus an increase of contrast via levels and curves adjustment - as in the mod I have uploaded for you. Hope that helps.
06/04/2010 - 12:29 AM

No I won't look at the camera

No I won't look at the cameraA decent and "different" shot of a bird. Arguably a little too central - but some cropping can take care of that.

It is a pity the background colour competes with the bird but there was not much you could do about that at the point of shooting. However, you could consider selectively darkening and desaturating so as to make the bird stand out more.

I have uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments which I hope are helpful.
30/03/2010 - 9:03 PM


LighthouseI agree with Peter that you have done pretty well here with the HDR and also that the subject is a bit too central - some judicious cropping might help.

As you have processed the photo, after shooting, quite a bit it might be an idea to go just a little further and, e.g. to reduce the yellowish cast on the lighthouse - selective - whilst at the same time increasing saturation of the other areas just a bit. Also an increase in contrast, via a curves adjustment, wouldn't hurt.

I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments which I hope help.
25/03/2010 - 11:37 PM


THE APPLIANCE  OF THE SCIENCEHi Ian. This is a decent enough capture of the 'shapes' and personally I prefer the colour version. But I am just a little doubtful of a couple of things.

Firstly, I am not sure the photo on the top right really contributes to the montage. It may have been better to have photographed a completely different structure. Secondly the presentation is, to my eye anyway, a bit heavy (the big black and white borders)and could, arguably be more imaginative. It is the borders which tend to catch the eye rather than the pictures!

In the mod I have uploaded for you I have corrected a very slight cool cast, increased contrast via a curves adjustment and, perhaps most importantly, rearranged the photos, reduced the borders and changed the black to dark grey. Obviously there could be any number of variations on the arrangement.

Hope that helps.
25/03/2010 - 11:21 PM

A wet German Shepherd

A wet German ShepherdHi Sus - you've certainly captured his wetness well here, and I like the way he is looking towards the camera. Smile

The obvious issue is that you have a dark coloured subject and your camera meter has exposed pretty much for the dog, allowing the background to become overexposed - but not to the extent that it cannot be mitigated.

In the mod I have uploaded for you I have made fairly aggressive use of the shadows/highlights tool in PS to rein back the bright areas whilst giving a little extra lift to the dark ones (i,e, the dog). i have also corrected the slight blueish cast.

Hope that helps.
21/03/2010 - 1:38 PM

Life Goes On

Life Goes OnThis is a good candid taken in less than ideal circumstances!

You have captured the happiness of the couple very well and even the other characters in the photo do not really detract from it. It is somewhat underexposed; this has been caused by the bride's dress fooling the camera meter. That is easily sorted by use of (e.g.) the shadows/highlights tool in PS. I have done this in the mod I've uploaded for you.

But overall - a good effort.
10/03/2010 - 1:35 AM


ellenA lot to like about this photo - including the expression and the way the head is held.

The attempt at a backlit picture , however, hasn't quite come off here. The sun has caused flare and much of the left of the photo is overexposed while the subject's face is thrown into shadow. In circumstances such as these it is best to switch to manual exposure and take your light reading from the face.

In the mod I've uploaded for you i have tried to mitigate the problems by cropping and then using a combination of a curves adjustment and the shadows/highlights tool to bring out the shadow area whilst reining in the highlights.

Hope this helps.
09/03/2010 - 1:13 AM

Under the light

Under the light
Quote: I tried full flash,backlighting, reduce noise and burn tools etc. to get this stage,but I don't know if I get it right or anything else I can do...All your comments,criticisms and MODs are welcome.

Hi Xwang! Smile Well you haven't made it easy for yourself or your camera here by shooting not only directly into the sun but including the sun in the photo. This is too much to ask of a digital sensor - particularly one as tiny as that in your Fuji 8000. It just does not have the dynamic range to cope with such bright light and shadow areas and to render both accurately.

Flash is not going to help at all unless you are within about 10 feet of the subject. And you are going to get flare and internal reflections from the lens/aperture - as seen in the picture.

However you can mitigate the problem - slightly - by (for example) using the shadows/highlights tool in PS, which is what I have done in the mod I've uploaded for you.

Hope that helps.
01/03/2010 - 10:42 AM

Pushing it to the limit

Pushing it to the limitYou have captured the action well here with a good sense of movement. As this is part of a series which is to be published there are some issues which perhaps need to be considered, which might not matter as much if this were just a casual shot:

(1) The toning does not really suit the subject - it looks like a yellowish colour cast from the lighting. A straightforward B/W treatment may be better.

