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05/10/2009 - 6:59 PM

knight rider

knight rider
Quote: This is the second time i tried using my flash gun

Hi Wayne. the inevitable has happened here when you use flash on a car - the number plate, being reflective, becomes the brightest object in the picture and draws the eye away from the rest of it!

There not a huge amount you can do about that (other than not use flash) but after shooting it may be an idea to "remove" the plate in your imaging software. Also a tweak of the lighting, using levels and curves adjustments may help here. I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments, which I hope help. Smile
25/09/2009 - 11:24 PM


RomeWell spotted. This is though perhaps a case of "less is more". If you had used a vertical rather than horizontal format it could enhance impact - however a bit of cropping will have a similar effect. Also the white balance is a bit out but perhaps this is better removed selectively so as to retain the blue of the sky.

I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments which I hope help.
12/09/2009 - 12:14 AM

Lanner Falcon

Lanner FalconGood attempt, and it is certainly not easy to capture a bird in flight like this. A faster shutter speed may have helped. Photo is a little soft though, but that can be mitigated by some sharpening and the white balance is a bit on the cool side and needs adjustment. I've uploaded a mod for you.
05/09/2009 - 2:53 PM


WALKINGA good character shot - the woman looks as if she has had a lifetime of work - and never-ending work ahead of her! I would have liked to see more space in front of her - so that she is walking into the photo rather than out of it but with candids like this it isn't always possible.

The photo looks a bit underexposed and could do with a tweak of levels and curves to bring out the darker areas and also remove the slight blue cast.

I've uploaded a mod for you.
29/08/2009 - 2:52 AM

Steps in colour

Steps in colourQuite an intriguing photo with almost an air of mystery created perhaps by the darkness and the lack of any human figure. But it doesn't really show the main subject (the steps) very well because of the contrast between the dark and bright areas.

To a degree you can mitigate this by using the shadows/highlights tool as I have done in the mod I've uploaded for you. In addition, some cropping away of the featureless black area to the right of the photo may assist.

Hope this helps.
29/08/2009 - 2:47 AM


FURIAA lot to like in this portrait - you have captured the mood well and there is almost an air of menace, despite the fact the subject is looking away from the camera.

However, the harsh lighting has caused some of the detail in both the shadows (e.g. hair) and highlights (e.g. shirt) to be lost. You could mitigate this by use of the shadows/highlights tool. A bit of cropping at the sides might not come amiss.

I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments, which I hope are helpful.
22/08/2009 - 6:47 PM

Norfolk Beach

Norfolk BeachThis is an instance where you had to "be there", so to speak. As well as the visual aspect you had the sounds..... and the smells! Take away the latter cues and one is left with a slightly drab-looking picture, with dull grey sky and it is also generally lacking in contrast.

Assuming you wish to keep it, rather than hit the delete button, there is a certain amount you could try. First of all crop away much of the grey sky. Then using levels and curves brighten and increase contrast. I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments, which I hope help.
11/08/2009 - 1:52 AM

Lullington Church

Lullington ChurchThis is quite a pleasing composition with the church and bench juxtaposed. The bench does help to give a sense of scale, but a human figure, standing near the church, could have given a better one.

The problem here is the sky which, firstly, looks a little as if it has been added in using (e.g.) the Photoshop render clouds facility; also the blue is a purplish colour.

In the mod I've uploaded I have applied some colour correction to the sky and slightly increased contrast using the shadows/highlights tool.
01/08/2009 - 1:49 AM

Beauty contest

Beauty contestNot the usual sort of beauty contest! Grin Well spotted and captured. You can tell what the picture is about and to that extent it succeeds in its aim. I am not too sure about the angle though; perhaps a move around to your left would have given more equal billing to the "contestants".

Also the eye is drawn to human faces rather than sheep faces and this distracts a little. However it is easily cured cropping from the top. I've uploaded a mod.

Hope this helps.
"Best food in all Morocco here! You come back tomorrow?"You've certainly captured the bustle but one feels one needs to see a bit more detail. Furthermore it is a bit blurry and there is a fairly inevitable yellowish colour cast.