(2) The bright lights have caused a bit of underexposure. The shadows/highlights tool in PS can help to bring out some detail in those areas. Also consider cropping a bit from the top.

(3) It is a pity you have cropped out part of the legs of both the instructor and the instructee.

(4) It looks as if it is the instructor who is putting in the major effort! It may have been better to get a viewpoint from behind the instructor.

I have uploaded a mod for you which reflects some of my comments, which I hope help.
28/02/2010 - 4:22 PM


ILLUMINATIONWell spotted and captured. The pitch-black background suits the image very well but has fooled your camera's meter into bleaching out the brighter parts of the picture.

I would suggest using (e.g.) the shadows/highlights tool in PS to pull back some of the detail in the lights. Also the image may benefit from slight cropping from the left to balance the photo and, in addition, cloning out of the shape which can be seen at the top middle left of the picture.

I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments, which I hope help.
26/02/2010 - 2:56 AM

Window shopping

Window shoppingI can see, to a degree what you were trying to achieve here and it is a pleasant enough result. However, given that you were trying to portray "window shopping", I am not certain that the distribution of light and shadow has helped you here.

The eye is drawn unerringly to the red-headed woman who is spotlighted as it were and the man looking into the shop window seems almost an afterthought. A change in positioning would have helped, I think. But taking the photo as it is a major crop from the left will help to concentrate the viewer's eye. Unfortunately it also means you lose the fountain - but it could be argued that this does not add much to the story you are trying to tell.

I have uploaded a mod for you in which, as well as cropping, I have used the shadows/highlights tool in PS to even out the lighting. A bit of sharpening has also been added. Noise doesn't seem too bad and is pretty much an inevitability with a tiny sensor and an 18x zoom!
25/02/2010 - 11:26 PM


HorusStill lifes are not easy! This is quite a striking image, especially when viewed large but it is one which, I have to admit, I don't altogether "get".

This appears to be a tile with the image of Horus, which is partly overlapped by a broken tile with some other Egyptian deity on it? The edges of both tiles have, because of the lighting, created bright white stripes across the photo which are what catch the eye. It is not clear whether this was intentional or unintentional, but I don't feel it adds much to the picture.

The dark left side of the photo doesn't worry me overmuch but this is, in any event, easily sorted with use of (e.g.) the shadows/highlights tool in PS, which can also serve to mitigate the brighter areas. I've uploaded a mod for you.
23/02/2010 - 1:39 AM

torpedo goose

torpedo gooseAn amusing take on a goose! I like the way you have caught it stretching its neck out.

The bright reflections from the water have, however, fooled you cam,eras meter and the goose has been thrown into shadow. This can be mitigated by use of, e.g., the shadows/highlights tool in PS. I have uploaded a mod for you which I hope you'll find helpful.
07/02/2010 - 12:57 PM


icicleA decent enough capture but it does not really jump out at you, so to speak, because of the lack of contrasting colours. Also there is some digital noise visible. I have uploaded a mod for you in which I have done the following:

(1) Crop the photo so that the subject is not quite so central.
(2) Reduced the blue colour cast.
(3) Darkened the background - this largely gets rid of the visble noise and also makes the icicle stand out.
(4) Increased contrast by means of a curves adjustment.
(5) Sharpened slightly.

Hope that helps.
14/01/2010 - 8:11 PM

Butterfly on flower

Butterfly on flowerYou have done well to get this. The butterfly is sharp and well-exposed. and looks well in juxtaposition to the red flower.

Perhaps a bit more contrast, via a curves adjustment,whilst taking the saturation in the red channel down a bit to recover some more detail in the flower, might help. I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments, which I hope help.
23/12/2009 - 6:51 PM

Selection of Fungi

Selection of FungiQuite intriguing from the thumbnail - wasn't clear what this was - and that is a positive thing! Smile

Well shot - properly focused and sharp. A bit more contrast, via levels and curves adjustments could help. I've uploaded a mod for you.
04/11/2009 - 1:30 PM


waitingQuite a nice composition here. It may be more effective if you had the man silhouetted with less detail. In the mod I've uploaded for you I've used a curves adjustment to achieve this. I also used the shadows/highlights tool to rein back the bright areas slightly. Hope that helps.
04/11/2009 - 1:27 AM

Burning feet of trees.....

Burning feet of trees.....A simple yet unusual and interesting photo - well spotted and captured.

A vertical format may have worked better here - the tree in the foreground doesn't really add much and could usefully have been left out. I have uploaded a mod for you in which I have cropped and used the shadows/highlights tool to bring out a bit more detail in the darker areas of the picture. Hope that helps.