In the mod I have uploaded for you I have tweaked the lighting using level, curves and the shadows/highlights tool and removed the colour cast by reducing yellow saturation. I have also sharpened a bit. Hope that helps. Smile
23/07/2009 - 5:57 PM

forget me not

forget me notI think this is appealing in its simplicity. Could be enhanced perhaps by a little cropping from the top to reduce slightly distracting out-of-focus flowers plus some tweaking of levels and curves to increase contrast and slight sharpening. I've uploaded a mod for you.
18/07/2009 - 7:53 PM

Seaplane window

Seaplane windowI really like the surreal nature of this - well spotted and captured. To add to the unreality, I would be inclined to clone out the lettering and to increase contrast via a curves adjustment. I've uploaded a mod for you.
14/07/2009 - 2:58 AM

Somewhere in Germany

Somewhere in GermanyWell spotted. The house has an interesting shape and I would like to have seen more of it - and less of the tree! In fact if you have moved somewhat to your right you could have got a three-quarter view of the house.

Whilst it is always an idea to look for framing opportunities, there is, perhaps just a little too much inky blackness in the photo and some cropping could help, as could pulling back a bit of detail from the highlight areas (using e.g. the shadows/highlights tool in PS) and sharpening a bit.

I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments, which I hope help.
09/07/2009 - 11:47 PM

kite festival 09

kite festival 09It's a nice straightforward photo of the kite but it looks a bit static. Also do I see a little back dot towards the bottom of the photo... a dust spot on the sensor perhaps.

Anyway, you could play around with this photo a bit. In the mod I've uploaded, I've rotated the photo,cloned in some cloud etc in the white spaces and tweaked the lighting a bit with curves. see what you think. Smile
09/07/2009 - 11:03 PM

Oil seed landscape

Oil seed landscapeA pleasant enough scene but does it, one wonders, really have enough of interest to hold the attention? Some foreground interest could have helped here.

However you could increase impact by increasing contrast via a curves adjustment, and removing the slight blue cast on the photo. Plus a little sharpening to bring out the detail in the crop. I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments which I hope help.
01/07/2009 - 2:44 AM

Tunnel river

Tunnel riverA bit tricky to critique because I do wonder whether there is enough of interest in this photo to make it a 'keeper'?

However, I think there are some tweaks you could try which may help. The picture has a slight blue colour cast which can be removed. Via a curves adjustment, you could even up the light and dark areas and, finally, you might want to consider cloning out the structure in the bottom left of the photo.

I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments, which I hope help.
24/06/2009 - 2:01 AM

White Peacock

White Peacock
Quote: I'm not quite sure how to process this bird. In CS4, add clarity to the body and less clarity on the features to give it surreal effect?

Actually I think your photo, just as it stands, has a slightly surreal effect. Smile

A different effect and mood to the picture could be achieved by increasing contrast, and toning down the brightness, by a combination of levels, curves and the shadows/highlights tool. I've uploaded a mod for you as an example. Hope that helps a bit.
30/05/2009 - 11:46 PM

garden bug

garden bugI agree it's a good capture. perhaps needs just a little work on it to bring out the best - e.g. a curves adjustment to brighten and increase contrast and just a little sharpening. I've uploaded a mod for you.
30/05/2009 - 11:32 PM

Roland Garros 1

Roland Garros 1You've done pretty well, Edu, to get this. With action shots there is little time to react so perfection is hard to achieve without a lot of experience.

In this instance you have clipped off the top of the racquet and perhaps included too much of the ground. A slight tilt upwards of the camera at the crucial moment could have avoided this. The lighting is harsh so inevitably there is a slight loss of detail in the highlights. Some,but not much, can be retrieved by used of the shadows/highlights tool in PS. Cropping the foreground may also help.

But overall a decent effort. Smile I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments.
27/05/2009 - 5:17 PM

St Lukes Church

St Lukes ChurchWell spotted Peter! Smile I like quirky shots like this.

A couple of small issues. There seems to be quite a strong colour cast in the photo which needs to be removed and the picture seems a little skewed, which can be corrected by use of (e.g.) the transform tool in PS. I've uploaded a mod for you.